By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal Government to discard the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) being used for the payment of federal workers’ salaries.
The union was reacting to Monday’s arrest of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for alleged money laundering and diversion of N80 billion.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview with Daily Trust, on Tuesday, urged EFCC to carry out a thorough investigation, take Idris to court and pursue the case to a logical conclusion.
He warned against sweeping the case under the carpet, saying, “corrupt people deserve punishment in line with this administration’s vision.”
“We’ve said it over and over again that IPPIS is a fraud. We’ve also said that the Accountant-General Office is a fraud, and they’re just using IPPIS to relocate all the fraud activities to one centre which is the Accountant-General Office and we have been vindicated. That is our position.
“This IPPIS, I can tell you as we speak, that many of our members have not been paid for 13 months, eight months, nine months, but they are telling the government that they are using it to control corruption,” Osodeke added.
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