- ASUU and the federal government have reached an interim agreement to incorporate UTAS system into the government's accountability policy IPPIS
- The partial agreement was reached when the body met with the labour and productivity minister Chris Ngige
- ASUU and the federal government have been at loggerhead over the adoption of the IPPIS policy into the varsities' lecturers payroll service
After weeks of heat which resulted in Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) declaring a two-week warning strike, the union has finally reached a partial agreement with the federal government over the use of University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The varsities' lecturers have been in dispute with the government over the adoption of government's accountability policy Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) into lecturers' payroll service.
ASUU said the software does not reflect the true operation of lecturers across universities, prompting the body to develop its own software called UTAS which it wants the government to adopt, Premium Times reports.
But during a meeting with labour and productivity minister Chris Ngige, the deal for the incorporation of the UTAS software was reached between the two parties after several hours.
Although the agreement was reached on interim base, ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi said the national executive council of the body will meet and review the conditions attached to the integration of UTAS into IPPIS.
Ogunyemi, who did not disclose the conditions given by the federal government, said the working council of ASUU will consider next moves ahead of the next meeting with Ngige on Monday, March 16.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported that following the two-week warning strike embarked upon by ASUU, the federal government held a crucial meeting with the union's leadership in Abuja.
ASUU was led by its president, Prof Ogunyemi, to meet the minister of labour and employment in his ministry.
The meeting, which took place at the conference room of the ministry, was chaired by Ngige. Others in attendance at the meeting included the accountant-general of the federation, Idris Ahmed; the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed.
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