By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday tongue lashed the Accountant-General of the Federation Ahmed Idris over his comment on the IPPIS issue.
ASUU while speaking through its University of Ibadan Chapter Chairman, Professor Deji Omole asked the Accountant General of the Federation “to deal with corruption issues in his office rather than describing the Union as endorsing corruption.
Addressing ASUU Congress in Ibadan, Professor Omole said corruption and corrupt practices have become more dreadful under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as those implementing the policies extort and profit from it, adding that it was wrong for the Accountant General of the Federation to be insinuating that ASUU opposition against Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) being planned by the federal government was an endorsement of corruption.
ASUU while challenging the Accountant General to name the specific ministries where the IPPIS has saved FG 273billion and how many persons have been prosecuted to show the government is serious about fighting corruption 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. “
The ASUU Chairman pointed out that the introduction of Treasury Single Accounts into university system has crippled operations as many departments cannot buy a rim of paper due to paucity of funds, adding 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.
Professor Omole added that nothing has been done to that effect thereby making universities vulnerable, he said, “autonomy of the University is a legal issue and the federal government will not be allowed to trample upon it”, saying , “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 broken by a mere pronouncement.”