Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday directed its members to disregard the circular from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation mandating enrollment of academic staff on the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) from Monday, November 25.
ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Professor Deji Omole, in a statement said the same Accountant General of the Federation had challenged the Union to develop a template that accommodates the peculiarities of academic staff and present same to him.
ASUU cautioned that its members should not submit themselves to be enrolled in the slave plan of the Accountant General, adding that ASUU leadership were still in discussion with the federal government in a bid to develop a more robust template.
According to the statement, “This is to remind you that the Union’s position on IPPIS has not changed. Pending the resolution of the matter evidence, of which shall be communicated to all members of our Union, no member of the union is to enlist on the platform. NEC position on the matter has not been reviewed, therefore NO ASUU MEMBER IS TO FILL THE FORM or submit their bio-data before any team.’’
The University of Ibadan ASUU Chairman said, “the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as an academic understands these peculiarities and had benefitted immensely from the peculiarities.
“No ASUU member should appear before the Accountant General team until further directive of the Union.
According to it, “We are not slaves that can be subjected to routine humiliation from the office of the accountant general. No nation has ever developed or survived through the humiliation of her intellectuals. United we bargain, divided we beg.”
It added that ASUU supports the fight against corruption, the union vowed to resist attempt by the government to trample on the existing University autonomy Act, saying, “it is not opposed to IPPIS but the current template will undermine the uniqueness of university academic and the autonomy.”
The union urged its members to remain steadfast and stand firm.