The Federal Government has asked the Ministry of Finance not to pay the January salary to lecturers and workers in tertiary institutions who are not enrolled in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
The Cable reports that the accountant-general of the federation in a letter sent to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, instructed the Minister not to release funds meant for January salaries to tertiary institutions, saying payments would only be made to lecturers that have complied with the mandatory enrolment to the IPPIS platform.
“l am directed to inform you that the preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and Warrants of the Federal Tertiary institutions are ongoing and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020,” the letter read.
This is to give effect to the directive of the Federal Government that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies drawing Personnel Cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) should be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
In order to actualize this directive, you are please requested not to release the Funds for payment of salaries to the Tertiary Institutions as their salaries will henceforth be paid on the IPPIS Platform with effect from January 2020.” the letter read in part
This is coming weeks after members of The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) where hosted by the President at the presidential villa in Abuja over the IPPIS controversy.
The IPPIS was rejected by ASUU members who had threatened to go on strike over government’s directive for workers to enroll in the centralised payroll system.