The Federal Government is proposing a merger of the IPPIS and ASUU salary payment system, this was the outcome of the meeting between the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Abuja on Thursday.
The meeting which lasted four hours plus, the labour Minister Ngige said, “We had a fulfilling discussion. We used the Memorandum of Action which we entered into in February 2019 and looked at issues that were not fully addressed. We moved to the non-caption of some ASUU members on IPPIS platform which resulted in the withholding of their salaries.
“Both sides realised we are working for our country. ASUU already has the University Transparency and Account System. We had preliminary agreement to accommodate the two systems. ASUU will have to get back to its members and agree on how to couple the two systems. We will continue discussion. After ASUU consults with its members and decision making authority, we will meet on Monday or Tuesday.”
On his own part ASUU president Prof Ogunyemi said the issues discussed came from outstanding issues which had tended to be overshadowed by IPPIS.
He said, “From the discussion we had, we have agreed that we will go and consult. We cannot pronounce of the proposals that came up until we consult with our members. We will leave it there for now.”
In a speech he made before the technical session began, Ogunyemi, told the minister that IPPIS was a distraction created by government to divert the union from its actual agitation.