President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi has on Monday said “the IPPIS is a scam as it creates more problems than it solves”.
Ogunyemi, who made the state governments at a meeting with the Senate leadership said the IPPIS would undermine universities’ autonomy and infringe on academic freedom.
He said with the recent experiences of other MDAs that implemented the IPPIS, vis-à-vis the peculiar nature of universities, ASUU members across different universities had reservations about the imposition of the IPPIS on them.
“One of the biggest challenges of IPPIS is that it poses a great threat to our national security. The system is not strategic for a sovereign nation in a world system where almost all countries are vulnerable to sabotage by international cyber criminals and states.
“Once such sabotage happens, the entire country would be plunged into confusion and dysfunction. This has happened before and can happen again.
“It will constitute an impediment in the way of the ability of the universities to provide staff for new programmes as well as replace staff. This is because new staff members cannot be paid salaries until they are enrolled into the IPPIS database, which will take months to actualize.
“The IPPIS system only recognizes staff members that are on permanent and pensionable appointments. Universities are universal in outlook in terms of recruitment of staff and student intake.
“The IPPIS restricts the ability of universities to employ much needed staff at short notice. Such staff, when recruited, may not be paid until cleared by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, thus creating avenues of corruption.
“The dynamism associated with staff recruitment will become cumbersome with the introduction of IPPIS. Lecturers in Colleges/ Faculties of Medicine serving as honorary consultants in teaching hospitals and consultants serving as honorary lecturers would face problems collecting their proper remunerations, as it is currently the case with some allowances of our members in Basic Medical Sciences.
“The IPPIS is designed in such a way that outsourced services such as cleaning and security, casual workers, NYSC, etc. cannot be captured.
“The IPPIS platform does not allow for deductions from staff salaries arising from legally sanctioned union and cooperative society activities. This will directly infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right of staff to association,” he said.
Responding, senate President Ahmad Lawan said: “My worry has always been why government will sign agreements that they know are difficult and sometimes impossible to implement. I’m meeting with the Minister of Finance to tell us what exactly is to be done because we do not want any strike.”