ASUU drops strike as NITDA approves UTAS for members salaries

ASUU drops strike as NITDA approves UTAS for members salaries

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday resolved to put on hold its decision on strike. The varsity teachers’ union took stand to give room for further consultations and after receiving reports from its branches.

According to the union, the decision was taken after a December 18 meeting to review the level of government’s implementation of the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) of December 23, last year and other related matters.

In a statement issued after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, ASUU welcomed the recommendation of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) that the payment platform – University Transparency and Accountability Solution  (UTAS) developed by the university lecturers be deployed in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

ASUU National President Prof Emmanuel Osodeke said areas highlighted by NITDA in its report would be addressed.

Prof. Osodeke referred to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS), engineered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank as evil, stressing that the continuous use of the IPPIS had created distortions in the payment lecturers’ salaries.

He wondered why it took more than one year to get the needed feedback on the home-grown solution – UTAS – at a  time  Nigeria is yearning for  “local content”.

He said: “NEC  is pleased that the end-user evaluation report overwhelmingly endorses  UTAS  for  immediate deployment  by  government  for Nigerian  universities.  On  our  part,  ASUU  is  fully  prepared  to  address  all  the technical  observations  made  by  NITDA  in  order  to  make  this  happen.

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