From Gyang Pam, Yola
The Yola zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is fighting for the rights of the academic and rights of all Nigerians by ensuring that their rights are resolved and not infringed upon.
This is so because of 95% of Nigerian students are in public schools.
At a Press Conference on Monday at the N.U.J. Press Centre, Yola the Adamawa State capital, spokesman for the zone. Professor Augustine Ndagbu disclosed that they decided to grant the press conference in response to government propaganda that the union was against IPPIS that government alleges that the union wants to shield the corruption going on in the universities.
Professor Ndagbu said, “we are compelled to set record straight before the Nigerian parents, students, civil society organizations and indeed the entire nation that ASUU as a union is an anti-corruption crusader and will never aid or abate corruption in whatever guise”.
The ASUU chairman said the major contention at the union’s rejection of IPPIS is the inability of the IPPIS template to capture the peculiarities of the Nigerian university system usurpation of university autonomy as well as erosion of the previous agreements between the Federal Government of Nigeria and ASUU.
Besides says the ASUU, the fact that IPPIS is not backed by the law.
Addressing newsmen further, the ASUU noted that the system does not, for example, capture the remuneration of the staff on sabbatical external examiners, external assessors, promotion arrears and earned academic allowances.
“Furthermore, it does not address the movement of staff as the case of visiting adjunct, part-time consultancy services as well as payment of salaries in the universities to experts in Teaching Hospitals who are also university lecturers”, they added.
ASUU laments that IPPIS does not permit timely replacement or recruitment of staff that suddenly become unavailable due to brain drain, sickness, death or other unforeseen circumstances.
ASUU also touched on the erosion of previous agreements between the Federal Government and ASUU who have severally engaged the government in industrial disputes which culminated into a number of signed agreements all with the aim of standing the Nigerian university system.
ASUU warned that if care is not taken, all these gains may inadvertently be sacrificed on the altar of IPPIS thereby running down the public university system in Nigeria the unfortunate way the public and secondary schools have already gone.
They accused the Federal Government of foot-dragging towards the renegotiation of FGN/ASUU 2009 agreement which should have been renegotiated in 2019.
ASUU Yola Zone comprises of Adamawa State University (ADSU) Mubi, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, (MAUTECH) Taraba State University (TSU) Jalingo, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID and Yobe State Univesity(YSU) Damaturu.