The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has faulted the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) of the federal government.
He said the payment software wasn’t designed to suit the needs of the university system, saying, some professors received eight thousand naira as monthly salary for several months when the IPPIS was put into use.
The ASUU boss made this known when he appeared on Channel’s Politics Today on Thursday.
Ogunyemi blamed the payroll software for alleged irregularities in the payment of the salaries and allowances of lecturers.
“In fact, there were professors that were paid like N8,000 in some months on our campuses.
“So, we don’t expect anything otherwise because that platform was not meant for the university system,” he said.
Ogunyemi said the IPPIS does not recognise negotiated agreements “like we are talking about allowance—unacademic allowances, research journal, and other things.”
He stated that the IPPIS payroll software cannot work for the university system, especially in the area of taxation.
“The federal government has given the lecturers a one-line salary scale, which means taxes are being deducted from allowances which don’t apply to the workers in the civil service.”
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The ASUU president stated that the university lecturers are ready to resume if the government met their demands, “I believe our students and parents would understand.
“If people are going back to universities and they will be paid less of their usual salary, how can we cope with that?”
He said someone who had not been paid for several months could not put in his best in any system.
The negotiation continues.