- Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, a former vice-chancellor, has appealed to Nigerian lecturers to obey the federal government's directive on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)
- Ibidapo-Obe, who was vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), reminded the lecturers that they are employees and should know their limits
- The former vice-chancellor expressed optimism that the IPPIS will help to ensure prompt payments of salaries
A former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, has appealed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to enrol into the federal government's Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Ibidapo-Obe, who is the pro-chancellor of the Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun state, urged the ASUU members to comply with the directive of the government concerning the IPPIS.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former VC made the appeal in reaction to the industrial crisis between the government and the lecturers over the policy.
Ibidapo -Obe reminded the lecturers that 'he who pays the piper dictates the tune'.
“I don’t really understand the politics there because in private university, no one determines how the wages are paid; either through a bank or other means.
“The issue of IPPIS is just like a driver that wants to determine the brand of car his employer should buy for him to drive. That will not be possible. I think ASUU should reconsider," he said.
While noting that the IPPIS could help simplify the mode of payment of salaries and other emoluments to lecturers, he said making such payments during his time as vice-chancellor was always a difficult task.
As a result, payments did not come as at when due, he said.
“Now, the federal government wants to take the burden off our shoulders. We should not restrict the move.
“If the federal government wants to pay through IPPIS, we should allow it to pay the best way it can. It is reasonable enough. What ASUU needs to do is to iron out the grey areas," he advised noting that the IPPIS, being a software, would help ease off challenges encountered during salary payments.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the office of the accountant general of the federation recently said that 90,000 university lecturers have been captured under the controversial IPPS.
The director of IPPIS, Olufehinti Olusegun, said the process of capturing university staff (lecturers included) is currently ongoing by the federal government despite protests by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
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