The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to resume its strike if the Federal Government does not pay outstanding promotion arrears owed its members and address the issue of employment racketeering perpetrated through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The body made these known in a statement released on Thursday.
ASUU said it was “seriously concerned” that its members were owed several months of promotion arrears arising from distortions traceable to the forceful enrollment of academics on the IPPIS platform. The union said the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has failed to address the issue despite several efforts by ASUU and university administrations.
ASUU also said it was “disturbed” by reports of massive employment racketeering perpetuated by operators of the discredited IPPIS, including “scandalous revelations” at the recent sittings of the House of Representatives’ Probe Panel on IPPIS. The union said the unsavoury trend has eroded university employment tradition in violation of the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2003, and Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions of individual universities.
ASUU called on the OAGF to ensure the immediate release of backlog of promotion arrears to its members and to take steps to address the issue of employment racketeering through the IPPIS. The union warned that it would resume its strike if the government does not take action on these issues.
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