The Academic Staff Union of Universities has directed its members nationwide to disregard a circular from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to directing all academic staff to enroll on the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System from Monday, November 25th.
Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, said having lecturers enrolled on the IPPIS was like taking universities back to core civil service. He stressed that the Federal Government would undermine the autonomy of Nigerian universities by insisting on having lecturers enroll on the IPPIS.
He said, “We have proposed to the government that we have an alternative that will address all issues that the government had raised about universities.
“The government needs to test our own model rather than buying into a model that will take universities back to the core civil service.
"With IPPIS, before a Vice Chancellor can employ an academic worker, the VC will have to get permission from the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
“Universities cannot be run within the framework of civil service bureaucracy.
"Universities are universal cities of knowledge creation and they can perform best when they are allowed to operate their system based on the laws establishing them.
“We signed a memorandum of action with government earlier this year and they promised that they will start visitation by March this year. Government didn’t do anything. This is November. When people say ASUU is encouraging corruption, it is cheap blackmail.
“We will destroy Nigerian universities with IPPIS if government should go ahead and force people to enroll.
"You can’t bring lecturers from all over the world and ask them to go and register in Abuja in the ministry. It is ridiculous. We have gone beyond that. They are taking us many decades back. It is sad.”