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  •   Mr Okolieaboh Sylva Acting Accountant General of the Federation AGF has urged accounting professionals to be custodians of the public trust in carrying out their duties in their respective organizations He gave the advice when members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria ICAN Abuja and the District Society visited the Nations Treasury House in Abuja to mark this year s International Accounting Day He said that it was important for them to ensure probity accountability and transparency in the use of public resources According to him accountants must be people who can be trusted and must exhibit all forms of integrity in their actions If we are to play our part we must be able to do so in a way that is transparent and that the public can see and ask questions That s our role here and that s what we re doing whether it s IPPIS TSA and all the reforms we re doing here are aimed at improving transparency and accountability That s the reason for accountability so people can ask questions and we give them the information they need because it s a two way thing he said Mr Oduwa Izekor District Chairman ICAN Abuja and District Society said the day is to raise awareness of the role of accounting professionals in fighting corruption in the country Because of the nature of the work you do there s a lot of trust in your work which means there needs to be a lot of trust in you and there needs to be a lot of integrity on your part All accountants around the world need to do their jobs with a lot of integrity because there is a lot of trust in the decisions and the work that they do If integrity is missing the decision would be misplaced and the consequences would be very disastrous he said Ms Mbang Esu President of the Abuja Chapter of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria SWAN also called on the accountants to be the treasurers and ensure that they keep records for effective resource management The purpose of this celebration is to remind us that as accountants we have a duty of care to execute our duties with all accuracy and integrity So I call on all professional accountants to execute whatever they do with integrity as our nation will be better off and the world will benefit from it as well he added The Nigerian News Agency reports that the day began with a health walk from ICAN House through Berger Junction and ended at the AGF office Edited Source Credit NAN
    International Accounting Day: Be custodian of public trust – Acting AGF tasks accountants
      Mr Okolieaboh Sylva Acting Accountant General of the Federation AGF has urged accounting professionals to be custodians of the public trust in carrying out their duties in their respective organizations He gave the advice when members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria ICAN Abuja and the District Society visited the Nations Treasury House in Abuja to mark this year s International Accounting Day He said that it was important for them to ensure probity accountability and transparency in the use of public resources According to him accountants must be people who can be trusted and must exhibit all forms of integrity in their actions If we are to play our part we must be able to do so in a way that is transparent and that the public can see and ask questions That s our role here and that s what we re doing whether it s IPPIS TSA and all the reforms we re doing here are aimed at improving transparency and accountability That s the reason for accountability so people can ask questions and we give them the information they need because it s a two way thing he said Mr Oduwa Izekor District Chairman ICAN Abuja and District Society said the day is to raise awareness of the role of accounting professionals in fighting corruption in the country Because of the nature of the work you do there s a lot of trust in your work which means there needs to be a lot of trust in you and there needs to be a lot of integrity on your part All accountants around the world need to do their jobs with a lot of integrity because there is a lot of trust in the decisions and the work that they do If integrity is missing the decision would be misplaced and the consequences would be very disastrous he said Ms Mbang Esu President of the Abuja Chapter of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria SWAN also called on the accountants to be the treasurers and ensure that they keep records for effective resource management The purpose of this celebration is to remind us that as accountants we have a duty of care to execute our duties with all accuracy and integrity So I call on all professional accountants to execute whatever they do with integrity as our nation will be better off and the world will benefit from it as well he added The Nigerian News Agency reports that the day began with a health walk from ICAN House through Berger Junction and ended at the AGF office Edited Source Credit NAN
    International Accounting Day: Be custodian of public trust – Acting AGF tasks accountants
    Economy4 weeks ago

    International Accounting Day: Be custodian of public trust – Acting AGF tasks accountants

    Mr. Okolieaboh Sylva, Acting Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), has urged accounting professionals to be custodians of the public trust in carrying out their duties in their respective organizations.

    He gave the advice when members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Abuja and the District Society visited the Nations Treasury House in Abuja to mark this year's International Accounting Day.

    He said that it was important for them to ensure probity, accountability and transparency in the use of public resources.

    According to him, accountants must be people who can be trusted and must exhibit all forms of integrity in their actions.

    “If we are to play our part, we must be able to do so in a way that is transparent and that the public can see and ask questions.

    “That's our role here and that's what we're doing, whether it's IPPIS, TSA and all the reforms we're doing here are aimed at improving transparency and accountability.

    "That's the reason for accountability so people can ask questions and we give them the information they need because it's a two-way thing," he said.

    Mr. Oduwa Izekor, District Chairman, ICAN Abuja and District Society, said the day is to raise awareness of the role of accounting professionals in fighting corruption in the country.

    “Because of the nature of the work you do, there's a lot of trust in your work, which means there needs to be a lot of trust in you and there needs to be a lot of integrity on your part.

    “All accountants around the world need to do their jobs with a lot of integrity because there is a lot of trust in the decisions and the work that they do.

    "If integrity is missing, the decision would be misplaced and the consequences would be very disastrous," he said.

    Ms. Mbang Esu, President of the Abuja Chapter of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN), also called on the accountants to be the treasurers and ensure that they keep records for effective resource management.

    “The purpose of this celebration is to remind us that as accountants we have a duty of care to execute our duties with all accuracy and integrity.

    "So I call on all professional accountants to execute whatever they do with integrity, as our nation will be better off and the world will benefit from it as well," he added.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the day began with a health walk from ICAN House through Berger Junction and ended at the AGF office.

    ===========Edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has appealed to the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to remain calm in view of their latest outcry over the reported half salary payment by the Federal Government The Speaker in a statement he personally signed on Monday noted that efforts to find a lasting solution to the concerns frequently raised by ASUU were on He however assured that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated interest to wade into the latest concerns raised by the union When the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU called off their industrial action three weeks ago it meant that academic activities could resume in our nation s public universities and students could return to their academic pursuits after the prolonged interruption This decision was rightly heralded nationwide as the correct decision Since then the Executive and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill which includes N170 billion to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers The Bill also includes additional N300 billion revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities Furthermore the House of Representatives has convened the Accountant General of the Federation AGF the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other stakeholders to facilitate the adoption of elements of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS This effort is being supervised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education Rep Aminu Suleiman Gbajabiamila noted that the position taken by the Federal Government that it was not obligated to pay salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike was premised on the law and the government s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions Nonetheless interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues Implementing meaningful change takes time especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required Therefore I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives This is not a time for political brinkmanship There is no more pressing objective than to preclude the possibility of further disruptions to the academic calendar of the universities We must prevent this possibility by all means as these disruptions risk the promise and potential of our nation s youth he said Speaker Gbajabiamila also restated his commitment to provide sustainable reforms to the Nigerian tertiary education system He noted that the challenges facing Nigerian tertiary education were multifaceted hence the need for all stakeholders to come together and proffer solutions To this end the Speaker advocated a national tertiary education summit during which stakeholders would come up with ways to make things better in the sector Gbajabiamila said three weeks ago he called for a national conversation on the substantive reforms required to address the underlying issues bedevilling public tertiary education in Nigeria To that end the House of Representatives is convening a National Summit on Tertiary Education Reform We have called for papers and memoranda from members of the public The submissions we receive and expert presentations at the Summit will inform our policy recommendations and actions I urge all citizens and stakeholders to participate in this crucial effort to reinvent our public tertiary institutions into respected citadels of learning he added
    Fresh ASUU Strike: President Buhari Will Intervene – Gbajabiamila Assures
     The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has appealed to the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to remain calm in view of their latest outcry over the reported half salary payment by the Federal Government The Speaker in a statement he personally signed on Monday noted that efforts to find a lasting solution to the concerns frequently raised by ASUU were on He however assured that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated interest to wade into the latest concerns raised by the union When the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU called off their industrial action three weeks ago it meant that academic activities could resume in our nation s public universities and students could return to their academic pursuits after the prolonged interruption This decision was rightly heralded nationwide as the correct decision Since then the Executive and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill which includes N170 billion to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers The Bill also includes additional N300 billion revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities Furthermore the House of Representatives has convened the Accountant General of the Federation AGF the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other stakeholders to facilitate the adoption of elements of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS This effort is being supervised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education Rep Aminu Suleiman Gbajabiamila noted that the position taken by the Federal Government that it was not obligated to pay salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike was premised on the law and the government s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions Nonetheless interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues Implementing meaningful change takes time especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required Therefore I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives This is not a time for political brinkmanship There is no more pressing objective than to preclude the possibility of further disruptions to the academic calendar of the universities We must prevent this possibility by all means as these disruptions risk the promise and potential of our nation s youth he said Speaker Gbajabiamila also restated his commitment to provide sustainable reforms to the Nigerian tertiary education system He noted that the challenges facing Nigerian tertiary education were multifaceted hence the need for all stakeholders to come together and proffer solutions To this end the Speaker advocated a national tertiary education summit during which stakeholders would come up with ways to make things better in the sector Gbajabiamila said three weeks ago he called for a national conversation on the substantive reforms required to address the underlying issues bedevilling public tertiary education in Nigeria To that end the House of Representatives is convening a National Summit on Tertiary Education Reform We have called for papers and memoranda from members of the public The submissions we receive and expert presentations at the Summit will inform our policy recommendations and actions I urge all citizens and stakeholders to participate in this crucial effort to reinvent our public tertiary institutions into respected citadels of learning he added
    Fresh ASUU Strike: President Buhari Will Intervene – Gbajabiamila Assures
    Education4 weeks ago

