President Muhammadu Buhari says only workers captured on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform will be paid salaries.
He said this during the presentation of the proposed 2021 Budget of N13 trillion to the National Assembly on Thursday, October 8.
Before presenting the proposed budget, Buhari gave a breakdown of the performance of the 2020 budget.
He explained that the decision not to pay federal workers not captured on the IPPIS was to reduce personnel cost.
This is coming amidst the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities over IPPIS and other matters.
He said, “Personnel cost is still our largest single item of expenditure. In the 7 months to 31st July 2020, it accounted for 34 percent of total Federal Government spending and is projected at 33 percent of 2021 expenditure.
“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.
“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.
Buhari said that the Ministry of Education’s capital allocation had been increased by 65 per cent to improve the education of Nigerian children.
The president revealed that funds had been provided for the provision of scholarship to Nigerian students at home and abroad.
“We have provided funds for the upgrade of security and other infrastructure facilities in our Unity Colleges nationwide.
“To improve access to education, we have made provision for the establishment of five new Federal Science and Technical Colleges.
“We have also provided for the payment of allowances to 5,000 teachers under the Federal Teachers Scheme,’’ he added.
Pointloaded reports that members of ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike on March 23 over alleged shortcomings of IPPIS and failure of the Federal Government to honour its 2019 agreement.
ASUU had rejected IPPIS, insisting that it violates university autonomy and proposed the UTAS as an alternative.
Instead, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution was developed as an alternative to IPPIS by the varsity lecturers.
President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, earlier explained that there was nowhere in the world where IPPIS is being implemented that universities are put under the civil service.
He said if Nigeria wanted to have 21st-century universities, with global ranking, it cannot be achieved through IPPIS.
“This is because IPPIS will shut the door against scholars who are to come from outside Nigeria, scholars who are not on the pensionable appointment within the system.
“IPPIS will bring universities under direct civil service control and the system does not work that way.
“That kind of system will kill innovation, will kill creativity and it will kill academic freedom and autonomy.”