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ASUU Unveils UTAS As Alternative To IPPIS «

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images 2020 08 19T114429.186 ASUU Unveils UTAS As Alternative To IPPIS «

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday told the Federal Government that the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, which it developed as an alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System is read for integrity tests.
According to ASUU, the software for UTAS was unveiled and demonstrated to the Minister of Education and senior management staff of the Ministry of Education, including the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abdulrasheed Abubakar, on Monday.
The national President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a press conference held at the Gwagwalada campus of the University of Abuja, attended by almost all its national officers.
But Ogunyemi maintained that it would not suspend its ongoing strike until the Federal Government honours its 2019 agreements.
“It is our sincere hope that the government would not renege on its promise because the benefits of UTAS to the university system (both public and private) cannot be found in any other software in Nigeria today. Now that the union is close to meeting the government’s demand on an alternative to IPPIS, it is our sincere hope that the substantive issues in the ongoing strike action would be given the desired attention,” he added.
The ASUU president also lamented that five months’ salaries of their members at the University of Maiduguri and the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike are still withheld by the Accountant-General of the Federation on account of non-registration on IPPIS.
“Thousands of other academics across the Universities are suffering the same fate. So, while we counsel that government at both the federal and state levels must meet the Taskforce specified guidelines for reopening of educational institutions, we insist that all the arrears of the withheld salaries of our members in federal and state Universities must be paid immediately to pave for further discussion on the outstanding issues in the Memorandum of Action of February 7 2019,” he added.

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ICAN Unveils New Examination Syllabus, Seals Deal with Tertiary Institutions

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has launched a new syllabus for its professional examination. The new syllabus which takes effect from March 2021 was developed in line with the, “institute’s resolve to continue to produce future-ready Chartered Accountants with skills and competences desired by the market.”

ICAN disclosed this in a statement obtained at the weekend.

The ICAN President, Onome Joy Adewuyi, who unveiled the new curriculum said the revised syllabus captured subjects on emerging technologies that are disrupting the accounting profession, such as block chain technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning and internet of things, among others.

She explained further that new trends in the Nigerian environment such as the Finance Act 2020 which introduced new developments in the country’s tax system and the new Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA 2020) also presented added impetus for the review.

According to her, “a Chartered Accountant worth its salt is not just an expert in the technical aspect of the profession but should be furnished with soft skills including effective communication, integrity, accuracy and good professional judgment.”

She added that the current syllabus was reviewed in 2018 but the rapidly changing environment necessitated a revisit of the status quo from the five-year policy of the syllabus review to a more regular one that proactively responds to the demands of the market.

The review also necessitated the restructuring of various levels of the institute’s examinations to reflect the new changes in the syllabus and equally expanded the contents of the various subjects against the backdrop of the new normal.

“While retaining the 15 subjects, there are now four subjects at the Foundation level as against the former five, six at Skills as against five and retained the five subjects at the Professional level.

Meanwhile the Institute has signed the Mutual Cooperation Agreement (MCATI) with two tertiary institutions to deepen the standards of learning and dissemination of Accounting knowledge in Nigeria. The Institutions are: Adeleke University Ede, Osun State and the Federal University, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, thus bringing the number of Institutions under the scheme to 23. All the 23 institutions are obligated to incorporate the requirements of the new syllabus in their curriculum.

The agreement meant that accounting students in the two institutions, and the 21 before them, would study using the integrated accounting curriculum of ICAN, National Universities Commission (NUC) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

Accounting graduates from the Institutions would be granted 10 subject exemptions instead of seven subjects under the normal ICAN accreditation scheme.

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Fuel/Electricty Hike : NANS Mobilises Members To Join TUC, NLC Protest

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images 2020 09 26T102105.694 Fuel/Electricty Hike : NANS Mobilises Members To Join TUC, NLC Protest

The National Asociation of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said it will join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a massive protest and strike on Monday, September 28, 2020.
According to report NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been mobilising their members for the strike over recent hike in fuel pump price and electricity tariff.
The NANS PRO (Southwest Zone D), Kazeem Olalekan Israel, told The Nation all JCC chairmen in the southwest region have been notified and mobilised to galvanise students for mass action on Monday.
A statement by Kowe Odunayo Amos, Coordinator, NANS Zone D, said: “Today, the people are living in despair and there is high cost of living. Low standard of living with the government doing absolutely nothing to ease the clear hardship we have in the land. There is no proper adjective to employ in describing the increment which PMS pump price has received in the last 3 months”
“It is based on the foregoing we declare our solidarity and full support… We call on all Civil Society Organisations both on and off campuses to unite and mobilise millions of Nigerians to the streets on Monday.”

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Rivers University Suspends Lecturer For Impregnating A Student

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The Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) has suspended a lecturer, Dr. Rowland Igwe, indefinitely for allegedly getting a student of the institution pregnant, after a series of intimidation and sexual assault.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, said this in his official twitter handle on Friday.
The VC said the undergraduate suffered health complications as a result of the pregnancy, while the matter has been referred to the institution’s Senate Committee on Staff Disciplinary Matters for further investigation.
The statement reads, “The Management of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has placed Dr. Rowland Uchechukwu Igwe of the Department of Sociology on an indefinite suspension on an allegation of serial intimidation, sexual harassment and undue canal knowledge of a female undergraduate which resulted in her impregnation and other complications.
“The matter has been referred to the Council-Senate Committee on staff disciplinary matters for further investigation,” it stated.
Sexual harassment has been a disturbing issue in many tertiary institutions across the country, with several stakeholders, including the National Assembly prescribing various punishments for culprits.

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