Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lambasted the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, over comments on the proposed enrolment in Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Rising from its congress on Wednesday, the university lecturers asked Idris to deal with alleged corruption issues in his office rather than describing the Union as endorsing corruption.
The Union claimed that corruption and corrupt practices had become more dreadful under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as those implementing the policies extort and profit from it.
ASUU further challenged the Accountant General to name the specific ministries where the IPPIS has saved federal government N273 billion and how many persons have been prosecuted to show the government is serious about fighting corruption.
Prof. Deji Omole, the Chairman, University of Ibadan Chapter, while addressing the Congress of the Union, stated that it will never support corrupt practices, but will not allow the federal government to extort her members and make them vulnerable to corruption.
According to Omole, the introduction of Treasury Single Accounts into the university system has crippled operations as many departments cannot buy a rim of paper due to paucity of funds.
The ASUU chair lamented that despite signing different Memorandum of Action with the Union in 2017 and 2019 to create separate interest yielding accounts for University endowment funds, grants and other funds, nothing has been done to that effect thereby making universities vulnerable.
“Autonomy of the University is a legal issue and the federal government will not be allowed to trample upon it. The issues here is very clear as the forceful movement of university workers is an act of illegality and ASUU as a responsible union will not fold its arms and allow the law to be broken by a mere pronouncement,” the union stated.