President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Monday disclosed that the meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities was successful.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the end of a closed-door meeting on Monday in Abuja.
The former Governor noted that the meeting evaluated seven key issues with both parties expressing satisfaction with the implementation stages, adding that “work is in progress”.
The minister further stated some of the items in the MOA were nearly done 100 per cent within the timeline.
Ngige said that the National Information Technology Development Agency was directed to expedite action on the integrity test on the University Transparency Accountability Solution.
”If successful, it will eliminate the challenges posed by the peculiarities of the university system to the current payment platform,” he said.
The minister said the government had also paid the N30 billion as the University Revitalisation Fund as contained in the MOA since January 2021.
According to him, the money is, however, still lodged with the CBN, pending the conclusion of the audit report of the Implementation Committee on the use of previous funds disbursement to universities by the Ministry of Education and the National University Commission.
“The report has been turned in, deliberated upon and both the Education Ministry and the NUC have promised to write to the Accountant General of the Federation next week for the release of the money to the NEEDS Special Account for onward disbursement to universities shortly,” he said.
The minister said that the monies would be paid to successful universities based on the evaluation report of the committee, while those with shortcomings would be made to make up before accessing the fund.
He further disclosed that apart from the N40 billion Earned Allowance, which the Federal Government has already paid, the Budget Office of the Federation showed evidence that N22 billion Earned Allowances for the ear 2021 ”is already captured in the 2021 supplementary budget of the federation, and would soon be accessed “.
“On the proliferation of State universities, a bill has been sent to the National Assembly by the NUC to strengthen its arms in terms of delisting universities where funding and other parameters are inadequate.
”This effort was commended as all the parties agreed that mushrooming and proliferation of state universities, some of which mock the ideals of an ivory tower, should stop.
“The inconsistencies in the IPPIS payment were also discussed. There was good interaction and documents were exchanged between IPPIS and ASUU.
”ASUU is to go back to its members so that we can have a proper update on the extent of the inconsistencies in payment.
”We expressed our displeasure that these things are happening amputation of salaries, not-too-clear, foggy things happening over peoples monthly emoluments. So we have asked IPPIS and ASUU to work together over this,” he said.
Ngige said that evidence was presented that promotion arrears had been paid to some universities while the Budget Office of the federation and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation were asked to liaise with ASUU to sort out the rest.
He, however, noted that the standing committee on the matter had been expanded to include National Income Salaries and Wages Commission.
“A situation where a university professor is paid N107, 000 out of mistake or over deduction is unacceptable,” Ngige said.
The minister further expressed shock that the National Association of Resident Doctors had threatened to embark on another strike after holding a similar successful evaluation meeting with him last week.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, expressed satisfaction with the outcome and promised that ASUU would reach out to members.
DCP Tunji Disu has been appointed as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
Disu will be replacing Abba Kyari who was suspended following his indictment in an international fraud case by the FBI.
The Force spokesman, Frank Mba announced Disu’s appointment in a statement released on Monday August 2.
It read; “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has today, 2nd August, 2021 approved the posting of DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
“The posting of the officer is on the heels of Management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the Unit for better service delivery.
“The IGP has charged the new Head of the IRT to demonstrate his professional competence in his leadership of the Unit. He also assured citizens that the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its duties in line with national statutes and international best practices.”
Prior to his recent appointment, Disu was a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco has won gold in the Olympic men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase, ending Kenya’s 37-Year reign of dominance.
The 25-year-old El Bakkali, who came in fourth in the 2016 Olympics and bronze medallist in the 2019 world championships, finished in a time of 8:08.90.
Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia claimed silver, clocking 8:10.38, and Benjamin Kigen of Kenya took the bronze in 8:11.45.
Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, the 2016 Olympic champion, failed to qualify for the Games, ruling off the East African nation’s chance of claiming their 10th straight Olympic steeplechase gold since 1984.
‘It was not easy for me to be in front of the Kenyans and Ethiopians. I know how hard it is to be first in front of them,’ El Bakkali told reporters.
‘I am so used to seeing Kenyans win, it’s a big accomplishment for me,’ he said later. ‘I have been aiming for this for years and this was my opportunity to show that Morocco is capable of winning this prize.
‘I have tried so many times to compare myself with the Kenyans and Ethiopians to see whether I could reach this gold, and I did,’ he added.
Three Nigerian track and field athletes Enoch Adegoke, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume have qualified for the finals at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games in Japan.
Adegoke qualified for the final of the men’s 100m heat at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games in Japan on Sunday.
The 21-year-old finished second (10.00s) in heat 2 of men’s 100m, just behind Zharnel Hughes, who kept the British hope alive by winning the second semi in 9.98seconds.
Amusan, meanwhile, qualified for the Women’s 100m Hurdles final.
She advanced to the next round of the competition on Saturday after winning Round 1 (Heat 3), running from lane four.
The 24-year-old crossed the finish line at 12.72s ahead of Jamaica’s Thompson Yanique, who timed 12.74s and Skrzyszowska Pia of Poland, who ran a personal best of 12.75s to place third in the heat.
Brume, on the other hand, qualified for the Long Jump final.
She finished fourth in Group B with a 6.76m jump to take the final spot.
Reigning World Indoor champion, Ivana Spanovic, was first in Group B with a jump of 7.00mm, while current world champion Malaika Mihambo was second with a 6.98m leap and British Virgin Islands’ Chantel Malone (6.82m) finished third.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has recommended the “immediate suspension” of the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, from the Nigeria Police Force.
The recommendation states that DCP Kyari’s suspension will be on pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations into his indictment for alleged involvement in a $1.1m internet fraud by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The IGP, in a letter to the Police Service Commission dated July 31, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer was in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
According to a report by PUNCH, a Special Investigation Panel comprising four senior police officers, headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, was also set up to investigate the allegations against Kyari.
This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, titled, ‘FBI indictment: IGP recommends suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.’
The FBI criminal complaint lodged at the United States District Court in California had listed Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi; and Kyari among six suspects indicted in a $1.1m international fraud conspiracy.
The other suspects include AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka (Bolamide).
Kyari, who is popularly known as ‘super cop,’ had been under fire since the FBI, last Wednesday, unsealed a 69-page court document showing that he had been under investigation by the Bureau for his alleged link to Hushpuppi, who had pleaded guilty to fraud.
In the case marked 2:21-cr-00203, USA VS Abba Alhaji Kyari dated April 29, 2021, the FBI asked a US District Court in California to order the arrest of Kyari for 10 days.
The IGP in the statement said Kyari’s suspension was expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against him without interference.
It reads, ” The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.
“The SIP comprising four senior police officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department.
“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
” The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force leadership on the matter.”
Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the rule of law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.
One of the Big Brother Naija season 6 housemates, Tega, has revealed that her husband only permited her to catch cruise with men in the house and nothing more.
She said her husband permitted her to do everything in the house but to avoid those things that would come in-between their marriage.
Tega, a mother of one, said this while she was in the dressing room with some of the male Shine Ya Eye housemates, Pere , Cross, and Boma, adding that her man does not care that she is in the house with other men.
She also told the male housemates to consider themselves lucky that she is married.
“You guys should be lucky that I’m married. We can only catch cruise together and that’s it. It’s not that I’m loose but you guys should be lucky that I’m married.
“My husband is not bothered that I’m in the house. His own is that I should just have fun. He just wants me to have fun, as long as it’s not a threat to our marriage.”