ANOTHER round of strike in public universities is likely to begin over the enrollment in the Integrated Payment Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
As the government is set to stop payment to varsity teachers who declined to enroll in the payment system, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to enforce its ‘no pay no work’ decision.
Over the weekend, the federal government accused many of the lecturers of collecting multiple salaries.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said when he received the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Mohammed Nami said some members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities “are collecting three to four salaries per month.” But he did not elaborate.
However, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, described the comment as an exaggeration and a distortion of facts, adding that the union would respond appropriately if the Federal Government went ahead to stop the salaries of its members..
Ogunyemi equally alleged that the government had taken a loan of $140 million for the implementation of the IPPIS, hence the reason why it was bent on enrolling lecturers on the platform.
He said even if they want to prove that lecturers collect salaries from three to four places in a month, they don’t need IPPIS to prove it. He noted that the Treasury Single Account is there to track all the accounts of lecturers and with their accounts, you can know where monies are coming from.
“Actually, what they are trying to do is to justify a loan they have taken to implement IPPIS. We are aware that they took a loan of $140 million . Somebody must spend that money and they are insisting that universities should be their target now because we know all the issues behind all of these.
“This country is being sold out to foreign powers. Those countries they visit, let them tell us one example of a country where they implement IPPIS. It is never done.
“The corruption they think that they are going to check at the universities, they are already perpetrating at the IPPIS office. Let nobody tell us about that. We know what is happening with IPPIS and if they should go ahead to stop the salaries of our members will respond appropriately.”