In order to solve the ongoing strike of the Academic Personal Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has decided to subject the union’s alternative pay platform, the University Solution for Transparency and Accountability (UTAS), to an integrity test.
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, who made the announcement, said the government would invite ASUU in the coming weeks to demonstrate UTAS, which the union claimed was the alternative to the integrated wage system established by the government. and personnel information system (IPPIS) for all federal institutions.
Ngige, who said ASUU was the only union still concerned about IPPIS, assured the public that the government was doing everything in its power to ensure the matter was resolved so that students would not be stranded if the Universities would be resumed.
He confirmed that ASUU had informed him of the development of UTAS, adding that the platform was being integrity tested by the Treasury Department and the General Accountant’s Office, where IPSS is based.
“[It] Only ASUU said they were on strike, that they were on strike before the COVID. They are not back from the COVID yet, but we will take care of it in the next week because they have now written to me that they are on strike and are developing the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which they believe is their own alternative to IPPIS is.
“So we’re going to invite them over to demonstrate to the Treasury Department and the general accountant’s office that houses IPSS, and we’re going to do an integrity test. But it will also take some time to integrity test them. So between the test and everything we will agree on what we are going to do because at the moment most of them are already on IPPIS despite complaining about some shortcomings. “
The minister noted that many students have had to graduate but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why it is important to ensure that the academic session is not obstructed as schools reopen.
“So we’re trying to arrange a meeting so we can all meet and agree on the modus oparandi. When the universities reopen as we expect in the coming weeks, the teachers will be teaching their students.”
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