- ASUU has clarified some media reports after its recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari
- ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi said reports suggesting President Buhari ordered the stoppage of salaries of lecturers who failed to register on IPPIS is false
- He said the union has always argued that IPPIS crisis cannot be resolved without paying due attention to the foundational issues bedevilling the education sector
The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, has dismissed some media reports suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the stoppage of salaries of lecturers who failed to register on the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Ogunyemi who said the meeting of ASUU with President Buhari on Thursday, January 9 was called solely to discuss IPPIS which ASUU rejected, “and still rejects, for sound reasons.”
“At no point during the meeting did President Muhammadu Buhari put a closure to the ongoing discussion on ASUU’s preference for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) or directed that the salaries of ASUU members to be stopped for failure to enrol on IPPIS,” Ogunyemi told Premium Times.
He said the union has always argued that IPPIS crisis cannot be resolved without paying due attention to the foundational issues bedevilling the University system.
Ahmed had said out of the 137,016 academic and non-academic staff members of the universities, 96,090 have been enrolled in IPPIS.
She, therefore, urged ASUU to encourage the remaining 40,926 members to comply with the process.
According to her, a desk has been opened in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for registration of university staff, assuring that peculiarity of the tertiary institutions will be accommodated.
Meanwhile, former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, has appealed to members of ASUU to enrol into the federal government's IPPIS.
Ibidapo-Obe, who is the pro-chancellor of the Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun state, urged the ASUU members to comply with the directive of the government concerning the IPPIS, adding that “he who pays the piper dictates the tune.”
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