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Withheld salaries used to blackmail our members to enroll in IPPIS, says Osodeke

Academic activities in the nation’s universities may again be paralysed as members of the Academic Staff Union Of Nigeria Universities (ASUU) warned of a fresh strike over alleged refusal of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) to pay salaries and remit check-off dues of about 1000 staff for 13 months.
Chairman, University of Jos branch of ASUU, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, accused the AGF of allegedly causing friction between the union and Federal Government, which may trigger another round of strike.

ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said despite its promise to the union to pay all outstanding salaries before December 31, 2020, government is still owing members in many of the branches between two to 16 months salaries.

Osodeke alleged that government is withholding members’ salaries to force them to enroll for Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

He said: “There are lecturers that are paid for few months, after one or two months, they stopped paying them, and all sorts of funny things. We have met with the minister of labour and employment; we even cascaded it to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, but the office of the AGF seems to be adamant on punishing members.

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On the next line of action, the ASUU chief said there are procedure for embarking on strike and the union will follow that procedure.”

Asked if the union had made any attempt to meet with officials from the office of the AGF, Osodeke said: “We have our principle of engagement with government. The agreement we reached in December was brokered by the Minister of Labour and Employment, and we also agreed to meet from time to time to look at the issues. We met in May and raised all these issues with the Accountant-General’s Office present at the meeting.

ASUU, SSANU Threaten Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

“They tried to deny the fact that some of our members are being owed. And we were able to prove with available data that they were lying and they accepted and agreed to implement. If any of our members enroll in IPPIS today, officials from the office of the AGF will pay you the next day, which means that what they are doing is deliberate.

“We have sent data of our members to them more than four to five times – complete data. They will request for one today we will send, and the next month our members will still not be paid. But if any of our members decides to register, they will pay all their arrears. It is a deliberate attempt.

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“They even came last month to request for data and we sent to them. As we speak, more than 1000 of our members are still being owed 16 months. Bursars of each university have sent their documentation and all corrections to the office of the Accountant-General, yet they are not paying our members,” Osodeke added.

He alleged that the officials are trying to blackmail ASUU members, using hunger as a weapon to get them to enroll on IPPIS. “It is very unfortunate that they are trying to kill the university system because of personal reasons, and I think it is wrong. We will meet, get reports from all our branches, get all available data and the union will take the next action.”

The nation’s universities were shut for nine months following a prolonged strike by ASUU over unresolved issues with the Federal Government, particularly on IPPIS and payment of Earned Academic Allowances and revitalisation of tertiary institutions.

According to Maigoro, the AGF is insisting that lecturers must go to Abuja and register for IPPIS despite the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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On alleged non-remittance of check-off dues by the AGF, the ASUU boss said it is a deliberate attempt at preventing the union from assisting members whose salaries were withheld, in a bid to force them to register for IPPIS.

“This we believe is also aimed at deliberately frustrating the implementation of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), the payment platform developed by ASUU.

He said the union has got to a stage where it may be forced to take drastic measures to save the lives and families of its members.

“We call on all well- meaning Nigerians to advise those responsible that this path will force us to take very drastic measures. Invariably, it is the children of all Nigerians in these institutions that would suffer and not just ASUU members.

MEANWHILE, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), has advised the Federal Government to withdraw its circular directing that workers of Staff Schools should not be captured in the 2022 budget.

SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim, warned that the union would embark on industrial action if government fails to heed the union’s request.

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NYSC sports, cultural festival promote national unity, devt – Official Festival

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The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), says it has initiated the annual Sports and Cultural Festival to harness the potentials of the youths towards sustainable national development.

Alhaji Baba Ladan, Director, NYSC North-East Area Office, stated this at the inauguration of the Zonal Preliminaries of the 2021 NYSC annual Sports and Cultural Festival, on Wednesday in Bauchi.

Ladan, represented by Hajiya Salamatu Muhammed, Deputy Director, NYSC North-East, said the competition was adesigned to explore talents in dance, drama and sports.

This, he said, is to further entrench the objectives of the scheme towards promoting national unity.

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“The scheme seeks to provide an avenue for further interactions among corps members of diverse background, irrespective of our ethnic and religious differences, we can lift our country higher through our shared values, spirit of patriotism and collective will,

“I implore you to adhere strictly to the rules of the festival. You are to also conduct yourselves peacefully throughout the period.

“You should all imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship by not taking the competition as a do or die affair but a platform to showcase your talents.

“To the referees, umpires and judges of dance, drama and standout comedy, I urge you to please display professionalism and fairness in officiating the competition,” he said.

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NYSC sports, cultural festival promote national unity, devt – Official Festival

The director further urged members of the public to support the scheme to achieve the set objectives of the festival by harnessing the potentials of the talented youths.

Earlier, Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar, the state coordinator of the scheme, congratulated the corps members for representing their respective states, and advised them to shun night traveling.

States participating in the competing in Bauchi Zone include Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Taraba and Yobe.

Borno state was given a walk over against Jigawa in both football and volleyball competitions for its absent at the festival.

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Gombe state would be locking horns with Adamawa while Taraba would face Yobe in football and volleyball games.

Other competitions ares track events (athletics), dance, drama as well as comedy.

