The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to go on strike if the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Ahmed Idris stops the payment of lecturers salaries this month, January.
The Federal Government, in a move to ensure that the Federal Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education staff enrol on the IPPIS, announced that their salaries will be paid on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with effect from January 2020, implying that salaries of those that fail to comply, will be stopped.
Reacting, ASUU vowed to activate no-pay -no-work action, if the FG makes good its threat.
The union’s Chairman at the University of Ibadan, Deji Omole, argued that ASUU was ready to pursue her stand on autonomy and infringement on FGN-ASUU agreement which IPPIS would erode.
He stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari earlier assured that he would look into the matter and set-up a committee to harmonise UTAS and IPPIS tabled before him during their last meeting.
Omole insisted that the varsity lecturers would not be intimidated to let an “undemocratic public servant like Accountant General of the Federation to ridicule tertiary education.”
“Only patriots can work in our hellish condition. 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 be subjected to routine humiliation by government appointees,” the ASUU boss said.