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ASUU and FG to reconvene next week Friday.

The striking union, ASUU and the federal government executive met on Friday the 20th of November to continue the negotiations for ending the 8 months old strike.

The usual meeting days had been Mondays and Wednesdays, so we expected a change, and we got it.

Finally there’s a head way. The outcome of the closed door meeting held on Friday towards ending the strike is this:

  1. The federal government have finally agreed to exempt university lecturers from the proposed payment system which is the IPPIS. The lecturers are going to be paid their withheld salary arrears from February to June using the old payment platform GIFIMS.

Note that one major bone of factor that has made the strike to linger this long is the fact that ASUU rejected the IPPIS and proposed UTAS.

  1. The revitalisation fund and earned allowance money.

The government has also agreed to increase the money offered to ASUU; the end allowances of university staffs from 30 billion naira to 35 billion naira, for the revitalisation fund, from 20 billion naira to 35 billion naira. FG adds an additional N15 billion to the revitalisation fund.


#Newsworthy

Update: ASUU, FG meet over Nationwide strike.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, is currently meeting the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Abuja over the strike embarked upon by the union.

When the two sides met on Thursday, the meeting was adjourned after the Federal Government proposed the merger of the contentious Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and ASUU salary payment system.


It was agreed that ASUU should present the proposal to Congress before today’s meeting.

Before Tuesday’s meeting went into a closed session, ASUU president, Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi, said it was unfortunate that the government made IPPIS look like the major issue in the union’s demands.

“Another issue to correct is that we never said university bursars are to generate the budget for the instructions. ASUU is here with a report from members,” the ASUU president said.

More details later. .


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Nationwide strike continues for this reason – ASUU.


The ongoing two-week warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) continues as the Federal Government gave conditions to integrate the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) being proposed by the Union into the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, revealed this on Thursday after a four-hour technical session between both parties.


The meeting ended at 7:30pm. However, both the federal government and ASUU teams did not reveal the terms of conditions reached during the meeting.

The two parties are expected to reconvene next Monday or Tuesday after further consultations by both parties.


Meanwhile, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in his remarks, said the National Executive Committee of the union would review the conditions set for the integration of UTAS into the IPPIS, a decision based on the commitment of the Federal Government.

Daily Trust reports that the Union had on Monday declared a two-week warning strike over non-payment of salaries of lecturers who failed to enrolled in the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).


This is coming a day after the government through the Labour minister, Dr Ngige, described the ongoing ASUU warning strike as “illegal.”

It could be recalled that the House of Representatives had also on Wednesday resolved to intervene in the ongoing ASUU strike.

The House also invited Ministers of Education as well as that of Labour and Employment on the issue.


#Newsworthy…

Check: ASUU begin 2 weeks warning strike.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has embarked on a two- week warning strike with effect from Monday.

The National President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made the announcement at end of the National Executive Council meeting(NEC) held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

Ogunyemi said the strike action was to compel federal government to implement the agreements and resolutions of Memorandum of Action discussed in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoU), all of which have not been implemented.


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We no longer owe ASUU – Kano varsity.


The management of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil on Saturday announced that it has settled four of the five demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya, Director, Information and Public Relations Unit of the University in a press statement made available to newsmen in Kano said the University has so far settled staff entitlements including 50 per cent balance of the NI98million Postgraduate Grant and 2017/2018 SIWES Supervision Allowance and Family Air ticket allowance have been affected.


Nayaya revealed that “similarly the Excess Workload Allowances for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, as well as 2016/2017 submitted by the Union in May 2019 and August 2019, respectively have been approved by the State Executive Council and the release of the funds is in process.”

The Director further disclosed in the signed statement that stated “Hazard Allowance has been implemented in the months of January and February 2020.”

The University Management also assured the Union of the state government’s determination to improve its support and fundings for the continued growth of the University.

The statement therefore implored the union on the need to continue with the cordial relationships in order to achieve the desired objective of moving the University forward.


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Lecturers who are not on IPPIS won’t get future salaries – Minister of Finance.


Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed has stated that lecturers who have not enrolled for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS) will not get their February salary.

The Minister who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a management retreat in Kano on Thursday March 5, said the objective of capturing lecturers on the IPPIS is to check corruption.

Zainab also revealed that in spite of the resistance from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), 55 per cent of its members have been captured on the platform.


She said;

“Unfortunately most reforms that you undertake you come across resistance. We have had resistance from ASUU on the implementation of the IPPIS and I am happy to report that at least up to 55 percent of ASUU members are registered and the ones that have not are not getting their February salary.

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed

“It is in eliminating ghost workers because you register on the IPPIS using biometrics and we are currently working with the office of the head of service to link up the IPPIS HR management module with the payroll itself. It will help us better maximise the efficiency of the system.

“I know that we have up to 70,000 ghost workers that have been identified in this process and we hope that we will come to a time when we will say that we have no ghost workers.”


