University students in Nigeria may experience another set back as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is poised for a showdown with the federal government over planned imposition of Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) on its members.
THISDAY reports that the leaders of the union had summoned an emergency National Executive Council where it was agreed that the leadership of the union at chapter level should begin mobilisation of members for an action against the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The present administration had reportedly directed that any worker not on the IPPIS would no longer receive salary.
The Chairman, ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Deji Omole, while addressing newsmen in Ibadan yesterday said the Union would resist forceful imposition of IPPIS on university workers.
The ASUU boss stated that ASUU is not against accountability but government should not be allowed to destroy public universities in its purported claims of fighting corruption.
Omole revealed that ASUU had planned to assist Federal government create the appropriate template which would factor in the peculiarities of university lecturers in the IPPIS but the government insisted on implementing the World Bank-designed exploitative template.
He stated that the template adopted by the government would phase out university lecturers who are above 60 years which was against the new policy where professors retire at 70 years.
He called on ASUU members to remain committed in the strugggle to prtect the universities from forceful imposition of IPPIS
“Forceful imposition of IPPIS on university workers is a violation of the university autonomy act. It is therefore illegal. While ASUU is not against accountability on the part of the university administrators, government should not be allowed to destroy public universities in its purported claims of fighting corruption. Our members should remain focused and committed in our struggles to protect public university education by resisting forceful imposition of IPPIS on university workers,” he said.