Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has insisted that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) can’t dictate to the Federal Authorities what platform is for use in paying their salaries.
Addressing journalists after receiving the presidential Nomination Form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) bought for him by the Project Nigeria Group, Nwajiuba acknowledged that lecturers ought to tackle issues on fee of their salaries within the ambit of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Info System (IPPIS).
He additionally appealed to the striking lecturers to return to the classroom because the Federal Authorities is working to handle some of their considerations.
The Minister stated;
“It’s impractical and incongruous to continuously anticipate that any individual who’s paid a salary continues to dictate to the someone who pays him: ‘This is how you will need to pay me’. This is where this anomaly is.
“We’ve pleaded with ASUU that ‘If there any areas where your salaries fall brief, kindly handle them within the ambit of IPPIS because that’s what the government has now.’”
Nwajiuba who additional claimed that the strike embarked upon by ASUU was uncalled for, additionally expressed fear over the influence of the union’s action on the education of Nigerian students.
“Why they’ve chosen to go on strike over this (IPPIS) is what you and I can explain. There’s nothing that ASUU wants that we have not agreed to. We want them to return to classes so that students can return to class.
“As the nation earns, we pay them. Because the nation makes cash, they would get cash. What we don’t want is for the children to miss the chance of their own time because there’s a timeframe within which children must develop. The child can’t wait. It is important that ASUU returns to class.”
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