The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that if the Federal Government is sincere and committed to ending the ongoing strike, the union's proposed payment platform, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) can be ready in three weeks

ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi maintained that there was no need to use the IPPIS since the UTAS process is at its final stage. He maintained that the union has submitted documents to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to finalize the integrity test of the payment platform.

Prof Ogunyemi who queried the federal government’s insistence on the IPPIS stated that there was a hidden agenda about it. He added that the union will soon expose those with any ulterior motive behind the IPPIS.

This is coming after the FG had told ASUU to transit to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending when UTAS would be ready for use.

While reacting to the issue of the N30bn Earned Academic Allowance offered by the FG which ASUU said it would be for its members alone, Ogunyemi explained that the union negotiated for ASUU, not for other unions.