IPPIS: 96,090 Lecturers Enrolled as Buhari, Ahmed Meet With ASUU

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SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 10 – President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Finance Shamsudeen Zainab Ahmed held a meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) on Thursday to find a lasting solution to the union’s opposition to the government’s Integrated Payment and Personnel Information(IPPIS).

At the meeting, Minister of Finance, Shamsudeen Zainab Ahmed said that out of the 137,016 academic and non-academic staff members of the universities, 96,090 have been enrolled in the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Minister urged ASUU to encourage the remaining 40,926 members to comply. She said a desk has been opened in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for registration of university staff;assuring that peculiarities of the tertiary institutions will be accommodated.

The Minister pointed out that many anomalies were discovered in the university structures that have contributed to increased cost burden, which include staff working & earning pay in more than one university, contract staff on payroll of the government, & tax reductions on PAYEE.

The Minister said some universities had rushed to recruit more staff before the IPPIS registration commenced, which was then detected.

She urged ASUU to encourage the remaining 40,926 members to comply. She said a desk has been opened in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for registration of university staff;assuring that peculiarities of the tertiary institutions will be accommodated.

“While it is clear that ASUU has peculiarities, it should be recognised and rightly accommodated, and the allowances will be made, [instead of] leaving the university out of IPPIS because of the peculiarities,” she said

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