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NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems
Education

NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems

The strike by non-academic unions in public universities has taken its toll on the institutions as they battle filth and struggle to keep services such as electricity and water supplies functional. The PUNCH correspondents, who visited the universities on Monday, reported that although teaching was going on, the strike by non-teaching staff had thrown up various problems in the institutions. For example, while refuse has piled up at male and female hostels of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, students of the University of Jos are battling with stoppage of water and electricity supplies. Their colleagues at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus confided in The PUNCH that they contributed N500 per room to pay cleaners they brought from outside to clean their hostel...
ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike, To Receive N70bn
Education

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...
I Have Three Children In Public Universities – Ngige
Politics

I Have Three Children In Public Universities – Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has restated the commitment of Federal Government to end the eight-month strike embarked on by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. He described as untrue, comments that government officials have been foot-draggers in the ongoing negotiations with the university lecturers because their children school abroad. Ngige said, “I have three biological children in public schools. They are in public schools; they are not in private universities. Unlike ASUU members who have most of their children in private universities, three of mine are here. So, I am a very big stakeholder in the public tertiary school system.” The minister, who spoke on an Arise TV interview monitored by The PUNCH, added, “So, when ASUU says politicia...
Parents, Students Lament High ‘Acceptance Fee’ In Public Universities
Education

Parents, Students Lament High ‘Acceptance Fee’ In Public Universities

Parents and some newly admitted students have decried multiple charges by public universities in the country, payment of high ‘acceptance fees’ alongside other moneys demanded during registration. Daily Trust reports that many federal and state universities charge over N50,000 from each prospective student as acceptance fee prior to “screening” that will pave way for the student to register. In some universities, the money paid for registration is between N35,000 and N40,000. This is besides what they pay as registration which comes with different subheadings. Officials in some universities said acceptance fee is meant to confirm that prospective students have accepted the admission offered them and are willing to proceed with registration and other procedures. Others said it is to beef...
Buhari’s Education Policy Anti-Masses, Says ASUU
Politics

Buhari’s Education Policy Anti-Masses, Says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday described the President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy on education as anti-masses. It accused the All Progressives Congress government of a deliberate plan to starve public education with funds in order to deny Nigerian youths the right to know and challenge misrule. In a release in Ibadan on Sunday and signed by the Chairman, University of Ibadan Chapter of the union, Prof. Deji Omole, ASUU lamented that the sacrifices of understaffed and underpaid Nigerian academia would be futile if President Buhari did not increase funding for education. Omole cited the University of Ibadan as an example of an institution presently groaning due to paucity of funds, insufficient staff, decayed infrastructure and bad laboratories. According t...
List Of Church Owned Universities In Nigeria
Education, Religion

List Of Church Owned Universities In Nigeria

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14‬ The Church has consistently played her role as the source of light in the nation. Despite hues and cries about the emergence of private universities, it is an irony that most public universities are presently on strike while church owned ones are functional. Presently some of the best universities in the nation are run by churches. They can only get better. The impact of Christian universities are not readily apparent at the moment; however I make bold to say that in a decade from now, the gap would have been clear and the difference between the church owned and other universities would have been widened in favour of the Church. Universities need adequate funding in order to be main...
Senator Shehu Sani Reacts To ASUU Indefinite Strike
Politics

Senator Shehu Sani Reacts To ASUU Indefinite Strike

Senator Shehu Sani as reacted to the ASUU indefinite strike that was announced last night. Sen. Shehu took to his twitter handle to react to the report with caption saying.... I share the belief that ASUU strike is a peaceful & justifiable action to save public universities in Nigeria. At 70$ per barrel,Nigeria can afford to adequately fund public univ.Elites in power who can afford to educate their wards abroad, should have some honour.