IPPIS: We’re suffering, Nigerians told lies by FG, SSANU laments
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has lamented that the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) into the university payroll system by the Federal Government had further impoverished SSANU members in the university community.
SSANU National President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, who stated this yesterday, while speaking at the 2nd Regular Zonal Executive Council meeting of SSANU, South-South, held at the University of Benin, lamented that Nigerians were told a different story about what IPPIS is actually about.
He explained that due to the implementation of IPPIS, several allowances the association’s members are entitled to are being denied, adding that they could no longer access money they made through their multi-purpose co-operatives.
Ibrahim added that IPPIS had denied vice chancellors of universities the ability to employ even a single member of staff, thus making a mess of the much talked about university autonomy.
“No Vice Chancellor can employ a single staff today in our universities. If vice chancellors can no longer employ a single staff, then where is the university autonomy?.
“For us as a union, our highest predicament presently is the continuous denials of our members privileges and rights by the Federal Government of Nigeria. We signed an agreement with the Federal Government since 2009, going to 11 years now, less than 10% of that agreement has been implemented.
“Our allowances are being taken for granted. The contribution we make through our multi-purpose corporative, the money is not accessible. This gives us doubt about the anti corruption fight professed by this government. And the worst, these money is not remitted.
“Our members are seriously suffering financially and economically because of the mutilation we are witnessing in our salaries. When we key into IPPIS, it was with a clear vision. Our leaders then told us that this is an opportunity where university staff will have it easy accesing their salaries, but what we are seeing today is contrary”, Comrade Ibrahim regretted.
On insecurity bedeviling the nation, Comrade Ibrahim said the university community is no longer safe for its members, lamenting that many of universities staff had fallen victim of kidnapping or armed robbery.
He, therefore, recommended that government should empower universities security staff with licensed arms and ammunition and to also retrain them so that they could stand the insecurity challenges in the university community.