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ASUU set for strike over salary payment system

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is set to embark on strike this week barring any last minute negotiations with the federal government.

The group said it will decide whether or not to call upon its members to proceed on a nationwide strike following the decision of the Federal Government to stop salaries of lecturers who have not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

In a meeting held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, on Saturday and Sunday, issues such as the IPPIS and the Federal Government’s failure to honour the 2009 agreements were discussed.

It was learnt that the Federal Government would this week pay February salaries of its workers, including university lecturers, who had registered on the IPPIS.

The IPPIS payment system has particularly irked ASUU as the group believes it would erode the autonomy of the university system.

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zanaib Ahmed, in an interview at a management retreat in Kano on Thursday, had said lecturers who did not enroll for the IPPIS would not get their February salaries.

It was a directive given by President Buhari in 2019. The union directed its members to shun government officials sent to universities between October 25 and November 7, 2019, for the purpose of enrolling workers in the IPPIS.

On Thursday, the finance minister said 55 per cent of ASUU members had registered for the IPPIS, saying, “the ones that have not are not getting their February salary.”

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