IPPIS: ABU Zaria top enrollment with 3,500 staff as nationwide figure now above 39,160, VCs seek extension

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Ahmadu Bello University Zaria has enrolled 3,500 of its staff into the ongoing Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS). As the Federal Government total enrollment figure is now over 39,160 university lecturers in 27 universities

The Director, IPPIS in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Olufehinti Olusegun, gave the figure during an exclusive interview on Friday.

He said the over 39,160 enrolment figure for the 27 universities was what had been compiled as at 5 pm on Friday, 6th December 2019.

Some ASUU members during their protest over IPPIS enrolment at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on Wednesday.
Some ASUU members during their protest over IPPIS enrolment at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He said that contrary to objections raised by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to the IPPIS initiative, many of them have been enrolled into the platform.

Giving a breakdown of the IPPIS enrollment, he said over 3,000 workers had been enrolled at the University of Benin while the University of Port Harcourt and Ahmadu Bello University had enrolment figures of about 1,900 and 3,500 workers respectively.

He said that about 500 workers had been enrolled in Maritime University, Nigerian Defence Academy (300 workers), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (4,000), Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (900), Federal University, Wukari (1,900), and Federal University of Technology, Owerri (over 1,000).

Similarly, he said that IPPIS officials had enrolled over 1,000 workers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Alex Ekwueme University (800), Federal University of Technology, Akure (over 600), Federal University, Oye (360), Obafemi Awolowo University (1,200), University of Lagos (2,200) and University of Abuja (850).

In the same vein, about 150 university workers had been enrolled at the Federal University, Lokoja, while Federal University of Technology, Lafia; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi; University of Jos and University of Ilorin have enrolment figures of 600, 650, 1200 and 2,000 respectively.

The IPPIS coordinator said that Federal University of Technology, Minna had enrolment figure of 1,100, University of Ibadan (over 3,000); Federal University, Otuoke (1,300), University of Calabar (2,400) and University of Uyo (1,500).

He said in most of the schools where the exercise was being implemented, the level of turnout from university lecturers had been “impressive”.

He told our correspondent that the figure would keep increasing as the deadline approaches.

The IPPIS enrolment which commenced on November 25 would come to an end on December 7, 2019.

Olusegun said, “The enrolment is ongoing and we are having impressive results. Even the ASUU members are now coming to enrol.”

When asked if the December 7 deadline would be extended, he said this would depend on the areas so far covered and the gaps that exist in the enrolment exercise.

He said, “The timeline for the deadline is tomorrow (Saturday) but in some locations, the enrolment didn’t start until Wednesday. So for those categories, we still have a number of days to conclude the assignment.”

In view of the number of those that have yet to be enrolled, he said some Vice-Chancellors had started sending requests for an extension of the exercise.

“When we are done with the exercise, we will know how many days will be required to complete the process,” he added.

Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in federal universities across the country, had in separate interviews, vowed to shun the registration for IPPIS.

The IPPIS platform is an integral part of the Federal Government’s public finance reform initiative, which it said was aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of government payroll.

ASUU Ahmadu Bello University initially rejected IPPIS

Recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria initially rejected the exercise and resolved to write the management of the university to order the immediate withdrawal of the mobile police that accompanied the staff of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) from the university. The resolution was reached at a congress of the union where it was agreed that the presence of any armed police or military personnel on the campus of the university is against the laws of the institution.

Speaking with correspondence, the chairman of ABU ASUU, Professor Rabi’u Nasiru, said the congress has also resolved not to join the IPPIS in accordance with the resolution of the National Executive Committee of the union

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