The Federal Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) yesterday raised an alarm over the non-inclusion of peculiarities of the colleges of education subsector by the Integrated Payroll Personal Information System (IPPIS) office.
The union had prior to the implementation, at a meeting with stakeholders with the IPPIS office, harped on the basis of rejection of the pay platform.
A statement signed by the President of COEASU, Comrade Nuhu Ogirima, said “for the avoidance of doubt, the February salary paid by the federal government did not include the peculiar allowances of the staff of the subsector, especially the Peculiar Earned Academic Allowance (PEAA).”
“Also not paid are staff on sabbatical leave. In addition, deductions were effected on all staff salaries indiscriminately for the National Housing Fund
(NHF), a voluntary scheme to which most staff did not subscribe.”
The union described the issue as “a serious breach of trust and, therefore, considered the FGN betrayal not acceptable.”
While reiterating the initial concern over the use of IPPIS in COE system, the union called on the FGN and OAGF in particular to, as a matter of urgent concern, tackle the issue which is capable of disrupting the smooth running of the COEs.