The meeting between the Federal Government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, platform has ended in deadlock.
There were heated arguments between representatives of Federal Government and ASUU as the two parties maintained their positions on PPIS.
The meeting took place at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja.
As the meeting progressed, the quiet atmosphere suddenly changed when a top member of ASUU delegation accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, of conspiring with other government officials instead of playing his role as chief conciliator he claimed.
At the meeting, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris appealed to ASUU to receive their salaries through IPPIS platform, pending when UTAS will be ready after integrity test, but members of the union rejected the plea.
They argued that IPPIS was not demonstrated to them before government started using it for workers, wondering why demonstration of UTAS should be a requisite for stoppage their salaries.
ASUU was said to be adamant as members insisted that payment of their outstanding salaries could be made through on GIFMIS before full implementation of UTAS, but FG maintained that it must be on IPPIS.
Meanwhile, the union has directed all its members to reject IPPIS officials reportedly coming to various campuses on Monday for biometric data capturing of its members.
An official letter, signed by ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, sent to all zonal coordinators and all its members, reiterated that the union will not jeopardise the ongoing critical engagement with federal government.
The letter read in part: “We have received information that IPPIS officials from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation will be visiting campuses as from Monday, October 19 for biometric data capture of academics.
“All ASUU members should have nothing to do with them. Fact-Check by ASUU with the figures from the OAGF has proven the claim that our members are trooping to enroll in the IPPIS in Abuja as false.
“The enrolled number is inconsequential.”