Monday, 21 October 2019

Asuu plans for another shutdown against FG pay system

The Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) is poised for another showdown with
the federal government over planned
imposition of Integrated Personnel Payroll
System (IPPIS) on her members.
The leaders of the union had summoned an
emergency National Executive Council meeting
of the Union where it was agreed that the
leadership should begin mobilisation of
members for an action against the federal
government.
President Mohammadu Buhari had reportedly
directed that any worker not on the IPPIS
would no longer receive salary.
The Chairman, University of Ibadan Chapter
Professor Deji Omole on Sunday in Ibadan
said that the union is not against
accountability but will resist attempt by the
government to violate existing laws and
autonomy of the university.
According to Omole, ASUU has offered to help
the federal government design the
appropriate template that will factor in the
peculiarities of university lecturers in the
IPPIS but that the government seemed bent
on using the world-bank designed exploitative
template.
The ASUU boss said the template designed by
government plans to enslave intellectuals as it
does not make provisions for payment of
arrears of promotion, study leave allowance,
responsibility allowance among others.
According to him, the federal government
template was designed to phase-out
university lecturers who are above 60 years
which is against the new policy where
professors retire at 70 years.

Omole lashed out at the Buhari led
government for consistently demonstrating his
hatred for public funded universities by
introducing many illegal policies that
negatively affected the smooth running of
the universities.
The ASUU boss noted that Federal government
has also failed to honour any policy that that
will improve the quality of education in
Nigeria.
“Forceful imposition of IPPIS on university
workers is a violation of the university
autonomy act. It is therefore illegal. While
ASUU is not against accountability on the part
of the university administrators government
should not be allowed to destroy public
universities in its purported claims of fighting
corruption. Our members should remained
focus and committed in our struggles to
protect public university education by resisting
forceful imposition of IPPIS on university
workers, ” ASUU said.
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