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Latest News on ASUU Strike Today: Professors on IPPIS Earns N8,000 as Monthly Salary

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Professors Receive as Low as N8,000 as Monthly Salary on IPPIS

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said some professors on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) introduced by the Federal Government earned as low as N8,000 as monthly salary.

Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, the president of the union, disclosed this on Thursday while explaining why ASUU is yet to call off its ongoing strike.

Ogunyemi, who said the federal government had made the negotiation almost impossible, explained that some university lecturers on the IPPIS were losing as much as 70 percent of their salaries while there were records of some professors receiving as low as N8,000 as their monthly salaries.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the union President said they are waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) created by ASUU to address challenges of IPPIS. An unlikely proposition given the government recent comments and position.

ASUU accused the Federal Government of failing to fulfill its agreements with the union since 2013, including frustrating the union plan to introduce an alternative payment system for university lecturers.

Ogunyemi said: “People are losing about 50 to 70 percent of their salaries. In fact, there were professors that were paid about N8,000 in some months on our cam­puses.

“So, we don’t expect something otherwise be­cause that platform is not meant for the university system.

“I believe our students and their parents will un­derstand. If we have lectur­ers that have not been paid for eight, nine months, how can we have that person putting in their best into the system?

“If people are going back to the universities and they will be paid half or less of their usual salaries, how can we cope with that?

“And salary is not the only issue, like I said, there were allowances that were discussed; there was the is­sue of salary scale.

“If we have been on the same salary structure for 11 years, I think our members have the right to say, No, that cannot happen. Government has made it difficult for smooth negotiation.”

ASUU has been on strike for eight months now, with Nigerian tertiary students not doing anything even before the COVID-19 started. However, with just two months left in arguable the most challenging year in human history, it is uncertain if the students will resume this year or the first quarter of 2021.

This is largely due to the fact that the Federal Government does not see UTAS created locally by the university union as an effective alternative to IPPIS it claimed has helped curb leakages and reduce ghost staff in the system.

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UK Government Has Approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

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The United Kingdom on Wednesday Approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

British government on Wednesday became the first country to approve Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use, according to the UK government.

The vaccine will be rolled out from next week and the first dose could be administered as early as December 7th, stated people familiar with the matter.

Last week, the UK government announced it had ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 and appointed Nadhim Zahawi, the current junior business minister, as the minister responsible for the deployment of the vaccines.

British government on Wednesday morning said, “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use” 

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.”

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, revealed that the programme would commence early next week.

“It is very good news,” Hancock said.

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Zabarmari Massacre: Buhari to Provide More Resources for the Nigerian Military

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to provide more resources to the military in the aftermath of the Zabarmari massacre.

On Saturday, Boko Haram killed 43 people with around 70 people still missing in Zabarmari, a village in Borno State.

Reacting to the massacre, Buhari, through his official Twitter handle @MBuhari said “Nothing is more important than ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians. Everything is secondary when security is at stake. I will ensure that more resources are made available to the military and other security agencies to prosecute the war against terrorism.

“As we mourn all the lives lost in Zabarmari, the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis, until we root out the terrorists.

“We will intensify our cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.

“As I noted earlier, the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari is nothing short of senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly. It reinforces our resolve to root out all forms of insurgency and insecurity not just in Borno but everywhere across Nigeria.”

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Boko Haram Kills Rice Farmers in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria

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Rice farmers were killed on Saturday morning in the Northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants, Boko Haram, according to a Reuters Report.

The report also noted that 30 of the people killed were beheaded while over a dozen others were still missing.

However, resident of the Zambarmari Village where the attacks took place said a total of 70 people were feared dead.

Another resident and Amnesty International were quoted as saying at least 10 women were among those missing.

In another statement by Edward Kallon, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, it was armed men on motorcycles that led the brutal attack on civilians harvesting their fields.

Armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields,” Edward Kallon stated.

“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” he added, noting that several women are believed to have been kidnapped.

“The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice,” Kallon said.

On Sunday, Governor Babaganan Umara Zulum of Borno State, who was at the burial told journalists that at least 70 farmers were killed on Saturday.

The Governor, therefore, called on the Federal Government to recruit more Civilian Joint Task Force members, Soldiers and civil defence fighters to protect farmers in the region.

He added that people are facing desperate choices.

In one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he said.

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