ASUU: Varsity Lecturers Ready For Battle With Federal Government
Asuu president Biodun Ogunyemi (file image courtesy: NAN)

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is ready for battle with the federal government over the imposition of the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) on its members.

Concise News understands that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that workers on the IPPIS would not get their salaries.

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However, ASUU has rejected the plan to include its members and has started mobilisation for action against the federal government.

According to the Chairman of ASUU University of Ibadan Chapter Deji Omole who spoke on Sunday, the university lecturers are not against accountability.

Omole noted that the union, will, however, resist any move by the government to violate existing laws and autonomy of the university.

He noted that ASUU has offered to design the right template that will fit well with university lecturers, lamenting that the Buhari government is bent on using the World-Bank designed template.

The ASUU boss claimed that the World Bank in use by the government plans to enslave intellectuals since there are no provisions for payment of arrears of promotion, study leave allowance, and responsibility allowance, to name a few.

“Forceful imposition of IPPIS on university workers is a violation of the University Autonomy Act,” he said.

“It is, therefore, illegal. While ASUU is not against accountability on the part of the university administrators, [the] government should not be allowed to destroy public universities in its purported claims of fighting corruption.

“Our members should remain focus and committed in our struggles to protect public university education by resisting the forceful imposition of IPPIS on university workers.”

Presidency Laments

Meanwhile, the Presidency has lamented the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU’s, rejection of President Buhari’s order to enrol lecturers in the Integrated Payroll Personnel System (IPPS).

President Buhari’s media aide Lauretta Onochie wondered if the lecturers do not want to get out ghost workers.

In a tweet, Tuesday, she said, “The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is to challenge Buhari on the recent directive to the Accountant General of d Federation to include University lecturers in the Integrated Payroll Personnel System (IPPS).

“Haba! Don’t we want to get rid of University ghost workers?”