- More criticism and furore still continue to trail the newly introduced IPPIS
- NUPENG and PENGASSAN have threatened to commence nationwide strike action
- The two bodies claimed the federal government has not paid their salaries over the last three months
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Federal workers under the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have vowed to embark on a nationwide strike.
NUPENG and PENGASSAN issued the threats on Thursday, August 13, over claims that their three-month salaries are not yet paid by the federal government.
The bodies said they would commence their strike action on Sunday, August 16, if their demands and grievances are not immediately looked into.
The groups further stated that their salaries have been withheld since May amid the furore that trailed the newly introduced Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS).
NUPENG and PENGASAN, who staged their protest at the headquarters of the Petroleum Trust Development Funds (PTF), said they are not against the new IPPIS system introduced by the federal government.
The bodies, however, want the grey places in the policy to be addressed by the federal government.
Legit.ng notes that the IPPIS controversies have been long unsettled and both NUNPENG and PENGASAN are not the first agencies or body to have problem with the new salary payment system.
Recently, Ahmed Idris, the accountant-general of the federation, tackled the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following the body's recent criticism of the IPPIS.
ASUU, in what came as a surprise to the federal government, had alleged that deceased members of the body were paid through the controversial IPPIS process.
The union raised an eyebrow against what it termed as government's dishonesty as per the payment of salaries of the university lecturers.
But reacting to the allegation, the accountant-general said the federal government was deliberately misled by the management of some universities into paying late members of the union.
Idris said it was not the fault of the federal government but the management of universities who sent a list containing the details on deceased members.
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