The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Owerri Branch has rejected in its entirety, the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS), saying it violates University Autonomy and the FGN/ASUU agreements.
According to the union, the IPPIS does not address the peculiarities inherent in the nature and structure of the Nigerian Universities.
Addressing a press conference, in company of other principal officers of the union in Owerri Monday, the ASUU Zonal Coordinator Comrade, Uzo Onyebinama said specifically IPPIS violates and erodes University Autonomy inherent in the extent of provision of section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment) Act 2003.
He further said that the central idea of IPPIS, is the payment of salaries of staff members directly into their individual accounts by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation instead of
through bulk release to the Universities.
The Zonal Coordinator noted that academic activities (Teaching Research and Community Services) in Universities have specific milestone pointing out that consequently, Universities are structured to be independent and free from Civil Service bureaucracy.
According to him, “as a result of this University establishment is not only flexible and dynamic but also pragmatic with the primary objective of rapid response to critical exigencies”.
He insisted that “IPPIS negates this “adding that ASUU views the claim by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, that ASUU’s position against IPPIS is an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail”.
The union, he continued cannot be blackmailed into shirking her sacred responsibility of defending the autonomy of the Universities.He revealed that the Union has been clamoring for the constitution of statutory visitation panels to Federal Universities that have been long over-due, pointing out that visitation panels provides the platform for inquiry into the conduct of the affairs of Universities in the country.