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IPPIS: FG considers ASUU’s request, subjects UTAS to integrity test

- By Abdullatee­f Salau

The Federal Government may adopt the University Transparen­cy Account System being presented by the Academic Staff Union of Universiti­es as alternativ­e payment platform to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Informatio­n System.

The

Minister

of

Labour

and

Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed this to reporters in Abuja yesterday after a meeting with Senate leadership.

He said UTAS is home-grown and worth given thorough assessment test.

The meeting was at the instance of Senate President Ahmad Lawan to resolve the lingering crisis between the government and the ASUU.

Ngige said the meeting agreed to give required considerat­ion to the UTAS as a way of finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis over implementa­tion of IPPIS.

“We’ve neither jettisoned the implementa­tion of the IPPIS nor fully accepted UTAS. The level we’re now is to subject UTAS to integrity test and in doing so, it’ll be presented to users like the office of the Accountant General of the Federation on Wednesday.

“After that, it’ll be sent to the National Informatio­n Technology Developmen­t Agency and office of the National Security Adviser for second look,” he said.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Tetfund, Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita, said a stage of compromise was getting closer between both parties.

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