In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 01st, September, 2020

‘It is Suicidal’ – ASUU Raises Alarm Over Plans To Reopen Universities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

'It's Suicidal' - ASUU Raises Alarm Over Plans To Reopen Universities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic




The Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised alarm over reviews that some states are reopening public universities amid coronavirus pandemic.


In keeping with TheNation, the union has additionally questioned non-remittance of check-off dues from members’ salaries beneath the Built-in Personnel and Payroll Data System (IPPIS) for about 4 months.


Addressing reporters on the mini- campus of the Olabisi Onabanjo College (OOU) In the past – Iwoye, Ogun State, the Coordinator of the Lagos Zone of ASUU, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, warned it might be “suicidal” for universities to renew in an setting devoid of services to look at protected bodily and social distancing amid the pandemic.


ASUU mentioned no concrete steps had been taken by the governments in any of the nation’s public universities to safeguard the well being of their members and college students from the COVID – 19 pandemic ought to the colleges resume as directed by NUC.


Olusiji, who addressed reporters in firm of department chairmen from the zone – together with Dr. Joel Okewale (OOU), Dr. Adebayo Oni (Federal College of Agriculture, Abeokuta), Isaac Oyewumi(Lagos College, Ojo), Tunji Ettu (Tai Solarin College of Training, TASUED, Ijagun) and Dele Ashiru of the College of Lagos, famous that hostel lodging was insufficient for college students.


He mentioned: “The response of the general public universities to the decision by the Nationwide Universities Fee for his or her readiness to reopen indicated that public universities are usually not prepared.

“Presently, hostel lodging are insufficient, no facility on floor to hold out bodily in giant and crowded courses, water and electrical energy provide are usually not dependable and so on.

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“Reopening tertiary establishments with out taking concrete steps to handle these points can be suicidal. Whereas authorities made preparations for particular bailout funds for airline operators and different non-public entities, no such association was made for public universities.”


Relating to IPPIS deductions, Olusiji accused the Workplace of the Accountant Basic for failing to remit deductions from salaries of members who had been forcefully enrolled on the platform regardless of the union’s protests in opposition to it.


He mentioned: “The quite a few complaints and different noticed gaps in fee by way of IPPIS solely confirmed our suspicion that the platform is a mere enterprise enterprise for some people who’re bent on milking the nation dry.

‘’Cost of wage is incomplete when third social gathering deductions are usually not remitted to the events involved. Examine-offs and different third-party deductions by legislation shouldn’t be held past seven days earlier than being remitted to the involved events. Deducting and failure to remit check-off since February 2020 so far by the Workplace of the Accountant Basic of the Federation (OAGF) isn’t solely unlawful but in addition felony.

‘’Withholding of deducted check-off raises various questions – Who’s maintaining the deductions? The place is the deducted check-off and different third-party funds being saved? Are there escrow accounts being saved by OAGF?

‘’Will curiosity be paid on the withheld funds? On whose authority are these deductions being withheld? In whose curiosity is that this act of criminality and excessive lawlessness being perpetrated? These and plenty of extra questions agitate our members and beg for solutions.”


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