SSANU laments haphazard implementation of IPPIS payment system
•Renegotiation of 2009 agreement to commence soon
The implementation of some core components of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) have not accurately captured the allowances, earned allowances amongst other emoluments of non-teaching staffers in the universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has lamented.
In a communique issued at the end of its 40th National Executive Council (NEC), which took place in Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, the union specifically lamented the inaccurate payment of its members’ hazards and earned allowances.
The communique, which was signed by its National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, read in part: “NEC-in-session observed with dismay the shoddy and lopsided implementation of some core components of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Specifically, hazard and other earned allowances that are yet to be fully implemented in the monthly salaries of our members as earlier agreed.”
Though SSANU conceded that the implementation of the allowances has commenced, it argued that it is surprising that payments have not been accurately captured.
It urged the Federal Government to stabilise the mode of salary payment vide IPPIS and immediately commence the payment of hazard, responsibility, excess workload, overtime, and others, alongside monthly salaries without further delay.
The union also disclosed that both federal and state governments are reluctant to pay the arrears of national minimum wage, saying, “NEC-in-session urged the Federal Government to pay the arrears of new minimum wage as previously agreed in the Memorandum of Agreement. NEC, therefore, enjoins States and the Federal Government to effect payment of the long-overdue arrears of the minimum wage, which has lost value due to the high rate of inflation currently experienced in the country.”
SSANU hinted that the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/SSANU agreement will soon commence.
It explained that it will soon convey a date for the commencement of the renegotiation to the Federal Government.
The NEC-in-session urged the Federal Government to show sincere commitment to the course of the exercise when it eventually takes off, considering the tortuous history of the 2009 agreement, which has been renegotiated twice.
The union lamented the pervading insecurity in the country, which is threatening education and social lives.
“NEC in session condemns in strong terms, the absurd and unabated increase in insecurity across the country, especially the incessant abductions/demand for ransom and killings of students and staff of secondary and tertiary institutions by bandits, especially in the Northern part of the country. This dangerous dimension has forced several states to shut down schools in violence-prone areas. This will no doubt, add to the over 13.5millions out of school children in Nigeria today. From all indications, this is a great threat to the educational system, bearing in mind that the economic growth of any nation directly depends on the level of her educational standard and stability,” it stated.
SSANU berated the Federal Government’s attitude to labour issues saying enough seriousness is not attached to industrial issues until they snowball into full-scale strikes.
It said: “Most of the industrial actions are traceable to government’s refusal to honour Memorandum of Agreement or Memoranda of Action freely entered into with the trade Unions. It is heart-rending that medical doctors could be on strike for over forty (40) days in Nigeria in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent life-threatening cholera outbreak ravaging the country.”
It urged governments at all levels to cultivate the habit of honouring agreements it willingly signed with labour unions to avoid incessant strikes.