The Federal Government has denied the report that the University Academic Staff Union, ASUU, has been exempted from the platform of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS.
Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said on Sunday the government was quoted out of context on the matter, saying there was no meeting and it was agreed that ASUU would be exempt from the IPPIS payment platform.
The minister explained that in the meeting with the leadership of the university professors, the government agreed that ASUU members who have not yet registered in IPPIS will receive payment through the platform with which the compassionate COVID-19 was paid. of President Muhammadu Buhari in the months of February and June.
He further said that the platform was a hybrid platform between IPPIS and the Government’s Integrated Financial Information and Management System, GIFMIS platform that is for the transition period, adding that no government payment will be made without IPPIS knowing about it.
He said that IPPIS and GIFMIS would be used to pay university professors for the transition period, while the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, continues to undergo all integrity and cybersecurity tests to confirm its use.
In response to the alleged exemption granted to ASUU in IPPIS, the Minister said: “The situation is that you need to bring our communication to ASUU, I think it is better because a lot of people are quoting us out of context saying that we left IPPIS and that we said that They should not be in IPPIS, it is not true.
“What we said at the meeting and what we agreed on was that, in the interim of the transition period, NITDA and the Office of the National Security Advisor for cybersecurity are testing UTAS.
“For those transition periods, ASUU members who are not yet in IPPIS will receive payment through the platform with which they were paid the president’s compassionate COVID-19 payment made to them between February and June. .
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“That platform is a hybrid platform between IPPIS and the MINPSI platform for the transition period, that’s what was used, it’s a hybrid. This is because no government payment will be made without IPPIS knowing.
“So there is a handshake between IPPIS and the MINSI platform and that was what was used to pay them for that period, so we are going to continue with that until UTAS undergoes all integrity and cybersecurity testing and is confirmed. its use. “
Also commenting on the new offer to ASUU, Ngige said: “The offer made is clear. You can understand it this way. Before yesterday’s meeting, the government submitted an aggregate offer of N50 billion to ASUU. N20 billion for revitalization to demonstrate in good faith that the government is still with them on the issue of funding for revitalization and pending the affirmation of new sources of funding for public education.
“There is a committee on that and the committee is working on obtaining new funds for education, it is a NEEDS (Needs Assessment) committee. Therefore, waiting for the NEEDS committee to carry out a new funding source and strategy, the government offered them N20 billion for revitalization in addition to the funds that come from TETFUNDS that are also used for revitalization, they rejected the N20 billion and they said they want N110 billion.
“And that N110 billion is 50 percent of a tranche of N220 billion. The government said it doesn’t have that kind of money and then increased that N20 billion by N5 billion to become N25 billion and if it becomes N25 billion, earned allowances will be raised to N40 billion immediate payment totaling N65 billion for revitalization and earned allowances at universities.
“The government then said alternately, ASUU can opt for revitalization to go up to N30 billion, while the accrued appropriations for all unions in the universities will fall from N40 billion to N35 billion, which is the second basket they are given. offers, either. Either choose the revitalization of N25 billion plus N40 billion earned allowances or the revitalization of N30 billion and N35 billion earned allowances. “