The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has granted an exemption to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and other tertiary institutions from utilizing the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for payment transactions,Daily Trust reoorts.
Following the federal cabinet meeting chaired by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Maman, revealed this development. Additionally, he highlighted that the heads of these institutions have been given the flexibility to conduct recruitment exercises without the need for approval from the Head of Service of the Federation.
Maman explained that the decision stems from the President’s directive to remove Vice Chancellors from a platform that hinders recruitment processes, aiming to enhance the efficient management of educational institutions.
Emphasizing the Council’s focus on the effective administration of universities, Maman clarified that the concern revolves around management efficiency rather than the integrity or preference for specific platforms. He underscored the importance of respecting the autonomy granted to universities by their governing laws, which has been somewhat compromised by the IPPIS.
Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammed Idris, also contributed, stating that the universities and tertiary institutions have received significant relief from the IPPIS. He announced the Council’s approval of the exemption, indicating that universities and other tertiary institutions, including polytechnics and colleges of education, will no longer be part of the IPPIS system. Consequently, these institutions will have the autonomy to handle personnel payments independently, moving away from reliance on the IPPIS.