IPPIS: No December salary for ASUU members


IPPIS: No December salary for ASUU members

University lecturers, who failed to register for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, (IPPIS) might not be collecting their december salaries as the Nigerian Government has insisted on the full implementaion of the payroll system.

According to Punch Newspaper report, the government has insisted that only those of its employess including ASUU members, who register for the IPPIS system, would be paid their salary henceforth.

The President had, while presenting the 2020 budget on October 8, directed all Federal Government employees to enrol for the IPPIS to ensure accountability and check fraud. However ASUU kicked against the system, saying it violated the autonomy of universities.

Although the President said those who failed to register for the scheme would not be paid their October salaries, the Federal Government provided another opportunity for the workers to register.

The union last week threatened that its members would go on strike, if the Federal Government stopped salaries of lecturers, who failed to register for the IPPIS.

But a top officer of the IPPIS in the Accountant General of the Federation Office was quoted by Punch Newspaper as saying that registration for the IPPIS was a presidential directive, which must be complied with.

He said the position of government on the full implementation of the payroll platform had not changed, adding that whoever failed to register for the scheme would not receive his December salary.

The officer said, “This is a presidential directive, we can’t implement it as we like. The President had two months ago issued a warning that anyone not on the IPPIS should not be paid and so whoever is not captured won’t get salary, it’s as simple as that.”

At the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, the Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, said only the Federal Government, which is the employer of university workers, could determine those who would be paid.

He said, “ASUU has a position on the issue of IPPIS already. It is the group that can say, if its members have registered for the IPPIS or not. The management is not responsible for payment of salaries. The Federal Government pays all staff. It will decide who gets paid and who will not.”

The University of Nigeria Nsukka, said that it was not within its powers to withhold salaries of lecturers.

It added that the IPPIS issue was not a UNN management decision, rather, that of the Federal Government, the employer of the lecturers.

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