The National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, has given strike notice to the Federal Government over its dissatisfaction with payment of salaries through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS and the alleged breach of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU reached between the government and the association in 2018
This is as the Vice President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, (North), Comrade Solomon Alfa, has said that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation should be held responsible if there is any disruption of academic activities when schools are reopened.
Alfa said that the payment of the consequential adjustment from the minimum wage increase has not yet reflected on their salary.
The threat for strike is coming on the heels of plans by the federal government to re-open schools that were shut down following the declaration of lockdown to curtail the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
The association said that the strike will be comprehensive, indefinite, total and would start immediately the lockdown is lifted and that there would be no other notice.
In a letter to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, NAAT stated that its disenchantment was as a result of the alleged anomalies and lack of transparency in the payment of salaries of its members through the IPPIS platform.
The letter which was signed by NAAT President, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, was copied to the Minister of Education, Accountant General of the Federation, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC and the President of Nigerian Labour Congress
We write with a view to drawing the attention of the Honourable Minister, of the tension, total loss of confidence and disillusionment brewing in the University Community cutting across the teaching and the non-teaching staff and staff of other tertiary institutions across the nation.
“This disenchantment is occasioned by the anomalies/ irregularities and lack of transparency in the payment of salaries of our members through the IPPIS Platform.
“These shortcomings continued to the last payment of salaries in April, in spite of protests through memos and phone calls from the leadership of the union
The Honourable Minister Sir, our Union has been at the forefront of the clamour for visitation panels in the Universities and the implementation of reports arising from such visitation.
“Based on this and as a responsible union the leadership directed her members to key into IPPIS for payment of salaries to checkmate corruption, the menace of ghost workers and over-bloated salaries in the system with the understanding that the peculiarities of our members and the universities, as different from the core civil service will be taken care of.
In view of the foregoing, the Honourable Minister is hereby put on notice that our union in compliance with the generality of the views, expectations and agitations of our membership, will resume the suspended strike action of March 2018 to press home our legitimate demands listed as anomalies under IPPIS and non-implementation of the memorandum of action willingly entered into by the Federal Government, are not resolved before the date of re-opening of schools.