IPPIS: Polytechnic Staff Issues 21 Days Ultimatum to Federal Government
Rising from an emergency meeting of the union in Abuja, SSANIP said the current manner in which the IPPIS is being implemented has led to disjointed payment of salaries to staff of Federal Polytechnics since February 2020.
In a communique issued after the meeting and read by the National President, Phillip Ogunsipe, the union said if government fails to act on its demand at the expiration of the ultimatum, which begins on Tuesday October 6, it will be left with no choice than to review its stance on the IPPIS.
The union listed some of the lingering problems associated with the IPPIS to include: non-release of new Minimum Wage arrears, inconsistencies in the release of third party deductions, non-payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance for health workers, high draconian tax regime on consolidated salary, delay in the release of 2018 and 2019 promotion arrears, among others.
The union also called on the Federal Government to immediately re-constitute the Goveming Councils for Federal Polytechnics in the country while also lamenting what it described as the non challant attitude of government to continue with the renegotiation of the 2010 Agreement which it said is long overdue.
Below is the full text of the communique:
A COMMUNIQUE OF THE SENIOR STAFF ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA POLYTECHNICS (SSANIP) ISSUED AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING HELD on TUESDAY, 6th OCTOBER. 2020 AT LABOUR HOUSE AUDITORIUM
1. The Senior Staff of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) during her Emergency Meeting held on Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 adequately discussed a number of pressing issues affecting the growth of the PolyteChniC system in Nigeria and resoived as follows:
2. RE-OPENING: The Council-in-session commends the efforts of the Government at all levels, particularly the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on covm-19 and curve Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) towards flattening COVID-19 in the country. Equally, the Council wishes to appreciate the wisdom and decision of the Government to re-open Schools across the Federation, having facilitated modalities toward safety protocol arrangements at the Institution level.
3. STATE OF THE NATION: The Council rising from her meeting, wishes to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to urgently address the issue of security of life and property and also the general decay in the entire road network across the country.
4. IPPIS: The CounciI-in-session observed that there has been disjointed implementation of salary in the Polytechnic since Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) commenced the payment of salaries for staff since February, 2020. Some of the lingering issues associated with IPPIS include non-release of new Minimum Wage arrears, inconsistencies in the release of third party deductions, non-payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance for health workers, high draconian tax regime on consolidated salary, delay in the release of 2018 and 2019 promotion arrears, among others.
Against this backdrop, the Council wishes to call on the relevant agencies Of Government to expedite actions toward resolving these highlighted challenges.
Equally, the Council Wish to frankly state that failure of the IPPIS to address these highlighted challenges within 21 days from the date of this communique would leave the Union with no option than to review its stance on IPPIS.
SCHEME OF SERVICE: The Council for the umpteenth time wishes to express its displeasure at the way and manner the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has handled the of the Scheme of Service so far. It therefore, condemned the decision of the Board to review the same document without due consultation with relevant stakeholders. 0n the strength of this, the Council resolved that an attempt to foist a Scheme of Service document on SSANIP without our input is unacceptable and therefore would be an invitation to an atmosphere of industrial disharmony.
The Council wish to specifically and frankly state that the failure of NBTE to address this issue within 21 days from the date of this communique would leave the Union with no other option than to declare industrial dispute.
RE-CONSTITUTION 0F GOVERNING COUNCIL: The Council observed that since the expiration of the tenure of the last Governing Councils for the Federal Polytechnics in May, 2020, the Institutions have continued to function without the Governing Boards. In the understanding of the Council, Governing Board occupies a very strategic position in the running of the Polytechnic system. Therefore, the delay in the re-constitution of the Governing Councils is a challenge to the smooth running of the Poiytechnic.
In view of the above, the Council wish to call on the Federal Government to expedite action on the re-constitution of Goveming Councils for the Federal Polytechnics.
RE-NEGOTIATION OF 2010 AGREEMENT: The Council-in-session noted with dismay the nonchalant attitude of the government to continue with the renegotiation of the 2010 Agreement which is long overdue.
OVER-HEAD COST IN FEDERAL POLYTECHNICS: The CounciI-in-session frowned at the inadequacy and delay in the release of over-head costs to Federal Polytechnics by the Federal Government. In similar vein, the Council observed that this short-coming has the potential of impairing the day-to-day running of these Institutions. The Council therefore, wishes to impress it upon the relevant agencies of the Government to ensure that the running costs are adequate and promptly released to these Institutions.
CHALLENGES OF STATE OWNED INSTITUTIONS: The CounciI-in-session expressed worry at the plethora of challenges faced by the State owned Polytechnics and similar institutions across the country. Of particular concern were issues of haphazard and part-payment of workers’ salaries, nonimpiementation of the new Minimum Wage, non-domestication of the contributory Pension Scheme, non-implementation of the 65 years retirement age in line with the relevant provisions of the Polytechnic Act (as amended), issue of migration to CONTISS 15, among others.
The Council therefore, wishes to impress it upon concerned State Governments to ensure that these issues are adequately addressed in the spirit of industrial harmony.
10.VICTIMIZATION OF MEMBERS: The Council-in-session frowned at the forceful retirement of the Ag. Registrar of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State by the Management of the Institution against the agreement reached with The Federal Ministry of Education, NBTE, Governing Council, The Polytechnic Management and SSANIP. In the well-considered opinion of the Council, the forceful retirement of Comrade Abadani Woyingikuro was against the provisions of the relevant documents guiding the operation of the Polytechnic system in Nigeria.
The Council therefore resolved that the Management of the Polytechnic should revert to the earlier agreement reached on this matter, without further delay, failure which SSANIP would not be able to guarantee industrial harmony in the Institution.
Comrade Phillip Ogunsipe