IPPIS saga: Accept our alternative software – ASUU
By Bukola Olamona
Academic Staff Union of Universities,(ASUU) has suggested that the Federal government should look beyond the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information Systems (IPPIS) and make use of the alternative App, Universities Transparent and Accountability Solution(UTAS) developed in Nigeria which is an improvement on the IPPIS.
The Chairman, ASUU, Akungba, Dr Simeon Ehiabhi in an interview said the IPPIS was designed for those in the civil service and the university system has its own peculiarity which is different from that of the civil service.
He stated that though the government has been calling the association for negotiations but for the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world now which has forestall the interaction between the government and the association.
Ehiabhi disclosed that the association has spent over N5 million for the development of the App they proposed to the government which will be submitted and will be made to pass through integrity test before it could be accepted.
According to him:”The Minister of Labour made the suggestion that they can see how they can collapse the IPPIS and UTAS, and the union has spent over N5 million for the development and once we are through, it will be submitted for integrity test and we have given the government a time lag to finish the development. The time lag is a short one of and can take up about six to eight month”.
Contrary to assumption that some of their members will be collecting double salary which was what IPPIS was against, he said it is not correct, adding that the job of an academic is to distribute knowledge around which is not a full time job and anything gotten from there is an honorarium.
Also speaking, Chairman ASUU, Olusegun Agagu University, Okitipupa, Dr Komolafe said those that were paid with IPPIS by February this year are now lamenting as they were short paid to the tune of 200,000 naira and above.
” The App is not working well, it was not develop in Nigeria, they went outside the country to import it, why should government be wasting money when the App could be develop locally. Let us develop our own that have our own peculiarity” he stated.
He said the university system has its own autonomy and law that establishes it, so it is not the responsibility of government to force the university to accept IPPIS.
Komolafe said some people believed there would be fraud in which some will be collecting double salaries, which cannot be as the law that establishes university is against any lecturer having two full time job at the same time, saying it is impossible.