    Fresh ASUU Strike: President Buhari Will Intervene – Gbajabiamila Assures

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appealed to the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to remain calm in view of their latest outcry over the reported half-salary payment by the Federal Government.The Speaker in a statement he personally signed on Monday noted that efforts to find a lasting solution to the concerns frequently raised by ASUU were on. He, however, assured that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated interest to wade into the latest concerns raised by the union.“When the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off their industrial action three weeks ago, it meant that academic activities could resume in our nation’s public universities, and students could return to their academic pursuits after the prolonged interruption. This decision was rightly heralded nationwide as the correct decision.“Since then, the Executive and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike. We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes N170 billion to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers. The Bill also includes additional N300 billion revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities.“Furthermore, the House of Representatives has convened the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders to facilitate the adoption of elements of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). This effort is being supervised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, Rep. Aminu Suleiman.”Gbajabiamila noted that the position taken by the Federal Government that it was not obligated to pay salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike, was premised on the law and the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.“Nonetheless, interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers. We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.“Implementing meaningful change takes time, especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required. Therefore, I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives. This is not a time for political brinkmanship.“There is no more pressing objective than to preclude the possibility of further disruptions to the academic calendar of the universities. We must prevent this possibility by all means, as these disruptions risk the promise and potential of our nation’s youth,” he said.Speaker Gbajabiamila also restated his commitment to provide sustainable reforms to the Nigerian tertiary education system.He noted that the challenges facing Nigerian tertiary education were multifaceted, hence the need for all stakeholders to come together and proffer solutions.To this end, the Speaker advocated a national tertiary education summit during which stakeholders would come up with ways to make things better in the sector.Gbajabiamila said three weeks ago, he called for a national conversation on the substantive reforms required to address the underlying issues bedevilling public tertiary education in Nigeria.“To that end, the House of Representatives is convening a National Summit on Tertiary Education Reform. We have called for papers and memoranda from members of the public. The submissions we receive and expert presentations at the Summit will inform our policy recommendations and actions.“I urge all citizens and stakeholders to participate in this crucial effort to reinvent our public tertiary institutions into respected citadels of learning,” he added.

  •  The National Salaries Income and Wages Commission NSIWC has urged Ministries Agencies and Departments MDAs involved in wages review without recourse to the commision to desist from the act Dr Mojisola Kolade NSIWC Commissioner in charge of Compensation said this at a two day workshop organised for field and monitoring officers in Abuja on Monday The workshop is on execution of 2022 Manning Level and Salary Inspection Projects of the NSIWC Compensation Department Kolade while declaring the workshop open expressed concern over cases of agencies of government involved in wage review without the knowledge of the commission The commissioner who represented the Chairman of the commission Mr Ekpo Nta said allegations of infractions and leakages in IPPIS is worrisome She said reported cases of infractions had put financial burden on government and must be addressed The commissioner said there was the need to adequately fund the commission to handle issues of wage infractions by agencies of government adding that the wages sector accounted for more than 30 per cent of government budget As pointed out by some persons here there are cases of aberrations going on on the IPPIS platform Also as we speak there is an agency of government that has had its allowance upgraded without this commission knowing So the commission has to be adequately funded to enable it function effectively she said Kolade said the workshop was timely adding that it came at a time when there was the need for adequate human capital to tackle challenges faced by government in the wages sector and other sectors Also speaking Mr Chiadi Adighiogu NSIWC Acting Director Compensation Department said the Act establishing the commission had empowered it to examine streamline and recommend salary scale in the public service He said in furtherance to its mandate the commission often carried out two capital projects manning level and salary inspection Adighiogu said the two projects were critical in order to keep tab on activities of MDAs particularly with regard to wages The acting director said the 2022 phase of the manning project which was basically computation of cost implication of wage payment on government had been set rolling According to him the 2022 project is directed at capturing staff data in establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Health He said government its agencies researchers and the public are often bereft of comprehensive data on employment profile wages and payroll of establishments in the public service With global financial crisis threatening the world economy the need for accurate data particularly in the area of salaries and wages cannot be overemphasised On salary inspection Adighiogu said the commission often made effort to keep to its inspection mandate adding that it had assisted the commission to fish out MDAs involved in wage review without recourse to the commission He said the commission follows up with the monitoring of the implementation through salary inspections to ascertain the compliance of public service establishments It is also through the project that the commission monitors implementation of the personnel cost of government which will be N4 99 trillion in 2023 When infractions are observed the commission writes the agency to desist from such In some cases the Chief Executive Officers CEOs of affected agencies are held responsible for abuse of office which is part of fighting corruption The acting director said the 2022 salary inspection project of the commission would cover agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education Mr Chike Ogbechie a resource person at the workshop said in spite of the commission s vital role as an agency of government it was often undermined particularly in the area of funding He said the commission had over time helped to detect infractions thereby blocking leakages while playing critical role in prolonged issues with unions like Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Ogbechie urges engagement of the commission in IPPIS in view of recent allegations of infractions in the system He said one area that the commission should be engaged in is to be part of the operation of IPPIS For instance the integrity of the platform has been brought to question recently It has been reported that IPPIS sometimes gives pay rise that is not due to some agencies and monies keep leaking from there The News Agency of Nigeria reports that part of the activities for the two day workshop are presentations on methodology of salary inspection and approach to conducting manning level among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Salaries Commission urges MDAs involved in wage infractions to desist
     The National Salaries Income and Wages Commission NSIWC has urged Ministries Agencies and Departments MDAs involved in wages review without recourse to the commision to desist from the act Dr Mojisola Kolade NSIWC Commissioner in charge of Compensation said this at a two day workshop organised for field and monitoring officers in Abuja on Monday The workshop is on execution of 2022 Manning Level and Salary Inspection Projects of the NSIWC Compensation Department Kolade while declaring the workshop open expressed concern over cases of agencies of government involved in wage review without the knowledge of the commission The commissioner who represented the Chairman of the commission Mr Ekpo Nta said allegations of infractions and leakages in IPPIS is worrisome She said reported cases of infractions had put financial burden on government and must be addressed The commissioner said there was the need to adequately fund the commission to handle issues of wage infractions by agencies of government adding that the wages sector accounted for more than 30 per cent of government budget As pointed out by some persons here there are cases of aberrations going on on the IPPIS platform Also as we speak there is an agency of government that has had its allowance upgraded without this commission knowing So the commission has to be adequately funded to enable it function effectively she said Kolade said the workshop was timely adding that it came at a time when there was the need for adequate human capital to tackle challenges faced by government in the wages sector and other sectors Also speaking Mr Chiadi Adighiogu NSIWC Acting Director Compensation Department said the Act establishing the commission had empowered it to examine streamline and recommend salary scale in the public service He said in furtherance to its mandate the commission often carried out two capital projects manning level and salary inspection Adighiogu said the two projects were critical in order to keep tab on activities of MDAs particularly with regard to wages The acting director said the 2022 phase of the manning project which was basically computation of cost implication of wage payment on government had been set rolling According to him the 2022 project is directed at capturing staff data in establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Health He said government its agencies researchers and the public are often bereft of comprehensive data on employment profile wages and payroll of establishments in the public service With global financial crisis threatening the world economy the need for accurate data particularly in the area of salaries and wages cannot be overemphasised On salary inspection Adighiogu said the commission often made effort to keep to its inspection mandate adding that it had assisted the commission to fish out MDAs involved in wage review without recourse to the commission He said the commission follows up with the monitoring of the implementation through salary inspections to ascertain the compliance of public service establishments It is also through the project that the commission monitors implementation of the personnel cost of government which will be N4 99 trillion in 2023 When infractions are observed the commission writes the agency to desist from such In some cases the Chief Executive Officers CEOs of affected agencies are held responsible for abuse of office which is part of fighting corruption The acting director said the 2022 salary inspection project of the commission would cover agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education Mr Chike Ogbechie a resource person at the workshop said in spite of the commission s vital role as an agency of government it was often undermined particularly in the area of funding He said the commission had over time helped to detect infractions thereby blocking leakages while playing critical role in prolonged issues with unions like Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Ogbechie urges engagement of the commission in IPPIS in view of recent allegations of infractions in the system He said one area that the commission should be engaged in is to be part of the operation of IPPIS For instance the integrity of the platform has been brought to question recently It has been reported that IPPIS sometimes gives pay rise that is not due to some agencies and monies keep leaking from there The News Agency of Nigeria reports that part of the activities for the two day workshop are presentations on methodology of salary inspection and approach to conducting manning level among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Salaries Commission urges MDAs involved in wage infractions to desist
    Economy1 month ago

    Salaries Commission urges MDAs involved in wage infractions to desist

    The National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC)), has urged Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) involved in wages review without recourse to the commision to desist from the act.

    Dr Mojisola Kolade, NSIWC Commissioner in charge of Compensation said this at a two-day workshop organised for field and monitoring officers in Abuja on Monday.

    The workshop is on execution of 2022 Manning Level and Salary Inspection Projects of the NSIWC Compensation Department.

    Kolade, while declaring the workshop open,  expressed concern over cases of agencies of government involved in wage review without the knowledge of the commission.

    The commissioner, who represented the Chairman of the commission, Mr Ekpo Nta, said “allegations of infractions and leakages in IPPIS is worrisome.

    ”She said reported cases of infractions had put  financial burden on government and must be addressed.

