The Federal Government has resumed negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU)on Tuesday who are currently industrial action.
This is the second time the two parties will be meeting since the Union declared a one-month warning strike.
ASUU on Tuesday sought improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities and university autonomy among other demands.
It’s representatives at the meeting also said they were no longer interested in signing a memorandum of understanding , which they demanded immediate action on past agreements.
However, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, expressed optimism that the impasse will be resolved.
Meanwhile, the both parties disagreed on who is delaying the evaluation process for the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), ASUU’s preferred payroll system.
The Minister said the union is delaying the process of finalizing with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on areas where harmonization is needed, the academics insisted that NITDA was unprepared for them.
Disagreement over a payroll system is one critical factor that the Union has listed for embarking on the latest strike.