Patrick Odey, Uyo
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Calabar Zone, on Monday raised the alarm that some Vice-Chancellors in Nigeria Universities are manipulating the processes of appointments and promotions in the system.
The union said the affected VCs were conniving with the staff of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, using the closure of universities and the COVID-19 lockdown to achieve their plans.
The chairman of the Calabar Zone of ASUU, Dr Aniekan Brown, said this at a briefing in Uyo, adding that the union would expose the fraud 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 the 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 said.
He, however, cautioned VCs against clamouring for the re-opening of universities, saying their intentions was to exploit Nigerians via school fees.
According to him, there was no evidence that COVID-19 protocols would be adhered to when schools re-open.
He said, “Some universities serving as cash cows to the government are clamouring for re-opening of schools. The very impetus for this is to continually exploit Nigerians via school fees.
“Regrettably, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 protocols will be enforced. One thing is obvious, they do not care about the safety and lives of Nigerians; all they care about is how to exploit the system for their personal benefits. They are capitalists; they are given to cupidity.”
The university lecturer said despite the non-payment of Salaries for months, members of the union have resolved to go ahead with the struggle for the betterment of public universities in the country.