- ASUU has reacted to the federal government's insistence on paying lecturers through Integrated Personal Payroll Institution System
- The Academic Staff Union of Universities say the insistence by the government is provocative
- The union said the government would be held responsible if the situation results to an industrial action
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the recent directive by the federal government to stop the January salary of university lectures who failed to enrol into the Integrated Personal Payroll Institution System (IPPIS).
ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, described the stance of the government as provocative.
“The federal government should know that they will be held responsible for the crisis because it is provocative. This circular is highly provocative, we condemn it; we reject it,” he told Daily Trust.
He explained that the union had introduced a solution that will operate like IPPIS but would be managed by ASUU and monitored by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
He said it is called University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
He said with UTAS, lecturers can go to any branch of any bank and open an account, without travelling all the way to the national headquarters to capture your detail.
According to him, some individuals in government are trying to sabotage the process.
A Nigerian Tola wrote on Twitter on the issue: ASUU will lose this IPPIS battle. Sadly, Nigerian students will be at the receiving end of their preferred ammunition (strike).
Teesan Mallam wrote: We have a long way to go as a nation.
Fyneface Dumnamene: For Federal Government not to listen to Lecturers on IPPIS, etc, it seems Federal Universities are established for the children of the poor, Private Universities for the middle-class children.
Recall that a former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, had 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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