by Whitney Omoh
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration alleged disobedience to the laws as dictatorial and the greatest corruption.
The Union made the remark while condemning the directive by the Federal Government that her officials would move to campuses to begin enrolment of university workers on the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU reacted through the University of Ibadan, Chairman, Professor Deji Omole who said that the Union cannot be harassed or intimidated by the administration which has a habit for breaking the law. According to him, breaking existing laws with impunity is the greatest corruption. He wondered why a government under democratic rule was afraid of negotiation and dialogue but prefers to use force.
“The government pronouncements to forcefully enroll university workers is an act of violence against the university system. It is worrisome for a government under democratic dispensation to resort to force rather than dialogue. If not why is the government afraid of negotiations. We are not perturbed by the directive. A government claiming to be fighting corruption should not break the law,” he said.
He added that; “The university Autonomy Act is very clear on university administrators. There is no greater corruption than those breaking the law of the land. Breaking of existing laws with impunity is the greatest corruption anywhere in the world. We refuse to be harassed or intimidated. We are not strangers in this country. We are veritable stakeholders. We cannot be harassed. We have told them what to do.
“Let the government come back to the negotiation’s table and let us discuss the grey areas. Forceful enlistment will not solve the problem. We are not disturbed but we are worried, the government is getting dictatorial. A supposedly democratic government is getting dictatorial.”
Omole stressed that the Union will use available democratic means to prevent violation and desecration of the Nigeria University System which the children of the president and top officials didn’t find worthy of attending.