ASUU and the federal government in disagreement over IPPIS
The meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU on Thursday ended in a disagreement between the two parties over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
The meeting which took place at the conference hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige in Abuja was expected to come out positive but turned the opposite.
The cause of the disagreement started with the minister and other government officials not coming to the meeting in time as scheduled.
The late coming got ASUU members angry, and they felt disappointed with the officials' attitude towards the meeting, and that led to a quarrel between the two parties.
“You scheduled a meeting for 2 pm, you came 2 hours after, you wasted our time, and you’re still here telling us to take the offer we had rejected. What kind of mess is that?
“See, you are talking to intellectuals, we will respect the constituted authorities as possible as we can because that is what we teach in our various institutions, but you must stop taking us for granted and stop treating us like kids,” ASUU official said.
Ngige was accused of conspiring with other government officials instead of playing his role
As the meeting later continued, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris appealed to ASUU to receive their salaries through the IPPIS payment platform until the UTAS platform is ready, but the union refused the offer.
According to the union, they were not away when the government started using the IPPIS payment system and will not accept such a platform for payment system.
The ASUU members insisted on using the GIFMIS payment platform before full implementation of UTAS, but FG maintained its instance on using IPPIS.
The union has instructed all members of ASUU to reject IPPIS officials reportedly coming to various campuses on Monday for biometric data capturing of its members.
The instruction to reject the IPPIS payment system was written in a letter signed by the ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi and sent to all zonal coordinators and all its members.
Official ASUU letter in rejection of IPPIS
“We have received information that IPPIS officials from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation will be visiting campuses as from Monday 19th October 2020, for biometric data capture of academics.
“All ASUU members should have nothing to do with them. Fact-Check by ASUU with the figures from the OAGF has proven the claim that our members are trooping to enrol in the IPPIS in Abuja as false. The enrolled number is inconsequential.
“The leadership of our great Union is fully aware of the hardship the non-payment of salaries by the Accountant-General and other forms of intimidation by over-zealous Vice-Chancellors have unleashed on our membership, and we are leaving no stone unturned to redress the situation.
“Therefore, all members of ASUU should stay away from anything related to IPPIS; so as not to jeopardize the ongoing critical engagement with the Federal Government.”
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