EMEKA NWAJIUBA

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said that there was nothing stopping lecturers from returning to the classrooms.
According to him, the Federal Government has done all that it ought to do for the striking lecturers to return to the classrooms.
The Minister, who spoke on Tuesday evening while featuring on a Television programme, said there was no truth that the Government has not paid members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in eight months.
The Union had brought forward five contentious issues in the 2019 MOA which are; revitalisation fund for Universities, outstanding earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, proliferation of Universities, particularly by State Governments and establishment of visitation panels to Universities.
The report revealed that the IPPIS crisis had joined in around October 2019, after the Union accused some Vice-Chancellors of forcing its members to enrol on the IPPIS platform.
ASUU has also insisted on having an alternative model to IPPIS, called the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, which it urged the Federal Government to adopt for the Universities.
The Minister however, urged the striking lecturers to get on the IPPIS platform to get their salaries and return to the classrooms.



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