BY GLORIA USMAN, ABUJA – The Accountant General of he Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris on Tuesday said that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), is robust enough to accommodate and efficiently address all genuine concerns and peculiarities in the Nigerian universities.

Idris, who stated this when he received in audience the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities in his office in Abuja, said that all rules and peculiarities in the universities that are recognised by the government will be accommodated and implemented through IPPIS’. 

He said; “All the peculiarities should be stated, all the rules of engagement should equally be stated; we are ready to go by the rules of engagement. All the rules that are recognised by the government in the universities, we will go by these rules, none will be set aside.”

The AGF said that the objection by the academic staff of the universities to the IPPIS is unfounded adding that the Federal Government has assured them during several meetings that the IPPIS was not to take away the autonomy of the universities, but to make the management of personnel more efficient.  

Idris said that the practice where universities recruited staff not minding whether their budget would accommodate such employment was responsible for the issue of shortfall in personnel revenue, adding that the IPPIS would help the universities solve the problem of shortfall in personnel revenue as the recruitment and remuneration of staff would be more efficient.

He also said that at the end of the last enrollment exercise, a total of 8,146 academic and 86, 844 non-academic staff of federal universities were enrolled into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

According to the AGF, the figures represents more than 70 percent of the staff of federal universities. 

Idris commended the Vice Chancellors for the initiative to reach out to his office on the contentious issue of enrollment of university staff on the IPPIS and therefore solicited the cooperation of the Vice-Chancellors with the government.

He said; “The implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and other financial reform initiatives aimed at entrenching probity and transparency in the system have come to stay’. 

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors, who is also the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Prof Muhammad Bello, noted that there were certain lapses during the just concluded enrollment of university staff into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and therefore requested the Accountant General of the Federation to help resolve them.

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