By Patrick Obia
A lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Calabar, Mr. Inyali Peter has accused the Federal Government of Nigeria of stealing more than what was added as minimum wage from lecturers salaries through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
The journalist who is also an aid to Ben Ayade, Cross River State Governor posited that, “IPPIS is not just a big scam but a vehicle for stealing” added that it is like giving with right hand then using left hand to syphon the money back.
In his words, Inyali said: “IPPIS is not just a big scam, it’s a vehicle for stealing. FG claims minimum wage was implemented in the February and March witheld salaries they paid Lecturers weeks ago but turnaround to steal even more than what was added as Minimum wage from them.
“For instance, an Assistant Lecturer was supposed to get about N19,000 as minimum wage. But in the salaries paid, the FG deducted (stole) over N27,000 which is N8,000 above the minimum wage itself.
“This is giving with right hand then using left hand to syphon the money back. Even people who work in agencies that pay well are not subjected to what this Accountant General is subjecting Lecturers to.
“Today is 19th, Lecturers including those who betrayed ASUU and joined the calamitous IPPIS have not been paid. Non-academic staff were paid just few days ago with huge unexplainable deductions again.
“ASUU is fighting for the soul of our University education which is gradually heading towards total collapse but some people who don’t even understand the issues will stay in the comfort of their homes to berate the Union. Without ASUU, these people by now would have killed and buried tertiary education in this country.” He ended.
Meanwhile, ASUU has described IPPIS as a platform for fraud and corruption.
The Federal Government on Monday, called on the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities members to suspend the strike and return to the classroom to join in the crusade of finding cure for COVID-19 pandemic.
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