- ASUU has condemned the failure of the AGF to implement President Buhari's directive to pay university lecturers their salaries
- The chairman UI chapter of the union, Professor Ayo Akinwole, said demand for the BVN by the AGF is a backdoor means to enrol the members of the union in the ASUU-rejected IPPIS
- President Buhari had directed unconditional payment of salaries to lecturers who are on strike
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has protested non-implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari's directive to pay lecturers in the nation's public universities their three months withheld salaries.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Prof Ayo Akinwole, stated this on Wednesday, May 6.
He said it is important that Nigerians know that lecturers have always been paid centrally through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) domiciled in and operated from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
Buhari had directed unconditional payment of salaries to lecturers who are on strike to protest against the non-full implementation of agreements government reached with the union of intellectuals.
According to Akinwole, a government preaching rule of law must learn to obey the law of the land rather than resorting to forceful imposition, adding that “this is democracy and not the military government.”
In a letter written to the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, through the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi stated that members of the union found the back-door demand for BVN number by the AGF to pay the salary as a violation of the unconditional directive given by the president.
In a bulletin sent to members, a copy of which was obtained by Legit.ng, Ogunyemi stated that he was yet to receive any response to the protest letter written to the SGF on the failure to pay lecturers unconditionally as directed by President Buhari.
Ogunyemi, however, thanked members and their families for standing with the Union on the struggle for the revitalization of the university system during the COVID-19 lockdown and non-payment of salaries.
"Forceful enrolment of our members on IPPIS was the primary motivation for introducing BVN conditionality by some government agents, contrary to Mr President's directive. From the information available across our branches, the marketers of IPPIS have failed in their plan. However, they may want to try again. So be watchful," he said.
He advised Nigerians and academics to take part in the COVID-19 intervention to adhere to prescribed guidelines and take responsibility for their safety.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the ASUU advised federal and state government to back their lockdown order with the provision of existential needs for residents.
It was reported that the president of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, warned that unless the everyday needs of the people are made available, the emerging lockdown of the country may not achieve its desired result of social distancing.
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