The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsunna Ahmed has discovered a situation where some lecturers teach in more than one university and earn multiple salaries thereby creating accounting problems for the government.
She emphasised that many anomalies have been discovered in the university structures that have contributed to the increased cost burden, which include staff working and earning pay in more than one university, contract staff on payroll of the government, tax reductions on PAYEE and multiple employments
Zainab Ahmed, who spoke today, January 9, when the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), paid an official visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja, said that out of the 137,016 academic and non-academic staff members of the universities, 96,090 have been enrolled in the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), and advised ASUU to encourage the remaining 40,926 members to comply with the process.
The minister, who said that a desk has been opened in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for registration of university staff, regretted that some universities had rushed to recruit more staff before the IPPIS registration commenced, which was then detected.
“While it is clear that ASUU has peculiarities, it should be recognised and rightly accommodated, and the allowances will be made, and not leaving the university out of IPPIS because of the peculiarities,’’ she added.
This was even as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, called on ASUU to comply with IPPIS in national interest as his office is already in the process of streamlining all issues of human resources in government.
The leadership of ASUU was led to the Villa by Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.