Striking University lecturers in Nigeria are set to receive N30 billion worth of earned allowances beginning from May 2021 to January 2022.
This, together with another N20 billion that the Federal Government has set aside for the rehabilitation of the educational system in the country, are part of measures to end the 7 months old strike.
The representatives of the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), met on Thursday to discuss some issues, after which they agreed on the aforementioned sums of money.
However, there was a little hitch when it came to the matter of IPPIS and GIFMIS. The lecturers opined that their outstanding salaries be paid through GIFMIS before the full implementation of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS). To this, the Federal Government did not consent, but instead insisted on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Consequently, ASUU Chairman, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, urged all university lecturers across the country to turn down IPPIS officials who will come to capture their biometric data beginning Monday.
In a statement signed by the top guns of the Union and sent to all her members, Prof. Ogunyemi said “All ASUU members should have nothing to do with them. Fact-Check by ASUU with the figures from the OAGF has proven the claim that our members are trooping to enroll in the IPPIS in Abuja as false. The leadership of our great Union is fully aware of the hardship the non-payment of salaries by the Accountant-General and other forms of intimidation by over-zealous Vice-Chancellors have unleashed on our membership and we are leaving no stone unturned to redress the situation.”
“Therefore, all members of ASUU should STAY AWAY from anything related to IPPIS, so as not to jeopardize the ongoing critical engagement with the Federal Government.”