The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has said that the union is expecting the decision of President Buhari on the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) and other Issues discussed with him last Thursday.
He said this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Amongst the other issues raised, according to Ogunyemi, were the 2019 FG-ASUU Memorandum of Action, and the implication of its non-implementation, as well as its proposal for sustainable funding of education across the country.
ASUU, having been at loggerheads with the Federal Government over directives that ASUU members should enroll in the payroll system, drew up its own model which it calls the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Ogunyemi said that Minister of Finance, Ahmed Zainab, spoke in favour of the IPPIS, and leveled “some unfounded allegations against ASUU in order to portray the union in bad light before Mr. President.”
He added, “Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, alluded to the possibility of ‘marrying’ ASUU’s UTAS with IPPIS.
“President Buhari agreed with ASUU that education, particularly university education, holds the key to the future of the country. The union, on its part, noted with interest Mr President’s comment that the ‘Minister of Education has a lot of work to do’ after which he handed over the position paper of ASUU on the issues raised to the minister for follow-up.”
He denied that President Buhari put a closure to the discussions.
The statement read, “To put the record straight, and contrary to what was reported in the official media, at no point during the meeting did President Buhari put a closure to the ongoing discussion on ASUU’s preference for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution or directed that the salaries of ASUU members be stopped for failure to enroll in IPPIS.
“Any report to the contrary is calculated to mislead not only the public but to weaken the resolve of the academic staff, a large majority of who are standing by the position of our union.”