- ASUU has condemned the account-general of the federation, Ahmed Idris, over his comment on the union
- The university union asked Idris to focus on the corruption in his office instead of accusing the union of ill practices because it opposed IPPIS
- Idris responded to the union's comment, saying it disappointed the expectation that was placed on it as a body of academics
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday, October 23, after its congress told the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, to face the corruption issues under him rather than accusing the union of same.
ASUU also said that that corrupt practices have become more under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that they are many who profit from it, The Nation reports.
The union fired at the Idris for saying that its opposition to Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) shows that it supports corruption.
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The academic organisation therefore asked the AGF to come up with names of ministries that the IPPIS has helped the federal government save N273 billion and how the government is fighting corruption.
While addressing the congress, the chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Professor Deji Omole, said that it would not give the government the chance to extort its members and expose them to corruption.
He said that though the federal government signed the Memorandum of Action in 2017 and 2019 for the creation of separate accounts for funding universities, nothing has been done since then.
“Autonomy of the University is a legal issue and the federal government will not be allowed to trample upon it. The issues here is very clear as the forceful movement of university workers is an act of illegality and ASUU as a responsible union will not fold its arms and allow the law to be broken by a mere pronouncement,” the union stated.
Idris however responded to the union, saying the union is only attempting to misinform the public on the IPPIS.
The AGF said one would think that the academia would champion a policy that is targeted at accountability and transparency but reverse is the case.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari announced the approval of a total sum of N208 billion to federal universities for the tackling of infrastructure deficiencies in the tertiary institutions.
Buhari made the announcement at the convocation of the University of Abuja adding that the approval was made through the tertiary education trust fund.
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