The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) suggested by the union.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU President; made the call in an interview on Sunday, February 16 in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that university lecturers must enroll on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU had rejected IPPIS, insisting that it violates university autonomy and proposed the UTAS; as an alternative to the government’s centralised payroll system of IPPIS.
According to him, the matter as far as the government side is concerned is still where they left it.
“But we believe our members do not want IPPIS because it is not in the interest of the system.
“So, we are still waiting for the government to respond to our proposal for the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution; which we are working on as another alternative to IPPIS.
“The last time we met at the Presidency; we came out with the impression that the IPPIS and ASUU should meet and talk out areas that can be used for both platforms.
“We have had policies in Nigeria that were reviewed before the new one. So, if you know a policy cannot work and the policy is yet to be applied to the system; it is never too late for the government to listen to a voice of reasoning.
“Hopefully, we have given them the voice of reason; because we have found that our arguments are genuine, our arguments are patriotic,” he said.
Ogunyemi noted that there was nowhere in the world where IPPIS is being implemented; that universities are put under the civil service, then why should Nigeria be an exception.