The end of the intensification of the ASUU strike, protests of the ARS, F.G. Lamenta
The federal government complained yesterday that the continued closure of Nigerian universities following a strike initiated by the University Academic Personnel Union (ASUU) on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel System, IPPIS contributed to the ongoing protest. #EndSARS.
Senator Ngige also denied speculation that the federal government was considering replacing the IPPIS platform with the University Accounts Transparency System (UTAS), a platform that scientists have developed against IPPIS.
The minister condemned the protracted strike that paralyzed academic activities in the country’s higher education institutions.
In his words: “Last week we were all on the alert, met and pray that this meeting will bring good results. We don’t like the fact that children who are supposed to go to school are recruited into #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT and other situations.
“As much as possible, we will try to see how we can meet halfway to resolve this crisis for the benefit of everyone and the country as a whole.”
Ngige said the government has initiated a UTAS testing process that ASUU members say is in line with university systems, adding that all three phases of the test will be completed within the timeframe specified by the union. gave it to the government.
He said: “We have the preliminary report and testing of UTA, which is a solution to ensure the transparency and accountability of universities. We believe that with this we can do it well.
“Let me be clear to the press, we never said UTAS would replace IPPIS as some of you are saying, ‘No! The UTAS they developed is designed for university systems, and they believe that it reflects features that are customized to fit all the characteristics of university systems, primarily because it affects teachers and other faculty members as well as non-academic staff. This is the situation.
We, as a government, believe we will test it: three phases of testing. We have completed the first phase of testing, which falls within the six months promised by ASUU. We will do other integrity tests, alpha tests, beta tests and what they call roll-over, and any other tests. Technologists know all these tests. But this is the round we are currently conducting. “
In response, ASUU chairman Professor Biodun Ogunemi, who led the union delegation to the meeting, said that Nigerians, including union members, expect a lot from his leadership, insisting they do not. he will do everything that jeopardizes the rights of its members, students and the country as a whole.
The meeting was attended by the chief accountant of the Federation, Ahmed Idris; Senator Ahmed Baba-Kaita, Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee; NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Adamu Rashid and Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Festus Keiamo, SAN,
Meanwhile, the non-teaching staff of the universities warned that they will not participate in the agreement to replace IPPIS with UTAS ASUU.
Non-teaching staff at the university threatened that if the federal government recognizes UTAS, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union and related institutions, NASU will unveil its new Payment Platform.
A senior member of the Joint Action Committee, JAC of the two unions, said an employee cannot dictate which payment platform to use for his employers, adding that what should be a worker’s concern is to get his pay on time and on time.
Source: – Vanguard