Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour, and Employment

IPPIS: Government currently testing ASUU’s alternative UTAS ─Minister

*Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committees to meet academic union’s leaders Wednesday

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As a possible alternative to the government’s seemingly contentious Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Federal Government of Nigeria says it is currently examining the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) payment platform developed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

ConsumerConnect reports Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour, and Employment, stated this development while addressing reporters after a meeting with the leadership of the Senate and ASUU Tuesday, October 13, in Abuja, FCT.

The peace meeting was said to be at the instance of Senate President (Dr.) Ahmad Lawan to resolve the lingering face-off between the Federal Government and the academic union.

Dr. Ngige said the government was studying the UTAS by juxtaposing it with whatever deficiencies the IPPIS is said to have.

The Minister stated that the Federal Government is ready to test ASUU’s UTAS to determine its functionality.

Recall that ASUU had rejected the implementation of IPPIS when it embarked on an indefinite strike February 2020.

However, Sen. Lawan stressed that the current misunderstanding between the Federal Government and ASUU would not do any of the two parties any good after all.

While urging both parties to resolve their differences, the Senate President said: “It has to be a win-win situation.”

Likewise, the leadership of the House of Representatives Wednesday, October 14 will today meet with officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the current face-off between the government and the union.

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who announced this at plenary Tuesday, also urged the Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, his Deputy, and other members of the committee to attend the meeting.

The Speaker stated: “This is for the leadership and the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Education, and any member of that committee that wants to be in attendance: there will be a meeting with ASUU in my office tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1:30 p.m.”

Gbajabiamila also directed the committee to communicate the meeting to all stakeholders, including the Ministries of Education, Finance as well as Labour and Employment.

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