Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, on Tuesday met behind closed doors with the leadership of the Senate over the proposed University Transparency Accountability Systems developed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
ASUU had met with the leadership of the Senate and presented the software which it encouraged the Federal Government to accept in-place of the IPPIS.
University lecturers had gone on an indefinite strike since February, before the Covid-19 break, in rejection of the IPPIS the FG was trying to impose to help fight payment fraud.
The meeting on Tuesday was chaired by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the leadership of ASUU led by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, and representatives of the FG, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and Dr. Chris Ngige.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Dr. Ngige said; “ASUU has demonstrated to us, how the UTAS they developed could work but the demonstration will continue.
“We will involve other government agencies who would also come and assess it. Discussions on it are not foreclosed yet.
“UTAS is homegrown software. It is what we call local content that Mr President is encouraging. It will be considered by the government,” Ngige added.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan is trying to resolve the problem between the FG and ASUU. He noted that the situation would not do any of them any good, adding that a common ground must be reached.
“It has to be a win-win situation,” Senator Lawan said.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.