4 “The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations,’’ he said.
6 The lecturers also want the Federal Government to shelve its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in paying lecturers’ salaries.
8 They demanded that rather than its IPPIS, government should adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, the payment platform designed by the universities themselves to pay lecturers.
9 The minister told his visitors that the Industrial Court’s ruling was in the best interest of Nigeria and its people.
10 According to him, the ruling is a win-win for government, for students, for lecturers and for all Nigerians.
11 “It is a no victor, no vanquished.
12 “You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU, but you are here; even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working.
13 “We want to thank you for working and teaching your students,’’ the minister said.
14 He noted that pro-chancellors of universities had met with President Muhammadu Buhari and made some demands that included topping up government’s offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout.
15 Ngige added that the president had assured that he would consult with stakeholders on the request.
18 He explained that whatever money that would be approved to meet some of the demands would go into the 2023 budget.
19 “Since the House has showed interest now, it is good and wonderful.
20 When they bring that proposal, the Executive will not have any problem.
21 “ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction.
22 All these things have been promised them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting.
23 “For me, they should do the needful and go back to the classroom,’’ the minister said.
24 Ngige said government would soon direct vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court.