The federal government has denied claims by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that it is implementing Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with a $140 billion loan.
Reacting to the allegation, Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, spokesman to the Minister of Finance told news reporters that “no one knows how ASUU came up with the allegations”.
Although ASUU did not explain the source of the $140 billion loan, the university lecturers told the House of Representatives that the federal government was implementing the IPPIS with a loan.
Abdullahi stated in his reaction: “the burden of evidence is however on them (ASUU) to prove”.
He urged the media to also investigate ASUU’s allegation in order to verify their proof.
The federal government and ASUU have been engaged in loggerheads over the inclusion of tertiary institution lecturers in the IPPIS platform.
The federal government has twice reneged on its threat to withhold the salaries of university lecturers.