The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede on the 20th of February said the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as the platform of payment for Nigeria university employee is unsuitable for the university system in Nigeria. The former Vice-Chancellor who stated that he was not a fan of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), made it known that the union had a point to fight for regarding their pay.
Oloyede said this during the virtual lecture held in honour of a former Executive Secretary of the National University Commission in person of Professor Peter Okebukola to mark his 71st birthday, the lecture was titled ‘Synchronising cacophony: Interrogating some issues of concepts and perception in the Nigerian higher education topology.’
He said, “I am not a fan of the Academics Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, but they have a point here. IPPIS is unsuitable for the university system. Let me cite an instance, when I was the VC at the University of Ilorin, I went to Australia on an official duty and there I met a Nigerian with PhD in an area of Botany where we lacked the manpower. I spoke with the man and convinced him of the need to work wit us and he agreed. Immediately I put a call to the Dean of the Faculty of Science and told him about the development and that was how we secured the services of the man. He is now a professor in one of the nation’s universities.”
In the lecture, Oloyede also called for the control in the setting up of universities by the government agencies nothing that there were institutions already created which could cater to the training of the other agencies. He added that the government should focus on the funding of the already existing universities in the country. “If care is not taken, we will soon have the ‘University of Road Safety’ or the ‘University of Civil Defence’. Adequate funding of the existing universities should be our focus,” Oloyede added.