The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that the proposed strike over the directive of the Federal Government to enrol its members into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System has been suspended
We earlier reported that the ASUU members planned to embark on strike this November if the Federal Government withholds October Salaries over the issue of IPPIS
According to the President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a phone interview, the union had decided to maintain status quo, pending further meetings.
He mentioned that the Senate has intervened in the matter and the union are engaging the Senate and the union has received assurance from the Senate that ASUU members will be paid when other workers are paid
He added that the union is proposing another template which would factor in the peculiarities of the universities and promote their interest.
“The point we are making is that we have visited the Senate President, told him that there is an alternative to IPPIS, the IPPIS as we see it, will not promote the interest of the university, there is no university or country in the world where the payment of university workers is centralised with the government.”
On the World University ranking, Ogunyemi stressed that enrolling its members would affect Nigeria’s status, and discourage visiting lecturers to come into the system.
“IPPIS will affect our ranking, because now scholars from different parts of the world will not be encouraged to come to Nigeria.