University lecturers have threatened a “No Pay, No Work” action over the Federal Government’s plan to withhold the January salary of some of their colleagues who failed to enrol on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.
The lectures under aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities issued the threat in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
The ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said a circular by the Federal Government calling for such step was uncalled for, as the union’s engagement with the government on the issue was ongoing.
The Federal Government, through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, had in a memorandum to the Minster of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, ordered the stoppage of the salary of lecturers beginning from January.
The Memo, signed by O.J. Olufehinti for Idris, said the fund for the payment of the salary of the lecturers should not be released for Ahmed based on the IPPIS issue.
Ogunyemi said: “ASUU has a resolution, that should government go ahead to stop the salaries of our workers on the account of the IPPIS, we shall invoke our own resolution of ‘No Pay, No Work.’
“So, that is where we stand.
“We believe that we are engaging them and we believe they will give us the opportunity to demonstrate the aspect of our proposed alternative to IPPIS, which we think will address the peculiarities.
“But if that circular is true and they want to go ahead and stop the salaries of our workers, we shall react and respond appropriately.”
The ASUU president also said he felt the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari three weeks ago was to find a common ground to integrate the two platforms.
He said: “We thought our meeting with Mr. President as we understood is that we should meet and see where there are common grounds and see how we can integrate the two platforms.”
The union had proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution to address the peculiar cases of lecturers in the payment of salaries and other emoluments.