The outcome of the meeting between the FG and the ASUU members on October 15th has given us a hint on when and how soon the strike will likely be called off. Though the meeting started with a heated argument over late coming, it concluded positively on the funding for revitalization of public universities, Payment of allowances, and acceptance of IPPIS which were the main demands by the union.
At the end of the meeting the two parties arrived at the following;
1. For the payment of the Earned Allowance due from 2019, totalling N40 Billion, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) will be directed to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
The remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022 respectively.
2. On the issue of IPPIS, the government said the preferred UTAS by ASUU has passed the first stage of the test.
It was further agreed that if UTAS passes all the different stages of the integrity test which would be carried out before the next meeting, it would be adopted for the payment of the University staff.
3. Government, in spite of the economic downturn as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, brought an offer of N20 Billion (Twenty BillionNaira) payable by the end of January 2021 and ASUU agreed to take the offer. This is for the revitalization of universities as requested by ASUU.
4. Visitation Panels: The meeting was informed that the Visitation panels to Federal Universities have been approved by Mr. President, but they have not been gazetted. The Federal Ministry of Education is to ensure gazetting within two weeks (29th October 2020). The meeting agreed that the Panel will be inaugurated latest by the end of November 2020 and the Panel will have a 4 – 6 weeks mandate to finish its work by 31st December 2020, and submit two reports per University covering 5 years periods of 2011 – 2015 and 2016 – 2020.
5. Reconstitution of the Government Renegotiating Team: The Government team revealed that the RenegotiatingTeam will be reconstituted on or before 31st October, 2020 and the renegotiation will be concluded on or before 31st December, 2020.
6. ASUU will take all the agreement reached to its National Executive Council (NEC) and get back to Federal Government on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. This means that another meeting will be held by next week Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 by 3.00 pm to facilitate the calling off their strike.
With the positive resolutions reached, these positive resolutions reached, everyone is hopeful that the ASUU strike will be called off after the meeting on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020.