On Monday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities dismissed the Federal Government's directive that all educational institutions should resume on Monday next week but there were strong indications that students of public universities in Nigeria would stay at home further.
The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said the Federal Government was not sincere about negotiations with the union, adding that lecturers would not resume on an empty stomach.
Ogunyemi blast the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, for violating a directive of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that lecturers' salaries should be paid.
He also hinted that Nigerians should be ready for a long-drawn strike in universities with the way government was handling negotiations.
On Monday, the Non-Academic Staff Union said the Federal Government's Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System was not transparent, saying many of its members were being cheated.
NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities began a 14-day warning strike on Monday over the adoption of the IPPIS in universities and non-payment of minimum wage to their members.
The Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, had, at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, said government had approved the reopening of educational institutions beginning from Monday, October.
The Federal Government and ASUU had been at loggerheads over the IPPIS since March, which the latter said should not be adopted in universities because it would violate their autonomy.
Ogunyemi, responding to on when the strike would end, he said, "You can't expect people to go back to their offices on an empty stomach. You don't expect my members to suspend this action when their demands have not been met. It is a very clear decision that anybody will make in this circumstance"
He revealed that ASUU, on August 18 wrote the Federal Government, stating that it was ready to demonstrate its University Transparency Accountability Solution, which it designed as alternative to the IPPIS.
The union did not receive government's reply until September 30, according to him.