The Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour, and Employment, Chris Ngige has expressed confidence in the positive outcome of the proposed meeting scheduled for next with focus on the resumption of classes for Nigerian students.
Ngige, disclosed this today, Friday, on a Channels Television’s Politics.
According to the Minister, the federal government will consider “options” to stop the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from continuing its industrial action.
“There are so many options left. We have the labour laws and I have options left to me in the labour laws. I have other channels,” he said.
Ngige complained that the union was not considering the challenges their demands would create.
The minister said even if countries go to war, they eventually meet at the negotiation table.
“I’m inviting them (ASUU) next week, we are doing side meetings on our part. I’m collating responses from the Accountant General of the Federation’s Office and everybody who has something to do with this matter.”
Ngige who expressed optimism that talks would be concluded next week as regards the return of students to classes, reiterated that same would not take long.
Ngige confirmed that government had agreed to try out University Transparency Academic Solution (UTAS), the payment platform ASUU proposed when it turned down the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
Speaking further, the former Anambra State Governor said National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) had completed the first phase of UTAS assessment.