RENOWNED economists, Prof. Obadiah Mailafia and Mr Bismarck Rewane, have said that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System will lead to greater transparency and reduce the issue of ghost workers in universities and polytechnics.
Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities rejected the IPPIS and are currently on strike to protest against the policy.
Recently, the Joint Action Committee of the Non-Academic Staff Union and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities said its members would begin strike once the schools reopen.
The economists, who spoke with The PUNCH described the IPPIS as a more efficient way of paying workers’ salaries.
Mailafia urged the Federal Government and the university lecturers to find a fair and transparent settlement that would work for everyone.
“Both sides have a point; for the government, there is the need for a greater transparency in the salary system. There are workers who have died, left and someone comes up to collect their salaries in the university system. It is illegal and should be stopped.”
He maintained that the lecturers were right about varsity autonomy and added that the autonomy had been abused.
“You have lecturers lecturing in four or five different universities and collecting almost equal pay. There is no possibility that they’ll give enough attention to their place of primary assignment.
“These issues need to be looked into. Teaching in three, four, five universities is a big problem. We need to sit down and find a practical solution that works for everyone.
“As an economist, the cost of the strikes is horrendous, not only the loss of productivity, loss of years by students, who are not able to graduate when they should,” Mailafia said.
Corroborating Mailafia, Rewane said the IPPIS platform would help to reduce the issue of ghost workers in varsities.
“IPPIS helps to have one man, one salary. I don’t know why anybody is against IPPIS in the first place. It reduces ghost workers; it doesn’t reduce or increase any lecturer’s salary.
“As an economist, it is a more efficient way of paying workers. In Nigeria, we have a lot of ghost workers. It has nothing to do with those errors NASU complained about; it is the data they gave while being enrolled on the IPPIS platform,” he said.