SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 20 – Despite the resistance of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) to the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS), the Federal Government has planned to go ahead with the enrolment of all federal universities and colleges of education on the platform.
According to a circular released by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, the exercise is to commence on November 25, 2019.
“PUBLIC NOTICE; Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation. Commencement of enrollment of Federal Universities and Colleges of Education into the IPPIS. Commence on Nov. 25th and end on Dec. 7th, 2019.” the memo reads.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities insists its members will not enrol on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
The body said on Monday it would decide its next action should the Federal Government decide to stop the salaries of its members.
The ASUU National Vice-President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, stated these during an interview at the ASUU Heroes’ Day celebration in Abuja.
The union met with the National Assembly on October 28 to make its known on the IPPIS.
When asked what they would do if their salaries were stopped for non-compliance with IPPIS, Osodeke said they “will know what to do when we get there”.
He added, “We have made our position known to the government and they said they would get back to us. So, we are expecting their reaction. “Our position is that ASUU will not join the IPPIS the way it is. We have maintained that there is nowhere in the world where the salaries and wages of university workers are paid from the central.
“Each university has a governing council and it is the council which employes all the workers, not the civil service commission. Therefore, the council must determine the mode of payment of the workers, not the Office of the Accountant General (of the Federation).
“On if our salaries are stopped, when we get there, we will know what to do.”