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Muhammadu has said the fight against the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS, by members of the Academic Staff Union of , was a needless one.

Buhari who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed was speaking at the 14th convocation ceremony of the Nnamdi Azikiwe in Awka, Anambra State on Thursday.

He said, “I will not end this address without touching on IPPIS, which has been in contention and a needless one at that.

“I assure you all that IPPIS is not intended to trample upon university autonomy nor is it designed to subsume the university into the civil service.

“The primary intention of IPPIS is to enhance greater efficiency, transparency and better management of Universities finances.”

Buhari said transparency, which IPPIS sought to achieve should be an important moral pillar of all universities, where students are graduated based on character and learning. He added that all universities must be committed to these cherished values if they are to serve as moral compasses for the society.

The president renewed the commitment of his government to working with patriotic elements to significantly improve ’s fortune and negotiate a brighter future for all Nigerians, especially the youths.

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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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Africa COVID-19 death toll hits 214, total cases rise to 6,075 – WHO

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Africa COVID-19 death toll hits 214, total cases rise to 6,075 – WHO coronavirus 5 750x375 1

The World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are now 6,075 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on African continent with 214 deaths.

The UN’s health agency gave the update in its regional official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Thursday.

“They are 6,075 cases on the African continent, with 214 deaths and 478 recoveries reported.

“In past seven days, four new countries in the Region have confirmed cases of COVID-19, including Botswana, Burundi, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone.”

The agency said South Africa currently had the highest in the region with 1,380 cases and five deaths, Algeria 847 cases with 58 deaths and Burkina Faso has 261 confirmed cases with 14 deaths.

has 174 confirmed cases, nine have been discharged with two deaths,’’ it stated.

 

(The Nation)

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COVID-19: Buhari orders prompt payment of salaries

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COVID-19: Buhari orders prompt payment of salaries PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY A 1140x570 1

Muhammadu has charged the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to ensure that Nigerian civil servants get their salaries paid promptly.

The President gave the directive on Thursday during a meeting with members of the Presidential Committee on the review of the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on the Economy, held at the State House, Abuja.

Recapping details of the meeting to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, also said the President further directed that measures to protect the poor and the vulnerable are put in place.

She said the committee met with the President to update him on the developments instigated by the COVID-19 Pandemic globally and how much effect it has had on the nation’s economy.

Speaking on the directives to issued at the meeting, she said besides ensuring prompt payment of civil servants’ salaries, she said the President ordered the protection of critical national assets.

“Well, he has directed that we should make sure that salaries are paid, make critical infrastructures like roads, rails are protected, as much as possible use local inputs so that we retain value within our economy. And also make sure that we have measures that protect the poor and the vulnerable.”

“This meeting was just to brief Mr. President as the situation we are in keeps evolving on a daily basis. As the health crisis gradually expands, affecting states and also the lockdown that has been ordered to help curtail expansion of the health crisis.

“The consequences of the lockdown is the additional slowing down of the economy and the measures that we need to take to mitigate the negative consequences of the slow trade and businesses”, she said.

Another member of the committee, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the Committee had cause to meet with the President to keep him abreast of developments around the economy and the worsening fortunes at the international oil market.

Also speaking, another member of the committee, the Governor of the Central Bank of (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, said the committee had met with the President to suggest ways to redirect the economy so as to get it insulated against approaching global economic recession.

“The global economy naturally like we all know at this time will naturally suffer growth problems and may even lead to recession globally. So we are trying to see what we can do as a country to rescue our own situation so we don’t go the direction many will go.

“It is not going to be easy but we can only assure our people that we are on top of it and that we will resolve it and Nigerians will still be better for it”, he said.

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