Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Saturday, November 21, revealed the decision to exempt members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System is a temporary measure.
According to Ngige, this is pending the conclusion of an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
Ngige, who clarified the position of the government team on the negotiation with ASUU said that it was not true that the government had abandoned the IPPIS or that ASUU should not be on the platform.
The minister said, “I think it is better because a lot of people are quoting us out of context; saying that we abandoned the IPPIS and that we also said they should not be on IPPIS; it is not true.
“What we said in the meeting and what we also agreed was that in the interim for the transition period; that UTAS is being tested by NITDA and the Office of National Security Adviser for cybersecurity.
“For that transition period, ASUU members that are not yet on IPPIS will be paid; through the platform with which they were paid the President’s compassionate COVID-19 payment; done to them between the months of February and June.
“That platform is a hybrid platform between the IPPIS and GIFMIS platform (Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System) for the transition period. That was what was used, it’s a hybrid.”
Ngige said the reason for reaching that position was because no government payment will be done outside the IPPIS platform.
“So there is a handshake between IPPIS and GIFMIS platform; and that was what was used in paying them for that period; and so we are going to continue with that until UTAS undergoes all the integrity test and cybersecurity test and it is confirmed for use,” he added.