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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU
Education

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...
14-Year-Old Eshiet Abasiekeme Wins UBA Essay Competition, Gets ₦2.5 Million
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14-Year-Old Eshiet Abasiekeme Wins UBA Essay Competition, Gets ₦2.5 Million

The UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the United Bank for Africa, today, held its tenth annual National Essay Competition(NEC) in a virtual ceremony that was attended by high school students from across the nation. The UBA Foundation’s Education initiative has been changing lives for a decade as the tertiary education scholarship programme continues to impact the lives of many students and their communities. For the fourth consecutive year, the females have led this competition with 14-year-old Eshiet Abasiekeme of Bright Stars Model Secondary School from Akwa-Ibom state taking home this year’s winning prize. Eshiet received an educational grant of N2.5 million to study in any African university of her choice. She will also be supported throughout her educational career and beyond with...
Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige
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Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities will accept the new offer by the Federal Government and end the eight-month strike which began in March. He urged ASUU to hasten consultations with its members in order to return to the negotiation table before Friday. “I feel that even this offer is one of the best they have ever gotten since I started conciliation with them. I do not see why they should not accept it. Everything they asked for has been granted. I don’t think they should say the offer is not good. “But I told them before they left that asking the nation and the students to wait from Friday to Friday is unfair, they should come back to us by Tuesday. They have done that before when we...
LASPOTECH: Sanwo-Olu Approves Appointment Of Olaleye As Rector
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LASPOTECH: Sanwo-Olu Approves Appointment Of Olaleye As Rector

Governor of Lgos State, Mr. @jidesanwoolu has approved the appointment of Dr Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the 11th Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH). #ForAGreaterLagos The appointment was sequel to interview conducted by the Institution's Governing Council and its subsequent recommendation, is for 5 years single term and takes effect from 1st December, 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.
Adire Now School Uniform In Ogun
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Adire Now School Uniform In Ogun

Ogun State Governor, Prince @dabiodunMFR , has called on the @NGRPresident to adopt Adire as an attire for national events and as a cultural symbol in the nation's foreign missions, to further promote the rich culture of the nation to the outside world. Governor Abiodun made the call at the official launch of Ogun Adire Digital Market Place at the June 12 Cultural centre, Kuto, Abeokuta. He also advocated the making of ceremonial dress from Adire for the nation's athletes taking part in International Sporting activities. Already, the Governor said, starting from next term, adire fabric would become official school uniform in all public schools in the State. "I want to call on all stakeholders in the information, culture and tourism sectors to partner with us in promoting this natio...
Reduce Our School Fees, We Don’t Need The N30k Cash – Abia Students To Ikpeazu
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Reduce Our School Fees, We Don’t Need The N30k Cash – Abia Students To Ikpeazu

Students in Abia state under the aegis of Abia Joint Students Leaders have appealed to the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to reverse the decision to offer them the sum of N30,000 bursary to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The students urged the governor to instead covert the sum to their fees and deduct from source, saying this will be more impactful to them. In a statement made available to ABN TV, signed by the leaders of various student union bodies, they also called on the governor to consider offering students from other institutions such us Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu, Abia State College of Health sciences and management technology, Aba, Abia State teaching hospit...
ASSU VS FG: NANS To Protest Nationwide, To Take Court Action
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ASSU VS FG: NANS To Protest Nationwide, To Take Court Action

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has resolved to organise a nationwide mass protest to press home its demand for the immediate reopening of all universities across the country. This is part of resolutions reached in a communique issued on Wednesday in Enugu after NANS Students’ Leaders Emergency Virtual Meeting held on Nov. 9. The communiqué said that the continued strike was an organized crime against students’ career and educational pursuits. It said that NANS with no hesitation declares 14-day Ultimatum for both parties (ASUU and FG) to resolve their impasse for campuses to re-open or risk Mass Protest. According to the statement, the #EndASUUStrike protest will have an economic shut down as the major target. The statement reads in part: That NANS ...
Islamic Group Demands Replacement Of French Language With Arabic In Kano Schools
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Islamic Group Demands Replacement Of French Language With Arabic In Kano Schools

The Kano State Coalition of Ulama and Non-Governmental Organisations, comprising of Ulama and Muslim academics, have called on Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to disengage all Frenchmen in the services of the state government. They also called for the immediate replacement of French language with Arabic language in the curriculum of all public schools in the state. The call was made in a communiqué signed by the coalition’s Organising Secretary, Dr. Saidu Dukawa, issued on Sunday at the end of a public lecture where the coalition expressed its disapproval and condemnation of what it termed French blasphemy sketches. The communiqué, made available to journalists in Kano yesterday, commended the Kano State Government for its swift action in renaming “France Road” as Madina Road. T...
Oluwatoyin Ogundipe Back As UNILAG VC
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Oluwatoyin Ogundipe Back As UNILAG VC

