by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has advised AGF to assist Nigeria and Nigerians in curbing mega-corruption in the many MDAs that have recently been exposed in this bad light.
They also kicked against agitations on the reopening of universities by stakeholders, amidst prevailing and unresolved COVID-19 pandemic and ASUU strike.
Disclosing this, while addressing a press conference at the ASUU Secretariat, University of Jos, on Tuesday, ASUU’s zonal coordinator in Bauchi zone, Prof. Lawan G. Abubakar noted that, their position is that, government should not reopen universities until they have done the needful.
Our correspondent recalls that, recently, there were blames in different quarters by stakeholders accusing ASUU for the inability of the federal government to announce the school reopening.
He stated that, the dimension within what the union has followed about failure of government to make their various university funding, especially the issue of poor funding of tertiary institutions by way of providing standard facilities for better learning.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic has clearly exposed the poor funding of our health institutions and, particularly, the educational institutions, which further shows there are fundamental issues, which need to be addressed.
Prof. Abubakar buttressed that, “The union is not saying, the schools should continue to be closed; but what the union is saying is that neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor the ASUU strike is the reason to justify the continued closure of the practice, but fundamentally the government has failed.
“They have failed to address the obvious issues because there is no commitment to the Nigerian State, the facilities that are needed in the educational and health sectors. It’s not all about pretending; you put protocols in place and there are no facilities to comply with the protocols,” he stressed.
Speaking on the issue of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the union raised alarm over Accountant-General of the Federation’s desperate attempts to impose process in the universities.
The ASUU’s zonal coordinator equally noted that, “The new trend in the desperate attempts of the Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, to implement IPPIS in the universities has exposed his excesses and how he has taken laws into his own hands.
“They have mechanisms to check any form of corruption in Nigerian universities, as is being done in University of Lagos now!”
Prof. Abubakar then appealed to parents and students to reason with them and remain calm, as they are working assiduously to make sure the right thing is done to better the Nigerian Universities system.