UTAS has been vindicated by the arrest of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Nigerian Lecturers won't accept IPPIS used to siphon money - ASUU


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UTAS has been vindicated by the arrest of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Nigerian Lecturers won't accept IPPIS used to siphon money - ASUU 

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on issues surrounding the use of IPPIS by university lecturers, Osodeke revealed that UTAS has been vindicated by the arrest of the Accountant-General of the Federation by the EFCC, Nigerian Lecturers won't accept IPPIS used to siphon money.

Reacting to an interview he said;

Question: In what way is the UTAS better than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, which was proposed by the Federal Government?

Well, we keep saying that the IPPIS is a fraud being managed by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, whose head is also charged with fraud. We have been vindicated; you heard that the AGF has been arrested by the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) for misappropriation of N80bn and suspended; this is not small. The IPPIS is a platform they use to siphon money. UTAS is a platform that has been tested but they refused to deploy it. UTAS will take care of all the sectors in the university, which is not in the IPPIS. Issue of sabbatical, issue of visiting lecturers, all will be taken care of by UTAS, which is not accommodated by the IPPIS.

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The IPPIS cannot take care of the peculiarities of universities and UTAS is designed in such a way that it can accommodate everything. As I’m talking to you, a large number of people are being owed eight, nine and 10 months’ salaries because they cannot be paid by the IPPIS. What you’re paid today, you’re not sure of what you will get next on the IPPIS. It cannot cater for all peculiarities of universities. UTAS was designed for the Nigerian university system at no cost to the government. But with the IPPIS, we pay to the people taking care of it, like the World Bank, on a monthly basis.

Question: The Accountant-General of the Federation was accused of N80bn fraud. What will that amount do for ASUU?

No, we should be asking what the N80bn will do for Nigeria taken by one man. It’s not about ASUU. It’s about Nigeria. N80bn can construct not less than 80 to 100 kilometres of road. That N80bn will build 10 new secondary and primary schools. It will take care of all the lab equipment in all tertiary institutions in the country. But one man allegedly took it away.

Question: The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has also introduced its own payroll system. Are you not concerned that this system can complicate the remuneration process in the university system?

 

Ordinarily, they should have joined us just like the polytechnics and colleges of education have done. But if at all, they want to do theirs, it should be subjected to a test by the NITDA. What we are saying is let the NITDA subject the three systems to a test and we will take the best one.

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