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COEASU decries poor implementation of IPPIS, threatens strike

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COEASU decries poor implementation of IPPIS threatens strike
COEASU decries poor implementation of IPPIS threatens strike

Colleges of education teachers have decried the poor implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by the Federal Government in their institutions nationwide.

The teachers, under the aegis of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, noted that the faulty implementation of IPPIS has led to obnoxious taxes, third party deductions and non-payment of scholars on sabbatical leave.

COEASU warned that the IPPIS office and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation must address the anomalies in the payment system to avert any industrial action by the lecturers.

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The union’s President, Nuhu Ogirima, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, said the IPPIS had turned out to be an exploitative tool of the government to deduct taxes without recourse to the negotiated tax which lecturers agreed with their respective state governments.

In a communique, the COEASU president noted that reductions in salary and non-inclusion of lecturers on sabbatical leave were worrisome, citing the Federal Capital Territory College of Education, Zuba, Abuja, where lecturers had yet to get their full salaries restored.

Ogirima said: “Members of our union had been opposed to the enrolment of academic staff of colleges of education on the obnoxious pay platform, IPPIS, until December, 2019, when it was imposed.

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Quite a substantial development has occurred since the utilisation of the platform to effect payment of salaries since February 2020.

“For instance, the non-payment of April 2020 salary, as at May 11, has been attributed to system failure. This does not augur well for the government.

“Also, IPPIS is an exploitative tool; the deduction of obnoxious tax, without recourse to the negotiated tax which our members had agreed upon with their respective state governments, is evident exploitation.

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Same reason can be adduced for the persistent deduction of members’ salary for the National Housing Fund, to which they did not subscribe.

“The OAGF has flagrantly refused to remit to the union the dues deducted since the utilisation of the pay platform to effect payment of salary of members.
The non-remittance of our union dues, more than two months after its deduction by OAGF, also amounts to not only a breach of trust but a contravention of the law.”

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