ASUU Accuses VCs Of Using Covid-19 Shutdown For Illegal Activities

ASUU Accuses VCs Of Using Covid-19 Shutdown For Illegal Activities

Iniobong Sunday, Uyo

The Academic Staff Union of Universities,(ASUU), Calabar, Cross River zone, on Monday accused some Vice Chancellors of Nigeria Universities of sharp practices, alleging that they were cashing in on the closure of schools occasioned by Coronavirus (COVID-19) to manipulate the processes of appointments and promotions in the system.

According to the union, the suspected VCs were conniving with senior officials of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPS), using the closure of Universities and the COVID-19 lockdown to achieve their plans.

The Chairman of the coalition of no fewer than seven universities under the zone, and current Chairman of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) branch of ASUU, Dr Aniekan Brown, stated these at a media briefing of the Union in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

He vowed that the Union would stop at nothing to expose the frauds and invalidate products of any rigged process in the Nigeria University system.

“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 explained.

Brown who is a senior lecturer in the department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Uyo, cautioned such VCs against clamouring for the reopening of Universities, saying their intentions is to exploit Nigerians via school fees

He expressed worry that there is no evidence that COVID-19 protocols and other precautionary regimes would be adhered to when such schools reopen.

He said “Some Universities serving as cash cow to government are clamouring for reopening of Universities. The very impetus for this is to continually exploit Nigerian via school fees.

“Regrettably, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 protocols and other safety issues 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 added

The University lecturer said despite nonpayment of salaries for months members of the Union have resolved to go ahead with the struggle for 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 education managers to subject it to integrity test.

“The ball now is on the court of government to subject UTAS to requisite integrity tests as objectively as possible, which our Union had already done, to satisfy itself; we so challenge” the lecturer said.


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