The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said its negative experience in the last three months with the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System IPPIS seemed to justify “the position of a section of the university staff”.
The Union, therefore, resolved to embark on an indefinite strike action if the alleged inconsistencies in their salaries due to the deployment of the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System IPPIS are not corrected.
The SSANU National President, Samson Ugwoke, in a letter to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, dated May 15, said, after three months of salary payment through the IPPIS, the platform failed to meet its expectations and seemed to justify “the position of a section of the university staff that had vehemently opposed the introduction to the university system in the first place.”
The letter read, “After three installments of salary payment and going into the fourth month, we regret to inform you that the IPPIS has not met the expectations of our members.
“The observed shortcomings include muddling up of salary payments which have led to underpayments in many instances and over and multiple payments in other instances, wrongful interpretation and implementation of extant document on statutory deductions, non-issuance of payslips for three months running, non-implementation and even withdrawal of extant allowances as agreed in the FGN/SSANU 2009 agreement; non-payment of arrears of the new national minimum wage.
“We further write to inform you that failure to resolve the issues above, SSANU will not issue any further notice of a total and indefinite industrial strike action to the government after the universities reopen from the present lockdown.”
Recall that The Academic Staff Union of Universities, a sister union to SSANU, had earlier declared a total and indefinite strike in march 2020 over the failure of the Federal Government to keep to the 2019 Memorandum of Action and over its disagreement with the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.
ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers, saying it does not consider some of the peculiar operations of universities. The lecturers’ union then developed its own software called UTAS which it wants the government to adopt for universities.
The IPPIS is the government’s accountability software that has been made compulsory for all public institutions, mainly for personnel payroll.