The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) may soon end its eight-months strike, after President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet resolved to consider the adoption of the University Transparency Account System (UTAS).
Newsrand understands that UTAS is an alternative to the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which the union kicked against as an emoluments payments platform.
Following a two-hour closed-door meeting, which involved the Senate leadership, the Federal Government and ASUU leadership, Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, stated that the alternative platform presented by ASUU is homegrown and worth given thorough assessment test.
And according to him, the government and ASUU have both arrived at a conclusion, which will end the lingering strike action.
Ngige’s words: “We agreed at the meeting to give required consideration to the UTAS alternative they came up with as a way of finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis over the 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 will be presented to users like the office of the Accountant General of the Federation on Wednesday.
“After that, it will be sent to the National Information Technology Development Agency and from there to the office of the National Security Adviser for a second look.
“The platform is a homegrown device that requires stage by stage consideration and from the looks of things, it is good.”
Recall that ASUU had since February 2020, began an indefinite strike in a bid to force the FG to implement its agreements with the lecturers and protest against the IPPIS, which it said is not transparent.
In spite of FG’s directive that all educational institutions should resume on Monday, October 12, the union vowed not to resume, saying its members won’t work on empty stomachs.