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Monday, IPPIS payment will begin in tertiary schools – FG

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FEDERAL universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria will Monday, enroll into a new salary payment scheme.

  Designated to kick off under Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS), the new policy is coming on board despite initial resistance from some tertiary schools.

  According to a statement signed by a representative of Auditor-General of the Federation, Henshaw Ogubike, enrollment will commence on November 25 and end on December 7. He urged all staff of federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria to make themselves available for the exercise.

  The statement further asked affected workers to come with letter of first appointment, letter of last promotion, evidence of Transfer of Service (if any) and staff identification card, with birth certificate or declaration of age,  educational qualifications, six months copy of bank statement, BVN printout, PFA printout,  evidence of change of name (if any) as other requirements.

  “Officers from the IPPIS department in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) will be on ground to conduct the enrollment exercise. All eligible staff of Federal Universities and Colleges of Education in Nigeria are enjoined to cooperate and ensure a seamless enrollment,” the statement read.

But this is coming after University of Ibadan Chapter Chairman of ASUU, Professor Deji Omole, will resist attempts by government to violate existing laws and autonomy of the university.

  According to Omole, ASUU has offered to help the federal government design the appropriate template that will factor in the peculiarities of university lecturers in the IPPIS but the government seems bent on using the World-Bank designed exploitative template.

The ASUU boss said the template designed by government looks a blueprint meant to enslave intellectuals because it does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion, study leave allowance, and responsibility allowance, among others.

  But the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Idris Ahmed recently revealed that federal government saved over N273 billion from personnel cost between 2017 and 2018 after introducing the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS).

  Therefore, he urged Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to come onboard the platform as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), stating that ASUU has no justification to reject IPPIS especially as the policy aims at saving cost and wastages in the personnel cost of government.

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