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IPPIS is a business venture for some interest groups, ASUU alleges

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ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi. Photo: UNAAB

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as a business venture of some interest groups.

ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi who stated this in a letter addressed to zonal leaders of the union said arrangement is underway by the union to make a presentation of its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to the Federal Government.

University teachers have been on strike over the implementation of the new payroll system.

ASUU described IPPIS as “a business venture of some interest groups” in Nigeria. Their profit margin increases by the increasing number of university staff they are able to capture.”

Ogunyemi enjoined members of the union not to waver in their resolve to reject the IPPIS.

He maintained that the deliberate withholding and distortion of salaries by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation are ploys to hoodwink and arm-twist members of the union.

Ogunyemi assured members that once the issue of payment platform is sorted; the union will then pursue to a logical conclusion, the major demands behind the ongoing strike.

“As expected, the vested interests are uncomfortable with the emergence of the UTAS because of its potential for exposing the IPPIS fraud. The impression earlier created was that no further payment of salaries could be made without data capture.

“However, the IPPIS office has forcefully migrated all academic staff in federal universities to the platform and what is being done now is to formalise the process. Deliberate withholding and distortion of salary payments by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation are ploys to hoodwink and arm-twist ASUU members to swallow their vomit on IPPIS.

“At this stage, it is unedifying to see ASUU members filling the Bursar’s Office for IPPIS data capture. Apart from betraying the union, many of those who attempted to go solo have also been ridiculed beyond description.

“Even non-members respect ASUU for its informed and principled position on IPPIS, Ogunyemi added.


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