There are indications that All university lecturers were paid their December salaries because the Federal Government is yet complete the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System in the institutions,
Recall that the Federal Government had boosted that those who failed to register for the scheme should not be paid, but the Academic Staff Union of Universities stated that the IPPIS negated the autonomy of universities and as such will not be part of the exercise.
Also the office of the Account General of the Federation, which sent IPPIS officers to universities between November 25 and December 7, said all Federal Government agencies should enroll for the scheme had said those who failed to register would not be paid their December salaries but ASUU, in a counter-move, directed its members to shun the scheme.
Federal Government had explained that the idea behind the IPPIS was to ensure a centralized salary payment system for all government workers, including the lecturers.
President, Muhammadu Buhari had, during the 2020 budget presentation at the National Assembly on October 8, directed all government workers to register for the IPPIS.
ASUU, on Thursday, confirmed that its members had collected their December salaries. It challenged the Federal Government to name any country where universities and their workers were migrated to a central payment platform.
ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, confirmed the payment December Salaries of its members, saying the union hoped to seek an audience with the government as it would not stop opposing the IPPIS.
He noted that there was no circular from the Federal Government to stop the salaries of lecturers. “It is true that our members have been paid,” he said.
He said, “Our own model, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, will address all the issues raised by the government. There is no reason for the government to stop our salaries. We are not in a storm with the government.
“All along, our argument is convincing and it is that there is nowhere in the world where the universities and their workers are brought into the core civil service.
“So, the government cannot design a platform that will shut the door against those lecturers coming from other parts of the world. We cannot localize Nigerian universities. If the government is convinced, we are ready to meet them and explain the new system we designed.” He concluded