The meeting was attended by the Federation’s Accountant General, as well as the HoS, the Chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission, a representative from the National IT Development Agency, and others.
This happened in less than 72 hours after the ASUU leadership and the minister of state for education, Goodluck Opiah, met privately with the speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and other lawmakers.
More than seven months have passed since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) began its strike in February, and all academic activities at public universities have been halted.
The agency’s integrity tests on the university transparency accountability solution (UTAS), the integrated payroll and personnel information system (IPPIS), and the university peculiar personnel and payroll system (U3PS) all failed between March and June 2022, according to a statement released by Lanre Lasisi, special adviser to the speaker on media and publicity.
Since the government has been using IPPIS since 2011, Gbajabiamila questioned the NITDA delegate on whether or not the organization offered guidance to the government on how to fix the detected vulnerabilities.
NITDA “official claimed they were not in a position to accomplish it,” the statement states.
When Gbajabiamila inquired as to whether or not NITDA had queried the IPPIS platform, the official said “no.”
In his speech, Wase voiced his disagreement with NITDA’s decision, arguing that the agency should have provided guidance to the government on how to handle the IPPIS discovery.
Sylva Okolieaboh, the acting accountant-general of the federation, was also reported to have spoken at the meeting, when she criticized ASUU’s insistence on the usage of UTAS and said employees should never dictate to their employers how they should be paid.
Following discussion, the speaker proposed scheduling a second meeting with ASUU representatives for September 29.
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