AGF to ASUU: You Can’t Dictate How Salary will Be Paid To your employer
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AGF to ASUU: You Can’t Dictate How Salary will Be Paid To your employer

Accountant General of the Federation (AFG) ,Sylva Okolieaboh
Acting Accountant General of the Federation (AFG) ,Sylva Okolieaboh says, under no circumstance should employees dictate to their employers how they should be paid, in reference to the insistence of Academic Staff Union of Universitie(ASUU) on University Tertiary and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Okolieaboh said this while faulting ASUU’s UTAS as against Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) the Federal government uses to pay its workers.
ASUU had rejected the plan by the federal government to include university workers in IPPIS, describing it as a scam and threat to the university system.

The acting Accountant General spoke at the meeting of the House of Representatives with the AGF office, the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Auditor General of the federation, amongst others to find solution to the ongoing strike by ASUU.

The meeting was a follow up to an earlier one the Speaker held with ASUU officials on Tuesday, where issues related to the strike were discussed was also attended by the Head of Service of the Federation (HoS), Folashade Yemi-Esan, the chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta.

NITDA’s Director Information technology and Infrastructure Solution Department, Usman Abdullahi told the House leadership that the IPPIS, UTAS and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS) failed its integrity tests regarding the university payroll, which the agency conducted between March and June this year.

In her intervention, the Head of Service, said the ministry of communications and digital economy wrote her office following NITDA’s observations about IPPIS on the need to take a holistic look at the platform and that a committee was empaneled to carry out the assignment.

She also said IPPIS is not just a payment platform but that it also has a human resource component, which all government agencies have been directed to activate, noting that all those directly under her purview have since complied.

On his part, the chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Nta, told the House leadership that in view of the general agitation in the tertiary education sector, the agency advised the government to look at the possibility of increasing the salaries of the staff in the entire sector, comprising universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

He said, however, that at the end of the day, the government decided to increase the salaries of lecturers in the universities by a certain percentage, while professors were considered for higher percentage, denying knowledge
of any agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU for salary increment.

Ruling, the speaker invited the Minister of Labour and productivity, Chris Ngige, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Head of Civil service of the Federation, Accountant General of the Federation, Director General, salaries, income and wages commission, Director General Budget Office among others to appear before the lawmakers next week Thursday with ASUU officials in attendance.

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