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News - South West - Osun Updated: December 18, 2023

President Tinubu commended for removing federal tertiary institutions from IPPIS 

By Francis Ezediuno
December 18, 2023
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President Bola Tinubu has been commended for ordering the removal of federal tertiary institutions from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

The commendation is contained in a speech delivered by Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Oye Ekiti, FUOYE during the annual leadership retreat organized by the Student Affairs Division in Ede on Tuesday.

President Tinubu last week directed that Federal Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education be removed from the IPPIS.

The Presidential directive is also coming as a relief for the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who had been at loggerheads with the Federal Government over the IPPIS.

ASUU had maintained that the IPPIS was against the clamour for autonomy for the ivory tower in the country.

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Prof. Fasina also urged the Federal Government to accelerate the process of making universities more autonomous held that it empower Vice Chancellors to hunt for the best brains from any part of the world without his hindrance by government bureaucracy.

While expressing optimism that the autonomy which the universities clamoured for would be a catalyst for educational advancement in Nigeria, he added that the president's action was a clear demonstration that he has listening ears.

"This step, alongside the reversal of the earlier proposed 40% remittance of our IGR to the government, is a clear demonstration of Mr President’s listening ear, innate understanding and kind disposition to the yearnings and aspirations of the Staff, Students and other Stockholders in the educational sector. 

"I can assure Mr President that the autonomy which the universities clamor for will be a catalyst for educational advancement in Nigeria. 

"I’d like to appeal to the Federal Government to accelerate the process of making Universities more autonomous.

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"It was a glorious past when Vice-Chancellors could hunt for the best brains from any part of the world without being encumbered by the bureaucracy of office of the Head of Service, IPPIS and the likes. 

"The Governing Council should be allowed to take full charge of the University administration with occasional checks and balances from the Visitor."

The FUOYE VC also used the forum to appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to be more readily disposed to constructive engagements with the stakeholders.

He maintained that such move will attract more welfare packages to its members.

"What the committee of the Vice-Chancellors achieved in terms of exit from the IPPISS and the reversal of the proposed 40% IGR remittance is a lesson in diplomacy and tact for ASUU. 

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"Chinua Achebe’s time honored words are instructive 'even when there was disagreement, one had to be discordant with respect'.

"Our goal as academics is to constructively search and nurture that 'creative spark', deep scrutiny and connections within the wider society that will oil our own development. 

"We cannot afford to be totally ensconced in rigid ideological posturing without taking cognizance of the dynamics of a fast growing society."

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Francis Ezediuno

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