THERE was jubilation on the Akoka, Yaba campus of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) when news of the reinstatement of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the institution’s Vice Chancellor filtered in last night. The Nation learnt that the Federal Government had approved the White Paper by the Visitation Panel which investigated Ogundipe’s removal by the Wale Babalakin-led Governing Council and other allegations levelled against him and others. A source confirmed that Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu would today announce his reinstatement at a news conference in Abuja. ‌ Ogundipe was said to have received his letter and expected to return to Lagos from Abuja today. A lecturer at the university who said the institution was jubilant about the news, said: “No details yet. He collect...
Crack In ASUU As Members Want End To Strike
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Crack In ASUU As Members Want End To Strike

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have pleaded with the federal government to have mercy their children and those of ordinary Nigerians bearing the brunt of the protracted strike by quickly attending to their demands to enable them resume immediately. The union had in March, 2020 embarked on the industrial action to press for their demands and kick against the use of force by the federal government to enroll its members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). But eight months into the nationwide strike, the federal government has remained adamant about getting committed to meeting their demands, while the union is insisting it will not call off the strike. Addressing a press conference at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-...
COVID-19 Hits Queen’s College Lagos As Students Test Positive
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COVID-19 Hits Queen’s College Lagos As Students Test Positive

Lagos State Government has confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a secondary boarding school on the mainland. A member of the school's staff was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on the 2' of November. Contact tracing has revealed that a student and four contacts of the staff member are positive for COVID-19. The staff member fell ill for a few days and received first aid at the school clinic. She subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday 2nd of November at the Lagos State Biobank. The Lagos State COVID-19 Incident Command System through the Emergency Operation Center is investigating the incident, and we would like to assure members of the public and stakeholders of the school that the situation is completely under control. Steps are being taken to contain the spread ...
Taraba University ASUU Organises Prayer Session Over Strike
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Taraba University ASUU Organises Prayer Session Over Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University Chapter, on Wednesday, organised prayer sessions for God’s intervention over the prolonged nationwide strike and their internal issues. Tribune Online reports that Christian and Muslim members of the union held prayer sessions at different venues at the same time crying to God for intervention. Mr Mbave Garba, the former Vice Chairman of the union told Journalists at the end of the sessions that what was happening to public universities in the country was not ordinary, hence the need to turn to God. “We have no other choice at this point than to turn to God for intervention because we have exhausted all other means to resolve the issues in vein. “Apart from the nationwide strike action over IPPIS and o...
DSS Shuts Abuja School, Sacks 140 Teachers Over Request For Better Welfare
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DSS Shuts Abuja School, Sacks 140 Teachers Over Request For Better Welfare

For demanding better conditions of service and regularisation of their appointment, the Department of State Services has sacked 140 teachers and other staff members of its Community Staff Schools, Asokoro, Abuja. The service also shut down the institution and directed the 1,800 pupils in the nursery/primary and secondary classes to stay at home for two weeks. One of our correspondents, who visited the school on Wednesday, was informed by a private security guard at the gate that all the pupils had been sent away pending the engagement of new teachers by the authorities. Findings indicate that the primary school commenced pupil enrolment in 1992/93, while the secondary classes took off in 1998. Trouble began when the teachers demanded the regularisation of their appointment ...
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Strike: FG, ASUU Meeting Ends In Deadlock Again

THE meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the poor funding of Universities and the controversy surrounding the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, payment platform, yesterday ended without any resolution. This is as the Federal Government at the meeting which held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja, said it cannot afford the N110 billion demanded by the ASUU for funding of revitalisation of universities. Speaking at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told journalists that the government cannot meet the demand of ASUU of revitalisation because of the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Senator Ngige disclo...
IPPIS: Some Lecturers Got Excess Salaries, Had To Refund – Emeka Nwajiuba
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IPPIS: Some Lecturers Got Excess Salaries, Had To Refund – Emeka Nwajiuba

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said some lecturers got excess salaries and had to refund it back to the government. He disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today amid the controversy trailing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), a policy that has been faulted by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). “I think it is a lie to say the government has not paid them in eight months. It will be unfair to the government and wouldn’t be necessary to bring that kind of argument because some people may have different levels,” he said. “Some people even got salaries that were not adequate. Some people over got and had to refund. There were so many issues with it.” When asked when the un...
NECO Exams Resume On Monday, 9th November 2020
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NECO Exams Resume On Monday, 9th November 2020

