Payment platform disaster: FG might drop IPPIS for ASUU, others as opposition grows
Payment platform disaster: FG might drop IPPIS for ASUU, others as opposition grows. There had been indications on Sunday that the Federal Government would possibly undertake any fee platform developed in universities as an alternative choice to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, who gave this indication in an interview with The PUNCH, nonetheless, gave situations for adopting any fee platform aside from the IPPIS.
According to him, the platform have to be able to eliminating ghost employees’ syndrome and different types of corruption within the fee of salaries.
Akpan acknowledged this as opposition to the IPPIS grew on Sunday when unions together with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union, and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria mentioned it was solely appropriate for the civil service.
Recall that ASUU had on March 23, begun an indefinite strike over the federal government’s insistence on the IPPIS, amongst different causes.
Other college unions, which initially supported the fee system, backed out on the grounds that it contained many irregularities.
As an alternative choice to the IPPIS, ASUU had offered its University Transparency and Accountability Solution to the Federal Government. UTAS is at the moment being examined by the National Information Technology Development Agency, whereas SSANU and NASU have proposed the University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System.
The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with The PUNCH, restated the union’s opposition to the IPPIS, saying the system would localize the college system if adopted.
IPPIS received’t enable non-pensionable appointments wanted in universities – ASUU
He acknowledged, “With the IPPIS, lecturers can’t transfer freely throughout campuses; throughout nations. It is a system that won’t assist you to make use of individuals from exterior the nation, people who find themselves not on pensionable appointments as a result of the IPPIS focuses solely on individuals with pensionable appointments. Contract workers who’re wanted in scarce areas are shut out. Our colleagues within the Diaspora who may come and provides worldwide taste and enrich our programmes are shut out. If you may have a system that won’t assist you to match into international practices, that system can’t match right into a college.”
He defined additional that the IPPIS would erode the autonomy of the college system which was established by an Act in 2003.
Ogunyemi added, “The IPPIS was designed for the civil service, which has a uniform method to payroll. In the civil service, they must take permission from the pinnacle of civil service earlier than they’ll make use of. That is just not potential in college training as a result of a college operates a versatile payroll system by the advantage that lecturers can come for brief employment and sabbaticals.”
IPPIS has many irregularities, it offers wage of a cleaner to a registrar – SSANU
In the identical vein, the newly elected vice chairman of SSANU, Mr Abdulsobur Salam, defined that the union initially thought the IPPIS would resolve some issues within the college system, nevertheless it later came upon that it added extra issues.
He acknowledged, “At the outset, we didn’t oppose the IPPIS as a result of now we have had problems with corruption within the college system which we thought the IPPIS would resolve. The authorities made a request that we should always key into the IPPIS they usually demonstrated to us that the IPPIS had captured every thing on salaries.
“But now we have witnessed a variety of irregularities; salaries are usually not paid, the wage of a cleaner given to a registrar and outright non-payment of workers salaries when workers have been working for 10 months. It is in opposition to this background we at the moment are having a second thought. The IPPIS has created a variety of issues than it has resolved.”
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Efforts to talk to the National General Secretary, Mr Peter Adeyemi, NASU, proved abortive as he didn’t decide calls to his cell phone nor replied an SMS despatched to him.
However, the Chairman of the University of Lagos’ NASU, Mr Kehinde Ajibade defined that the union came upon a variety of irregularities within the IPPIS.
These, he mentioned, included arbitrary deductions, excessive taxation, excessive pension price and delay in funds.
Ajibade acknowledged, “What the Federal Government promised us as college employees is opposite to what we’re experiencing now. It’s just like the Federal Government deceived us to affix the IPPIS. Our salaries had been being paid on a platform earlier than we migrated to the IPPIS. Unfortunately, once we obtained to the IPPIS, we found it was a rip-off. It was filled with inconsistencies and irregularities that we’re nonetheless battling with now.
“That is the rationale we’re opposing the IPPIS. Some of those irregularities are excessive taxation, non-remittance of a number of the deductions and cooperative points. We have submitted our listing for fee. It is both it’s delayed or now we have to ship an emissary to their workplace earlier than they launch our cash. All these make it troublesome for us. We launched into a two-week warning strike and the Federal Government invited our leaders. Our nationwide our bodies proposed one other platform as ASUU did. The authorities accepted our new platform and mentioned they’d look into it. That’s the place we at the moment are.
Our allowances received’t be paid if IPPIS is adopted – PENGASSAN
On his half, the General Secretary of PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, in an interview with considered one of our correspondents, mentioned, “We are against the IPPIS for a similar cause that ASUU is against it.
“Everything that you simply suppose is sweet have to be examined. Now in the event you check it and there are points with it, in fact, you received’t settle for it. So there are points with the IPPIS. It is just not an ideal doc.”
“For oil employees, we’re additionally not simply the common civil servants and so all the problems in regards to the system have to be cleared earlier than we will settle for it.
“Another factor is that in the event you apply the IPPIS, as an example, a few of your allowances as oil employees won’t be paid.”
We are encouraging analysis, we are going to undertake any platform higher than IPPIS – FG
On Sunday, the spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Akpan, mentioned the Federal Government would accept the most effective fee platform in universities
He defined that the federal government wished to save cash and would undertake any platform that would assist in attaining its objective.
He mentioned, “The purpose of the IPPIS is to watch authorities funds and salaries of employees and in addition to get rid of ghost employees’ syndrome. The authorities is wanting to save cash and take away corruption from the system.
“So, if an organisation comes up and says it have one thing that would enable you to to realize this function, I’m positive the federal government would certainly think about it. So, all choices are nonetheless open to the federal government.”
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Akpan famous that the federal government would accept any fee platform that’s higher than the IPPIS, including that it was encouraging analysis and growth within the tertiary establishments within the nation.
Asked if the federal government had taken a place on the UTAS developed by ASUU, Akpan acknowledged, “What authorities has completed thus far is to guage that of ASUU which goes by integrity check.
“But for those of NASU and SSANU, they mentioned they only knowledgeable the federal government about it with out presenting something. They are engaged on their very own. What the minister mentioned is that if anybody had what the federal government may use, the federal government would all the time undertake it.
“The authorities is searching for the easiest; if there’s something that’s higher than IPPIS, the federal government would positively fall again on it. Government is encouraging analysis and growth within the academia.”
In a associated growth, an announcement on Sunday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige’s Media Office, titled, ‘SSANU extols labour minister.’ quoted SSANU as saying it could rethink its place if the IPPIS was up to date to accommodate the peculiarities captured by the UGPPPS.
The quick previous President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, mentioned this on Saturday whereas presenting his successor, Mohammed Ibrahim, to Ngige.
In response to Ugwoke, the minister mentioned the Federal Government would look into the fee system as demanded by SSANU.
He, nonetheless, identified that any of such techniques should have “ a handshake with the IPPIS and different fee techniques in use by the Federal Government.”
According to the assertion, Ugwoke counseled Ngige for “his understanding of assorted challenges going through Nigerian employees working underneath completely different unions, the persistence and transparency with which you mediate, reawaken hope in us that authorities is dedicated to the welfare of employees.”
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, mentioned just one difficulty remained to be resolved between the federal government and ASUU.
Echono who acknowledged this in Abuja on Saturday in the course of the skilled examination for lecturers, mentioned, “The authorities is working very intently. We are very involved and the President may be very involved about this protracted (ASUU) strike which, to so many people, is pointless. We imagine there are different methods of getting issues completed.
“There’s a shared acceptance of so most of the points and we’re at a degree that in a short time and shortly, it (the strike) will likely be resolved. There’s just one difficulty in rivalry.”