*puts members on alert for Industrial crisis
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is now ready for the threat by the Accountant General of the Federation to stop salaries of lecturers this January for failing to enrol into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS)
New Nigerian reliably gathered that academic activities may soon be grounded at public Universities across Nigeria as ASUU leaders have embarked on mobilisation of the union members against the threat by Accountant General of the Federation.
Our Correspondent learnt that a circular from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation ( AGF) was sent to all public universities last week Thursday , with information to with-hold January salary of lecturers who refused to enroll in the IPPIS platform.
Amidst this, ASUU leaders have resolved to activate NO PAY NO WORK as soon as government stops her members’ salaries.
Speaking on Sunday on the,plan to stop ASUU members salary, eacting to the development on Sunday , the Chairman University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Professor Deji Omole said the Union is determined to pursue her stand on autonomy and infringement on FGN-ASUU agreement which IPPIS will erode.
“Our position is that the principles of IPPIS are in contradiction to the principles of the autonomy of the university system and the constitution is clear enough because each university has its legal pattern and it doesn’t have provision for IPPIS and it does not even capture the peculiarities of the university system. We are ready for them. We are not slaves that can can be subjected to routine humiliation by government appointees “, he said.
Professor Omole added, “it is unfortunate that even the President cannot be trusted after assuring the Union to look into the matter and set-up committee to harmonised UTAS and IPPIS tabled before him at the last meeting”.
The University of Ibadan ASUU Chairman noted that the union would not be threatened to allow undemocratic public servant to ridicule tertiary education, he said the move would throw public varsities into another crisis.
Speaking further, Professor Omole pointed out that ASUU rejected IPPIS on point of law, principle and rule of law but has offered an alternative platform which has been named University Transparency and Accountability Solutions ( UTAS ) , which would take care of university peculiarities”, saying, ” if those rulling us are sincere they should ask their sons and daughters who school in Universities in the UK how Universities run.”