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ASUU strike boost­ing #EndSARS – FG

- Nigeria News · Politics · Strike Action · Academic Staff Union of Universities · U.S. government · Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labour (Israel) · Chris Ngige

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment says the on­go­ing strike by the Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties is giv­ing a boost to the #EndSARS na­tion­wide protests.

The Min­is­ter of Labour and Em­ploy­ment, Chris Ngige, said this in Abuja yes­ter­day at the rec­on­cil­ia­tory meeting with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ASUU.

He also said that con­trary to me­dia re­ports, the gov­ern­ment was not con­sid­er­ing re­plac­ing the In­te­grated Pay­roll and Per­son­nel In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem with the Uni­ver­sity Trans­parency Ac­count Sys­tem.

Ngige said: "For the past one week, we’ve all been on our toes, we’ve been meeting and we pray that this meeting will yield some good fruits. We don't take very great plea­sure to the fact that the chil­dren who are sup­posed to be in school are be­ing re­cruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT and all the kind of sit­u­a­tions.

Ngige clar­i­fied: "We never said UTAS will re­place IPPIS as some of you’re re­port­ing, No! The UTAS de­vel­oped by them is for the uni­ver­sity sys­tems and they feel that it cap­tures the pe­cu­liar­i­ties con­fig­ured to ac­com­mo­date all the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of the uni­ver­sity sys­tems, es­pe­cially as it af­fects the pro­fes­sors and other teach­ing staff, and even the NonA­ca­demic Staff. That is the sit­u­a­tion.

ASUU Pres­i­dent Prof. Bio­dun Ogun­yemi, who led the union's del­e­ga­tion to the meeting, said the union would not do any­thing that would jeop­ar­dize the rights of its mem­bers, stu­dents and the coun­try as whole.

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