Govt polluting, diluting configuration of Academia with IPPIS - ASUU

The narratives coming from government quarters do not edify what the University stands for.
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ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has claimed that with the implementation of the IPPIS system, the Federal Government of Nigeria is polluting and diluting the Academia structure in the country.

ASUU made the assertion in a statement released by its National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, on Saturday, saying the union would not suspend its ongoing strike action.

Professor Ogunyemi, who issued the statement during a stakeholder meeting at the Union Secretariat at Port Harcourt University, Rivers State, said the government could cause another round of crisis should it push members of ASUU into the IPPIS Scheme.

He observed that, unlike other industries, nothing has been placed in place by the federal government to reopen schools in compliance with the COVID-19 health protocols adding that, “Students’ hostels, lecture rooms and laboratories do not meet standards of schools in other countries”, which he said is one of the reasons for the strike.

“The narratives coming from government quarters do not edify what the University stands for. What they have said about us does not represent what we are doing, but because they have polluted us with those undeserving of the job.

“As we speak, IPPIS is recruiting people without subjecting them to due process of employment. They are polluting and diluting the configuration of Academia.

“We will revisit the whole thing after this strike. Any department or Faculty where you think due process was not followed in recruiting staff, reject them. We will stand by you.

“The Nigerian Project cannot be made possible unless our Universities rise to the occasion. Our stakeholders have a duty to listen to all parties.

“The ASUU strike of 2013 that lasted 6 months, we wrote about 59 letters and had 20 meetings but in this ongoing strike we’ve written about four letters and we’ve had few meetings. We’ve met with the Senate President and the Speaker and several Ministers but the only language they understand is strike action,”
he said.

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