President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in NASS

No payment for Federal workers not enrolled on IPPIS ─Buhari

*Buhari is not referring to us in his budget speech; we have met with Mr. President; we have reached an understanding that we should develop the alternative to IPPIS that will respect the autonomy of universities, says Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In line with the Federal Government’s policy on ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of Nigeria’s resources, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s stance, that only Federal workers registered on the ‘controversial’ Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform would continue to get salaries.

The Nigerian President disclosed this during the presentation of the N13.08 trillion Appropriation Bill 2020 to the joint session of the National Assembly (NASS) Thursday, October 8, 2020, in Abuja, FCT.

Buhari said that any worker not captured on the payroll portal would be treated as a ghost worker in the country.

However, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which over time has insisted on its indisposition to enroll on the IPPIS platform as demanded by the Federal Government, said the President’s remarks had nothing to do with its members.

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, President of ASUU, in his response to the President’s remark in NASS Thursday, was reported to have said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not referring to its members in his budget speech.
Ogunyemi stated: “The President didn’t say ASUU members.

“He said he didn’t want to pay money to non-existent personnel and he (president) said employees of federal government. That doesn’t translate to ASUU.

“As far as ASUU is concerned, we have met with Mr. President; we have reached an understanding that we should develop the alternative to IPPIS that will respect the autonomy of universities.

The ASUU President further remarked that “that is what we have done, and which we have presented to the Federal Ministry of Education about two months ago.

“What is left for government to do is to continue with the integrity test that they promised to conduct before they accept the alternative which is the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

“We don’t believe that ASUU falls into the category of non-existent workers. We don’t believe that ASUU works at the MDAs that Mr. President talked about.

“IPPIS is meant for the civil servants and that we know they are faithfully applying.

“So, if that is going on in the MDAs, we believe the universities should be insulated from civil service rules because universities have their own establishment Acts which are vested with the management of personnel and payroll system in the hands of the university Governing Councils.

“That is what we have been challenging all along.”
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