The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Federal Government of blackmailing university employees with the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
According to The Punch, the ASUU Chairman University of Port Harcourt Branch, Dr Austen Sado, while speaking during a phone interview, stated that ASUU would not be cowed into enrolling on IPPIS.
The Federal Government had directed all workers to register on IPPIS to receive their salaries. Lecturers were also given November deadline to ensure they register to receive payments.
The statement reads below in parts; (As seen on Punch)
“It (directive to stop salaries) clearly shows that there is something the Federal Government is not telling the people. They are not paying us (some lecturers). So, why are they saying by November?
“What they are doing now is just blackmail and threat to see how they would weaken our members to go and enroll (on IPPIS). People who have not enrolled are not being paid; some people for eight months, some for three, going to four months. I have not been paid salary since July, while some people have not been paid since February.
“They have not paid us because of IPPIS. A few of the people that registered with IPPIS are being paid. But when they pay them, they don’t even get the full complement of their salaries; some of them claim that they get like N50,000, N60,000, and we are talking about senior lecturers and above.
“A professor told me that what he is getting is N100,000 (as monthly salary) and yet they want to put more people into that. But we have resolved that we will not succumb to this blackmail.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.