ASSU meets Buhari over IPPIS

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the issue of enrolment into the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel information System (IPPIS) that has generated friction between the union and the government.

Although after the meeting the union declined comment on the outcome, but the meeting was at the instance of the union who were led to the meeting by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi.

Buhari had ordered the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to stop the payment of salaries of Federal Government workers, including members of ASUU, who failed to enrol on the IPPIS platform by Oct. 31, 2019.

The government later extended the deadline to Nov. 30, 2019.

The meeting which was presided over by President Buhari was attended by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Others included the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

Meanwhile, ASUU had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government stopped the payment of salaries of its members who refused to enrol.

While expressing its readiness for dialogue with the government, ASUU proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution as an alternative to the government’s centralised payroll system of IPPIS.

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