The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, on Monday, told the Senate that the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System of the Federal Government was nothing but a scam.
Ogunyemi, who addressed the leadership of the red chamber shortly before the meeting ended behind closed doors, said forcing ASUU members into the system would destroy the education system in the country. He said the IPPIS as currently structured, was a violation of the university autonomy as enshrined in Section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act 2003. He also said that forcing the university lecturers to get captured in the payroll system would take away the powers of the governing councils of the various universities.
He also said the system would automatically discourage the lecturers from performing at optimal levels because they would be shortchanged with the system. He said, “It is noteworthy that, contrary to the law expressly backing the governing councils of each federal university to exercise full control over the finances of the universities, IPPIS lacks constitutional backing. “It is not supported by any Act of the National Assembly.
“The proposed forceful enrolment of staff of universities in the IPPIS will amount to subjecting the universities to the direction and control of Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.