The Federal Government has declared that only lecturers captured in the newly introduced Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS) would be paid February salary.
It also disclosed that about 55 percent members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has so far registered in IPPIS.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed stated these while addressing reporters at the opening of the 2020 Management Retreat for Treasury Directors of Finance and Directors of Internal Audit in Kano on Thursday.
EduCeleb.com recalls that the government had in January suspended the implementation of the IPPIS till February over what it described as the completion of some documentation process at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
With the full implementation of the IPPIS, bursars would no longer have to pay through universities’ accounts but that would be automated from the centre.
As at the time of filing this report, no lecturer nay non-academic has been paid their February salaries as multiple accounts across universities indicate that bursary departments’ accounts have not been cashbacked by the government.
Already, ASUU had opposed the implementation of the IPPIS saying that it does not take into account the peculiarities of university education.
Ahmed noted that opposition to the IPPIS by ASUU was challenging.
In her words, “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 are not are not getting their February salary.”
Speaking on the need for the IPPIS system, the minister said it has helped in identifying over 70,000 ghost workers in the Federal civil service and is hoping to make the system free of ghost workers in future.
“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,” she stated.