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IPPIS: ASUU queries FG over non-inclusion of CBN, FIRS staff on payment system

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By Sylvanus Okpe

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has questioned the Federal Government over the non-inclusion of federal agencies such as the Federal Inland Revenue Services, Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS).

ASUU Chairman, University of Abuja branch, Dr Kassim Umaru, asked the questions while puncturing the insistence of the Federal Government that its members must enrol on the platform.

Umaru described the payment system as a scam and maintained that ASUU members will not join it.

The Office of Accountant-General of the Federation said that data of university workers and colleges of education be captured on the system between Monday, November 25 and December 7.

Umaru said the National Executive Council of ASUU had a meeting and directed its members not to enrol, assuring that the chapter will comply with the order from the national body.

Umaru argued that the payroll system is totally in violation of university autonomy and does not have any legal backing.

He decried the government constant resort to threats whenever there was disagreement between the union and government.

Umaru urged the government to come to the table and discuss with the union instead of threatening to stop their salaries.

“As far as we are concerned in the union, we have worked and we must be paid. Eventually, if the government decides to stop our salary then the NEC will reconsider the decision of the government then appropriate action will be taken.

“There is massive corruption in IPPIS. Did government care to investigate IPPIS itself? We are saying why is CBN not in IPPIS? Why is NDIC not in IPPIS? Why is Federal Inland Revenue not in IPPIS? But the lecturers who are just collecting stipends to be pulled into IPPIS so that our legal entitlement will not be paid.

“We are not going to allow it. We are not going to be part of the staff that are going to be enrolled in IPPIS. We took a resolution and we are reaffirming the direction of the national, that is NEC. NEC took a decision that we are not going to get enrolled into IPPIS and you know what our union is actually against is that the university has an autonomy and if you look at it clearly, this autonomy we are saying is enshrined in Section 2AA of the University Miscellaneous Provision Amendment Act of 2003 which clearly explained the role of the Governing Council.

“Even the Miscellaneous Act we are saying clearly stated that the power of the council shall be exercised as in the law and that status of each university. So it is clear we have autonomy. Again, the university is the peculiar nature of the appointment of the university as academics. Our 2009 agreement which was negotiated by the federal government and our union is also there. So many issues are there and that is why our union is saying we should be allowed to produce a template which will have all these series of issues but not to have a centre point of payment.”

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