ASUU Strike: How IPPIS, UTAS failed integrity tests

The Nationwide Data Expertise Growth Company (NITDA) has mentioned the Built-in Personnel Cost and Data System (IPPIS) failed the integrity take a look at ordered by the federal authorities.

Usman Abdulahi, the director of knowledge infrastructure, disclosed this on Thursday throughout a gathering between the management of the Home of Representatives and a few businesses of the federal government on the continued strike embarked upon by the Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU).

These on the assembly held on the Nationwide Meeting complicated had been the Head of Service, Accountant Generali of the Federation, Director Common of the Nationwide Revenue Salaries and Wages Fee and NITDA.

The management of the Home had referred to as for the parley after an earlier one with the management of ASUU on Tuesday.

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On the finish of Tuesday’s assembly, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila mentioned the Home would current its consequence to President Muhammadu Buhari upon his return from america the place he addressed the UN Common Meeting.

One of many calls for by ASUU is the adoption of the College Tertiary and Accountability Resolution (UTAS) as in opposition to IPPIS for fee of the salaries of lecturers.

Integrity take a look at

Mr Abdulahi defined that UTAS failed the integrity on three events, whereas IPPIS failed the one take a look at it was subjected to.

“Within the first take a look at, the system (UTAS) failed. The system couldn’t meet the requirement. It was communicated to ASUU, full report was submitted on to ASUU. The second report was submitted via the workplace of the Honourable Minister. ASUU went again, did the evaluation that NITDA really useful.

“Within the evaluation, we did in March this 12 months, we spent two weeks finishing up the evaluation within the presence of observers. On the finish of the train, UTAS failed the due diligence take a look at. In fact, ASUU agreed to work on the answer and resubmit for evaluation.

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“Till when the Chief of Workers (Ibrahim Gambari) convened the tripartite committee when the third take a look at was ordered. Within the third spherical, we had been requested to conduct the take a look at on three fee techniques – UTAS 2020, U3PS by SSANU and NASU, and IPPIS. The report is the result of the evaluation we did. On this report, now we have standards. Not one of the options met NITDA standards,” he mentioned.

Mr Abdulahi disclosed that NITDA didn’t conduct any take a look at on IPPIS when it was launched as a result of on the time IPPIS was launched, the company had no mandate to conduct integrity tests on resolution platforms.

Talking on the IPPIS platform, the Head of Service, Folashade Esan, mentioned IPPIS is not only a fee platform but in addition a human assets platform.

She famous that the one cause the system failed the integrity is as a result of NITDA solely examined the fee part with out the human assets part.

The Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase (APC, Plateau), mentioned the IPPIS is a overseas platform whereas UTAS is a domestically developed system, therefore, the federal government ought to prioritise and recognize native content material.

“The schools that now we have are presupposed to be centre of excellence and mental improvement. If they’ll develop a system for us—that may save us cash—at a low value, why are we combating? Why are we quarrelling? They’re saying they’re doing this factor at free value. When you discover it worthy, why are you not utilizing it? We have to have a rethink,” he mentioned.

Reacting to the deputy speaker’s place, the appearing Accountant Common of the Federation, Sylva Okolieaboh, mentioned the database of UTAS might be not a Nigerian product however most likely Oracle. He added that authorities won’t hand over its payroll system to any college.

“We don’t have a Nigerian database and in the case of database, nobody does it higher than Oracle. I’m not going to be shocked if UTAS is working on Oracle or SQS. None of them is a Nigerian product. We’re all for Nigerian-made. If the argument is that UTAS is healthier than IPPIS, we will sit down on find out how to copy some issues from UTAS to IPPIS.

“Within the occasion that IPPIS is completely irredeemable, can we now take UTAS to switch IPPIS? That is completely totally different from ceding payroll system to any college. That ASUU is providing its system to the federal authorities, I’m listening to that for the primary time.”

Decision

Following the feedback by all of the businesses, Mr Gbajabiamila mentioned there’s a must have an expanded assembly with ASUU subsequent Thursday.

“There’s a want for ASUU to be right here as a result of it’s changing into your phrases in opposition to theirs. That take a look at end result put UTAS forward of the curve in comparison with the others. ASUU is saying that nobody is giving them outcomes. We might want to sit down once more with ASUU current. It’s good to have either side vent.”

These invited for Thursday’s assembly had been representatives of ASUU, Minister of Labour & Employment, DG Finances Workplace, Accountant Common of the Federation and the Auditor Common for the Federation.

Others are the DG of Salaries, Revenue & Wages Fee, DG of NITDA, the Head of Service and the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation.


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