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ASUU, FG disagree on enrollment of universities into IPPIS

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The Union of Universities of Academic Personnel (ASUU) in Owerri on Monday rejected the Federal Government’s plan to include university workers in the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The Union said it had offered the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS. The zonal coordinator of the Union in the Owerri area, comrade Uzo Onyebinama, said this Monday at a press conference held at the Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the press conference was at the request of the presidents of five ASUU unions at the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Igboaram and the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO).

Others are IMSU, Owerri, Nnamdi Asikiwe University, Awka and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He said the press conference was called to call attention to hot topics that could lead to a violation of industrial harmony in universities and paralyze academic and research activities.

According to Onyebinama, IPPIS violates university autonomy and the FGN / ASUU agreement and did not address the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities.

“Specifically, IPPIS violates and erodes the university autonomy inherent in the provisions of section 2AA of the Miscellaneous Provision (Modification) Act of Universities 2003,” he said.

The ASUU zonal coordinator said that academic activities (teaching, research and community service) in universities had specific milestones with deadlines. Universities are structured to be independent and free from civil service bureaucracy.

As a result, the university establishment is not only flexible and dynamic, but also pragmatic with the main objectives of rapid response to critical demands. IPPIS denies this.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The Union considers the statement of the General Accountant of the Federation (OAGF) that the position of ASUU against IPPIS is an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail.

“ASUU cannot be blackmailed to avoid its sacred responsibility to defend the autonomy of universities.

“The ASUU’s zero tolerance for corruption (individual and institutional) is widely acclaimed. The Union offered the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS,” he said.

Onyebinama said the Union had been clamoring for the constitution of statutory panels of visits to federal universities that had long been delayed, adding that the visiting panels provided the platform to investigate the conduct of university affairs.

He said that the fact that the Federal Government did not investigate the affairs of universities through the instrument of the visiting panels was the true support of corruption.

In the 2009 FGN / ASUU Agreement, he said that the renegotiation attempt that should have been renegotiated in 2012 had failed due to what he called the high hand of a government-formed team.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He claimed that the team acted from a script deliberately designed to thwart the renegotiation exercise.

“For 10 years, salaries and the allocation of staff members have remained constant, despite double-digit inflation and the devaluation of the naira.

“Therefore, we are taking advantage of this opportunity and the media to call on well-intentioned Nigerians to prevail in the FG to terminate the compulsory and compulsory enrollment of universities in IPPIS.

“It should also ensure that the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN / ASUU Agreement concludes without further delay. A stitch in time clearly saves nine.

“Our universities surely need a break from the relentless industrial crisis caused by the insensitivity of the government,” he said.