The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has presented a new payroll system for its members to the leadership of the Senate.
The new system, called University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), has been recommended by the union to replace the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) being used for federal government workers.
The chairman of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known to journalists after over three-hour closed-door meeting with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday.
He said “the union stands by the implementation of UTAS”, as it was a home-grown platform developed by ASUU, which he declared was better than the IPPIS.
He said it should be used by the federal government to effect transparency and accountability in the process of payments of lecturers’ emoluments.
“What we have started is to open the issues; 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 (Monday) and the Senate President commended it.
“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.”
This development came a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari, in his presentation of the 2021 budget proposals to the National Assembly, said only federal workers enrolled on the IPPIS would be paid salaries.