President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate payment of the withheld February and March salaries of university lecturers who had not been captured in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information platform (IPPIS).
KanyiDaily recalls last month that ASUU had declared an indefinite strike over government withholding of the salaries of its members, who defied the order of government to enroll in the IPPIS.
While ASUU declared an indefinite strike, the government closed down all schools as part of the measures to contain the apread of coronavirus.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed and the Accountant General of the Federation to immediately effect the payment of February and March salaries to university lecturers.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has today (Tuesday) approved the immediate payment of the withheld salaries of February and March 2020 of the university lecturers, who have not registered on the IPPIS platform.
“He has also directed the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, and the Accountant-General of the Federation to effect the payments urgently by all means to cushion the deleterious effects of COVID-19 period on the lecturers and members of their family.
“All vice-chancellors are to revalidate affected lecturers’ Bank Verification Number, BVN, and forward same to the Accountant-General of the Federation for the payments.”