The students of benue state university, makurdi in the early hours of Wednesday occupied the gate of the university teaching hospital demanding for the federal government to heed to ASUU’s demand and implement UTAS a new method of payment for it’s members
Reason why ASUU went on strike was because of the introduction of IPPIS that had allegedly blocked loopholes for the pilfering and exposed huge fraud in the system
Here’s what you need to know about the IPPIS and ASUU’s reasons for resisting it.
• IPPIS Secretariat is a Department under the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation
• It is responsible for payment of salaries and wages directly to government employee’s bank account with appropriate deductions and remittances of third party payments.
• Such third party payments include the Federal Inland Revenue Service, State Boards of Internal Revenue, National Health Insurance Scheme, National Housing Fund, Pension Fund Administrator, Cooperative Societies, Trade Unions Dues, Association Dues and Bank Loans.
• IPPIS claims that its main aim is to pay accurately and on time within statutory and contractual regulations.
• There are 459 Ministries, Departments and Agencies on IPPIS Platform as at 31st June, 2017.
• The department is responsible for processing and payment of salary to over 300,000 Federal Government Employees across the 459 MDAs.
• IPPIS aim is to enrol into the platform, all Federal Government MDAs that draws personnel cost fund from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
• Since inception of the IPPIS project in April 2007, the department has saved the Federal Government of Nigeria billions of Naira by eliminating thousands of ghost workers.
What ASUU says about the IPPIS
• It violates existing laws and autonomy of the university
• It is World Bank-designed exploitative template
• IPPIS does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion, study leave allowance, and responsibility allowance, among others
• It is designed to phase out university lecturers above 60 years against the new policy where professors retire at 70 years
• IPPIS is a one-size-fits-all approach tainted with corrupt tendencies
Battle line drawn
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has warned that anyone who fails to register for the IPPIS by October 31 would not be paid.
The federal government said the old payment order, “taxes deducted by bursars and the Vice-Chancellors were not reflective of the taxes of Pay As You Earn”.
“They are not, and because they are not, the shortfall in the taxes they deducted, the various state governments where those universities are domiciled have petitioned the Joint Tax Board to demand this shortfall to be paid by the Federal Government which is the principal employer of these university teachers.
“And over some time, that has accumulated into about N800bn which the Joint Tax Board has billed the Federal Government as monies that have not been paid to those sub-national governments, the state governments.
“And the Joint Tax Board is the enforcer. So, the Federal Government through the Accountant-Gene
ral had to pay that money, over N800bn.
But IPPIS takes care of all these shortcomings.
ASUU refused and insisted that they have a system that is better than the IPPIS; that the IPPIS has some shortcomings; that it doesn’t capture those who are on sabbatical. It doesn’t capture visiting lecturers and some other things they mentioned.”
ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers, saying it does not consider some of the peculiar operations of universities. The lecturers’ union then developed its own software called UTAS which it wants the government to adopt for universities.
The IPPIS is the
government’s accountability software that has been made compulsory for all public institutions, mainly for personnel payroll.
The association claimed the FG had noted that it would stop the salaries of the lecturers for failing to enrol for the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS).
ASUU rejected IPPIS on point of law, principle and rule of law but has offered an alternative platform which has been named University Transparency and Accountability Solutions ( UTAS ), which would take care of university peculiarities.
ASUU position is that the principles of IPPIS are in contradiction to the principles of the autonomy of the university system and the constitution is clear enough because each university has its legal pattern and it doesn’t have provision for IPPIS and it does not even capture the peculiarities of the university system.
“We are ready for them. We are not slaves that can be subjected to routine humiliation by government appointees “.
The President had reportedly directed that any worker not on the IPPIS would no longer get salary
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