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Non-academic staff tell Fayemi to increase subvention to Ekiti varsity

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As the non-academic staff of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (EKSU) under the auspices of Joint Action Committee of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU ) join the national strike, a call has gone to Governor Kayode Fayemi to increase subvention to the institution.

The staff, who started a three-day protest in line with the directive of their national bodies, appealed to Governor Fayemi to pay the four months outstanding subvention owed the university to meet workers’ demands and execute projects that can transform the university.

These appeals were made on Wednesday, by SSANU and NASU Chairmen, Coms Kolapo Olatunde and Olajide Olayinka respectively, during a solidarity rally held in EKSU in tandem with the directive the three- day national strike declared to press home for their demands.

The SSANU leader regretted the nonpayment of arrears of minimum wage, delay in negotiation for different unpaid allowances and nonpayment of earned allowances to university non-academic staff.

Olatunde said: “It is sad that this university has not received capital funding for 10 years while subventions being paid monthly were not enough to pay salaries let alone effecting capital projects.

“As of today, the government is owing four months’ subvention, which has made it practically impossible to pay salaries of staff and gratuities of retirees.

“In the last budget of year 2020, the subvention was jacked up to a sum of N300 million monthly, but we are still collecting the old amount, which was around N255 million. They must understand that delay is dangerous.

“The FG and respective states must agree with the five years renegotiation of allowances signed with workers. University workers would no longer tolerate non -payment of gratuities and owing of salaries and allowances.

“And if nothing is done to rectify all these, we may not be able to guarantee industrial harmony in EKSU”.

Olatunde appealed to the federal government not to rush into reopening of schools in view of the spread of COVID-19 disease.

“We shouldn’t rush to reopen schools. The online study is now in place. Tertiary institutions can resume, but the teaching must be online in order not to endanger the lives of lecturers and students”, he warned.

Also speaking, the NASU leader, Com Olajide Olayinka, said nothing has been done to palliate the sufferings of the universities’ non-academic staff, despite the long drawn battle with the governments.

He said: “All we are requesting for are legitimate rights. FG and state government must listen to us if truly they are committed to the future of our youths.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Ministries, Departments, Agencies, MDAs, and business enterprises to grant access to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to their systems for the purposes of tax collection.

The President issued the directive on Thursday at the First Annual National Tax Dialogue organized by the FIRS in Abuja.

Buhari also ordered the FIRS to “immediately put all measures in place to fully implement programmes to stamp out Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in all of its ramifications and generally automate its tax processes.”

He urged the FIRS to fast-track its digitalization of the tax collection process.

“I have directed all government agencies and business enterprises to grant FIRS access to their systems for connection. We all are now living in a fast digitalising world.

“As such, business transactions are continually being migrated from “brick and mortar” locations to digital places.

“However, It is necessary for tax authorities to adopt digital means to efficiently track taxable transactions for the purpose of collecting taxes.

“We also made necessary amendments to the FIRS Establishment Act in the Finance Act 2020 in order to provide the necessary legislative framework for adopting technology in tax administration,” he said.

Speaking also, the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, revealed that the FIRS would match on to digitalize the tax process fully.

He also thanked the President and all other stakeholders that worked together to implement the necessary laws for their continued support to the service.

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Newspaper front pages from around the world, Thursday 21 January 2021

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The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States dominated newspaper headlines across the world. After a turbulent four years in office, which culminated in the insurrection at the US Capitol two weeks ago, Donald Trump has finally left the White House.

Newspapers celebrated a new dawn for the people of America. We take a look at how the major publications reported on the historic event.

NEW YORK TIMES – ‘DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED’

The New York Times front page depicted newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden embracing his wife Dr Jill Biden, after he was sworn in yesterday. Four stories on the front page looked at Donal Trump’s departure from the White House, Kamal Harris being sworn in as Vice President of the US and the heavy security arrangements at the ceremony.

WASHINGTON POST – A SOMBER TURN TOWARDS THE PRESIDENCY

Joe Biden’s inauguration took on a more sombre tone in the Washington Post, as the new president paid homage to the 400 000 Americans who have died of COVID-19.

LOS ANGELES TIMES – BIDEN INAUGURATED

The LA Times played things straight down the line, and acknowledged Kamala Harris’s historic moment.

WALL STREET JOURNAL – BIDEN CALLS FOR UNITY

The Wall Street Journal focused on Biden’s call for unity in the US.

THE GUARDIAN – ‘DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED’

The Guardian’s striking front page picture of Biden’s inauguration speech.

DAILY MAIL – DON’S GONE – LET’S GO, JOE!

The Daily Mail as always has a bit of fun with the juxtaposition of Donald Trump leaving and the Bidens moving in.

THE CITIZEN – ‘DEMOCRACY’S DAY’

The Citizen in the US hailed ‘democracy day’ across its front page, with a list of Biden’s top priorities.

NEW INDIAN EXPRESS – DAY OF DEMOCRACY, SAYS PREZ BIDEN

The New Indian Express list the challenges Biden immediately faces in office.

CHINA DAILY – CHINA-US RELATIONS LIKELY TO IMPROVE

In China, Biden’s inauguration was not more important than the 2022 Olympic Games.

JAPAN TIMES – A NEW CHAPTER

Meanwhile, in Japan, Biden’s inauguration was worthy of a picture and caption on the front page.

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