The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Biodun Ogunyemi, says the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) will destroy the education system in the country.
Addressing the Nigerian Senate on Monday, Ogunyemi also described the system as a scam.
He said forcing ASUU members into the system would destroy the education system in the country.
The ASUU leader said the IPPIS as currently structured, was a violation of the university autonomy as enshrined in Section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act 2003.
He also noted that forcing the university lecturers to get captured in the payroll system would take away the powers of the governing councils of the various universities.
He also said the system would automatically discourage the lecturers from performing at optimal levels because they would be shortchanged with the system.
He said, “It is noteworthy that, contrary to the law expressly backing the governing councils of each federal university to exercise full control over the finances of the universities, IPPIS lacks constitutional backing.
“It is not supported by an Act of the National Assembly. The proposed forceful enrolment of staff of universities in the IPPIS will amount to subjecting the universities to the direction and control of Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
“This is in respect of the payment of staff remuneration, salaries, wages, allowances, etc.
“The OAGF has no constitutional or legal backing to so direct the affairs of universities, the latter being creations of statutes via the Acts establishing the universities.
“This is also the case with the OAGF, with payments made to the staff of the federal universities through IPPIS. Neither the constitution nor any Act of the National Assembly confer such powers on the OAGF.
“The OAGF has been very clear about the status of IPPIS, that it is a policy of the government, backed by a presidential directive. This statement reinforces the position of ASUU on IPPIS that IPPIS is not backed by law and cannot, therefore, be used in whatever guise or circumstance to override laws and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Allowing the implementation of IPPIS in the university system would be tantamount to the OAGF committing grave illegality, which would lead to anarchy within the system. Technically speaking, IPPlS is a scam. It creates more problems than it resolves to buttress.”
Speaking further, he stated, “The AGF claims that the goal of IPPIS is to engender transparency, accountability, and probity in government expenditure.
“One of the biggest challenges of IPPIS is that it poses great threat to our national security.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, pledged that the National Assembly would work towards resolving the issue.
He said, “I’m meeting with the minister of finance to tell us what exactly is to be done.
“We’ll start with you today and then we’ll invite the government’s side so that they can tell us what they are doing.”
NECO dismisses over 70 staff over certificate forgery
The approval for the sack of the affected staff was made at NECO’s 17th extra-ordinary meeting of the Governing Board after vetting a report by a verification committee set up by the management.
The decision was part of a statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani in Minna.
The exam body said that the dismissal of the staff was as a result of a report submitted by a committee constituted to verify the certificates of staff by the management of NECO.
“The certificate Verification Committee carried out its assignment diligently by inviting all staff with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which some staff actually attested that their certificates were fake,” the statement said.
“The Committee also contacted the Schools and Institutions the affected staff claimed to have attended and the Schools and Institutions denied having certificated them.”
It added that the sack is the first phase in the series of the on-going staff certificate verification exercise in the Council.
LASU students to pay additional N150,000 tuition
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said the second stream degree programme was introduced to help deepen the entrepreneurship skills of students of the institution.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Vice-Chancellor as saying, “Our regular Stream 1 programme tuition fee is still N25,000, while medical students pay N37,000.
“But for Stream 2 entrepreneurship programme, the tuition fee is N150,000, aside from acceptance and medical fees,”
However, Fagbohun was said to have refuted speculation that LASU had increased tuition fees for its undergraduate programmes.
It is not clear whether or not the second stream degree programme would be optional or mandatory for students of the university.
According to NAN, Fagbohun said the entrepreneurship programme, which would run along with normal undergraduate degrees, would prepare students to be self-employed and employers of labour.
The Vice-Chancellor added that “Research indicates that small-medium enterprises employ more than 80 per cent of the workforce in Nigeria.
“That is why we have a very close working relationship with SMEs, so they can impact on the university and impart right entrepreneurship skills to the students.
“Before starting, the Stream 2 entrepreneurship programme will go through all the approval processes of the university.
“Critical thing for LASU is quality assurance which means the two-stream programmes will be standard and run successfully together without any programme failing.
“We have a directorate of quality assurance that monitors every programme of the university in order to achieve best practices,” the vice-chancellor said.
He said that entrepreneurship courses would be taught only during the first year of the regular Stream 1 programme, while it would be taught throughout the duration of the Stream 2 programme.
Also speaking, Prof. Martins Anetekhan, Director, LASU Centre for Entrepreneur, said the university was concerned about widespread unemployment among graduates of Nigerian universities.
“After the investigation, we realised that most graduates are not getting jobs because the available job vacancies can not accommodate them.
“It means they have to be skillful and adjust their mindset to become entrepreneurs who can also employ others and contribute to national development.
“Apart from giving them knowledge on normal degree programme, LASU introduced Stream 2 programme so they can also acquire some skills, knowledge through entrepreneurship programmes,” he said.
Anetekhan said that there were 79 different areas of entrepreneurship for the Stream 2 programme and teaching had been arranged such that it would not clash with the normal degree programmes.
“We should all know that entrepreneurship programme is the delivery of handsome skills and LASU partnered with many small scale industries to teach the students,” he said.
Police recount how suspected gunmen killed Taraba school principal
The principal of Government Day Secondary School, Tsokundi Yusuf Yaro, has been killed by gunmen from the Tiv community in Taraba State.
The principal was killed Wukari on Wednesday.
The Taraba state police command confirmed the incident and said it had deployed cops to the community to control outrage that followed the death of the principal.
David Misal, the spokesperson for the command, disclosed this to journalists in Jalingo.
Misal said upon learning of the killing of the school principal, the command quickly deployed men in the scene to avert an escalation of the situation.
“Information indicated that two men on a motorcycle coming from Tsokundi to Wukari were attacked by yet to be identified armed men on Tuesday.
“One died while the other is receiving treatment. We have since mobilized our men to the area for possible arrest,” he said.
The Punch also reported that the Caretaker Chairman of Wukari Local Government Area, Daniel Adi, told journalists that people suspected to be Tiv attacked and killed the principal on his way to Wukari on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Chief Goodman Dahida, has called for proper investigation into the attack.
“The insecurity in southern Taraba has been taken over by criminals. It is possible that what happened was the handiwork of the same criminals.
“I want to appeal for calm and trace the incident with care before jumping into the conclusion that Tiv people are behind the attack,” he said.
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