The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), has threatened to embark on strike over N486billion unremitted Needs Assessment Funds by the Federal Government.
Mr Nuhu Ogirima, COEASU National President, who issued the threat in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, gave the Federal Government 21-days ultimatum to address their grievances.
Ogirima said that the Federal Government was reneging on its earlier agreement with the union to inject at least N486 billion into the teacher education sector after conducting Needs Assessment.
According to him, it is quite disheartening to note that trust was misplaced as none of the pledges by the government have been fulfilled.
“Even the paltry fraction of N15billion only as palliative, out of four hundred and eighty-six billion required as at 2017, to cushion the effects of the non-implementation of Needs Assessment, and others has not been fulfilled till date.”
He also noted that other grievances of the union includes: shoddy implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System( IPPIS), non remittance of check off dues.
Ogirima also listed others as the inability to place some lecturers on sabbatical and study leave in the payroll among others.
“We want the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) to address urgently the erroneous deduction of check off dues at source from the promotion arrears paid to some of our members from Jan-Nov 2018, but has continually withheld same in spite of the request for remittance to the union.
“Also, the imposition of IPPIS on the COE system bedeviled the payment of emoluments of staff with anomalies, infractions and deprivations, third party deductions are not being effected in most colleges.
“We therefore wish to notify the government that should it refuses to address these outstanding grievances within 21 days, we shall have no other option than to embark on a nationwide industrial action,” Ogirima said.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Survival Fund: FG releases registration schedule as portal opens Monday
As the portal for the registration of prospective beneficiaries for the Survival Fund opens on Monday, the Federal Government has released the timetable for categories of businesses to register.
A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Project Delivery Office stated that the portal which opens at 10 PM, will have educational institutions as the first category of beneficiaries to register.
“Nigerians interested in the Payroll Support scheme are to note that the site for registration will be open from 10 pm Monday September 21, 2020.
“In order to ensure seamless registration process, the Project Delivery Office (PDO) has designed a registration schedule.
“Registration for Payroll Support will start with educational institutions on Monday and will be followed with businesses in the hospitality industry on Friday September 25 beginning from 12 A.M.
“The portal will also be open to other category of small businesses from 12 A.M., on Monday September 28, 2020,” the statement said.
The office therefore advised those interested in benefiting from the fund to take note of the schedule and also log on to http://www.survivalfund.ng to register for the payroll support initiative.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the survival fund is a conditional grant to support vulnerable Micro and Small enterprises in meeting their payroll obligations and safeguard jobs in MSMEs from the shock of the COVID– 19 pandemic.
The scheme is estimated to save at least 1.3 million jobs across the country, while targeting an average of 35,000 individuals per state.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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)