Federal Government stops payment of lecturers’ salaries over IPPIS

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President Mohammadu Buhari of Federal Government of Nigeria. Image credit: dailypost.com

Federal Government stops payment of higher education institutions lecturers’ salaries over IPPIS

The government had earlier directed all lecturers be enrolled in IPPIS but ASUU leaders insisted on UTAS

The issue was not resolved when Buhari held a meeting with ASUU leaders earlier this month

The Federal Government has stopped the payment of salaries of higher education institutions lecturers who are yet to be enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

It was reported that a letter from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation dated January 23, 2020 which was addressed to the Minister of Finance and National Planning requested the stoppage of the release of funds for the payment of salaries of the affected higher education lecturers.

See also Buhari and ASUU leaders in battle over IPPIS

The said letter which was titled ‘Request for Stoppage of Release of Funds for January Salaries to Federal Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education” read that the minister was directed to inform them that preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and warrants of the federal higher education institutions were ongoing and would be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020.

It further read that this was to give effect of the directive of the Federal Government that all ministries, departments or agencies drawing personnel cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund should be enrolled on the IPPIS.

It continued that in order to actualise this directive, the office was requested not to release the funds for payment of salaries to higher education institutions as their salaries would from now on be paid on the IPPIS platform with effect from January 2020.

Earlier this month, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to resolve the implementation of IPPIS, which ASUU rejected, by giving them reasons why they should embrace IPPIS but the leadership of the academic union, however, insisted on staying off it.

The union had alternatively developed a solution called University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which it claimed is equivalent to IPPIS.

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