The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Calabar Zone, said the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) introduced by the federal government is not in tandem with the operations of the university system and should be dropped for the general interest of higher education in Nigeria.
ASUU-Calabar Zone Coordinator Aniekan Brown, who said this while speaking to reporters after his emergency zone meeting held at the University of Calabar on Wednesday, said there were flagrant cases of neglect and close to the decimation of public university education, but swore that the ASUU union pledged to resist for the life and preservation of the quality of public university education in Nigeria.
Attending the meeting were Victor U. Nkemdirim (Chairman, ABSU), Inyang Udosen (Chairman, AKSU), Patrick Ineji (Chairman, CRUTECH), Ikechuku Igwenyi (Chairman, EBSU), Ogugua Egwu (Chairman, FUNAI), Edor. J. Edor (Chairman, UNICAL), Happiness Uduk (Chairman, UNIUYO) and Nsing Ogar (IPZC and Head, State & Private Universities Commission, ASUU)
Brown argued that although ASUU’s struggles are misunderstood, there is no resolving outstanding issues in the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, including the integrated payroll and information system. on Personnel (IPPIS) versus the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) option with the Federal Government. unpatriotic attempt to discredit locally developed software, the revitalization of public universities, the proliferation and poor governance of state universities, and the scholarships and allowances earned,
Other outstanding issues that need to be resolved also include the non-payment of unpaid salaries to some members (some for more than 25 months), the publication of the government’s white paper on the reports of the visitation commissions sent to universities and the conclusion of FGN/ASUU 2009. Renegotiation of the agreement which was to take place in 2012.
According to him, “IPPIS as a payment system is not compatible with the modus operandi of the university system given the particularities of universities; and generally unfortunate for the welfare of ASUU members. He explained that the IPPIS is a cesspool of corruption as stated some time ago by the Auditor General of the Federation.
Decrying the pitiful situation of state universities, he said that some state governors and visitors to state universities have abdicated their role in funding these universities and instead view universities as revenue-generating entities and their fiefdoms.
He added that these universities are now appendages of their houses of government, independent of prevailing laws, traditions and conventions, even though grants are awarded just as they are run without a board of trustees and the processes of evolution and leadership development programs are abused like the case of Abia and Ebonyi State. Universities where salaries are delayed and split.
He further explained that ASUU developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) following a challenge to the FGN to evolve a credible alternative, but regretted that after all its efforts to prove that the federal government was wrong about ASUU’s ability, the latter changed again. the craft and chose to thwart the software by erecting artificial obstacles.
The Union accused NITDA of working with foreign IT companies to sabotage Nigerians’ efforts by accepting overseas-developed software with its inadequacies, shortcomings and difficulties, rather than encouraging local software developers, adding “NITDA operators and the parent ministry have failed miserably in their mandate and encouraged neo-colonialism.
The Coordinator called for the cooperation and understanding of Nigerians and the general public on ASUU’s position on IPPIS and other outstanding issues affecting the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, as the solutions to all these issues would stem the tide of industrial crisis that has plunged the public. university system in.