FEDPOFFA staff allege IPPIS management withholding their salaries

*Staff of the Federal Polytechnic (FEDPOFFA), Offa, complain no staff in this school can say how much his or her take-home pay is since the application of government’s Integrated Personnel Payroll (IPPIS)

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government’s introduction and application of the Integrated Personnel Payroll (IPPIS) has been bedevilled with one problem or the other since its inception.

This is because the apparent disquiet between the government agency managing the contentious payment system and most of the Federal institutions across the country is far from over.

ConsumerConnect reports that among a number of challenges the organisation is currently faced with are non-remittance of funds deducted to their various staff unions, cooperative and thrift societies, as well as check-off dues, besides needlessly withholding staff salaries in various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

An inside source at the Federal Polytechnic (FEDPOFFA), Offa, in Kwara State of Nigeria, who preferred his name not to be mentioned, for instance, disclosed that “no staff in this school can say how much his or her take-home pay is.”

The Federal Polytechnic is a Nigerian tertiary institution located in Offa, Kwara State, and established in 1992 during the administration of former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

As anxiety among Federal workers over the controversial IPPIS payment platform continues, it was gathered there are other internal problems in different government institutions that have started rearing their ugly heads.

There are also deductions from the bursary departments of various institutions across the country, said the source.

At the inception of the payment scheme over which the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been on an indefinite strike for over eight months now, many staff salaries were said to have been “unjustifiably” deducted, especially in July 2020 at the Federal Polytechnic Offa.

According to some of the affected staff, they contacted the IPPIS Abuja office but the agency stated that they did not owe any institutions staff salaries.

But then, if the response of the agency is anything to go by, the question then is, “who is withholding the staff salaries?” asked another personnel of the institution of higher learning.

Meanwhile, the staff of the academic institution have embarked on an unannounced industrial action over the lingering payment issue.

The staff are demanding among other things, that if it’s not the IPPIS that is withholding their money, the school management should provide their money.

As of the time of reporting, activities were paralysed on the institution’s main campus.

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