The ban on employment imposed by the Federal Government has led to a shortage of professors and other academic staff members in federal universities.

Findings showed that some universities, which depend on professors on sabbatical, had lost the accreditation of certain courses, while others were given interim accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) due to the dearth of professors and enough academics for certain programmes.

It was gathered that the situation was worsened by the insistence of the Federal Government to use the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as the payment platform for lecturers.

The IPPIS, according to stakeholders, does not recognise adjunct professors and those on sabbatical, which informed the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to develop the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative payment platform.

Academics, some of whom are management staff members of their respective institutions, affirmed that there was indeed a shortage of professors owing to the ban on fresh employment.

They said this had also frustrated the old arrangement of retaining first-class graduates in their departments.

Credit: Punch.

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