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Adamawa students speak out on vulnerability, suggest safety measures

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‏Students in Adamawa State have spoken out on the attacks in parts of the country and expressed anxiety over their vulnerability.

The students, who participated in a programme in Yola on protection of education, however also demonstrated ways they had learnt on self-protection, and articulated suggestions to government to further secure schools against attacks.

Upcoming orators and budding actresses studying at the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Yola, who represented students at a dinner session in Yola in commemoration of International Day to Protect Education from Attack, made a speech, staged a drama and had a talk-show to pass their messages.

The event was organised by Education in Emergencies Working Group Nigeria, in collaboration with the Adamawa State Ministry of Education.

While the talk-show by the students was mainly about the incidents of attacks, the effects of such attacks and how the authorities fail to tackle them, the drama was mainly about the rape and abductions that the attacks lead to, and about the training the students have received on how to prevent or mitigate the effects of attacks.

In the segment to do with a speech prepared by the students, Miss Wusayamba Markus, who read the speech on behalf of the students from the FGGC Yola, suggested fencing of all schools to make access difficult for attackers.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Adamawa State Focal Person of the Education in Emergencies Working Group, Mr Medugu Stephen, said his organisation works with stakeholders, especially in the focal states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to ensure that schools remain open and studies uninterrupted irrespective of emergency situations that may arise.

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Varsity Strike: ASUU demands exclusion of Ngige from negotiations

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, of allowing the over four-month strike in nation’s universities to linger.

President of the union, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, who stated this on Friday, also denied the claim by the minister that the union was invited to meeting on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Ngige said the FG would soon resolve issues on the strike by ASUU and that concerns over payment platforms would be addressed with the union and other stakeholders in the next meeting fixed for Thursday.

But speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Friday, the President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union did not receive any letter of invitation from the minister.

He said Ngige should remove himself from the ongoing negotiation because the minister had worsened the situation.

He said, “We were not invited to any meeting. None of our members was invited. We have a secretariat but we never got any invitation from them.

“The problem we have with this government, especially with the minister of labour, is that if you can tell the world that you have fixed a meeting which you didn’t; how do you expect us to believe other things you have said?

“He should confirm to the world that he sent an invitation to ASUU for a meeting on Thursday.

“The minister of labour should leave us to deal with the minister of education. He was the one that made this matter worse to this extent. He was the one that decided to use hunger as a weapon, when he said no work no pay.”

ASUU, on February 14, declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands by the FG.

But on March 14, the union extended the action by eight weeks, citing the government’s failure to fully address its demands.

On May 6, Ngige promised that the FG would resume negotiations with ASUU with the aim of ending the strike.

Three days after his promise, the union extended the strike by another 12 weeks.

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Supreme Court verdict: MSSN urges Lagos to issue circular on Hijab

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MSSN Lagos State Area Unit Amir (President), Miftahudeen Thanni

•Seeks sanction for defaulting principals, teachers

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ASUU will call off four-month strike soon – Ngige

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Wednesday said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would soon be called off.

He stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Ngige said efforts were underway to resolve the ongoing dispute between the FG and ASUU over payment platforms.

ASUU, which grounded academic activities in Nigerian universities since February 14, 2022, had insisted on the use of its own generated payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

It premised its demand on claims that the government-backed Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System was shortchanging its members.

However, the Federal Government, last March claimed that UTAS was unfit for wide-scale use as it failed three integrity tests.

Aside from UTAS, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions also proposed their payment platform: Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System.

Ngige argued that the Federal Government was indeed engaging with ASUU, despite notions that it has been snubbing the union.

He also said there were no plans to establish an alternative payment table for all the labour unions in tertiary institutions.

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