- The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has made U-turn in its support for IPPIS, the new payment platform introduced by FG
- SSANU which had earlier supported the initiative accused FG of betrayal, saying the government breached its trust by not integrating the peculiarities agreed upon
- The union, therefore, requested the federal government to stop using IPPIS to pay its members, asking for a reversal to the old previous payment platform
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has withdrawn its support for the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for its members across the Nigerian universities.
Recall that the union had earlier supported the initiative, against the position of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
However, SSANU said it is changing its position on IPPIS after its members received the February salaries.
Premium Times reports that the union said the federal government betrayed its trust by failing to implement all the peculiarities it identified.
Abdulsobur Salaam who is SSANU's spokesman said in a statement on Monday, March 16, that the federal government had agreed to integrate the peculiarities before the implementation.
Salaam said that the failure to implement the peculiarities and other various anomalies in the paid salaries have imposed undeserved hardship on SSANU members across the universities.
"The recent development has once again shown, despite our attempts to test otherwise, that Government can never be trusted and as such, based on what we have been subjected to with the February salary, we do not blame our lecturer counterparts, ASUU, for resisting the IPPIS from the beginning," the statement partly reads.
The union, therefore, requested the federal government to stop using IPPIS to pay its members, asking for a reversal to the old previous payment platform.
SSANU also rejected the new payment model, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), being proposed to the federal government by ASSU.
However, the spokesperson for the Office of the Accountant General for the Federation, Henshaw Ogubike, told Premium Times his office was unaware of the unions’ complaints.
Meanwhile, after weeks of heat which resulted in ASUU declaring a two-week warning strike, the union has finally reached a partial agreement with the federal government over the use of University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
The varsities' lecturers have been in dispute with the government over the adoption of IPPIS for the payment of lecturers' salaries.
ASUU said the software does not reflect the true operation of lecturers across universities, prompting the body to develop its own software called UTAS which it wants the government to adopt.
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