As the disagreement between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), over the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS), gets messier, leading to a two-week warning strike by the university teachers, Nigerians have urged the two parties to be flexible in their positions to ease the possibility of reaching a common ground.
Some of them, among them key stakeholders in the education sector, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency , emphasised the need for government and the university lecturers to place the interest of the nation and the young students affected by the impasse, well above any other consideration.
NAN reports that while the Federal Government insists on paying salaries to only lecturers that have enrolled into the IPPIS platform, the lecturers have vowed to resist IPPIS which they opined is a fraud.
In the place of the IPPIS, the lecturers have offered its option – the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) – a model it said would tackle the unwholesome issues around wages payment, which government says IPPIS will eliminate.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, while insisting on the IPPIS, warned that lecturers not enrolled into its portal would not be paid salaries, and indeed actualised the threat by withholding the lecturers’ February salaries which ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, cited as the immediate cause of the latest round of strike.
But Nigerians have urged those concerned to remember the place of education in the growth and development of any nation and make sacrifices so as to reach common grounds that could ensure the reopening of the universities.
Speaking on the face-off, Prof. Moyosore Ajao, ASUU Chairman, University of Ilorin, advised the Federal Government to continue to dialogue with the union to avert any further crisis.
“The only way forward is continuous dialogue with the union; if they discuss with us, there will eventually be resolution to all these issues,” he said.
Ajao, however, warned that failure to embark on mutual dialogue would result to “anarchy”, with many casualties.
Mr Adeshina Owoyele, the acting Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in Kwara, shares similar sentiments.
“ASUU should discuss with its employer, the Federal Government. Both parties should strive to reach a quick consensus in the interest of the common good.
“They both claim they want to sanitise the system. It means they both agree that some thing is wrong and needs to addressed.
“Clearly, no employer of labour will watch while its employees draw salaries from multiple sources. ASUU’s claim of entrenching autonomy in the university is not tenable and cannot outweigh the allegation that
many lecturers draw salaries from different universities.
“Unless there is something to hide, nothing is wrong with the IPPIS platform. What the union needs to do is to discuss the peculiarities with the Federal Government and resolve the issue once and for all,” he added.
Mr Adesegun Olagoke, an educationist, also believes there is the need for the Federal Government and ASUU to come to a peaceful resolution hinged on sincerity of purpose and willingness to reach a compromise.
Olagoke said that the crisis could be forestalled with both parties sitting at a round table to address all grey areas causing the problem.
According to him, the Federal Government must, for instance, recognise the peculiarity of the university system and all its processes which run based on its constitutionally-backed autonomy as is the case everywhere in the world.
“If government can recognise and capture on the IPPIS such multifarious peculiarities as the issue of Sabbatical, 70 years retirement age, external examiners and external assessors, earned academic allowances, visiting adjunct and part time consultancy services among others, it would have allayed the fears of Nigeria’s university teachers,” he said.
But the Chairman of ASUU at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, insisted that only respect for autonomy for universities would bring peace.
He said that until the law of autonomy returned to universities, there would continue to be tension on the campuses.
His colleague at Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Dr Olayinka Awopetu, agrees, saying the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) which ASUU had already suggested, was a better alternative.
“Last week, ASUU demonstrated UTAS to some vice chancellors, registrars and bursars; I am sure they were all convinced that UTAS is a better alternative,” he said.
But Mr Ayodeji Ebenezer, Coordinator of the Federal University Oye Ekiti chapter of Congress of University Academics, a rival group to ASUU, advised his colleagues to abide by government’s directive, saying that nothing could be achieved in an atmosphere of rancour.
`We do not have problems with the Federal Government’s policy on IPPIS. We have come to understand that the policy is good and capable of curbing corruption in the system.
“Again, since he who pays the piper dictates the tune, members of the academic community have no option than to shift ground by complying.”
” It is important that the Federal Government first consider putting the cards on the table to look into addressing the concerns of ASUU so as to allay all that is their fears,” she said.
For Mr Kowe Odunayo, the Southwest Coordinator of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone D, ASUU has nothing to fear since virtually all other federal agencies and federal universities had subscribed to IPPIS.
Mr Ike Onyechere, Founder, Exam Ethics Marshall Institute, who also spoke on the face-off, cautioned against any situation that could slow down progress in the academic calendar of tertiary institutions.
