With immediate effect, the Federal Government has removed tertiary institutions from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
Similarly, in order to decrease the bureaucracy involved in such exercises, the institutions are henceforth to recruit their people without reference to the Office of the Federation’s Head of Service.
Prof. Tahir Mamman, Minister of Education, stated this at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, saying it was part of the government’s efforts to address the issues confronting tertiary institutions.
‘’Today at council, a most important decision was taken concerning the education sector of the economy. The vexatious issue bordering the stakeholders in the sector, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), was settled.
‘’The payment of universities staff through IPPIS has been settled and they are now to use their platform to pay their staff.
‘’They are now to also recruit their staff through normal criteria. They will, however, continue to be supervised by the Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission as is the practice,’’ he said.
Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation, also revealed that the FEC approved a review of waivers by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to address the issue of revenue loss.
‘’The Federal Government has approved the review of waiver by the Nigeria Customs Service which has been a thing of concern and loss of scarce revenue. The service has observed that the waiver has affected its targets.’’
He said that necessary recommendations would be made to address the issue of Customs waivers in the country, adding that appropriate measures are expected from such deliberations going forward.
Festus Keyamo, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, stated that the FEC authorised two contracts for the sector totaling N4.32 billion.
The first contract, he added, was for the acquisition of N2.22 billion in navigation communication and remote access devices for the Port Harcourt International Airport.
‘’The second contract was for a technical support to maintain the new terminals in four international airports of Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt, worth N4.1 billion.
“These contracts are made for the comfort of travellers in the country,’’ he said.