ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the assessment in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

After months of opposition to the implementation of the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to make an initial presentation of its own platform known as University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to the Federal Government.

ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this in a letter addressed to zonal coordinators, chairpersons and members of the union.

ASUU has consistently asked the Federal Government to drop adopting IPPIS to pay its salaries but rather embrace UTAS as one that captures the peculiarities of the university system.

The academic staff union lampooned the implementation of IPPIS as an affront on the university autonomy act, alleging that vested interests are uncomfortable with the emergence of the UTAS because of its potential for exposing fraud in IPPIS.

The union described as unedifying seeing its members filing to the bursar’s office of the Accountant General of the Federation for IPPIS’ capture, noting that the UTAS platform would address anomalies in the implementation of IPPIS. Furthermore, the union decried plans to force IPPIS upon members by withholding and distorting salary payment.

Despite the lingering strike by the union over IPPIS and some unfulfilled agreements, the federal government has resolved to use IPPIS to pay staff salaries.

Chairman ASUU, University of Ibadan, Professor Ayo Akinwole, quoted the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi as describing IPPIS as “a business venture of some interest groups” in Nigeria.

Ogunyemi, had in the letter to his members, assured them that lingering strike will be over once the issue of payment platform is sorted out.

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