13 October 2020 by James Itodo
The Federationl Government says it may consider adoption of the University Transparency Account System ( UTAS) , being presented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) as an alternative payment of emoluments platform to the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System ( IPPIS).
Addressing newsmen after about two and half hours of closed door meeting with the Senate Leadership, Labour Minister , Senator Chris Ngige and ASUU leadership , the labour Minister stated that the alternative platform presented by ASUU is home grown and worth given thorough assessment test .
” We agreed at the meeting to give required consideration to the UTAS alternative they came up with as a way of finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis over Implementation of IPPIS.
” We have neither jettisoned the implementation of the IPPIS nor fully accepted UTAS .The level we moved to now, is to subject ASUU’s UTAS to integrity test and in doing so, it would be presented to users like the office of Accountant General of the Federation on Wednesday .
” After that it will be sent to National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA) and from there to the office of the National Security Adviser for a second look.
” The platform is an option grown device that requires stage by stage consideration and from the looks of things it is good “, he said
Confirming the head way achieved at the meeting , the Chairman , Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Tetfund , Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita ,said the interface had not ended but a stage of compromise is getting closer between the two parties .
“The meeting brokered by the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan among the various stakeholders , achieved a lot today with agreement on the need to subject the UTAS alternative brought forward by ASUU for integrity test by all relevant departments of government “, he said .
The ASUU leadership though refused to speak to the press after the closed door meeting but were in a good mood apparently due to the consideration being given to their alternative platform…