– The federal government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System is said to be having glitches
– This has affected the pay of certain lecturers who are not getting what is due to them
– The situation might force several unions within the education sector to embark on strike as a way of putting the government on its toes
The controversial payment system introduced by the federal government, the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) may lead to the disruption of activities in the nation’s polytechnics.
ThisDay reports that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has cried out against the lapses inherent in the system and is threatening industrial action.
Already, the Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech chapter chairman, Mr Remi Ajiboye, said salaries of members were being cut indiscriminately, citing an instance in which he was paid N4, 000 as monthly salary.
Ajiboye is a senior lecturer whose salary should be over N300,000 monthly.
“There was a month I was paid N4,000 as monthly salary. And it is not that the money forcibly taken away would be repaid any time soon.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian university teachers have accused the federal government of reneging on the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The allegation comes two weeks after the lecturers suspended their nine-month-old strike.
In a statement sent to journalists, ASSU noted that the government was yet to pay their December salaries, while “illegal” deductions were still to be refunded.
Recall that ASUU had warned that it might resume its suspended strike in February 2021 if the federal government fails to fulfil the promises it made to the lecturers.
The national president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known in Lagos shortly after the union suspended its nine-month-old strike late last year.
On his part, Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, vowed not to give ASUU an opportunity to go on another strike.
According to Ngige, he will do everything to ensure the union doesn’t embark on industrial action, adding that the federal government will keep to its agreement.
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