Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige and Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi

Why government’s IPPIS can’t work for Nigerian University system ─ASUU

*The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform does not recognise negotiated agreements like we are talking about allowance –unacademic allowances, research journal, and other things, says Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, President of ASUU

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While restating that it is wrong to use the payment platform for the Nigerian University lecturers, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that there is no going back on its position regarding the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) of the Federal Government.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, President of ASUU, emphasised that it is wrong to use the payment platform for the dons.

Ogunyemi, who disclosed this during his appearance on a Channels Television programme monitored in Lagos Thursday, October 29, blamed this development on the alleged irregularities in the payment of salaries and allowances of lecturers.

According to ASUU President, some academics receive very poor remuneration in some cases.

He said: “The issue of what we call amputated salary came into it because the IPPIS platform was not designed for the University system.

“So, the platform does not recognise negotiated agreements like we are talking about allowance – unacademic allowances, research journal, and other things.

Ogunyemi noted “in fact, there were professors that were paid like N8,000 in some months on our campuses.

So, we don’t expect anything otherwise because that platform was not meant for the university system.”

The IPPIS cannot work for the university system, especially in the area of taxation, he declared.

The President of ASUU also disclosed that the government gave the lectures a one-line salary scale which means taxed are being deducted from allowances and that is not the case with those in the civil service.

He contended that the programme was designed for the Civil Service, adding, lecturers are losing as much as 50 to 70 percent of their salaries to IPPIS.

On willingness or otherwise of the lecturers to return to classes despite the failure of ASUU and the government to reach a decisive conclusion thus far, Ogunyemi stated “I believe our students and their parents would understand.”

He added: “If we have lecturers that have not been paid for eight, nine months, how can we have that person putting in his or her best in a system?

“If people are going back to the universities and they will be paid less of their usual salary, how can we cope with that?”

ConsumerConnect reports the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) once more failed to reach a decisive conclusion at the Wednesday, October 28.

The meeting, which held in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja, FCT, lasted for five hours.

Prof. Ogunyemi led the delegation of University lecturers to the meeting with Sen, (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment, in attendance.

The Minister in his opening comment had said the Federal Government regarded the meeting as a top priority and efforts were being made to ensure that Universities reopen as soon as possible.

However, the ASUU delegation insisted that lecturers would not register on the IPPIS.

The lecturers stated that they would prefer the platform of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution when it is established.

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