From INI FRIDAY, Uyo
Citing arbitrariness, the Calabar Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities,(ASUU) has blamed Vice Chancellors(VCs) of some universities in the country for manipulating the processes of appointments and promotions in the system.
The ASUU Zonal Chairman, Dr Aniekan Brown explained that the affected VCs were conniving with the staff of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS), using the closure of universities and the COVID-19 lockdown to achieve their plots.
Brown stated this yesterday at a media briefing in Uyo, adding that the union would stop at nothing to expose the fraud and invalidate products of any rigged process in the country’s university system.
He said, “It will shock you to note that in the face of the ongoing industrial dispute by the union, COVID-19 lockdown and closure of schools (particularly, universities), some VCs are rigging the processes of appointments and promotions; in some cases with active connivance of staff of IPPIS. Our Union will expose such and stop at nothing in invalidating products of any rigged process.
“You know there are procedures of appointments and promotions in the university system. But these VCs are conniving with these IPPIS staff to raise new sets of appointments, some of whose qualifications are in doubt”.
Brown cautioned such VCs against clamouring for the reopening of universities, saying their intentions was to exploit Nigerians via school fees
He said there was no evidence that COVID-19 protocols and advisories would be adhered to when such schools reopen.
“Some universities serving as cash cows to government are clamouring for reopening of universities. The very impetus for this is to continually exploit Nigerians via school fees.
“Regrettably, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 protocols and advisories will be enforced. One thing is obvious, they do not care about the safety and lives of Nigerians; all they care is how to exploit the system for their personal benefits. They are capitalists. They are given to cupidity. With this, we have blown the whistle,” he said.
Brown who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Uyo, said that despite nonpayment of salaries for months, members of the Union had resolved to go ahead with the struggle for the betterment of public universities in the country.
He said in the face of ravaging pandemic the Union came up with the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions(UTAS)as an alternative to what he called “fraud-infested IPPIS”, and called on the education sector managers to subject it to integrity test.