“The educational sector needs to be protected from unwarranted disruptions. We cannot afford the consequences of such distractions.
“The circles of conflicts, strikes and showdowns have had devastating consequences on the education system.
“ There is the need to stop further occurrence of such strike actions and this can only be done if both parties come together and agree on terms that will not jeopardise the interest of the students.
“I urge ASUU to sign and avoid unnecessary conflicts,’’ he said.
Also, Mrs. Adekemi Jegede, a retired Headmistress, urged both parties to place the national interest above “this ego clash”, noting that it was the students were the victims of the clash by the two elephants.
“ The interest of the students must be protected by both the Federal Government and the union; both parties must ensure that the educational sector is protected.
“If the system is to be protected, the parties, regardless of their differences, should not allow any strike in the system.
“The youths of this country are the leaders of our future and we must do everything possible to make sure they are in school so as to complete their education without any distractions from the union,’’ she said.
Miss Glory Oche, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, in her reaction, declared that the disruption of studies was not healthy for student.
“When students return home after such distractions, they become promiscuous and could yield to the temptation to be take drug leading to psychological effects.
“It could also result into the reduction in learning ability when the students finally resume due to several months of non-academic activities.”
Stakeholders in the South-East, who reacted to the impasse, proffered various ways toward resolving the lingering quarrel with the Federal University of Technology, Owerri chapter of ASUU insisting that sticking to international best practices was the best solution to end it.
Dr Christopher Echereobia, its Chairman, said that IPPIS did not align with international best practices which granted autonomy to universities.
Echerobia, a crop scientist, said that the system should not be introduced in Nigerian universities because it was a major distraction from what he described as “some yet to be fulfilled” agreements between the two parties.
He, however, urged government to look into the agreement which it signed with the ASUU in 2009 with a view to fulfilling its part of the agreement.
According to him, this will help to address the decade-old yearnings of lecturers.
“IPPIS does not agree with international best practices which allow for university autonomy and Nigeria should not do anything that will be contrary.
“IPPIS contravenes the laws of the university system because we have a governing council to whom we are directly accountable and who takes charge of issues, including but not limited to, the system remuneration.
“We urge the Federal Government to look into some of these issues, including fulfilling its part of the agreement signed in 2009”.
Ufoaroh said the government and the union had more important issues to jointly handle for improvement of the nation’s tertiary education system.
He said that the union’s position on the matter was not a mark of disobedience, but a display of her belief that the existing IPPIS system was characterised with unhealthy practices.
“It is due to these obvious defects plaguing the IPPIS that made our union to design a better payment platform for government to use.
Eleweke said it was regrettable that in recent times, struggles between government and the union had revolved around welfare.
He noted that other issues raised by the group were mere cosmetic, aimed at deceiving the public.
He said it was regrettable that lectures nowadays compared themselves with politicians on the issue of remuneration, leaving out grants on research at their disposal.
A civil servant, Mr Geoffrey Odogwu, said government and the union should find workable means of resolving the issue.
“We sometime hear that IPPIS officials were involved in fraudulent activities which show that the system is not entirely okay.
“If government and ASUU should handle the matter maturely, the nation might get a flawless integrated payment system,” he said.
A social commentator in Enugu State, Dr Maxwell Ngene said that IPPIS had come to stay as long as the federal government was in charge of salary payment in the university.
“However, one may ask why the special interest in universities when CBN, NNPC and some other agencies are still left out of IPPIS?’’ Ngene said.
Meanwhile, some stakeholders in Nsukka have urged the federal government to allow public universities to use Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as alternative payroll platform to IPPIS.
They told NAN in separate interviews in Nsukka that this would be the only way to avert the looming nationwide indefinite strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and ensure industrial harmony in public universities.
Mr Alex Ezurike, the Proprietor of Bishop Alex Continuous Education Centre, Nsukka said that what government should do is to monitor UTAS payroll platform closely as it did to IPPIS.
“Government says reasons for asking ASUU to enroll in IPPIS are to fight corruption and fish out ghost workers in universities. With close monitoring of UTAS implementation, government will also achieve the same result it has achieved in IPPIS.
