The Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University has thrown its weight behind the federal government stance that all teaching staff of the Nigerian universities be enrolled on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
Professor Labo Popoola said this on Sunday at the Public Presentation of the institution’s mosque project in Osogbo, the state capital.
The Accountant-General of the Federation had insisted that members of the Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities, ASUU must join other federal staff, including polytechnic lecturers on the IPPIS platform or risk salary suspension.
But ASUU insisted the move goes against the autonomy of the universities and the act that establishes them.
Consequently, the National Executive Council of the ASUU threatened a nationwide strike should any member of its members be victimised for refusal to enrol on the IPPIS platform.
Professor Popoola advised the university lecturers to key into the policy, saying the employee cannot dictate to his employer on how to be paid.
“It is unheard of. Employee cannot be superior to his employer. There will always be issues. So if there are issues, those issues can also be addressed but that is not enough reason to reject what other employees have accepted.
“If they claim autonomy, what autonomy are they claiming when they are not generating funds. Government still pays their salaries and regular subventions. So on what basis are they refusing to comply. He who pays the piper, dictates the tune”, he said
Freedom of religion
Speaking on the Mosque project, the Vice Chancellor said freedom of religion must be observed and respected in higher institutions of learning but it must neither be misused nor be allowed to breed extremism.
He noted that a befitting mosque will afford the Muslim community a conducive environment to breed sound spirituality and virtues in students.
Prof. Popoola therefore urged religious leaders across the country to priorities virtues and righteousness as against crass materialism that is encouraging sinful acts in the land.
Significance of project
The guest-speaker, an Associate Professor of English, Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji remarked that Mosque, from the history of Prophet Muhammad, was the centre of all activities – academic, spiritual, commerce, governance, administrative and policy making.
He said this was the reason mosque was the first house to be built by the Prophet in the city of Medina, and the same reason he declared that praying in the mosque is 27 times better than praying at home.
“Allah doesn’t leave anyone out, rich or poor, from contributing to a good cause. Everybody must do so according to his capacity because it remains a flowing charity after we are long gone.
“Our Prophet said a man whose heart is always attached to the mosque and he who spends on the cause of Allah discreetly will be among the seven categories of people that will be housed under Allah”s shade on the last day when no other shade will be available.
The Pro-Chancellor of the University, Mallam Yusuf All (a Senior Advocate of Nigeria) advised Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of the scriptures and support the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari which he said was already bearing tangible results.