By Okey Maduforo
Senator Uche Ekwunife of Anambra Central District yesterday made case for over eight hundred non academic staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka who were not captured in Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) four years after they were issued with appointment letters.
This was contained in a motion brought before the floor of the Senate by Sen Ekwunife aimed at capturing the workers in the payroll of the Federal government.
Ekwunife informed the Senate that in 2019, the Vice Chancellor after getting approval from the University Governing Council to recruit academic and non-academic staff graciously embark on a recruitment exercise for the positions in the university.
Recall that the workers have been lamenting the untold hardship m they have been facing since four years without good condition of service and no meaningful effort has so far been made to attend to their situation until this development.
According to the release by the Special Assistant to the senator on Media and Publicity Mr Kingsley Ubani;
“However, at the end of the recruitment exercise, the recruited staff were directed to register and enroll into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform for staff monthly emoluments but they have not been captured at the time of moving this motion.”
Senator Ekwunife through her motion expressed concern that the non-capturing of the recruited UNIZIK staff by IPPIS since 2020 has made life very difficult for the staff, their families, and their dependants.
Ekwunife prayed the Senate to direct the Accountant General of the Federation to as a matter of urgency embark on immediate capturing of the recruited staff of UNIZIK by IPPIS for onward payment of their salaries and also to consider other recruited staff of universities across the country with similar situations.