    The commissioner said there was the need to adequately fund the commission to handle issues of wage infractions by agencies of government, adding that the wages sector accounted for more than 30 per cent of government budget.

    “As pointed out by some persons here, there are cases of aberrations going on on the IPPIS platform.

    “Also, as we speak, there is an agency of government that has had its allowance upgraded without this commission knowing.

    “So, the commission has to be adequately funded to enable it function effectively,” she said.

    Kolade said the workshop was timely, adding that it came at a time when there was the need for adequate human capital to tackle challenges faced by government in the wages sector and other sectors.

    Also speaking, Mr Chiadi Adighiogu, NSIWC Acting Director, Compensation Department, said the Act establishing the commission had empowered it to examine, streamline and recommend salary scale in the public service.

    He said in furtherance to its mandate, the commission often carried out two capital projects, manning level and salary inspection.

    Adighiogu said the two projects were critical in order to keep tab on activities of MDAs,  particularly  with regard to wages.

    The acting director said the 2022 phase of the manning project, which was basically computation of cost implication of wage payment on government, had been set rolling.

    According to him, the 2022 project is directed at capturing  staff data in establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.

    He said, “government,  its agencies, researchers and the public are often bereft of comprehensive data on employment profile, wages and payroll of establishments in the public service).

    “With global financial crisis threatening the world economy,  the need for accurate data particularly in the area of salaries and wages cannot be overemphasised.

    ”On salary inspection, Adighiogu said the commission often made effort to keep to its inspection mandate, adding that it had assisted the commission to fish out MDAs involved in wage review without recourse to the commission.

    He said, “the commission follows up with the monitoring of the implementation through salary inspections to ascertain the compliance of public service establishments).

    “It is also through the project that the commission monitors implementation of the personnel cost of government, which will be N4.99 trillion in 2023.“When infractions are observed, the commission writes the agency to desist from such.

    “In some cases, the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of affected agencies are held responsible for abuse of office, which is part of fighting corruption.

    ”The acting director said the 2022 salary inspection project of the commission would cover agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.

    Mr Chike Ogbechie, a resource person at the workshop, said in spite of the commission’s vital role as an agency of government, it was often undermined, particularly in the area of funding.

    He said the commission had over time helped to detect infractions, thereby, blocking leakages, while playing critical role in prolonged issues with unions like Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    Ogbechie urges engagement of the commission in IPPIS in view of recent allegations of infractions in the system.

    He said, “one area that the commission should be engaged in is to be part of the operation of IPPIS.

    “For instance, the integrity of the platform has been brought to question recently.

    “It has been reported that IPPIS sometimes gives pay rise that is not due to some agencies and monies keep leaking from there.

    ”The News Agency of Nigeria reports that part of the activities for the two-day workshop are presentations on methodology of salary inspection, and approach to conducting manning level among others.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says it will no longer tolerate industrial strikes that do not follow due process particularly during the transition period of the current administration A statement by Mr Olajide Oshundun Head Press and Public Relation in the Ministry of Labour and Employment said that Sen Chris Ngige the minister said this on Thursday in Abuja It said he spoke shortly after receiving an Award of Excellence conferred on him by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD at the 42nd Annual General Conference of the association The News Agency Nigeria reports that the award was presented by the immediate past executive council of NARD It would also be recalled that the new executive had during a courtesy visit to Ngige raised some concerns of the doctors NARD had called for the review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale CONMESS wage structure It also sought the correction of some minor errors in the circular on upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund MRTF non taxation of the call duty allowance and complained about the non payment of the new hazard allowances to house officers On the review of CONMESS Ngige said that a committee had already been put in place at the Federal Ministry of Health which was already working internally It committee will swing into action next week to dialogue with the resident doctors and members of the Joint Health Sector Union JOHESU he said He therefore said that there was no need for the doctors to issue a strike threat when the government had put a process in motion to address their concerns The Federal Government will no longer tolerate a strike that does not pass through due process Any group that embarks on strike will be visited with Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act TDA Laws of the Federation of Nigeria LFN 2004 It says that when a worker goes on strike especially those on essential services the employer can also refuse to pay compensation or wages which accompanies work done The due process of a strike is that social dialogue negotiation with employers should be explored first In the event of failure the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment office in the affected state or FCT should be notified and finally a Trade Dispute Notice TDN served he said Ngige advised all aggrieved unions to emulate the doctors and commence proactive discussions with the Federal Government rather than resort to strike whenever issues arose Reacting to the circular on upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund MRTF he assured the medics that the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission was working on it He also added that the area of domiciliation of the fund for residents would be addressed during negotiation to align it with the National Residency Training Fund Act which is the guiding law pointing out that a circular derives its life from extant laws According to him the issue of non payment of new hazard allowance to house officers is being addressed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation There was an inadvertent error in the submission of their list from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN he noted Ngige assured the workers that the house officers would get their money since they were captured in the payment He however said the Federal Government could not stop the taxation of the call duty allowance of the doctors since it falls under the Personal Income Tax Act PITA to be paid to the states under Pay As You Earn PAYE He added that it was usually deducted by IPPIS on behalf of the state where a medical institution is located Earlier Dr Godiya Ishaya immediate past President of NARD while presenting the award commended the minister for the cooperation Ishaya said that they enjoyed cherished and appreciated the minister s open door policy and appealed to him to extend same to his successor Speaking in a similar vein the new President Dr Emeka Orji commended Ngige for his efforts at restoring industrial harmony and peace He said that the gesture was more felt in the health sector while urging the minister as a medical elder of repute to continue with his good works The NARD delegation also commended Ngige for the registration of the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics NAMDA as a trade union in the university system nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
     FG cautions workers against quick resort to industrial action
     The Federal Government says it will no longer tolerate industrial strikes that do not follow due process particularly during the transition period of the current administration A statement by Mr Olajide Oshundun Head Press and Public Relation in the Ministry of Labour and Employment said that Sen Chris Ngige the minister said this on Thursday in Abuja It said he spoke shortly after receiving an Award of Excellence conferred on him by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD at the 42nd Annual General Conference of the association The News Agency Nigeria reports that the award was presented by the immediate past executive council of NARD It would also be recalled that the new executive had during a courtesy visit to Ngige raised some concerns of the doctors NARD had called for the review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale CONMESS wage structure It also sought the correction of some minor errors in the circular on upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund MRTF non taxation of the call duty allowance and complained about the non payment of the new hazard allowances to house officers On the review of CONMESS Ngige said that a committee had already been put in place at the Federal Ministry of Health which was already working internally It committee will swing into action next week to dialogue with the resident doctors and members of the Joint Health Sector Union JOHESU he said He therefore said that there was no need for the doctors to issue a strike threat when the government had put a process in motion to address their concerns The Federal Government will no longer tolerate a strike that does not pass through due process Any group that embarks on strike will be visited with Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act TDA Laws of the Federation of Nigeria LFN 2004 It says that when a worker goes on strike especially those on essential services the employer can also refuse to pay compensation or wages which accompanies work done The due process of a strike is that social dialogue negotiation with employers should be explored first In the event of failure the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment office in the affected state or FCT should be notified and finally a Trade Dispute Notice TDN served he said Ngige advised all aggrieved unions to emulate the doctors and commence proactive discussions with the Federal Government rather than resort to strike whenever issues arose Reacting to the circular on upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund MRTF he assured the medics that the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission was working on it He also added that the area of domiciliation of the fund for residents would be addressed during negotiation to align it with the National Residency Training Fund Act which is the guiding law pointing out that a circular derives its life from extant laws According to him the issue of non payment of new hazard allowance to house officers is being addressed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation There was an inadvertent error in the submission of their list from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN he noted Ngige assured the workers that the house officers would get their money since they were captured in the payment He however said the Federal Government could not stop the taxation of the call duty allowance of the doctors since it falls under the Personal Income Tax Act PITA to be paid to the states under Pay As You Earn PAYE He added that it was usually deducted by IPPIS on behalf of the state where a medical institution is located Earlier Dr Godiya Ishaya immediate past President of NARD while presenting the award commended the minister for the cooperation Ishaya said that they enjoyed cherished and appreciated the minister s open door policy and appealed to him to extend same to his successor Speaking in a similar vein the new President Dr Emeka Orji commended Ngige for his efforts at restoring industrial harmony and peace He said that the gesture was more felt in the health sector while urging the minister as a medical elder of repute to continue with his good works The NARD delegation also commended Ngige for the registration of the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics NAMDA as a trade union in the university system nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
     FG cautions workers against quick resort to industrial action
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     FG cautions workers against quick resort to industrial action

    The Federal Government says it will no longer tolerate industrial strikes that do not follow due process “particularly during the transition period of the current administration”.  

    A statement by Mr Olajide Oshundun, Head, Press and Public Relation in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said that Sen Chris Ngige, the minister, said this on Thursday in Abuja.

    It said he spoke shortly after receiving an “Award of Excellence,” conferred on him by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the 42nd Annual General Conference of the association.

    The News Agency Nigeria reports that the award was presented by the immediate past executive council of NARD.

    It would also be recalled that the new executive had, during a courtesy visit to Ngige, raised some concerns of the doctors.

    NARD had called for the review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) wage structure.

    It also sought the correction of some “minor errors” in the circular on upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), non-taxation of the call duty allowance and complained about the non-payment of the new hazard allowances to house officers.

    On the review of CONMESS, Ngige said that a committee had already been put in place at the Federal Ministry of Health, which was already working internally.

