Lawan faults FG as Senate tackles govt, ASUU logjam

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The , Ahmad Lawan, has berated the for signing an unrealistic agreement the Academic Staff Union of Universities.


He said, “When we negotiate, we must negotiate in such a manner the product will be implementable.


“This is to say we have to accommodate each other government doing what it is supposed to do and ASUU, being the body of our lecturers, stands to protect its members.”

Lawan said these on when ASUU presented its alternative payroll system, the Transparency and Accountability Solution, to the .

He also pleaded the ASUU to be too rigid in its demands in order to move the country forward.

He said, “I am sure we need to review some of the items on the agreements.

“We cannot have an agreement signed in 2009 and still think this is the only way we can deal with it.

“We should be able to have a look at the agreements signed and see at this whether or some of the issues are really practicable at all.”

The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who addressed journalists after a three-hour closed-door session with the leadership of the , said the visit was a follow up to the earlier one held between ASUU and the in October 2019 to find a way out of the Integrated Payroll and Information System crisis.

The teachers had told the leadership at the October that ASUU would design an alternative to the IPPIS, which would accommodate the peculiarity of the system.

Ogunyemi said the UTAS was a home-grown system that would end the eight-month industrial action by ASUU if embraced by the .

He said, “We had a positive which was cordial and we are going to continue from there. We will still meet again to continue from where we stopped.


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“We have developed what we call 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 home grown 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.”

Ogunyemi said ASUU had never shifted from its position to oppose the IPPIS, which would benefit his members.

In his remarks before the closed session, the Senate President said the was to explore how the Senate and indeed could resolve the outstanding issues.