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NASU And SSANU To Begin Indefinite Strike February 5
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NASU And SSANU To Begin Indefinite Strike February 5

The non-academic workers at Nigerian universities have announced plans to commence an indefinite strike on February 5, 2021. The Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU made this known in a communique on Friday. Part of the communique read, “It is in line with the resolution of our members nationwide, that the leadership of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU hereby resolve as follows: “That members of NASU and SSANU shall embark on an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike with effect from midnight of Friday, 5th February 2021. “That two weeks’ notice effective from today, Friday 22nd January 2021, is hereby given to Government and relevant stakeholders of this development.”
OAU Cancels 2020/2021 Session, To Resume 2019/2020 Session February 8
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OAU Cancels 2020/2021 Session, To Resume 2019/2020 Session February 8

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has fixed resumption of the 2019/2020 academic session for February 8, 2021. Academic activities were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and a strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) . OAU spokesperson, Abiodun Olarewaju, said in statement that the Senate met on Tuesday, January 19 to approve numerous decisions including the cancellation of the 2020/2021 academic session. While the 2019/2020 academic session resumes on February 8, only final year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Clinical Students in the College of Health Sciences, and year four students in the Faculty of Agriculture are allowed to resume residence. “All other students are to attend their classes virtually,”...
Kaduna Schools To Remain Closed Till Further Notice – State Government
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Kaduna Schools To Remain Closed Till Further Notice – State Government

The Kaduna State Government has said that all public and private schools in the state remain closed till further notice. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Phoebe Yayi disclosed this in a statement on Monday. She said that only Kaduna Polytechnic and the National Open University were exempted because they requested for them to open for students to write exams only. The Permanent Secretary while stating that no definite date has been set aside for the reopening of schools in Kaduna state, explains that the decision became necessary because the situation is different in Kaduna State, as the state has had increases in the number of COVID-19 cases. “In Kaduna State, we have our own peculiar situation, before now, we had the news through the Social Media that, ...
Reps Oppose School Resumption, Propose Three-Month Postponement
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Reps Oppose School Resumption, Propose Three-Month Postponement

The House of Representatives has faulted the Federal Government for giving schools the go-ahead to resume on Monday despite the increasing cases of COVID-19. The House said government officials did not consult the relevant committees of the National Assembly, contrary to their claim that all relevant stakeholders were consulted before arriving at the January 18, 2021, resumption date. It, therefore, demanded postponement of resumption for three months, where necessary safety measures weren’t put in place and compliance with protocols low. Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, disclosed these in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Saturday. “They did not consult us; at least in my committee, nobody from the minist...
Plateau State University ASUU Commences Indefinite Strike
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Plateau State University ASUU Commences Indefinite Strike

The Plateau State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has commenced an indefinite strike action. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ASUU chapter said it embarked on strike due to insecurity, poor infrastructural development and arrears of earned allowances for its members amounting to over N215 million. Dr Pamson Bentse, chairman of the union in the university, disclosed this on Friday, January 15, in Jos. He said the decision to proceed on strike was reached after its congress meeting, held at the University’s main campus, in Bokkos. Bentse explained that the union had been pressing for these demands for the past three years, but nothing had been done to address them. He also complained about the absence of a Governing C...
Kaduna State University Sacks Lecturer, Idowu Abbas For Sexual Harassment
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Kaduna State University Sacks Lecturer, Idowu Abbas For Sexual Harassment

The Kaduna State University, on Friday, promoted no fewer than 12 lecturers to the rank of Professor while eight others to an Associate Professor’s rank. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa in a statement, also announced the termination of the appointment of a lecturer over alleged sexual harassment. The lecturer fired, Dr. Idowu Abbas, was of the Department of Geography of the institution. The DVC said the university’s Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) investigated the alleged sexual harassment against the lecturer before relieving him of his job. He noted that the report of the disciplinary committee was eventual presented at the 217th Management Meeting of the varsity he(Ashafa) served as ...
Nigerian Law School Rejects Law Graduates Of North American University, Houdegbe
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Nigerian Law School Rejects Law Graduates Of North American University, Houdegbe

