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Soldiers, police prevent students protest on Kaduna-Abuja road, Third Mainland Bridge Lagos

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The Federal Government has deployed large number of soldiers and policemen in the Kaduna-Abuja highway to prevent students union leaders from protesting along the road against the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Armed policemen were also spotted on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, in anticipation of aggrieved students blocking the major road linking the Lagos mainland to the island.

Leaders of the Students’ Union Government from various institutions in Kaduna had threatened to take over the highway Wednesday as part of measures towards ending the lingering strike action by ASUU.

Kaduna State Government through the Commissioner for Internal Security and Homes Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Tuesday cautioned the students against blocking the road, sighting security concerns.

It was observed along the Kaduna-Abuja highway presence of heavily armed soldiers, policemen and Kaduna Vigilante Services personnel.

Some of the security agents were seen sitting in their vehicles stationed at different locations around the Gonin Gora community along the highway.

However, the students’ union through the Chairman Taskforce on End ASUU Strike, Dominic Philip, said the students had suspended the planned protest since Tuesday, following an intervention by the Commissioner of Police in the state and other security agencies.

He assured the students that they did not back out from blocking the road out of cowardice but because they did not want to create unnecessary hardship for other motorists and travellers plying the road.

He said, “However, due to several calls from well-meaning Nigerians and calls by the security agencies for considerations of the peculiarity of Kaduna about the volatility of security of the city, we have chosen to demonstrate the kind of gesture that we expect the negotiating parties, especially the federal government, to exhibit in their meetings so that there could be a headway towards ending the strike.

“We are also aware that blocking the road will create a long gridlock which might take up to 10 kilometers and based on the fact that there might not be another route for commuters to use. We also know that the alternative route to Abuja is not safe

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UNN ASUU directs members to withhold results over unpaid salaries

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University of Nigeria, Nsukka

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) chapter, has directed its members to withhold examination results of students in protest over eight months unpaid salaries by Federal Government.

The university lecturers’ union also directed its members to boycott, forthwith, departmental, faculty and Senate council meetings, aimed at approving results of students until the salary issue is addressed.

The lecturers had carried placards, and marched round the school premises to protest non-payment of their salaries. Some of the placards read: “We say no to intimidation by government,” “Kill education, kill the nation,” “No pay, no results,” “Lecturers are not casual workers,” among others.

Speaking to newsmen after their protest at the school premises, the chapter Chairman, Dr. Christian Opata, insisted that members are not happy with the half salary payment to them when the strike action was called off last month. He said: “We will continue to teach, but will not release results of exams or allow school Senate to seat and approve any result.

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“ASUU is saying no to government policy of ‘no work, no pay;’ but if government insists on the policy, ASUU will not handle any academic activity that falls within that eight months period.

“ASUU wants government to honour its agreement with the union since 2009, and stop further attempt that will keep students away from school.”
Opata described, as unfortunate, the attempt by government to treat lecturers as labourers by using the so-called ‘pro-rata’ format to pay them their October salary.

“This is the first time in history of the country when university academic staff are paid as casual workers; an indication that the current administration has no regard for education,” he said.

He threatened that ASUU is determined to embark on what will be known in Nigeria’s history as “mother of all strikes” should government fail to do the needful.

“If government thinks that implementing its policy of ‘no work, no pay’ and withholding our salary will prevent us from embarking on strike again, then it is a big joke. If government fails to do the needful soon, ASUU will return to indefinite strike action in public universities,” he added.

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BREAKING: ASUU members receive full salary for November, arrears withheld

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Lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have received full salaries for the month of November 2022.

A senior member of the union at the Bayero University Kano revealed this in a chat  with journalists in Abuja.

He said, “Some of our members have started receiving salaries and I can confirm to you that we received our full salaries for the month of November. However, the arrears are still withheld.”

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It was learnt that the eight-month arrears remained withheld by the Federal Government.

The FG had refused to pay the striking lecturers for the eight months which the union embarked on strike.

The lecturers in October 2022 received a half pay, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

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FEC okays mother tongue for teaching in primary schools

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the use of mother tongue as a compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools in the country.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the week’s council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the mother tongue would be used exclusively for the first six years of education and combined with the English language from Junior Secondary School.

Adamu said though the policy had officially taken effect, it could only be fully implemented when government develops instructional materials and qualified teachers are available.

He said the mother tongue to be used in each school would be the dominant language spoken by the community where it is located.

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Adamu said the government was determined to preserve the cultures of the people and their peculiar idiosyncrasies.

He lamented that so much had been lost due to the extinction of some local languages.

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