ASUU set for strike as FG insists on NO IPPIS, NO SALARY
The Academic Staff Union of Universities will this week decide whether or not to call upon its members to proceed on a nationwide strike following the decision of the Federal Government to stop salaries of lecturers who have not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
Reports gathered that ASUU held its National Executive Council meeting at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, on Saturday and Sunday, where issues such as the IPPIS and the Federal Government’s failure to honour the 2009 agreements were discussed.
It was learnt that the Federal Government would this week pay February salaries of its workers , including university lecturers , who had registered on the IPPIS .
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning , Zanaib Ahmed, in an interview at a management retreat in Kano on Thursday, had said lecturers who did not enroll for the IPPIS would not get their February salaries.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) had in October last year directed all Federal Government workers to enroll in the IPPIS to ensure transparency .
But ASUU kicked against the directive on the grounds that it negated the principle of autonomy of universities.
The union directed its members to shun government officials sent to universities between October 25 and November 7, 2019, for the purpose of enrolling workers in the IPPIS .
On Thursday, the finance minister said 55 per cent of ASUU members had registered for the IPPIS , saying, “ the ones that have not are not getting their February salary . ”
The chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayoola Akinwole, said the union would respond appropriately when February salaries were paid. Akinwole said step to be taken by the union depends bon whether the FG would make good it’s threat or not.
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