12 October 2020 by James Itodo…
Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities ( ASUU), declared on Monday in Abuja that its opposition against enrollment of its members in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System ( IPPIS), by the Federal Government stands.
The National President of ASUU , Professor Biodun Ogunyemi made the declaration after about three hours interface with leadership of the Senate ‘ saying ” on University Transparency and Accountability Solution ( UTAS) , they stand .
This is as the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan called on both ASUU and the Federal Government to shift ground for the sake of Students who have been home since February this year when ASUU embarked on a strike action against implementation of IPPIS .
While fielding questions from newsmen after the interface , the ASUU President , said “as patriotic , innovative and creative Nigerians , ASUU developed a home grown platform that should be used by the Federal Government to effect transparency and accountability in the process of payment of lecturers’ emoluments “.
The alternative platform according to him, is University Transparency and Accountability Solution ( UTAS) which according to him is a mechanism far better than the IPPIS.
” As promoters of local content and firm believers in concepts and ideas directly responsive to prevailing peculiarities , on UTAS we stand and not ready to move an inch towards the direction of IPPIS which is imported and not responsive to the peculiarities involved in lecturers’ emoluments ” , he stressed .
Though he added that the interface between ASUU and the Senate leadership would help in bringing up the issue towards addressing them but concrete solution is yet to be achieved , the very reason ,the meeting is slated for another day .
Earlier in his submission before the Senate Leadership, the ASUU boss, said they have been kicking against implementation of IPPIS for University lecturers since 2013 to the point of almost reaching an agreement with Government in 2015 .
Aside the issue of IPPIS, he said none implementation of agreements government signed with it since 2009 , were also part of the reasons , they have been on strike for the past eight months .