ABUJA (OAGF Report) – The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris, recently had an interactive session with Unions’ Executives for Nigerian Universities where he enjoined them to embrace the IPPIS as it good for the nation.
The AGF who was represented by the Director IPPIS, Mr. Olugbenga Olufehinti, explained that the essence of the meeting was to seek the cooperation of stakeholders so as to achieve seamless enrolment in compliance with the presidential directive is geared towards transparency and accountability for good governance.
He told them that IPPIS has the capacity to accommodate over two million Federal Government employees and it is also flexible enough to accommodate all peculiarities as the case may be of Universities.
He further revealed that the tremendous increase in enrolment, has created a cumulative savings of over N273,809,842,071.99 (Two Hundred and Seventy-Three Billion, Eight Hundred and Nine Million Eight Hundred and Forty -Two Thousand, Seventy-One Naira, Ninety-Nine Kobo) on the IPPIS platform between 2017 and 2018 which could have been lost but now available for government to deploy to other uses.
Ahmed Idris informed them that the centralized payroll will be prepared by individual Universities, but coordinated by IPPIS while the total management of the human resources rest squarely with the Universities; this, he assured will not in any way compromise the autonomy of the Universities.
He encouraged all involved to ask relevant questions from the drivers of the scheme which would be gladly answered as well as have an open mind towards the course as the engagement continues.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, told Union Members that the issue of tax would be uniform across the country, adding that all the Universities would negotiate their taxes by themselves.