The Council of Legal Education has reiterated its ban on Law graduates of the Houdegbe North American University, Cotonou, Benin Republic from being admitted into the Nigerian Law School. The Council also advised parents and students to exercise due diligence in the choice of educational institutions “in order to avoid frustration at the end of the day.” In a statement by the Secretary, Mrs Elizabeth Max-Uba, on Friday, the Council said after its meeting to consider the appeals of the affected graduates on November 25, 2020, it resolved to sustain the ban imposed in 2015. Part of the reasons for the ban, the Council said was that the university is domiciled in Civil Law jurisdiction yet its law faculty was offering Common Law courses only, and that the subjects of the programm...
Ami Victor Ugochukwu, Student Who Returned A Missing Smart Phone Belonging To An Academic Staff Got More Than He Expected
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Ami Victor Ugochukwu, Student Who Returned A Missing Smart Phone Belonging To An Academic Staff Got More Than He Expected

Humanity is still alive indeed and what this student did says it all. Sometimes I wonder if there are still people with kind hearts due to the inhumane behavior of some others. This young man indeed deserves the best because not everyone will do this kind of thing. I so much appreciate the school for rewarding the kind act displayed by this young man which will motivate others to always do good and act in a morally and upright manner. A year one student of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Victor Ugochukwu has received a scholarship award from the school for returning a missing smart phone belonging to the Head of Department of Computer Science in the School. The young man saw the phone and went to her office to present it to her. This act wowed the HOD as she took pictures wit...
Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki
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Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared schools in the state will remain closed until February 1 as the state grapples with the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Obaseki spoke at a press conference in Benin, as most states across the federation gear up to reopen schools on January 18. ”We have decided that schools will not reopen for now; this situation will be reviewed by Feb. 1,” he said. ”We will like our own schools to reopen on Feb. 1, depending on the situation at that point in time. “Between now and that time, we will be going round to make sure that these schools have running water. “We want to ensure spacing for the children are in place and we want to ensure that they have temperature checks at the entrance of each school. “Each classroom ...
University Of Ibadan To Hold First Semester Of 2020/2021 Session Virtually
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University Of Ibadan To Hold First Semester Of 2020/2021 Session Virtually

The University of Ibadan, UI, is to hold the First Semester of 2020/2021 academic session virtually, kicking off from February 20. The school released its approved academic calendar for the 2018/2019 and 2020/2021 academic sessions on Friday. In the approved academic calendar, the school will hold the First Semester of 2020/2021 academic session virtually for 13 weeks rigorous academic activities. This will end on Friday, 21 May, 2021. Matriculation Ceremony will hold on Tuesday 16 March 2021. The institution has also fixed one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May. In approving the Calendar, the Senate noted the prevailing circumstances occasioned by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to com...
FG Bans Assemblies, Overcrowding, Visiting Days As Schools Resume On Monday 18
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FG Bans Assemblies, Overcrowding, Visiting Days As Schools Resume On Monday 18

The Federal Government, on Thursday, banned overcrowding and large gatherings such as assemblies and visiting days, as schools reopen on Monday. It also put limitations to class sizes and hostel occupancy and asked the schools to ensure compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers and workers, as well ensure temperature checks and put hand washing facilities in strategic locations in all schools The government also asked the school authorities to ensure constant supply of water and sanitisers, and make available functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, gave the conditions in a statement by the Director of Press in the Federal Ministry of Educ...
LASU Shuts Hostels As Students Test Positive For COVID-19
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LASU Shuts Hostels As Students Test Positive For COVID-19

The Management of the Lagos State University has shut down all hostels at the College of Medicine, LASUCOM, as three students have tested positive for Coronavirus disease. A statement on Thursday night by the Coordinator, Centre for Information Press and Public Relations, CIPPR, Mr Ademola Adekoya, said the affected students had been isolated and were being treated. “In addition, stakeholders are also informed that: Roommates of the three students who tested positive and their associates are being tested; the College already isolated the affected three (3) students and has commenced contact tracing of all affected students. “The hostel facilities were immediately closed for decontamination upon confirmation of the status of the affected students; all students of the College ha...
January 18 School Resumption Date Stands – Ministry Of Education
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January 18 School Resumption Date Stands – Ministry Of Education

