ASUU chairman applauds FG over exemption of universities from IPPS

By Haruna Usman, Birnin Kebbi

The chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero, Dr Abubakar Umar Birnin Yauri, has applauded the federal government over the recent exemption of Nigerian universities from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS).

He said the decision would address employment’s cumbersome process, which overstressed university lecturers leading to their deaths due to long hours of work in the university communities.

Yauri admitted that their university was affected by the ‘japa syndrome’; mass exodus of workers to foreign lands like Uganda and other African countries as a result of poor working conditions in Nigeria.

He maintained that despite the exit of IPPS, funding remains a major challenge in almost all the public universities in the country, saying without adequate funding university education remains at the lowest ebb.

The ASUU chairman therefore urged the federal government to increase funding for all public universities in Nigeria to stem exodus of lecturers and improve quality of education in the country, which is the bedrock of progress and development of every nation.

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