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FG scare, pays January salary to ASUU members not in IPPIS payroll ..


To avoid the looming strike action which members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened, the federal government has paid their January salaries.

This was confirmed by Guardian newspaper in a report on Saturday, February 1.


According to the report, the union members, who refused to enrol in the FG’s new payment system called IPPIS, were paid late on Friday, January 31.

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, confirmed the payment, so did Bayero University, Kano chairman of the union, Prof. Ibrahim Barde.

FG stopped what could have been a huge crisis by paying ASUU members their January salaries in spite of not enrolling in IPPIS.
According to the two academics, the action of the government has averted disaster for now.

It was gathered that before the payment was made on Friday night, ASUU had begun the mobilisation of its members ahead of planned strike action across the country.


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IPPIS uncovers 60,000 ghost workers ..


The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has announced that the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) has uncovered 60,000 ghost workers in Federal government payroll.

Pantami disclosed this at the 29th convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna in Niger state titled ‘Datification of social economic and security issues in producing and using public and private data in Nigeria.’


The Minister who expressed determination of the federal government to set the record straight on corruption in Nigeria, further revealed that N24 billion has been saved since the government began the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

He also stated that the IPPIS and TSA were introduced by the Federal Government to curb corruption in the country.


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ASUU: UAM threatens no pay, no work ..


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM) chapter, has resolved to down tools should the Federal Government fail to pay it’s members their monthly entitlements on account of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

ASUU UAM Chairman, Dr. Ameh Ejembi, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after their emergency meeting with which held at the Science Lecture Theatre of the university on Thursday evening.


He said if the Federal Government stops their salaries because of IPPIS, they will “down tools the following minute because the principle is if there is no pay there won’t be work.

‘We will not continue with work if nothing is paid to us for what we have already done,” Ejembi said while reacting to last week’s directive by the Federal Government to withhold funds to federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education that have not enrolled on IPPIS.


He noted that such a directive violates the principle of collective bargaining because “every worker has right to his welfare.”

According to Dr. Ejembi, lectures enrolling on IPPIS is a violation of the autonomy of universities and a contradiction of the superiority of the Governing Councils in the control and management of university funds, employment, discipline and promotion of staff.


Meanwhile, Comrade Alex Odiyi, a resource person at the national secretariat of ASUU, who met with the union at UAM “to get them prepared in response to any action of government with respect to its decision not to pay on account of refusal to enrol in IPPIS” says the national secretariat of the union has “decided to invoke no- pay-no-action,” rule.

He said in rejecting the Federal Government’s IPPIS, ASUU had presented a “workable alternative,” adding that the university system has a way of running its things.


“Our alternative is full proof and will protect the autonomy of the university. It is called Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution. While it ensures accountability in the university, it will also do same for government so that government will know how much it is spending and check the excesses,” Comrade Oniyi says.

Last year, ASUU-Nsukka Zone comprising ASUU branches from Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi, Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM), Federal University Lokoja (FULokoja), Federal University Wukari (FUWukari), Kogi State University Anyiagba (KSU) and University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), warned that the extant legal provisions and negotiated agreements arising from the peculiarities of Nigerian universities had made the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) of the Nigerian Government inappropriate for the country’s universities.

The union therefore, requested the Federal Government to allow it “develop an alternative to IPPIS which can take care of the peculiarities of the university system with different levels of control and can be accessed periodically to monitor compliance with regulations on transparency and accountability by each university as is practised in other African universities especially in Legon, Ghana.”

According to ASUU-Nsukka, achievement of optimal functioning of Nigerian universities can be done “by addressing the perennial shortfall in the funding of universities. This can be done by releasing funds for the capital projects on quarterly basis to enable proper planning in the university system.


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FG stop payment of salary to lecturers not on IPPIS

…ASUU, yet to react


The Federal government has reportedly asked the Ministry of Finance not to pay January salaries of lecturers and all workers of tertiary institutions who are not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), a centralised payroll system.

The accountant-general of the federation in a letter sent to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, instructed the Minister not to release funds meant for January salaries to tertiary institutions, saying payments would only be made to lecturers that have complied with the mandatory enrolment to the IPPIS platform. NobleReporters learnt


“l am directed to inform you that the preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and Warrants of the Federal Tertiary institutions are ongoing and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020,” the letter read.

This is to give effect to the directive of the Federal Government that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies drawing Personnel Cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) should be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).


In order to actualize this directive, you are please requested not to release the Funds for payment of salaries to the Tertiary Institutions as their salaries will henceforth be paid on the IPPIS Platform with effect from January 2020.” the letter read in part

The directive on non-payment of January salaries comes three weeks after President Buhari hosted members of The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the presidential villa in Abuja over the IPPIS controversy. ASUU had rejected the federal government’s directive for workers to enroll in the centralised payroll system, saying it would affect the autonomy of universities.The body have threaneted to go on an indefinite strike if the Federal government insists on IPPIS enrolment of its members.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari


The union had instead proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) “to address the peculiar cases of lecturers in the payment of salaries and other emoluments”.