The federal government says the January 18, 2021 resumption date for schools stands. According to Ben Goong, director, press and public relations of the federal ministry of education, the decision not to alter the date was taken after wide consultation. Adamu Adamu, minister of education, had earlier said the date might be reviewed as a result of the spike in COVID-19 cases. But in a statement on Thursday, Goong said schools have been directed to reopen on Monday under strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols to avoid spread of the virus. “Sequel to the hint given during the press 12 January 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of 18th January 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation,” the statement read...
UNILAG To Resume January 25, 2021
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UNILAG To Resume January 25, 2021

The authorities of the University of Lagos have approved January 25 as the resumption date for academic activities. Head of the Media Unit of the university, Mrs Olufadeke Akinleye, said the institution would commence online classes on the announced date due to the second wave of COVID-19. The PUNCH reports that the Federal Government had approved January 18 for schools to reopen across the country. But branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that varsities were not ready for reopening. When contacted, Vice Chancellors of some state and federal universities said they were ready to reopen their institutions as directed by the Federal Government. Meanwhile, the University of Ilorin and some universities have started online lectures. The management of...
UNIBEN Students Threaten To Beat Lecturers Over University Closure – VC
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UNIBEN Students Threaten To Beat Lecturers Over University Closure – VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof Lilian Salami, on Wednesday, says the school management is ready to resume academic activities in a safe and secure manner. She said the university management will enforce strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols to protect students and members of staff from being exposed to coronavirus infections. The vice-chancellor spoke while featuring on NTA Good Morning Nigeria breakfast show monitored by The PUNCH. Salami said some students have started issuing threats to beat up lecturers should the closure of public universities persists. Students of public universities have been at home since March 2020 when the Academic Staff Union of Universities began a nine-month-long strike over certain demands. The union, however, condition...
ABU Zaria To Resume On 25 January 2021
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ABU Zaria To Resume On 25 January 2021

The management of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State has fixed Monday, January 25th, 2021 as the date for the reopening of the institution for academic activities. However, the Director of Public Affairs of the ABU, Mallam Auwal Umar, said in a statement that the resumption date was subject to review by the Federal Government. The statement titled, ‘Ahmadu Bello University fixes January 25 for reopening,’ said the resumption date was approved by the Senate of the University at its 501st (Special) Meeting on Tuesday The statement read, “The 2019/2020 academic session would be completed based on the adjusted calendar as approved by the Senate. “The decision to reopen the University followed the suspension of ASUU strike, and the directive by National Universitie...
Anambra Schools To Resume 1st February, 2021 – Governor Obiano
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Anambra Schools To Resume 1st February, 2021 – Governor Obiano

Anambra state government has announced that schools in Anambra will resume on the first of February, 2021. Governor Willie Obiano who made the announcement during a statewide broadcast on the ravaging second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, said that the new resumption date is to give school managers enough time to make adequate arrangements and preparations before resumption. According to the Governor, the second wave of the virus is more deadly, as one hundred and ten positive cases have been recorded between 7th December 2020, and 11th January 2021 in the state, emphasizing that his administration anticipated the rise because ndi Anambra who are well travelled came back from various parts of the world for Christmas and new year celebrations. Governor Obiano however expressed ...
₦40 Billion Allowance: ASUU Defends Sharing Formula, Varsity Workers Protest
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₦40 Billion Allowance: ASUU Defends Sharing Formula, Varsity Workers Protest

Non-academic unions in universities and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday differed on the Federal Government’s N40bn earned allowance for the institutions’ workers. While ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with The PUNCH, justified the the amount promised lecturers out the N40bn, non-academic unions described the Federal Government’s sharing formula as illogical and a divide and rule tactic. The unions spoke as protests by non-academic staff over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the N40bn earned allowance rocked university towns across the country on Tuesday. The Federal Government had, on December 22, as part of agreements reached with ASUU, promised to release N40bn earned allowance to universities. The academic...
Schools Resume January 18 Until Further Directive – PTF
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Schools Resume January 18 Until Further Directive – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Tuesday, said schools in the country will resume on January 18 until the Ministry of Education announces further directive. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, stated this while featuring on a television programme monitored by The PUNCH. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had on Monday, said the Federal Government would review the January 18 earlier date fixed for resumption of schools across Nigeria. The minister, who spoke at a PTF briefing in Abuja, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country. Speaking further on the issue on Tuesday, the PTF coordinator said the minister did not say the date has been changed. Aliyu said, “As regards schools, I just want to make a clarifica...
Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume
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Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume

