The federal government has said it will consider other “options” to stop the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, from continuing with its strike action.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, spoke during the Channels Television’s Politics Today Programme on Friday.
“There are so many options left. We have the labour laws, and I have options left to me in the labour laws. I have other channels,” he said.
Ngige complained that the academic union is not being considerate on the challenges their demands would create.
“I’m inviting them (ASUU) next week; we are doing side meetings on our part. I’m collating responses from the Accountant General of the Federation’s Office and everybody who has something to do with this matter.”
Ngige expressed hope that talks will be concluded next week to enable students to return to classes.
Ngige confirmed that after ASUU turned down the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), the government agreed to try the payment platform that ASUU proposed, University Transparency Academic Solution (UTAS).
He equally noted that the first phase of UTAS assessment had been completed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
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