“When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers; this face-off between government and ASUU should be resolved amicably to ensure industrial harmony in public universities.
“Government should grant the request by ASUU to use UTAS as an alternative payroll platform to ensure industrial harmony,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Salim Abdurrahman, the Chairperson, Federal University, Dutse (FUD), chapter of ASSU), has said that the union was not against enrolling its members IPPIS platform.
“What we want is for government to rectify some grey areas so as to have a policy that will stand the test of time,” he told NAN.
Abdurrahman, who did not state the grey areas.
“ASUU members are being paid by the federal government and have no legal basis to reject the IPPIS. They should struggle through it like other federal civil servants. I don’t see any problem with IPPIS, ASUU is just trying to prove stubborn or has some skeleton in its cupboards,” Balarabe opined.
Another resident, Malam Ahmad Shuaibu, advised the two parties to resolve the contending issues amicably.
“The government and ASUU should sit and sort out this problem once and for all. It is not in anybody’s interest that it should linger,” he said.
Reactions from the South-South zone of the country showed a mixed feelings over the face-off with some people expressing total support for the government’s position aimed at stemming corruption in public universities, while others said that more areas of dialogue should be explored toward reaching an amicable solution.
According to Dr Williams Wodi, a senior lecturer in the Department of Linguistic and Communications Studies, University of PortHarcourt, some ASUU members, who did not enroll on IPPIS platform, ought to comply.
“The remaining ASUU members that are yet to register should quickly do so. It is not possible to dictate to your employer on when and how to work for him, or how one should be paid.
“The employer wants to know how many people are on its employment; how many are on regular and adhoc appointment, and those on sabbatical. So, ASUU has no case.
Wodi said that the implementation of IPPIS would expose lecturers who took teaching jobs in five to six universities at the detriment of students in their parent institutions.
On his part, National Publicity Coordinator of the Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Dr Nwoke Onyebuchi, opined that IPPIS would address corruption in the nation’s academic system.
According to him, the introduction of IPPIS in tertiary institutions will result to employment of more lecturers as ghost lecturers will be weeded from the system.
“The detractors are claiming that the payroll system will affect lecturers on sabbatical, but we found out that those on sabbatical would be adequately captured in the system.
“So, nothing is going to be btaken away from lecturers. However, this will never be told to workers because some individuals want to orient conflicting trajectory with the government,” he explained.
Similarly, respondents in Cross River, who expressed support for government’s decision, described the IPPIS as a veritable means of checking corruption and curbing wastage in governance.
An enrollee, Mrs Eme Offiong, who is a member of staff of the Ministry of Information, told NAN in Calabar that the programme had helped in sealing leakages associated with payment of workers’ salaries.
“With IPPIS, a worker can predict and calculate what his or her salary can be in a month.
“It has also helped in regular payment of salary. IPPIS has created a situation where the least officer in an establishment collects the salary from the same source with the chief executive.
“It has never happened before and I think it is a good idea that should be embraced by all workers,’’ Offiong said.
Another senior civil servant, Mr Ignatius Odey, said that IPPIS had closed all leakages that usually led to waste, thereby encouraging corruption.
“Before now, you find those in accounts adding fictitious names where they will clear remnants after salary payment; but now, everybody receive from the same IPPIS.
“It is a good omen because some workers were even receiving double salaries,’’ he said.
He said: “My view is that the Federal Government has a template into which every MDA has been captured. ASUU should just queue in.
“If ASUU keys in and there is a problem regarding salaries, this could be resolved without going on strike. So, I think that all universities should be able to key in and see what is going to happen.’’
He said that that there was no template computer software engineers could not develop to address complaints on peculiarity in salaries as canvassed by ASUU, and cautioned against throwing the university system into unnecessary strike at the detriment of innocent students and parents as the system had already been overstretched.
In his contribution, Edet Akpakpan, a Professor of Economics and former lecturer, University of Uyo, said that the impasse between ASUU and the federal government could be resolved with sincere dialogue.
The professor opined that Nigerians lacked negotiation skills, adding that people that go into negotiation should always be sincere and willing to shift grounds.
Usoro said that intellectuals in the government departments should by now have a working formula that would be acceptable to both parties at negotiation table.
He said that all issues discussed should be sincerely looked at and proper solutions taken before ASUU queues in.
