The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed that it would embark on an indefinite nationwide strike; if the Federal Government (FG) fails to pay the salaries of its members; who refuse to enrol in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
This stance was disclosed on Wednesday, December 11, by Christian Opata; chairman of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) chapter; during a press briefing.
He spoke shortly after an ASUU congress convened to brief members; on the outcome of the national executives’ council (NEC) meeting held recently in Minna, the Niger State capital.
Opata explained that ASUU is unfazed by threats by the FG; also, that the union is used to such rhetorics.
“If the government makes good its threat that academic staff; that did not enrol will not receive salary; ASUU has no option than to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike,” he said.
“ASUU is waiting on government’s final decision on IPPIS enrollment in public universities; before the union will take its own final decision.”
1st News had reported that some ASUU members had registered on the platform; despite the mandate by the union.
The union also vowed to sanction the erring members.
The chairman said the congress agreed to publish the names of all the 153 lecturers; who enrolled in IPPIS in UNN-ASUU notice board so that members will know them;
“This is because ASUU national body said from the beginning; that IPPIS enrollment is a complete violation of university autonomy and illegal.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had issued a directive over IPPIS; to manage the payment of the salaries of all federal government workers; while mandating that anyone not registered on the platform will not be paid.
ASUU had rejected the new system; accusing the federal government of designing it; to suppress the masses in the guise of fighting corruption.
The union had previously threatened strike; which was later suspended pending further meetings with the government.