OrderPaperToday – The Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU) has insisted that it will not enroll its members into Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) introduced by the federal government.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari while presenting the 2021 budget at the joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday said salaries of federal workers not on the IPPIS system will not be paid.

IPPIS is a centralised payroll system for all Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to have a proper control of personnel cost and guard against ghost workers.

There has been back and forth on the matter between the executive arm and the union which called an industrial action that has kept public universities locked since February this year.

An intervention by Spear of the House of Representatives in March did not yield any fruit.

However, on Monday, the national president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, met with the leadership of the Senate to inform them on an alternative titled, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), developed by the lecturers.

According to him, the platform will effect transparency and accountability in the process of payments of lecturers’ emoluments.

Speaking with journalists after a three hours closed door session with senators, Ogunyemi said: “As promoters of local content and firm believer in concepts and ideas directly responsive to prevailing peculiarities, on UTAS we stand and not ready to move an inch towards the direction of IPPIS which is imported and not responsive to the peculiarities involved in lecturers’ emoluments.”

He however noted that no resolution was reached at the interface and a meeting has been slated for another day.

Before the executive session, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan appealed to both warring parties to shift ground for the sake of Nigerian students who are still home.

He said: “We really don’t need this kind of situation where our universities are shut. Our children are main victims of this. Therefore both government and ASUU have to find a common ground for our universities to open and offer the kind of services expected of our universities.

“We cannot afford as a country to continue to have this kind of crisis. This may explain why those that can afford will normally go out of the country even to West African countries like Ghana to receive University education.

“The idea is to find out how we can resolve the outstanding issues and it is supposed to be give and take. Government cannot have all its way and I believe ASUU should not expect to get everything it has asked for.”

He assured that the chamber will find a middle ground so that public universities can reopen.

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