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ASUU discloses why it is yet to call off nationwide strike

ASUU has disclosed why after several negotiations with the government, it is still yet to call off its on-going strike.

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ASUU gives conditions to call off its nationwide strike action

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given the reason it is yet to call off its ongoing strike, following its dispute with the Federal Government.

The national body of the university lecturers said that they are waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), a homegrown payment platform created by ASUU in place of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

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While making the disclosure during an interview with Punch, the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to conduct an integrity test on UTAS.

The ASUU President said, “The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is the government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.”

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On whether the government had accepted UTAS, Ogunyemi said, “We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principle, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process.

“We had presented UTAS at three levels, starting with the Ministry of Education, Senate President and members of his team, officials of Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, where all other stakeholders were present, including NITDA. All stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next stage of integrity test is what we are moving into.

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“If government facilitates it, it is not something that should drag for too long at all. We don’t foresee any problem with UTAS, it also depends on how early the government makes it possible for the integrity test to be conducted.”

Ogunyemi also explained that ASUU was ready to resume academic activities if the government was ready to play its part.

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He said, “Our members are ready to resume work as early as the government is ready to play its part. I’m sure you are not suggesting that our members should resume on an empty stomach or the strike should be suspended without any concrete action on the side of the government. We don’t like to stay away from our work because we like our students; they are also our children.’

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Ogunyemi noted that as far as they are concerned, they don’t have any issue with going back to work, but they want more sincerity on the side of government.

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What you should know

It can be recalled that ASUU embarked on an industrial action about 8 months ago across the country, following its dispute with the Federal Government over their insistence on the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of University lecturers’ salaries and allowances. Alternatively, ASUU developed a homegrown payment platform, UTAS, which they believe guarantees the autonomy of the university.

The Federal Government, following negotiation with ASUU, said that it might consider adopting UTAS as a way of finding a solution to the lingering crisis.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. IBRAHIM ABDULRASHEED

    October 27, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Dan kutumar bura Uba ku karkijenye strike dan maiyagawa uwarku tsinan nu

  2. Oscar ayo

    October 29, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Rejection of IPPIS clearly shows that ASUU has skeleton it is hiding. Lengthy strikes by this bunch will be curtailed once we implement no work no pay in this country.

    • Anonymous

      November 1, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      You are right

      • GINA

        November 6, 2020 at 4:11 pm

        It’s so shameful that the federal Government in the hit of the Endsar protest was eager to end the ASSU strike but after the protest has died down all efforts to end the now 8 month’s strike has drastically reduce.

        Based on the news, the minister of Labour assured us that before 6th November that the unpaid arrears of the lecturers will be paid along side 30billion unpaid allowance. We the Nigeria students were all happy that at least by November school will resume only for the meeting held yesterday 5th November ended dreadlockly. What a shame to an administration to keep the educational sector on a stand still……… Maybe if your wards were attending schools here in Nigeria, the President, minister of Labour, finance minister, minister of Education; you men would have taken a different situation

        NOW ASSU National Chairman; stop your power gripping with the federal Government and think about the student. I think maybe you have misplaced your priority which is to the Nigeria students and the lecturers and as a father I am disappointed at the approach you are taking to prolong this strike…. the last meeting heard On October……., it was agreed and published on the News papers that the 30billoin unpaid arrears were to be shared with other unions, why didnt you come out then to debunk the sharing and also the government offered revitalization fund N20 billion as a sign of good faith while not take this first considering this year economic situation of not just Nigeria but the world as a whole coz of the pandemic and call off the strike…. at the long run you think you are helping but you are only destroying the lives of the students you claim you are helping…..
        If you care for the students you will call off the strike collect what the federal Government is offering now because you all know you cant win against the Government; the only way that can happen is through educating the students to make sure their vote counts in year 2023 election so that a president who values education can be elected.
        Thank you
        # end the strike# better education for the youth

        • Peter D. Sabo

          November 8, 2020 at 7:59 pm

          Well said. Negotiations can continue as the students are back to classes. It is high time for ASUU to find better way to negotiate with government than through incessant strike action.

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FIRS to commence recovery of all outstanding tax debts and penalties from January 1, 2021

The FIRS has stated that it shall recover all outstanding debt with penalties and interest from January 1, 2021.

