Another round of dispute seems to be brewing in the education sector as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the Federal Government through the office of the Accountant General of the Federation to pay outstanding promotion arrears owed its members or risk industrial unrest and disharmony in Nigerian universities.
This followed a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union which was held at the University of Maiduguri.
This disclosure is contained in a statement released by ASUU on Thursday morning where the union stated that it was also disturbed by the news of employment racketeering perpetrated through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Concerns over IPPIS
- The statement from ASUU reads, “NEC noted with serious concern that ASUU members are currently owed several months of promotion arrears arising from distortions traceable to the forceful enrollment of academics on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information platform. NEC observed that the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has failed to address the issue despite several efforts by the union and university administrations.
- “Consequently, ASUU calls on the OAGF to ensure the immediate release of backlog of promotion arrears to our members in the interest of industrial peace and harmony.
- “NEC was disturbed by reports of massive employment racketeering perpetuated by operators of the discredited IPPIS, including scandalous revelations at the recent sittings of House of Representatives’ Probe Panel on IPPIS. NEC observed that the unsavoury trend has eroded university employment tradition in violation of the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2003, and Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions of individual universities. ASUU rejects all illegal appointments sponsored by the IPPIS and its agents in Nigerian public universities.”
What you should know
In a related development, ASUU had in November 2022 warned of the possible breakout of a fresh crisis in the university system if the federal government continues to withhold the salaries of its members in its ‘no work no pay’ policy.
The union called on interested parties and well-meaning Nigerians to put pressure on the federal government to pay its members’ withheld 8-month salaries across the country.
The government had withheld the salaries of the striking university lecturers after they called off their 8 months of industrial action.
Also, earlier in January 2023, ASUU threatened to take the Federal Government to court over the withheld 8 months’ salary arrears.
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