Prof. Fred Esumeh, the Zonal Coordinator, said this on Tuesday during a press conference at the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
He said that UTAS would help curb corruption in the academic system.
The Federal Government has made it compulsory for all workers on its employment to receive salaries through IPPIS.
The union said rejected it and declared a two-week warning strike over the government’s refusal to pay them because they did not join in the new payment platform.
Esumeh said the union rejected the IPPIS as a payment platform because it was not suitable for the university system and was not designed to accommodate the peculiarities of academic institutions.
“ASUU has promised alternative software that would be compatible with the university system and towards this, the Federal Government accepted the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, (UTAS) in principle.
“Government also approved that the template be developed by ASUU and its researchers as a platform for the financial administration of universities staff monthly payroll and accounting processes in federal universities,” he said.
Esumeh said the Federal Government also pledged that when fully developed, the UTAS would be subjected to various integrity tests in order to verify its efficacy as software that can pass the necessary attribute tests as specified by Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NIIDA).
Esumeh said that the union had resolved to continue with the ongoing strike if government failed to satisfactorily address the issues in contention which included revitalisation fund for public universities arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA).
Edited By: Hawa lawal/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/asuu-in-benin-rejects-ippis-opts-for-utas/
Buhari sends FG’s delegation for Emir of Zazzau’s burial in Zaria
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on Sunday led the Federal Government’s delegation to the burial of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja.
Those on the delegation, according to him, included the ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, Environment, Mahmud Mohammed and that of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
Also on the delegation was the President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu.
The team was received on arrival at the School of Aviation in Zaria by a Kaduna State delegation led by the Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i.
While conveying the condolences of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief Staff said the late Emir had paid his dues to the nation.
He said his enviable roles in nation-building and the unification of Nigerians would never be forgotten.
In his response, Gov. El-Rufa’i said the people of Kaduna State had lost a caring father.
He thanked the president for sending ”a powerful delegation to the burial ceremonies”.
The Emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 84.
Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15, 1975, and ruled the emirate for 45 years, before his death.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Welfare of policemen our priority – Minister
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, has restated commitment of the Federal Government to ensure best welfare packages for policemen across the country.
Dingyadi, who spoke on Sunday at his residence in Sokoto, during an interactive session with newsmen, said that the ministry had enhanced strategies toward achieving the desired goals for respective officers.
“We are trying as much as possible to ensure the general welfare of policemen is properly taken up to enable more excellent performance from the men and officers.
“However, to the best of our knowledge, what the security agencies are doing to combat banditry and other forms of criminality in the country is highly commendable.
“The performance is ongoing and by the grace of God, I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to succeed in the fight soon,” he said.
He added that policemen in the country were working closely with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to ensure peaceful and secured living environment for all.
On the police recruitment, the minister said that the process was generally transparent, as it involved all stakeholders throughout the exercise.
“We ensured that every local government area in the country got a fair share in the exercise and only eligible candidates were screened based on the stakeholders’ recommendations,” he said.
On the entitlements of retired and demised policemen, Dingyadi assured policemen that the ministry had been paying all pensions and gratuities as and when due and would continue to enhance the process.
He further said that the ministry had recorded a lot of achievements in restoring peace and tranquility in many parts of the country.
“However, one of the major achievements recorded is the establishment of the Police Trust Fund.
“This is to ensure that the police are properly funded, in order to improve their services, strengthen the officers and support the community policing system,” he added.
On the community policing, Dingyadi said that the Federal and State Governments in the country were on the same page to achieve the desired goals.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide
Rainstorm: Kwara governor sympathises with affected families
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has commiserated with families whose dwellings and properties were affected by Saturday night’s rainstorm in different parts of the state.
“The governor is saddened by the havoc wreaked on various households in Ilorin, the state capital, and indeed elsewhere across the state by the heavy rain.
“He sends his heartfelt commiseration and a message of hope to such families in this trying time,” the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye quoted him as saying in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin.
According to him, as part of AbdulRazaq’s proactive measures to mitigate the effect of the natural disaster, he visited various federal government agencies to seek special relief for Kwara.
“The state government is again urging the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara State for special support.
“The governor, on his part, is immediately setting up a special disaster response team to collate data from areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources,” the CPS added.
Ajakaye said the governor would announce members of the response team very soon.
“The Governor is also aware of the damage to electric poles during the storm.
“He has directed relevant agencies to quickly fix the poles as soon as possible to avoid further damage and ensure the restoration of power,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Flood: Reptiles invade homes in Anambra community
Dangerous reptiles have began to creep into some residential houses in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra, as a result of flood.
Mr Arinze Awogu, Transition Chairman of Ogbaru Council Area who disclosed this on Sunday, said some displaced people were already moving into the holding camps prepared for them.
Awogu said the level of the River Niger had continued to rise, making streets and flood channels that emptied into the River to flow backwards.
He said no fewer than 1,000 persons have been forced out of their homes.
Ogbaru is a coastal local government with all its 16 communities on the banks of River Niger.
He reported that a big cobra which found its way into an apartment in Atani, was killed with the assistance of operatives from the Atani Divisional Police Station.
According to him, the cobra was killed in Atani, the man in whose house it was killed miraculously escaped being bitten by the snake the previous night as he went into his Boys Quarters in search of some documents.
“On sighting the snake, he quickly shut the door and invited the police from Atani police division who teargassed the room and the reptile became uncomfortable, but as it made its way out, it was killed by those around,” he said.
Awogu advised people of the area to always shut their doors at all times and spread repellants to ward off the unwanted guests as most of them had been displaced from their natural habitat.
“Snakes and other dangerous reptiles are being driven out of their habitats by the flood and people’s homes are likely to be where the deadly animals may be seeking refuge,” he said.
The council chairman said more people were being displaced from their homes by the flood and that they had started moving into the three holding camps in the council.
He regreted that flooding had become a yearly experience for the people and assured them of care while in the camps.
“People are leaving their homes and heading to the holding centres created by the Anambra government for people in flood-prone local government areas.
“The task now is to ensure they have the necessities of existence like food, healthcare and other facilities, while waiting for the flood to recede.
“In addition to what the state government is doing, we are calling on the Federal Government through NEMA to come to our aid,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Idonije Obakhedo