The controversial Integrated Payroll Process System (IPPIS) introduced by the federal government is a distraction and not part of the reasons for the lingering strike by university lecturers, says Biodun Ogunyemi, the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
University lecturers are yet to reach an agreement with the federal government to put an end to the seven-month-old industrial action.
As a result, universities across the country are yet to resume academic activities over a month since the government ordered the reopening of schools after the COVID-19 lockdown.
The three meetings held with the federal government since schools were reopened have so far ended in a stalemate.
Although the demands of the ‘striking’ lecturers border around the improvement of their welfare and revitalisation of universities, the IPPIS controversy remains one of the issues that both parties do not agree on.
While the federal government has insisted that the lecturers should be enrolled under IPPIS, even if they will migrate to University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), the alternative recommended by ASUU, the union has disagreed, stating that the IPPIS undermines the autonomy of the universities.
Federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities will re-convene again this week wednesday to decide whether the strike will be called off or not.