But the federal government has repeatedly insisted that lecturers still in the Federal government’s payroll must get enrolled in the IPPIS.


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Minimum Wage: University Workers Mobilised For Strike Over Non-Implementation


University workers have begun mobilisation for a possible industrial action over the non implementation of the new national minimum wage in the universities despite Presidential directive that it be implemented by December 31, 2019.

A highly placed source close to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) told The Nation that the university workers are not happy they are yet to enjoy the minimum wage.


The source said: “Staff of all federal Universities across the country are yet to receive the new minimum wage. We are aware that others workers have been paid”.

Asked if it was only the Academic staff that have not been paid, he said none of the workers in the universities have been paid the minimum wage.


A lecturer in one of the federal universities in the north told The Nation that they also not been told why they have not been paid the minimum wage.

He said: “We have not been paid and we don’t know why. If they say it is because of IPPIS, what about other university workers that have enrolled on the scheme already. Why have they not been paid.


“We are holding meetings regarding the issue already and discussing the next step to take. Tell them to pay us our minimum wage because we go on strike again now, Nigerians will be shouting.”

He said the union may be forced to meet and take a stand on the non payment.


But President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyumi could not be reached for his comment as he did not answer calls put through to his phone.

However, his counterpart in the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, Comrade Samson Ugokwe, confirmed the development.

He attributed to the enrollment of university workers in the IPPIS scheme.

He said the enrollment lasted up to December 2019 but was quick to add that the new minimum wage is only a template for what salaries of university workers should be.


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Disruptive intrusion of IPPIS enrollment

…96,090 out of about 137,016 lecturers already enrolled


The Federal Government has disclosed that over 96,090 (70 percent) out of about 137,016 (less than 30 percent) of university lecturers have already enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), urging ASUU to encourage the remaining 40,926 members to comply with the process.

This is even as Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described IPPIS as “disruptive intrusion”, adding “IPPIS violates the laws of the federation, violates university statutes, and violates agreements between the Federal Government and ASUU.”


This was disclosed at a meeting presided over President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

In her remarks at the meeting, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said a desk had been opened in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for registration of university staff, assuring that peculiarities of the tertiary institutions will be accommodated.


The minister pointed out that many anomalies were discovered in the university structures that had contributed to the increased cost burden, which include staff working and earning pay in more than one university, contract staff on payroll of the government, tax reductions on PAYEE and multiple employments.

Ahmed said some universities had rushed to recruit more staff before the IPPIS registration commenced, which was then detected.


“While it is clear that ASUU has peculiarities, it should be recognised and rightly accommodated, and the allowances will be made, and not leaving the university out of IPPIS because of the peculiarities,” she added.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged ASUU to comply with IPPIS in national interest as his office was already in the process of streamlining all issues of human resources in government.


On IPPIS and university operations, the ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the Federal Government’s visitor initiative to the universities, at least once in five years, was the best guarantee for monitoring accountability processes that include internal and external audit processes.

He said the IPPIS will be a “disruptive intrusion”, adding: “IPPIS violates the laws of the federation, violates university statutes, and violates agreements between the Federal Government and ASUU.


“The government should welcome ASUU’s ongoing innovation of a robust system of human resource management and compensation, called the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, which will address peculiarities of universities and end inappropriate recruitments.”

In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted President Buhari as saying the Federal Government will give more attention to improving personnel and infrastructure of universities to produce quality graduates, assuring that education will, henceforth, be a top priority in development goals of the country.


He said effective and efficient operations of universities will go a long way in improving the economy, especially with focus on science and technology.

He urged members of ASUU to assist the Federal Government in realising the target of improved education and credible certificates by complying with ongoing verification and validation of human resources in the universities, which will guarantee optimum output.


“The future of the country depends on quality education and our certificates must be credible to inspire confidence,” he said.

President Buhari said constitutional provisions should be carefully studied and adhered to for more harmonious relationships, and standards that will promote efficiency.


The president directed the Ministry of Education to put in more effort in ensuring that Nigerian universities are properly funded, with adequate infrastructure and staffing.

The President of ASUU, Ogunyemi, also said the educational sector needed more Federal Government attention, noting that implementation of agreements over the years will go a long way in improving the quality of education in the universities.


He said: “Nigerian universities can make meaningful contributions to addressing the challenges of the country (economy, security and corruption) if given the opportunities. Appropriate funding level, competitive conditions of service, university autonomy and academic freedom are critical to creating such an atmosphere.

“With adequate and effective education, particularly university education, Nigerians will be less susceptible to manipulation, our economy will grow and problems of insecurity and corruption will be drastically reduced,” he said.

The ASUU president said Nigeria could learn from countries like China, Malaysia and Singapore that have encouraged universities to drive their educational development through tripartite linkages of government, industries and universities called Triple Helix Principle.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Labour and Employment , Dr Chris Ngige, assured that the Federal Government was committed to improving the educational sector, promising to work closely with ASUU.


