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SSANU warns of another strike in varsities

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

University workers may embark on another strike soon should the government fail to honour its agreement with the workers unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has warned.

SSANU, which blamed the Presidency for the incessant strikes, said if the Federal Government failed to do the right thing, workers in the universities would down tools again.

The Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike ÊkwÍ (AE-FUNAI) chapter of SSANU gave the warning while presenting its memoranda to the school’s visitation panel.

Presenting the association’s memoranda to the panel’s Chairman, Usman Sariki, the AE-FUNAI SSANU Chairman, Emma Chigbata, said the university system was dying.

He identified poor funding and divide and rule system by the Federal Government in its dealings with unions in the universities as some of the reasons for rot in the system.

“The Federal Government has no respect for agreements. Many agreements it entered into with unions, none of them have been fulfilled,” Chigbata said.

He said if the situation was not properly handled, it could lead to a breakdown of law and order in the universities.

“Very soon, students will rise against workers and lecturers because of incessant strikes,” he said.

Chigbata however expressed pessimism in the ability of the visitation panels set up for federal universities to solve the problem.

He lamented that workers’ salaries were slashed following the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) by the Federal Government.

“IPPIS slashed the salary of workers. It is now peanuts. University workers cannot afford to feed and pay rents. They now borrow to feed and take care of their needs,” he said.

Sariki said the panel was not an investigative panel, but a fact-finding one.

He said, “We are not here to witch-hunt anybody but to find out the true situation of things and advise the government on how to improve the university system.”

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UTME: JAMB cancels registrations of 817 candidates

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JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled the registrations of 817 candidates in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The cancellation affected 178 Computer Based Test (CBT).

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede made this known on Tuesday after separate meetings with stakeholders in Abuja.

Oloyede said the registrations were invalidated over identified infractions bordering on use of strange biometric fingerprints in the registration process.
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While saying some registration officers in the affected 178 CBT centres added one of their fingerprints to complete the registration process for the candidates, Oloyede, however, said the 817 students would be given another opportunity to re-register for the exam with the centres bearing the cost.

He said: “For the students who allowed other people to add their fingers to their registration procedure. We found that some of them were only naive, because you will hear them saying my finger was hot, and the man added his own. And you allowed him to add his own?

“Some of them did it deliberately for impersonation but we can’t identify those who are genuine from those who are not genuine. We will cancel all of them. All the registrations and we will ask them to re-register.

“The centres involved, we have just met with them, and they all confessed, nobody is disputing it, even students that were telling lies, they know we have the technology that won’t allow any lie to be accommodated.

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FEC approves N4bn for construction of Uniosun senate building, others

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Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved about N4 billion for the execution of three projects across the nation.

The projects according to the Minister of Education,Adamu Adamu include the construction of Senate Buildings in Osun State University, Osogbo and Federal University, Lokoja, as well as erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education.

The Minister disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.

He gave the breakdown of the approval for construction of the Senate Building in Osun State University, Osogbo, at a cost of N2,134,686,307.88 billion with the completion period of 76 weeks awarded to WAZLAF Engineering Limited.

The second one, according to him, is the contruction of another Senate Building at the Federal University, Lokoja, at the cost of N1,607,471,754.77 billion with a completion period of 50 weeks.

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He said N336,745, 631.70 was also approved for the erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education –50 kilowatt AM radio, awarded to ECALPEMOS Technologies Limited, with a completion period of 14 weeks.

The last memo approved was for the takeover of David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi, by the Federal Government.

“What we brought in the memo is for Council to ratify the agreement that has been entered between the Ebonyi State government and the Federal Government.

“And then to approve the renaming of the university from David Umahi University of Medical Sciences to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences.

“And to approve a draft bill,which has been written,and then to approve the transmittal of this bill to the National Assembly for enactment into an Act.

“This brought the total approval for the four memoranda presented by the minister of education to the Council to N4,078,903,692 billion.”

Also,the council approved a memorandum presented by the Minister of Industry,Trade and Investment,Chief Niyi Adebayo, on behalf of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, a parastatal under the ministry.

The minister disclosed that the council approved N1.8 billion for the construction of a Package Sewage System (PSS) for the authority’s head office within the Liberty Free Zone in Akwa Ibom,with the completion period of 10 months,without variation.

The minister said that as part of the responsibility of regulating and attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the country, the ministry was supervising certain oil and gas free zones in the country.

According to him,one of the free zones is the Liberty Free Zone in Ikot Abasi,Akwa Ibom.

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Transportation challenges: UNILORIN okays virtual lectures for large classes

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The University of Ilorin has announced the commencement of virtual lectures for large classes as part of measures to address transportation challenges facing both students and lecturers.

Already, it said on Monday that the university had assigned 500 user accounts of 300-capacity zoom licences to various faculties and departments for the immediate commencement of virtual classes.

A statement issued on Monday by Unilorin spokesman, Kunle Akogun, stated that the virtual classes would run simultaneously with physical classes.

The statement read in part, “About 500 user accounts of 300 capacity zoom licences have been assigned to faculties and departments for effective virtual delivery of lectures.

“We have also developed virtual class schedule for courses with class sizes of about 1000, 3000, and 5000 students, using the large capacity zoom licences.

“Physical delivery of lectures/practical sessions in classrooms/laboratories is very important and should be consciously sustained.”

According to him, in the wake of the transportation challenges facing the students and staff of the university, the management rolled out several measures to mitigate the effect of the unfortunate situation on the students in particular.

“These included the directive to the Time-Table and Room Usages Committee to adjust lecture time-table to make it more flexible.

“The management also renewed the university’s zoom licences to activate the virtual lecture option,” he said.

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