    “It (committee) will swing into action next week, to dialogue with the resident doctors and members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU),’’ he said.

    He, therefore, said that there was no need for the doctors  to issue a strike threat when the government had put a process in motion to address their concerns.

    “The Federal Government will no longer tolerate a strike that does not pass through due process.

    “Any group that embarks on strike will be visited with Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act (TDA), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004. “It says that when a worker goes on strike, especially those on essential services, the employer can also refuse to pay compensation or wages which accompanies work done.

    “The due process of a strike is that social dialogue negotiation with employers should be explored first.

    “In the event of failure, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment office in the affected state or FCT should be notified and, finally, a Trade Dispute Notice (TDN) served,’’ he said.

    Ngige advised all aggrieved unions to emulate the doctors and commence proactive discussions with the Federal Government rather than resort to strike whenever issues arose.

    Reacting to the circular on upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), he assured the medics that the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission was working on it.

    He also added that the area of domiciliation of the fund for residents would be addressed during negotiation to align it with the National Residency Training Fund Act which is the guiding law, pointing out that a circular derives its life from extant laws.

    According to him, the issue of non-payment of new hazard allowance to house officers is being addressed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

    “There was an inadvertent error in the submission of their list from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN),’’ he noted.

    Ngige assured the workers that the house officers would get their money since they were captured in the payment.

    He, however, said the Federal Government could not stop the taxation of the call duty allowance of the doctors since it falls under the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA), to be paid to the states under Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE).

    He added that it was usually deducted by IPPIS on behalf of the state where a medical institution is located.

    Earlier, Dr Godiya Ishaya, immediate past President of NARD, while presenting the award, commended the minister for the cooperation.

    Ishaya said that they enjoyed, cherished and appreciated the minister’s open door policy and appealed to him to extend same to his successor.

    Speaking in a similar vein, the new President, Dr Emeka Orji, commended  Ngige for his efforts at restoring industrial harmony and peace.

    He said that the gesture was more felt in the health sector while urging the minister, as a medical elder of repute, to continue with his good works.

    The NARD delegation also commended  Ngige for the registration of the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) as a trade union in the university system. 

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  •  The Vice Chancellor University of Lagos UNILAG Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe says he is excited at the decision of lecturers in public universities to return to classes praying such a strike would not occur again He told journalists in Lagos on Friday wile reacting to the directive of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to its members to return to classes following the suspension its eight month old industrial action Ogundipe who spoke on the sidelines of an event at the university said he was excited that the entire issue which had kept students in affected institutions out of school was being handled the way it ought to be He said that there was no university anywhere in the world without the students adding that the institution was going to ensure that they returned to campus as soon as possible I am excited as a person that we have been able to settle the differences It is not like the ASUU is fighting government it is just that there are differences which they have been able to resolve And like I have said before it was in the area of teaching that the lecturers were involved but in the area of research attending conferences doing their community works they are still fully involved That is the reason why when you come to our campus you see that activities were going on apart from teaching Now that the strike has been suspended we are going to ensure that in the next two weeks our students will come back to campus so that we can have our lives back You know that without these students we don t have life and I want to emphasise the need for and continuous dialogue to resolve any form of disagreement as I pray that such strike does not occur again he said Meanwhile members of the University of Lagos community have heaved a sigh of relief following the suspension of the eight month old industrial action Ogunbiyi Anjola a 400 level student of Accounting Faculty of Management Science told the News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who was on campus to monitor developments that he was mentally stressed by the elongated strike He however said that it was soothing and comforting hearing about the suspension of the strike I am indeed very relieved It has been devastating By now I am supposed to have concluded my programme In August we were supposed to have concluded but we had not even gotten to half of the first semester when the strike was declared Right now we are just waiting for school to resume Both parties ought to have looked for solution long before and not wait for a court injunction Government must also learn to fulfil promises to avoid a repeat of incidents like this in the future You know this strike has only been suspended conditionally he stated Benjamin Okonkwo another final year student of the Faculty of Law of the university said the decision to suspend the strike was a welcome development though long overdue My course is for five years but now dragging on to become a seven years course aside the mandatory law school Indeed no one could be very sure of when to conclude programmes in public universities with developments like this in the country It is disturbing and something that must be given indepth attention if indeed we wish to attain the much clamoured accelerated development as well as belong to the comity of nations as a country Okonkwo told NAN Some operators of the university s campus shuttle who did not want their names in print said they were excited at the news of the suspension of the strike It s really been difficult meeting up with our desire to make ends meet with the kind of job we do here on campus We scarcely make the number of rounds we normally do conveying both students staff and visitors to their various destinations here on campus You know we cannot compare the way it used to be when school is fully in session and a buzz in activities here to when there is a strike that even lasted this long In all want to say that we are happy that life will soon return to campus But having said this we want government to do its own side of the bargain to forestall a reoccurrence as the ASUU has only suspended the strike conditionally one of them said A petty trader who also sells food on campus told NAN on condition of anonymity that life had not been the same and she could not wait for the students to return She noted that there was practically no life on campus in the absence of the students noting that they also relied on what they made from their business to keep afloat Recall that ASUU had in a statement by its President Prof Emmanuel Osodeke announced the suspension of the strike regretting however that the issues that led to the protracted action had yet to be satisfactorily addressed The union which went on strike on Feb 14 was protesting the non implementation of the 2009 agreement it entered into with the Federal Government and seeking funding for the revitalisation of public universities and Earned Academic Allowances It also listed its preference for the University Transparency and Accountability System UTAS as a salary payment platform in universities rather than the IPPIS among other demands As negotiations failed and the strike lingered the federal government had approached the National Industrial Court NIC seeking an order to direct ASUU to return to school The court on Sept 21 ruled in the federal government s favour and ordered the ASUU to return to work but the union headed to the appellate court to seek its nod to challenge the verdict However ASUU on Friday suspended the strike after an order by the Court of Appeal that it should immediately obey the industrial court decision as a precondition to filing an appeal against it The union after holding congresses of its branches directed its members to return to work in line with the court decision The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila had also entered into discussions with ASUU leadership and presented the outcome of the talks to President Muhammadu Buhari expressing hope of a favourable response NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Varsities: I pray such strike does not occur again — UNILAG VC
     The Vice Chancellor University of Lagos UNILAG Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe says he is excited at the decision of lecturers in public universities to return to classes praying such a strike would not occur again He told journalists in Lagos on Friday wile reacting to the directive of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to its members to return to classes following the suspension its eight month old industrial action Ogundipe who spoke on the sidelines of an event at the university said he was excited that the entire issue which had kept students in affected institutions out of school was being handled the way it ought to be He said that there was no university anywhere in the world without the students adding that the institution was going to ensure that they returned to campus as soon as possible I am excited as a person that we have been able to settle the differences It is not like the ASUU is fighting government it is just that there are differences which they have been able to resolve And like I have said before it was in the area of teaching that the lecturers were involved but in the area of research attending conferences doing their community works they are still fully involved That is the reason why when you come to our campus you see that activities were going on apart from teaching Now that the strike has been suspended we are going to ensure that in the next two weeks our students will come back to campus so that we can have our lives back You know that without these students we don t have life and I want to emphasise the need for and continuous dialogue to resolve any form of disagreement as I pray that such strike does not occur again he said Meanwhile members of the University of Lagos community have heaved a sigh of relief following the suspension of the eight month old industrial action Ogunbiyi Anjola a 400 level student of Accounting Faculty of Management Science told the News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who was on campus to monitor developments that he was mentally stressed by the elongated strike He however said that it was soothing and comforting hearing about the suspension of the strike I am indeed very relieved It has been devastating By now I am supposed to have concluded my programme In August we were supposed to have concluded but we had not even gotten to half of the first semester when the strike was declared Right now we are just waiting for school to resume Both parties ought to have looked for solution long before and not wait for a court injunction Government must also learn to fulfil promises to avoid a repeat of incidents like this in the future You know this strike has only been suspended conditionally he stated Benjamin Okonkwo another final year student of the Faculty of Law of the university said the decision to suspend the strike was a welcome development though long overdue My course is for five years but now dragging on to become a seven years course aside the mandatory law school Indeed no one could be very sure of when to conclude programmes in public universities with developments like this in the country It is disturbing and something that must be given indepth attention if indeed we wish to attain the much clamoured accelerated development as well as belong to the comity of nations as a country Okonkwo told NAN Some operators of the university s campus shuttle who did not want their names in print said they were excited at the news of the suspension of the strike It s really been difficult meeting up with our desire to make ends meet with the kind of job we do here on campus We scarcely make the number of rounds we normally do conveying both students staff and visitors to their various destinations here on campus You know we cannot compare the way it used to be when school is fully in session and a buzz in activities here to when there is a strike that even lasted this long In all want to say that we are happy that life will soon return to campus But having said this we want government to do its own side of the bargain to forestall a reoccurrence as the ASUU has only suspended the strike conditionally one of them said A petty trader who also sells food on campus told NAN on condition of anonymity that life had not been the same and she could not wait for the students to return She noted that there was practically no life on campus in the absence of the students noting that they also relied on what they made from their business to keep afloat Recall that ASUU had in a statement by its President Prof Emmanuel Osodeke announced the suspension of the strike regretting however that the issues that led to the protracted action had yet to be satisfactorily addressed The union which went on strike on Feb 14 was protesting the non implementation of the 2009 agreement it entered into with the Federal Government and seeking funding for the revitalisation of public universities and Earned Academic Allowances It also listed its preference for the University Transparency and Accountability System UTAS as a salary payment platform in universities rather than the IPPIS among other demands As negotiations failed and the strike lingered the federal government had approached the National Industrial Court NIC seeking an order to direct ASUU to return to school The court on Sept 21 ruled in the federal government s favour and ordered the ASUU to return to work but the union headed to the appellate court to seek its nod to challenge the verdict However ASUU on Friday suspended the strike after an order by the Court of Appeal that it should immediately obey the industrial court decision as a precondition to filing an appeal against it The union after holding congresses of its branches directed its members to return to work in line with the court decision The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila had also entered into discussions with ASUU leadership and presented the outcome of the talks to President Muhammadu Buhari expressing hope of a favourable response NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Varsities: I pray such strike does not occur again — UNILAG VC
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    Varsities: I pray such strike does not occur again — UNILAG VC

    The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, says he is excited at the decision of lecturers in public universities to return to classes, praying such a strike would not occur again.

