The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has dropped plans to embark on strike over the Federal Government’s directive to enrol its members into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, during the presentation of the 2020 budget proposal before lawmakers, 2019, had vowed that Federal Government Employees not captured on the IPPIS platform by 31st Oct. 2019 would no longer receive salaries.
Reacting, ASUU had rejected the deadline, saying universities operated differently from the civil service and should, therefore, not be seen as appendages of ministries, departments and agencies of government.
But in an interview with Daily Trust, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, disclose that the union had decided to maintain status quo.
According to him, “What we have been saying is that the reaction of our members will depend on what happens in the government. Our members will meet at the appropriate time to take appropriate decision.
“The Senate has intervened in the matter and we are engaging the Senate, the Senate has appealed to us for now. When they pay other workers, they pay them also.”
“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,” he added.