The Federal Government (FG) says it has set up a joint committee to address the complaints of non-teaching staff unions of universities as they threaten a nationwide strike on February 5.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this while addressing reporters at the end of a closed door meeting with the non-teaching staff of federal universities on Tuesday in Abuja.

The non-teaching staff are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union of the Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU).

Demands

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a Joint Action Committee on NASU and SSANU threatened a strike on February 5, to press home members’ demands.

Their demands included rectifying inconsistencies in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS), non- payment of arrears of Minimum Wage, delay in renegotiation with government, NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement among others.

According to Mr Ngige, “the FG responded to issues concerning IPPIS and what is being done to assist the non-academic workers in the universities, who have had some complaints in that direction, especially some of their allowances they said are chopped off by IPPIS system”.

“We were satisfied that reasonable progress has been made. It’s a work in progress.

“We have put up a joint committee of the union, representatives of Federal Government from the Ministry of Education, Salary, Wages and Income Commission, Office of Accountant-General and the National Universities Commission to work hand-in-hand.

“This is to make sure that all the anomalies that were complained of are treated and we do hope that it will be done to the satisfaction of everybody.