The speaker of the house of representatives met with a number of government officials on Thursday to address the strike action undertaken by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The head of service (HoS), the chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), a representative from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and the federation’s accountant general were all present at the meeting.
The development occurred less than 72 hours after the speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and other lawmakers met in private with the ASUU leadership and the minister of state for education, Goodluck Opiah.
Since February, when ASUU began its strike, academic activity have been suspended in public universities for more than seven months.
The university transparency accountability solution (UTAS), the integrated payroll and personnel information system (IPPIS), and the university peculiar personnel and payroll system (U3PS), according to a statement by Lanre Lasisi, special adviser to the speaker on media and publicity, failed integrity tests that the agency conducted between March and June 2022.
Gbajabiamila questioned the NITDA delegate on whether the organization provided advice to the government on how to address the IPPIS flaws that had been discovered; the system has been in use by the government since 2011.
“The NITDA official said they were not in a position to do that,” the statement reads.
“Gbajabiamila also asked if NITDA queried IPPIS platform, to which the official responded in the negative.”
In his remarks, Wase expressed reservations about NITDA’s action, saying it ought to have advised the government on the appropriate action to take in view of its discovery on the IPPIS.
Also speaking at the meeting, Sylva Okolieaboh, the acting accountant-general of the federation, reportedly said under no circumstance should employees dictate to their employers how they should be paid, faulting ASUU’s insistence on the use of UTAS.
After deliberations, the speaker said a follow-up meeting with ASUU officials be held on September 29.