Dr Christian Opata, a tribal leader of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the association’s dismissal of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information Management System (IPPIS) has nothing to do with its present strike. Opata, who is the Chairman of ASUU, University of Nigeria, Nsukka section, said this on Monday while instructions newsmen on the extended cross country activity.
He said the preparation was to address the “falsehood” in a public every day, where it was claimed that the association left on its activity in light of IPPIS.
According to him, ASUU went on strike because Federal Government failed to honour the 2009 agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it entered with ASUU. “ASUU didn’t go on strike because of a misunderstanding with government on IPPIS as platform for payment of salary.
“IPPIS issue started in 2018, before then, ASUU has been calling on government to honour the 2009 agreement and various MoUs it entered with government.
“In the 2009 agreement and MoUs, government agreed, among other things, to release money to revitalise the decaying infrastructure in public universities and set up visitation panels to know the condition of the universities,” Opata said. He said that it was mischievous for anybody to accuse ASUU of insensitivity over the plight of students and parents, when government was guilty of reneging on its 2009 agreement and MoUs.
Opata said the ongoing strike could have been averted:-
“on the off chance that administration regarded and actualized its 2009 understanding and MoUs with ASUU. He said the association took solid special case for the element story in the public every day. “The author isn’t reasonable for ASUU, which has been battling to guarantee the revitalisation of state funded colleges to guarantee that understudies rival their partners all around the world,” he said. (NAN)