By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the federal government of plotting against its members to forcefully enroll its members into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The University of Benin (UNIBEN) ASUU Chairman, Dr (Mrs) Monday Omoregie Joy and it Secretary, Mr. Fabs C. Amaechina on Tuesday, vowed to resist any attempt by the federal government to erode Universities autonomy.
The union in the statement titled: “IPPIS – The Truth of The Matter”, aligned with the position of the national body of ASUU, argued that: “IPPIS was driven primarily by selfish interests and motivations rather than the much vaunted claim about stemming the tide of corruption.”
The group said if the federal government is really ready to fight corruption, he should disclosed to Nigerians how much it has paid to the firm saddled with the responsibility of the IPPIS.
The duo said the ploy to enlist ASUU into the IPPIS is to emasculate ASUU as a body and abandon all agreements freely reached with it including the renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement.
They also threatened that ASUU will reactivate its mechanism if its members are being denied their salaries on the ground that they failed to enrol into the IPPIS.
ASUU stated that compelling its members to register with the IPPIS negates the autonomy of the Nigerian Federal Universities as enshrined in the Universities Amendment Act 2003 otherwise called Universities Autonomy Act No1., 2007) for failing to accommodate the peculiarities of the Nigerian University System (NUS).
“For the avoidance of doubt, ASUU UNIBEN remains an integral and unwavering party to the collective decision of the union to resist the forceful implementation of IPPIS in the office of the Accountant General of the Federation as (I), which is in gross violation of the autonomy of Nigerian Federal Universities as enshrined in the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Act 2003 (also called Universities Autonomy Act No1., 2007). And (II) it fails to accommodate the the peculiarities of the Nigerian University System (NUS)”, the ASUU chairman said.
According to the group, the decision not to cave in to the wish of the office of the Accountant General of the Federation was unanimously reaffirmed by the Congress of the branch at its emergency meeting of Monday 25th November 2019, held at the ASUU Secretariat Complex, University of Benin where it was resolved that “ASUU UNIBEN aligns with the national leadership of the union on IPPIS and says no to the deployment of IPPIS in its present state.
“To this end, we wish to make it abundantly clear that if any single member of the union is denied his/her salary on account of refusal to be forcibly enrolled onto the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the union shall immediately activate its mechanism for dealing with such aberration”, he said.