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ASUU To Call Of Strike Soon, As FG May Consider Adopting UTAS

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The Federal Government said it might considered adopting the of University Transparency Account System (UTAS) proposed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Insidenaija reports.

Recall ASUU had previously rejected the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) presented by the Government, insisting that UTAS, should be used as alternative emoluments payment platform.

Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour made the disclosure while briefing Journalists, after a two and half close door meeting leaderships of ASUU and the Senates, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The minister noted that the alternative payment platform proposed by ASUU was home grown and worth given thorough assessment test.

“We agreed at the meeting to give required consideration to the UTAS alternative they came up with as a way of finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis over 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 scheme to integrity test and in doing so, it will be presented to users like the office of Accountant General of the Federation on Wednesday .

“After that, it will be sent to the National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA) and from there to the office of the National Security Adviser for second look.

“The platform is an option grown device that requires stage by stage consideration and from the looks of things is good,” he said.

Confirming the head way achieved at the meeting, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TetFund, Sen. Ahmad Baba Kaita, said that the interface had not ended, but a stage of compromise is getting closer between the two parties.

“The meeting brokered by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, among other stakeholders, achieved a lot today with agreement on the need to subject the UTAS alternative brought forward by ASUU for integrity test by all relevant departments of the government,” he said.

Meanwhile, the News Agency of Nigeria (NANS), reports that ASUU leadership refused to speak with the press as to what the outcome of the meeting was, but they were in good mood apparently due to government’s decision to consider the alternative platform.

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