Education

(By Chris K.Amadi) – The failure of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to stop the enrolment of their members in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System has polarized lecturers in Federal Government owned universities. As at Wednesday, there were indications that 41 universities out of the 43 universities had sent their nominal rolls.

The confirmation which was given by the Coordinator of IPPIS in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Olusegun Olufehinti, to The Punch, hinted that only lecturers who are captured would be paid their salaries, adding that government did not employ unions but individuals.

Olufehinti who described the enrolment, which involves taking the biometrics of the lecturers as the first stage in the entire process, said the exercise will extend to payrolling, and that the initiative is aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of government payroll.

He told The punch:“The salary is personal and if that is the case, then we expect everyone that wants to be paid to enrol. Because that will be the only basis you can get your salary.

“So unions were not engaged, only the individual was employed and the Federal Government is trying to ascertain the number of those employees it has in all institutions and that is what we are driving at.

“It will help in the budgeting and every month we can ascertain how much would be required to pay nationwide.

“So for now, they are responding and even some that did not send in their nominal rolls have done that. Because they know that if they don’t send it, they would be sanctioned.

“We have told them they can’t delay this exercise. We have two weeks to do this and the number of people we capture within the two weeks, if it’s 500 we capture in any university we assume those are the people that are there and those are the people that will be payrolled.”

Meanwhile, with a parallel association of lecturers emerging on the horizon and urging the Governing Councils of their institutions to stop deducting their check offs that used to be paid to ASUU, Federal Government owned citadels of learning are headed for a major conflict. The situation may even become more complicated, if ASUU refuses to budge until the end of the payroll, because, according to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, those who are not payrolled would not be paid.