    He told journalists in Lagos on Friday, wile reacting to the directive of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to its members to return to classes, following the suspension its eight-month-old industrial action.

    Ogundipe, who spoke on the sidelines of an event at the university, said he was excited that the entire issue, which had kept students in affected institutions out of school, was being handled the way it ought to be.

    He said that there was no university anywhere in the world without the students, adding that the institution was going to ensure that they returned to campus as soon as possible.

    “I am excited as a person that we have been able to settle the differences.

    It is not like the ASUU is fighting government, it is just that there are differences which they have been able to resolve.

    “And like I have said before, it was in the area of teaching that the lecturers were involved, but in the area of research, attending conferences, doing their community works, they are still fully involved.

    “That is the reason why, when you come to our campus, you see that activities were going on, apart from teaching.

    Now that the strike has been suspended, we are going to ensure that in the next two weeks, our students will come back to campus, so that we can have our lives back.

    “You know that without these students, we don’t have life and I want to emphasise the need for and continuous dialogue to resolve any form of disagreement, as I pray that such strike does not occur again,” he said.

    Meanwhile, members of the University of Lagos community have heaved a sigh of relief following the suspension of the eight-month-old industrial action.

    Ogunbiyi Anjola, a 400 level student of Accounting, Faculty of Management Science told the News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who was on campus to monitor developments that he was mentally stressed by the elongated strike.

    He, however, said that it was soothing and comforting hearing about the suspension of the strike.

    “I am indeed very relieved.

    It has been devastating.

    By now, I am supposed to have concluded my programme.

    In August, we were supposed to have concluded, but we had not even gotten to half of the first semester, when the strike was declared.

    “Right now, we are just waiting for school to resume.

    Both parties ought to have looked for solution long before and not wait for a court injunction.

    Government must also learn to fulfil promises to avoid a repeat of incidents like this in the future.

    “You know this strike has only been suspended conditionally,” he stated.

    Benjamin Okonkwo, another final year student of the Faculty of Law of the university said the decision to suspend the strike was a welcome development, though long overdue.

    “My course is for five years but now dragging on to become a seven years course, aside the mandatory law school.

    Indeed, no one could be very sure of when to conclude programmes in public universities with developments like this in the country.

    “It is disturbing and something that must be given indepth attention if indeed we wish to attain the much clamoured accelerated development, as well as belong to the comity of nations as a country,” Okonkwo told NAN.

    Some operators of the university’s campus shuttle, who did not want their names in print said they were excited at the news of the suspension of the strike.

    “It’s really been difficult meeting up with our desire to make ends meet with the kind of job we do here on campus.

    We scarcely make the number of rounds we normally do conveying both students, staff and visitors to their various destinations here on campus.

    “You know we cannot compare the way it used to be when school is fully in session and a buzz in activities here to when there is a strike that even lasted this long.

    In all, want to say that we are happy that life will soon return to campus.

    “But having said this, we want government to do its own side of the bargain to forestall a reoccurrence as the ASUU has only suspended the strike conditionally,” one of them said.

    A petty trader who also sells food on campus told NAN on condition of anonymity that life had not been the same and she could not wait for the students to return.

    She noted that there was practically no life on campus in the absence of the students, noting that they also relied on what they made from their business to keep afloat.

    Recall that ASUU had in a statement by its President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, announced the suspension of the strike, regretting, however, that the issues that led to the protracted action had yet to be satisfactorily addressed.

    The union, which went on strike on Feb. 14, was protesting the non implementation of the 2009 agreement it entered into with the Federal Government, and seeking funding for the revitalisation of public universities and Earned Academic Allowances.

    It also listed its preference for the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS) as a salary payment platform in universities, rather than the IPPIS, among other demands.

    As negotiations failed and the strike lingered, the federal government had approached the National Industrial Court (NIC)  seeking an order to direct ASUU to return to school.

    The court, on Sept. 21, ruled in the federal government’s favour and ordered the ASUU to return to work, but the union headed to the appellate court to seek its nod to challenge the verdict.

    However, ASUU on Friday suspended the strike, after an order by the  Court of Appeal that it should immediately obey the industrial court decision, as a precondition to filing an appeal against it.

    The union, after holding congresses of its branches, directed its members to return to work in line with the court decision.

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, had also entered into discussions with ASUU leadership and presented the outcome of the talks to President Muhammadu Buhari , expressing hope of a favourable response.


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  •  Prof Emmanuel Osodeke the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has said that the union would soon call off its seven months old strike Osodeke said this at a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday in Abuja He said from what the union had seen at the meeting there is light at the end of the tunnels adding that this time around it hoped that there would not be any persons or group to create issues that would make the union run into any hitch He said that it hoped the intervention by the leadership of the House would be the final for the sake of the students adding that ASUU s struggle was for the educational system in Nigeria and the university system According to him we hope that in the next few days we will put an end to this strike We want to have a system where the renumeration is enough to attract lecturers all over the World He said that Nigerian universities should also be paid in hard currencies by attracting foreign students while expressing worry over some good lecturers that were leaving the country We are the giant of Africa and we must live by that We thank the speaker for this intervention and we must work together so that every Nigerian will be proud of the universities we have He said that the seventh month old strike should not have gone beyond two weeks if the National Assembly had intervened before now The Speaker of the House of Reps Rep Femi Gbajabiamila said that the intervention by the leadership of the House was fruitful adding that the meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari was far reaching He said Buhari s decision would be made known to the union and the public on Oct 11 adding that the leadership of the House were able to ensure that all the demands of ASUU in term of revitalisation salaries among others have been provided for in the 2023 budget He said that N470 billion had been included in the 2023 budget to accommodate ASUU s demand The issue of UTAs has been resolved as both the government and ASUU have agreed and both will sit to agree to include all the peculiarities required by ASUU on the IPPIS payment platform I believe we have covered ground and it s basically what we have agreed on ASUU would have call off the strike today and hopefully in the next couple of days There is probability that the strike will be called off we thank ASUU for responding at every moment we have called them We have met in my office and it was positive We did this for the sake of our students he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU to call off seven months old strike — ASSU President 
     Prof Emmanuel Osodeke the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has said that the union would soon call off its seven months old strike Osodeke said this at a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday in Abuja He said from what the union had seen at the meeting there is light at the end of the tunnels adding that this time around it hoped that there would not be any persons or group to create issues that would make the union run into any hitch He said that it hoped the intervention by the leadership of the House would be the final for the sake of the students adding that ASUU s struggle was for the educational system in Nigeria and the university system According to him we hope that in the next few days we will put an end to this strike We want to have a system where the renumeration is enough to attract lecturers all over the World He said that Nigerian universities should also be paid in hard currencies by attracting foreign students while expressing worry over some good lecturers that were leaving the country We are the giant of Africa and we must live by that We thank the speaker for this intervention and we must work together so that every Nigerian will be proud of the universities we have He said that the seventh month old strike should not have gone beyond two weeks if the National Assembly had intervened before now The Speaker of the House of Reps Rep Femi Gbajabiamila said that the intervention by the leadership of the House was fruitful adding that the meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari was far reaching He said Buhari s decision would be made known to the union and the public on Oct 11 adding that the leadership of the House were able to ensure that all the demands of ASUU in term of revitalisation salaries among others have been provided for in the 2023 budget He said that N470 billion had been included in the 2023 budget to accommodate ASUU s demand The issue of UTAs has been resolved as both the government and ASUU have agreed and both will sit to agree to include all the peculiarities required by ASUU on the IPPIS payment platform I believe we have covered ground and it s basically what we have agreed on ASUU would have call off the strike today and hopefully in the next couple of days There is probability that the strike will be called off we thank ASUU for responding at every moment we have called them We have met in my office and it was positive We did this for the sake of our students he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU to call off seven months old strike — ASSU President 
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    ASUU to call off seven months old strike — ASSU President 

    Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the union would soon call off its seven months old strike.

    Osodeke said this at a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday in Abuja.

    He said from what the union had seen at the meeting there is light at the end of the tunnels, adding that this time around it hoped that there would not be any persons or group to create issues that would make the union run into any hitchHe said that it hoped the intervention by the leadership of the House would be the final for the sake of the students, adding that ASUU’s struggle was for the educational system in Nigeria and the university system.

    According to him, we hope that in the next few days we will put an end to this strike.

    We want to have a system where the renumeration is enough to attract lecturers all over the World.

    He said that Nigerian universities should also be paid in hard currencies by attracting foreign students, while expressing worry over some good lecturers that were leaving the country.

