JUST IN: FG agrees to modify IPPIS for UTAS, UP3S as ASUU meets Thursday on suspension of strike

There is a high indication that the federal government will modify the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPS) to accommodate the peculiarities of the University Transparency Accountability System (UTAS), and Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UP3S)

The UTAS is a payroll system developed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.

 

The UP3S was also developed by the Joint Action Committee of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (JAC) for same purpose.

According to reports, this was discussed during the meeting of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and ASUU’s executive on Monday.

 

 

Recall, that since February 14, 2022, there have been no academic activities in public universities in the country due to the ongoing ASUU strike.

 

The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) against the IPPIS.

 

IPPIS which was conceptualized in October 2006 government as one of its Reform Programme, to curb corruption such as payment of salaries to ghost workers, as being said to have contributed to about 75% of problems affecting Nigeria’s university system.

 

A report by Nigeria’s Auditor General revealed that as of November 2020, more than 14 years after the rollout of IPPIS, a fraud of over N3.96 billion was identified. Recently, Nigeria’s former Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris was detained for an alleged N90 billion fraud that involved comprising the IPPIS.

Aside from the aforementioned frauds, IPPIS does not cater for the peculiarities of ASUU members, such as their earned allowances. In a 2019 FGN/ASUU agreement, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was introduced by ASUU to make up for the gaps within IPPIS’s operations.

 

However, in the latest development, the government has finally accepted to modify the IPPIS in other to meet ASUU demands.

 

“The lecturers were told that the IPPIS will be modified to accommodate the peculiarities of UTAS. It will be too expensive to run two payment platforms concurrently,” a source who did not want his name in print explained.

 

Meanwhile, members of the National Executive Council of ASUU will meet on Thursday to take a formal stance on the eight-month-old strike.

 

The outcome of the meeting would result in suspension of the strike on late Thursday or Friday morning. Source

 

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