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ASUU Strike Update: Nigerians urge FG, ASUU to be considerate over IPPIS

 As the disagreement between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) gets messier, leading to a two-week warning strike by the university teachers, Nigerians have urged the two parties to be considerate in their positions to ease the possibility of reaching a common ground. Some of them, including key stakeholders in the education sector, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), emphasised the need for government and the university lecturers to place the interest of the nation and the young students affected by the impasse, well above any other consideration.

 NAN reports that while the Federal Government insists on paying salaries to only lecturers that have enrolled into the IPPIS platform, the lecturers have vowed to resist IPPIS which they opined is a fraud. In the place of the IPPIS, the lecturers have offered its option – the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) – a model it said would tackle the unwholesome issues around wages payment, which government says IPPIS will eliminate.

 The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, while insisting on the IPPIS, warned that lecturers not enrolled into its portal would not be paid salaries, and indeed actualised the threat by withholding the lecturers’ February salaries which ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, cited as the immediate cause of the latest round of strike.

 The warning strike, he told newsmen last week, is to allow government more time to address the issues or risk a definite strike action. Loading.. Copy video url Play / Pause Mute / Unmute Report a problem Language Mox Player But Nigerians have urged those concerned to remember the place of education in the growth and development of any nation and make sacrifices so as to reach common grounds that could ensure the reopening of the universities. Speaking on the face-off, Prof. Moyosore Ajao, ASUU Chairman, University of Ilorin, advised the Federal Government to continue to dialogue with the union to avert any further crisis. “The only way forward is continuous dialogue with the union; if they discuss with us, there will eventually be resolution to all these issues,” he said. Ajao, however, warned that failure to embark on mutual dialogue would result to “anarchy”, with many casualties. Mr Adeshina Owoyele, the acting Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in Kwara, shares similar sentiments. “ASUU should discuss with its employer, the Federal Government. Both parties should strive to reach a quick consensus in the interest of the common good. “They both claim they want to sanitise the system. It means they both agree that some thing is wrong and needs to addressed. “Clearly, no employer of labour will watch while its employees draw salaries from multiple sources. ASUU’s claim of entrenching autonomy in the university is not tenable and cannot outweigh the allegation that many lecturers draw salaries from different universities.

 

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