By G9ija

The federal government has on Thursday resumed negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to put an end to the lingering strike action.

For over six months, university lecturers have refused to resume work owing to controversies surrounding the implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) salary payment platform.

The body of lecturers called out its members on an indefinite industrial action following their opposition to the federal government’s move to enforce the use of IPPIS.

It also proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a replacement for the controversial IPPIS.

However, all efforts to reach a consensus on this has proved abortive. Also, all attempts to resolve the dispute failed due partly to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the negotiating team led by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, will meet with the leadership of the union today.

The deputy director of press and public relations in the ministry, Charles Akpan, had on Wednesday said Mr Ngige will be hosting a meeting with the union on Thursday, October 15.

There is a likelihood of reaching a consensus on Thursday since the federal government has said it might consider the adoption of the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) on Tuesday.

The labour minister, Chris Ngige, disclosed the willingness to embrace the idea while addressing journalists after an about two and half hours closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Senate and ASUU.