ASUU, FG working to re-open varsities

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The Federal Government has expressed optimism that academic activities will resume in earnest because of its commitment to resolve contending issues with the university based unions.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities  are currently on strike.

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Rising from the Federal Executive Council meeting  Wednesday, the  Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said all contending issue will be resolved soon even as he denied the allegation that the Federal Government was planning to create a different payment table for the unions.

Specifically, he said all the relevant agencies, including the National Information Development Agency will meet Thursday to resolve the contentious issues that led to the ongoing strike by the unions.

He listed the sore points as the University Transparency and Accountability System which was proposed as an alternative platform by ASUU and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System proposed by SSANU and NASU.

The minister said said he was waiting for the report of the Tripartite Plus Committee comprising the Ministry of Education, the Chief of Staff, Salaries and Wages Income Commission, the National University Commission as well as the striking unions.

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