The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) reiterated that it will not change its position on the federal government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Biodun Ogunyemi, president of the union, spoke on Thursday during the ‘Politics Today’ on channel Tv
He accused the payroll program of suspected anomalies in the payment of wages and allowances of lecturers, alleging that some professors had earned N8,000 as monthly salaries for some months.
“So, the platform does not recognise negotiated agreements like we are talking about allowance—unacademic allowances, research journal, and other things,” he said.
“What we call amputated salary came into it because the IPPIS platform was not designed for the university system.
“In fact, there were professors that were paid like N8,000 in some months on our campuses. So, we don’t expect anything otherwise because that platform was not meant for the university system.”
Biodun also argued that IPPIS could not work for the university system, particularly in the area of taxation.
According to him, the federal government provided the lecturers with a one-line salary scale , which means that taxes are deducted from allowances — the attribute he complained of does not apply to employees in the civil service.
When asked whether the lecturers are willing to return to the classroom despite the failure of the ASUU and the government to reach a decisive conclusion, the President of the ASUU added: “I believe that our students and parents would understand.
“If we have lecturers that have not been paid for eight, nine months, how can we have that person putting in his or her best in a system?
“If people are going back to universities and they will be paid less of their usual salary, how can we cope with that?”