After a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the payment of the two months salary that was withheld from Varsity lecturers who refused to enroll in the the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have been on loggerheads over the refusal of the university teachers to join in the IPPIS payment platform.
Even unions who have enrolled in the program like the the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, and the Non-Academic Union of Universities, NASU have threatened to pullout of the IPPIS program due to some alleged irregularities regarding the system
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told Vanguard that President Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed and the Accountant General of the Federation to immediately effect the payment of February and March salaries to university lecturers.
Senator Ngige said, “Mr President Muhammadu Buhari has today approved the immediate payment of the withheld salaries of February and March 2020 of the University Lecturers who had not registered on the IPPIS platform.
”He has also directed that the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Accountant General of the Federation to effect the payments urgently by all means to cushion the deleterious effects of the Corvid-19 pandemic on the Lecturers and members of their family.
“All Vice Chancellors are to revalidate affected Lecturers BVN and foward to Accountant General of the Federation for the payments.”
ASUU in response to the President’s new order called the directive a precursor to “meaningful dialogue” with the government.
“The directive by President Buhari that the Feb and Mar 2020 salaries of members of ASUU, withheld because of their refusal to enrol in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, be paid as soon as possible will lead to meaningful dialogue with the government.” ASUU said
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