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Muhammadu says the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) cannot be reversed.

The President who emphasised that the policy has come to stay, said the IPPS was a move to block the loopholes in public finances, eliminate fraud and retrieve funds.

Recall that the federal government had ceased the payment of salaries of lecturers yet to enrol in theIntegrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

had then vowed to activate its NO PAY NO policy as soon as the government stopped her members’ salaries.

However, speaking at the 29th convocation ceremony of the Federal of Technology, Minna in Niger State, Buhari said IPPIS is part of his administration’s efforts to fight corruption.

The President was represented by the Minister of Communications and Digital , Ibrahim Isa Pantami.

According to the president, the policy should be appreciated and not opposed.

“The country is currently beset with multifaceted challenges; we are equally adopting a multi-prong approach in order to combat them. Our effort is appreciable and success recorded so far is also encouraging’’.

“Some of the solutions we have adopted may be painstaking but we are resolute and confident that in the end, our country will be a better place for all.

“Just as we are diversifying our economy, tapping into our strings of revenue to revamp our economy, we have also remained resolute in ensuring that we plug the loopholes in public so as to eliminate fraud and retrieve funds, which can be used to address challenges such as infrastructural deficit and unemployment.

“It is for this reason that my administration gave a directive that every employee of the Federal Government of Nigeria, including federal , must be enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system (IPPIS).

“This decision, mindful as its sectoral policy is, is irreversible as any opposition to this directive is an unwelcome tendency towards economic sabotage.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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  1. Chassidy

    February 10, 2020 at 5:51 am

    This is a topic which is near to my heart…
    Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?

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Minister to varsities: restart session through virtual teaching

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Higher institutions shut to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are likely to reopen for teaching but through the e-platform

Unsure of how soon the Coronavirus pandemic will end, Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu on Thursday opened talks with 237 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts on how to reopen using virtual learning.

He directed all , polytechnics and colleges of education to activate virtual learning environment to enable students to continue their studies through digital devices.

He said although the Academic Staff Union of Universities () is on strike, the government will do its best to resolve the labour crisis.

Most Vice Chancellors of private universities embraced the idea and expressed readiness to reopen because they claimed that they have top grade virtual learning system.

Adamu, who had a teleconference with the Vice Chancellors and other heads of tertiary institutions for four and half hours from his home in Abuja, said the Federal Government, cannot afford to shut schools for a long time.

He said he called the meeting to find solutions to the challenges posed to the nation’s school calendar by Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Those physically present with the minister were the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure; the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi; and the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede among others.

Adamu, who declared at the session that he has tested negative to COVID-19, said: “We cannot be held down by COVID-19, we have to deploy all e-platforms to keep our universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other schools open.

“COVID-19 has changed everybody. I am pleading with you to device alternative ways make sure the education of our children will not stop. We have to create virtual learning environment.

“This is the second meeting I am having. All I want is that we should fully engage our students. We are already speaking with the World Bank and UNICEF on how to create platforms for virtual learning classrooms.

“We need to take advantage of technology like the case in other parts of the world. We cannot shut down all schools when we have other means to teach our students.”

Responding to a question, the Minister said: “As for the strike action, we will try to resolve issues with ASUU to have synergy.

“But the private universities that are not on strike can start with virtual learning while we are finding solutions to issues between the Federal Government and ASUU.”

Although a Vice Chancellor of a second generation said “the e-platforms cannot replace face-to-face contacts with students,” the Minister said: “This is a period we have to make use of the platforms available, we cannot keep students at home.”

He also asked the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to out modalities on how primary school pupils and secondary students could learn by using radio and television stations.

“We will work out how we can involve state governments to use radio and television stations.

At the session, most of the Vice Chancellors of private universities were excited by the prospect of reopening.

They all admitted that that they have “top grade virtual learning system.”

A Vice Chancellor of a private university said: “Hon. Minister, you can see why it is necessary to amend the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Act to enable private universities to benefit from intervention funds.

“Other than complying with the directive of the Federal Government, we did not see any reason for closing private universities because we have efficient virtual learning environment.”

Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Dutse, Prof. Fatima Bature, said: “We are very strong in virtual learning, we are set for it.”

It was not immediately clear when the reopening of varsities online will begin.

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COVID-19: JAMB donates three ventilators

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has donated three ventilators to the of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and Bwari General Hospital for the fight against coronavirus.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja.

Dr. Benjamin noted that the donation of the three ventilators was to strategically place the two hospitals in good stead to give necessary treatment to COVID -19 patients.

He said the board would continue to support the fight against the virus within its limited means.

The statement reads: “In the board’s own little way of ensuring that government strategies and preemptive measures yield fruitful dividends, the board has donated two ventilators to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and one to the principal hospital in the board’s host community, the Bwari General Hospital, in preparation for any eventuality.

“This proactiveness was borne out of the board’s desire to plan in line with the Federal Government’s determination to ensure that no Nigerian succumbed to the virus.

“The donation of these ventilators which cost several millions is to strategically place these Hospitals in good stead to give necessary treatment to COVID-19 patients whether in Bwari or any other part of Abuja.

“However, this gesture was in addition to the several other interventions aimed at aiding the fight against the virus.

“The board will continue to support the fight against the pandemic within its limited means and by so doing, protect our teeming candidates who are the hopes of tomorrow.

“As we stay at home, the board urges all to stay safe.”

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