The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected a move by the Federal Government to use the 2019 personnel verification exercise to incorporate lecturers into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU made its position known yesterday during a press conference, stressing that its members were employed by their respective governing councils, and not centrally by the federal government.
According to ASUU, it is strange to the world university system for their salaries to be paid from Abuja; hence, its members were directed not to fill the 2019 Personnel Data Verification form being distributed by the Budget Office of the Federation.
In a letter the President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, wrote to chapter chairmen of the union, which was made available to newsmen, USUU leadership however noted that it is not against any verification exercise, but the form of the exercise being distributed requires the supply of “IPPIS number” implying a dubious trap to forcefully migrate the union members into the IPPIS.
The Chairman University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Deji Omole said, “The attention of the leadership of the ASUU has been drawn to a circular from the budget office of the federation directing members of our union to participate in a Personnel Verification Exercise designed for selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies. An item on the FORM requires the supply of “IPPIS no.”
This suggests that the so-called exercise is a disguised way of bringing back the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which our union rejected in the past with informed arguments.
“All chairpersons are advised against falling into the trap of forceful migration to the IPPIS. All chairpersons are strongly advised to discourage their members from completing the FORM under reference until the union reviews its position on the IPPIS.”
Omole said the current IPPIS programme does not accommodate the peculiarities of the job of university lecturers, noting that while the government has promised to revisit the design of the IPPIS, it has refused to do anything since the union made its position known in 2014.
He further said that “The current state of IPPIS cannot accommodate the peculiarities of our job as scholars. Members should equally recall that the union has been engaging the federal government with a view to making relevant authorities to appreciate the implications and position of ASUU on the matter since 2014. Pending the resolution of the matter, evidence of which shall be communicated to all members, no member of the union is allowed to enlist in the IPPIS.”