ASUU strike Update. IPPIS, UTAS failed integrity tests, NITDA to Reps.
The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has informed the House of Representatives that the university payroll integrity tests for the Integrated Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS) were all failed.
This was revealed by NITDA representatives as lawmakers invited the agency, along with the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission, to finalise strike-related issues.
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According to NITDA, the government directed it to test the UTAS in October 2020, and the platform failed two integrity tests.
What NITDA has to say.
According to NITDA, after the first test, ASUU was asked to go back and review it, which it did. Nonetheless, the platform failed to meet NITDA requirements the second time.
“For the third time, NITDA was then asked to conduct tests on UTAS, IPPIS, and U3PS, and all three platforms failed its requirements regarding the university payroll system,” NITDA stated.
Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, asked if NITDA advised the government to take action on the lapses discovered on IPPIS, which has been in operation by the FG since 2011, but NITDA responded that it was unable to do so.
NITDA also stated that it never inquired about the IPPIS platform.
Meanwhile, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Federation’s Head of Service, stated that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy wrote her office in response to NITDA’s observation about IPPIS on the need to take a holistic look at the platform, and that a committee was appointed to carry out the assignment.
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“IPPPIS is not just a payment platform, but it also has a human resource component,” she said, adding that “all government agencies have been directed to activate,” noting that “all those directly under her purview have since complied.”
What you should be aware of.
ASUU went on a four-week total and comprehensive strike on February 14, 2022, to press their unresolved demands on the federal government.
Some of the lecturers’ demands include funding to revitalise public universities, payment of earned academic allowances, adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a preferred payment option over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), and payment of promotion arrears.
Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila noted earlier this week that the House invited the Accountant General of the Federation, the Auditor General of the Federation, the Director General of the National Information Development Agency (NITDA), and his counterpart in the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, to finalise negotiations for the presentation of an agreement to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval and implementation.
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