The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government are yet to reach an agreement on the incorporation of universities into the newly introduced Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
North-west Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Rabiu Nasiru, told schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine in Abuja that discussions and dialogue were still on, adding that “we are hoping to reach an acceptable ground for the mutual benefit of all.’’
The Federal Government, through the office of Accountant General, introduced IPPIS with a view to creating a centralised data base system to aid government pay its workers salaries and to ensure that wastages and leakages are done with by ensuring staff remuneration is based on correct information.
However, ASUU and federal universities authorities were kicking against the new system, alleging that it will tamper with the most sought university autonomy.
According to Nasiru, universities cannot operate under this kind of system because of the nature of their operations, adding that employment and promotion are made as the need arise in the institutions
“Subjecting universities to IPPIS will be a serious problem, staff are recruited very often therefore if one needs to be recruited you shortlist, send to Abuja, do documentation and all this processes takes time and will lead to delay in remuneration in salaries, promotions and what have you,” he said.
He said the system will also deter the growth and development of institutions, adding that the issue must be resolved in the interests of all parties and education in the country.
Already, he said, ASUU has issued a circular to all its members directing them not to enroll in the system, adding that anyone who enrolls does so at his own peril.
Responding, the IPPIS’s Coordinator, Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede, said the new system would not in any way tamper with the autonomy of the university, explaining that it was aimed at ensuring prompt payment of salaries and other entitlements directly to employees’ accounts.
She said workshops and seminars were currently going on with a view of allaying fears over the new system, adding that the system would design a template that will accommodate sabbatical, tenure and contract appointments.
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