Chairman of the University of Lagos chapter of the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Institutions, Mr. Kehinde Ajibade, has described the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) used to pay civil servants as fraudulent. He accused the Federal Government of deceiving the Union to sign up for it.
NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) began an indefinite strike last Friday to protest the skewed operations of the IPPIS platform and the nonpayment of arrears of earned allowances, among others.
“IPPIS is a scam; it is fraudulent; in fact it is not sustainable within the university system. That is just the fact because we found out that the federal government just deceived us to enrol on that platform,” he said in an interview.
Giving details of the poor operations of the IPPIS, Ajibade said many members of the union had been shortchanged because IPPIS does not pay their full salaries, deducts union dues indiscriminately and fails to remit same.
He said: “Since February 2020,the federal government started using IPPIS for our salary payment. Number one, some of our members are not being paid. If they pay A this month, B will be affected next month. We have made series of complaints through the office of our bursar to the IPPIS office. Up till now nothing has been done.
“Number two, we had issues with our dues. The IPPIS office muddled up our dues; lumped up our union dues, warehousing our dues for months. The IPPIS warehoused our dues for almost eight months. It was released in the month of September last year. Although we are receiving it now on monthly basis but we are still having many issues.
“Also our cooperative (dues) – you know as a government worker, we rely on cooperative. IPPIS did not pick some of our deductions and when they deduct it, they warehoused it. I don’t know when IPPIS became CBN that will now be deducting salaries of Nigerians and warehousing it, keeping it. The people that are there are so fraudulent. The government said through IPPIS they want to fight corruption. The corruption that is happening in IPPIS is even more than what we had in the past,” he said.
Ajibade said the union’s strike would be total because the government was insincere. He said the government reneged on its agreement with the union and had not dealt with the issues it raised as promised.
“Government said it wants to set up a committee to look into the issue of IPPIS. Is it now that you want to look into the issue when you have signed MOU in October? So the government is not even sincere. You said our minimum wage arrears has been forwarded to office of the accountant general; that we should wait for supplementary budget – supplementary budget that will scale through the first reading, second reading, third reading in the national assembly. So there is no time frame. Even when you tell us that you are going to answer us December 31 you did not fulfill it. Is it when you now you did not give timeline to our agitation you will now fulfill?”
Other issues NASU wants the government to address are – nonpayment of retirement benefits to retirees, and nonpayment of minimum wage arrears which has been paid to other ministries, departments and agencies. It also rejected the 75-25 per cent sharing formula for the earned allowance in favour of ASUU, urging the government not to lump the union with others.
Auchi polytechnic dean of students’ affairs found dead in office
Dean, Students’ Affairs, Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Dr. Shola Eshiobo, has been found dead in his office.
A family source said the lifeless body of Eshiobo was discovered in his office on Sunday morning, after the wife raised the alarm that the lecturer did not return home from work on Saturday.
“He went to office Saturday afternoon that he was going to attend to some official matter. He normally goes to the office when he has so much to do. At about 9pm when he was not back, the wife started calling his line, but the call was not returned. She tried until late, still no response.
“Early Sunday morning, she raised the alarm and told people around that the husband went to the office on Saturday but did not return. They went to the school, saw his vehicle at the car park, but when they got to his office, they found him dead. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary,” the source said.
He said though no foul play was suspected, an autopsy would still be carried out by the family to ascertain the cause of his death.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Mr. Mustapha Oshiobugie, has described the incident as unfortunate.
“We heard about the unfortunate incident this morning (Sunday). The body has been taken to the morgue. An official statement will be made available on Monday,” he said.
Governor Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde
Oyo State Governor, Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde
According to the document below, Professor Michael Ologunde has been asked to step aside till further notice by the Visitor to the institution, Governor of Oyo State.
Bala Mohammed Approves Payment Of 2021 UTME, NECO Fees For Bauchi Students
The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has approved the payment of UTME registration fees for 3,810 students who got grades A and B in the recently concluded SSCE Aptitude Test in the State.
The Commissioner for Education, Bauchi State, Aliyu U. Tilde, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.
The statement said the governor has also approved payment of NABTEB exams fees for all the 1,751 SS3 students of Government Technical Colleges along with the 499 students sitting for NBAIS exams from Government Arabic Colleges.
“Next year, these categories will also be subjected to passing the Aptitude Test.
“As usual, NECO registration fees for 11,580 successful candidates who scored A, B and C in the Aptitude Test will also be paid.
“The total cost of these sponsorships is N185,580,550.00.
“The state government does not owe any of the three national examination bodies a kobo.
“He has approved the clearing of the new amount by August ending, In Shaa Allah,” the statement noted.
According to the commissioner, for students to be eligible, they must obtain their National Identity Number, NIN.
“Arrangements are underway to see the immediate registration of students in their nearest local government headquarters,” Mr Tilde added.
“The Ministry is ready to pay for any eligible student who has a NIN.
“The list of A and B grade students eligible for the UTME sponsorship will be released to schools through their emails.
“At the same time it will also be published on Principals’ WhatsApp platform.”
Mr Tilde revealed that the sponsorship is only a means of providing ease to students, saying that it would not be mandatory on the government each year.
“The payment of UTME registration fees I must hasten to say will not be a mandatory policy on government.
“Rather, it will be enjoyed by meritorious students any year the government is pleased to do so within the confines of its revenue.
“In other words, it is a palliative, or say incentive that will be given whenever feasible,” he concluded.
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