Asuu strike: assu introduces its own home grown payroll system called IPPIS
Despite Senate’s Intervention, ASUU Adamant on IPPIS, asuu Strike.
•Lawmakers ask union, FG to shift ground.
Despite the intervention of the leadership of the Senate, the tutorial Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) yesterday insisted that its members won’t
enrol within the Integrated Payrolland Personnel data system (IPPIS).
Asuu strike and the IPPIS
Asuu strike continues
The union also said it’s come up with a home-grown alternative payment platform for university lecturers called University Transparency and
Accountability Solution (UTAS).
This is even as the Senate has called on both the federal. and therefore the union to shift ground on the difficulty of payment of lecturers salaries via IPPIS.
also as other outstanding issues.
President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi. who made the stand of the union known to journalists at the top of a three-hour meeting with President of the
Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, declared that the union leadership had a fruitful deliberation with Lawan “during which we insisted on our members not being a
part of IPPIS”.
He stated that the union has come up with an alternate platform to IPPIS called UTAS, which had since been explained to the Senate leadership.
“We told the Senate leadership within the course of our meeting today about UTAS, which is home-grown while IPPIS is foreign; we are talking about.
localcontent. we’ve shown that we are inventors; we are creators of software and that we also are capable of doing what our colleagues do in other parts
of the world; . so, Nigerian scholars aren’t inferior; why should we be patronising foreigners for what we will neutralize Nigeria?” he queried.
According to him, “and we believe there’ll be a platform for us to present UTAS to other stakeholders”.
He ruled out the likelihood of ASUU calling off its eight-month-old strike action while negotiating with the govt asking rhetorically: .
“What are we taking back to the classroom?”.
Earlier in his submission before the Senate President, ASUU President accused the federal of reneging on agreements with the union since 2013 including
frustrating the plan by ASUU to introduce an alternate payment system for university lecturers.
He said:“During our last meeting we lodged a complaint about the forceful introduction of the IPPIS within the universities, which we challenged and are
challenging since 2013 because there’s nowhere within the world where it’s utilized in the university system and that we promised Nigerians that we are
developing an alternate . “Sometimes in 2015 once we were engaging government, and that we were getting to reach an agreement with the govt but
suddenly the govt didn’t happen . We said we’ll bring three members and government will bring three members and that we will work together. except for
five years we didn’t hear from the govt until they came back five years later to mention it’s IPPIS or no salary.
“Based on promises that we’ll take up the challenge today, i’m happy to tell you that we’ve it”
In his remarks, the Senate President said the meeting was a follow-up to the one held in October 2019 to ascertain how the Senate and indeed the National
Assembly could intervene to resolve the problems that were yet outstanding.
Asuu strike: asuu talks about finding ways for school reopening
Lawan said:“We really don’t need this type of situation where our Universities are shut. our youngsters are the victims of this.
“Therefore, the govt and ASUU need to find a standard ground for our institutions, particularly our Universities to open and in fact , offer the type of
services that are expected of our Universities.
“We cannot afford, as a rustic , to still have this type of crisis. So I receive you on behalf of my colleagues at the Senate and indeed the National
Assembly. the thought is to seek out out how we will resolve this issue.”
The Senate President said albeit there have been yet many outstanding issues, the parties should imbibe the spirit of give and absorb resolving the dispute.
“Government cannot expect to possess it all its way and that i believe that ASUU shouldn’t expect it to be that everything it asked for must tend ,” Lawan