Reps meets ASUU over strike, IPPIS

Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President (Photo: Channels TV)

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday met with officials of the House of Representatives as the two-week warning strike by the union enters day four.

ASUU and the federal government have been at loggerheads over the implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for university academics.

During the meeting, ASUU national president, Biodun Ogunyemi alleged that the government was implementing the IPPIS with a loan of about $140 billion dollars.

Ogunyemi said the union was opposed to the IPPIS because it will limit universities and reduce them to mere local universities which cannot attract foreign scholars.

He said since 2013 when the the platform was first introduced to members of the union, they made their position clear to government on why the policy cannot work and agreeing with the government to set up a joint committee to come out with a workable platform..

According to him, since the joint committee was set up, the union did not hear from the government until July 2019 when the government came up with threats because they had made up their mind in what to do.

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He said the union has challenged the government to tell them any country in the world where the IPPIS is used in the university system, saying “it is just about us. They have said that our opposition to IPPIS meant we are encouraging corruption. But we are the ones that always told them that they are reneging on their responsibility.”

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