IPPIS:FG Begin Payments of Minimum Wage Arrears of Lecturers
The office of the accountant general of the federation has order Nigerian federal universities vice chancellor to forward the staff details of their institutions to enable them pay the consequential arrears arising from the implementation of the national minimum wage on IPPIS Platform on or before Tuesday 3rd November, 2020.
According to our informant umerah Rapheal this was disclose by the memo send by the accountant general of the federation sign by the director of IPPIS Dr, Nsikak Ben, FCA.
The statement reads in part: “I am directed to request you to please forward the staff details of your institutions to enable us process the payment of the consequential arrears arising from the implementation of the National minimum wages on IPPIS Platform.
The submission should be in the form of attached template in excel format (hard & soft copies) to reach the undersigned on or before Tuesday 3rd November, 2020.
Kindly accept the assurances of the warm regards of the accountant general of the federation.
Recalled that bootinfos reported on 18th October, 2020 that The federal government has said that the contentious earned allowances, promised to be released for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will also be shared with non-academic staff unions.
A meeting between the negotiating teams of the government and ASUU, last week, held to put a stop to the six-month old strike, resolved that a sum of N30 billion will be paid as part of the unpaid earned allowance to workers.
Meanwhile, after a meeting with representatives of the non-academics on Wednesday, it was agreed that the monies will be shared between the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU).
“On the matter of non-payment of earned allowances, the meeting resolved that the recipients of the N30 billion, earlier agreed on with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), would include all the unions in the university sector,” said the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour, Charles Akpan Wednesday.
Mr Allan said that the unions would work with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, National University Commission (NUC) and Federal Ministry of Education to achieve that by the end of December 2020.
The end of the six month strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, seems not in view as negative fillers are filtering out from the nationwide referendum conducted by the chapters of the union to decide on whether to suspend the strike or not. IPPIS:FG Begin Payments of Minimum Wage Arrears of Lecturers
Government, in spite of the Economic downturn as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, brought an offer of N20 Billion (Twenty BillionNaira) layable by the end of January 2021and ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday 21st October, 2020.” IPPIS:FG Begin Payments of Minimum Wage Arrears of Lecturers
According to the statement issued by the ministry of labour, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, will continue discussions with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning on its earlier Memo to President Muhammadu Buhari on sources of alternative funding for the revitalization to facilitate the process of additional funding of the university system.
This is with a view to reactivating the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2013 as agreed in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of 2019
Also, in response to the demand by ASUU for the payment of the Earned Allowance due from 2019, totalling N40 Billion, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) committed to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
The Meeting also agreed that if UTAS passes all the different stages of the integrity test which would involve National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)and the Office of the National Security Advisers (NSA) and after ascertaining its efficacy; it would be adopted for the payment of the University staff.
“Meanwhile the meeting could not agree on how payment would be done for ASUU members during the transitional period of UTAS tests as the Government side again appealed to ASUU to enroll on IPPIS platform in view of the Presidential directive that all Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) employees should be paid via IPPIS. They can thereafter be migrated to UTAS whenever certified digitally efficient and effective with accompanying security coverage. The ASUU maintained that given ASUU’s invention of UTAS, it should be exempted from IPPIS in the transition period.”
We understand that; these were part of the agreements reached during the meeting between the FG and ASUU leadership on Thursday.
Next meeting is billed for next week, which could see to the suspension of the strike action.
Recalled that immediately after the meeting The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Chairman on Thursday, gave an indication that the union will suspend its prolonged strike very soon, as its President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, declared that the varsity lecturers are ready to go back to school. ASUU Set To Call-OFF Strike Next Week As FG Agrees To Released N20bn
The ASUU President gave the hint even as the Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, assured it would meet the union demands within time frame it stipulated.
Prof Ogunyemi, who was speaking at a meeting between the Federal Government, led by the Labour Minister and ASUU leadership, led by the President, said their members are willing to resume because it is a matter of national interest. ASUU Set To Call-OFF Strike Next Week As FG Agrees To Released N20bn
He points out that their members also have their children at home, like all other parents who have their children at home due to the prolonged strike.
The ASUU president said: “Our members are ready and willing to go to class because it is a matter of national interest. Just like every other person’s child is at home, our member’s children are also at home.”
Prof Ogunyemi commended the Senate President and the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Accountant General of the Federation, among others for making it possible for them to discuss on the issues.
He pointed out that though, ASUU delegation came with an open mind to the meeting, its members out there expect much from the meeting.
The ASUU president also explained that it is a matter of national interest that “we do what we are doing, and we are conscious of our place in history;”
adding, “If academic do not defend the academia, who defend the academics.”
Ogunyemi, therefore, appealed to all to look at the issues affecting the university system as a national emergency in the country.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government promised to meet ASUU demands within the time frame stipulated.
Dr Ngige said the government is currently taking steps to ensure that all the demands of ASUU are met within the time frame issued by the union.