- President Muhammad Buhari says all employees of the federal government, including those at federal universities, must enroll in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)
- The Nigerian president notes that the country is faced with a number of challenges and the government is doing everything possible to address them
- Buhari discloses that his administration is determined to block the loopholes in public finance so as to eliminate fraud in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari said the federal government will not back down on its decision to enrol all employees on its payroll in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The Nigerian president said all federal government, including those at federal universities, must be registrar in the IPPIS system, Daily Trust reports.
The president was reported to have made the statement on Saturday, February 1, during the 29th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
Buhari who was represented by Isa Ali Pantami, the minister of communication and digital economy, stated that the country is faced with a number of challenges and the government was doing everything possible to address the challenges.
The president said his administration was determined to block the loopholes in public finance so as to eliminate fraud and retrieve funds that can be used to address challenges such as infrastructure deficit and unemployment.
He said the directive for all employees of the federal government to be enrolled in IPPIS is irreversible, noting that any objection to the directive is amounting to economic sabotage.
Meanwhile, to avoid the looming strike action which members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened, the federal government has paid their January salaries. This was confirmed by Guardian newspaper in a report on Saturday, February 1.
According to the report, the union members, who refused to enrol in the FG's new payment system called IPPIS, were paid late on Friday, January 31.
The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, confirmed the payment, so did Bayero University, Kano chairman of the union, Prof. Ibrahim Barde.
According to the two academics, the action of the government has averted disaster for now.
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