IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary – Abiodun Ogunyemi

IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary –
Abiodun Ogunyemi
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on
Thursday said it is yet to call off its ongoing strike because
the federal government has made a smooth negotiation
very impossible.
Disclosing this on Channels Television programme ‘Politics
Today’ monitored by Oniftv , the national body
of the university lecturers, led by its President, Prof.
Abiodun Ogunyemi said that they are waiting for the
government to conduct an integrity test on the University
Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), a
homegrown payment platform created by ASUU in place of
the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel
Information System (IPPIS).
Ogunyemi said due to the IPPIS structure, some university
lecturers are losing up to 70 percent of their salaries while
some professors received N8,000 as monthly salaries for
several months.
He also accused the federal government of reneging on
agreements with the union since 2013 including frustrating
the plan by ASUU to introduce an alternative payment
system for university lecturers.
While calling for the understanding of students and their
parents, he said that as far as they are concerned, they
don’t have any issue with going back to work, but they want
more sincerity on the side of government.
“People are losing about 50 to 70 percent of their salaries.
In fact, there were professors that were paid about N8,000
in some months in our campuses. So, we don’t expect
something otherwise because that platform is not meant for
the university system”.
“I believe our students and their parents will understand. If
we have lecturers that have not been paid for eight, nine
months, how can we have that person putting in their best
into the system? If people are going back to the universities
and they will be paid half or less of their usual salaries, how
can we cope with that?”
“And salary is not the only issue like I said, there were
allowances that were discussed; there was the issue of the
salary scale. If we have been on the same salary structure
for 11 years, I think our members have the right to say ‘No,
that cannot happen. Government has made it difficult for
smooth negotiation”.
It will be recalled that ASUU embarked on an industrial
action about eight months ago across the country, following
its dispute with the Federal Government over their
insistence on the implementation of the Integrated Payroll
and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of
University lecturers’ salaries and allowances.
Alternatively, ASUU developed a homegrown payment
platform, UTAS, which they believe guarantees the
autonomy of the university.

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