Vice-Chancellors of some federal and state universities in Nigeria have expressed readiness to reopen schools. Though the Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that varsities were not ready for reopening, the VCs said they had planned to reopen their institutions as directed by the Federal Government. One of the VCs of a federal university in the South-West told our correspondent that it was wrong for ASUU to claim that there were no guidelines for reopening varsities. Apart from the scare arising from the second wave of COVID-19, another VC said some of them (VCs) had planned to stagger resumption. “I think ASUU should begin to speak to facts. Inasmuch as we do not want the COVID-19 outbreak on our campuses, we had our plans. Some academic activities can resume for c...
Second Wave: Travels, School Reopening Caused COVID-19 Surge – PTF
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Second Wave: Travels, School Reopening Caused COVID-19 Surge – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID - 19 has said travels, reopening of schools , businesses and religious centres contributed to the rise in coronavirus cases in Nigeria . Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Boss Mustapha , made this known on Monday during a media briefing in Abuja . He said, “ It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rise in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities , reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID -19 safety measures . “ The full import of the fore- going is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non -pharma...
NASU, SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Strike Over IPPIS, Others
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NASU, SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Strike Over IPPIS, Others

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have threatened to embark on a three-day protest on Jan. 12. The unions in a circular jointly issued on Sunday in Abuja said that the planned strike was to protest the non-implementation of an agreement reached with the Federal Government. The unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) issued the circular to all branch chairmen of the unions in the universities and Inter-university centres. The circular was signed by General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi and president of SSANU, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim. Adeyemi said that a JAC meeting was held on Jan. 8, where the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached and signed with the Federal Governme...
Wagner College also Revokes Honorary Degree Awarded to President Trump
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Wagner College also Revokes Honorary Degree Awarded to President Trump

Wagner College, a private school in the New York borough of Staten Island has revoked an honorary degree given to President Donald Trump. This is coming after Lehigh University, a private school in Pennsylvania also revoked same degree awarded to Trump in 1988. Individuals including cabinet secretaries and institutions have distanced themselves from Trump since his supporters vandalized the Capitol and disrupted Congress during Wednesday’s certification of the Electoral College count. A committee of the Lehigh’s board of trustees voted to strip the degree on Thursday January 7, followed by the full board on Friday January 8 according to a statement from the school Wagner’s trustees on the other hand, met in a special session to review the honorary degree granted to Trump in 20...
#JusticeforDonDavis: Let’s Allow The Court Handle It – Deborah Okezie
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#JusticeforDonDavis: Let’s Allow The Court Handle It – Deborah Okezie

Deborah Okezie has reacted to being cautioned by a Chief Magistrate in Uyo, Winifred Umohandy, against discussing her son, Don Davis' case on social media. Recall that Deborah had called out the management of Deeper Life High School over the alleged maltreatment and sexual abuse her 11-year-old son suffered in the school. However in court on Thursday, the Magistrate asked her to cease further discussion on the case on social media following a complaint from the lawyer to the Deeper Life High School, Fidelis Igwe. Umohandy said; “Let the media stay off, let the court do justice on the merit of the case." On Friday January 8, Deborah informed her Facebook friends, fans and supporters she would no longer discuss her son’s case on the social media site, apparently in obedien...
Sanwo-Olu Gives LASU’s Best Bsc And Msc Students 5 Million Naira Each
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Sanwo-Olu Gives LASU’s Best Bsc And Msc Students 5 Million Naira Each

Governor of Lagos State, Mr @jidesanwoolu today presented a cheque of N5 million to Shotunde Oladimeji Idris (@Dimeji_Shotunde) the @LASUOfficial best graduating student & also offered him automatic employment into the State’s public service. #ForAGreaterLago Governor @jidesanwoolu also presented a cheque of N5m to the Best Master’s Degree student of the school, OLABANJO OLUSOLA AANU (@olabanjoolusola), who finished his Master’s Degree in Computer Science with the Grade Point of 5.0. #ForAGreaterLagos
I Was Paid N4,000 As Monthly Salary – Says Remi Ajiboye, ASUP Chairman
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I Was Paid N4,000 As Monthly Salary – Says Remi Ajiboye, ASUP Chairman

