The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has today suspended its planned industrial action.
Earlier it was reported that the ASUU members planned to embark on strike this November if the Federal Government refuses to pay its members’ October salaries over the discord with the government regarding the issue emanating from the Integrated Payroll Personal Information System, IPPIS.
According to the Union’s president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a phone interview, the union had decided to maintain status quo pending the outcome of further meetings with the government.
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 went on to say that the union will be proposing another template which would factor in the uniqueness of all 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.”, Ogunyemi said.
On the World University ranking, he stressed futher 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.”, He concluded.