The Acting Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Okolieaboh Sylva says he is willing to accommodate the salary peculiarities payments demanded by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System (IPPIS).
Mr. Sylva stated this on Thursday at a meeting with the union, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige with the leadership of the House of Representatives in Abuja.
He said that if there were peculiarities in ASUU’s pay, what needed to be done was to sit down and incorporate it in the pay platform.
“If we accept what ASUU is saying, it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform, the military is on IPPIS and health workers, ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made,” he said.
According to him, the incorporation of ASUU’s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without the President’s approval, adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once university union agrees to the offer.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the federal government will not offer what it did not have.
The only offence I am guilty of was when the leadership of union came to Mr. President on Jan 9, 2020 and I told the President that ASUU had a solution in UTAS”, the minister explained.
He however said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test, adding that no matter how he loved ASUU he would not recommend such a payment platform
The President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said the universities made suggestion that its representative be present where its home grown payment platform solution for university lecturers would be tested but could not succeed.
According to him, they had not even finished testing when they reported at the Federal Executive Council that UTAS has failed.
The Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off the strike, saying ”that the executive had spoken, just as the judiciary, and now the legislature and everybody cannot be wrong”.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; editing by Annabel Nwachukwu