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ASUU to support steps to curb corruptions in universities.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has pledged its readiness to fully support any step that would eradicate corrupt practices from the university system.

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of the union speaks in forum in Abuja on Sunday, on ASUU’s stand with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

President Muhammudu Buhari, had on Oct. 8, directed all government employees to be enrolled into IPPIS to ensure accountability and curb corruption in the system.

Ogunyemi said that the union had developed a prototype of the IPPIS, called University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which it urged the government to implement rather than the IPPIS.

“2014, February precisely, after much debate about IPPIS, we told the government our reservations about IPPIS and the uniqueness of the universities.

“We thought they agreed with us, they said we should nominate three people and they will also nominate three persons; and then we should come up with a platform that will be acceptable to ASUU.

“We did not hear anything from them, and when they came back in July 2019, it was now a story that government has made up his mind that it is IPPIS.

“The platform we had in mind is the one we have now started because they pushed us to the point of taking on the challenge.

“ASUU will sponsor the development of that platform which we call University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

“UTAS came about as a way of showing them that we are not against their war against corruption, that ASUU fully supports any step that will nip corruption in the bud,’’ he said.

Ogunyemi, however, said that the union would resist any move by the Federal Government to move the universities back into core civil service.

He urged the government to implement UTAS and develop a system that would be resident in the universities.

He said this would give government the opportunity to have access to control and monitor activities and progress of the universities.

“The difference between what they are doing now and UTAS is that what they are doing now is just government information system for payment.

“They just send the wage bill for universities into the university account and they ask them to pay and they monitor.

“In the case of UTAS, all the personnel information and the payroll system will be uploaded and there are about five components which we have segmented and developed.

“Not everybody will have access to all of these, so we are saying that the best way to ensure university autonomy is to develop a system that will be resident in the university; but those in government can have access to control and monitor it.

“This will secure and safeguard the autonomy of the universities and that will also give government the opportunity to monitor what is going on in the system as regularly as they want to.

“So if they had cooperated with us in 2014, by now IPPIS would have been another matter. Let me also tell you this as we have argued that this system is not in the best interest of Nigerians,’’ he added.

According to the ASUU president, attempts by the government to impose the enrolment of lecturers on the IPPIS platform is a plot to distract the union from its 2009 renegotiation agreement.

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90,000+ University workers captured.

Over 90,000 university workers have been captured under Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS).

Director IPPIS in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation Mr. Olufehinti Olusegun told The Nation that the process of capturing university staff (lecturers included) is ongoing.

According to him: “There is a process which is still ongoing when, we finish capturing, there are processes we must follow; do data cleansing, from data cleansing to pay rolling.”

After pay rolling, the IPPIS team, he said, will review the wild data collected to determine if there is anybody who is not supposed to be on the payroll.

“We don’t publish wild data from the field to prepare the payroll it has to be reviewed to be sure it meets certain criteria,” he said.

With regards to what will happen to university staff not captured under IPPIS, Olusegun said he had no idea what fate awaits them.

He said: “We will cross the bridge when we get there. I don’t know their fate, I only know the people that are on the platform.

“I can only speak for people that have been captured it is beyond me to know if they will be paid their December salary the government will do what it has to do when the time comes.”

He however assured that government is “not at war with ASSU, the consultation is ongoing we will keep on letting them realise the importance of coming on board. It is for their good. Many of them seem to have realized that the federal government is their paymaster.”

The Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) is a computerised Human Resource Management Information System that is being implemented in Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Local Governments (MDAs & LGs) to perform various human resource functions.

IPPIS Secretariat is responsible for payment of salaries and wages directly to Government employee’s bank account with appropriate deductions and remittances of third party payments such as; Federal Inland Revenue Service; State Boards of Internal Revenue; National Health Insurance Scheme; National Housing Fund; Pension Fund Administrator; Cooperative Societies; Trade Unions Dues; Association Dues and Bank Loans.

The benefits of IPPIS include: a centralized payment of salaries and allowances; ensuring convenience and prompt payment of remuneration; and aiding manpower planning and budgeting as well as ascertaining the actual emolument of Federal Government personnel at anytime in point.

However, university lecturers have kicked against being captured under the centralised payroll platform

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In – ASUU news NUTAS as FG alternative to IPPIS.

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) chapter, has again appealed to the Federal Government to shun its planned move to include university lecturers on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). According to the union, the Federal Government should consider the alternative offer from the university lecturers, known as Nigerian Universities Transparency and Accountability System (NUTAS). In a statement issued and signed by the branch Chairman of ASUU in FUTA, Dr. Olayinka Awopetu maintained that NUTAS would also adequately take care of all the claims of the Federal Government on lPPlS, the Universities Autonomy Laws as well as the peculiarities of the university’s academic environment.

