Nigerian govt makes u-turn, exempts ASUU from IPPIS

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been exempted from the use of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in paying salaries to its members.

ASUU had been at loggerheads with the federal government over the use of IPPIS. The union had presented its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative.

The federal government had, however, insisted on the use of IPPIS. This, among other issues, had led to the union’s ongoing strike, which is already over eight months.

But in a communiqué issued after its meeting with ASUU on Friday, Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, said the government has shifted ground on the compulsory use of IPPIS for paying members of the union.

Ngige also said the federal government has agreed to the union’s demand that its members’ salary arrears from February to June be paid through the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS), which is the old payment platform. He adds that he’s currently working with Adamu Adamu, minister of education, to lift the ‘no work, no pay’ directive earlier introduced by the federal government.

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