•Varsity teachers committed to dialogue, says Ogunyemi
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to merge the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) with the union’s proposed University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The minister got an ally in the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, for the two payroll systems to be fused.
ASUU President Biodun Ogunyemi, who announced this yesterday in a statement in Abuja, said the union remained committed to its tradition of consultation and dialogue.
He added that Ngige and Mustapha only alluded to the possibility of merging UTAS with IPPIS.
The statement reads: “President Buhari agreed with ASUU that education, particularly university education, holds the key to the future of the country. The union, on its part, noted with interest Mr. President’s comment that the ‘Minister of Education has a lot of work to do’ after which he handed over the position paper of ASUU on the issues raised to the minister for a follow-up.
“As expected, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, spoke spiritedly in defence of IPPIS, including levelling some unfounded allegations against ASUU in order to portray the union in bad light before Mr. President.”
“However, some other officials of government (like Minister of Labour and Employment and Secretary to Government of the Federation) alluded to the possibility of ‘marrying’ ASUU’s UTAS with IPPIS…”
“Also, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning created the wrong impression that a substantial number of ASUU members had enrolled in IPPIS in defiance of the union. For the avoidance of doubt, however, the minister failed to provide the ratio of academic to non-academic in her questionable data.