Lecturers fault govt, lament non-payment of salaries
Lecturers fault govt, lament non-payment of salaries. Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have said contrary to the Federal Government’s denial, they have not been paid their salaries over their refusal to register on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform.
Three of the lecturers, who spoke with The PUNCH, said the bursary units of their institutions told them to get captured by IPPIS if they wanted their salaries.
Recall that the Director of Press, Mr. Ben Goon, had said no lecturer was being owed because of IPPIS, adding that IPPIS was inevitable.
But a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Ola-Davies, said she was being owed 15 months’ salary, saying she was told if she captured she would get all the 15 months’ salary.
Ola-Davies said, “I was on sabbatical till March 2021; I am being owed from July 2020 till now. I am being owed eight months at my place of sabbatical and seven months here. I was told I have to be captured. So I am being starved because of IPPIS capturing.
“I have been coping by God’s grace but you and I know it is not easy because you are working and not being paid, and I kept getting in touch with them and they said I should come and capture. I was told that if I capture today, I will get all my money at the end of the month.”
Another lecturer, Prof. Yusuf Adamu, of the Bayero University Kano, said, “I am among the first set of victims because, after the first arrangement, I and some of my colleagues were not paid after they paid the four-month tranche. We were paid in installment. The last payment they made in the first week of May, I got two months’ salary, I still have three months outstanding excluding this current month, a colleague of mine has seven months outstanding, some six months. Over the last one year, we have suffered; we don’t have any other source of income other than this job and we have dependents to take care of.”
Also, Prof. Charles Onyenekwe of the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Akwa, Anambra State, said he had not been paid since February this year.
“I have made several attempts at the bursary unit of my university and they are saying that I should go and capture for IPPIS, But when you demand that they should put it down in writing so one can respond to whatever the issue is, they will just put it orally even when you write them that you have not been paid, they say except one goes to capture with IPPIS. There are others they didn’t pay. I will tell whoever is there to obey the presidential directive which says all lecturers should be paid. It will not be good if the lecturers down tool again. You can imagine me teaching all these while and I have not been paid and I have a family. We have done the first-semester exam. We are planning the second semester exam, If we down tool now, it is the youths that will be affected and thrown into the streets.”