Awopetu, who expressed the body’s disdain for corruption while the union embraced transparency and accountability in all sector of the nation but stressed the need for the Federal Government not to truncate the autonomy of the university system or reduce universities to local communities or arms of Federal Ministries.

Awopetu said: “While ASUU is not averse to transparency and accountability to the nation, including the university system, we believe this can be achieved in a way that will not truncate the autonomy of the university system or reduce our universities to local communities or arms of Federal Ministries.

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IPPIS is the trick FG wants to use to stop our normal stipend pays – ASUU

The Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) of the Federal Government has been described as a scam by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who have insisted that their members won’t be enrolled in the payment system.

In a statement released on Saturday November 30, by ASUU Chairman (University of Abuja branch) Dr. Kassim Umaru disclosed that the National Executive Council of ASUU has directed its members not to enroll in spite of the directive from the Office of Accountant-General of the Federation that data of university workers and colleges of education must be captured on the system between Monday November 25 and December 7.

The Union questioned why some federal government agencies like the Federal Inland Revenue Services, Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation are not captured on the platform. They added that IPPIS was introduced to stop the payment of their legal entitlement.

Umaru insisted that the payrol system which has no legal backing is totally in violation of university autonomy. He added that they won’t succumb to threats of non-payment of their salary by the Federal Government.

The statement reads: “There is massive corruption in IPPIS. Did government care to investigate IPPIS itself? We are saying why is CBN not in IPPIS? Why is NDIC not in IPPIS? Why is Federal Inland Revenue not in IPPIS? But the lecturers who are just collecting stipends to be pulled into IPPIS so that our legal entitlement will not be paid.

“We are not going to allow it. We are not going to be part of the staff that are going to be enrolled in IPPIS. We took a resolution and we are reaffirming the direction of the national, that is NEC. NEC took a decision that we are not going to get enrolled into IPPIS and you know what our union is actually against is that the university has an autonomy and if you look at it clearly, this autonomy we are saying is enshrined in Section 2AA of the University Miscellaneous Provision Amendment Act of 2003 which clearly explained the role of the Governing Council.

“Even the Miscellaneous Act we are saying clearly stated that the power of the council shall be exercised as in the law and that status of each university. So it is clear we have an autonomy. Again, university is the peculiar nature of the appointment of university as academics. Our 2009 agreement which was negotiated by the federal government and our union is also there. So many issues are there and that is why our union is saying we should be allowed to produce a template which will have all these series of issues but not to have a center point of payment.”

#Newsworthy…

FG, ASUU Crisis. House Of Representatives Intervene.

The House of Representatives has resolved to intervene in the crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities over the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

The House resolved to probe into the crisis following the unanimous adoption of a motion by Tajudeen Abass, who called for the intervention of the parliament in the crisis.

The House mandated the Committees on Finance; Education; and Labour, Employment and Productivity “to intervene in the conflict with a view to identifying the cause of the conflict, reconciling the worrying parties, and report in two weeks’ time.”

While the Federal Government is insisting on capturing university lecturers on the IPPIS, ASUU has insisted on being exempted from the system.

The Federal Government had said it had received the nominal roll of about 41 universities as part of moves to capture university workers, despite ASUU’s opposition.

Moving the motion, Abass said the House was convinced that the IPPIS policy had been used as an effective and efficient tool to fight the malaise of ghost workers, which he said appeared to have defied all policies and mechanisms put in place in the public service before now to sanitised the system.

The lawmaker said, consequently, since the inception of the IPPIS policy in 2007 to date, the Federal Government had saved about N12bn by eliminating thousands of ghost workers.

Abass said, “The House is concerned that in spite of the several benefits of the IPPIS policy, the implementation of the policy has generated some controversies in some MDAs and has manifested some drawbacks which should be addressed.

“The House is worried that ASUU, in reaction to the new Federal Government directives on the implementation of IPPIS, is not only objecting to the application of the policy to the federal universities but has issued three counter directive to all its members not to comply with the directive

“The House is also worried that ASUU has threatened to go on strike if the Federal Government attempts to enforce the implementation of the policy in the federal universities on the grounds that the policy lacks legal backing and its derogates from the autonomy of the universities.

“The House is alarmed that if the Federal Government refused to back down on the implementation of the IPPIS policy in the universities as demanded by ASUU, ASUU may go on another strike which may jeopardise the current peace and stability being enjoyed in our university campuses.”

#Newsworthy…

Update – NLC may sanction union over failure to comply with directives…

Nigeria

Despite the directives of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAEUN) and the Agriculture and Allied Workers Union (AAWUN) are yet to resolve it differences.

