The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) has informed the federal government about its new platform developed in collaboration with the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), which will serve as an alternative to the controversial Integrated Payroll and Payment Information System.
It said the new platform is named University General Peculiar Payroll Payment System (UGPPPS).
The minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the government would look into how it can have a “handshake with IPPIS and other payment systems in use by the Federal Government.”
The Minister stated this during the weekend when he received the immediate past President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke and his successor, Comrade Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim in his office in Abuja.
The immediate past President of the union, Comrade Samson Ugwoke said the union would reconsider its position if IPPIS would be updated to accommodate the peculiarities captured by UGPPPS.
“We are here to present the new President of SSANU and ask that you extend the patriotism, friendship and understanding which I enjoyed to my successor.
“Your understanding of various challenges facing Nigerian workers operating under different unions, the patience and transparency with which you mediate, reawaken hope in us that the government is committed to the welfare of workers.
“Your Excellency, I must say that a different approach in the face of decade long problems facing the nation’s workforce would have been counterproductive and am afraid, may have resulted in conflicts too diverse and complex to manage. So, we plead with you to keep it up,” Ugwoke said.
Recalls that SSANU had disagreed with ASUU, saying it would not accept the payment platform – University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), designed by the lecturers.