Olusakin Babalola, Ibadan
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the Accountant-General of the Federation Ahmed Idris to deal with corruption issues in his office rather describing the Union has endorsing corruption.
The Union said corruption and corrupt practices have become more dreadful under the Muhammadu Buhari administration as those implementing the policies extort and profit from it.
ASUU lashed out at the Accountant General for describing the opposition of the Union against Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) being planned by the federal government as an endorsement of corruption.
ASUU challenged the Accountant General to name the specific ministries where the IPPIS has saved FG 273billion and how many persons have been prosecuted to show the government is serious about fighting corruption.
Chairman University of Ibadan Chapter, Prof Deji Omole while addressing the Congress of the Union stated it will never support corrupt practices but will not allow the federal government to extort her members and make them vulnerable to corruption.
Omole stated that the introduction of Treasury Single Accounts into university system has crippled operations as many departments cannot buy a rim of paper due to paucity of funds.
Despite signing different Memorandum of Action with the Union in 2017 and 2019 to create separate interest yielding accounts for University endowment funds, grants and other funds, the ASUU boss stated that nothing has been done to that effect thereby making universities vulnerable.
“Autonomy of the University is a legal issue and the federal government will not be allowed to trample upon it. The issues here is very clear as the forceful movement of university workers is an act of illegality and ASUU as a responsible union will not fold its arms and allow the law to broken by a mere pronouncement.”