ASUU, FG meet­ing over IPPS dead­locked

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Habibu Umar Aminu

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 Daily Trust 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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