As we await the outcome of the meeting between the Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU reports have emerged that the Federal Government has lamented that the continuous closure of Nigerian Universities and other tertiary institutions in the country as a result of the strike embarked upon by various Unions and especially ASUU, over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS has contributed to the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protests and has paralysed academic activities in tertiary institutions across the country.
This statement was made by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige during the meeting with the leadership of ASUU over the union’s unwavering opposition to the IPPIS payment platform.
In the statement, Ngige as well debunked the insinuation that the Federal Government was considering replacing the IPPIS platform with ASUU’s University Transparency Account System (UTAS). He admitted however 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.
“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.”
“We have had the preliminary report and test run on the UTAS, which is the University Transparency Accountability Solution. We believe that with that, we will be able to get it right…”
In his reaction, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who led the union’s delegation to the meeting said Nigerians including members of the union expect so much from its leadership, insisting that it would not do anything that will jeopardize rights of its members, students and the country as whole.