IPPIS violates university autonomy, ASUU tells Buhari

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari on the recent directive he gave to the Accountant General of the Federation to include university lecturers in the Integrated Payroll Personnel System (IPPS).

The Nigerian university teachers’ union noted that allowing such violates the autonomy of universities.

ASUU National Auditor, Chris Piwuna, revealed this during a public lecture organized by the Bauchi State University, Gadau Branch of the union entitled ” University Autonomy and Ethical Reorientation.”

He lamented that inclusion of universities in the system violates the agreement reached between the federal government and the union as the policy was against the law establishing universities and its amendment act.

According to him, ASUU was not totally against the policy opining that Governing Councils of Universities should be allowed to implement that for staff in their various institutions not the federal government.

He said to ensure autonomy for universities, there is need for financial Independence for them to promote scholarship and impart knowledge for societal development.

EduCeleb.com reports that the IPSS is set aside to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of payroll administration for Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

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It is an Information Technologically driven initiative that is meant to facilitate human resources planning by providing information for decision making.

It would also help government institutions with accurate budgeting, minimise waste and eliminate the fraud of multiple payments of salaries among other things.

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