Secretary-General of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Affiliated
Institutions (NASU) declared in a statement in Abuja on Monday that they would
commence a 14-day notice strike at Federal Universities, Polytechnics and
Colleges of Education on the lack of payment of salaries for their members.
staff union was protesting the short-payment of its members’ salaries since
February 2020 through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System
has filed the Trade Dispute Act CAP 432, Trade Disputes (Essential Services)
Act, CAP 433 of the of the law of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and Trade
disputes (Amendment) Decree No 47 of 1992 otherwise called Form TD/3.
complaints against the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in
its completed form TD/3, entitled ‘Notification of Trade Disputes, Inter and
Intra-Union Disputes by Employers/Workers Organization, among others.’
non-payment of salaries to certain staff, short payment of salaries to certain
staff, failure to pay approved allowances as set out in the 2009 FGN / NASU
check-off payments and non-deduction of co-operative and other contributions
from the members at Federal Universities and Inter-University Centers, Federal
that various steps aimed at resolving the crisis have failed, he said.
taken to resolve the issue include, meeting of NASU leadership with the
Director, IPPIS on Jan.21, 2020.
leadership with the same director was held on Feb. 4, 2020, which did not yield
been issued to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige,
declaring a trade dispute over IPPIS officials refusal to effect appropriate
corrections of all the anomalies.
given by the minister, the issues have continued to linger.
continued to observe the anomalies in their salaries paid in February, March
and April. He therefore said that NASU’s complaints as contained in its letter
dated April 7, 2020, fell on deaf ears as none of it was addressed in the March
betrayed the leadership of NASU by deceiving us into accepting that the IPPIS
platform will take on board all the peculiarities affecting our members and
that there will be no problem if we key into the platform.
doing a three-month experiment has become very disastrously and we are unable
to allow this defective and deficient process to continue, he said.
notice of strike, having met with all the necessary specifications. The
association also put all its members in the Federal Universities and
Intra-University Centres, the Federal Polytechnics and the Federal Colleges of
Education on a 14-day warning strike.
effect from the day of the resumption of work in all situations referred to
been conveyed to its members during the weekend through a letter with reference
be used to protest the refusal of IPPIS to react positively to issues that
affect the correct payment of its members’ salaries and other errors identified
which have been placed before the IPPIS for correction.
Director, Information, Press and Public Relations, OAGF, in a statement said
that his attention has been drawn to series of reports on claims by tertiary
institutions unions, over IPPIS deductions in their salaries, among others.
the record straight for the good of the general public and the majority of the
employees of tertiary institutions who have demonstrated exemplary
comprehension and have cooperated with IPPIS to date.
problems resulting from the transition of tertiary institutions to the IPPIS
network is expected to emerge. This requires the cooperation and understanding
of all tertiary institutions to enable us to make the necessary corrections as
quickly as possible.
question of payment of subsequent arrears must be valid and practical in order
to ensure that there is no overpayment or underpayment resulting from the
payment, “he added.