- ASUU is beginning to gain victory in its battle with the federal government
- The ministry of labour and employment has said that the government is now considering the union's alternative for IPPIS
- Chris Ngige, the minister on Tuesday, October 13, revealed that the proposed University Transparency Account System (UTAS) will be looked into
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It seems that several meetings between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are finally making headway.
In fact, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, informed journalists in Abuja that the government has agreed to consider ASUU's suggested alternative for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The academic union has proposed the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) as a better option for IPPIS, Daily Trust reports.
Ngige noted that since UTAS is homegrown, it deserves the federal government's consideration and possible acceptance.
The minister pointed out clearly both parties are at the compromise stage on the issue and that the next stage is the forwarding of the proposal to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
“After that, it will be sent to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and office of the National Security Adviser for a second look.”
Meanwhile, ASUU called on the minister of state for education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba's resignation.
The call was made on Tuesday, October 6, by the lecturers' body on the heels of a statement credited to the junior minister in which he told the striking ASUU members to go to farm if they do not want to agree with terms of their employer.
The minister was reported to have insisted that ASUU cannot dictate how they should be paid to the federal government.
But in a swift response, ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof Ayo Akinwole, described the minister's statement as a clear expression of ignorance.
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