Written by Godfrey AKON

63% of ASUU members captured by FG’s IPPIS- AGF

Sixty-three per cent of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have been captured by the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS.

Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, disclosed this in Abuja during an oversight visit by the Senate Committee on ICT, led by its Chairman, Senator Yakubu Oseni.

Idris said the salary accounts of 793,580 Federal government employees and about 63 per cent of members of ASUU have been captured on the IPPIS.

 He added that the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation is central to the implementation of the Federal Government’s public financial management reforms initiatives aimed at positioning Nigeria economy among the best by the year 2020 and beyond.

“IPPIS has FG employees of 793,580 salary accounts; Ministries on IPPIS platform-602, Navy-23,863, Air Force-19,656, Army-116,117, Police-293,571, Immigration-24,663, Civil Defence-55,611 and Nigeria Correctional Service-30,133, adding that 63% of ASUU members have also been captured,” he said.

ASUU has been drawn in long battle with the government over the implementation of IPPIS in public universities stressing that the move would stall development in the institutions.

The union however accused the government of forcefully migrating its members to the controversial IPPIS, stating that government had already obtained the Bank Verification Numbers, BVNs, of members and had been paying them under the new template in the last four months.

National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, alleged that government has continued to pay university teachers distorted salaries.

“Members are very displeased with forceful migration to IPPIS because some inexplicable deductions are forcefully being made from their salaries. For instance, we cannot understand why anybody will tell us they have started deducting contributions for mortgage when people have not filled any form for such. We find this awkward and we see it as an attempt to forcefully bring down the income of our members, because we all know the history of mortgage banking in this country, and whether there is law or not, people’s consent must be sought.

“They must know what you are doing with their funds before you take them, therefore for five months the government has deducted from our salaries, where is the money? I can assure you that it is going to become a big issue sooner or later. We know the history of a federal mortgage bank in this country and anybody that is fully knowledgeable about this would think twice before enlisting in such.

“Many of the lecturers being forcefully migrated to mortgage have already taken loans from cooperative societies in their various institutions and they are paying back. Some have even applied to take loans to build their own houses.

“We know what happened last year when President Muhammadu Buhari refused to assent to the law for this mortgage contribution, why are they forcing people to it? We have reasons to suspect the real motives for it. What we have done on our own part is to intensify efforts in developing our alternative to IPPIS, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

“Since government has challenged us, we shall soon prove that we can do better by providing an alternative that is more sensitive to the peculiarities of the university system,” Ogunyemi said.

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