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics have decried the lapses in the controversial payment system introduced by the Nigerian government, the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, saying it has led to the disruption of activities in the nation’s polytechnics. ASUP stated this on Thursday, even as it warned that it could embark on an industrial action. Speaking in a chat in Lagos on Thursday with Vanguard, the Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech Chapter Chairman, Mr Remi Ajiboye, said salaries of members were being cut indiscriminately, citing an instance in which he was paid N4, 000 as monthly salary. Ajiboye is a Senior Lecturer whose salary should be over N300,000 monthly. This is as many federal workers are complaining about the irregularity in ...
Don Davis: Court Grants Bail To Deeper Life High School Principal, 6 Others
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Don Davis: Court Grants Bail To Deeper Life High School Principal, 6 Others

The Magistrate’s Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State capital has granted the Principal of Deeper Life High School Uyo and six others bail in the sum of N500,000 each. Also, two minors who were involved in the case of alleged sexual abuse and molestation of an eleven-year-old student of the school were released to their parents. The school’s principal, Mrs. Ndidi Solomon, and others including Joseph Nseabasi, Akpan Johnson, Egor Wilson, Joseph Ikenna were arraigned on Thursday at the Magistrate’s Court in connection with the case. When the case was read, counsel to the accused applied for bail for them, noting that the alleged offence is bailable. The Magistrate in charge of the Court then granted all the accused person bail in the sum of N500,000 each while the two minors a...
Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC
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Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed vice-chancellors of universities to resume academic activities on January 18. This is in accordance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. The directive was contained in a statement signed by NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed. Maiyaki urged universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been communicated severally to the Nigerian University System through NUC’s circulars. “I am to add that universities on resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cyc...
UNILAG Professor, Duro Ajeyalemi Dies Of COVID-19 Disease
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UNILAG Professor, Duro Ajeyalemi Dies Of COVID-19 Disease

The University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has lost another prominent professor, Duro Ajeyalemi, to coronavirus disease. The late Professor Ajeyalemi, who retired at the age of 70 from the university in November, in 2020, was a former dean of the institution’s faculty of education and the pioneer registrar of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB). The university’s deputy vice-chancellor in charge of development services, Folasade Ogunsola, who confirmed the development said the institution’s management was “again shocked to receive the news of the death of another great scholar.” “It is true Professor Ajeyalemi is dead. We are still in shock. Nigerians should know that COVID-19 is real and they should please use masks appropriately,” Mrs Ogunsola told our ...
Deeper Life School Saga: Accused student Shalom Ominiyi denies bullying, molesting Don-Davies
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Deeper Life School Saga: Accused student Shalom Ominiyi denies bullying, molesting Don-Davies

One of the students who allegedly molested and bullied 11-year-old Don Davies Archibong in Deeper Life High School, Idoro, Uyo Akwa Ibom State, Shalom Omoniyi, has denied the allegation levelled against him. Parents of Don-Davies, Mr and Mrs Iniobong Archibong, had in a letter to the School through their Solicitors, Eagle-Eyes Network Chambers, dated December 22, 2020, alleged that Shalom and Ola engaged in sexual molestation of Don-Davies , oppressed him because he bed-wets at night. Narrating his own side of the story, 13-year-old SS1 student and an indigene of Ekiti state, Shalom Omoniyi said their Boarding master, identified as Mr Nseabasi Joseph only asked him and Ola to help Don-Davies learn how to keep himself clean. Shalom said that Joseph only gave him the task becaus...
If Anything Happens To My Children, I’ll Hold Kumuyi Responsible – Don Davis’ Mum
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If Anything Happens To My Children, I’ll Hold Kumuyi Responsible – Don Davis’ Mum

