SSANU, NASU insist government’s adopting IPPIS is ‘unpalatable experience’

*The University staff unions demand total stoppage of IPPIS after “unpalatable experience”, and revert to the old payment platform under GIFMIS until their developed payment platform is ready

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Perhaps toeing the path of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in rejecting the contentious payment platform, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), again, have opposed the operation of the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS).

Members of the University staff unions, who expressed this at a media briefing in Abuja, FCT, disclosed that majority of them had enrolled on the platform in the interest of the nation, considering pervasive personnel and payroll indiscretions and infractions observed in the Nigerian University system.

Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim, President of SSANU, on behalf of the Joint Action Committee of the two unions, stated that they demand total stoppage of the IPPIS after “unpalatable experience” and revert to the old payment platform under GIFMIS pending when their developed payment platform would be ready.

Recall that the two unions had notified the Federal Government through Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment, of their own platform called University General Peculiar Payroll Payment System (UGPPPS).

The university staffers maintained that they would not accept the one developed by ASUU, christened University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Ibrahim noted that “from January this year, so many anomalies have been witnessed in salaries of our members, from underpayment to overpayment and multiple payment among others.

“Series of letters had been written to the relevant government offices, expressing our displeasure and seeking correction of these anomalies which had never been witnessed in the University system prior to the introduction of IPPIS.

The SSANU leader said: “After a few months and observing that the trend of anomalies continued unabated, we were left with no choice but to demand a total stoppage of the IPPIS and a revert to the old payment platform under GIFMIS.

“Or the adoption of a payment platform that will serve the same anti-corruption purposes as IPPIS while taking care of the peculiarities of salary payment in the university system and that was how the University General Peculiar Payroll Payment System (UGPPPS) was conceived.”

President of SSANU vowed the members would resist any payment platform not designed by them.

The challenge being expressed from IPPIS would add more confusion to the “already existing anarchy”, said he.

Ibrahim said: “SSANU shall no longer sit by and allow Government to continue to mistreat its members in a bid to satisfy other interests in the University system.”

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