Due to loggerheads between the two factional groups in agriculture sector, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige declined to recognize both AAEUN and AAWUN as unions in the sector
The position of the ministry was stated in a letter signed by Mrs. O.U. Akpan, the Director of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations Department of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, on behalf of the minister, Dr. Ngige, and issued on January 31, 2019,
Consequent upon this, the ministry withdrew the certificate of registration earlier issued to AAEUN and directed the two unions to meet and come up with a registrable name in compliance with Section 27 of the Trade Union’s Act, CAP: T14 Laws of the Federation (LFN), 2004.
It also directed that all parties to the terms of settlement which formed the basis of the consent judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal , must be part of the process as provided by the Trade Union Act.

Based on the directives of the ministry, NLC called a conciliatory meeting of all stakeholders in the agriculture trade union movement, where under the leadership of the president of NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, it was resolved that a new name was to be created for the two unions; and that a transition committee of 33 members be set up to run the affairs of the unions for six months before an election can be held to elect officers under one umbrella.
At the conciliatory meeting, it was also agreed that a workable constitution to guide the union into a delegates’ conference that will be midwifed by the transition committee be put in place from the date of the agreement which was April 4, 2019.
The National Transition Committee (NTC), it was further endorsed, was to compose State Transition Committees, (STCs) of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on the basis of 5:4 ratio between the parties; and that all parties in litigation matters should withdraw the suits forthwith.
After the agreement, the parties came up with a name: “Nigeria Union of Agriculture and Allied Employees”, (NUAAE), which was registered and issued with registration number 0112, in accordance with the Trade Unions Act, 2004 by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on May 23, 2019.
However, the NTC is now in the seventh month of its six months tenure, without constituting the state committees and conducting any election for the substantive executives of the union because of a disagreement on sharing formular of producing chairmen and vice chairmen at the state chapters and how many state chapters including FCT are to be controlled by each feuding parties.
AAWUN members of the NTC are accusing their opponents in the AAEUN of foiling the agreements reached by parties by refusing to shift grounds on sharing formular of state chapters, even after they (AAWUN), have conceded several grounds for the sake of peace, AAEUN stuck to its guns, thereby stalling the composition of state councils and ending the tenure of the National Transitional Committee, (NTC), which supposed to put in place a substantive executive to conduct the affairs of the union before it is dissolved.

A prominent source in the NTC therefore, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and NLC to intervene once again to stop the imbroglio to fester, for the benefit of peace and harmonious industrial relations of the hard working employers and employees of the agriculture sector of the Nigerian economy.

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ASUU: University lecturers that failed to register for integrated payment & PIS may forfeit December salary – IPPIS

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There were indications on Tuesday that any federal university lecturers that failed to register for the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System might forfeit their December salary.

NobleReporters gathered that officials at the Accountant General of the Federation Office had arrived at some universities and begun the enrolment of workers in the institutions despite the opposition of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

At the University of Port Harcourt, a top official, who does not want his name mentioned, said the Federal Government officials, who would carry out the enrolment of lecturers and others, arrived at the institution on Monday and had since begun the exercise.

N.Rs culled that measures had been put in place to ensure that any lecturer who stayed away from the enrolment for the IPPIS would not get his or her December salary.

He disclosed that the government officials for the exercise were working directly with the university’s bursar.

“Those who don’t enrol will not get their salaries; it is as simple as that. Their salaries in this December may not likely come, unless they (government officials) did not finish their work in December. If they finish in December, that is when they stop paying those who refuse to enrol because the platform is to make people to stay in their universities and teach,” he added.

At the Ebitimi Banigo conference hall of UNIPORT, it was observed that an IPPIS enrolment requirements form was posted on one of the doors.

The requirements include letter of first employment, letter of last promotion, evidence of transfer (if any), staff identification card and birth certificate/declaration of age.

A splinter group of ASUU known as the Congress of University Academics directed its members to begin the enrolment for the IPPIS.

CONUA UNIPORT gave this directive on Tuesday in a communique signed by the Coordinator, Dr Ovunda Ihunwo, and the Secretary, Dr O.F. Mbalisi.

Reading the communiqué, Ihunwo described as irritating the frequency with which some ASUU leaders at both the national level and branches across the country incited their members to embark on strike actions as a means of resolving industrial disputes.

He said ASUU leaders’ action was a show of ineptitude and lack of patriotism.

He said, “We call on our members to enrol for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

“Higher education system in Nigeria is on the verge of a dangerous precipice and there is an urgent need for all the stakeholders; the government, the general public and employees of tertiary institutions, especially academics, to adopt deliberate measures towards salvaging the system.”

Ihunwo alleged that much of the crises that had rocked UNIPORT in the past three years were orchestrated by the current Chairman of ASUU, Dr Austen Sado, accusing him of destabilising the smooth running of the institution.

But Sado told our correspondent that he was being accused because he had continued to stand for justice.

Sado said, “The allegations against me are the product of the imagination of those who concocted them and no value should be placed on them.”

OAGF registers 200 UNIABUJA workers

Officials from the Office of the AGF were at the University of Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday for the registration of workers for the IPPIS.

One of the officials disclosed that over 200 university staff had filled the forms and were waiting to commence the biometric verification and capture.

