By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday faulted the claim by the Federal Government that it has enrolled over 39,000 lecturers on the controversial Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Chairman of Univrrsity of Ibadan chapter of thr union, Professor Deji Omole accused the Federal Government of promoting fake news with the claim that it has enrolled over 39,000 lecturers on the IPPIS scheme
The union emphasized that the Federal Government “should stop fooling itself” with such ” fraudulent and fictitious” claim, adding “over 90 percent compliance from her highly focussed, dedicated and loyal members”
According to ASUU, it was also ” laughable that a government agency could go on air that it discovered 100 fake professors in Nigerian Universities when it still needed verification of the names from University administrations”, adding that ” a government run on deceit and falsehood is an enemy of growth and development”,
While urging the Federal Government “to stop breaking the law in the name of fighting corruption and offer to help government in anti-corruption fight without breaking the law, ASUU said, .”University Lecturers are different from University workers which the government claims it enrolled”,
ASUU in the statement stressed that the allegation that it was supporting corruption by refusing to enlist on IPPIS and that her opposition “is based on law and the rights and privileges of the university lecturers which the template will trample upon”.
“We have never had it so bad. A government sworn in as civillian but lack democratic words and hate negotiations. A government that cannot fund education. A government that disobeys court orders. That is why we didnt take the government to court on IPPIS because we know the outcome will not be obeyed. The government is now specialist in fake news enrolling fictitious lecturers. Our members stand with their Union. We are fighting a just cause and we have won government. Their desperation stinks and their lawlessness is legion”
Congratulating the first lady, Aisha Buhari on the graduation of her daughter from a foreign university with First Class, ASUU asked the first lady to use “the other room strategy” to make her family give Nigerian children the kind of education her daughter enjoyed abroad