The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, said that the integrated staff payroll information system, as a payment platform for university employees, is not suitable for the Nigerian university system.
The former University of Ilorin Vice-Chancellor, who has been adamant that he is not a fan of the Universities Academic Staff Union, said the union has a point to make regarding their pay.
Oloyede said so during a virtual lecture titled “Synchronizing the Cacophony: Interrogating Some Conceptual and Perceptual Issues in the Topology of Nigerian Higher Education,” held in honor of a former Executive Secretary of the Commission. National University, Professor Peter Okebukola, on the occasion of his 71st birthday. .
He said: “I am not a fan of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, but they are right here. The IPPIS is not adapted to the university system.
“Let me cite an example, when I was a VC at the University of Ilorin, I went to Australia on an official mission and there I met a Nigerian who had a PhD in a field of botany where we lacked manpower.
“I spoke with the man and convinced him of the need to work with us and he agreed. Immediately I phoned the Dean of the Faculty of Science and told him about the development and that’s thus we obtained the services of the man.He is now a professor in one of the universities in the country.
In the lecture, Oloyede also called for restraint in the creation of universities by government agencies, noting that there were institutions already created that could respond to the formation of other agencies.
He added that the government should instead focus on adequately funding the already existing universities in the country.
“Also, we have to be careful about the number of universities we have, especially those that are created by government agencies and the military.
“We already have the Nigerian Defense Academy which trains officers for all arms of the army. We also have the Police Academy which trains police officers, it can also help train paramilitaries.
“In this regard, we don’t need more than one or two. If we are not careful, we will soon have the “University of road safety” or the “University of civil protection”. Adequate funding of existing universities should be our goal,” Oloyede added.