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ASUU-KSU threatens to resume the strike action it suspended over salary non payment

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Following breach of agreement, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Kogi State University (KSU), Anyigba branch has threatened to resume the strike it suspended on July 29th 2016 after three months of ‘no pay no work’ action.
Speaking during a press conference recently in Lokoja the acting chairman Dr. Daniel Aina blamed the University administration and the Governing council for selective salary payment that has left out about 195 professors and Doctorate degree holders for about three months.
He expressed the fear that leaving professors with unpaid salary arrears was equivalent to going for the jugular of the University system as many of them may be left with no other option than to migrate to other universities.
Aina explained that the consequence of such migration on the University would manifest during accreditation as each department is not expected to have less than three professors as one of the minimum requirements for such exercise.
He raised the alarm that the present status of the University in terms of lecturers has dwindled to alarming stage as the figure has risen beyond the 40 earlier reported.
According to the chairman their negotiation and agreement with the interim council have been flaunted adding that having explored all necessary avenue including an audience with the Governing council without positive result they have brought the matter to the public domain.
“We find it expedient to draw your attention to the present state of things as it relates to the ASUU-KSU verse Government saga. Recall that between April 14th 2016 and July 29th 2016 ASUU-KSU was on a ‘No pay no work’ action to press for prompt payment of salaries for academic staff.
“”We reiterated it was one wild reason for staff exodus and is capable of leading our members into corruption tendencies. We also highlighted that the tax regime imposed on us is outrageously higher than what is obtained elsewhere.”
Hence he indicated that the non implementation of the new pension scheme with its domestication in the institution as well as the lip service to the implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement on the payment of 2009 to 2014 Earned Academic Allowances (EEA) are not acceptable.
He said Government paid one month salary as at 29th of July because they were desperate they resumed adding that many lecturers are being owed 4 months and others 2 months.
“ASUU has kept to the spirit of the MoU by not invoking the Congress resolution after two months.
He said neither the tax holiday or the solicited tax rebate has been implemented
The Government has also failed to remain N50M monthly for the liquidation of the 2009- 2014 EAA effective from the payment of June salary 2016.
‘June and July salaries were paid to some members and this component was not paid’
He pointed out out that the University administration also reneged on the payment of the balance of 2014/2015 EAA as soon as students pay school fees for second semester.
In his words, “The conscious delay in salary payment is a clear indication that the Government is not giving the required recognition and attention to the Ivory tower and lack of appreciation of its potentials.
“The University is the engine room for any meaningful technological breakthrough and development but as long as the problem of salary payment subsist KSU will continue to experience exodus of academic staff.”
He said they are worried by the fact that KSU has spent fortunes to train the lecturers to PHD for the betterment of the institution however when they migrate to other universities the benefit of their training would be lost to those institutions.

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Senate panel unravels N443bn subsidy scam by NNPC

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Senate panel unravels N443bn subsidy scam by NNPC

The Senate Committee on Public Accounts on Wednesday uncovered a scam involving N443B by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which allegedly lavished the money on oil subsidy in 2016 without budgetary provision.

The panel, therefore, summoned the leadership of the nations oil firm to brief it on the expenditure.

The committee’s chairman, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, issued the summon yesterday when the panel considered a 2016 report by the Auditor-General for the Federation.

“During the examination of subsidy records provided by Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), it was observed that total subsidy paid during the year 2016 was N443,940,559,974.80,” the audit report.

The breakdown of the fund showed that N403.3 billion was paid to oil marketers, while interest & foreign exchange differential gulped N40.6 billion, totalling N443.9 billion.

The fund, according to the report, was spent in 2016 without budgetary provision and was deducted at source.

“This reflects continuing weaknesses in the budgeting process adopted by the Federal Government,” it added.

Responding to the audit report, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, told the committee that the NNPC would be in better position to explain the extra-budgetary spending.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Matthew Urhoghide summoned the NNPC Group Managing Director, Melee Kyari to give explanation on the expenditure.

In a related development, the committee also summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria over alleged disappearance of $9.5 million interest from Investment Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Royalty and Foreign Excess Crude.

The invitation of the Apex Bank in the country was sequel to the 2016 Auditor General Report which accused the Central Bank of Nigeria failing to present documents supporting the investment for verification.

The Senate observed no letter supporting the investment of the fund and the actual amount invested were not made known.

The Query reads, “During the examination of transfers to Forefinger Excess PPT/Royalty and Foreign Excess Crude Accounts it was observed that during the year 2016, amount totalling $6 million and $3.5 million were credited to the Foreign PPT/Royalty and Foreign Excess Crude Account as interest on Funds investments.

“The authority for placing the funds which yielded the above interests totaling $9.5 in deposit account, the principal sums deposited, the tenor and rate of interest were no made available for audit verification.

“This observation had also been a subject of my reprts since 2017 without any positive response from Central Bank of Nigeria

“Records made available for audit further revealed that the balance in the foreign PPT/Royaltt and Foreign Excess Crude a accounts as at 28th December 2016 were USD0.00 and USD, 251,826 respectively

“This suggest the foreign PPT/Royalthy was depleted before the year end.

“The Accountant General has been requested to provide the authority for the funds invested, tenor of the investment, rate unrest payable, certficate for the funds invested and forward same for audit verification.”

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide however asked the Accountant General of the Federation, to respond to issue raised in the Auditor General Report.

The Accountant General was unable to present any document on the issue raised by the Committee.

He further told the lawmakers that the Office of Accountant General has sent a letter to the Central Bank of Nigeria for clarification on the issue raised.

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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