The National Steering Committee of the Congress of University Academics (CONUA) on Saturday directed university lecturers who belong to the group to immediately begin enrolment on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive.
Leadership of the group, which is a faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), disclosed that the decision to enrol on IPPIS, against the stand of ASUU, 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, 14th November, 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 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.”
EduCeleb.com earlier reported that the ASUU leadership has plans to create its own alternative to the IPPIS in defiance of the government directive.