Some branches of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Wednesday commenced a three-day warning strike to protest the “shoddy” manner their members were included in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Management System (IPPIS).
The staff members representing the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR), Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) gathered at PPPRA head office in Abuja, chanting solidarity songs.
Ugwulor said that, though the union supported all government’s effort to achieve transparency and accountability in government, it should not be to the detriment of the oil workers.
“We are concerned with the ways our members in some government agencies are being treated with respect to IPPIS.
“In the month of September, our members in NNRA had huge sums of money deducted from their salaries, and we have decided that enough is enough.
“We are not averse to instruments of transparency in this country. Any system that offers accountability to the governance of Nigeria we are in for it, but do not do injustice to our members,’’ he warned.
He vowed that the industrial action will continue until their grievances are addressed.
Mr Efreke Udeme, NNRA Branch Chairman of PENGASSAN, said that `bastardisation’’ of staff salaries of the agencies concerned and non release of statutory allocation of some of the agencies were responsible for the action.
He called on relevant government officials to address the issues as a matter of priority.
“Salaries arrears from March 2015 to Dec. 2016 are also outstanding in NNRA,’’ he said.
He urged IPPIS to harmonise peculiarity allowances of all the agencies in their emoluments.
The IPPIS is a Department under the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation responsible for payment of salaries and wages directly to Government employee’s bank accounts with appropriate deductions and remittances of third party payments such as; Federal Inland Revenue Service, State Boards of Internal Revenue, National Health Insurance Scheme, National Housing Fund, Pension Fund Administrator, Cooperative Societies, Trade Unions Dues, Association Dues and Bank Loans.
There are more than 459 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) on the IPPIS Platform. It is responsible for processing and payment of salary to over 300,000 Federal Government Employees across the 459 MDAs.
IPPIS aims to enrol into the platform, all Federal Government MDAs that draw personnel cost fund from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Since inception of the IPPIS project in April 2007, the department have saved the Federal Government of Nigeria billions of Naira by eliminating thousands of ghost workers.
Edited By: Vincent Obi