The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, confirmed the payment, so did Bayero University, Kano chairman of the union, Prof. Ibrahim Barde. FG stopped what could have been a huge crisis by paying ASUU members their January salaries in spite of not enrolling in IPPIS.
According to the two academics, the action of the government has averted disaster for now, payment was made on Friday night, ASUU had begun the mobilisation of its members ahead of planned strike action across the country. Isa Pantami, the minister of communication, revealed this during Federal University of Technology’s 29th convocation lecture in Minna, Niger state.
Pantami said billions of naira have been saved since the government began the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA). ASUU had reacted angrily to the recent directive by the federal government to stop the January salary of university lectures who failed to enrol into the Integrated Personal Payroll Institution System (IPPIS). ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, described the stance of the government as provocative.