The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday accused the federal government of promoting fake news over its claim that it had enrolled over 39,000 lecturers on the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS).
The union, speaking through the University of Ibadan chairman of the union, Prof Deji Omole, also declared that the “said claim by the federal government is fraudulent and fictitious” and that the “government should stop fooling itself.”
Omole said ASUU recorded “over 90 per cent compliance from her highly focused, dedicated and loyal members, adding that it was also “laughable that a government agency could go on air that it discovered 100 fake professors in Nigerian universities when it still needed verification of the names from university administrations.”
He lamented that “a government run on deceit and falsehood is an enemy of growth and development,” stressing that ASUU advised the federal government “to stop breaking the law in the name of fighting corruption and offer to help government in anti-corruption fight without breaking the law.”
“University lecturers are different from university workers which the government claims it enrolled,” he said.
The congratulated the first lady, Aisha Buhari, on the graduation of her daughter from a foreign university with First Class, and urged the first lady to use “the other room strategy” to make her family give Nigerian children the kind of education her daughter enjoyed abroad.