Investigate VCs’ fraudulence, ASUU urges NUC
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has appealed to Nigerian University Commission (NUC) to investigate some Vice-Chancellors for organizing fraudulent online examination to extort money from parents and students in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
ASUU Zonal Coordinator Sokoto, Dr. Jamilu Shehu, at news conference, said report indicated that some Vice-Chancellors deceived and defraud student and parents by pretending to keep the session running during the pandemic.
“There were report that fraudulent online examinations were conducted in some universities involving surrogate examination such as parents and relative of candidates and supervisors,” Dr. Shehu stated.
Shehu said the conduct of the fraudulent online examination was against academic standard and university ethic.
Meanwhile, ASUU has insisted that the Federal Government must pay all arrears of withheld salaries to its members as a condition to suspend its ongoing strike and resume talks with the government.
Shehu accused the government for withholding five months’ salaries of some university lecturers on account of non registration of Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS).
“We insist that all arrears of withheld salaries of our members in federal and state universities must be paid immediately to pave for further discussion on outstanding issues in the Memorandum of Action of February 7, 2019,” said he.
He said many lecturers of both federal and state universities were not paid their salaries for a period of five months, citing an example of lecturers of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
“As we speak five months’ salaries of our members at UNIMAID, MOUAU in particular and others across the universities are still being withheld by AGF on account for non-registration of APPIS,” he said.
He said ASUU rejected APPIS because it does not respect university peculiarities, adding that in an alternative, the union and its researches developed University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
He explained that the UTAS was created in agreement with the Federal Government to address issues arising from implementation of APPIS.
Dr. Shehu added: “We implore that UTAS is far more than just an alternative to IPPIS, the development of UTAS is at the same time attestation to the capacity of Nigeria scholars and researchers to respond to our developmental challenges.
“It is our hope that the government would not renege on its promise because the benefits of UTAS to the university system cannot be found in any other software in Nigeria today.”
On insecurity, Shehu lamented over the alarming state of insecurity especially in the Northwest region which led to continued killings and kidnapping of innocent citizens.
He said the insecurity situation has forced Federal University Dutsinma (FUDMA) in Katsina to vacate its permanent site.
He called on the government to rise to its responsibility toward ending Boko Haram and armed banditry.