Strike: Only union members will benefit from ‘N30bn Allowance – ASUU. ASUU has said that its proposed payment platform “UTAS” (University Transparency Accountability Solution) can be ready for use in three weeks after ongoing negotiations and meetings that have produced little or no outcome, if the government is committed and willing to give the “go ahead”.
Although the FG and ASUU meeting last week saw the Federal Government telling ASUU to stick to its IPPIS (Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System) platform until UTAS is approved and ready for use.
In a recent interview with Punch, nevertheless, ASUU President Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said the union was prepared to make UTAS compliant with the government’s provision, adding that if the Federal Government is committed to ending the strike, the “UTAS” platform of ASUU can be ready in no more than three weeks without the need to move to IPPIS.
Professor Ogunyemi applied that: “What is left for UTAS to pass the integrity test is what we have officially started with the National Agency for the Development of Information Technology (NADI); we have forwarded NITDA documents.”
“We can also put the final phase behind us in a couple of weeks, perhaps two to three weeks at most, if the government shows sufficient goodwill and assistance. It’s the goodwill, dedication that we are searching for now.
“Instead of focusing on that, the government says that there is a change; how many weeks, how many months of transition? Most of our members who are not on IPPIS were still paid this past week. So, what platform was used by them?
“We told them to use the platform you used to pay people; why the insistence on IPPIS? That is the main reason why we assume that there is a hidden IPPIS agenda.
“We will reveal those who are behind it at the appropriate time. Also every document has been submitted by us, except if they want to rest on the documents. Ogunyemi emphasised that if they don’t want to rest on the records, why are they saying we should go back to IPPIS?
In responding to the N30bn Earned Academic Allowance, Professor Ogunyemi also said the allowance would be for the members of the union, stressing that the union was negotiating for ASUU alone and not for other unions.