Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi, President of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has commanded all members of the union across the country not to fill the personnel verification forms being sent by the Budget Office of the Federation to all Nigerian universities.
The President gave the order in a letter written to all the chairmen of the union across various public universities in Nigeria.
According to a copy of the letter that given to journalists on Sunday by the chairman of the chapter of the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Prof Deji Omole, Prof Ogunyemi said that the recent 2019 personnel verification exercise was only a plot by the Federal Government, to discretely force in lecturers of public universities into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
A part of the letter that was released reads that: “The attention of the leadership of the ASUU has been drawn to a circular from the Budget Office of the Federation, directing members of our union to participate in a Personnel Verification Exercise, designed for selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“An item on the form requires the supply of IPPIS no. This suggests that the so-called exercise is a disguised way of bringing back the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which our union rejected in the past with informed arguments.”
He further advicd all the concerned lecturers not to fall into the trap of the government, and should henceforth disregard the message of the verification forms.
“All chairpersons are advised against falling into the trap of forceful migration to the IPPIS. All chairpersons are strongly advised to discourage their members from completing the form under reference until the union reviews its position on the IPPIS.”
Likewise, the chairman of ASUU in the University of Ibadan, Prof Deji Omole, has explained the reason why the reason why AASU continues to stand against IPPIS.
“The current state of IPPIS cannot accommodate the peculiarities of our job as scholars.
“Members of our union should equally recall that the union has been engaging the Federal Government with a view to making relevant authorities to appreciate the implications and position of ASUU on the matter since 2014.
“Pending the resolution of the matter, evidence of which shall be communicated to all members, no member of the union is allowed to enlist in the IPPIS,” he explained.