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The chairman of the University of Lagos chapter of the Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Institutions, Mr. Kehinde Ajibade, has lamented how the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) has been used to defraud civil servants.

Ajibade accused the Federal Government of deceiving the union to sign up for it.
NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) began an indefinite strike last Friday to protest against the skewed operations of the IPPIS platform and the nonpayment of arrears of earned allowances, among others.

“IPPIS is a scam; it is fraudulent; in fact it is not sustainable within the university system. That is just the fact because we found out that the federal government just deceived us to enrol on that platform,” he said in an interview.

Giving details of the poor operations of the IPPIS, Ajibade said many members of the union had been shortchanged because IPPIS does not pay their full salaries, deducts union dues indiscriminately and fails to remit them.

He said: “Since February 2020,the federal government started using IPPIS for our salary payment. Number one, some of our members are not being paid. If they pay A this month, B will be affected next month. We have made a series of complaints through the office of our bursar to the IPPIS office. Up till now nothing has been done.

“Number two, we had issues with our dues. The IPPIS office muddled up our dues; lumped up our union dues, warehousing our dues for months. The IPPIS warehoused our dues for almost eight months. It was released in the month of September last year.

Although we are receiving it now on monthly basis but we are still having many issues.
“Also our cooperative (dues) – you know as a government worker, we rely on cooperative. IPPIS did not pick some of our deductions and when they deduct it, they warehoused it. I don’t know when IPPIS became CBN that will now be deducting salaries of Nigerians and warehousing it, keeping it. The people that are there are so fraudulent. The government said through IPPIS they want to fight corruption. The corruption that is happening in IPPIS is even more than what we had in the past,” he said.

Ajibade said the union’s strike would be total because the government was insincere. He said the government reneged on its agreement with the union and had not dealt with the issues it raised as promised.
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“Government said it wants to set up a committee to look into the issue of IPPIS. Is it now that you want to look into the issue when you have signed MOU in October? So the government is not even sincere. You said our minimum wage arrears have been forwarded to the office of the accountant general; that we should wait for a supplementary budget – supplementary budget that will scale through the first reading, second reading, third reading in the National Assembly. So there is no time frame. Even when you tell us that you are going to answer us December 31 you did not fulfill it. Is it now you did not give timeline to our agitation you will now fulfill promise?”

Other issues NASU wants the government to address are – nonpayment of retirement benefits to retirees, and nonpayment of minimum wage arrears which have been paid to other ministries, departments and agencies. It also rejected the 75-25 per cent sharing formula for the earned allowance in favour of ASUU, urging the government not to lump the union with others.

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Defamation Case Against University Student Aminu Mohammed

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Defamation Case Against University Student Aminu Mohammed

First Lady Aisha Buhari on Friday withdrew a defamation case against a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

The prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, told the court in Abuja on Friday that the president’s wife withdrew the case due to the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

The first lady has been under pressure since news of Mohammed’s arrest broke last week.

Celebrities, social media influencers, students, politicians, media analysts have been commenting on the plight of Mohammed, who landed in trouble over a comment that the wife of Nigeria’s number one citizen found offensive.

Back in June, Mohammed had tweeted that the First Lady was feeding ‘fat’ on poor people’s money.

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The tweet, which was posted in Hausa, read: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi.” It loosely translates as “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”

A picture of Aisha Buhari was posted with the tweet to match the post.

 

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

The Labour Party has rejected the purported suspension of its presidential campaign council (PCC) director-general, Doyin Okupe.

Umar-Farouk Ibrahim, the national secretary of the party said this when he addressed reporters in Abuja on Friday.

Ibrahim said that the national leadership of the party was surprised at the suspension by the Ogun chapter which was without due process.

“The Ogun State Chapter has acted outside its constitutional jurisdiction; the party has an internal conflict resolution mechanism of handling cases against members as enshrined in the party’s constitution.

“There are also disciplinary measures to be taken, for example, before you discipline any member, there are certain procedures that you have to follow, you have to issue a query among other procedures, and that has not been followed.

“No complaint was written by the state chapter, his ward and his local government, so we are saying the national headquarters is not aware of what they are doing, they are doing it on their own.

“The National Working Committee(NWC) is going to set up a committee and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the perpetrators in the state exco and we are going to fish them out and take appropriate action,” he said.

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Ibrahim said the suspension was void as Okupe remained a card- carrying member LP and the DG PCC.

He said that the party was not unaware of attempts by opposition parties to infiltrate its structures at all levels.

Ibrahim said that the party’s leadership would do everything within its powers to ensure that its cohesion was not tampered with and would not be distracted by the antics of the opposition candidates until all its candidates were victorious in the 2023 general election.

He expressed worry over recent attacks on party members, candidates and officials in some states, particularly Edo, Ebonyi states and Kaduna where the state women leader was gruesomely murdered.
(NAN)

 

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Friday challenged to name the state governors who diverted local government allocations.

The challenge came from Rivers State Governor Nyesome.

The president had at an event on Thursday alleged that some state governors divert allocations to local governments councils sent from the federation account.

He also accused the governors of making the council bosses sign undertakings for money not received and agreeing to have received the full allocation.

But on Friday, at the commissioning of a project in Port Harcourt, Gov. Wike claimed that he has never touched monies meant for the local government since he came on board in 2015.

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The governor also claimed that none of the G5 governors in the Peoples Democratic Party has ever touched local government allocations.

He then challenged the President to name the governors who tamper with local government allocations.

Wike said ” I challenge Mr. President, you must come out and tell Nigerians those committing this offence.

“You said the Governors are taking local government funds. I want to say, in the name of Almighty God, I’ve never touched local government funds one day. I have never and I have no reason to do that.

“So Mr President, tell us who are those people? You know them, tell us.

“I’m not one of those governors. Mr President tells Nigerians that the Integrity Governors are not part of them.

“Do us a favour to announce all those states that are taking local government funds”.

 

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