Firmly insists no end to continuous strike up until govt satisfies needs
UTAS much more than option to IPPIS, it states
Declines elimination of Ogundipe as UNILAG VC
Asks Buhari to make up Unique Visitation Panel to probe elimination
By Joseph Erunke Abuja
The Academic Personnel Union of Universities, ASUU, Tuesday, stated its University Openness and Responsibility Service, UTAS which it established as an option to the Integrated Payroll and Worker Details System, IPPIS, read for stability tests.
The university speakers’ body which stated it had actually satisfied the requirement of the federal government in effectively establishing the payment system, revealed that the federal government had actually accepted the questionable payroll system.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, dealing with the media in the business of the union’s executive members, firmly insisted that UTAS stayed a much more alternative to IPPIS which he kept in mind,“does not respect the nature, structure, and character of the Nigerian University System.”
According to him,“We had always promised that ASUU would produce a robust software solution that would be sensitive to the uniqueness of the university system in addressing personnel information and payroll system, among other things.”
Hear him: “Following our engagements with the Federal Federal government over the concerns that ultimately resulted in the statement of the continuous strike action on 17th March 2020, the federal government stated that it “accepts in concept the.
University Openness and Responsibility Service (UTAS), which is being established by ASUU and its scientists for the monetary administration of the University’s FG’s personnel month-to-month payroll and accounting procedures”.
“In addition, the Federal Government pledged that “When fully developed UTAS will be subjected to various integrity tests in order to verify its efficacy to see whether this final product will pass the necessary technical attribute test as specified by NITDA.”
” On our part, ASUU had actually offered a timeframe of eighteen (18) months to the federal government to establish, test, and release UTAS.
“In keeping with this promise, ASUU is pleased to announce that UTAS is now ready for the “integrity tests” needed of it by the federal government. Undoubtedly, the software application was revealed by method of presentation to the Minister and Elder Management Personnel of the Ministry of Education, consisting of the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the other day, 17th August 2020.
” We need to nevertheless stress that UTAS is much more than simply an option to IPPIS which does not appreciate the nature, structure, and character of the Nigerian University System.
” It was inexpedient, ab initio, to have actually released IPPIS in the universities. All the.
distortions and interruptions being reported within the university payrolls of federal universities in the last 6 months approximately, even by those who at first invited IPPIS with open arms, were forecasted by ASUU. Unlike IPPIS, nevertheless, the UTAS is a web-based Business Resource Preparation (ERP) application released for the total management of university resources in an effective, transparent, and liable way. It is established to operate on the principle of Software application as a Service (SaaS), in which universities preserve sub-domains as occupants.
“Users are fully identified and authenticated for the purpose of gaining access to any of the aspects of the platforms such a User is appropriately authorised.”
He worried that to name a few things,“UTAS recognises all agreements entered into between the Government and university-based trade unions; ensures simultaneous payment of employees’ salaries and third-party deductions (e.g. Tax, Pension, Union dues, Cooperatives, Bank loans) seamlessly; allows for centralized monitoring of staff and staff emolument across universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC); allows the university to adapt to the fluidity in nature, type and period of recruitment of staff; and facilitates storage and automated retrieval of personnel records for effective monitoring.”
” UTAS is advantageous to the university system and Nigeria due to the fact that it is an in your area established software application in line with the regional material policy of the Federal Federal government; it ensures.
automation of Personnel and Income Administration; it enables tracking of personnel profession development; it shows ease of auditing procedures; it allows information mining for smart analysis, and it ensures nationwide security and sovereignty,” he described.
According to him,” Advancement of UTAS is a concrete attestation to the capability of Nigerian scholars and scientists to react to our developmental obstacles when entrusted to offer options. It is our genuine hope that the federal government would not break its guarantee due to the fact that the advantages of UTAS to the university system (both public and personal) can not be discovered in any other software application in Nigeria today.”.
“Now that the Union is close to meeting the government’s demand on an alternative to IPPIS, it is our sincere hope that the substantive issues in the ongoing strike action would be given the desired attention,” he stated.
On the other hand, the union preserved that it will not suspend its continuous strike up until the federal government honours its 2019 arrangements with the union.
Ogunyemi likewise regreted that 5 months’ incomes of their members at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and Michael Okpara University of Farming (MOUAU) are still kept by the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) on account of non-registration on IPPIS.
“Thousands of other academics across the universities are suffering the same fate. So, while we counsel that government at both the federal and state levels must meet the Taskforce specified guidelines for reopening of educational institutions, we insist that all the arrears of the withheld salaries of our members in federal and state universities must be paid immediately to pave for further discussion on the outstanding issues in the Memorandum of Action of 7th February 2019,” he stated.
On the supposed elimination of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos by the Governing Council of the organization, led by Chairman Dr Wale Babalakin, the Union, according to him,” revealed shock and outright frustration.”.
“Babalakin’s spirited efforts to defends the indefensible is a clear indication that there is more to the story coming from the senior member of the bar as other senior advocates like him, including professors from the Faculty of Law telling him that he goofed because the due process as required by the universities Miscellaneous Provisions Amendment Act, 2004 was not followed,” he stated.
He included:“ASUU fully supports the UNILAG Senate’s rejection of Dr Wake Babalakin-led Governing Council’s ill-informed decision to remove the Vice-Chancellor. We call on Mr President, as Visitor to University of Lagos, to immediately constitute a Special Visitation Panel to look into the immediate and remote causes of the events that led to the purported removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T Ogundipe as VC of UNILAG with a view to bringing all found culpable to book.”
Ogunyemi regreted the mindset of some vice-chancellors, who he stated,” are tricking and defrauding unwary trainees and moms and dads by pretending to keep the session running throughout the nation-wide lockdown” occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated the country’s universities were bereft of the needed ICT facilities.