The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday lamented that due to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, introduced by the Federal Government, some university lecturers were losing up to 70 percent of their salaries.
ASUU also said some professors received N8,000 as monthly salaries for several months.
Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, President of the union, while explaining why ASUU was yet to call off its ongoing strike, said the Federal Government had made a smooth negotiation impossible.
Speaking on Channels TV programme, ‘Politics Today’, Prof. Ogunyemi accused the Federal Government of reneging on agreements with the union since 2013, including frustrating the plan by ASUU to introduce an alternative payment system for university lecturers.
He called for the understanding of students and their parents, saying that as far as they were concerned, they did not have any issue with going back to work but wanted more sincerity on the part of the government.
He said, “People are losing about 50 to 70 percent of their salaries. In fact, there were professors that were paid about N8,000 in some months on our campuses. So, we don’t expect something otherwise because that platform is not meant for the university system.
“If people are going back to the universities and they will be paid half or less of their usual salaries, how can we cope with that? And salary is not the only issue, like I said, there were allowances that were discussed; there was the issue of salary scale.
“If we have been on the same salary structure for 11 years, I think our members have the right to say, No, that cannot happen. Government has made it difficult for smooth negotiation.”
Recall that ASUU embarked on an industrial action about eight months ago across the country, following its dispute with the Government over their insistence on the implementation of the IPPIS in the payment of university lecturers’ salaries and allowances.