Lagos State Government Sets Aside N200M To Compensate SARS Victims

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday, October 13, announced the setting up of a N200 million fund to compensate families of victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) killings.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this; while addressing the EndSARS protesters at the Lagos House of Assembly gate, Alausa, Ikeja.

The compensation fund will be completely supervised by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) appointed by members of the public.

Sanwo-Olu called on the protesters to send the list of everyone that had fatal encounters with SARS in Lagos.

He said that the Lagos government would identify the families; and ensure that they were compensated.

The Governor said that he fully identified with the EndSARS struggle; knowing that many youths had been battered; and he felt their pain.

FG Considers UTAS As Alternative To IPPIS

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Federal Government (FG) on Tuesday, October 13, said it might consider the adoption of the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) presented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Labour and Employment,  Chris Ngige while addressing journalists at the end of a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Senate and ASUU.

The UTAS is an alternative emoluments payment platform proposed by ASUU after rejecting the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) preferred by the federal government.

Ngige said the alternative payment platform presented by ASUU was homegrown; and also worth giving a thorough assessment test.

He said: “We agreed at the meeting to give required consideration to the UTAS alternative they came up with as a way of finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis over the implementation of IPPIS.

“We have neither jettisoned the implementation of the IPPIS nor fully accepted UTAS.

“The level we moved to now is to subject ASUU’s scheme to integrity test; and in doing so it will be presented to users; like the office of the Accountant General of the Federation on Wednesday.

“After that, it will be sent to the National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA); and from there to the office of the National Security Adviser for a second look.

“The platform is an option-grown device that requires stage by stage consideration; and from the looks of things it is good,” he said.

The Chairman of Senate Committee on Tertiary Education as well as TetFund, Ahmad Baba Kaita, said the interface had not ended; but the two parties are getting closer to a stage of compromise.

“The meeting brokered by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, among other stakeholders; achieved a lot today with agreement on the need to subject the UTAS alternative; brought forward by ASUU for integrity test by all relevant departments of the government,” he said.

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