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ASUU Strike : Students Recruited For #EndSARS Protests — Ngige

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The Federal Government has lamented that university students who should be in the classrooms have been “recruited” to join the ongoing #EndSARS protests.
It blamed the development on the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this at a reconciliation meeting between the government and ASUU officials on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Ngige said, “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 to the fact that the children who are supposed to be in school are being recruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT campaigns.
“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.”
The minister said that FG has commenced the process of testing the University Transparency Accountability Solution platform created by ASUU.
He said that ASUU members have claimed that the platform will accommodate the peculiarities of the university systems and that the platform will involve three stages of tests 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 the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information as some are reporting.
“No! The UTAS developed by them is for the university systems 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 tests. We have done the first stage of 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.
On his part, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, commended Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Ngige, amongst others for making the discussion possible between the concerned parties.
He said, “We are here with an open mind and at the same time, we need to put it on record that our 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.”

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FG, ASUU Resume Talks Today Over IPPIS, Revitalisation Fund

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FG, ASUU Resume Talks Today over IPPIS, Revitalisation Fund
The federal government’s negotiating team and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will resume negotiations today to iron out their differences over the application of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the proposed release of N30 billion university revitalisation fund.
Confirming the planned resumption of the talks yesterday, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said: “The contentious issues have virtually been addressed except for IPPIS and revitalisation fund, which ASUU opted to go and consult its organs.”
He said government was working on the gazetting of the visitation panel for the universities and reconstitution of negotiating team, adding that announcement will be made on both issues this week.
However, there are indications that today’s meeting between ASUU and the federal government team may be deadlocked again unless President Muhammadu Buhari intervenes to order payment of salaries to lecturers based on old GIFMIS platform pending when UTAS is ready for use.
At their last meeting on Thursday, both parties had disagreed on two key issues, revitalisation fund and how to handle payment of salaries to ASUU members pending the conclusion of an ongoing test run on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
ASUU had shifted ground at the last meeting by requesting that the federal government provides N110 billion, half of the N220 billion it demanded as revitalisation fund for federal universities.
But the government said it cannot afford that with the present state of the economy.
Ngige had reminded ASUU of the position of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with regard to “ability to pay” as a cardinal principle of collective bargaining agreement.
The source said ASUU agreed with the government’s offer of N30 billion as earned allowances but said the amount should be for only lecturers.
However, the federal government rejected ASUU’s demand to be given the N30 billion for lecturers alone, saying that all other unions in the university system should also receive payment from the money.
On revitalisation fund, a source privy to the meeting said: “The federal government is not ready to accede to ASUU’s demand for N110 billion now because it was part of the 2013 agreement that is now being renegotiated. That was why the government is offering things of good faith, like the payment of earned allowance pending when the committee saddled with the responsibility of identifying other alternative sources of funding concludes their work.”
For the two issues, ASUU team was asked to go and consult more with the union members and come back today for further deliberation.
On the implementation of the IPPIS, which almost stalled the meeting, the federal government said IPPIS should be allowed to operate in the interim until the test-run on UTAS is concluded.
But ASUU wanted payment of outstanding salaries on old GIFMIS platform before the implementation of UTAS.

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Lagos Private Schools Reopen Today , Public Schools Remain Shut

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Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered private schools across the state to reopen from Monday, October 26 for normal academic activities.
Private and public schools in the state were shut on Monday over safety concerns following outbreak of violence during the #ENDSARS protests.
The Governor however said public schools remain shut.

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NECO postpones exams indefinitely

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The National Examinations Council has postponed the ongoing nationwide Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations indefinitely due to the current security challenges , occasion by the # EndSARS protests .
This was contained a statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division NECO , Azeez Sani , and made available to newsmen in Minna on Sunday .
Sani said the # EndSARS protests disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country .
He said, “ The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council at its Special Meeting held on Thursday , 22 nd October, 2020 reviewed the on -going 2020 SSCE ( internal ) nationwide. The Council had in a press release , dated 21 st October 2020 , informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 2020 on -going SSCE .
“ Arising from that meeting, today ( Sunday ) the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE ( Internal ) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges , occasioned by the ENDSARS protests , which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country .
“ In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges , some state governments imposed curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property ;
In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country and students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table. ”
He said the governing board further resolved , that “ when normalcy returns , the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States .
“ While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders , the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council ’s examination .”

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