It is possible that this bureaucratese does not amount to stoppage of the salaries of members of the Academic Staff Union Universities, (ASUU) who have not enrolled in the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, (IPPIS) but until such clarification comes, it would seem that is what has happened.
No one can predict what that may entail for federal universities in Nigeria but the outcome is already known. The system will simply collapse because the ASUU members who are likely to ignore the FG tactics constitute the saving grace of the system now. Should they, for any reasons, leave the system, the rest would simply be bye to what we call universities.
Already the system is basically dead. It would die more. Why this circular after the meeting with the president himself on January 9th, 2020 by ASUU leaders is what might require more information. No matter what, any policy approach that contemplates a ‘war’ with ASUU at this point in time can only come from a government that is simply too far from the idea of universities. There is no diplomatic manner to put it, given what already exists in Nigeria in the name of universities.