“All over the world, universities solve problem of the society. So, if these people have offered to provide solution to this, why don’t people give them benefit of doubt?
“So, when you want to take them to IPPIS, immediately you enter, you know you will not come out,’’ Usoro said.
Stakeholders in the north-central states have expressed mixed feelings on the face-off with students and parents rooting for an amicable solution to the debacle.
Dr Lazarus Maigoro, Chairman, University of Jos chapter of ASUU, told NAN that UTAS, as proposed to the government by the union, would address the disagreement
According to Maigoro, UTAS will address all the peculiarities in the universities without violating the laws of the land.
“This is because it will take care of all peculiarities in the university system; it will address personnel enrollment, corruption in the system and everything the IPPIS is intended to do, without violating the law establishing universities in the country.
But Mr Jacob Pwakim, a postgraduate student of the University of Jos, said that the lecturers’ refusal to accept IPPIS showed that they were selfish and did not want to be accountable.
Pwakim, who commended the move by the federal government to implement the IPPIS in the university system, said the initiative would not only curb corruption, but would also ensure accountability and transparency in the university system.
He said the quest by lecturers to work and earn multiple salaries led to their rejection of government’s efforts at sanitising the system.
“For me, the move by government to implement the IPPIS in the universities is a noble one; it will not just curb corruption, but it would also address other challenges within the system.
“It is unfortunate that ASUU is rejecting it and the reason is because they are selfish, corrupt and want to work and earn multiple salaries,”he said.
The student, therefore, called on both ASUU and the federal government to reach an agreement, and not to allow the lingering issue to get to the point of industrial action, as students were always the victims of such face-offs.
Similarly, Mrs Jacobeth Fara, a parent, urged ASUU to comply with the directives of the federal government on the IPPIS enrollment, adding that rejecting the move suggested that the union had “something to hide’’.
Fara, a federal civil servant, said embarking on strike over the lingering impasse was unnecessary as the action would only delay students’ graduation and inflict more hardships on parents.
“I think ASUU is just dragging this matter unnecessarily and it is not good for the system.
“For me, they should comply so that peace will reign, because I see no reason why they don’t want the IPPIS to be implemented in the universities.
“I am a federal civil servant, my organisation has been part of IPPIS for long, so, why are the lecturers singling out themselves,?’’ he said.
A cross section of the stakeholders, who spoke to NAN, said an early resolution of the face-off would be in the overall interest of students and parents.
Mr Timothy Washima, a parent, said IPPIS enrollment should not constitute problems between the government and the union, in the first place.
Washima urged the federal government to call for a roundtable between it and the Dons in order to settle the disagreements amicably.
“The meeting will be a platform where both the government and the union will table what they want and solutions will be found,” he said.
Another parent, Mrs Roseline Terwase, also urged the government to allay the fears of the lecturers on the new payment platform by addressing their concerns.
“It is very simple, what the federal government ought to do is to assure the union that their allowances will be captured.
“What is stopping the government from doing the needful. Why is it forcing members of the union to be captured on IPPIS without addressing their fears.
“However, both of them should come together and resolve their differences for the overall good of the society, because what affects the university system affects a larger population of the society,” Terwase said.
On his part, Mr James Ikpev, a civil servant, advised the government to come to a mutual agreement with the union for the benefit of students and the stability of the university system.
Ikpev, a father of a 400level student of the Benue State University, pleaded with ASUU to look for an amicable ground and come to an agreement with the federal government, saying,” when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers”.
The Chairman of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi chapter of ASSU, Dr Ameh Ejembi,appealed to the federal government to “listen to the stakeholders, especially ASUU, which is a major stakeholder in the matter”.
Ejembi also urged the government to listen to the voice of reason and accept the alternative pay system suggested by ASSU to safeguard the sanctity of the university system in the country.
“The introduction of the IPPIS will address the ghost worker syndrome, corruption and will block all leakages,’’ Peter said.
However, Mrs Amina Abdul, a parent, called on the Federal Government to relax its directive on the enrollment of the university lecturers into the IPPIS pending the resolution of the impasse.
Mr Sunday Emmanuel, a student of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, also appealed to the federal government and ASUU to resolve the matter amicably, in the interest of the students and parents.
