The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it will continue to resist enrollment into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS); until the decision is rescinded.
The union threatened that any attempt by the Federal Government to stop members’ salaries; the union would not hesitate to embark on an indefinite strike.
Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU gave the warning in Nsukka on Thursday, February 6; while briefing newsmen shortly after addressing ASUU members at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
He said enrolling in IPPIS amounted to destroying the autonomy and putting obstacles in the progress of public universities.
“ASUU is protecting the autonomy of universities for the interest of Nigerians and generation yet unborn.
“ASUU will continue to say no to enrollment into IPPIS and if the federal government stops our salary; we will stop work.
“IPPIS is an instrument by the government to erode the autonomy of public universities in the country,” he said.
Ogunyemi said that the alternative platform for IPPIS provided by ASUU was better than IPPIS as it was more transparent and university friendly.
“I am surprised that governments refused to allow ASUU to use that alternative payroll platform; that is better than IPPIS.
“IPPIS is not flexible enough to reflect all the flexibility in universities,” he said.
The ASUU boss described as `unacceptable’ a situation; whereby a Vice-Chancellor must take permission from the Head of Service of the Federation before employing academic staff.
“Why the universities all over the world are autonomous is because it can recruit academic staff the university needs at any point in time.
“With IPPIS, it will be difficult for any vice-chancellor to recruit academic staff; as well as for professors outside the country to visit any public university for academics,” he said.
According to him, the government said the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) staff were not expected to enroll; because they generate money for the country.
“If NNPC and CBN generate money, universities generate knowledge and knowledge is greater than money and so universities should be exempted from IPPIS,” he said.