Connect with us

News Feed

ASUU strike is boosting #EndSARS protest — Chris Ngige

Published

on

The Nigerian government says the strike by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has allowed university students to join the ongoing protest against the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across Nigeria.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this at a meeting between the government and ASUU on Thursday in Abuja

According to Mr Ngige, “for the past one week, we have all been on our toes, we have been meeting and we pray that this meeting will yield good fruits.

“We don’t take pleasure in the fact that the children who are supposed to be in school are being recruited into the EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT campaign.

“As much as possible, we will try to see how we can meet ourselves halfway, so that we can resolve this crisis to the benefits of all and the country at large,” he said.

The minister said that the government has begun testing the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) platform created by ASUU as an alternative to the IPPIS being used to pay federal government workers.

He said ASUU members have claimed that the platform will accommodate the peculiarities of the university system and that the platform will involve three stages of test to be concluded within the time frame the union gave the government.

“We have the preliminary report and the test run on the UTAS and we believe that with that, we will be able to get it right.

“Let me make it clear to members of the press, we never said UTAS will replace Integrated Personnel Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as some of you are reporting.

“No! The UTAS developed by them is for the university system and they feel that it captures the peculiarities that are configured to accommodate all the university systems, especially as it affects the professors and other teaching staff and even the non-academic staff.

“We, as government, feel we are going to put it up for tests – three stages of test. We have done the first stage of the test which is within the timeline of six months that ASUU promised.

“We are going to do other integrity tests, Alpha test, Beta test and the one they call roll-over and other whatever test. It is the technologists that know all those tests. But this is the round we are going on now,” he said.

The ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, commended the Senate President and the Minister of Labour and Employment and Accountant-General of the Federation, among others, for making discussion possible between the concerned parties.

Mr Ogunyemi said his team was open-minded, adding that its members out there expect much from this meeting.

“Our members are ready and willing to go back to class because it is a matter of national interest. Just like every other person’s child is at home, our children are also at home,” he said.

“We are conscious of our place in history. If an academic does not defend academia, who defends the academics.”

He, however, appealed to all to look at the issues affecting the university system as a national emergency in the country.

At the conclusion of the meeting, both parties resolved to meet again next Wednesday while the strike continues.

PREMIUM TIMES

News Feed

Burna Boy, Stefflon Don Unfollow Each Other On Instagram

Published

on

Burna Boy, Stefflon Don Unfollow Each Other On Instagram

Nigerian singer, Burna Boy and his girlfriend. Stefflon Don, have reportedly unfollowed each other on Instagram.

 

Information Nigeria recalls that last year, the self-acclaimed African giant unfollowed everyone on Instagram, leaving only Steff but as it is now, he has unfollowed her too.

Continue Reading

News Feed

Worst police officers are better than the best criminals: Governor Abdulrazaq

Published

on

Worst police officers are better than the best criminals: Governor Abdulrazaq

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdurasaq has stated that the worst policeman is better than the best criminal in Nigeria.

Governor Abdulrahman said this while receiving the three Senators representing the Kwara at the National Assembly who paid him a visit over the destruction of properties in the state.

He stressed that the majority of the officers are patriots who are equally committed to a greater Nigeria, and insisted that the events of the past few weeks especially the #EndSARS protest should not be framed in a way that might leave officers and men of the police demoralized or dejected.

The Kwara state Governor averred that demoralization of the security forces especially the police, might play into the hands of criminals who prefer anarchy to hurt their victims.

Continue Reading

News Feed

#MadeInLagos: Good Album Is Not Davido’s Thing – Wizkid’s Fan

Published

on

#MadeInLagos: Good Album Is Not Davido’s Thing – Wizkid’s Fan

Nigerian music entertainer, Davido has been slammed by a gan of Wizkid over the latter’s newly released album, Made In Lagos.

The fan, a Twitter user @Tee_Classiquem, called out fans of Davido, for putting unnecessary pressure on him.

Omotayo who is also a staunch Wizkid’s fan, wrote that;

“Davido fans are putting unnecessary pressure on him, we all know good album aint Davido’s thing, this is how yah all pushed him last year and made Baba come up with mediocre album of the decade”

This is coming after so many bashing from Davido’s fans over Wizkid’s newly released album titled Made In Lagos.

Continue Reading

Trending