The Coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the South-South region, Aniekan Brown, has said that members of the union cannot return to classrooms on empty stomach.
Brown, who is in charge of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Ebonyi states, maintained that in the interim, their members had not been paid salaries for periods ranging from four to nine months, and as such, their members would not return to classes until they were paid.
He said the federal government should adopt its recently-invented payment system for Universities with the name University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the option against the Federal Government Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
According to him, “the Union considers the IPPIS unsuitable for the university system.”
Brown said visitors to state universities should stand up to their responsibilities and state government should not establish universities they could not fund.
He called for the cooperation and understanding of the general public on ASUU’s stance on the aforestated outstanding issues and the IPPIS as members of the union would not return to the classes with empty stomachs.