The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said the the deadline giving by the President Muhammedu Buhari, which states that all public servant must be registered with integrated Payroll and personnel Information System stands.
She stated this while addressing the newsmen after the National Economic Council Meeting presided over by the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, at the presidential Villa Abuja. She added that members of Academic Staff Union of Universities must join the IPPIS .
She also said, “ I didn ’t see the notice that ASUU is to go on strike if they are forced to be on the IPPIS . The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has directed that every agency of government , every worker must be on the IPPIS . And my job is to comply with the President’ s directive . That is what I do and we are going to do that . ”
The minister, however , said there was still room for negotiation , adding , “ We will be engaging ASUU ; we will be discussing with them. ”
ASUU threatens strike over FG payroll system
But ASUU members in Bauchi , Gombe and Plateau states said they would resist the IPPIS .
The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU , Prof. Lawan Abubakar, stated this while addressing journalists at a press conference held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University , Bauchi .
He said , “ We already have a standing order for our members that ‘if you are not paid, you don’ t work’ , as simple as that. In fact , if we don’ t get our salary, the next day of the new month , we will not work.”
National Secretary, Congress of University Academics, Dr Henry Oripeloye, in an interview, said the group would make its decision on the IPPIS known later in the week.
He said the OAU chapter of CONUA would hold its congress on Thursday, adding that other chapters would deliberate on the issue during their meetings expected to hold before Friday this week.
“ We derive our powers from the congress. The OAU chapter will hold its congress on Thursday this week and we expect that other chapters will hold their congresses this week. After that had been completed, then the national body will look into the resolutions of the congresses and take position on the issue of the IPPIS , ” Oripeloye said .