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BREAKING: Polytechnic lecturers suspend over two-month strike

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Polytechnic lecturers have suspended their industrial action, after 65 days of staying away from classrooms.

The lecturers said the suspension was for three months to enable the government to complete execution of the items contained in a Memorandum of Action signed with their union since April 27, 2021.

The lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), said they would resume the suspended industrial action if the government failed to implement the demands after three months.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of ASUP, Abdullahi Yalwa, read in part, “Following an appraisal of the report indicating the gradual implementation of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed between our Union and the Federal Government, the Union has resolved to suspend its 65 days old industrial action with effect from 10th June, 2021.

“The suspension is for a period of three months to enable the government complete the execution of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the Union since 27th April, 2021.

“As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education, certain items have been fulfilled like the reconstitution and inauguration of governing councils and visitation panels in Nigerian Federal Polytechnics while we are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalisation and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.

“Other items include the ongoing efforts at the review of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service for Polytechnics as well as the commencement of work towards resolution of the issues around CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre. We also acknowledge the recent passage of the Bill for removal of the dichotomy against HND holders in the country.

 

“In reaching the decision to suspend the strike, our Union took into cognizance the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and indeed members of the public who showed varied interests in the matter.

“It is the expectation of our Union that the suspension of this action will provide an enabling environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the memorandum of action and afford the government an opportunity to reverse its trust deficit within our sector.

“We equally appreciate the different layers of intervention by critical stakeholder groups in the sector within the period.”

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Senate okays Abeokuta for Nigeria’s medicine varsity

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The Senate has approved a bill seeking the establishment of the University of Medicine and Medical Sciences in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

It will be the second university dedicated to medicine and medical sciences in Nigeria. There is a University of Medical Sciences in Ondo.

The bill for the university’s establishment, which was sponsored by Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun Central, was on Wednesday presented for the third reading and was unanimously passed without dissenting voices.

The former Ogun State governor was said to have donated 170 hectares of land as the permanent site for the proposed university.

Spokesman for the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta, Segun Orisajo, said in a statement, said, “With this latest development, the bill had successfully passed its major hurdle as it awaits a concurrence by the House of Representatives, which is a mere formality.”

Orisajo said the establishment of the university was the vision of former FMC Medical Director, Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu.

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JAMB hammers six more centres for poor performance

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has delisted six more centres following their poor performance in the conduct of the second day of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB had delisted 24 centres after the first day of the UTME on Saturday for same reason.

Head, Protocol and Public Affairs, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in a statement, adding that 464,834 candidates wrote the UTME on Monday, the second day of the examination.

He gave the delisted centres as Dayspring Christian College, Opete, Delta state, Fountain of Knowledge INTL Academy CBT centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Twelve Apostles College, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

Others are Zaria Academy, Zaria, Kaduna State and Muhammed Kamaldeen CBT Centre, along FGC ogidi Ilorin, Kwara State.

Benjamin also said the candidates who were unable to register during the allowable time for registration despite the extension had been directed to visit designated centres to be registered and scheduled for the 2021 UTME.

They were also directed to print their examination notification slip for their schedule for the examination.

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JAMB candidates of 24 delisted centres get new schedule

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has asked candidates scheduled to take the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in 24 delisted centres to print new examination notification slips.

JAMB’s Head of Protocol and Public Affairs, Fabian Benjamin, gave the instruction in a statement obtained on Monday.

He asked the candidates to start printing their notifications from Sunday, 20th, 2021 for their new schedule date and time.

“This applies only to centres delisted. You will recall that 24 centres were delisted for performing below the tolerable limit of the Board, while over 40 others were put on the watchlist,” the statement read.

JAMB on Saturday announced the delisting of 24 centres over failure to conduct the 2021 examination.

The 2021 UMTE was meant to be conducted in 777 designated centres across the country before the delisting of 24 centres.

 

Over 1.3 million candidates registered to take part in the examination.

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