The Academic Staff Union of Universities has again dismissed the directive of the FG that students of Public University should resume. This is as a result of the Insincerity displayed by the FG during negotiations.
This was made known by the ASUU president-Prof Biodun Ogunyemi on Monday. According to him, lecturers would not resume on an empty stomach.
Similarly, the Non-Academic Staff Union and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities began a 14-day warning strike over the adoption of the IPPIS in universities and non-payment of minimum wage to their members.
The two bodies-NASU and SSANU claim that the System was not transparent, saying many of its members were being cheated.
You will Recall that the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu had earlier announced that all Public Universities should resume on October 12.
“I want to assure Nigerians that while the AGF may claim that he is achieving his objectives by humiliating some lecturers, we have a vast majority of our lecturers who are resolute and they are ready and steady in the ongoing struggle and at the appropriate time the showdown will come and Nigerians will see the truth about what is behind the IPPIS,” Ogunyemi stated.
Efforts to contact the Director of Information in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation,Henshaw Ogubike proved futile as he didn’t respond to questions directed at him despite requesting questions be sent to his phone.
Meanwhile,the Minister of State for Education,Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has stated that lecturers had migrated to the IPPIS as he affirmed the payment of their salaries.
He said, “I think every ASUU member has been paid. They received their last salary in July, which was the period transfers were made last. What they haven’t received are their August and September salaries.”
On the allegations against the Accountant-General of the Federation, he said funds for salaries were not being given to universities, but paid into individuals’ accounts.
He also stated that, “You remember that the President gave a directive that they should be paid, so they submitted their details which were then used to migrate them to the IPPIS. So while they were still protesting that they didn’t want to be on the IPPIS, the IPPIS platform accommodated and paid them.