The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Port Harcourt Zone, has described the proposed introduction of the Integrated Payroll Payment Information System (IPPIS) to universities as an attempt by the Federal Government to underfund public universities.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday, the Zonal Coordinator of the union, Uzo Onyebinama, said the IPPIS would upset the fragile balance in the Nigerian university system.
“IPPIS in the universities is part of the programme of government to undermine and underfund public universities to deny poor Nigerians access to education,” he said.
Onyebinama also disagreed with the claim by the Federal Government that the integrated payroll system would eliminate corruption.
ASUU is opposing the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, who at the 2020 budget presentation in the National Assembly on October 8, ordered that all public sector workers to register for the IPPIS to save cost and fight corruption.