The university non- academic workers have stated that the Federal Government will not make use of the payment policy created by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) to pay them, comrade Adeyemi stated, ”we have created our own platform, we are prepared to also offer it. So if the government is prepared, it’s now the right of the unions to create their platforms. We have ours, therefore government will not use payment policy created by (ASUU) to pay us
Instead, the personnel’s requested that the government should return to the previous means being used to pay them, the Government Integrated Finance Management Information System (GIFMIS) or accept their own method, created recently by their unions- the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
Even as they have refused the recent platform announced by the Federal Government, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the Joint Action of NASU and SSANU, the non-teaching staffs have also formulated their own means to be launched soon, to control the imbursement of their wages and other associated rights.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has formerly created its own means, known as Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for the imbursement of wages in place of IPPIS; and maintained that the Federal Government should accept this means instead of troubling IPPIS.
Although ASUU has from the beginning totally refused the IPPIS method as created by the government because of the supposed difficulties and disaster that would associate with the system, NASU and SSANU went forward to key into it after various conferences and meetings with the government, considering that the supposed lapses would be tackled.
Nevertheless, the General Secretary of NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, told Nigerian Tribune that the IPPIS was with series of problems when in February the IPPIS commenced the imbursement of wages of staffs in the universities and later in the universities centers.
Comrade Adeyemi said: “To our amazement, most of the things we established upon, the government did not fulfill. Government went back on its words. When this thing began we discovered that some of our members were not paid their salaries at all, a number of people were paid what is totally lower than what they were supposed to pay.”
He further stated that on the matter of 2009 NASU/SSANU and Federal Government settlements, which comprises of the payment of a number of budgets as well as earned allowance, all the promises, were discarded.
He pointed out that subtractions such as the National Housing Fund, which the workers were not paying before, IPPIS decided to subtract it without their information and without following due procedure.
The NASU general secretary specified that the position of the unions was that the government should return imbursement of salaries of their members to what it used to be before the IPPIS platform started; stating, “we were on Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) and “GIFMIS” is another platform for imbursement.
He also revealed that the JAC of NASU and NAAT has created their own platform, which will soon be publicized. He pointed out that the platform was complete and would be offered to the public as soon as possible, adding that they have decided to do an official launching of the platform.