In Jalingo, Dr John Ajai, an associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics with the Taraba State University, Jalingo, called for understanding between the two parties in the interest of industrial peace.
Ajai, who is also a former Vice Chairman of ASUU, Taraba State University chapter, said that ASUU’s worry about IPPIS was due to the uniqueness of the university system from the other public organisations.
According to him,there are Sabbatical and Visiting professors in the university system and the payment for these peculiar services do not conform with the IPPIS portal designed by the federal government.
Ajai suggested thatASUU and government should come together and develop a system that would take care of the peculiarities in the university system.
“The solution is to sit on a round table and come up with a version of IPPIS that could fit into the system and at the same time, checkmate fraud in the system.
A similar mixed grill was found in north-east Nigeria with Dr Adamu Babayo, ASUU Chairman, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi chapter, insisting that IPPIS would only erode the autonomy of the university system and stifle research and learning.
“As a union, we have developed our alternative platform that will address the peculiarity of the university system. ASUU is not daring the government on this matter, the autonomy of the university is at stake. Our autonomy is a law and you cannot by mere oral pronouncement set it aside or implement policies that will undermine it,” he said.
He alleged that the policy is a world Bank idea and Agenda, borrowed from the Bank to the detriment of Nigerians.
The ASUU chairman urged the Federal Government to rescind the decision and allow Nigerian universities to operate according to international best practices.
Dr Audu Gani, a public commentator, however, urged university lecturers to comply with the Federal Government’s directive and register on the IPPIS portal.
“The IPPIS scheme was developed to checkmate corruption in the system. We are told that the payroll system has lots of throwbacks for lecturers, but we checked and found out that the claims have no substance.
“Those campaigning against implementation of IPPIS in the universities are being economical with the truth and are not telling their union members the whole truth,” Dr Gani said.
Mr Ezekiel Tumba, a parent, appealed to the Federal government and the university lecturers to work for the common ground for the sake of the students and future of the country.
“I believe that measure will address peculiarities of universities and end inappropriate recruitment.” he said.
But a student of ATBU, Bauchi told NAN on condition of anonymity that government as the sole financier of universities had the right to ensure that public funds were accounted for.
“The IPPIS has been implemented in government agencies and the policy has helped to save billions of naira.
“No employee should be able to dictate to their employer the payment system the employer should use.
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The CT-114 plane abruptly left the Snowbirds’ formation and entered a nose-down spin, and both pilots aboard ejected, but one died of her injuries, the authority said.
The plane crashed and burst into flames in the front yard of a house in Kamloops, British Columbia Province, on May 18 shortly after it took off from Kamloops Airport, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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In a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja, the military said the weekend bombardment of the gunmen’s camp in the Birnin Kogo area of the northwestern state of Zamfara followed credible intelligence.
An attack aircraft that scrambled to engage the target had scored accurate hits on a large structure within the camp, used by the gunmen group to store their ammunition and other logistics items, the statement said.
The military said the warehouse went up in flames, as a result of its volatile contents, leading to its complete destruction.
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The temblor occurred at 6:02 a.m. local time, with its epicenter at 36.2 degrees north latitude and 140.4 degrees east longitude, and at a depth of 100 km.
The quake logged 4 in some parts of Ibaraki Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7.
So far no tsunami warning has been issued.
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Argentine Icardi, 27, joined PSG in September on a season-long loan with a buy-out option.
“The club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career,” Inter said in a statement.
Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before the season was officially concluded on April 30, with 10 games remaining due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Resident doctors in Nigeria have issued an ultimatum to embark on an indefinite strike if the government failed to address their demands within 14 days, as the country continues to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Sunday told the media that the agreement to embark on the indefinite strike action was reached on Saturday.
Part of the demands of the NARD from the government included the provision of adequate personnel protective equipment, such as N95 respirators, gloves, and others to all health workers during this pandemic, Aliyu said.
The resident doctors also demanded the prompt payment of their salaries, as well as the immediate recall of their sacked colleagues in central Nigeria. According to the association, 26 resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria‘s central Plateau State were illegally disengaged without recourse to the law governing residency training.
The doctors also called on security agencies especially in Lagos, Delta, and Abuja to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NARD president noted the shortage of medical staff, especially resident doctors in most health institutions across the country, and called on the government to quickly address the problem.
