Contrary to the deployment of
University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS) by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), the member representing Ezza South/Ikwo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, has, yesterday urged the Union to key into Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) to enable them receive their outstanding salaries.
The IPISS which is the federal government’s initiative is aimed at checkmating the illicit activities of ghost workers and teachers who allegedly collect salaries from more than one university in the country.
It would be recalled that prior to lockdown as prompted by coronavirus which consequently resulted in the closure of schools nationwide, ASUU had declared an indefinite strike to protest the stoppage of their salaries and the subsequent directive by the government to compel its members to enroll in IPPIS.
Earlier, the union had raised the issue of its outstanding agreement entered with the federal government, in February 2019, and demanded that all aspects of the agreement not implemented be implemented accordingly.
ASUU had requested 18 months’ time frame to develop its own alternative salary payment system, which is the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS) against the IPISS, while arguing that the later rather came extemporaneously, hence their insistence on the Federal Government to adopt the UTAS.
It also demanded a phased release of N1.1 trillion for revitalisation of universities and N220 billion as arrears of earned academic allowances to its members said to have accumulated from the original agreement it had with the federal government in 2009.
However, Ogah, while reacting to ASUU strike, urged the union to key into the IPISS for their salaries to be paid.
“The National President of ASUU is working in a state University and he is receiving his salaries and all his entitlements every month. He is now deceiving those that are working in Federal Universities not to key into IPISS so that they will not receive their own salaries and pay the school fees of their children and solve their other financial problems.
“University of Maidugri, Jos have all keyed into IPISS and he is there in a state university deceiving people.
“We call on Vice Chancellors of federal institutions in south east to quickly go and do the needful in support of the good works of President Muhammadu Buhari”, Ogah said.