*alleges FG attempting to forcefully enrol its members
By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU ) on Wednesday protested non-implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to pay lecturers’ in the nations’ public varsities their three months withheld salaries
ASUU also raised alarm of plans by the Federal Government to forcefully enrolling its member on its IPPIS scheme through .the “back door demand for BVN number by the Accountant General of the Federation to pay” their three months old owed salaries was a violation of the unconditional directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari.
National President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi in a strike Bulletin sent to the union members across the country stressed that he was yet to receive any response to the protest letter written to the SGF on the failure to pay lecturers unconditionally as directed by President Buhari.
“Forceful enrolment of our members on IPPIS was the primary motivation for introducing BVN conditionality by some government agents, contrary to Mr President’s directive. From information available across our branches, the marketers of IPPIS have failed in their plan. However, they may want to try again. So be watchful.” he said.
The ASUU President while thanking the union members and their families for standing with the Union on the struggle for the revitalization of the university system during the COVID-19 lockdown and non-payment of salaries, charged Nigerians and academics taking part in the COVID-19 intervention to adhere to prescribed guidelines and take responsibility for their safety.
The Chairman of the University of Ibadan Chapter of the Union, Professor Ayo Akinwole on his part said “it is important that Nigerians know that lecturers have always been paid centrally through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) which is domiciled in and operated from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
Professor Akinwole maintained that “a government preaching rule of law must learn to obey the law of the land rather than resorting to forceful imposition saying, “this is democracy and not military government.”