AGF, a frustrated ‘account clerk’, cannot use IPPIS to intimidate us – ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) as a frustrated ‘account clerk’ over the refusal of ASUU members to enrol into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

ASUU revealed that the AGF had in a letter dated 2 December 2019 and signed by Ahmed Idris, advised some Vice-Chancellors who are yet to enrol on the IPPIS to do so on or before 6 December failure of which will attract appropriate sanctions.

A statement from the university teacher’s union condemned the action of the AGF.

“The union condemns the Accountant General of the Federation for threatening to sanction Vice-Chancellors who have refused to enrol into what it called ’fraud platform’,” the statement signed by ASUU chairman at the University of Ibadan, Deji Omole read in part.

Omole, a professor, stated that it was unfortunate that Vice Chancellors have “become errand boys that will now be threatened by an ‘account clerk’.”

According to Omole, “the threat against VCs was an indication of the massive failure being recorded by the government with lecturers not enrolling into the system.”

Omole stated that it is unfortunate that the likes of Mr Idris whose office have continued to extort public University Bursars via unlawful kickbacks is the one claiming he wants to use IPPIS to ensure transparency and accountability.

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The ASUU boss who hailed some Vice-Chancellors who refused to be enslaved added that woe to a nation where intellectuals become errand boys to those who cannot pass ICAN.

“It is a very sad development for any nation having the likes of Idris as the chief accountant of the nation. It takes someone with scholarship to appreciate scholars.”

He added that the union had already offered the government useful suggestions to address accountability, which the IPPIS supposedly represented.

EduCeleb.com had earlier reported that the union was building its own alternative to the IPPIS as it said that the government platform reduces the autonomy of universities.

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