The Federal Government, in a bid to achieve the objectives of its newly introduced Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, on Thursday inaugurated a committee to develop a payment template to meet the peculiarities of the Nigerian university system.
The committee, inaugurated at the headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation by the IPPIS Coordinator, Mrs. Fatimah Mede, has representatives from the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, among others.
The committee also has the mandate of reviewing the current Management Information System of Nigerian universities and evaluating the IPPIS in its current form with a view to identifying the shortfalls.
The Federal Government had given all federal universities and polytechnics in the country a deadline of November 30 this year to migrate their salary payment mode to the IPPIS platform.
The IPPIS is one of the Federal Government’s reform initiatives designed to undertake human resource management activities from recruitment to separation, including payroll and pension processing.
It facilitates planning, aids budgeting, monitors monthly payment of workers’ emoluments against what is provided for in the budget; ensures database integrity; and facilitates easy storage, updating and retrieval of personnel records for administrative and pension processes.
The committee was set up after the university community expressed fears that the IPPIS might not be able to address some of the peculiarities of the Ivory Towers.