IPPIS is a scam, FG deceived us
The President of the Union of Non-Academic Staff of Union Universities and Institutes at the University of Lagos, Mr. Kehinde Ajibade, called the Integrated Payroll Information System (IPPIS) used to pay civil servants fraudulent.
He accused the federal government of tricking the Union into signing it.
NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) launched an indefinite strike last Friday in protest, in particular, against the distorted operation of the IPPIS platform and non-payment of arrears of benefits received.
“IPPIS is a scam; is fraudulent; in fact it is not sustainable in the university system. This is just a fact, because we found that the federal government simply tricked us into subscribing to this platform, ”he said in an interview.
Explaining in detail the poor operations of IPPIS, Ajibade said many union members have been laid off because IPPIS does not pay them full wages, indiscriminately withholds union dues, and still does not transfer them.
He said: “Since February 2020, the federal government has started using IPPIS to pay wages. First, some of our members are not paid. If they pay A this month, it will affect B next month. We have filed several complaints through our treasurer’s office to the IPPIS office. Nothing has been done yet.
“Secondly, we had problems with debt. The IPPIS office has messed up our debts; have accumulated our union dues, have accumulated our dues for months. IPPIS has kept our debts for almost eight months. It was released last September. Despite the fact that we now receive it on a monthly basis, we are still experiencing many problems.
“Even our cooperative (quotas) – you know, as a civil servant, we count on a cooperative. IPPIS did not select some of our deductions and, when it deducted them, kept them. I don’t know when IPPIS became CBN, which will now deduct salaries of Nigerians and store them, save. The people who are there are such scammers. The government has stated through IPPIS that it wants to fight corruption. The corruption that occurs in IPPIS is even greater than we have had in the past, ”he said.
Ajibade said the trade union strike would be all-out because the government is insincere. He said the government had abandoned its agreement with the union and did not resolve the issues raised as promised.
“The government has announced that it wants to create a committee to study the IPPIS issue. Isn’t it time for you to tackle this when you signed your memorandum of understanding in October? So the government is not even sincere. You said that our minimum wage was transferred to the chief accountant’s office; that we should wait for a supplementary budget – an additional budget that will scale up to the first, second and third readings in the national assembly. So there is no time frame. Even when you tell us that you are responding to us on December 31st, you have not fulfilled it. Will you satisfy our excitement now, when you have not yet calculated the time? “
Other problems that NASU wants the government to address are non-payment of retirement benefits to retirees and non-payment of the minimum wage arrears that have been paid to other ministries, departments and agencies. He also rejected a formula for distributing 75-25% of compensation earned to ASUU and urged the government not to union with others.
Source: – The Nation