IPPIS Payroll saga: ASUU negotiates with Senate President behind closed doors

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Top ranking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are set to meet Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives behind closed doors today.

The purpose of the meeting is to negotiate the Federal government ‘s directive concerning the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari while presenting the 2020 Budget to National Assembly on the 8th of October, 2019, issued a directive mandating all Public Sector Workers to register for IPPIS in order to block all the leakages in salary payment structure, thereby waging a war against corruption.

ASUU was not happy with the directive as they kicked vehemently against this new policy. They see the IPPIS payment structure as a threat to Autonomy, the law governing universities.

Zainab Ahmed, Minister  of if Finance, Budget and National Planning had on Thursday, instructed all government agencies to abide by the new IPPIS payment policy.

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Also, Alhaji Ahmed Idris said ASUU’s opposition to the Payroll directive, shows the union endorses corruption.

Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser to the Senate President Lawan on Media and Publicity, confirmed the meeting between ASUU and lawmakers on Monday.

Awoniyi sent a message to The Punch correspondent via social network WhatsApp, saying, “The Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet His Excellency, the Senate President, on Monday at Meeting Room 301 by 11am.”

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