The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU warning strike may worsen as the Federal Government has rejected the union’s demand for 18 months to develop its alternative payment application, the University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS as its preferred mode for the payment of salaries of academic staff.
It was gathered that the negotiation between the two parties will continue today, Monday in Abuja.
ASUU had rejected the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, PPIS that lead to the suspension of the payment of their salaries.
The Union had embarked on a two-week warning strike over the refusal of government to pay those that did not enroll on the payment platform, before the directives to close all tertiary institutions and unity colleges over the outbreak of COVID-19.
ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, was quoted by a member of the government’s negotiating team, as saying that the software for UTAS is yet to be fully developed and that if given 18 months, it will be able to develop and perfect the payment platform.