    ” We are the giant of Africa and we must live by that.

    We thank the speaker for this intervention and we must work together so that every Nigerian will be proud of the universities we have.

    ”He said that the seventh month old strike should not have gone beyond two weeks if the National Assembly had intervened before now.

    The Speaker of the House of Reps, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the intervention by the leadership of the House was fruitful, adding that the meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari was far reaching.

    He said Buhari’s decision would be made known to the union and the public on Oct. 11, adding that the leadership of the House were able to ensure that all the demands of ASUU in term of revitalisation, salaries among others have been provided for in the 2023 budget.

    He said that N470 billion had been included in the 2023 budget to accommodate ASUU’s demand.

    “The issue of UTAs has been resolved as both the  government and ASUU have agreed and both will sit to agree to include all the peculiarities required by ASUU on the IPPIS payment platform.

    “I believe we have covered ground, and it’s basically what we have agreed on.

    ASUU would have call off the strike today and hopefully in the next couple of days.

    “There is probability that the strike will be called off  we thank ASUU for responding at every moment we have called them.

    We have met in my office and it was positive.

    We did this for the sake of our students,” he said www.

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  •   Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles By Joan Nwagwu In the past decades after independence Nigeria s public universities have suffered multiple disruptions in their activities due to strikes by Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU a reincarnate of National Association of University Teachers NAUT Since its formation in 1978 ASUU has grown in leaps and bounds from five branches of NAUT to 92 ASUU branches comprising federal and state universities nationwide But as ASUU grows so also has instability and academic disruption thickens in the public university system as it pushes for what it describes as improved working environment and members welfare In its early days ASUU fiercely fought against any form of assault on academic freedom and government interference in the universities It fought against decaying infrastructure due to neglect and social services as much as unpopular government policies and programmes detrimental to the overall wellbeing of the citizens It was also at the forefront of the struggle against military rule and any form of re colonisation of Nigeria However close followers of the activities of this trade union say the trajectory of its struggles started to change around 1988 Notably between 1988 and 1996 university lecturers embarked on five nationwide strikes in demand for better conditions of service In the course of those struggles ASUU suffered two proscriptions under the military and on each occasion came back more resolute in pursuits of its aspirations After the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 ASUU became more restive Between 1999 and 2022 the union embarked on strike 16 times the ongoing one inclusive Out of the 16 ASUU strikes seven occurred under the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while five each occurred under Umaru Musa Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan The remaining four have so far taken place under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari Two years after Buhari assumed office in 2007 to be precise ASUU embarked on a strike The union later embarked on a three month strike in 2018 and a record nine months strike in 2020 The ongoing strike has so far lasted more than seven months It is important to point out that all the issues in dispute emanated from agreements signed between the union and previous governments some dating back to 2009 The disputed issues include the Revitalisation Funds Earned Academic Earned Allowances Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement on conditions of service of university workers and appointment of visitation panels to the universities Others are the establishment of University Transparency Account Solution UTAS as payment platform for university teachers With this according to the union salaries will not be paid through the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS approved by the government for Federal Government workers ASUU argues that the separate platform will accommodate peculiarities in lectures salaries and wages such as earned allowances and sabbaticals which IPPIS does not recognise The Federal Government insists that it has religiously implemented everything contained in the 2020 agreement The federal government argues that paid N92b from the 2021 budget to cover the revitalisation funds and Earned Academic Earned Allowances for non teaching staff According to the government the issue of visitation panels to the universities had since been laid to rest leaving only the issues of payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service for university workers The union however differs accusing the government of serially flouting Collective Bargaining Agreements CBAs Regarding the renegotiation of the conditions of service in 2016 2017 the Federal Government appointed a committee headed by Wale Babalakin SAN who was at that time the Pro Chancellor of the University of Lagos to handle the renegotiation ASUU protested against Babalakin s appointment prompting his replacement with Professor Jubril Munzali Munzali eventually proposed 200 per cent rise in emoluments of university workers but the Federal Government rejected the proposal because of its huge financial implications The National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission NSIWC in particular said the proposal failed to comply with its template for wage increase When the tenure of the Munzali committee elapsed the Federal Ministry of Education set up a new renegotiation team headed by Professor Nimi Briggs giving the committee a three month deadline to conclude its assignment The committee was yet to conclude its assignment when ASUU embarked on strike on Feb 14 this year After two unsuccessful attempts at conciliation at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment the President directed the Minister of Education to take over negotiations However the discussion between ASUU and the Ministry of Education had since broken down irretrievably forcing the Minister Sen Chris Ngige to refer the dispute to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN Ngige said he acted according to the powers given to him by Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria As Nigerian marches on as nation stakeholders in university education hope that the lingering conflicts between ASUU and the federal government will be permanently laid to rest NANFeature If used please credit writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles
      Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles Varsity education 62 years after independence A chronicle of ASUU s struggles By Joan Nwagwu In the past decades after independence Nigeria s public universities have suffered multiple disruptions in their activities due to strikes by Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU a reincarnate of National Association of University Teachers NAUT Since its formation in 1978 ASUU has grown in leaps and bounds from five branches of NAUT to 92 ASUU branches comprising federal and state universities nationwide But as ASUU grows so also has instability and academic disruption thickens in the public university system as it pushes for what it describes as improved working environment and members welfare In its early days ASUU fiercely fought against any form of assault on academic freedom and government interference in the universities It fought against decaying infrastructure due to neglect and social services as much as unpopular government policies and programmes detrimental to the overall wellbeing of the citizens It was also at the forefront of the struggle against military rule and any form of re colonisation of Nigeria However close followers of the activities of this trade union say the trajectory of its struggles started to change around 1988 Notably between 1988 and 1996 university lecturers embarked on five nationwide strikes in demand for better conditions of service In the course of those struggles ASUU suffered two proscriptions under the military and on each occasion came back more resolute in pursuits of its aspirations After the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 ASUU became more restive Between 1999 and 2022 the union embarked on strike 16 times the ongoing one inclusive Out of the 16 ASUU strikes seven occurred under the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while five each occurred under Umaru Musa Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan The remaining four have so far taken place under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari Two years after Buhari assumed office in 2007 to be precise ASUU embarked on a strike The union later embarked on a three month strike in 2018 and a record nine months strike in 2020 The ongoing strike has so far lasted more than seven months It is important to point out that all the issues in dispute emanated from agreements signed between the union and previous governments some dating back to 2009 The disputed issues include the Revitalisation Funds Earned Academic Earned Allowances Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement on conditions of service of university workers and appointment of visitation panels to the universities Others are the establishment of University Transparency Account Solution UTAS as payment platform for university teachers With this according to the union salaries will not be paid through the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS approved by the government for Federal Government workers ASUU argues that the separate platform will accommodate peculiarities in lectures salaries and wages such as earned allowances and sabbaticals which IPPIS does not recognise The Federal Government insists that it has religiously implemented everything contained in the 2020 agreement The federal government argues that paid N92b from the 2021 budget to cover the revitalisation funds and Earned Academic Earned Allowances for non teaching staff According to the government the issue of visitation panels to the universities had since been laid to rest leaving only the issues of payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service for university workers The union however differs accusing the government of serially flouting Collective Bargaining Agreements CBAs Regarding the renegotiation of the conditions of service in 2016 2017 the Federal Government appointed a committee headed by Wale Babalakin SAN who was at that time the Pro Chancellor of the University of Lagos to handle the renegotiation ASUU protested against Babalakin s appointment prompting his replacement with Professor Jubril Munzali Munzali eventually proposed 200 per cent rise in emoluments of university workers but the Federal Government rejected the proposal because of its huge financial implications The National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission NSIWC in particular said the proposal failed to comply with its template for wage increase When the tenure of the Munzali committee elapsed the Federal Ministry of Education set up a new renegotiation team headed by Professor Nimi Briggs giving the committee a three month deadline to conclude its assignment The committee was yet to conclude its assignment when ASUU embarked on strike on Feb 14 this year After two unsuccessful attempts at conciliation at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment the President directed the Minister of Education to take over negotiations However the discussion between ASUU and the Ministry of Education had since broken down irretrievably forcing the Minister Sen Chris Ngige to refer the dispute to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN Ngige said he acted according to the powers given to him by Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria As Nigerian marches on as nation stakeholders in university education hope that the lingering conflicts between ASUU and the federal government will be permanently laid to rest NANFeature If used please credit writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles
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    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles

    Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles Varsity education 62 years after independence: A chronicle of ASUU’s struggles By Joan Nwagwu In the past decades after independence, Nigeria’s public universities have suffered multiple disruptions in their activities due to strikes by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a reincarnate of National Association of University Teachers (NAUT).

    Since its formation in 1978, ASUU has grown in leaps and bounds, from five branches of NAUT to 92 ASUU branches, comprising federal and state universities nationwide.

    But as ASUU grows so also has instability and academic disruption thickens in the public university system as it pushes for what it describes as improved working environment and members’ welfare.

    In its early days, ASUU fiercely fought against any form of assault on academic freedom and government interference in the universities.

    It fought against decaying infrastructure due to neglect and social services, as much as unpopular government policies and programmes, detrimental to the overall wellbeing of the citizens.

    It was also at the forefront of the struggle against military rule and any form of re-colonisation of Nigeria.

    However, close followers of the activities of this trade union say the trajectory of its struggles started to change around 1988. Notably, between 1988 and 1996, university lecturers embarked on five nationwide strikes in demand for better conditions of service.

