ASUU suspends proposed strike over FG’s directive to enroll members into IPPIS


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its proposed strike over Federal Government’s directive to enroll its members into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS). 

The ultimatum given by President Buhari was met with rejection by the body of ASUU, in which he vowed that any Federal Government Employees not captured on the IPPIS after 31st October 2019 would no longer receive their salaries. 

Reportedly, ASUU were said to reject the deadline, stating that universities operated differently from the civil service and not to be seen as appendages of ministries, departments and agencies of government.

According to an interview conducted by Vanguard, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, noted that the union had decided to stay put till further meetings.

Prof Biodun stated that the union is proposing another template which would promote the uniqueness and interest of the universities:

“The point we are making is that we have visited the Senate President, told him that there is an alternative to IPPIS, the IPPIS as we see it, will not promote the interest of the university, there is no university or country in the world where the payment of university workers is centralised with the government.”

“IPPIS will affect our ranking because now scholars from different parts of the world will not be encouraged to come to Nigeria.

“Imagine somebody come for short six months and because of IPPIS he is not paid from three to four months, whereas, if they are domesticated in the universities, ASUU will pay them.

“Any university can attract scholars from any part of the world and you do not expect scholars to come from India, China, Australia, America or UK and be coming into Abuja to enroll in IPPIS.

“It is ridiculous, and that is what autonomy means, that universities should govern their personnel and their pay role system.

“We are saying it is not safe, we are going to become a laughing stock among committee of universities. 

He argued that IPPIS is not a system used in other part of the world for educational institutions.

“In Ghana, there is something like IPPIS, but universities are not part of it. There is nowhere in the world that payroll is centralised and managed by consultants.”

He noted that an alternative template that could work is the implementation of a “Governing Council’ that would govern and manage the payroll of ASUU members. 

“If government does that, it is the council that the government will hold responsible, that is what the law says, and where a council is found to be corrupt, or incompetent, that council should be dissolved and another council should be put in place.

“Our proposal is that there should be a mechanism that will enable the government to monitor the payroll system and the personnel. At the appropriate time, we will release it to the Nigerian public.

“The mechanism, when we centralise the payroll system of academics in Nigeria, you are taking a risk, cyber criminals can break into it at any time.

“There is nothing you put on the internet that cannot be hacked and that is not accessible in any part of the world.”

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