The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday threatened an industrial action to thwart the implementation of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by the federal government. The Benin Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Comrade Fred Esumen, said if the federal government sanctions its members do not enrol for the IPPIS on the October
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday threatened an industrial action to thwart the implementation of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by the federal government.
The Benin Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Comrade Fred Esumen, said if the federal government sanctions its members do not enrol for the IPPIS on the October 31, 2019 deadline, ASUU will embark on “no pay, no work”.
He said this after an enlarged meeting of the Zone held on Wednesday at Ugbowo Campus of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in Benin.
The ASUU membership in the zone comprises University of Benin, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma both in Edo State, Adekunle Ajasin University (Akungba, Akoko), University of Science and Technology (Okiripupa) both in Ondo State, Delta State University (Abraka) and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE both in Delta State.
The Coordinator declared that the IPPIS policy being championed by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) which is a mere directive cannot and should not take precedence over the law.
According to him, the directive “violates the agreement ASUU had reached with the government in the past and the laws establishing Universities via the miscellaneous act as amended in 2003 that gave vested powers to the Governing Councils to take control and manage funds of the Universities including the Staff recruitment and promotion etc”.
“We are waiting Thursday is 31st October 2019, let them not pay. I do not know the policy that they want to implement. Don’t pay, we also have our policy or no pay, no work. That is why the mobilization of our members is ongoing. You know ASUU does not just wake up and commence and action.
He however ruled out legal option in the pursuit of justice, alleging that ” government does not honour agreement.
“These peculiarities are with the University system as it is in all over the world. So, why must Nigeria things be different?
“Look at the information that even Government is merely awarding contracts to private firm that is handling the so-called IPPIS and that is why they are desperate to catch as many clients as possible.
“With the bureaucracy in the Civil service, the University system does not need such bureaucratic process because the University system is organised to be flexible and pragmatic.
“By that, there could be movement of Staff. You may be an expert in an area and when it comes to the bridge crossroads, you can be asked to go give your expertise in another University, the IPPIS will not take care of you.
“Look at our colleagues, Staff of the University who are Consultants in the teaching hospitals. Take for instance the University of Benin teaching hospital (UBTH), Benin, IPPIS does not accommodate their roles and functions as Consultants as UBTH simply because the platform recognises one person. You can’t pay two the same person twice.
Esumeh who admitted that some members unknowingly filled the form that was sent from that office through deceptive processes, clarified that the federal government cannot go ahead with partial implementation of the IPPIS due to non compliance with the directive.
“The majority of our members are not on the platform. So the government threat that those who do not enrol on IPPIS is not nWe to our union. You and I know that the government will come back to us one day.
“Vice Chancellors cannot use this union. This union is an independent union that process issues base on truth and facts”, he said.