Deborah Okezie, mother of Don Davis Archibong, the JSS 1 student of the Deeper Life High School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, who was allegedly assaulted by the staff and students of the school, says her Facebook account has been disabled. Okezie, who had always utilized the Facebook page to demand justice for her son, alleged that some members of the Deeper Life High school went to her last child's nursery school to inquire about her home address. In a video shared today on another page she uses, Mrs Okezie said she will hold the senior pastor of the church, Williams Kumuyi and the school management responsible should anything happen to her children. In her words: ''Deeper Lift High School people went to my little baby's shool to make enquiry about my address. The reason I don't know. ...
UNIBEN To Resume Academic Activities January 30th, 2021
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UNIBEN To Resume Academic Activities January 30th, 2021

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), on Monday, announced that the institution will resume full academic session on January 30, 2021. The announcement was contained in a statement signed by Benedicta Ehanire, PhD, Public Relations Officer of the University. The statement read, “The University of Benin has released an amended calendar for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 Academic sessions. “At the end of a meeting of the University's Senate on Monday 4th January, 2021, it was resolved that old Students of the Institution should come into residence on the 30th of January for the continuation of First Semester lectures on Monday 1st of February, 2021. “The Semester is expected to run until the 1st of April, 2021, while Second Semester is billed to commence on April 5, ...
Don’t Use Us As Bait – ASUU Warns Other Staff Unions
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Don’t Use Us As Bait – ASUU Warns Other Staff Unions

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, or any other union should not use it as bait to get anything from the government. ASUU, therefore, advised NAAT or any other staff union to fight their battles their ways. The Chairman, University of Lagos, UNILAG chapter of ASUU, who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the union, Dr. Dele Ashiru, stated this on Sunday while reacting to claims by NAAT expressing displeasure with the sharing arrangement of the N40 billion released by the Federal Government as Earned Academic Allowances for university workers. “Who pays the Earned Academic Allowances, is it ASUU or the government? In the first instance, ASUU presented its demands to the governmen...
Bayero University Kano Cancels 2019-2020 Academic Session
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Bayero University Kano Cancels 2019-2020 Academic Session

The Senate of Bayero University Kano (BUK) on Monday January 4, approved the cancelation of 2019-2020 sessions for all Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in the institution. The announcement was conveyed in a memo signed by the university registrar Fatima Binta-Mohammed, and released barely two weeks after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its nine-month old strike across public universities of the country. Daily Trust reported that before ASUU embarked on a strike in March 2020, BUK had already completed its mid-semester break for first semester of 2019/2020 academic session for undergraduates, while the postgraduate students had just resumed for the session. The school has now announced that the new academic session for undergraduates will begin ...
Lagos State Government Directs Public and Private Schools to Reopen January 18
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Lagos State Government Directs Public and Private Schools to Reopen January 18

The Lagos State Government has announced January 18, 2021, as the approved date for resumption of academic activities in private and public schools in the state for the second term of 2020/21 academic session. The state's Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, announced this in a statement released today January 4. In the statement which was signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, Adefisayo asked schools to make virtual learning available for sick or willing students. She said this was in line with the Federal Government’s directive coupled with the second wave of the COVID19 Pandemic.“ All public and private schools below the tertiary level in Lagos State should be reopened for the second term 2020/21 academic session from Monday, 1...
FG Reportedly Fails To Honour Pact With ASUU
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FG Reportedly Fails To Honour Pact With ASUU

Two weeks after suspending their nine-month-old strike, university teachers have accused the Federal Government of reneging on the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The dons, in a statement, said the government was yet to pay their December salaries, while “illegal” deductions were still to be refunded. In the release, the union said the government had “again failed to honour its agreement on payment of not only outstanding salaries of members ranging from five to eight months; Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) and check off dues illegally deducted before December 31, 2020.” The lecturers had embarked on strike in March 2020 over government’s refusal to honour the agreement reached with ASUU in 2009 that revolves around university revitalis...
No Resumption Until FG Pays Withheld Salaries – ASUU
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No Resumption Until FG Pays Withheld Salaries – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday said it would not end the strike it embarked on until government paid all the salaries of its members it withheld. The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lagos, said government should not expect the lecturers to resume without paying the withheld salaries. Recall that there were reports on November 27 that the union had agreed to end its strike following the Federal Government’s promise to release N70bn to ASUU as earned allowance. But Ogunyemi on Sunday explained that the members were still consulting and at the same time waiting for the government to fulfil its promise of releasing members’ withheld salaries. “We are still consulting; we have not finished consultat...
48-Year-Old Sunday Dare Asefon Emerges NANS President
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48-Year-Old Sunday Dare Asefon Emerges NANS President

