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Strike: FG Is Being Manipulative, Deceptive-ASUU




The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, has accused the Federal Government of Nigeria of playing a game of deception in the impasse that has seen the union remaining on strike.

Ogunyemi, said that the government has failed to show commitment to resolving the impasse.

According to him, the University Transparency Accountability Solution can be ready in three weeks if the Federal Government is committed.

Recall that only last week the FG told ASUU to transit to Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending when UTAS would be ready for use.

However, Prof Ogunyemi, said there was no need to transit to IPPIS since UTAS could be ready in at most three weeks if the government was sincere.

“What we need is a commitment; there is nothing like transition and what we are saying, in essence, is that government should just go ahead and pay what government has withheld – the salaries of our members; people have not been paid for eight or nine months on account of not registering on IPPIS,” the ASUU president said on the Channels Television breakfast show.

“What is left for UTAS to pass integrity test is what we have started with the National Information Technology Development Agency; we have submitted documents to NITDA.

“If the government demonstrates sufficient goodwill and support, we can put the final stage behind us as a matter of weeks, maybe two to three weeks at most. It is the goodwill, commitment that we are now looking for.

“Rather than focusing on that, the government is insisting that there is a transition; transition for how many weeks, how many months? This last week, they still paid some of our members who are not on IPPIS. So, what platform did they use?

We have been telling them, use the platform you have been using to pay people; why the insistence on IPPIS? That is the reason we are saying there is a hidden agenda about IPPIS.

“At the appropriate time, we will expose those who are behind it. We have submitted every document, except if they want to sit on the documents. If they don’t want to sit on the documents why are they saying we should go back to IPPIS,” Ogunyemi asked

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