IPPIS is anti-intellectual, anti-education  – Hon Tajuddeen Abbas

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The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS has been described as anti-intellectual, anti-education and completely ignorant of the issues involved.

The observation was made by Hon Tajuddeen Abbas the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the 3rd International Conference of the Gender Policy Unit, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria on Thursday

Hon.Tajudeen was represented by Dr. Abubakar Fulata, Chairman of the House Committee on Education, who said the House would promote the interests of academics, and one of the subjects in contention was the issue of IPPIS.

The speaker said that regrettably the system had downgraded education in the country to a level where teachers` survival was put at risk.

“It is our determination to ensure that universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are removed from IPPIS.

“It is also our determination to make sure that education receives a substantial portion in the national budget at least to meet up with the United Nations requirement of 26 per cent of the National budget,’’ he said.

He said the National Assembly had an engagement with the vice-chancellors across the country, and they were made to understand that a professor’s take-home after deduction was less than N450, 000.

The speaker described such a salary (N450, 000) for the university professors as embarrassing to the education sector.

On the fight against poverty, gender inequality and insecurity said it was not merely a moral imperative but a fundamental necessity for the progress and prosperity of the nation

Hon Abbas was also a recipient of the Award of Excellence in the fight against poverty, gender inequality and insecurity at the conference.

Earlier, Prof. Kabiru Bala, Vice-Chancellor, ABU, said the conference was another step towards realising the ABU’s aspiration of becoming a world-class academic and research institution.

Bala was represented by Prof. Ahmed Doko, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration.

He said the conference provides an opportunity for the professionals in the academia, security, and other stakeholders to engage in critical discourse on implications of insecurity to the SDG goals.

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