EXCLUSIVE: IPPIS Compromises University Autonomy - ASUU
By Kenneth Odoeme
Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Dele Ashiru has stated that the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) program initiated by the federal government violates the autonomy of universities.
Dr. Ashiru stated this during an interview on 99.3 Nigeria Info, Lagos.
According to him, “the program inhibits the ability of Universities to flexibly engage experts that are dearly needed in Nigerian universities for the delivery of its core mandate.”
He further stated during the interview that “the enrollment in such system would mean the autonomy of the universities is compromised if only one individual is saddled with the responsibility of recruiting and paying lecturers in federal universities in Nigeria”.
With this position, the existing dispute between the government and members ASUU over the integration of academic staffs of Nigerian Universities into the payroll system might linger.
The federal government recently insisted that staff of universities across the country have been enrolling into the IPPIS. Meanwhile, ASUU last week gave indications of an impending strike following the disagreement