…It will not tamper with university autonomy – IPPIS coordinator
By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) can work effectively and enhance the payroll system if it addresses some peculiarities of Nigerian Universities such as staff on study fellowship abroad, sabbatical and other similar issues, Vice Chancellor, Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, has said.
Speaking at a one day sensitization workshop on IPPIS, conducted for Universities and other institutions in the Northwest on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor noted that the workshop enlightened members of the University on what IPPIS is all about.
He also urged the federal government to strive hard to carry along all the University Unions through incorporating all their concerns and should exercise patience as the system is gradually put to practice.
The IPPIS Coordinator, Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede told the participants that the new system would not in any way temper with the autonomy of the university system, saying the workshop was aimed at critically examining some of the challenges of the new system with a view to brainstorming and coming up with a clear and well defined formula that would be acceptable to all.
She said the system roll-out which started in 2007 has 257,516 employees as at March 2014 drawn from 308 Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), including 123 non-care agencies, 17 Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres and 10 Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Science.
Delivering a power-point presentation, Dr. Kola Oladeji of the Office of the Accountant-General said IPPIS is part of the transformation agenda of the federal government with the aim of creating a centralized data base system to aid government’s manpower planning and decision making.
He said IPPIS was also to facilitate automation and storage of personnel records, prevent wastage and leakages by ensuring staff remuneration is based on factually correct information and ensure prompt payment of salaries directly to employees account with appropriate deduction and remittance of third party payments (e.g. tax, pension, cooperatives, union dues etc).
The presenter said IPPIS is capable of handling primary, secondary even tertiary assignments and will design a template that will accommodate sabbatical, tenure and contract appointments.