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World Bank to support Nigeria’s health, education sectors

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World Bank Group has said it will work with the Nigerian government to strengthen the health and education sectors .
The President , World Bank Group , David Malpass , said this during a press briefing at the 2020 annual general meeting on Thursday .
He said, “ For Nigeria , the vital steps are to strengthen the health system and the education system , and we try to work in those areas.
“ Also, the governance system and transparency are vital in order to reduce the corruption within the system .
“ I compliment Nigeria for tackling the problem of subsidies in the hydrocarbon area .
“ By reducing those subsidies and allowing gasoline prices to rise – it is very hard for governments to do that — there are substantial benefits .
“ It means that there are fiscal savings.
“ It also means there are environmental benefits that are large , and it also allows markets to work better and to allocate resources better .
“ So, I think progress is being made in that area and it is valuable. ”

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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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