OrderPaperToday – President Muhmmadu has reiterated that staff of the federal government not captured on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (‘IPPIS’) will not be entitled to salaries.

This declaration seems directed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who have been on industrial action since March 24th over-enrollment on the payment system.

Although the strike action by ASUU has been overshadowed by the COVID-19 outbreak, the recent declaration by the government ordering resumption of schools as part of easing of pandemic restrictions has brought the matter to the fore.

However, the university lecturers have refused to resume work, prompting threats of no work, no pay by the government.

The President, at the presentation of the 2021 appropriation bill before the joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday, said his administration is committed to removing non-existent personnel from the payroll.

President Buhari during the budget speech on ASUU IPPIS enrollment
While presenting the N13.08trillion budget, the President disclosed that he has directed ministries, department and agencies to seek necessary approval before embarking on recruitment.

“To check the incidence of payments to non-existent personnel and unauthorised allowances, only Federal staff that have been captured on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (‘IPPIS’) platform will receive salaries,” he said.

He added that “all agencies have been directed to ensure that they obtain all necessary approvals before embarking on any fresh recruitment. Any breach of these
directives will be severely sanctioned.”

According to the proposal presented today by Mr. President, recurrent expenditure alone will gulp N5.67trillion out of the 2021 budget.
Get more details of the budget speech here.

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