BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – Members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi have declared that the IPPIS has made them poorer than what they were before joining the system in error.
Branch Chairman of JAC of ATBU, Comrade Sulisma Jatau, who stated this at the commencement of a three-day protest by members of the Unions over issues of salary differences, lamented that members of the two Unions are indeed suffering as a result of the IPPIS situation.
Jatau said that the three Unions in the universities system across the country with the exception of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) joined the IPPIS in error, stressing that joining the IPPIS has made members of the unions poorer than they were.
According to him; “The three Unions in the universities joined the IPPIS because we were deceived that it is a platform that will eradicate corruption and bring transparency to the salary payment system and sanitize it but, it has proven to be lies. There are more pronounced corruption in the system than when it was not introduced.
“We even complained on some irregularities that we have in some universities, we went there and rubbed minds and we took almost six months to tell them that we have some peculiarities in some universities and this platform will not capture.
“They promised us that that platform is flexible that it will encompass everything but to our dismay, when we joined, we are now poorer than we were.
“Our salaries are being deducted unnecessarily. In fact, for the past 11 months, every month, we have different salaries. So, we discovered that for you to correct one anomaly, you have to go to Abuja, this is counterproductive. We now believe that that IPPIS is more corrupt than where we were,” JAC said.
During the protest on Tuesday, Members of the JAC embarked on the peaceful protest at the Yelwa Campus of the University to press home their demand for fairness in the issue.