ASUU strike: UTAS could be ready in three weeks – ASUU
The University Academic Staff Union said that a solution to the issue of transparency in university accountability could be ready in three weeks if the federal government is committed.
Last week, FG instructed ASUU to move to an integrated payroll and HR management system, pending UTAS ‘readiness for use.
However, in an interview with The PUNCH, ASUU President Professor Biodun Ogunemi said there was no need to switch to IPPIS as UTAS could be ready within three weeks if the government is honest.
“What is left for UTAS to pass the integrity test is what we started with the National Information Technology Development Agency; we submitted documents to NITDA.
“If the government shows enough goodwill and support, we can leave the final phase behind for a few weeks, maybe two or three weeks at the most. This is the goodwill, the commitment we are looking for.
“Instead of focusing on this, the government is pushing for a transition; transition for how many weeks, how many months? They were still paying some of our non-IPPIS members last week. So what platform did they use?
“We told them: use the platform you used to pay people; Why Insist on IPPIS? This is why we say that IPPIS has hidden plans.
“At the right time, we will expose those behind us. We have sent all the documents, except when they want to sit on the documents. If they do not want to sit on documents, why do they say that we should return to IPPIS, ”Ogunemi asked.
When asked about the 30 billion earned academic benefits offered by FG, which ASUU said would be for its members only, Ogunemi explained that the union was negotiating for ASUU and not for other unions.
He added that it is illogical for the government to say that other unions will benefit.
Source: – Punch ng