ASUU to Call off Strike as President Muhammadu Buhari Threatens to Sanction all workers Over IPPIS Platform
They are signs of great relief on Nigerian Students that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have no choice but to Call off Strike the ongoing 6months strike as President Muhammadu Buhari today Threatens to Sanction all federal government workers that fail to enrol for the IPPIS Platform.
However, Buhari, who insisted that all federal workers must enrol into the IPPIS platform, said the directive was meant to check fraud including payment of salaries to non-existent personnel as well unauthorised allowances.
Buhari also directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that they obtain necessary approvals before embarking on fresh recruitment. He warned that any breach of the directive would be severely sanctioned.
Buhari said that the Ministry of Education’s capital allocation had been increased by 65 per cent to improve the education of Nigerian children.
President Muhammadu Buhari says only federal workers that have been captured by the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform will continue to receive salaries.
Buhari said this when he presented the 2021 budget of N13.08trillion to the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), currently on industrial action, has vowed never to key into the IPPIS platform, as demanded by the government.
ASUU had since claimed to have developed an alternative salary platform for University workers.
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said that the union’s ongoing strike would continue in spite of government’s decision to reopen schools shutdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“All the issues we raised are yet to be addressed. The government is free to open its schools, just like our members are also entitled to their dues.