Mr. Sunday Dare Asefon has emerged the new ‘global’ President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), amidst sporadic shootings that rocked the contest. We gathered that Afeson is a 48-year old postgraduate diploma (PGD) student of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), in Ado-Ekiti. The new NANS president, a married man, is a former coordinator of the Association in Zone 'D' comprising of schools in the Southwestern states. He is said to be the 'anointed' candidate of the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who reportedly dished out N40 million to sponsor his candidature. Asefon polled 155 votes to be declared winner of the contest ahead of Momodu, 11 votes; Champion, 2 votes; Alopay, 7 votes and Ladoja, 100 votes. 7 votes were declared invalid in the contest...
Heavy Gunshots As NANS Convention In Abuja Turns Bloody, Many Injured
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Heavy Gunshots As NANS Convention In Abuja Turns Bloody, Many Injured

Heavy gunshots on Thursday rocked the ongoing national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), in Abuja. CAMPUS GIST reports that the convention was holding at the Old Parade ground, Area 10, Garki, Abuja. The student leaders are meeting to elect a new set of executives to pilot the affairs of the Union for the next one year. The outgoing president, who was recently suspended, Danielson Bamidele Akpan, held on to the office for over two years refusing to hand over power. Trouble was said to have started on Thursday as a coordinator of the NANS from one of the zones with faction, brought in armed men as accreditation was on. Upon arrival, CAMPUS GIST gathered that the armed suspected cultists engaged the men of the Department of State Security ...
ASUU Strike: The Union Is Still Consulting Its Members – ASUU President
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ASUU Strike: The Union Is Still Consulting Its Members – ASUU President

The national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it is still consulting on what its reply will be to the offers the Federal Government made for it to end its eight-month-old strike. The National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said this on Tuesday in a chat with Vanguard. According to him, the consultation is with members across the country and other critical stakeholders. “We have what the government is offering and have transmitted same to our members nationwide and we are consulting on what the next line of action will be. You know a tree does not make a forest and our union is democratic in nature and practice. “As for how long the consultation would take, I cannot say but it may go beyond this week. Whatever we decide on is definite...
Adeola Babatunde Ekanola Emerges New Uinversity Of Ibadan’s Acting VC
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Adeola Babatunde Ekanola Emerges New Uinversity Of Ibadan’s Acting VC

The Senate of the University of Ibadan on Monday elected Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola the new Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university. Before now Ekanola is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics. He was elected on Monday – the same day the tenure of Prof Idowu Olayinka expired as the VC of the university. Ekanola was said to have scored a total of 275 votes to defeat four other professors nominated for the position. Prof A. Oluleye was said to have scored 80 votes to come second while Prof Adigun Agbaje polled 15 votes to place third; Prof Gbemisola Oke polled 14 votes and Prof Olanike Adeyemi got 13 votes.
No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU
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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has denied a news report that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday. The Federal Government at the meeting at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances EA to university based unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion. There was news report that ASUU has given an indication that the meeting, the strike which started since March would soon be called off after a meeting with the leadership of union and its organs. According to the report, the university teachers agreed to call off ...
NUC Directs UI Governing Council To Appoint Acting VC
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NUC Directs UI Governing Council To Appoint Acting VC

THE National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed the Governing Council of THE University of Ibadan to appoint an Acting Vice-Chancellor to take over from the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, on 30th November. The directive became expedient following the stalemate in the appointment of.new vice-chancellor to replace Olayinka, whose term expires on 30th November. Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, in a letter dated 27th November 2020 and addressed to the Pro-Chancellor of the University, said the appointment of an acting vice-chancellor was to avoid a vacuum in the administration of the university. The letter obtained on Friday night and signed by Dr Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics) for the Executive...
11-Year-Old Emerges Winner Of Union Bank Next Robotics Legend Competition
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11-Year-Old Emerges Winner Of Union Bank Next Robotics Legend Competition

