After over nine months strike, the doors of Nigeria’s universities look set for opening latest Friday next week.
This follows the federal government’s decision yesterday to accede to the demands by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Also, the government has scheduled another meeting tomorrow with the organised labour to review the working agreement on issues relating to the Downstream Sector of the Petroleum industry and electricity tariff.
The meeting with labour will take place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
At yesterday’s meeting with ASUU, the federal government’s side shifted ground on a number of issues, including the insistence that all the academic staff of federal universities must be paid through IPPIS.
With the resolution of the dispute on IPPIS, which appeared to be a major stumbling block to the conclusion of negotiations by both parties, the coast is now clear for ASUU to suspend its industrial action.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige however said that ASUU is expected to go and relay the latest proposals to its organs and revert to government so that the universities can reopen next week.