After the federal government forced the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to shelve their three-day-old strike, they have mutually agreed to meet next week to address the issue amicably.
The truce was reached after a four-hour meeting and a successful deliberation with the union body.
The crux of the matter leading to the ASUU warning strike is the proposed merger of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the University Transparency and Account System (UTAS) developed by university lecturers as a way out of the contentious payroll system.
This was opposed by the university body, who said it would have an adverse effect on their payment.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Nigige, while addressing the media after a closed-door meeting with the union, said they had fruitful discussions, adding that the parties debated where necessary by putting forward their points.
“Both sides realised we are working for our country. ASUU already has the UTAS.
“We had preliminary agreement to accommodate the two systems.
“ASUU will have to get back to its members and agree on how to couple the two systems.
“We will continue discussion.
“After ASUU consults with its members and decision making authority, we will meet on Monday or Tuesday next week,” Ngige said.