What Is IPPIS And Why Is ASUU Resisting It?

What Is IPPIS And Why Is ASUU Resisting It?
The issue of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) rejecting the proposed Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) has been trending for a while.
You must have heard the news but might be wondering why the education body will reject such a good thing. I know so many people have been applauding the federal government on the decision without knowing the full facts about the issue.
The purpose of this article is not to criticize the union or support the government, I wrote it just to enlighten you and I'll try my best to present it in a neutral form.

What Is IPPIS?

IPPIS is the short form for Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. The Nigerian president, during the presentation of the 2020 budget issued an order to all public sector workers to register for the IPPIS. This he said was to save cost and fight corruption in the system by blocking leakages in the Federal Government’s salary payment structure.

Some key facts and functions of the IPPIS include:

• IPPIS Secretariat is a Department under the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation
• It is responsible for payment of salaries and wages directly to government employee’s bank account with appropriate deductions and remittances of third party payments.
• Such third party payments include the Federal Inland Revenue Service, State Boards of Internal Revenue, National Health Insurance Scheme, National Housing Fund, Pension Fund Administrator, Cooperative Societies, Trade Unions Dues, Association Dues and Bank Loans.
• IPPIS claims that its main aim is to pay accurately and on time within statutory and contractual regulations.
• There are 459 Ministries, Departments and Agencies on IPPIS Platform as at 31st June, 2017.
• The department is responsible for processing and payment of salary to over 300,000 Federal Government Employees across the 459 MDAs.
• IPPIS aim is to enrol into the platform, all Federal Government MDAs that draws personnel cost fund from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
• Since inception of the IPPIS project in April 2007, the department has saved the Federal Government of Nigeria billions of Naira by eliminating thousands of ghost workers.

Why is ASUU opposing the IPPIS?

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had opposed the President’s directive stating that the IPPIS violates the existing law of university autonomy.
They also said that it World Bank-designed exploitative template and doesn't make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion, study leave allowance, and responsibility allowance, among others

They also stated that it is designed to phase out university lecturers at the official retiring age of 60, thereby acting against the new policy where professors retire at 70 years. They also termed it a one-size-fits-all approach tainted with corrupt tendencies.

The battle line has been drawn and we'd have to relax and watch who wins. Meanwhile, the federal government has warned that anyone who fails to register for the IPPIS by October 31 would not be paid.

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