Universities in Nigeria may soon be shut down as aggrieved lecturers may resort to am industrial action over the compulsory implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
This follows the order by the Federal government to stop the salaries of lecturers and all workers of tertiary institutions who are not enrolled on the IPPIS.
The order was issued by the accountant-general of the federation who asked the finance minister not to release funds meant for January salaries to tertiary institutions, saying payments would be made through the IPPIS platform.
“l am directed to inform you that the preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and Warrants of the Federal Tertiary institutions are ongoing and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020,” the letter read.
“This is to give effect to the directive of the Federal Government that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies drawing Personnel Cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) should be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
“In order to actualize this directive, you are please requested not to release the Funds for payment of salaries to the Tertiary Institutions as their salaries will henceforth be paid on the IPPIS Platform with effect from January 2020.”
Bittertruth Media recalls that the directive on non-payment of salaries is coming three weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari hosted members of The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the presidential villa in Abuja over the IPPIS controversy.
ASSU had rejected the federal government’s directive for workers to enroll in the centralised payroll system, saying it would affect the autonomy of universities.
However, the federal government had insisted on IPPIS.
Meanwhile, a lecturer who wouldn’t want his identity published has revealed that if the issue is not properly handled, university lecturers would go on strike.
“The worst aspects of all this is: “Incremental arrears of workers minimum wages have not been paid. Balance of 80% earned allowances to non-teaching staff have not been paid yet they are proposing to withhold January salary due to 40, 000 ASUU staff that refused to join,” he said.