…We Didn’t Exempt ASUU From IPPIS – FG
The Academic Staff union of Universities, ASUU has reacted to reports that it had called off its nine-month strike, adding that it was still consulting with the Federal government.
“The Academic Staff Union of Universities, today, says all the branches, which are over 70, will participate in the decision to either call – off the strike or not.”
“We are reporting back to the government on Friday. That is when the consultation will end. The Federal Government yesterday agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform, pending when the university lecturers will complete the development of its own payment platform- (UTAS).”
Meanwhile, The federal government yesterday denied reports that it has exempted members of ASUU from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told journalists that the government was quoted out of context on the matter, saying there was no meeting where it was agreed that ASUU would be exempted from the IPPIS payment platform.
The minister explained that at the meeting with the leadership of the university teachers, the government agreed that ASUU members that were yet to enroll on IPPIS will be paid through the platform with which they were paid the President Muhammadu Buhari’s compassionate COVID-19 fund in the months of February and June.
He further said that the platform was a hybrid platform between IPPIS and the Government Integrated Financial Management and Information System (GIFMIS) platform which is for the transition period, adding that no government payment will be done without IPPIS knowing.
He said that IPPIS and GIFMIS would be used in paying the university teachers for the transition period, while the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) continues to undergo all the integrity test and cyber security test for confirmation before use.
“What we said in the meeting and what we agreed was that in the interim and for the transition period, that UTAS is being tested by NITDA and the Office of National Security Adviser for cyber security.”