The Federal Government has said that it might consider adopting the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) presented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige while addressing the press after the two and half hours meeting with the Senate leadership and ASUU.
The UTAS, which is proposed by ASUU to the Federal Government, is an alternative emoluments payment platform to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)
After the meeting, which was facilitated by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who said that the alternative payment platform presented by ASUU was homegrown and worth giving a thorough assessment test.
The Labour Minister said, “We agreed at the meeting to give the required consideration to the UTAS alternative they came up with, as a way of finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis over the implementation of IPPIS. We have neither jettisoned the implementation of the IPPIS nor fully accepted UTAS.
“The level we moved to now is to subject ASUU’s scheme to integrity test and in doing so, it will be presented to users like the office of the Accountant General of the Federation on Wednesday. After that, it will be sent to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and from there to the office of the National Security Adviser for a second look,” he stated.
He further said, “The platform is an option grown device that requires stage by stage consideration and it is good from the look of things.”
While confirming the outcome of the meeting, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Tetfund, Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita, said that the discussion has not ended and that they are getting closer to a compromise between the 2 parties.
Recall that members of ASUU have been on strike for about 7 months, due to the dispute with the Federal Government over the implementation of the IPPIS in the university system. The lecturers have claimed it violates the autonomy of Nigerian universities.
Federal Government declares Thursday October 29 public holiday, to mark Eidl-Mawlid
Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.
The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.
This disclosure was made by the honourable Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola congratulated muslim faithfuls both at home and abroad for the opportunity to observe this year’s celebration. He further enjoined them to show love, patience and perseverance.
In the light of the aforementioned facts, the minister urged Muslims to detest or shun lawlessness, looting and daylight robbery which undermine National security and safety.
Ogbeni Aregbesola, who described the youths as the hope and future of the nation, advised them to deepen democracy and not dampen it.
For him, it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.
What you should know:
Eid Mawlid is an annual celebration for Muslims meant to marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
Just-in: President Buhari reappoints Yakubu as INEC Chairman for second term
President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five-year term.
This disclosure was made by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari nominates Prof Yakubu as INEC chairman for a second term in office’.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office.’’
#EndSARS protest: Hoodlums loot 110 tractors in Yola
Hoodlums looted the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola state.
Due to the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality tagged “EndSARS” protest, hoodlums have stolen at least 110 tractors and other farm implements from the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola.
Confirming this development to TheVanguard, was the chairman of NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Umar-Daware, who also revealed that the hoodlums also broke into the main warehouses of the Rice Farmers Association and Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria, carting away valuables which include farm inputs and fertilisers.
What they are saying
Commenting on the latest development, Mr. Umar-Daware, said: “They did not only took tonnes of produce, but they also made away with the farm inputs for the dry season farming and the offices of Rice Farmers Association, Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MFAN) and the NECAS were also looted and vandalised.
Commenting further, he said: “What they took away include tonnes of rice, beans, maize, sorghum and millets, and computers, tables, chairs, office equipment, water dispensers and cash,’’ he said.
Mr. Umar noted that complaints have been forwarded to security agencies, although the organization is still awaiting a formal response. He, however, urged people in Adamawa and its environs to be on the lookout for anybody in possession of the tractors, and report to NECAS, RIFAN and MFAN officials for recovery and necessary action.
What you should know
NECAS is involved in agriculture-related services and human capacity development across the North-East region States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe.
Since its establishment in 2018, the association has expanded its scope of activities, especially through the Federal Government, CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), mechanisation drive, and partnerships with development agencies.