By David Adenuga, Bauchi
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has said Federal Government’s introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) had worsened the salaries of its members and made them poorer.
SSANU National President Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim said this at the weekend at the maiden Northeast zonal executive meeting and workshop with the theme: Team Building for Effective Service Delivery and Strategic Position for Influencing the Influencer, held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi.
He said: “The major crux is that our 2009 agreement; that somersaulted agreement; that agreement that was not done with some level of preparedness, has given us so much problems as members of SSANU.
“Our members are suffering. Our members are relegated in terms of welfare. But we are not deterred. Although we have not arrived, we are still in the process.
“Individually at our different levels in our universities, some of us, as branch leaders, were able to convince our councils, our management, to understand that hazard is hazard. Everybody is facing hazards in Nigeria; members of SSANU are facing hazards.
“We have convinced our councils and management that we have started benefitting from this (hazard) allowances and then the almighty IPPIS came, and we crash-landed. Our salaries have been mutilated, our salaries have been fractured. Today, we are poorer.”
The union’s Vice-President for the Northeast, Audu Isah, decried the state of insecurity in the country.
He urged SSANU members to help in finding lasting solutions to the problems rather than compound them through their utterances, actions and write-ups.