ASUU: Only Staff on IPPIS Will Receive Salary, Buhari insist

ASUU: Only Staff on IPPIS Will Receive Salary - Buhari insist
President Buhari at the presentation of the 2021 budget. Credit: Vanguard

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his stand on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as he said only workers on the system will receive their salary.

The President made this assertion at the presentation of the 2021 fiscal year’s proposed budget at the joint sitting of the senate and house of representatives.

In his breakdown of the performance of the 2020 budget, the president disclosed that his decision of not paying workers not captured on IPPIS is to reduce personnel cost.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on a strike action which is going to its seventh month over the introduction of IPPIS.

On his part, the president insist that the IPPIS will prevent the government from paying to non-existing workers and payment of unauthorized allowances.

He said, “Personnel cost is still our largest single item of expenditure. In the 7 months to 31st July 2020, it accounted for 34 percent of total Federal Government spending and is projected at 33 percent of 2021 expenditure.

“To check the incidence of payments to non-existent personnel and unauthorised allowances, only Federal staff that have been captured on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (‘IPPIS’) platform will receive salaries.

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“All agencies have been directed to ensure that they obtain all necessary approvals before embarking on any fresh recruitment. Any breach of these directives will be severely sanctioned.”

Recalling the ASUU’s indefinite strike which began as far back as March 23, 2020, the union alleged the federal government of shortcomings in the use of IPPIS and failure to honor the 2019 agreement.

The union rejected the introduction of the said IPPIS, arguing that it contradicts the university autonomy and offering the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) in return, an IPPIS alternative designed by the university lecturers, PUNCH reported.

President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, earlier explained that there was nowhere in the world where IPPIS is being implemented that universities are put under the civil service.

He said if Nigeria wanted to have 21st-century universities, with global ranking, it cannot be achieved through IPPIS.

“This is because IPPIS will shut the door against scholars who are to come from outside Nigeria, scholars who are not on the pensionable appointment within the system.

“IPPIS will bring universities under direct civil service control and the system does not work that way.

“That kind of system will kill innovation, will kill creativity and it will kill academic freedom and autonomy.” he had said.

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