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The Association stated this in a communique issued at the end of its virtual 40th Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) and Scientific Conference.
“NARD also demands immediate recall of the sacked resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital and payments of their salaries.”
According to the association, 26 resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital were illegally disengaged without recourse to the law governing Residency training.
“The association also demands for universal implementation of the Residency Training Act in both Federal and State Teaching hospitals.
“OGM resolves that urgent steps be taken to ensure that the fate of our members at the State Tertiary Health Institutions be improved through engagement with the various state governments and relevant stakeholders.
The association enjoined the Federal Government through the National Assembly to ensure full capture of the residency training funding in the 2021 Appropriation Act.
It also demanded for payment of arrears of the consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage to it’s members at both Federal and state tertiary health institutions.
The Association condemned what it called “the illegal deductions in salaries” of members by some state governments and demanded for immediate refund.
“NARD observes the slashing of salaries of our members at state tertiary health institutions with particular reference to Kaduna state government that cut the salaries of health workers by twenty five percent.”
It also called on security agencies especially in Lagos, Delta and Abuja to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities.
19 inducement allowance of doctors in various health institutions.
“NARD observes non-payment of arrears of the consequential adjustment of new minimum wage to some of her members.
It also observed with concern, the non-implementation of revised CONMESS and skipping arrears by some state governments in various state tertiary teaching hospitals.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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The quake hit at 8:06 p.m. Jakarta time (1306 GMT) with the epicenter at seven km southeast of the province’s sub district of Melonguane and with the shallow of 10 km under the seabed.
The quake did not potentially trigger tsunami.
Indonesia is frequently stricken by quakes as it sits on a quake-prone zone in the Pacific Ring of Fire.
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The Turkish aircraft in the morning bombarded a village in Deralok district in the northern part of Duhok Province and killed two family members and wounded another person in the village, Sami Oshana, head of the district’s administration, said in a statement.
Turkish forces frequently carry out ground operations, airstrikes and artillery bombardments against the positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, especially the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the PKK.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
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The temblor occurred at 7:05 p.m. local time, with its epicenter at a latitude of 36.3 degrees north and a longitude of 137.6 degrees east, and at depth of 10 km.
The quake logged 4 in some parts of Gifu Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7. No tsunami warning has been issued so far.
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- French economy likely to contract 11 pct in 2020 due to coronavirus: minister
- Investors showing more confidence in Thai economic recovery: Thai Capital Market Org
- Sri Lanka begins PCR tests for COVID-19 at int’l airport
- COVID-19: Bayelsa records second death
- Iran close to containing forest wildfire in southwestern region
- IPMAN urges members to comply with new petrol price
- Osun court remands man over alleged threat to life
- ICAO adopts new COVID-19 aviation recovery ‘Take Off’ guidelines to reconnect the world
- Pandemic expands investment opportunities in Africa’s health sector: report
- Turkey, Russia hold 14th joint patrol in Syria
- Russian guards detain drunk Ukrainian serviceman for illegal border crossing
- Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000 mark: Africa CDC
- BACCIMA appoints 4 directors
- Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 157,562 with 3,117 new cases recorded
- Court remands 3 over alleged robbery, arson in Osun
- Rapper M.I lends voice to Violence against women in society
- Landslides claim 20 human lives in India’s Assam state
- Post-COVID-19: Expert tasks parents on discipline
- Kwara records 23 new cases of COVID-19
- Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians, wounds 4 in Afghanistan’s Sari Pul province
- Britain, EU start fourth round of trade talks for post-Brexit era
- Namibia cancels 2020 Mining Expo due to COVID-19 outbreak
- FIFA asks leagues to use ‘common sense’ over Floyd protests
- FBN Holdings completes sale of Insurance to Sanlam
- Bayelsa records 2nd COVID-19-related death
- Rorh must win trophies, not just qualifying for tournaments – Akanni
- 10 killed, 28 injured in strong winds across Myanmar in 2 months
- People have fun at Pacifica beach in San Mateo County, United States
- ADB expands trade finance program to support Bangladesh private sector
- Principals, essential partners in reviving education standard – Ogun govt.
