Fed Govt insists on IPPIS for lecturers’ salaries




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Federal yesterday insisted on use Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for payment lecturers’ salaries.

 

Finance Minister Mrs. Zainab Ahmed said IPPIS would remain in use until Accountability and Transparency Solution (UTAS) undergoes expert verification.

The minister spoke when she appeared before the House Representatives Committee on Finance.

UTAS, developed by Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU), is a prototype the IPPIS, which the union urged the to implement rather than the IPPIS.

 

ASUU yesterday said its ongoing is the only way to rescue public universities from being crippled.

Addressing reporters at the ASUU Secretariat at Olabisi Onabanjo , Ago-Iwoye, State, the Coordinator of the Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, said the Federal was in arrears of over N200 billion of revitalisation fund for public universities.

He said rather than make genuine efforts to resolve the , the government has found the situation “very comfortable”, with students facing the risk of being at home till next year.

He accused the government of resorting to “blackmail, intimidation and propagation of falsehood to the public in a bid to push the blame on ASUU”.

of ASUU-OOU, Dr. Joel Okewale; , ASUU-Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Dr. Adebayo Oni and , ASUU- (UNILAG), Dr Dele Ashiru, were present during the briefing.

 

Sowande said ASUU would not be distracted by blackmail in its resolve to funds for the revitalisation of public universities.

The union insists on the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement, the payment of illegally withheld salaries and check-off, payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), the constitution of visitation panels, and stoppage of the proliferation of universities.

He enjoined the public and well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the government to do the needful and end the , now in its seventh month.

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi urged ASUU to end the strike in the students’ interest.

He made the appeal in Ado-Ekiti while hosting members of the Board of Trustees of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, led by its and Niger State Governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, in his office.

 

He said: “We need to to a point of convergence with ASUU, but I also think ASUU should begin to look at this from the of their importance. It is the children of ordinary Nigerians who attend the local universities.

“So, even if it is for the sake of ordinary Nigerians who have children in these universities and cannot afford to send their children to private universities or abroad, ASUU should call off the strike.”

The Nation