The Academic Staff Union of Universities says it will decide whether or not to call its members to go on a nationwide strike following the Federal Government decision to stop salaries of lecturers who have not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zanaib Ahmed had told newsmen at a management retreat in Kano on Thursday, that Federal Government would this week pay February salaries of its workers, including university lecturers, who had registered on the IPPIS and that lecturers who are yet to enroll in the IPPIS will not get their salaries to ensure transparency.
The finance minister said 55 per cent of ASUU members had registered for the IPPIS, saying, “the ones that have not are not getting their February salary.”
But ASUU kicked against the directive on the grounds that it negated the principle of autonomy of universities.
The union directed its members to shun government officials sent to universities between October 25 and November 7, 2019, for the purpose of enrolling workers in the IPPIS.
A source at the Enugu meeting of ASUU said the lecturers had been asked to go on strike if their salaries were stopped.