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UNN commences IPPIS enrollment

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..Ilorin varsity follows suit


…Our position stands — ASUU

AS THE ding-dong between federal government and coalition of lecturers of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education over their enrollment into Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) continue, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) yesterday, started enrolling its staff unto the policy.

  A statement released by Registrar of UNN, Dr. Chris Igbokwe, shows that the exercise is taking place at Margaret Ekpo Convocation Arena at Nsukka Campus, with Faculty of Social Sciences being the first to be captured into the system.

  According to the statement entitled ‘Verification of Personnel Records and Biometric Data Capture for Federal Universities, both staff of Nsukka and Enugu campuses would be captured according to the timetable released by the institution for the exercise.

  “We have on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, received Officers from Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Abuja, who are on ground to conduct verification of personnel records and biometric data capture of staff of the University of Nigeria to complete their enrolment into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The exercise will commence today (Wednesday, November 27, 2019) at Ekpo Convocation Arena with  staff of Faculty of Social Sciences. This will be followed by the Faculty of Education on Thursday, November 28, 2019. On Friday, November 29, 2019, spillover staff from Faculties of the Social Sciences and Education will be captured.

Details of the capturing of other Faculties-Schools, Institutes-Centres and Directorates as well as Administrative Departments-Units, Enugu Campus and College of Medicine will be released subsequently. This release is made to ensure the immediate take-off of the exercise,” the statement reads.

  Similarly, lecturers of University of Ilorin are also taking part in IPPIS biometric data capturing which commenced yesterday.

  Both academic and non-academic staffs are participating in the exercise at the Old Senate Chambers.

  A member of the team from Office of Accountant-General who pleaded anonymity said there was no hitch as workers came out en masse to enroll.

  However, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it was going ahead with its insistence on non-inclusion of its members in IPPIS.

  National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this in Lagos yesterday, explaining the arrangement as being “alien even to the most advanced nations” of the world.

  According to him, any authority or institution that coerces lecturers into the scheme will have ASUU to contend with.

  “ASUU has not changed its position and ASUU believes that whoever chooses to go for the IPPIS should also remember that a time will come when they will regret it.

Our stand against it is not for selfish reasons but we expect that things must be done right at all times. ASUU once said that the policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Nigeria will make the people poorer, increase misery, want as well as compound our economic crisis. This was disclosed about 30 years ago.

Today, we are have seen the manifestation of these crises and therefore, IPPIS is an aberration. It does not apply to universities because there is no university anywhere in the world where IPPIS is applied.

Even in Ghana where they have something similar to the IPPIS, they went ahead to exclude the universities and that is why we are saying our own cannot be different,” he said.

  It will be recalled that federal government recently directed public sector workers, including universities to be captured on IPPIS as part of its fight against corruption by blocking leakages in salary payment structure. But the move is being resisted by some university lecturers under ASUU aegis.

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