ASUU's Objection to IPPIS Enrollment/Minimum Wage
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nsukka zone at the weekend said the federal government’s newly introduced Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) cannot be applicable in the university system. Both sides locked horns over last week over enrolment for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Morning Crossfire, anchored by Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadri takes a look at this issue and sheds more light on it by getting perspectives from Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kano, and Abuja.
Regarding this issue, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed said the following: We have been able to put most government agencies on the IPPIS. This helps us to control who should or should not be on the payroll. The military and the police are on the IPPIS, most agencies; except a few tertiary institutions who have been resistant. But I’m also pleased to say that we have been engaging them and we are actually now in the process of uploading them onto the system. The resistance to the IPPIS is misplaced as far as I’m concerned. The universities have their peculiarities but so also do the medical experts. A consultant can consult for a number of hospitals. But he still should have one primary point of employment. A lecture can feature in more than one university.
“So we have been discussing with them and trying to accommodate the peculiarities so that the extra work they do can also be factored in. I think they understand now that their concerns will be addressed and they are now working with us.”
However, ASUU is still threatening strong action against government if it does not get payments.
ASUU Coordinator, Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Showande, also gave his opinion about the IPPIS Scheme and why ASUU should not be on it.
According to him, “For government to forcefully enroll University Staff into IPPIS, without considering the peculiarities and their enabling laws, is not acceptable to our Union and is a course for further crisis in the Nigerian university system. In addition, the deliberate truncation of the process of re-negotiation of 2009 agreement is of great concern to our members. Government should not stress our patience and understanding.”
Wemimo’s opening comments goes thus: ASUU President Prof Biodun Ogunyemi while restating the union’s opposition to the enrolment said “IPPIS is against the principle of autonomy as established by law” therefore, members do not see any reason to enroll in the IPPIS.
FG has dismissed the ASUU's concern about putting Lecturers on the centralised salary payment platform IPPIS
Also, President Buhari had previously given direction stating that any worker who fails to register for the IPPIS would no longer receive salary with effect from end of this month (31st October 2019)
The IPPIS scheme was introduced in April 2007 as one of the Federal Government’s initiatives designed to centralise payroll and payment systems, facilitate convenient staff remuneration with minimal wastage, aid manpower training and budgeting.
Earlier in June, Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris gave 288 with a total staff count of 235,858 as the total number of Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) on #IPPIS before before 2015. Idris said the number has increased to 561, with a total staff count of over 755,422 as of June adding that the cumulative savings achieved on IPPIS platform between 2017 and 2018 was N273.8 billion as of June 2019.
News report also revealed that the IPPIS department, since inception, has saved the Federal Government of Nigeria billions of Naira by eliminating thousands of ghost workers.
Alesta Wilcox shows up in the studio and discusses with Wemimo and Sheriff what the implication of the IPPIS is for ASUU whether it should be on it or not.
Get the full show below:
How important is the university autonomy and how does it affect ASUU enrolling for the IPPIS? Why is FG just enrolling ASUU now since inception? Shouldn’t this have been done since inception?
Morning Crossfire with Wemimo Adewuni (@wemimospot) & Sheriff Quadry (@SheriffQuadry)
Alesta Wilcox @darlwil - Chartered Accountant, Human Rights Activist, Public Analyst and Commentator
Austin Sado - (Uniport ASUU Chairman) PH
Prof. Ibrahim Magaji Barde - Bayero Uni Kano ASUU Chairman) Kano.
Peter Edeh - Former ASUU Exec. Member, Lecturer at the Philosophy Department, University of Abuja.
By Jude Chukwuemeka