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IPPIS will hinder educational progress, says ASUU


[FILE PHOTO] ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi

• Threatens ‘no-pay no-work’ policy

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is ‘vehemently opposed’ to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for university staff members because it is aimed at thwarting the educational advancement of the country.

The union also warned that it would adopt the ‘No Pay No Work’ policy should government decide to stop salaries of tertiary institutions’ staff for failing to join the IPPIS scheme.

At a press conference yesterday in Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University (UMYU), Katsina State, the zonal coordinator of ASSU, Sokoto zone, Dr. Jamilu Shehu, said government’s insistence on IPPIS for university staff was capable of igniting industrial disharmony. His words, “ASUU is determined to oppose any policy that is aimed at thwarting the educational advancement of the country. It is in this regard that ASUU is vehemently opposed to IPPIS.

“If government insists on stopping the salaries of the university staff for not joining IPPIS, the union’s policy of ‘No Pay’ No Work will definitely be implemented.”According to Shehu, IPPIS violates university autonomy, contradicts Federal Government’s agreements with ASUU, does not capture peculiarities of universities, and is not a viable option for fighting corruption.

He said IPPIS could not address specific process of promotion of academics, does not recognise the 70 years retirement age of academics on the professorial cadre, and 65 years for those on the non-professorial cadre, as against the 60 years in the civil service.He said the scheme was cable of upsetting the fragile balance with regards to the utilisation of academics across Nigerian universities, does not capture remuneration of staff on sabbatical, external examiners, external assessors, and earned academic allowances.

The don added that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation had no constitutional power to direct the affairs of the universities with respect to payment of staff remunerations, which is the responsibility of universities’ governing councils.

Also, the Benin zonal coordinator of the union, Fred Esumen, warned that “if the Federal Government sanctions its members over the IPPIS on the October 31, 2019 deadline, ASUU will embark on ‘No Pay No Work.”He said this after an enlarged meeting of the zone yesterday at Ugbowo campus of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

ASUU membership in the zone comprises UNIBEN, Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Ekpoma, Adekunle Ajasin University (Akungba, Akoko), University of Science and Technology (Okitipupa), Delta State University (DELSU) in Abraka and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) in Effurun.


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