The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has disclosed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will face penalties in the event that they refuse the federal government’s overture to return to the negotiation desk. This was contained in an announcement signed by the media aide of the Minister, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, in Enugu.
According to the minister, the ASUU strike was all concerning the disagreement on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). “Any different purpose given by ASUU is an alibi.
I invited ASUU for a zoom assembly in compliance with COVID-19 pointers, however they insisted on assembly me head to head. “We have labour legal guidelines and hierarchy of arbitration. There is the NAP and NIC. If I’m drained, I can refer it there. “So the higher factor is for them to come back and negotiate on firsthand foundation the place we’re not bringing an exterior arbitrator,” he stated.
According to him, ASUU as an worker lacks the correct to dictate to the Federal Government on how you can obtain wages. “The vital factor is to your salaries and wages to come back to you. As a workman, you obtain your pay as compensation for companies rendered.
Concerning the ASUU’s declare that the agreements in Memorandum of Action 2019 with FG weren’t carried out vigorously., Nigige has this to say, ‘We agreed that they are going to be paid N25billion for his or her earned tutorial allowances and one other N25billion for revitalisation of college system. “The Federal Government paid the primary tranche of N50 billion and N25 billion. Thereafter, there was the difficulty of National Minimum Wage and its consequential adjustment,” he stated. He stated that the Federal Government spent N160 billion within the course of.
Ngige stated that the Federal Government couldn’t pay ASUU the subsequent tranche of N25 billion in October final yr. “They stated there’s a breach. We stated we’re owing. That we will pay it. So, we restructured it and agreed that the federal government pays them 20 billion and one other 20 billion for earned tutorial allowances between April 2020 and May. “We all agreed,” Ngige stated. ”
He acknowledged that the IPPIS has come to remain as it’s more practical. He stated that beforehand some of the individuals drawing salaries from the Federal Government coffers had been ghost staff. He stated that there had been a shortfall in tax returns by the assorted universities over time which collected to over N800 billion.