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IPPIS: FG lost N800bn paying ASUU, says Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, revealed that Federal government lost lost N800bn to the old system of paying lecturers

He said there will be no going back in paying university lecturers with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

Ngige stated this in an interview with reporters in his Alor home in the Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said, “What ASUU is saying is laughable. Your employers will dictate how they will pay you. They can decide to pay you with a cheque which you sign in your regional office every month and you take your salary and go. They can decide to do electronic transfer. You bring your account number and they do a transfer electronically to you.

“But for some strange reasons, this has become an issue with the Academic Staff Union of Universities. They claimed they were being migrated from the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System platform into the IPPIS. The Federal Government pays their salaries and the Federal Government says ‘we are losing a lot of money paying you from the GIFMIS platform because the GIFMIS platform only transmits money for your salaries to the university system, bursar’s office and from there they pay you.”

Ngige said there were anomalies with GIFMIS, including cases of ghost workers and people receiving more than their due.

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