- Indian PM says India to get growth back despite COVID-19 impact
- Wait times for elective surgeries “through the roof” in Australian hospitals due to COVID-19
- Chinese workers, engineers building Belt and Road projects amid COVID-19
- Four South Sudan soldiers shot dead by Ugandan military in contested border area
- Germany adds 213 new COVID-19 cases, total at 182,028
- Istanbul’s nostalgic tram resumes services as COVID-19 pandemic eases
- Four St. Louis police officers hit by gunfire in violent protests — police
- Uganda reports 32 new cases of COVID-19
- Nigerian celebrities mourn late Majek Fashek
- Nigeria to resume film production under coronavirus guidelines
- Over 2,800 Myanmar nationals arrive home by relief flights
- Zimbabwe records 26 new COVID-19 cases, raising total number in country to 203
- Interview: Floyd’s death highlights racial discrimination in United States — expert
- Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60
- Nigeria yet to reach peak of contagion as COVID-19 cases cross 10,000: official
- Indian 2-wheeler sales decline by 70-83 pct in May as COVID-19 bites
- Philippines’ overall BOP position post 448 million United States dollars surplus in March
- Indonesia reports 609 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths
- National Museum and National Gallery of Australia reopen after COVID-19 closure
- Plateau Speaker salutes Rep Wase at 56
- Minister, Buhari’s Aide, others react as Majek Fashek dies in New York
- Nigerian newspaper decries African American glass ceiling
- Africa’s COVID-19 cases hit 150,000 – WHO
- COVID-19: Islamic forum urges scholars to live by example
- 13 killed in landslides in India
- Bangladesh reports highest daily rise of 2,911 COVID-19 cases, death toll tops 700
- Activist says Buhari’s achievements excites opposition
- COVID-19 cases in Philippines climb to 18,997 with 359 new infections
- Zimbabwe’s leading hospitality group re-opens hotels as lockdown eases
- S. African ruling party deplores racial discrimination in United States
- Russia’s COVID-19 cases top 420,000, deaths over 5,000
- Medical Council validates 4 COVID-19 test kits – Registrar
- Over 10 die in landslides in India’s Assam state
- Alert sounded in India’s western coastal areas ahead of Cyclone Nisarga
- Council issues guidelines for private laboratories to conduct COVID-19 test
- Spotlight: Unrest over Floyd’s death continues across United States as protests go global
- Parliamentary election campaign begins in Mongolia
- 5 dead, 1 missing in landslides at illegal gold mining site in Indonesia’s Kalimantan
- Moscow city to ease COVID-19 restrictions
- Record crowds protest peacefully in Colorado’s capital
- GUM department store reopens in Moscow, Russia
- Protesters rally in Washington D.C.
- Afghanistan’s COVID-19 positive cases rise to 16,509
- Commentary: Cold-War-style visa restriction detrimental to United States interests
- Aftermath of fire at residential area in Manila
- Frequent testing, less contact recommended to get Hollywood cameras rolling
- People board up storefront windows in Washington D.C.
