The Federal Government has declared the commencement of the testing process of the University Transparency Account System (UTAS), which the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) presented as an alternative to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
This was disclosed after the meeting which lasted for hours between the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and the leadership of ASUU.
While refuting the news that the federal government was contemplating on replacing the IPPIS platform with UTAS, the Minister stated that the testing process will end within the time frame given by the union.
In a tweet released on the official handle of ASUU after several hours of deliberation, the University lecturers disclosed that the Federal government claimed the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protest is as a result of the closure of universities nationwide.
The federal government claimed the idle students have been recruited to disrupt national peace in their call to end police brutality in the country.
ASUU tweeted; “the Federal Government Thursday lamented that the continuous closure of Nigerian Universities as a result of the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the IPPIS has contributed to the ongoing #EndSARS protest.
“The Minister for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige stated this at a meeting with the leadership of ASUU over the union’s stiff opposition to the IPPIS payment platform.
“Senator Ngige also debunked insinuation that the Federal Government was contemplating to replace the IPPIS platform with University Transparency Account System (UTAS), the platform that the university teachers have come up with against IPPIS.
“The Minister decried the prolonged strike that has paralysed academic activities in tertiary institutions across the country.
“According to him, “For the past one week, we have all been on our toes, we have been meeting and we pray that this meeting will yield some good fruits. We don’t take very great pleasure, to the fact that the children who are supposed to be in school are being recruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT and all the kind of situations. As much as possible, we will try to see how we can meet ourselves halfway, so that we can resolve this crisis to the benefits of all and the country at large.”
“Ngige said that government has commenced the process of testing UTAS which ASUU members claimed it accommodates the peculiarities of university systems, adding that all the three stages of test will be concluded within the time frame the union gave government.
“He said, “We have had the preliminary report and test run on the UTAS, which is the University Transparency Accountability Solution.”
Meanwhile, the union has not released any news on its position on the ongoing strike embarked upon since March.
Recall ASUU declared an indefinite strike amidst the COVID-19 pandemic back in March over the Federal government’s mandatory registration on IPPIS and failure to fulfill the 2019 agreement on the part of the government.