Goodnews: FG Agrees With ASUU On Proposed Payment Platform
The Federal government has said that it has agreed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on its proposed new payment platform and might adopt it.
The new payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability System is a home-grown platform which was presented to the Senate by the Academic Staff Union of Universities as a way out of the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) that usually causes conflict between the federal government and ASUU.
Speaking to newsmen after a closed-door meeting with the ASUU and the Senate, the Minister of Labour, Den. Chris Ngige said that the new payment platform was home-grown and seen worthy through assessment.
“We agreed at the meeting to give required consideration to the UTAS alternative they came up with as a way of finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis over implementation of IPPIS,” he said.
He said that they have not fully accepted the new platform, UTAS yet, just like they have not collectively agreed on the implementation of the IPPIS.
However, he affirmed that the level they have moved to now is to “subject ASUU’s Scheme to integrity test.” Therefore, it will be presented to the appropriate offices such as the office of the Accountant General of the Federation. From there to the National Information Technology Development Agency. And then to the National Security Advisor for second look on Wednesday.
He confirmed that “the platform is an option grown device that requires stage by stage consideration and from the look of things, it is good.”