The Federal Government has clarified that it did not exempt the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from enrolling on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the clarification in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.
Ngige said the government was quoted out of context on the matter, saying there was no meeting where it was agreed that ASUU would be exempted from the IPPIS payment platform.
He explained that at the meeting with the leadership of the union, the government agreed that ASUU members that were yet to enroll on IPPIS be paid through the platform with which they received President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘compassionate’ COVID-19 payment in the months of February and June.
He said that the platform was a hybrid platform between IPPIS and the Government Integrated Financial Management and Information System (GIFMIS), which he said is for the transition period, adding that no government payment would be done without IPPIS.
He said that IPPIS and GIFMIS would be used in paying the university teachers for the transition period, while the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) continues to undergo all the integrity test and cyber security test for confirmation to use.
The minister said: “The situation is that you need to get our communique to ASUU. I think it is better because a lot of people are quoting us out of context, saying that we abandoned the IPPIS and that we said they should not be on IPPIS. It is not true.
“What we said in the meeting and what we agreed was that in the interim, for the transition period, that UTAS is being tested by NITDA and the Office of National Security Adviser for cyber security.
“For those transition period, ASUU members that are not yet on IPPIS will be paid through the platform with which they were paid the President’s compassionate COVID-19 payment done to them between the months of February and June.
“That platform is a hybrid platform between IPPIS and MINPSI platform for the transition period. That was what was used. It is a hybrid. This is because no government payment will be done without IPPIS knowing.
“So there is a handshake between IPPIS and MINSI platform, and that was what was used in paying them for that period.
“So, we are going to continue with that until UTAS undergoes all the integrity test and cyber security test and it is confirmed for use.”