- COVID-19: CLO urges state govts to provide soft loan to teachers to engage in farming
- Over 200 arrested in NYC before curfew starts
- Kyrgyzstan reports 28 new COVID-19 cases
- Spotlight: Americas tormented by COVID-19, “still a killer virus”
- Recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in India increases to 48.07 pct
- French Finance Minister: Renault loan not signed yet, but should be soon
- S. Korea’s consumer price falls 0.3 pct in May
- Sri Lanka friendship organizations support China’s decision on national security legislation for HK
- FRSC spokesman, others decorated with new rank
- Sri Lanka voices continuous support for China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka prepares anti-dengue measures
- Fighters of UN-backed government seen in southern Tripoli
- 1st Ld, Writethru: Roadside bomb kills 7 laborers, wounds 6 others in N. Afghanistan
- Libya reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 168 in total
- Singapore ends two-month virus lockdown, though some curbs remain
- Indonesia’s inflation edges down to lowest in 20 years as pandemic falters demands
- United States high unemployment largely due to poor management of COVID-19 pandemic: economist
- UK PM unveils “limited” easing of coronavirus lockdown measures
- Portugal quadruples funds to companies fighting COVID-19 pandemic
- S.Korea reports 38 more COVID-19 cases, 11,541 in total
- Philippine airline companies to resume limited domestic flights starting June 3
- Restaurants reopen in Turkey’s Istanbul amid easing COVID-19 restrictions
- People protest over death of George Floyd in New York
- Vietnam’s new enterprises decrease 10.5 pct year-on-year in 5 months
- Roundup: Lao students return to schools as gov’t further eases COVID-19 restrictions
- Confiscated weapons shown in military base in Damascus
- Nepal faces shortage of vital medical supplies over surging COVID-19 cases
- Canadian protesters, officials denounce racial discrimination, police brutality
- India COVID-19 death toll rises to 5,598 as total cases reach 198,706
- Protests: Trump threatens to deploy troops in states
- Vietnam reports more food poisoning deaths in 5 months
- United States Los Angeles County extends curfew amid civil unrest
- Trump threatens use of military to quell nationwide unrest over Floyd’s death
- Indian state Maharashtra crosses mark of 70,000 COVID-19 cases, financial capital Mumbai crosses 40,000 mark
- New Zealand export meat prices fall back from recent highs
- New Zealand confirms no new case of COVID-19 for 11 consecutive days
- Mexico’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 10,000
- Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll nears 30,000
- Crash of Canadian aerobatics plane might be caused by bird strike
- National security laws in Egypt help reduce terrorism: Egyptian legislator
- False positive COVID-19 test sparks confusion in remote Aussie town
- Separate autopsies indicate Floyd’s death is homicide
- Portugal quadruples funds to companies fighting COVID-19 pandemic
- Washington using pandemic to pursue unilateralism, play blame games — experts
- Toronto Pearson International Airport implements new health and safety measures
- Peru’s COVID-19 cases top 170,000, deaths reach 4,634
- South African healthcare company cross-lists on Rwanda Stock Exchange
- Libya reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 168 in total
- Dollar changes hands around 107.55 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
- Tokyo stocks open higher on solid lead from Wall Street overnight
- Pakistani charity organization distributes food to people impacted by COVID-19
- Romania further relaxes COVID-19 restrictions
- Vasco da Gama reports 16 positive COVID-19 cases
- NCDC records 416 new cases of COVID-19, total infections hit 10,578
- United States protests: UN urges restraint, social cohesion
- Demonstrators clash with police during protest over death of George Floyd in Chicago
- In pics: protest against death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, United States
- United States Texas announces prosecution for protest agitators violating federal law
- Floyd: New York City declares curfew
- Demonstration over death of George Floyd held in Brussels, Belgium
- Primary schools, kindergartens reopens in Greece
- Chile’s COVID-19 cases exceed 100,000, death toll hits 1,113
- United States COVID-19 cases top 1.8 mln: Johns Hopkins University
- Spotlight: As restrictions ease further, Europeans mark Children’s Day with messages of hope
- Poland scraps school reopening plan as COVID-19 cases top 24,000
- Scientists use tree-rings to discover unknown secrets of famous Scottish bell tower
- Roundup: United States manufacturing activity contracts for third straight month amid COVID-19 fallout
- Primary school students in Slovenia to gradually return to school
- Curfew ordered in NYC to curb violent protests
- TAMPAN relaxes lockdown on movie production, reels out recommendations
- NARD supports Ogun doctors’ demand for improved work condition
- COVID-19 diverts resources from noncommunicable diseases — WHO
- Roundup: Italy records lowest new COVID-19 cases since Feb. 27
- Israel launches national clean-up program at cost of 42.9 mln USD
- Chinese medical team exchanges experiences in fighting COVID-19 with Sudan’s health emergencies committee
- Man detained for threatening to blow up Metro bridge in Kiev
- UN chief wants peaceful demonstrations in United States
- News Analysis: Political ties between Palestine, Israel hard to be disengaged despite Palestinian abolition of bilateral agreements
- No new deaths from coronavirus registered in Spain
- Urgent: Curfew ordered in NYC to curb violent protests
- New KWASU VC repositions varsity on agriculture
- Tunisia to reopen land, air and sea borders from June 27
- Gov. Uzodimma receives Judicial Commission report
- COVID-19: Rivers Govt inaugurates free bus scheme
- FG’s economic stimulus package will reduce envisaged recession – Minister