The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has begun the mobilisation of its members ahead of planned strike action across the country. Vanguard reports that the leadership of ASUU threatened to embark on strike should the Accountant General of the Federation stop its members’ salaries as projected by the Federal Government over the failure of lecturers under the union to enrol for the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS).
ASUU said its congress members have resolved to activate no pay any work as soon as the government carries on with the plan of stopping its members’ salaries. Speaking on the issue, the chairman of the University of Ibadan Chapter of ASUU, Professor Deji Omole, said the union was ready to pursue her stand on autonomy and infringement on FGN-ASUU agreement which IPPIS would erode.
Omole said the union was disappointed that the president could not be trusted on the promise that the FG will look into the matter and set-up committee to harmonise UTAS and IPPIS tabled before him at the last meeting. He said: “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,” Omole said. Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that ASUU’s national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, said they are expecting the FG to pay salaries of its members by January 31. Ogunyemi said the union saw the circular from the government on social media but are yet to be given an official copy.