From GYANG PAM, Yola
It has been observed that the Federal Government’s imposition of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) on the University system is rather filled with confusion than one which will help in checking corruption in the University system.
This follows the observation made by the Yola zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at a Press Conference held in Yola the Adamawa State capital on Tuesday.
The zone comprises of Adamawa State University (ADSU) Mubi, Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) Yola, Taraba State University (TSU) Jalingo, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and Yobe State University (YSU) Damaturu.
According to Professor Augustine A. Ndagbu zonal coordinator ASUU Yola Zone, this came to light when a cleaner was overpaid while some professors and senior lecturers collected far below what they should.
ASUU is also frowning at the proliferation of State Universities whose governors do this as their constituency projects not worried at how they could be funded and developed.
According to them, one of the major contentions of their 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 previous agreements between the FGN and ASUU.
They lamented that even then IPPIS is not backed by the law thus vindicating ASUU’s position of total rejection of the platform which generated lots of controversies and contradictions.
“For instance, the payments were replete with under-payments, over payments, lack of third party deductions and outright omissions among other cases”, they stressed.
The North East ASUU called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare a five year State of Emergency in the Education Sector during which at least 26% of FGN budget and same percentage of states budgets should be allocated to education in line with UNESCO standard.
The ASUU Yola Zone therefore called on students, parents and well-meaning Nigerians to understand that the current action is meant to salvage the Nigerian University System in particular and the Education Sector in general.
Our Correspondent reports that the ASUU went on a two week warning strike to Press home her grievances and could embark on a general strike if nothing is done by the Federal Government to come to terms with reality.