ASUU plans showdown against FG

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, leaders have summoned an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to plan a showdown with federal government over what the union called government’s planned imposition of Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) on members.

According to PM News, the President had reportedly directed that any worker not on the IPPIS would no longer get salary.

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Also, the Chairman of the University of Ibadan (UI) chapter of the union, Professor Deji Omole, on Sunday said ASUU was not against accountability but would resist any attempt by the government to violate existing laws and autonomy of the university.

Adding that the union had offered to assist the federal government in designing the appropriate template but they preferred what he called the ‘World Bank-designed exploitative template.’

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He said the government template would enslave intellectuals as it does not make provisions for payment of arrears on promotion, study leave allowance, responsibility allowance, among others.

Prof Omole also noted that the template was designed to phase out university lecturers above 60 years, saying it is against the new policy of 70 years retiring age.

“Forceful imposition of IPPIS on university workers is a violation of the university autonomy act. It is, therefore, illegal. While ASUU is not against accountability on the part of the university administrators, government should not be allowed to destroy public universities in its purported claims of fighting corruption.

“Our members should remain focused and committed in our struggles to protect public university education by resisting forceful imposition of IPPIS on university workers,” the union added.

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