Trouble Looms as SSANU develops own Payment Platform, threatens full blown strike

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities says it has developed  an alternative payment platform to the Federal government’s controversial Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System.

The name of the new new platform was given as the University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System and according to Union this new system will address all the shortcomings of the IPPIS which it said had caused salary delays and shortchanged the university workers.

Recall that the Federal government is currently at loggerheads with the Academic Staff Union of Universities who have rejected the IPPIS and developed its own platform and this has been the bone of contention that has soiled the negotiations between the Union that has been on strike for over 8months now.

In his address during  their second quadrennial conference in Abuja on Monday, the SSANU President, Samson Ugwoke, disclosed that the UG3PS was ready and awaiting presentation and test-run by the FG.

He said, “We say confidently and without prejudice that no group can understand the intricacies, challenges and manoeuvrings of salary payments as much as SSANU and NASU in the university system and we have applied this knowledge which is a function of our primary duties in the development of the UG3PS solution.”

Ugwoke accused the government of not upholding the agreements signed with the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU.

He condemned the unseriousness and delays by the FG in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ NASU and SSANU Agreements; usurpation of the headship of non-teaching units by academic staff in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures; neglect and poor funding of state universities and corruption in the university system and non-constitution of visitation panels for the universities in line with the laws.

He added, “We need to note that all the issues are not new and have been on the front burner of our various negotiations, agreements and memoranda of understandings of 2009, 2013, 2016 and 2018.

“The only newly introduced issue is the problem of inconsistencies in salary payments arising from the implementation of the IPPIS in the university system.”

Ugwoke lamented tha university salary payment system had never been so “disorganised, distorted and mangled” as it is presently.

The SSANU President said, “Forced to embark on a warning strike which ended last week, we seize the opportunity of this national delegates conference to inform that the last has not been heard on the issue and it is only a matter of days before the JAC of NASU and SSANU will take decision on a full-blown, total and indefinite strike in the university system.”

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Abubakar Rasheed, cautioned SSANU against opposing other unions in the university system.

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