FG Compiles list of problems related to salaries to address shortcomings in IPPIS

The Federal Government has said issues of multiple taxation, deductions and others related to the payment of universities workers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) would be addressed. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja.

Ngige said he has spoken with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Accountant General of the Federation and the government has communicated with university Bursars to correct certain peculiarities and send back for the OAGF and Finance Minister to address.

The Minister also said it has received the strike notice from the non-teaching staff unions in universities, saying it was making efforts to meet with the leaderships of the various unions.

He said that his office will apply for a special pass from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for a physical meeting with the unions to address all the contentious issues raised by the various unions

He said that the government doesn’t need to call for a meeting before it pays members their full salaries and release their pay slips. The Comrade Samson Ugwoke-led JAC has also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to correct all the problems associated with the payment of salary through the IPPIS platform and release their earned allowances before the easing of the lockdown, if not members will not resume duty when schools resume. Fielding questions on the notice of strike issued by the non-teaching staff in the universities and the allegation of payment of half salaries to members of the unions by the IPPIS office, Ngige said that efforts were on top gear to correct all the problems. According to him, “We are on top of the situation, we have received their letter. Their letter borders on shortcomings of the IPPIS system and I have spoken with the Finance Minister and the Accountant General of the Federation and they said that they are in touch with the University Bursars to correct certain peculiarities and send back to them to treat.

“However, it’s important to point out that one of the shortcomings which the universities’ workers pointed out is that the IPPIS is overtaxing them and that IPPIS skipped some of their people who have taken leave of absence and the rest of them all. “These are matters that can be easily adjusted, the IPPIS office informed me that immediately the lockdowns are down, these Bursars are to come up, but before then that they should by e-system try to give them additional information on some of those shortcomings and that they will try as much as possible to correct them. “We have equally gone out to the unions and asked them that we want to meet with them and the IPPIS, so we are trying to see if we can arrange a special pass for them so that their leaders could come up here and we have the meeting. “The zoom meeting will not be able to correct some of those things that is what we have discovered, we decided that we have to do a physical meeting and we will do that as soon as possible, my office is working with IPPIS office to arrange that meeting.”

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