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ASUU Reiterates Condition As Negotiation With FG Resumes Today

The President of the  Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, says  the union will suspend its 10-week-old  strike if the Federal Government agrees to release   N50bn to  revitalise public universities  and N20bn  to pay lecturers  their  allowances in their meeting on Monday. The union resumes its negotiation with the Federal Government, and Ogunyemi insists they body will not shift  its ground unless the government makes a commitment to release the money. However, he said ASUU had lost confidence in  the government since it failed to honour  previous…

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ASUU Strike: No Going Bank Until FG Implements Agreement

…….President Says We’ll Continue Till Further Notice The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday said the ongoing strike would not be called off until the Federal Government fully implemented all the offers it made to the union after their last meeting. The public university lecturers said they were tired of Federal Government’s antics of making unfulfilled promises, insisting that the strike would be called off after they got tangible evidence and concrete actions that the offers made to them by the Federal Government had been implemented. The National…

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Shun Partisan Politics; Ikupolati Warns Corps Members In Kwara

The State Coordinator, NYSC Kwara  State, Mrs Ikupolati Esther Tosin has warned all the Corps members serving in the state to stay clear of partisan politics. The State Coordinator made this warning on Thursday in Kaiama while on an inspection of Corps members serving in Kiaiama Local Government Area of the State. She said NYSC as a scheme is apolitical in all its operations, therefore, members were not allowed to be involved in partisan politics.  Ikupolati reminded the Corps members of the existing collaboration between the INEC and the NYSC…

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SERAP Drags FG To UN Over ‘Failure To End ASUU Strike’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an urgent appeal to two UN special rapporteurs urging them to “prevail upon the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)to reach an agreement to end the ongoing strike action by ASUU, which continues to have real and dire consequences on the right to higher education, specifically university education, as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Nigeria is a state party.” In the urgent appeal dated 28 December 2018 and…

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2019 UTME: JAMB Stops Use Of Cyber Cafes For Candidates Registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it will no longer use cyber cafes for registration of candidates, beginning from the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). JAMB’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said this on Thursday on the sideline of a meeting with proprietors of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres at the University of Lagos. “We are no longer going to allow the cyber cafes to do the registration exercise for prospective candidates because they are extorting candidates and overcharging them. “They also do services they do not…

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FG Okays 65 Years Retirement Age For Teachers

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu,has said the Muhammadu Buhari administration was in support of jacking up the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years. The minister made this known at a public hearing on the need to insulate teachers from the retirement age for public servants organised by the House Joint Committee on Basic Education and Public Service. The minister said that it was as a means of improving the standard of basic and secondary education in the country. Adamu informed the house joint committee that…

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Fayemi Honours Olaiya, OAU’s Best Graduating Student At Convocation

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Thursday praised Dr Aarinola Olaiya, Obafemi Awolowo University’s Overall Best Overall Graduating Student for demonstrating the core values of hard work and excellence for which Ekiti people are known. The 24-year old Usin- Ekiti born graduate of Medicine had distinctions in 11 courses, breaking 28 years’ old record of the institution. Governor Fayemi who attended the 43rd Convocation ceremony of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Thursday specifically to honour Aarinola, said she had shown that Ekiti is not a state of stomach infrastructure…

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Sanwo-Olu Vows To Give LASU Faculty Of Pharmacy

To strengthen capacity in pharmaceutical profession in Lagos State, Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the coming election Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured members of the pharmaceutical society of Nigeria (PSN) that he will ensure that Lagos State University (LASU) gets faculty of Pharmacy if elected. Speaking on Thursday during his interactive session with the Lagos State chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Sanwo-Olu said the state university after more than three decades of existence should be a centre of academic excellence for the production of manpower…

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UNILORIN Set To Instal Mini-Refinery For Biodiesel

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, says the university will soon install a mini-refinery equipment for processing of Jatropha a flowering plant. Abdulkareem said this on Thursday in his welcome address at the 8th International Jatropha Conference, tagged: “Jatropha 2018,” organised by the University of Ilorin Jatropha Plantation Development and Maintenance Committee. It is also in collaboration with the Society for the Conservation of Phytofuels and Sciences. The reports that Jatropha flowering plant is locally called “Igi-lapa-lapa” in Yoruba, “bindazugu” in Hausa, Ncheogba in Igbo and…

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Again, FG, ASUU Meeting Deadlock, Strike Continues

The meeting between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday in Abuja ended without any agreement. ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking to newsmen after the closed door meeting, said negotiation was ongoing and the meeting continued. The meeting, which started at 5 p.m. at the Federal Ministry of Education, was to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike. The union embarked on the strike three weeks ago over the funding of Nigerian universities and an alleged plan by the Federal Government to…

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