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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that when President Muhammadu Buhari offered the 2020 finances proposal earlier than lawmakers on Oct. 8, 2019, he vowed that Federal Government Employees not captured on the IPPIS platform by 31st Oct. 2019 would not be receiving their salaries.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a cellphone interview, famous that the union had determined to take care of establishment, pending additional conferences.
ASUU had at totally different fora rejected the deadline, stating that universities operated in another way from the civil service and will, subsequently, not be seen as appendages of ministries, departments and companies of presidency.
“What we have now been saying is that the response of our members will depend upon what occurs within the authorities. Our members will meet on the acceptable time to take acceptable decision.
“The Senate has intervened in the matter and we are engaging the Senate, the Senate has appealed to us for now, When they pay other workers, they pay them also,” he stated.
According to him, the union was proposing one other template which might issue within the peculiarities of the schools and promote their curiosity.
“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.”
On the World University rating, Ogunyemi careworn that enrolling its members would have an effect on Nigeria’s standing, and discourage visiting lecturers come into the system.
“IPPIS will have an effect on our rating, as a result of now students from totally different elements of the world won’t be inspired to return to Nigeria.
“Imagine someone come for brief six months and due to IPPIS he’s not paid from three to 4 months, whereas, if they’re domesticated within the universities, ASUU can pay them.
“Any college can appeal to students from any a part of the world and you don’t anticipate students to return from India, China, Australia, America or UK and be coming into Abuja to enroll in IPPIS.
“It is ridiculous, and that’s what the autonomy means, that universities ought to govern their personnel, and their pay function system.
“We are saying it’s not protected, we’re going to develop into a laughing inventory amongst committee of universities.
“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, nonetheless, famous that what the union wished was a “Governing Council’ that will govern and handle the payroll of ASUU members.
“If authorities does that, it’s the council that the federal government will maintain accountable, that’s what the legislation says, and the place a council is discovered to be corrupt, or incompetent, that council must be dissolved and one other council must be put in place.
“Our proposal is that there must be a mechanism that can allow the federal government to watch the payroll system and the personnel. At the suitable time, we are going to release it to the Nigerian public.
“The mechanism, after we centralise the payroll system of lecturers in Nigeria, you take a danger, 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.”
He careworn that the IPPIS will erode autonomy of the union, noting that the schools are distinctive setting, and are known as “universal cities, because they are universal market places of ideas.”
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