NIGERIA – As the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU meets with the leadership of the National Assembly today, Twitter users have taken to the platform to react to ASUU’s stance on the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
Earlier in October, President Buhari ordered that all public sector workers must register for the IPPIS to save cost and fight corruption by blocking leakages in the Federal Government’s salary payment structure. However, ASUU opposed this, saying the IPPIS negated the law on university autonomy .
Well, a number of Twitter users are against ASUU on this and they seem to agree with the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, that ASUU’s position was an open endorsement of corruption.
One Twitter user suggested that if ASUU should proceed on their strike because of the IPPIS, the government should fire all lecturers and employ new ones.
@TosinOlugbenga tweeted: “If ASUU should proceed on their illegal strike because of the IPPS, the Federal Govt should just recruit new lecturers to teach in all the Universities. Some of us with Master Degree& PhDs who might be interested in lecturing would have an opportunity to secure those positions.”
@DrJoeAbah tweeted: “The government should use the ASUU rejection of IPPIS as a starting point to the dismantling of the unworkable system of managing tertiary education in Nigeria. No employee should be able to dictate to their employer the payment system the employer should use. Enough is enough!”
But, some took sides with ASUU and explained why the IPPIS shouldn’t apply to them.
@Kwasimodo_ tweeted: “Dr, I shared this sentiment until I acquainted myself with some of the facts of the case. One of ASUU’s grievance is that they can’t hire staff without approval from Abuja. It’s easy to see how private and corrupt interests can hijack tertiary education via this system.”
And @m_malumfashi made a case for ASUU and suggested that “IPPIS software should be modified before Lecturers are enrolled.”
Read some tweets for and against below.