The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed that the meeting which it had with the leadership of the Nigerian Senate yesterday was cordial and positive.

Recall that Newsbreakers reported that ASUU and the Senate principal officers held a closed-door meeting yesterday to discuss ASUU’s alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while addressing reporters after a three-hour closed-door session between ASUU and the leadership of the Senate, said the visit was a follow-up to the earlier one held in October 2019 between the body of lecturers and the leadership of the Senate.

According to him, ASUU had told the Senate leadership in 2019 that it would design an alternative to the IPPIS, which would accommodate the peculiarity of the university system.

Prof Ogunyemi presented the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the alternative on Monday. He revealed that UTAS was a home-grown system that would end the eight-month industrial action by ASUU if embraced by the Federal Government.

He said, “We had a positive meeting which was cordial and we are going to continue from there. We will still meet again to continue from where we stopped. We have developed what we call University Transparency and Accountability Solution. We have presented it to the Senate today and the Senate President commended it. We are going to present the platform to other stakeholders. UTAS is homegrown while IPPIS is foreign. We have shown that we are inventors, we are creators of software and we are also capable of doing what our colleagues are doing in other parts of the world.”

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