Ifeoluwa Olusanya, an 11-year-old whiz kid from Lagos, has emerged the winner of the Next Robotics Legend Competition which closed out last weekend. Ifeoluwa designed a robot called Tropical Robotic Farming Solution (TRFS) to solve key problems he identified within the agricultural sector. These problems include the inability to detect soil diseases promptly and the lack of ‘intelligent’ agricultural equipment to control the rate of plant nutrients and fertilisers needed for crops to grow maximally. Reacting to being declared the winner, and speaking on his experience during the programme, Ifeoluwa said “It was a surreal feeling when I was announced as the winner of the program. The 6-week programme was very interesting and educative and I learnt a lot. I am excited because I wil...
ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike, To Receive N70bn
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ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike, To Receive N70bn

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call of its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities. The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday. The government also pledged to pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalisation of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion. The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31. This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending the approval of t...
ASUU Strike: Ngige Expresses Optimism As Another Meeting With Lecturers Begins
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ASUU Strike: Ngige Expresses Optimism As Another Meeting With Lecturers Begins

The federal government on Friday continued negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to put an end to the eight-month-old strike action. ASUU embarked on a nationwide strike on March 23 to demand “revitalisation allowance”, earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, visitation panels, among other demands. Premium Times reported how the federal government, last Friday, made some concessions to the striking university lecturers through their union. The government offered N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of the lecturers’ demands. The government also agreed to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS. The N65 billion seeks to address the ...
ASUU Divided Over FG’s Offer To End Strike
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ASUU Divided Over FG’s Offer To End Strike

ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) branches are divided over whether to accept the Federal Government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike. The union will harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja today. With some branches insisting that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote. The Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA). The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off. Lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Delta State, said negotiations with the Federal Government must be concluded before the strike is call...
The Cult Awards In Circulation Are Fake – Polytechnic Offa SUG
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The Cult Awards In Circulation Are Fake – Polytechnic Offa SUG

The Students Union Government of The Federal Polytechnic Offa in celebration of SUG week has given out number of gifts to celebrate academic excellence among the contestants that registered for quiz and spelling bee competition. The Students' Union leader, Abiola Azeez Adigun who described the gifts as attempt to encourage students with sound academic knowledge and those who are socially and legally responsible. He said: "This year's SUG week is not only about socialization, it includes meritorious awards in relation to academic activities. We organized spelling bee and quiz competition where the winner and the runner-ups are to go home with washing machine, home theatre system and kitchen materials." He however reacted to the fake awards that are being circulated on social medi...
SUG Of Federal Polytechnic Offa Presents Awards To Cultists
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SUG Of Federal Polytechnic Offa Presents Awards To Cultists

When you thought you've seen it all in Nigeria, just wait a minute, you'd be in for a shocker  The Student Union Government of Federal Polytechnic Offa has taken this mockery of our educational institutions to a whole new level. This time, it's an award to secret cults that have been outlawed in our institutions. In this same soro soke generation, Offa polytechnic Student Union awards cult group Sneezing face. When you think you have seen it all... Student Union Government of Offa Polytechnic gave merit Awards to Secret Cults in the school. Hey Lawd!!! Face with tears of joy For that merit awards..... The students union government of federal polytechnic, offa, need to be sanction, the organizing committee of their event and the executives should be prosecuted as well. Nonsense....
Chisom Chukwuneke: 17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies
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Chisom Chukwuneke: 17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

A teenager who got 7A1s in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has died. Chisom Chukwuneke, made straights A’s in the entrance exam and emerged the best student from her school, Graceland college in Enugu last year. She went on to win numerous academic awards in her school. Chisom was reportedly sick and was already making a recovery before she died. A photo of her as she sat on her hospital bed has been shared online. Her obituary reveals she died on October 18 in a hospital in South Africa. She will be buried on Tuesday, December 1, in Okpuno village, Umuogali, Oba, Idemili South Anambra state. Chisom's father, Professor Felix Chukwuneke took to Facebook to mourn her demise. Narrating his experience before her demise, he wrote: "ANGELIC EXIT O...