    In the course of those struggles, ASUU suffered two proscriptions under the military, and on each occasion, came back more resolute in pursuits of its aspirations.

    After the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, ASUU became more restive.

    Between 1999 and 2022, the union embarked on strike 16 times (the ongoing one inclusive).

    Out of the 16 ASUU strikes, seven occurred under the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, while five each occurred under Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

    The remaining four have so far taken place under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Two years after Buhari assumed office, in 2007 to be precise, ASUU embarked on a strike. 

    The union later embarked on a three-month strike in 2018 and a record nine months strike in 2020. The ongoing strike has so far lasted more than seven months.

    It is important to point out that all the issues in dispute emanated from agreements signed between the union and previous governments, some dating back to 2009. The disputed issues include: the Revitalisation Funds, Earned Academic Earned Allowances, Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement on conditions of service of university workers, and appointment of visitation panels to the universities.

    Others are: the establishment of University Transparency Account Solution (UTAS) as payment platform for university teachers.

    With this, according to the union, salaries will not be paid through the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) approved by the government for Federal Government workers.

    ASUU argues that the separate platform will accommodate peculiarities in lectures’ salaries and wages such as earned allowances and sabbaticals, which IPPIS does not recognise.

    The Federal Government insists that it has religiously implemented everything contained in the 2020 agreement.

    The federal government argues that paid N92b from the 2021 budget to cover the revitalisation funds and Earned Academic Earned Allowances for non-teaching staff.

    According to the government, the issue of visitation panels to the universities had since been laid to rest, leaving only the issues of payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service for university workers.

    The union, however, differs, accusing the government of serially flouting Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs).

    Regarding the renegotiation of the conditions of service, in 2016-2017, the Federal Government appointed a committee headed by Wale Babalakin SAN, who was at that time the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, to handle the renegotiation.

    ASUU protested against Babalakin’s appointment, prompting his replacement with Professor Jubril Munzali.

    Munzali eventually proposed 200 per cent rise in emoluments of university workers, but the Federal Government rejected the proposal because of its huge financial implications.

    The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), in particular, said the proposal failed to comply with its template for wage increase.

    When the tenure of the Munzali committee elapsed, the Federal Ministry of Education set up a new renegotiation team headed by Professor Nimi Briggs, giving the committee a three-month deadline to conclude its assignment.

    The committee was yet to conclude its assignment when ASUU embarked on strike on Feb. 14 this year.

    After two unsuccessful attempts at conciliation at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the President directed the Minister of Education to take over negotiations.

    However, the discussion between ASUU and the Ministry of Education had since broken down irretrievably, forcing the Minister, Sen. Chris Ngige, to refer the dispute to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria ((NICN).

    Ngige said he acted according to the powers given to him by Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

    As Nigerian marches on as nation stakeholders in university education hope that the lingering conflicts between ASUU and the federal government will be permanently laid to rest.

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  •  The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN to call off its ongoing strike Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept 2 though it has none of this Rather ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order It also attached to the application a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing Where then is ASUU coming from It is therefore contemptuous dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN directing it to call off strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution he said Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness noting that the Federal Government strongly frowns at this The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8 month old strike According to him this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept 29 It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila after making his presentation It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker The statement further recalled that at that meeting Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike It said according to the minister on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers The economy is bad and hard time biting hard on everybody ASUU deserves no blame The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry which had to move to the ASUU s direct employers Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU subject to approval by the President The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance with myself as co chair and other members National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Budget Office etc Every MDA whether drawing from the treasury or not must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval before transmission to the President The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of payment platform UTAS came up he persuaded the President to give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4 and the SGF supported me If the system is good we adopt it for the whole country but meanwhile the hardware is not there How do you do it The test the three of them IPPIS UTAS UPPPS have failed the test Do you recommend something that has failed a test So no matter how I love ASUU I won t support something that failed a test NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order
     The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN to call off its ongoing strike Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept 2 though it has none of this Rather ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order It also attached to the application a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing Where then is ASUU coming from It is therefore contemptuous dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN directing it to call off strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution he said Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness noting that the Federal Government strongly frowns at this The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8 month old strike According to him this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept 29 It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila after making his presentation It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker The statement further recalled that at that meeting Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike It said according to the minister on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers The economy is bad and hard time biting hard on everybody ASUU deserves no blame The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry which had to move to the ASUU s direct employers Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU subject to approval by the President The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance with myself as co chair and other members National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Budget Office etc Every MDA whether drawing from the treasury or not must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval before transmission to the President The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of payment platform UTAS came up he persuaded the President to give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4 and the SGF supported me If the system is good we adopt it for the whole country but meanwhile the hardware is not there How do you do it The test the three of them IPPIS UTAS UPPPS have failed the test Do you recommend something that has failed a test So no matter how I love ASUU I won t support something that failed a test NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order
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    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order

    The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) to call off its ongoing strike.

    Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja.

    “The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public, that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept. 2, though it has none of this.

    “Rather, ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order.

    It also attached to the application, a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted.

    “The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing.

    Where then is ASUU coming from?

    “It is therefore contemptuous, dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN, directing it to call off strike and return to work, but that it also has a stay of execution,’’ he said.

    Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU, exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness, noting that “the Federal Government strongly frowns at this”.

    The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8-month old strike.

    According to him, this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action.

    He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order.

    Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work, while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention.

    The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept. 29. It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters  with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, after making his presentation.

    It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker.

    The statement further recalled that at that meeting, Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike.

    It said, according to the minister, “on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers, I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers.

    “The economy is bad and hard time, biting hard on everybody.

    ASUU deserves no blame.

    “The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry, which had to move to the ASUU’s direct employers  – Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement, so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU, subject to approval by the President “The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance, with myself as co-chair and other members – National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Budget Office, etc.

    “Every MDA, whether drawing from the treasury or not, must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval, before transmission to the President.

    The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route.

    ” It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of  payment platform – UTAS – came up, he persuaded the President to “give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4, and the SGF supported me”.

    “If the system is good, we adopt it for the whole country, but meanwhile the hardware is not there.

    How do you do it?

    “The test – the three of them – IPPIS, UTAS, UPPPS – have failed the test.

    Do you recommend something that has failed a test?

    .

    So, no matter how I love ASUU, I won’t support something that failed a test.

    ’’
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  •  Nasarawa State University Keffi NSUK branch of ASUU has vowed to continue with the union s national strike in spite of management s directive to students to resume school Addressing newsmen on Friday in Keffi the branch s chairman Dr Samuel Alu described the management s directive as a reckless one and a betrayal He vowed that the varsity s lecturers would not be forced to return to the lecture theatres against their wish The union is very much familiar with threats blackmail and propaganda issued by certain quarters in respect to the struggle Needless to say that we are conversant with and full of expectation of the antics to sabotage our struggle and are well prepared for it For the avoidance of doubt ASUU is one and the same As such ASUU at NSUK cannot be seen to operate in isolation of other ASUU branches It is operating in full compliance with directives of the national secretariat said Alu expressed dismay that the university s management issued the directive knowing full well that ASUU had appealed against the ruling of the National Industrial Court asking its members to return to the lecture halls In view of the aforementioned forcing university lecturers to go back to class amounts to illegality and a blatant disregard for the rule of law which could be interpreted as a contempt of court Reopening the university with ASUU still on strike means that the vice chancellor and his lieutenants are the ones to teach the students Alu stressed He expressed appreciation of the understanding and resilience of students and parents whom he said had been making sacrifices for the betterment of the future and to save the education sector from total collapse As far as NSUK branch of ASUU is concerned we are in a total comprehensive and indefinite strike I am reiterating here that ASUU NSUK branch will remain on strike until the national body suspends the strike when all demands of ASUU have been met by the Federal Government Alu said The university registrar Mr Bala Ahmed issued the statement asking students to resume school ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over to demand that the Federal Government meets agreements signed in 2009 The agreements covered the release of revitalisation funds for universities renegotiation of the 2009 agreement and the release of Earned Academic Allowances for lecturers It is also demanding that the Federal government should not be paying lecturers the same way it pays its other employees using the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS The union is demanding that rather than use the IPPIS government should pay its members using the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS platform developed by the universities themselves NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU at Nasarawa State University condemns resumption call by management
     Nasarawa State University Keffi NSUK branch of ASUU has vowed to continue with the union s national strike in spite of management s directive to students to resume school Addressing newsmen on Friday in Keffi the branch s chairman Dr Samuel Alu described the management s directive as a reckless one and a betrayal He vowed that the varsity s lecturers would not be forced to return to the lecture theatres against their wish The union is very much familiar with threats blackmail and propaganda issued by certain quarters in respect to the struggle Needless to say that we are conversant with and full of expectation of the antics to sabotage our struggle and are well prepared for it For the avoidance of doubt ASUU is one and the same As such ASUU at NSUK cannot be seen to operate in isolation of other ASUU branches It is operating in full compliance with directives of the national secretariat said Alu expressed dismay that the university s management issued the directive knowing full well that ASUU had appealed against the ruling of the National Industrial Court asking its members to return to the lecture halls In view of the aforementioned forcing university lecturers to go back to class amounts to illegality and a blatant disregard for the rule of law which could be interpreted as a contempt of court Reopening the university with ASUU still on strike means that the vice chancellor and his lieutenants are the ones to teach the students Alu stressed He expressed appreciation of the understanding and resilience of students and parents whom he said had been making sacrifices for the betterment of the future and to save the education sector from total collapse As far as NSUK branch of ASUU is concerned we are in a total comprehensive and indefinite strike I am reiterating here that ASUU NSUK branch will remain on strike until the national body suspends the strike when all demands of ASUU have been met by the Federal Government Alu said The university registrar Mr Bala Ahmed issued the statement asking students to resume school ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over to demand that the Federal Government meets agreements signed in 2009 The agreements covered the release of revitalisation funds for universities renegotiation of the 2009 agreement and the release of Earned Academic Allowances for lecturers It is also demanding that the Federal government should not be paying lecturers the same way it pays its other employees using the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS The union is demanding that rather than use the IPPIS government should pay its members using the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS platform developed by the universities themselves NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU at Nasarawa State University condemns resumption call by management
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    ASUU at Nasarawa State University condemns resumption call by management

    Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) branch of ASUU has vowed to continue with the union’s national strike in spite of management’s directive to students to resume school.

