- FG has said that the demand for UTAS by the ASUU might not be realised
- ASUU had rejected IPPIS by the federal government and insisted on UTAS
- Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, said there was no provision for UTAS in 2021 budget
As Nigerians continue to beg the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to shift ground on their demands, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has released a bombshell.
Daily Trust reports that the minister said that funding for the purchase of the hardware for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as proposed by the ASUU may constitute another major problem.
Legit.ng gathered that Ngige, who said this while fielding questions from State House reporters in Aso Rock, stated that the federal government did not make any budgetary provision for the procurement of the UTAS hardware in the midst of the rejection of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by ASUU as the payment mode for lecturers.
He, however, said that the government had already forwarded the UTAS software to the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for integrity test, saying that government would not want to discourage any Nigerian from providing homegrown solutions to issues.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said the ASUU has not called off its strike because some issues raised by the union have not been attended to.
It was reported that the president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba on Tuesday, November 17, said the labour union could not advise ASUU to call off its strike until the pending issues are resolved with the government.
In another report, the federal government promised to go after those operating illegal satellite campuses and affiliations with foreign unaccredited universities in Nigeria.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, who made this known on Thursday, November 12, in Abuja, noted that an evaluation of certificates obtained by Nigerians from foreign universities would be carried out as well.
Adamu said the move is in line with the quest of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigerian students obtain foreign degrees that are internationally competitive.
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