The OAGF officials carried out the registration of the university workers inside a large room on the third floor of the Samuel Ogbemudia University Library.

N.Rs observed that the university workers who filled the forms were non-academic staff and other categories of workers.

It was learnt that the university lecturers shunned the registration based on the directive of ASUU.

A university official said on Tuesday that the workers registered in the morning and the biometric capture was started late in the afternoon.

He said, “The officials are supposed to start with workers in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. They didn’t do anything on Monday. Also today, Tuesday, biometric capture has not yet started. But a large number of workers had enrolled. There are three stages of it. One, you have to be verified by a university account department officer, then fill the form from the OAGF and three, have your biometric captured. We have done stages one and two, and we are waiting for stage three.”

N.Rs obtained a circular from the Registrar’s office which showed that the exercise would last two weeks.

No lecturer in UI will defy ASUU, says Omole

The Chairman, ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Deji Omole, on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of any lecturer defying the directives of its parent body not to register the IPPIS.

Omole, in an interview with the media, said, “There is no way they can go against the decision.”

He noted that such was the decision of the congress held on Monday; with the ASUU monitoring team enforcing compliance.

UNIBEN ASUU rejects IPPIS

The University of Benin chapter of ASUU vowed to resist any attempt by the office of the AGF to force its members to register for the IPPIS.

The union, in a statement in Benin, said the policy negated autonomy granted universities.

In a statement jointly signed by UNIBEN Chairman of the union, Mr Monday Omoregie, and Secretary, Mr Fabs Amaechina, ASUU said compelling its members to register for the IPPIS negated the provision of the Universities Amendment Act 2003 (also called Universities Autonomy Act No 1., 2007).

At the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, one of our correspondents who monitored the exercise on Tuesday reported that non-academic staff of both Enugu and Nsukka campuses of the university were waiting for the arrival of the officials of the AGF office.

A worker at the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office said, “We are believing that they will arrive this evening (Tuesday) to commence the exercise on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, members of ASUU at the UNN on Monday after their congress resolved not to participate in the enrollment for the IPPIS. Noblereporters culled..

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ASUU: Branches, IPPIS Meet, Says No Looking Backwards..

The enrolment for the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System did not start in universities on Monday as officials from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation had yet to arrive at institutions.

N.Rs, however, gathered that the exercise would start fully on Tuesday (today) as officials arrived in the universities on Monday afternoon.

But the University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday set up a monitoring committee to ensure that none of its members register for the IPPIS.

The UI ASUU announced the committee at a congress of the union held at the Faculty of Arts of the institution.

The congress, which was presided by the Chairman, Prof. Deji Omole, resolved to abide by the directive of the national leadership of the union not to register for the IPPIS.

In a resolution read by the Secretary of the union, Prof. Peter Olapegba, the congress resolved to stop work in the event of stoppage of salary of lecturers.

Speaking to one of our correspondents, Omole said, “Our position remains that the university autonomy should be respected. We are not under the Federal Government’s MDAs.

“There is no threat to us as far as we are concerned. You can also observe that the congress was well attended by our members and they have complied with the position of ASUU leadership.We have also set up a monitoring committee to ensure full compliance,” Omole added.

At the University of Calabar, ASUU reiterated its stand not to participate in the IPPIS, although officials from the AGF Office had yet to arrive the university.

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UNICAL ASUU Chairman , Dr John Edor, said, “We have just risen from a congress and our branch unanimously reaffirmed the resolution of NEC where we said the IPPIS was uncongenial with the modus operandi of the university system.”

But the chairperson of the UNICAL branch of NASU, Mrs Alice Oduyaya, told The PUNCH that the headquarters of the union had directed its members to enrol in the IPPIS.

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At the University of Ilorin, members of ASUU in the university said they would not participate in the exercise, other workers of the university said that they would register for IPPIS.

The Chairman of UNILORIN ASUU, Prof. Moyosore Ajao, said members would not participate in registering for the IPPIS.

Ajao said, “We held a congress this morning where we resolved that we would not participate in registering for the IPPIS.”

Lecturers at the University of Jos on Monday also vowed not to make themselves available for the IPPIS enrolment.

A former Chairman of ASUU in UNIJOS and National Internal Auditor, Dr Chris Piwuna, told one of our correspondents that the decision of members to boycott the enrolment was in line with the directive of the ASUU national secretariat.

The Chairman of the institution’s branch of the National Association of Academic Technologists, Mr Mafuyai also said, “As far as I am concerned, our members are not aware of the presence of any official for the IPPIS enrolment. So, we cannot be part of what we are not aware of.”

As of 2.12pm on Monday, one of our correspondents observed lecturers at the Ahmadu Bello University were going about their normal business just as there was no trace of officials for the enrolment.

At the secretariat of the ASUU at the Samaru main campus of the ABU, there was a circular directing all members not to enrol for the IPPIS.