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Politicians in Nigeria, experts in different parts of the world, religious leaders, traditional rulers and members of the organized private sector will participate in the 70th Anniversary Celebration of one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria, St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

‘’St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe has made great achievements in the past 70 years. Therefore, Saturday, October 16, 2021 is a day of celebrating SPCC’s past, recognizing individuals who have made remarkable contributions and sharing old memories’’ a statement issued in Aghalokpe by the Chairman of SPCC 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri said.

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The statement announced Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2021 as the date of the 70th anniversary celebration.

Global experts, Politicians, others set for SPCC 70TH Anniversary

The statement listed the building of a proper college gate, interlocking of the college roads, rehabilitation of all the college laboratories, senior staff quarters and construction of a brand new IT Centre as major projects of the SPCC Old Boys Association.

’SPCC development stories have set an example for other associations in Delta State’’.

The statement emphasized the achievements and contributions that the Old Boys Association made in the past.

It pointed out that the Old Boys Association in the immediate past rehabilitated the college hall, junior staff quarters, chapel and the college administrative building (principal’s office, staff room and library,

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ANSPOLY Holds International Conference, as UNIZIK VC Describes Those Who Rig Elections as Political Illiterates

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By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

Anambra State Polytechnic (ANSPOLY), Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State recently at the school’s auditorium held a Physical and Virtual Multi-disciplinary International Conference with Theme: Knowledge, Technology And Innovation for Africa’s Transformation in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Arts, Science, Social and Management Research (CAASSMR).

In her opening remarks, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr (Mrs.) Nneka Mefoh said the institution had her maiden International Multidisciplinary Conference in the year 2019 and was adjudged a good outing, noting that the opened their eyes to the corporate character of the members of the Polytechnic community.

She said that they worked tirelessly to ensure that the second conference met the global academic conference standard, stating that they had presentations and panel discussions, on various issues, workshops and other interactive sessions that would fill their intellectual appetite.

The ANSPOLY Rector announced that they had twelve NBTE-accredited departments in four schools at the National Diploma (ND) level and that the Polytechnic was currently preparing for the visitation for the approval of more programmes particularly the Higher National Diploma (HND) Programmes, adding that they had the list of programmes and other information on their website.

Dr Mefoh said that as a young institution birthed in 2017, though it was formerly a monotecnic, that had achieved a lot in terms of standards, the NBTE accreditation JAMB, TeTFund enlistment and most recently, the allocation of TETFund intervention funds as for other polytechnics.

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ANSPOLY Holds International Conference, as UNIZIK VC Describes Those Who Rig Elections as Political Illiterates

She thanked God for His mercies and Governor Willie Obiano for the efforts to make the institution great in the face of the global economic meltdown, the construction of access road from Awka to the Polytechnic and ongoing construction of internal roads had actually given them the push to invite people to the institution.

‘All hands were on deck, with all doggedness [even when the problem of dearth of funds was a critical challenging factor], the academic, technical and non-academic staff worked together in one mind to make sure that the conference was a success.

‘Indeed, it was a good one. With all the enthusiasm, we all dreamt of greater 2020 conference which did not hold eventually, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged so many parts of the world,’ she said.

Dr Mefor stated that over ninety abstracts were received from scholars all over the world and that in view of the post COVID challenges in education, the conference was held in a hybrid form, appreciating God for modern Information and Communication Technology which she said, made it possible for people to attend conferences from the cool comfort of their rooms or offices.

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The ANSPOLY Rector noted that academic conferences were necessary symposia that encouraged researchers to be committed to their work, emphasizing that epoch innovations were made as a result of the inventive minds and that reasons for attending academic conferences included, but was not limited to presentation of results of research work carried out in various fields, networking among researchers for future collaborations, multicultural interaction and socialization exposition to cutting edge research, visiting other terrains, relaxation away from the challenges of work overload and unending list of issues ‘seeking urgent attention’ and many others.

‘This time around, we included a pre-conference workshop that prepared attendees for the conference proper. The theme of this year’s Pre-conference workshop was “The mid-point between Academic Research and a Technologically-driven Economy” anchored by an erudite scholar, Professor Chris Ezeibe from the UNN.

‘The paper carefully identified the mid-point and ‘married’ academic research and our dream economy. We are very sure that the participants learnt a lot and should be ready to put that into practice in their various endeavours,’ ANSPOLY Rector said.

She continued: ‘inasmuch as research work was not exclusive right of the academia, you can agree with me that academics that commit to research have a lot to offer the society. In our world today, technology has proved to be a boon to so many nations.

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‘Polytechnic education has a technological emphasis and is very practical in nature and that is why we are striving to keep on bringing scholars together for academic and practical interactions which we hope will eventually yield the desired fruits for the betterment of our society, especially Africa.

‘Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu has an agricultural background being an offspring of the erstwhile Anambra State College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu, as such we have recorded so many researches in the area of agriculture by the members of the academia in our community. The other disciplines found in the Polytechnic are not left out ad they are striving for the top of their fields.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone while presenting a keynote address described all those involved in election and political malpractice as illiterates, saying that there was no way Africa would move forward with people he said, mortgaged their future and that of those around them just for immediate gains.

‘Africans are backwards because of these individuals. They care less the masses. All they are concerned about are their pockets and nothing more,’ he said.

The Public Relations Officer of ANSPOLY, Chukwuanu Sunday Okagbue, Anipr anchored the event and the Master of Ceremony.

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