The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi told The Education Report at ASUU University of Lagos branch symposium that there is no going back on the union rejection of IPPIS.
Guest speaker at the symposium, Mr. Femi Falana urged the Federal Government to stop licensing new universities for the next ten years while the existing ones should be properly funded and equip with modern teaching facilities.
Prof Ogunyemi disclosed that the union is working on another alternative platform to the IPPIS and described the government platform as the brain child of the World Bank, IMF and Western countries who are opposed to government funding of public universities.
According to him, the new alternative platform would not be driven by the government but by the university based on their peculiar pay roll system.
The ASUU boss confirmed that the union is working with the National Assembly to resolve the IPPIS issue but did not state if it includes the establishment of the new alternative platform.
Giving reasons why ASUU is opposed to the IPPIS, Prof Ogunyemi said the platform negates the principle of university autonomy, lecturers will be made to operate like core civil service, institutions will require approved of the Accountant General to employ new staff, councils will be castrated with the government platform and VCs will be taking directive from Junior workers in the AG office.
“If we succumb to this pressure and blackmail, we will lose the gains of university autonomy. IPPIS is retrogressive, unacceptable and we will continue to reject it” he explained.
He debunked the insinuations that ASUU was supporting corruption in the university system by rejecting IPPIS, adding that the union has been at the forefront of demanding visitation panels to universities and that members wrote petitions against VCs.