According to the chapter’s Chairman, Prof. Rabiu Nasir, all members should steer clear of the government’s directive in line with the subsisting NEC’s resolution on the IPPIS..

ASUU at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, said its members would not enrol in the IPPIS enrolment.

The Chairman of ASUU, FUO, Dr Akpan Emmanuel, stated this on Monday in an interview with one of our correspondents.

He said members of the FUO branch of the union would not do anything contrary to the directive of its national leadership.

Also, officials of the IPPIS were absent from the University of Lagos.

When one of our correspondents visited the Jelili Omotola Hall, where the registration was supposed to hold, only few members of staff were on the ground complaining that they have been waiting for the IPPIS officials.

One of them, a non-academic staff who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Non-Academic Staff Union of University, UNILAG chapter did not have any issue with the registration.

The University of Port Harcourt ASUU, according to its Chairman, Dr Austen Sado, said it would not have made any difference if they (government officials) had come for the exercise.

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He said, “As far as we know, we did not see any government team here. But we had a meeting today where we resolved that we would not be available for the enrolment. The congress met today (Monday) to resolve that the IPPIS enrolment is a violation of the existing law in this country.”

The Chairman of ASUU at the Federal University, Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, Dr Yahaya Muhammed, said, “We are holding our own congress on the issue this afternoon. But you should know that ASUU’s national body has directed that none of its members should enrol for the IPPIS and we are not going against the directive here.

CONUA, NUATSU restate readiness to enrol

Members of the Nigeria University Administrative and Technical Staff Union and Congress of University Academics at the Obafemi Awolowo University said they were ready to register for the IPPIS

The CONUA National Coordinator, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, who said members of the union would register for the payroll system, expressed hope that the Federal Government would keep its promises to address envisaged challenges that might accompany the policy.

The Chairman of ASUU, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, however, dscribed IPPIS as a fraud.

Egbedokun, in a radio programme on Rave FM, Osogbo on Monday, said, “Many civil servants that registered on the IPPIS platform, have fallen victims of unexplained deductions from their salaries. A lot of civil servants are suffering in silence over the inadequacies of the payroll system.

“The IPPIS has no capacity to take care of the peculiarities of the university system. ASUU has registered it concerns regarding the policy with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.”

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Self centered UI ASUU set up monitoring committee against IPPIS

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday set up a monitoring committee to ensure that none of her members enlists for the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System.

UI ASUU announced the committee at a congress of the union held at the Faculty of Arts of the institution.

The congress which was presided over by the Chairman, Prof. Deji Omole resolved to follow the directive of the national leadership of the union not to enrol on the IPPIS.

ASUU has maintained her stand citing peculiarities and university act while the Federal Government has maintained that none of her employees will be exempted for the enrollment.

In a resolution read by the Secretary of the union, Prof. Peter Olapegba, the congress resolved to stop work in the event of a stoppage of the salary of Academic Staff.

Speaking with our correspondent, Omole said, “Our position remains that the university autonomy should be respected. We are not under the government MDAs.

“There is no threat to us as far as we are concerned. You can also observe that the congress was well attended by our members and they have complied with the position of ASUU leadership.

“We have also set up a monitoring committee to ensure full compliance,” Omole added.

The PUNCH correspondent who monitored the congress, observed that no team of Federal Government on IPPIS enrollment has arrived UI as of the time of filing this report at 1:45 p.m.

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ASUU Splits as FG Directed Immediate Enrolment Of IPPIS…

The National Steering Committee of the Congress of University Academics on Saturday directed university lecturers who belong to the group to immediately begin enrolment on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive.

Leadership of the group, which is a faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Saturday disclosed that the decision to enrol on IPPIS, against the stand of Academic Staff Union of Universities, was reached at a meeting of CONUA National Steering Committee.

It added that National Steering Committee of the group had earlier held a meeting with the Minister of Finance and her team that had the Accountant-General of the Federation, the Director, IPPIS, and others on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

CONUA said the meeting focused on addressing the peculiarities of the academia in the implementation of IPPIS and other issues, positing that the NSC after deliberating on the report of the meeting, agreed that its members should enrol on IPPIS platform.

A statement signed by the CONUA National Coordinator, Dr Niyi Sunmonu and, the National Publicity Coordinator, Dr Ernest Nwoke, said the group agreed to enrol on the platform with faith that the Federal Government would fulfil its promise of prompt action on any issue that arose in the implementation of the policy.

The statement, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent in Osogbo, read, “That CONUA members are in full support of every policy and effort of government to reform the Nigerian public financial system with a view to combating corruption and thereby sanitising our educational system.

“That the IPPIS being one of such efforts is welcome by CONUA in the light of government’s assurance on accommodating the peculiarities of the academia.

“That CONUA notes the Federal Government’s promise to address any other issues that may arise, through the desk offices to be placed in the bursary unit of each university.

“That, in view of the foregoing, CONUA implores members to enrol on the IPPIS platform with a strong belief that government would reciprocate our good faith.”

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