By Adeola Atanda
Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, has revealed the negotiations between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) aims at stopping continued participation of students in ongoing #EndSars protests in different parts of the country.
ThePUNCH in its report stated Ngige had alleged that students were recruited into #EndSars protests, hoping negotiations with ASUU “will yield fruits.”
In the same vein, the Federal Government has reportedly agreed to release N30bn in tranches to the striking lecturers. The government has also promised to splurge N20bn on revitalisating the education sector as part of concessions to ending the seven-month strike.
However, the contention over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, (IPPS) may not be over yet, as ASUU remain adamant.
A statement issued by ASUU President Biodun Ogunyemi, on Thursday, urged lecturers to shun government officials that will be visiting the universities to implement the IPPS.
“All ASUU members should have nothing to do with them (officials). The leadership of our great union is fully aware of the hardship the non-payment of salaries by the Accountant-General and other forms of intimidation by over-zealous vice-chancellors …we are leaving no stones unturned,” Ogunyemi stated.