Federal government has re-assured teachers employed into Federal Government Colleges in 2018, that they will be migrated into the Integrated Personal and Payroll Information System, IPPIS and their salaries will be paid by October.

This is against the backdrop of complains by the affected teachers that they have not received salaries since they were employed in 2018

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, gave the assurance in Abuja, while responding to questions on the non-payment of salaries of teachers recruited into the scheme by the Federal Ministry of Education.

Mr Echono who confirmed that there were irregularities in the employment exercise of some of the teachers’ emphaised the challenges it posed to the Ministry as well as the Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission.

According to him, “Its a very unfortunate incident that keeps us awake because it is a comedy of errors but the reality is that there was a cause for it, this thing started with the cases of irregular employment”

“This was discovered but many of the teachers recruited were legitimate officers they were properly employed and documented but unfortunately there was a huge spike in the recruitment exercise and when this was noticed an embargo was placed”

‘This coincided with when the newly employed teachers were ready to be migrated to IPPIS and it took a very long time to resolve all the issues surrounding the matter”.

Mr Echono noted that joint efforts of the Head of Service, Civil Service Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education made it possible to find out the irregular exercise in the recruitment, hence the embargo had been lifted.

He said that embargo had since been lifted on their employment and many of the teachers have been invited for biometrics and would soon be migrated for onward payment of salaries.

“Many of them have been invited and the assurances I have is that by the end of October they will be migrated”

An affected teacher who pleaded anonymity, said they are passing through hardship as a result of the development.

RN