The Federal Government has condemned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for using the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), as a condition for calling off the ongoing strike.
According to the Federal Government, ASUU is being “unreasonable” by stating that the acceptance of the UTAS is the ground for calling off the strike.
Recalled that ASUU had said that it would end the strike action after its home-grown had passed the federal government’s integrity test.
However, speaking during an interview, the association’s national leader and president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said UTAS, which is a payment system developed by ASUU in place of the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), is still going through an integrity test handled by NITDA.
Reacting to the ASUU’s stance, spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said ASUU’s demand is ridiculous because varsity lecturers cannot determine how they should be paid by their employers which is the federal government.
“I don’t know whether you know how many groups, organisations, and associations receiving a salary from the federal account. So, if everybody is doing their own platform, imagine how many payment platforms government will have to deal with it.”
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