The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has advised the Union of Academic Staff Universities (ASUU) to file their planned protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence on the full implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS ).
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that In a statement signed by its president, Mr. Niyi Akinsiju, BMO said that such action could truncate the academic year without problems throughout the country.
“ASUU should not be allowed to be seen as saboteurs of a scheme that is eliminating phantom workers and improving the efficiency of payroll administration in public universities,” the statement told reporters Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, the ASUU plan for a confrontation over IPPIS can easily be interpreted as the fight against corruption.
“This is a scheme that, since 2017, has saved the country more than N230 billion that could have gone to private pockets through the fictitious payment of salaries and pensions, according to the Office of the General Accountant of the Federation (AGF).
“Since President Buhari issued a directive that all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA), salaries and personnel costs of the Consolidated Revenue Fund are registered in the IPPIS, even the Police and the Armed Forces have registered.
“But surprisingly, a group that is seen as a collection of intellectuals is at the forefront of opposition to its full implementation,” said the president of BMO.
According to him, ASUU is based on its position on the basis that IPPIS will erode the autonomy of the university system and the peculiarities of its earned allocations.
“However, Nigerians are aware that Buhari, in his speech on the budget at a joint session of the National Assembly on October 8, made it clear that any individual or group that has not signed up for the October scheme will lose Your wages.
“So, can we say that ASUU is threatening a confrontation to blackmail the government to maintain a system plagued with corruption that has cost the country several billion naira over the years?
“This is not a good development and we wonder what university professors are really doing, which can easily be interpreted as flagrant approval of corruption.”
Akinsiju urged ASUU to desist from mobilizing its members for a strike, even when records show that the Federal Government agreed to take into consideration the peculiarities of the university system.
“We invite Nigerians to keep in mind that sometimes, in July of this year, government officials, led by the General Counter of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, held a meeting with all university unions, including ASUU, in the boardroom of the National Commission of Universities (NUC), on the operation of IPPIS.
“This was a follow-up to a previous meeting in June with the vice chancellors, registrars and economists of all federal universities, on the need to comply with presidential directives on politics.
“An NUC record of the meeting with the unions shows that the General Accountant emphasized that the university community’s fears about politics had been taken into consideration.
“It was said that Idris had specifically said that, although his concerns were genuine, the scheme was flexible enough to accommodate the peculiarities of the payments,” said the president of BMO.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that According to him, these payments include sabbatical leave, part-time programs, visits, payment of outsourced services and earned allocations, among others.
“We also know, in fact, that the AGF told the unions that the centralized payroll would be prepared by individual universities and that they would take care of the human resources element.
“Then, why only ASUU, of all unions, would affirm that the autonomy of universities will be eroded? We also noticed that teachers recently raised a ridiculous argument about the constitutionality of IPPIS!
“ASUU must avoid a situation in which it would be seen as a union that is contrary to accountability in the university system, especially because the country has the possibility of saving more money once public university workers get caught in the cost savings scheme.” said.