In order to find a common ground and possibly end the ongoing strike action, the leadership of the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) will today meet the representatives of the Federal Government to conclude discussions on their demand.
Speaking on Channels Television’s “Politics Today” on Monday, ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, said the University Transparency and Accountability Transparency (UTAS) has also been cleared for use by the government to replace the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU had developed UTAS over complaint that the IPPIS deployed by the government for the payment of university workers’ emoluments failed to recognise the peculiarities of the university system, and that it is full of errors.
Mr Osodeke said: “The issue of IPPIS and UTAS have been put to rest because the test has been done. As agreed by the Chief of Staff (to President Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari), UTAS will be implemented to cover all the universities,
“If we go to that meeting tomorrow and the government says they are willing to sign what we negotiated, it’s fine.”
ASUU has been on strike since February. Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement and the replacement of IPPIS with UTAS are at the top of its demands.