Following the directive by the Federal Government to stop the January salaries of university lecturers who fail to enroll on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), the lecturers say they will implement the ‘No pay, no work’ rule.
University lecturers under aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) say they will down tools if government goes ahead with the plan.
The ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview on Friday disclosed that a circular by the Federal Government calling for such step was uncalled for, as the union’s engagement with the government on the issue was ongoing.
He said: “ASUU has a resolution, that, should government go ahead to stop the salaries of our workers on the account of the IPPIS, we shall invoke our own resolution of “No Pay, No Work’’. So, that is where we stand.
“We believed that we are engaging them and we believe they will give us the opportunity to demonstrate the aspect of our proposed alternative to IPPIS which we think will address the peculiarities.
“But if that circular is true and they want to go ahead and stop the salaries of our workers, we shall react and respond appropriately.
The ASUU president also said that he felt that the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari three weeks ago, was to find a common ground to integrate the two platforms.
“We thought our meeting with Mr President as we understood is that we should meet and see where there are common grounds and see how we can integrate the two platforms, ‘’he said.
The union had proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to address the peculiar cases of lecturers in the payment of salaries and other emoluments.
A letter from the OAGF dated Jan. 23 requested the Minister of Finance and National Planning to stop the release of funds for the payment of January salary of affected academic staff.