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IPPIS Controversy: FG Will Consider ASUU’s UTAS – Ngige

The Federal Government says it will consider adopting the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) presented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, made the disclosure while addressing journalists after meeting with the Senate on the issue on Tuesday.

ASUU had declined to enroll on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), citing “irregularities.”

The union proposed UTAS as an alternative to IPPIS.

It embarked on an indefinite strike in March after the Federal Government insisted that all government workers must enroll on the payment platform.

On Tuesday, Ngige disclosed that ASUU’s UTAS would be put through thorough assessment.

The minister noted that no concrete decision had been reached on implementation of the IPPIS or acceptance of UTAS.

“We will involve other government agencies who would also come and assess it. Discussions on it are not foreclosed yet,” he said.

“UTAS is homegrown software. It is what we call local content that Mr President is encouraging.

“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.

“We have neither jettisoned the implementation of the IPPIS nor fully accepted UTAS.

“The level we moved to now is to subject ASUU’s scheme to integrity test and in doing so, it will be presented to users like the office of Accountant General of the Federation on Wednesday.

“After that, it will be sent to the National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA) and from there to the office of the National Security Adviser for second look.

“The platform is an option grown device that requires stage by stage consideration and from the looks of things is good.”

The ongoing strike has left public universities closed since March 2020.

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