Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed why it is yet to call off its ongoing strike.
The Union said it is waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), a homegrown payment platform created by ASUU in place of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is the payment platform created by ASUU in place f the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) initiated by Buhari’s government.
ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi disclosed that FG needed to give the clearance to National information Technology Development.
“The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.”
Professor Ogunyemi also stated that;
“We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principal, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process.
We had presented UTAS at three levels, starting with the Ministry of Education, Senate President and members of his team, officials of Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, where all other stakeholders were present, including NITDA, all stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next stage of integrity test is what we are moving in to.
If government facilitates it, it is not something that should drag for too long at all. We don’t foresee any problem with UTAS; it also depends on how early the government makes it possible for the integrity test to be conducted.”
Biodun further added that once the federal government agree to this condition, the strike would be called off.