PRESS RELEASE RESUMPTION OF THE 2020 SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS (INTERNAL) The National Examinations Council (NECO) wishes to inform candidates, schools and other stakeholders of the resumption of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in all states and the FCT from Monday 9th November 2020. The Council was constrained to postpone the examinations indefinitely on Monday 25th October 2020 due to security challenges occasioned by the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the Country. Following the return of normalcy in the states and FCT, the examinations will now continue with a new Time-Table from Monday 9th November, 2020 to Saturday 28th November, 2020. This new Time-Table will be made availa...
WAEC Withholds SSCE Results Of 215,149 Candidates
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WAEC Withholds SSCE Results Of 215,149 Candidates

The West African Examinations Council, on Monday, announced that it withheld the results of 215,149 candidates who sat for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Nigeria. The Council said the results of the candidates representing 13.98% of the total number of candidates who wrote the examination are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice. The Head of WAEC Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, made this know at a briefing in Lagos while announcing the official release of the results of this year’s WASSCE. He said, “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated ...
WAEC Releases SSCE 2020 Results
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WAEC Releases SSCE 2020 Results

The address by the @waecnigeria Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, to announce release of results of WASSCE SC, 2020 today at the WAEC National Office, Lagos. Remember the smart identity card used during the exams? Well, the result checker pin and serial number contained on it are all that is needed. 1. Go to https://www.waecdirect.org. which is the WAEC result checking portal. 2. Enter your WAEC Examination Number in the required column. 3. Select your Examination Year 4. Select your Examination Type which is “school candidate result”. 6. Enter the Card PIN afterwards. 7. Finally, click “Submit” button to get your 2020 WAEC Result.
Federal Polytechnic Oko New Dress Code For Students Sparks Outrage
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Federal Polytechnic Oko New Dress Code For Students Sparks Outrage

A document has been distributed to students of Federal Polytechnic Oko to make them aware of the dress code in the institution. The document reads, War Against Indecent Dressing (WAID) in Federal Polytechnic Oko then goes on to list what is not acceptable in the tertiary institution as regards fashion. For the women, the code bans things like skirt with slit above knees, off-shoulder dresses and tops, sleeveless dresses and tops, rugged jeans and low waist trousers, lengthy and coloured braids, coloured hair, long artificial lashes, bandana hairband, bogus fashion jewelries and more. For the male students, they banned long and bushy hair/beard, braids, dread lock and coloured hair, rugged jeans, kaftan without trousers, inscription on hair cut, T-shirts and jeans with immoral me...
IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary – Abiodun Ogunyemi
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IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary – Abiodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday said it is yet to call off its ongoing strike because the federal government has made a smooth negotiation very impossible. Disclosing this on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ monitored by Daily Independent , the national body of the university lecturers, led by its President, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi said that they are waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), a homegrown payment platform created by ASUU in place of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Ogunyemi said due to the IPPIS structure, some university lecturers are losing up to 70 percent of their salaries while some professors re...
Kano Threatens To Cancel Third Term If Private Schools Don’t Reduce Fees
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Kano Threatens To Cancel Third Term If Private Schools Don’t Reduce Fees

The Kano State Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Kiru, on Thursday, threatened to cancel the third term in the state if proprietors of private schools fail to reduce their school fees by at least 25 per cent before November 1, 2020 The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Aliyu Yusuf, in a statement, said the state would be left with no other option than to cancel the third term of the 2019/2020 academic session if the proprietors fail to adhere to the directive of the state government , in the statement, explained that the decision of the Ministry became necessary in view of the ongoing difficult economic situation, following the lockdown due to the menace of COVID -19 which affected both the socio-economic position of the general public. Recall that the Kano St...
Lagos Public And Private Schools To Resume On Monday
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Lagos Public And Private Schools To Resume On Monday

The Lagos State Government has approved the re-opening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the State beginning from Monday, 2nd of November, 2020 while boarders in public schools are to resume on Sunday, 1st of the same month. Disclosing this today, Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo said that this has been an unprecedented year with the recent happenings that have regrettably led to frequent closure of schools with attendant learning disruptions faced by all children. “We pray and hope that there will be no more disruptions in the academic calendar. However, the State Government will always regard the safety of pupils/students, parents and all staff as a matter of priority.” She stressed. “We recommend that when schools r...
ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi
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ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi

