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IPPIS: FG to pay unpaid varsity lecturers



THE President of the Federal Republic, MuhammaduBuhari has approved the immediate payment of withheld salaries of February and March for lecturers in federal universities who have not registered on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

  President Buhari gave the approval order after a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige yesterday in Abuja.

  Confirming the order, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha on Wednesday Boss Mustapha stated that the approval is in line with measures to see that no one is left at a disadvantage during this trying time.

   “The President also directed the Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, and the Accountant General of the Federation to effect the payment urgently by all means to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period on lecturers and members of their family,” the statement read.

  Vice-chancellors were also requested to confirm and forward the bank verification numbers (BVN) of the affected lecturers to the accountant-general of the federation for the payments to be effected.

  It will be recalled that the federal government ordered the stoppage of salaries for lecturers and all workers in tertiary institutions who were not enrolled on the IPPIS in January 2020,

.  ASUU had rejected the directive to register on the platform, saying it would affect the autonomy of universities, and this, among other issues. This led to a declaration of a two-week warning strike on March 9. 

  In March 2020, the federal government came to a truce with the union and agreed to merge IPPIS with the payroll software proposed by ASUU.

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