The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike as a result of unpaid allowances of members of the Union four months after they enrolled into the compulsory Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
IPPIS was introduced by the Federal Government to register all Federal Civil Servents including SSANU and ASUU.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of SSANU, University of Benin branch, Comrade Broderick Osewa and Comrade Enoma Aigbovoriuwa respectively after an executive Committee meeting of the body on Monday, the Association expressed
displeasure that all allowances entitled by its members have been removed.
While kicking against the removal of all allowances such as Hazard Allowance, Responsibility Allowance, Call Duty Allowance, Shift Duty Allowance among others, the Association noted that all these were part of the Memorandum of Action (MOA) agreement the Federal Government voluntary entered with SSANU in 2009.
Alleging that IPPIS has blighted their trust and confidence since the past four months its members enrolled into it, SSANU vowed to begin the strike as soon as schools re-open.
“The development as shown by the Federal Government through IPPIS has again lend credence to the fact that the Federal Government cannot be trusted. Since the Union enrolment into IPPIS, the path has been littered with betrayals, resistance, half truth, and now outright sabotage.
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“At present, no University worker knows his or her true salary or take home pay; IPPIS has brought increased tax regime, delayed salary payments, introduction of Housing Fund Scheme which ought to be optional, non remittal of Union dues deducted by IPPIS since February 2020 till date”.
“As far as the Union is concern and members are concern, IPPIS has breached our trust and confidence in this whole garbage called ‘IPPIS”,
SSANU therefore appealed to the Federal Government to direct IPPIS and the Accountant-General of the Federation to address the irregularities and anomalies immediately, emphasising that Union and members will start a total and indefinite strike immediately schools re-open.