The Union of Academic Personnel of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday described the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as an instrument of fraud and corruption perpetrated by the Office of the General Accountant of the Federation (OAGF).
ASUU Zone Coordinator, Lagos Zone, Prof Olusiji Sowande, who stated this at a press conference held at Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, said the government's sincerity in its anti-graft campaign was questioned with the adoption . of IPPIS.
He said: “The request to investigate the massive fraud perpetrated at the IPPIS office fell on deaf ears. This development called to question the government's sincerity in fighting corruption.
“Taking out a $ 140 million loan to purchase software and train employees for the sole purpose of implementing IPPIS is a major fraud on the part of the government, while the same software was offered free by our union on the University's Transparency and Accountability platform . Solution (UTAS).
“Nigerians must be curious about the reason given by the government to impose IPPIS on universities. Our union will not yield to government blackmail and intimidation and will not hesitate to undertake total, comprehensive and indefinite industrial action to combat public universities from the clutches of the jackals that surround the government.
“This is the time for the Nigerian masses to show understanding and join forces with us in this patriotic and legal struggle for the continued existence and survival of Nigerian public universities.
“We insist that the government has a hidden motive behind the desperate and vigorous migration of our members to IPPIS.
"Although the widely reported fraud was perpetrated by IPPIS operators inside and outside the office of the General Accountant of the Federation (AGF), through their agents, AGF has no regrets in convincing ASUU members to register for IPPIS. "
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