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has disclosed that its waivers on penalties and interest on outstanding taxes arising from desk examinations, audit exercises, investigations, or all other forms of tax assessment will close on December 31, 2020.

Hence, effective from January 1, 2021 the Service shall recover all outstanding debt with penalties and interest, in accordance with the provisions of the extant tax laws.

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This disclosure was made by Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, the Director of Communications and Liaison Department, Federal Inland Revenue Service, in a press release issued on December 2, 2020.

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Consequently, the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, in a notice urged taxpayers to use the advantage of the remaining days of this month to settle their tax obligations in order to enjoy all subsisting waivers offered thereof by the Service.

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The Executive Chairman in the reminder notice tagged “Public Notice on the Recovery of Outstanding Taxes from Taxpayers”, disclosed that FIRS in recent times, has issued a series of palliatives for the waivers of penalties and interest on outstanding taxes.

He explained that the Service had noticed that some taxpayers are yet to take advantage of the palliative windows opened to cushion the effect of the challenges of the economy on taxpayers.

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Mr. Nami, however, called the attention of taxpayers to the last window of opportunity for the waiver of outstanding penalties and interest on all taxes collectible by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, which will close on 31st December 2020.

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Mr. Muhammad Nami, in the reminder notice, said:

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“The Service has observed that some taxpayers are yet to take advantage of the palliative windows opened to cushion the effect of the challenges of the economy on taxpayers.

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“Furthermore, the Service wishes to put all taxpayers on notice that the last window of opportunity for the waiver of outstanding penalties and interest on all taxes collectible by the Federal Inland Revenue Service shall close on 31st December 2020.

“Consequently, all concerned taxpayers are hereby put on notice that after the expiration date of 31st December 2020, the Service shall recover all outstanding debt with penalties and interest, in accordance with the provisions of the extant tax laws such as ‘the power of substitution’ conferred on it by Section 31 of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act 2007.”

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala bags Forbes African of the Year, 2020

Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala has emerged the first African woman to win Forbes’ African of the Year award.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former minister of Finance and former Managing Director of the World Bank, has been named the Forbes African of the Year, 2020.

Forbes Africa announced on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday as it tweeted, “The 2020 #AfricanOftheYear Award honoree is…Congratulations to Dr. @NOlweala! Board Chair @Gavi; Board Chair @ARCapicity, gracing the cover of @forbesafrica,”

The honouree of the award would grace the cover of Forbes Africa magazine.

Last year’s edition of the award was also won by a Nigerian, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (2013 and 2019). Other Nigerians that have won include Muhammad Sanusi II (2011), Aliko Dangote (2014), amongst others.

In response to the tweet by Forbes Africa on its official handle, the 66-year-old replied through her Twitter handle saying she was thrilled to win the award and also dedicated the award to Africans suffering from the impact of the pandemic.

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“Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica-CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina,This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!,” she tweeted.

The award is coming weeks after Okonjo-Iweala emerged the overwhelming choice for the post of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation after gaining the support of the majority of the 164 member-nations.

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N117 billion approved by FG for road rehabilitation

Babatunde Fashola has disclosed that the FG has approved the sum of over N117 billion for road rehabilitation across the country.

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The Federal Government has approved the sum of over N117 billion for the rehabilitation of roads across the country in 2021.

This was disclosed by Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, in a press briefing after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting was held in Abuja on Wednesday.

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  • Nairametrics reported last month that Mr Fashola had stated that the Ministry’s priority in its 2021 budget was to complete already ongoing road and bridge projects across the nation.
  • Fashola also said that the Federal Government needed at least N500 billion annually for the next 3 years to develop and fix its 35,000 kilometres road network, as work continued on 13,000 kilometres of the network.
  • Fashola stated last month that the Federal Government was committed to finishing the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, adding that the drop in crude oil prices could not be a barrier to its completion.

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Fashola disclosed on Wednesday that the sum of N18.9 billion, was approved for the rehabilitation of roads and bridges including the 26 km of Kano-Dambatta-Kazaure-Daura road, Anambra- Enugu Roads, Bridge construction Cross River, Nkumi bridge and others.

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The other memorandum relating to roads also is for the total sum of N98.7 billion,” he added. This includes roads and bridges in Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, Anambra and Kano

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