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Take Out IPPIS Condition on Universities, ASUU tells FG

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ASUU and FG at Loggerheads Over IPPIS

The demand for Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, revitalization, among others were the conditions laid down by ASUU when it embarked on the nationwide strike which started on 23rd of March, 2020.

In a statement made by Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, he urged the Federal Government to reconsider its stand and take off the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information Service (IPPIS) from Nigerian Universities.

ASUU pleaded with Nigerians to bear with them and have it in mind that they are fighting every Nigerian battle for better and improved government universities.

“Our Union is struggling to ensure that the children of the poor, who cannot afford the prohibitive cost paid in private universities or do not have opportunities to study outside Nigeria, get quality education which is not priced beyond their reach.

“This will only happen when government adequately funds public universities and addresses the rot and decay in them.

“ASUU has shifted positions in some respects.

“For instance, our members have reduced their demand of one tranche N220bn of the outstanding revitalization fund by 50 per cent.

“The Union has also agreed that N30bn out of the so far verified arrears of N40bn of the earned academic allowances (EAA) be paid to our members while the balance of N10bn could be spread over the next two tranches,

“We were equally making steady progress on other issues,” he explained.

ASUU President, Prof. Ogunyemi, clarified that the major delay in reaching a conclusive agreement was government insistence on the acceptance of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform by all federal universities in the country and the condition that the payment of withheld salaries and other due entitlements will be paid through the IPPIS

He added that the government is imposing IPPIS on Nigerian universities which is against the provision of the law on autonomy and universal practices.

However, he said that although the IPPIS was engineered by the World Bank, the UTAS was locally developed by ASUU members and the union is at the final stage of the integrity test of the Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

Prof. Ogunyemi said UTAS had been presented to the Minister of Education and senior management staff, the President and leadership of Senate, and the Office of the Accountant-General where NITDA and Office of the National Security Adviser and other MDAs were fully represented.

“Last Thursday, 5th November, 2020, the National Universities Commission (NUC) facilitated the presentation of UTAS to Vice-Chancellors and Bursars of federal universities.

“All questions raised at the four levels of presentation of UTAS were satisfactorily answered.

“With the full cooperation of the concerned agencies, the final test with NITDA could be completed as a matter of days and UTAS adopted in place of IPPIS in our universities.

“ASUU disagrees with government on the use of IPPIS during the so-called transition period.

“In practical terms, there is no transition period if government is sincere,”Ogunyemi added.

Prof. Ogunyemi, said they are at the last stage of integrity test for UTAS, however, over three-quarters of ASUU members are yet to be registered on IPPIS and it will take longer to capture them all on the IPPIS system.

He said the rumor that the GIFMIS platform used in paying ASUU members’ salaries before the advent of IPPIS is false. He claimed that some of its members received part of their withheld salaries last week despite not been registered on the IPPIS platform.

“But, in furtherance of the attack on ASUU, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) has illegally seized all the deducted union check-off dues of our members in the last nine months.

“So, government should release all what is due ASUU members and the union without the conditionality of IPPIS.

“That would enable us conclude on the outstanding five demands including revitalisation, EAA, renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, inauguration of the Visitation Panels.

“Others are proliferation of state universities and governance issues in them of the Union to pave way for the quick resolution of the lingering crisis.

“It is government that is prolonging the matter, not ASUU,” he added.

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Npower Batch A and B Beneficiaries Can Now Access NEXIT Portal

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Exited Npower beneficiaries of batches A and B can now access the NEXIT Portal, according to Nneka Ikem, the Special Assistant, Media & Publicity to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq.

Here is how to register on the NEXIT

1. Visit the Official NEXIT Portal by clicking here

2. Then enter the email address you used for your Npower application.

3. Create and set up a new password on the NEXIT Portal

4. Now enter your name as registered on your Npower profile

5. Kindly input your Bank Verification Number

6. Finally, agree to the terms and policy and hit the submit button.

The next stage is to re-enter your email address on the activation page. Once that is done, go to your email and click the activation link sent to your e-mail.

Now login into the NEXIT portal with your credientials and complete the questionaire.

The portal was introduced to engage exited Npower beneficiaries through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s job options.

On Monday Hajiya Sadiya Farouq said “The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.

“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be Available to UK Resident on Dec 7

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The United Kingdom is planning to approve Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a few days, according to government officials.

According to the officials, deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine would begin a few hours after authorisation and the first injections could take place on December 7.

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has named Nadhim Zahawi, the current junior business minister, as the minister responsible for the deployment of the vaccines.

Britain said on Nov. 20 it had formally asked its medical regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), to evaluate the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for its suitability, the first step in making it available outside the United States.

The UK ordered 40 million doses of the two-shot product, which the preliminary data showed to be more than 95 percent effective.

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Npower News: CBN Job Options for Exited Npower Beneficiaries

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria has launched an online portal called N-Exit to enable exited Npower Beneficiarieas apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerement Options.

The ministry stated a statement signed by Bashir Nura Alkali, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, urged interested exited npower beneficiaries to log on to the portal and add other additional information required for placements into the CBN intervention options.

The minister also stated that the NEXIT Portal will determine the suitability of the interested exited beneficiaries of Npower for teh CBN affiliate programes.

The statement reads, “The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.

“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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