Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU President, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that university lecturers must enrol on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU had rejected IPPIS, insisting that it violates university autonomy and proposed the UTAS as an alternative to the government’s centralised payroll system of IPPIS.
According to him, the matter as far as the government side is concerned is still where they left it.
“But we believe our members do not want IPPIS because it is not in the interest of the system.
“So, we are still waiting for the government to respond to our proposal for the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution which we are working on as another alternative to IPPIS.
“The last time we met at the Presidency, we came out with the impression that the IPPIS and ASUU should meet and talk out areas that can be used for both platforms. We thought they bought into that but we are yet to hear from them.
“We have been reading and hearing in the media that the government said it was too late and we do not know what they mean by being too late.
“We have had policies in Nigeria that were reviewed before the new one. So, if you know a policy cannot work and the policy is yet to be applied to the system, it is never too late for the government to listen to the voice of reasoning.
“Hopefully, we have given them the voice of reason because we have found that our arguments are genuine, our arguments are patriotic,” he said.
Ogunyemi noted that there was nowhere in the world where IPPIS is being implemented that universities are put under the civil service, then why should Nigeria be an exception.
He said Nigerian wants to be 24th-century universities where there would be technical skills in the world ranking, saying that we cannot achieve that through IPPIS.
“This is because IPPIS will shut the door against scholars who are to come from outside Nigeria, scholars who are not on the pensionable appointment within the system.
“IPPIS will bring universities under the direct control of the civil service control and the system does not work that way.
“That kind of system will kill innovation, will kill creativity and it will kill academic freedom of autonomy.”
He also threatened that if the government touches the salaries of ASUU members, they would take the action of no pay, no work.