The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Sokoto zone, has accused the Federal government of using issue of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) to distract Nigerians’ attention from its ingenuity in tackling problems facing universities in the country.

This was made known by the zonal coordinator,  Dr Abubakar Sabo on Thursday  in a press briefing at the Usman DanFodio University, Sokoto, adding that federal government  is responsible for the ongoing crises in Nigeria universities. He also stressed that the deliberate attempt by the government to continue keeping students at home will not augur well for the development of the country especially now that the country is facing serious security challenges.

“The issues at stake is not only IPPIS, we have the issue of Earned Academic Allowance (EAA), the proliferation and non-funding of state universities.

“IPPIS was brought by the government to deliberately create confusion so that Nigerians will put the blame on ASUU while they absolve themselves,” he said.

Sabo, who is also the ASUU Chairman of Usman DanFodio University, Sokoto, said that  the government is forcefully migrating members of the union to enroll in the controversial IPPIS, adding that this violates the laws of the federation, university statutes and agreement between the federal government and ASUU.

According to him, there is no university system in the world where IPPIS is tied to the civil service system.

“If the government is sincere, why should they exempt the Army, NNPC and National Assembly from IPPIS?” He asked.

He urged Nigerians to appeal to the federal government to honour the agreement reached with ASUU in 2009, adding that some of them are being owed between six and eight months’ salaries.