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Strike: FG Set To Accommodate ASUU Pecularities In IPPIS

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been urged to use the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) as a payment platform by the federation’s account-general, Sylvia Okolieaboh.

The FidelinfoNews reports that Okolieaboh asserted that the federal government will take into account the union’s unique payment requirements.

He made the appeal at a meeting that the House of Representatives’ leadership mediated to end the union’s protracted strike.

The Hon.Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila said the House leadership would meet with President Muhammadu Buhari next week to discuss resolving the continuing conflict between the federal government and the ASUU after consulting with all relevant parties.

If that will end the impasse, Okolieaboh stated his administration was prepared to address ASUU’s concerns regarding salary payments.

He claimed that adopting UTAS, as demanded by ASUU, may lead to improper requests from other agencies to be compensated with platforms of their choosing.

Okolieaboh said, “If there are peculiarities in the university salaries system, what we need to do is to sit down with ASUU and identify them and address them in IPPIS. We are willing to accept, if the answer is yes, then the whole of the issues will be resolved. What we need to do, in my own opinion, is to sit down with ASUU and know what the issues are and address them inside IPPIS.

Adopting UTAS carries some hazards, one of which is that everyone will demand their own compensation. Both the police and the military are currently using IPPIS. They each have unique quirks.

Yemi-Esan, the head of the federation’s (HoSF) service, reaffirmed that the platform would take into account the union’s unique characteristics while urging the union to embrace the IPPIS.

Yemi-Esan assuaged the fears of the striking lecturers that the government would not take away the responsibilities of the Governing Council of Universities in the administration of the schools in response to complaints about the government’s attempt to deprive the Governing Councils of Universities of their administrative power through the deployment of the IPPIS.

Ben Akabueze, the director general of the Budget Office, suggested that only one payment platform be used.

He claimed that the government couldn’t afford to have more than one platform because resources were so limited.

However, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of ASUU, claimed that this was not the first time the government had made a commitment to look into the problems but had fallen short.

The IPPIS plan was not accepted by him.

Osodeke emphasized that the universities should have their own autonomy because it is what the statutes required, in his opinion. According to him, Nigeria is the only nation in which the office of the accountant-general is used to pay the wages of academics.

Osodeke questioned NITDA’s decision to withhold the results of the most recent test on UTAS and insisted that they should have access to the report so they could review it.

Dr. Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, advised institutions to support themselves if they wanted complete autonomy.

Ngige said that while talks were still in progress, he had urged ASUU to accept the IPPIS, which could still account for their unique circumstances.

He praised the House leadership for taking the initiative and urged ASUU to continue working with IPPIS to resolve their issues.

He stressed that he would not accept the broken systems and expressed disappointment that ASUU went on strike while negotiations were still happening without his knowledge.

However, Gbajabiamila said that seeing the UTAS report is useless if the government is to address ASUU’s concerns in the IPPIS.

He stated that it is crucial for Varsities to restore operations as soon as possible so that students can return to their studies.

“We will give you the report. But we do not want delays. So, the issue of UTAS let us say we are waiting to study the report. What are we doing here? What is on ground now is that the government sits with you and asks ASUU what are the problems with IPPIS, we would fix those problems. They did it with the military, and the health sector and others.”

According to him, the House leadership would present a summary of its interactions with significant parties to the disagreement over the next couple of days and make recommendations that would allow the President to assess the issues at stake from an educated second perspective.

According to Gbajabiamila, the leadership will be helped in developing fact-based suggestions for handling the problem as a result of the information obtained from the extended conversations.

The House would invite the ASUU after the outcome of the meeting with the president, Gbajabiamila assured the lecturers on strike.

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Again, Saraki Thugs Vandalise Campaign Posters In Kwara

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Thugs loyal to the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have vandalised campaign posters belonging to candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ode Alausa, Ilorin, the state capital.

Fidel Info reports that the thugs who went on rampage were said to be sponsored by two PDP chieftains Dr Giwa Lukman and one other simply identified as Alhaji Uthman.

Both of them are loyalists of former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki who is the leader of the party in Kwara.

The thugs razed down all the APC billboards and pounced on passersby and innocent residents, leaving many people with varying degrees of injuries.

Our sources told us that many of the victims are hospitalised after suffering damages to their bodies.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time hooligans loyal to the opposition PDP in the state would be destroying billboards belonging to the APC.

They also orchestrated the destruction of APC billboards in Ubandawaki in Ilorin few months ago.

People have attributed these developments to acceptance of defeat by the opposition who are overwhelmed by the popularity of APC in the state.

