In a bid to pay the salary arrears owed to university lecturers for two months, the Nigerian government has given vice-chancellors of all federal universities till Tuesday, 28th April, to submit the Bank Verification Number (BVN) of the academics.
The Federal Government through the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) in a memo to the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) dated 22nd April said the completed copy must reach the OAGF office on or before Tuesday, 28th April, to ensure the payment of the two months salaries.
The salaries were not paid to academics who did not register on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
This is partly responsible for the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since 23rd March.
The disclosure by the government to pay the arrears last week was welcomed by ASUU leaders.
But the requirement of submitting BVN had been rejected by leaders of the union as a precondition for the February and March salaries to be paid.
ASUU believed that it was an attempt to enrol them on the IPPIS which the union had earlier rejected.
The OAGF in the memo signed by the Director of IPPIS, OJ Olufehinti, said the decision to ask for the lectures’ BVN was based on a presidential directive to pay the February and March salaries for personnel in federal universities enrolled on IPPIS.
“I am directed to please request your assistance in getting the 43 federal universities to forward their nominal roll details of the affected personnel to us.
“The completed format in soft copy should reach the Office of the Accountant-General Office of the Federation on or before Tuesday 28th, April 2020 to enable us effect the salary payment accordingly,” the statement read.
The memo added that the details required from the ASUU members are date of birth, date of first appointment, grade level and step, salary structure, bank number, account number, BVN, phone number, email address, PFA name and PIN.
In its circular to the VCs of federal universities, the NUC acknowledged receipt of the OAGF memo and urged them to take appropriate action to submit the lecturers’ BVN.
The NUC memo dated 23rd April and signed by a director in the office of the executive secretary, Chris Maiyaki said, “there is some degree of urgency attached to the submission deadline of Tuesday, 28th April 2020.”