The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has picked holes in the plan by the Federal Government to verify its personnel in select Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, describing such as a forceful and dubious trap to enlist the lecturers on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
ASUU also directed its members not to fill the ‘2019 Personnel Data Verification Form’ being distributed by the Budget Office for the purpose of the exercise which it earlier rejected.
President of the Union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi has wrote chapter chairmen of the union, directing members not to fill the personnel verification form, insisting that the verification form is dubious. A copy of the letter was made available to journalists in Ibadan at the weekend by the Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Professor Deji Omole;
While the union is not against any verification exercise, Ogunyemi argued that the form being distributed for the exercise requires the supply of “IPPIS number, implying a dubious trap to forcefully migrate union members into IPPIS.”
“The attention of the leadership of ASUU has been drawn to a circular from the budget office of the federation directing members of our union to participate in a personnel verification exercise designed for selected ministries, departments and agencies.
“An item on the form requires the supply of “IPPIS no”. This suggests that the so-called exercise is a disguised way of bringing back the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System which our union rejected in the past with informed arguments.
“All chairpersons are advised against falling into the trap of forceful migration to IPPIS. All chairpersons are strongly advised to discourage their members from completing the form under reference until the union reviews its position on IPPS,” he said.
Professor Omole said the current IPPIS programme does not accommodate the peculiarities of the job of university lecturers, noting that while government has promised to revisit its design, it has refused to do anything since the union made its position known in 2014.
“The current state of IPPS cannot accommodate the peculiarities of our job as scholars. Members should equally recall that the union has been engaging the federal government with a view to making relevant authorities to appreciate the implications and position of ASUU on the matter since 2014.
“Pending the resolution of the matter, evidence of which shall be communicated to all members, no member of the union is allowed to enlist on IPPIS,” Omole added.