Chris Ngige: No Invitation Yet For Meeting On Superiority of UTAS over IPPIS - ASUU - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Chris Ngige: No Invitation Yet For Meeting On Superiority of UTAS over IPPIS - ASUU

... Says Minister of Labour and Employment misinformed Nigerians about strike, others


From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

The Academic Staff Union of Universitiess (ASUU) on Thursday disclosed that the Union has not received any invitation yet for meeting of stakeholders on demonstration of the efficacy and superiority of University  Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) over Federal Government's Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

UTAS is software developed by ASUU.

The Union said that over a month ago, it had written the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Union's readiness to demonstrate the efficacy and superiority of UTAS over IPPIS  but added that as of September 30, yesterday, there was no acknowledgement of receipt of its letter.

Prof. Olusiji Sowande, the Zonal Coordinator of Lagos zone of ASUU,  made this known in a release provided to The Daily Crucible in reaction to the Minister of Labour and Employment (MoL&E), Dr. Chris Ngige, whom he stressed, misinformed Nigerians about the on - going ASUU strike and other issues.

 Ngige had while appearing on Channels Television programme (Politics Today) aired on September 29, 2020, claimed among other things that ASUU members have been paid their salaries but Prof. Olusiji that was far from the reality on ground.

The release reads: "The attention our Union has been drawn to the comments of the Minister of Labour and Employment (MoL&E), Dr. Chris Ngige on a Channels Television programme (Politics Today) aired on September 29, 2020.

"The Minister informed the public that a meeting has been scheduled next week (after independent celebration) for our Union to demonstrate the efficacy of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) software developed by our Union to the stakeholders at the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education and Minister of Labour and Employment to watch as arbiter. 

"The  public should please note that our Union, over a month ago, had written the MoL&E of our readiness to demonstrate the efficacy and superiority of UTAS over IPPIS and that as at the time of this press release no acknowledgement of receipt of our letter 
or letter of invitation for meeting has been received by our Union. 

"The Minister also misinformed the public by narrowing down the issues in contention to our rejection of Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) which UTAS seeks to replace. 

"Other issues in contention for which our Union is currently on total, comprehensive and indefinite strike include failure of government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and February 2019 Memorandum of Action with timelines for release of funds for the revitalization of dilapidated infrastructure in public Universities, payment of outstanding Earned Academic Allowances, conclusion of the renegotiation of 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement, setting up of Visitation Panels to Federal Universities and proliferation of State Universities.
 
"Dr. Chris Ngige was also economical with the truth by misinforming the public that government has been paying the salaries of members of our Union to date.

"The correct position is that government only paid our salaries up to June 2020. As of today our members are been owed three 
(3) months salaries while in some Universities our members have not received salary for six (6) month. 

"In addition, government through the 
Office of the Accountant General of the Federation have criminally withheld five months (February-June, 2020) Check-Off deducted from our members salaries. 

"We are therefore surprised that MoL&E could go on air to present information which he has not verified as truth to the unsuspecting public. The ongoing total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action by our Union will continue if this propaganda and lies against 
ASUU persists. 

"The public and well-meaning Nigerians should prevail on government to do the needful in ending the current strike action."







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