Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday told the Senate that the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System of the Federal Government was a scam.
Naija Buzz News had reported on Monday that ASUU leaders would be meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly.
According to ASUU, forcing its members into the system would only destroy the education system in Nigeria, saying that the IPPIS structure was a violation of the university autonomy according to Section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act 2003.
Prof. Ogunyemi told the lawmakers that the IPPIS system would only discourage lecturers from performing at optimal levels because they would be short-changed.
Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Senate, told ASUU that the National Assembly would work to resolve the issue.
“I’m meeting with the Minister of Finance to tell us what exactly is to be done. We’ll start with you today and then we’ll invite the government’s side so that they can tell us what they are doing,” he said.
Read the statement issued by ASUU regarding the IPPIS issue
“It is noteworthy that, contrary to the law expressly backing the governing councils of each federal university to exercise full control over the finances of the universities, IPPIS lacks constitutional backing.
“It is not supported by any Act of the National Assembly.
“The proposed forceful enrolment of staff of universities in the IPPIS will amount to subjecting the universities to the direction and control of Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
“This is in respect of the payment of staff remuneration, salaries, wages, allowances, etc.
“The OAGF has no constitutional or legal backing to so direct the affairs of universities, the latter being creations of statutes via the Acts establishing the universities.
“This is also the case with the OAGF, with payments made to the staff of the federal universities through IPPIS.
“Neither the constitution nor any Act of the National Assembly confers such powers on the OAGF.
“The OAGF has been very clear about the status of IPPIS, that it is a policy of government, backed by a Presidential directive.
“This statement reinforces the position of ASUU on IPPIS that IPPIS is not backed by law and cannot therefore, be used in whatever guise or circumstance to override laws and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Allowing the implementation of IPPIS in the university system would be tantamount to the OAGF committing grave illegality, which would lead to anarchy within the system.
“Technically speaking, IPPlS is a scam; It creates more problems than it resolves to buttress:
“The AGF claims that the goal of IPPIS is to engender transparency, accountability and probity in government expenditure.
“One of the biggest challenges of IPPIS is that it poses great threat to our national security,” the ASUU president said.
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