The Federal Government and the Joint Action Committee including the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions have set up a committee to resolve the dispute over the N40bn earned allowances and complaints about the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

This was deliberated on and concluded during a meeting on Tuesday between the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, SSANU National President, Mohammed Ibrahim and NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, in Abuja.

After the meeting, Ngige told journalists,  “The deliberations were fruitful, government side responded to issues concerning IPPIS and what is being done to assist university workers, who have had some complaints in that direction, especially some of their allowances they said were chopped off by IPPIS system.

“ We have put up a joint committee of the unions, members of government side from Ministry of Education, Salary, Wages and Income Commission, Office of Accountant-General and the National University Commission to work hand-in-hand to make sure that all the anomalies are treated and we do hope that it will be done to the satisfaction of everybody.”

He also noted that the government also set up a committee to formalise all the allowances that have been granted the unions in the university system, “so that we will have a kind of uniformity in the system as per allowances.”

Concerning the issue of university autonomy being demanded by the unions, Ngige explained that the visitation panels were waiting for the university system to stabilise before the members can go there and audit both the administrative and financial system of the university for 10 years.

Ngige stated that the unions asked to take back the agreements to their members for deliberations with a promise to report back for further discussions.

“They are to communicate to us the possible date for our next meeting in the next 48 hours so that we can get the government agencies needed for the meeting to prepare.”