Despite pleas by stakeholders and Nigerian students to end the strike, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, in this interview with IYABO LAWAL, insists that schools will remain shut until issues of members’ salaries and revitalisation are settled. What is the update on the seven-month strike embarked on by university teachers? Nothing has changed significantly. We have presented our issues. We started with five, and we now have six issues. These are revitalisaton of universities; renegotiation of 2009 agreement; visitation panels to universities; proliferation of universities, particularly by state governments and of course Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) of members. The starting point is to say that those were outst...
Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike – ASUU
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Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike – ASUU

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it has yet to call off its ongoing strike because it is waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution. The UTAS is the payment platform created by ASUU in place of government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview with The PUNCH said the government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct integrity test on UTAS. “The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.” While speaking on whet...
EndSARS Riots: Principal Of Queens School Enugu Sends SOS To Security Agencies
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EndSARS Riots: Principal Of Queens School Enugu Sends SOS To Security Agencies

The principal of Queens School Enugu, Mrs. Ada Nweke, has cleared the air on the allegation that COVID-19 palliatives earlier stocked in the school were still there, stating categorically that “the materials are no more in the school” as the items had been distributed by the Enugu State Government Committee on Palliatives, on August 2020, to the less privileged and vulnerable groups across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state. Speaking to newsmen when she led them to inspect the school, Mrs. Nweke who disclosed that the female students have been traumatized, since the threat by hoodlums to invade the school came up, called on the security agencies in the country to come to their rescue. The principal said that the call became necessary because “we don’t want what happened t...
Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform
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Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers . The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll - out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution . But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not ...
ASUU Strike: Resolution Of ASUU Branches On FG’s Offer
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ASUU Strike: Resolution Of ASUU Branches On FG’s Offer

Last Week, Federal Government made an offer to ASUU to suspend the 7 months strike. As required by ASUU rules, branches are expected to meet and vote on government’s offer to academics. Government offered to do the following: - release 30 billion out of the 40 billion demanded by ASUU as Earned Academic Allowances EAA before nov 6 2020. The remaining 10 billion Naira will be released in batches between 2021 and 2022. 20 billion university revitalization fund to be made available by January 2020 - streamlining of EAA into monthly salaries. A committee will be set up to conclude their findings before 31st December 2020 -salary renegotiation committee to conclude before 31 December 3020 - UTAS to replace IPPIS for university workers - payment of withheld salaries . We...
EndSARS: Lagos Closes All Schools Indefinitely
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EndSARS: Lagos Closes All Schools Indefinitely

The Lagos State Government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the anti- SARS protests. Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, who issued the directive today, said the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period. She however advised parents to keep an eye on their wards and not allow them to be used as willing tools in the hands of those who might want to hijack the protests to unleash mayhem on the society. The Commissioner also encouraged schools to utilize other means of distance teaching and learning i.e radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post the recent COVID-19 lockdown.According to Ade...
20 secondary school students suspended after allegedly being caught having group s3x
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20 secondary school students suspended after allegedly being caught having group s3x

20 Form Four pupils from Loreto High School in Zimbabwe, have been suspended for allegedly engaging in group sex in July.   The students who comprised of both male and female, were allegedly caught pants down in the girls’ dormitories of the Silobela based school, while preparing for the June-July exams.   Midlands Provincial Education Director, Mr Jameson Machimbira who made the announcement said;   “Yes, we received information that some pupils both male and female from Loreto High School had been suspended following reports that they were caught engaging in unconfirmed sexual activities. I received phone calls from some affected parents who wanted the Ministry (Primary and Secondary Education) to intervene citing the timing of the suspensions. So, we s...
Genius boy: Caleb Anderson, 12, starts second year of university as he vows to work with Elon Musk
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Genius boy: Caleb Anderson, 12, starts second year of university as he vows to work with Elon Musk

A 12-year-old boy is starting his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College in the US. Caleb Anderson is set to get an aerospace engineering degree in two years and hopes Elon Musk will make him an astronaut. The brainy youngster, of Marietta, Georgia, told CBC News: "I'm not really smart. "I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster." Caleb learned sign language at nine months and started reading a few months later. He was able to solve maths problems by his second birthday and joined MENSA - a club for people whose IQ scores are in the top 2% - aged three. Now he hopes to join the Georgia Institute of Technology or the Massachusetts Institute for Technology to get an internship with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. He...
NECO Reschedules Exams Over #EndSARS Protests
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NECO Reschedules Exams Over #EndSARS Protests

