The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed optimism that it will amicably resolve its disputes with the federal government over the implementation of the 2009 agreement and the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The union, however, stuck to its position on IPPIS, a centralised payroll system introduced by the federal government, saying it is irreversible
There were, however, fears that the meeting may have been stalled over disagreement on the implementation of IPPIS in federal universities.
But the Chairman of ASUU at the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Dr. Sabo Yabo, told THISDAY that the union and the federal government were still negotiating to thrash out some contentious areas in the 2009 agreement and IPPIS.
Yabo explained that parts of the negotiation is on the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) proposed by the union to replace IPPIS because it meets the universities’ peculiarities and also does not conflict with the universities Autonomy Act.
According to him, the other issues being addressed include: staff welfare and the ratio of academic staff to non-academic staff.
He said the ratio should be 1 to 4, that is, one non-academic staff to four academic staff but lamented that the reverse is the case.
Citing the case of the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Yabo said the school has 3,000 non- academic staff and only 1,000 academic staff.
He also said part of the negotiation is the proper funding of universities by the federal government, adding that if the federal government is sincere, the issues would be resolved amicably.
The branch Chairman of ASUU at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Dr. Olayinka Awopetu, also confirmed to THISDAY that the federal government and the union were still talking on the 2009 agreement.
“So as we speak now, the Minister of Education was talking with the union. I think they will start the process of renegotiation soon,” Awopetu said.