They condemned PDP for resorting to violence which they said is a characteristic of their era, urging security agencies to step up their game in containing these notorious elements that want to destabilise the peace and harmony of the state.

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Kwara 2023:Scores Join APC In Oke-Ero LG

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Hundreds of defectors across  opposition parties in Kwara State have joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

Fidel Info Reports That The massive defections happened today on an open field during the local government APC General Ward Meeting in Idofin Igbana community.

The decampees claimed that, what is happening in other political parties are nothing to hold by but Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s APC has done so much for them in the local government and in the state at large.

Speaking for the Hausa Community, Mallam Abila Danlami said himself and his people residing in Oke-Ero has never had it so good and has no choice than to join APC and support Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s reelection for their personal and general benefits.

Welcoming the decampees into the APC fold, the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Oyeyemi Olasunbo Florence, said the defectors are from all the 10 wards of the local government having witnessed different developmental projects in their various localities.

The Commissioner who is a daughter of the soil also said several groups were represented such as, Fulani Community, Hausa Community including the plantation farmers from Ado-Ashe, all from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other opposition parties in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the defectors realized, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has the excellence and has proven the worth, so the people see it as a must to join hands with him and ensure victory of the party from the Presidency down to the House of Assembly levels.

She said all wards in the local government are fully represented to throw weight behind the governor’s reelection bid and charge the environment while showing strong support.

She however thanked the governor for counting the local government worthy of the massive development it has experienced since the beginning of his administration.

Also, the Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. George Olabode Towoju hailed the governor for the recognition and support he is giving the indigenes and residents of the local government.

Hon. Towoju said there is hardly any ward in the local government that you won’t see at least one political office holder or the other. He revealed that, Oke-Ero is one of the few local governments in the state that produce two commissioners.

He said with the feat, “our people are totally committed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s project  for him to win his reelection come 2023 for the continuity of the good governance Kwarans have always been yearning for.

Some of the achievements of the governor in the local government are as follows;

*Construction of four class rooms at Iloffa Grammar School with three offices.

*Construction of 3 blocks of classroom with two offices at St Pete Primary School, Iloffa.

*ICT Centre at St. John Primary School Iloffa.

*Construction of 3 classrooms at Jamat Primary School Iloffa.

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of Oko – Idofin Igbana Road to Odo-Ashe ongoing

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks 10 classroom at St. Paul Primary School, Idofin-Igbana Ward l

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks of 4 classrooms at Idofin High School, Idofin Ward II

*Rehabilitation and refurbishment of Model Health Centres at Omi-Egun Road, Idofin Ward II.

*Construction of Oko – Idofin Igbana – Odo Ashe Road.

*Construction of Omi Ayin Bridge along Idofin Ayekale Road.

Building of two blocks of classroom at United Primary School, Ekan and rehabilitation of Obaji Comprehensive Secondary School, Ekan.

Building of six blocks of class room in Odo Ashe.

Construction of two new classrooms and renovation of another 4 classrooms with furniture at Muslim Primary School, Ayedun.

Construction of two blocks of classroom at Imode/Egosi Ward and many more projects yet to be captured.

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Kwara Govt Begins E-Payment Of Bursary To Students

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Sequel to the 100 percent Bursary increment of kwara State Students of Tertiary institutions accross the Country, the State Government has Commenced disbursement of Bursary through the Online platform that has been made available to the Students of Tertiary institutions.

Fidel Info reports that The Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Alabi Afees Abolore disclosed this development during an inauguration ceremony and launching of the 5th edition of ACME magazine by the National Association of the Nigerian Students (Joint Campus Council (JCC) Kwara State Axis held during the week at the College of Nursing Ilorin Auditorium.

Dr Alabi during his keynote address reeled some of the achievements of the Kwara State Government under the administration of Mallam AbduRahman Abdulrazaq and further encouraged students not to be allowed for cheap political gains by selfish individuals or group of people. The Honourable Commissioner advised them to take their academic pursuit as top priority and that they should shun all forms of social violence amongst others.

Dr Abolore added that the Administration of Mallam Abdulraman Abdulrasaq is committed towards Students welfare and would ensure that Kwara Students welfarism are taken very seriously

Dr Abolore urged the beneficiary (Students) to put the bursary payments to good use and expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kwara State AbdulRahman keeping to his campaign promises in all areas of sectors including Basic and Tertiary Education.

The Kwara State Students affirmed and endorsed the working Governor Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for second term having been convinced of the developmental and prosperity agenda of His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq for great people of Kwara. They prayed that may Almighty God make it easy for him. Amen

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