We can’t go back to class on Empty stomach — ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities ,ASUU,has disclosed that they cannot go back to the classroom on an empty stomach insisting that the Federal Government should adopt its recently invented payment system for Universities, “University Transparency and Accountability Solution”, UTAS as an alternative to IPPIS .

ASUU also maintained that the Federal government payment system IPPIS, which was made mandatory  to university workers, including ASUU members was against the law that granted autonomy to Universities.

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU,Calabar Zone,  Dr. Aniekan Brown  disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Monday  in Calabar.

The Union  described IPPIS as a Cesspol of corruption that can lead to issues of national security due to the “unsafe” nature of the back end office where the database was domiciled in the United States of America.

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They added that the integrity of the integrated payroll and personnel information system (IPPIS ) was the worse payment platforms describing it as a cesspool for Corruption meant to impoverish university lecturers

His words  :”Our Union has been rejecting this IPPIS  since 2013  and government challenged us to provide an alternative  which the union did named UTAS, University Transparency Accountability Solution.

“Because of how IPPIS is operated  and because it does not match the peculiarities of Nigerian universities and because the backend and and front end does not really interface, Calabar Zone insists that IPPIS is a cesspool of corruption.

“It is only attending to issues of payroll and has no control over personnel information, that alone is enough to reduce that platform and make it subceptible to various manipulations and corruption,” he said

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Speaking further , zonal coordinator maintained that  the strike will continue until federal government come to its senses and  demonstrates credible commitment to funding of tertiary education to march at par with what is obtainable in other African countries.

Among  the demands  made by ASUU  includes adoption of the UTAS payment platform, setting up of Visitation panels to universities, release of accrued revitalisation funds for tertiary institutions among others.

” IPPIS is not temper-proof as presented,  it has national security risk being that the server is hosted from outside the country by an American company.”

“We consider the IPPIS which is a payment system offered by the federal government as uncongenial with the modus operandi of the university system, given the peculiarities of universities. Government has made it a front burner; but we consider it a distraction.”

“We are still in the trenches. And we will not return to the classes with empty stomach.We seek the cooperation and understanding of the good people of Nigeria, and the general public on ASUU’s stance on the afore-stated outstanding issues and the IPPIS.

“ASUU has courted for itself an enviable pedigree of integrity, credibility and accountability. Our members would return to classes with empty stomach” he said.

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