    Addressing newsmen on Friday in Keffi, the branch’s chairman, Dr Samuel Alu, described the management’s directive as a reckless one and a betrayal.

    He vowed that the varsity’s lecturers would not be forced to return to the lecture theatres against their wish.

    “The union is very much familiar with threats, blackmail and propaganda issued by certain quarters in respect to the struggle.

    “Needless to say that we are conversant with and full of expectation of the antics to sabotage our struggle and are well prepared for it.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, ASUU is one and the same.

    As such, ASUU at NSUK cannot be seen to operate in isolation of other ASUU branches.

    “It is operating in full compliance with directives of the national secretariat,’’ said.

    Alu expressed dismay that the university’s management issued the directive knowing full well that ASUU had appealed against the ruling of the National Industrial Court asking its members to return to the lecture halls.

    “In view of the aforementioned, forcing university lecturers to go back to class amounts to illegality and a blatant disregard for the rule of law which could be interpreted as a contempt of court.

    “Reopening the university with ASUU still on strike means that the vice-chancellor and his lieutenants are the ones to teach the students,’’ Alu stressed.

    He expressed appreciation of the understanding and resilience of students and parents, whom, he said, had been making sacrifices for the betterment of the future and to save the education sector from total collapse.

    “As far as NSUK branch of ASUU is concerned, we are in a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.

    “I am reiterating here that ASUU NSUK branch will remain on strike until the national body suspends the strike when all demands of ASUU have been met by the Federal Government,’’ Alu said.

    The university registrar, Mr Bala Ahmed, issued the statement asking students to resume school.

    ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over to demand that the Federal Government meets agreements signed in 2009. The agreements covered the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, and the release of Earned Academic Allowances for lecturers.

    It is also demanding that the Federal government should not be paying lecturers the same way it pays its other employees, using the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

    The union is demanding that rather than use the IPPIS, government should pay its members using the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) platform developed by the universities themselves.


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  •  The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF has accepted to accommodate the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU peculiarities allowances in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System IPPIS Mr Okolieaboh Sylva the acting Accountant General of the Federation said this at a meeting of the union with the Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr Chris Ngige and the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja Sylva said that if there were peculiarities allowances in ASUU s pay what needed to be done was to incorporate them in the platform adding that the office of the Accountant General was willing to incorporate ASUU s peculiarities Let us sit down and know what these issues are and address them inside IPPIS We can correct whatever mistake we make now he said Sylva expressed reservation over ASUU s insistence for the incorporation of the UTAS payment platform for its members If we accept what ASUU is saying it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform the military is on IPPIS and health workers ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made he said Sylva said that the incorporation of ASUU s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without President Muhammadu Buhari s approval adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once ASUU agreed to the offer In the spirit of reconciliation if ASUU knows what can be done we are willing to adopt it to resolve this issue It doesn t make sense not to accept let ASUU come to us we are willing to accept If we are going to adopt UTAS that shows we are going to build the salaries of other civil servants to UTAS he said Speaking Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Productivity said the federal government would not offer ASUU what it does not have Ngige said that the ASUU leadership met with the President on Jan 9 with the hope of convincing government to adopt it UTAS platform for lecturers salaries I told Mr President to let us give it a trial and I took it upon myself I went to NITDA and other agencies and we looked at the the system he said He said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test adding that he couldn t recommend the adoption of any of them no matter the pressure Prof Emmanuel Osodeke President ASUU said it was unfortunate that Nigerians failed to understand how the university system operate Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off its ongoing strike He added that the executive had spoken just as the the judiciary and the legislature Everybody cannot be wrong We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting please in the interest of our children we have called you in spite of the court ruling he said On the the issue of UTAS Gbajabiamila said the report was with the lawmakers We are more or less working for you There come a time all conflicts come to an end We will make our recommendation to the President You have a very good case the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn t pay attention I understand your feeling and emotion You are not doing it for yourself but the enabling environment and the future of our children Please let s take it and get to the final destination he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AGF offers to accommodate ASUU’s peculiarities allowance on IPPIS
     The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF has accepted to accommodate the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU peculiarities allowances in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System IPPIS Mr Okolieaboh Sylva the acting Accountant General of the Federation said this at a meeting of the union with the Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr Chris Ngige and the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja Sylva said that if there were peculiarities allowances in ASUU s pay what needed to be done was to incorporate them in the platform adding that the office of the Accountant General was willing to incorporate ASUU s peculiarities Let us sit down and know what these issues are and address them inside IPPIS We can correct whatever mistake we make now he said Sylva expressed reservation over ASUU s insistence for the incorporation of the UTAS payment platform for its members If we accept what ASUU is saying it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform the military is on IPPIS and health workers ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made he said Sylva said that the incorporation of ASUU s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without President Muhammadu Buhari s approval adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once ASUU agreed to the offer In the spirit of reconciliation if ASUU knows what can be done we are willing to adopt it to resolve this issue It doesn t make sense not to accept let ASUU come to us we are willing to accept If we are going to adopt UTAS that shows we are going to build the salaries of other civil servants to UTAS he said Speaking Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Productivity said the federal government would not offer ASUU what it does not have Ngige said that the ASUU leadership met with the President on Jan 9 with the hope of convincing government to adopt it UTAS platform for lecturers salaries I told Mr President to let us give it a trial and I took it upon myself I went to NITDA and other agencies and we looked at the the system he said He said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test adding that he couldn t recommend the adoption of any of them no matter the pressure Prof Emmanuel Osodeke President ASUU said it was unfortunate that Nigerians failed to understand how the university system operate Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off its ongoing strike He added that the executive had spoken just as the the judiciary and the legislature Everybody cannot be wrong We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting please in the interest of our children we have called you in spite of the court ruling he said On the the issue of UTAS Gbajabiamila said the report was with the lawmakers We are more or less working for you There come a time all conflicts come to an end We will make our recommendation to the President You have a very good case the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn t pay attention I understand your feeling and emotion You are not doing it for yourself but the enabling environment and the future of our children Please let s take it and get to the final destination he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AGF offers to accommodate ASUU’s peculiarities allowance on IPPIS
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    AGF offers to accommodate ASUU’s peculiarities allowance on IPPIS

    The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), has accepted to accommodate the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) peculiarities allowances in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information Payment System (IPPIS).Mr Okolieaboh Sylva, the acting Accountant General of the Federation, said this at a meeting of the union with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, and the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja.Sylva said that if there were peculiarities allowances in ASUU’s pay, what needed to be done was to incorporate them in the platform, adding that the office of the Accountant General was willing to incorporate ASUU’s peculiarities.“Let us sit down and know what these issues are and address them inside IPPIS.We can correct whatever mistake we make now, ” he said.Sylva expressed reservation over ASUU’s insistence for the incorporation of the UTAS payment platform for its members.“If we accept what ASUU is saying, it will create room for everyone to be asking for their own payment platform, the military is on IPPIS and health workers, ASUU should sit down with us and see the progress we have made,” he said.Sylva said that the incorporation of ASUU’s demand on IPPIS platform could be done without President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval, adding that there was nothing complicated about the issue once ASUU agreed to the offer.“In the spirit of reconciliation, if ASUU knows what can be done, we are willing to adopt it to resolve this issue.It doesn’t make sense not to accept, let ASUU come to us, we are willing to accept.“If we are going to adopt UTAS, that shows we are going to build the salaries of other civil servants to UTAS,” he said.Speaking, Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity said the federal government would not offer ASUU what it does not have.Ngige said that the ASUU leadership met with the President on Jan.9 with the hope of convincing government to adopt it UTAS platform for lecturers salaries.“I told Mr President to let us give it a trial and I took it upon myself, I went to NITDA and other agencies and we looked at the the system,” he said.He said that the three platforms brought by ASUU failed the integrity test, adding that he couldn’t recommend the adoption of any of them, no matter the pressure.Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President, ASUU said it was unfortunate that Nigerians failed to understand how the university system operate.Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila appealed to ASUU to call off its ongoing strike.He added that the executive had spoken, just as the the judiciary, and the legislature.“Everybody cannot be wrong.“We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting, please in the interest of our children , we have called you in spite of the court ruling,” he said..On the the issue of UTAS, Gbajabiamila said the report was with the lawmakers.“We are more or less working for you.There come a time all conflicts come to an end.We will make our recommendation to the President.“You have a very good case, the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn’t pay attention.I understand your feeling and emotion.“You are not doing it for yourself but the enabling environment and the future of our children.Please let’s take it and get to the final destination,” he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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