President Buhari meets ASUU in Aso Rock over IPPIS controversy

President Buhari meets ASUU in Aso Rock over IPPIS controversy

- President Buhari has met leadership of ASUU in Aso Rock

- The meeting was not unconnected with the controversy over IPPIS

- ASUU had vowed that it would not comply with Buhari's directive that all federal workers should be enrolled in IPPIS

Amid controversy over its failure to comply with the directive by the federal government on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the leadership of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) on Thursday, January 9, met with President Muhammadu Buhari. reports that ASUU has kicked against its inclusion on IPPIS which is a directive from President Buhari.

It was learnt that while some universities have complied with the directive, some have not done so because of the position taken by ASUU.

The president had directed that all ministries, departments, agencies of government, including staff of the police, the Armed Forces and educational institutions must be included in the IPPIS.

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The leadership of the ASUU, however, declined comment on the outcome of its meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The ASUU leadership was led by its president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the meeting was at the instance of the university lecturers who have been resisting enrolling on the federal government's IPPIS.

Buhari had ordered the minister of finance, budget and national planning to stop the payment of salaries of federal government workers, including members of ASUU, who failed to enrol on the IPPIS platform by Oct. 31, 2019.

The government later extended the deadline to November 30, 2019.

NAN reports that the meeting which was presided over by President Buhari was attended by the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed.

Others included the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige and minister of education, Adamu Adamu.

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It would be recalled that ASUU had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the federal government stopped the payment of salaries of its members who refused to enrol.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the federal government said universities would gain more from the IPPIS.

It was reported that the accountant general of the federation, Ahmed Idris, said the system was not meant to withdraw the autonomy of universities. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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