The Academic Staff Union of Universities urged the Federal Government to leave the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System as a condition to call off its ongoing strike in the country.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said this in a statement made available on Sunday in Abuja that the ongoing strike may still linger if the government failed to meet its demand.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had embarked a nationwide strike on March 23th 2020 to press on its demands which include revitalisation, Earned Academic Allowances renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, Visitation Panels, among others.
He said the Union is struggling to ensure that the children of the poor, who cannot afford the prohibitive cost paid in private universities or do not have opportunities to study outside Nigeria, get quality education which is not priced beyond their reach.
ASUU president, therefore, noted that what had stalled meaningful dialogue was government’s insistence that payment of the withheld salaries and other entitlements of its members would only be effected through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
He added that the government was punishing university teachers because they rejected IPPIS, which was imposed on the universities against the provisions of the law on autonomy and universal practices.
He however, said that ASUU was at the final stage of the integrity test of the Transparency and Accountability Solution with the National Information Technology Development Agency, UTAS was developed locally by ASUU members, unlike IPPIS which was engineered by the World Bank.