The National Examination Council (NECO) has been forced to reschedule Paper I Computer Studies Practical’s scheduled to take place on Monday 19 October 2020 to November 16 In a statement by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division, NECO, Azeez Sani, the council blamed the decision on the #ENDSARS protests that blocked the free movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital. The statement reads: “This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained to reschedule the Paper I Computer Studies Practical’s earlier scheduled to take place on Monday 19 October 2020, 10 am to 1 pm. The examination of this paper will now hold on Monday 16 November 2020, 10 am-1 pm. ...
Fayemi Upgrades College Of Education Ikere, Ekiti To University
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Fayemi Upgrades College Of Education Ikere, Ekiti To University

Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi has assented into law the bill seeking upgrading of the College of Education Ikere- Ekiti to the University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti. The Governor signed the bill into law at the exquisite Executive Council Chamber, Government House, Ado-Ekiti, as part of activities making the second anniversary of his administration. The College of Education Ikere- Ekiti (formerly Ondo State College of Education) was established by an Edict on December 5, 1977. Fayemi, who stated the development was in realisation of his administration resolve to promote knowledge economy in the state, assured his government would continue to give utmost priority to the promotion of knowledge in the State. Commending the Speaker and Assembly members for...
We Are Ready To Resume – ASUU
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We Are Ready To Resume – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday, gave an indication that the union will suspend its prolonged strike very soon, as its President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, declared that the varsity lecturers are ready to go back to school. The ASUU President gave the hint even as the Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, assured it would meet the union demands within time frame it stipulated. Prof Ogunyemi, who was speaking at a meeting between the Federal Government, led by the Labour Minister and ASUU leadership, led by the President, said their members are willing to resume because it is a matter of national interest. He points out that their members also have their children at home, like all other parents who have thei...
ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned
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ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned

While Mr Ngige led the federal government's team, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the representatives of the lecturers team. Thursday’s conciliatory meeting aimed at putting an end to the strike action embarked upon by university lecturers has been adjourned to October 21. The industrial action, which started over six months ago, is a major reason why universities are yet to resume after the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Thursday meeting was convened as a follow up to the previous meeting held with the Senate leadership on Tuesday, where the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, committed to engaging Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders to iron out the outstanding issues. While Mr Ngige led the federal government’s...
20 Benue State University Professors Fail VC Examination, 7 Pass
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20 Benue State University Professors Fail VC Examination, 7 Pass

A PROFESSOR who had earlier submitted online application for the position of the Vice-Chancellor of Benue State University (BSU), Eugene Aliegba, has withdrawn from the race. Aliegba also did not participate in an examination organised for the 28 candidates competing to replace Prof. Msugh Kembe as vice chancellor of the university on Monday. Kembe’s tenure ends next month. The Nation learnt that only seven of the 27 professors that wrote the examination passed. Aliegba, a professor of Political Science of over 20 years’ experience, withdrew from the examination. An interview has been scheduled this week to select three candidates among whom the new vice chancellor would be picked. Aliegba questioned the criteria that required the candidates to write examination. He a...
11 Years In Medical School: IMSU Medical Students Cry Out
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11 Years In Medical School: IMSU Medical Students Cry Out

Medical students in Imo state University have taken to Tweeter to express frustration over prolonged stay in Medical school. The Students in the Final years class have officially entered their eleventh straight year in the institution and with no hope of graduation anytime soon. They have used the hashtag #Saveimsuth to propel their cry in the micro Blogging platform Tweeter and it's currently trending. This current agitation for a drastic measures to be taken in Imsuth was fuelled by news that Medical and Dental council of Nigeria are threatening to withdraw accreditation to the institution which will mean that no graduation will take place . The Medical College has since lost the NUC accreditation which prevented Imsu from admitting Medical students to it's fold. A video...
Buhari Approves Special Salary For Teachers
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Buhari Approves Special Salary For Teachers

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for teachers across the country. The approval coincided with commemoration of the World Teachers Day on October 5. He also increased the number of years of service from 35 to 40. Buhari stated these in Abuja on Monday during celebration of the 2020 World Teachers Day. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who represented Buhari, said the new salary scheme is to motivate teachers for greater productivity and effectiveness.
SSANU, NASU Begin Warning Strike
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SSANU, NASU Begin Warning Strike

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) will commence their 14-day warning strike today. In a letter dated September 28, 2020, jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, and SSANU President, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, and addressed to branch Chairmen of NASU and SSANU, the unions said the decision to embark on a 14-day warning strike was in fulfillment of their threat to begin the action as soon as the federal government directs universities to resume academic activities. The letter read in part: “Kindly recall earlier information on the above subject matter wherein it was conveyed that the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU would embark on a 14-day indu...