OYOGist.com has learned that ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an exclusive interview with newsmen discussed issues related to education and the Federal Government of Nigeria. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi outlined the reasons why university teachers oppose the IPPIS payroll system, saying the system would prevent universities from hiring special educators.
Another problem with IPPIS is that it will make the university the same as any other public institution, which has encountered a decline in popularity and then IPPIS will be leasing to universities.
On the scale of the strike, Ogunyemi accused the federal government of breaking promises they made. The ASUU president said they were working to save the education sector, he said that because of their efforts the federal government had set up the TETFund in 1992. He said the money from the opening of new federal universities in 2011 was saved through the TETFund.
ASUU president spoke about denying them a salary of more than three months. Ogunyemi revealed that they were not afraid of the hunger strike because they were already accustomed to it.
ASUU President says former leaders have done it before; Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha have all withheld their salaries for up to six months. ASUU has said its members will not present their BVN numbers as a condition of pay. The union says this has never been a condition of their pay.
According to Ogunyemi, the IPPIS software does not allow borrowers or short-term contractors to be paid, and they are opposed to the program.