Starting from November 2020, all university employees who are yet to enroll in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System will have their salaries stopped, the Federal Government has said.
This was disclosed in a letter from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), dated October 8, and signed by the Director of IPPIS, Dr. Nsikak Ben, and addressed to all vice-chancellors. The letter further stated that such staff will cease to receive salaries until they are properly enrolled on the platform.
Excerpt from the memo: “I am directed to inform you that any Staff of your Institution who has not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), either as a result of Study Leave (with pay), Maternity Leave or on Medical ground, will no longer appear on the IPPIS payroll with effect from November 2020 payroll, except such Staff presents himself/herself for the biometric data capture at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF), Abuja with an introduction letter/IPPIS Enrollment forms duly endorsed by the principal authorities of the Institution. In addition, all supporting documents should include evidence of six months’ salary bank statement.”
It will be recalled that relations between the federal government and the university staff under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had deteriorated recently over the objection of the latter to be enrolled on the IPPIS payment platform, which the government said will help cut waste and corruption in public service by eliminating ghost workers as well as helping to have an accurate number of its actual workforce.
Meanwhile, ASUU had maintained that the IPPIS will retard progress in the educational system because of the peculiar nature of its operations and asked for an exemption. In October 2019, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protested against the directive by the government for the compulsory enrolment of federal universities on the IPPIS for the payment of salaries of all federal government workers.