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IPPIS can’t tackle corruption in universities, says ASUU



By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) has criticised the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), saying it lacks the capacity to curb corruption in the university’s system.

The union explained that the IPPIS was not a legal instrument that could dictate and tackle fraudulent activities of some university administrators insisting that the government’s payment system breached university autonomy.

ASUU’s position was contained in a statement signed by the union’s leaders of universities in Port Harcourt zone.

Those, who endorsed the document are Uzo Onyebinama, Zonal Coordinator, ASUU, Port Harcourt; Emmanuel Akpan, Chairperson, Federal University Otuoke (FUO); Endurance Joseph, Chairperson, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education; Tonbara Kingdom, Chairperson, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island and Austen Sado, Chairperson, University of Port Harcourt.

Reading the statement in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Onyebinama said that the known legally approved instrument to probe corruption in the universities was the visitation panel.

He said: “IPPIS is not the legal instrument for solving the problem of monumental fraud perpetrated by some administrators of the universities.

“IPPIS taxes rent subsidy, allowances for journals, conferences, hazards among others. For instance an Associate Professor pays a tax of about N672,000 per annum.

“IPPIS breaches the due process for enrolment in the national housing scheme. IPPIS deducts pensions from the allowances earlier listed. IPPIS breaches university autonomy. IPPIS breaches the law.

“The legal instrument to probe corruption in the universities is the visitation panel. For almost a decade, ASUU has been clamoring for the constitution of visitation panels in federal universities.

“We are told that they are at the point of gazetting the panels for several weeks now. Maybe they will need like another five years to do the gazetting.

“Even when the panels visit, their reports will remain secret and empty white papers will be released with nothing actually to implement and this will be done in connivance with some unscrupulous officers of the Federal Government.”

Onyebinama called on the federal government to work their talk by showing zero tolerance for corruption, decrying the proliferation of universities by state governors, who could not sustain existing ones.

He said: “Yet this government was elected into office on the mantra of zero tolerance for corruption. State governments are proliferating universities without adequate funding for already established ones.

“Most vice-chancellors of state universities are at the beck and call of their visitors, unable to take any decision without recourse to their visitors.

“This struggle is not just for ASUU members. It belongs to the Nigerian people, the masses of this country. We are already down and he that is down has no reason to fear a fall. Let us all stand up for our public universities.”

Onyebinama also described the minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige as a bad midwife whose babies appeared to be still born following his inability to respect the Memorandum of Actions (MOAs), of 2017 and 2019.

Onyebinama accused the government of gambling with the future of Nigerian youths, saying the handwriting had always been on the wall about the reluctance of the government to take steps to ensure the reopening of universities this year.

He said, “It does appear that he (Ngige) is not a good midwife as those babies appear to be still born. His recent comments are a signal that Universities cannot reopen this 2020 and this government is gambling with the future of Nigerian youths. The handwriting has always been on the wall about the reluctance of this government to take necessary steps to ensure that our universities reopen this year.”

The Nation

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Peter okoye reacts after Osaze Odemwingie called him out for fraud



Popular Nigerian artiste, Peter Okoye has reacted after Ex-Super Eagles striker, Peter Osaze Odemwingie called him out on social media and accused him of fraud.

Peter Okoye reacts

It was earlier reported that Odemwingie blasted him on Instagram and accused him of robbing people in broad daylight.

He wrote,

“What happened to you @PeterPsquare? you are robbing people in broad day light with that your nonsense business and now you want to take Christmas from them? You no dey fear God at all?”

In reaction to the accusation, the accomplished singer shared an old photo of them together and called for prayers for him because he strongly feels all is not well with him.

Peter okoye reacts

Peter also shared a screenshot of their Instagram private chat, where he noted that his lottery business is registered and licensed.

According to him, he would have ignored Osaze’s accusations but he had to express his disappointment in the footballer, who he claims has been brainwashed and needs help.

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In civilised nations, leaders who fail to provide security will do the honorable thing and resign – Northern Elders Forum



The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has said that in civilized nations, a leader who fails to secure the lives and properties of his people would have resigned honourably.

The group said this in a statement released by its the Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, on Tuesday, December 1, while reacting to the recent killing of over 43 farmers in Borno state by Boko Haram members.

According to the group, life has lost its meaning in the Buhari-led administration.

The statement in part reads

“These particular killings have been greeted by the most insensitive response by spokespersons of the president. The lame excuse that farmers had not sought permission from the military to harvest produce merely exposes the misleading claims that our military had secured vast territories from the insurgency.

Under this administration, life has lost its value and more and more citizens are coming under the influence of criminals. We do not see any evidence of a willingness on the part of President Buhari to honour his oath to provide security over Nigerians.

In civilised nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign.”

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Regina Daniel driving at top speed while drunk causes scare on social media



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Popular Nollywood actress Regina Daniel has sent fears down the spine of her fans after she decided to drive on a highway under the influence of alcohol.

A video sighted on social media sees the mother of one driving at top speed on a highway after she decided to spend sometime out.

According to what we gathered, she went in for a party alongside her friends and took in too much alcohol making her sober.

The video shows her finding it difficult to drive but she still went ahead and drove her expensive car home.

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Read some comments from netizens:

_ah_daeze: “Or high on drugs because of the mouth bittering”

pretty_tonia1_: “He loves her when she’s drunk ? it’s the Song for me ?????”

mune_delz: “Person go carry me dey drive like this and I go dey video? Ehn alaye you go drop me for road make I enter cab go house oh…”

goodestguy1: “Looks like drugs”

chiddy10: “That’s drugs not alcohol ?”

bobosticka: “This shows that u shouldn’t envy any1. All that glitters isn’t always gold. This is definitely not alcohol. Bt atleast she use seatbelt coupled wit a Mercedes jeep. She is safe?”

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