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ASUU gives update on strike after FG’s payment of arrears

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has insisted that its members won’t resume work despite the Federal Government’s payment of minimum wage arrears.

This was contained in a circular by the University of Lagos branch of the union titled, ‘Payment of minimum wage arrears’.

The chairman of UNILAG ASUU, Dele Ashiru, confirmed the authenticity of the circular to The PUNCH on Saturday.

Ashiru described the arrears payment as “long-overdue”, saying that the core demands of ASUU have not been met.

The circular read, “The leadership of our Branch has been inundated with calls concerning the recent payment of the long-overdue arrears of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage.

“Our members are reminded that this is not one of the core demands upon which the ongoing strike action is premised.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the demands of our Union are the conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, abrogation of the fraudulent and corrupt IPPIS scheme and the deployment of UTAS, payment of promotion arrears, the proliferation of State Universities and governance issues amongst others.

“While our Union welcomes this unsolicited payment, our members should please conserve the funds and spend wisely so as to energise our struggle until all our demands are satisfactorily met
Our Union commends the resolve and sacrifice of our members in enthroning a University system that is globally competitive.

“United we bargain! Divided we beg! A people united can never be defeated. Solidarity forever”

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JAMB warns CBT centres against extortion

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JAMB warned on Monday that operators of accredited Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres must desist from extorting candidates or face severe sanctions.

It stated in its weekly bulletin that its attention had been drawn to reports that some operators charged higher than the N700 fee stipulated for services rendered to candidates.

It reiterated that it would not condone any form of exploitation and would impose a N100,000 fine on culprits after they had been made to refund money collected.

“Centre owners are warned that failure to desist from the nefarious act would attract a fine of N100, 000 and possible revocation of licence issued by JAMB.

“Candidates are advised to report any CBT centre charging above the board’s stipulated fee for any of its services,’’ it stated.

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ASUU’ll call off strike soon, says Ngige

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The Federal Government on Wednesday said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would soon be called off.

This was as it said there are no plans to establish an alternative payment table for all the labour unions in tertiary institutions.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.

Despite four months into the strike already, Ngige assured Nigerians that efforts were underway to resolve the ongoing dispute largely fueled by 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.

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Kogi state polytechnic gets full accreditation

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The Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has received full accreditation for all her academic programmes by the National Board for Technical Education.

This was disclosed Wednesday when the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Usman Ogbo, officially presented the accreditation letters to the Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, in his office in Lokoja.

Dr. Ogbo said the school was able to achieve the feat owing to the support and enabling environment created by Governor Yahaya Bello, expressing confidence that the Kogi State Polytechnic had become coveted among polytechnics in the country.

The Rector disclosed that asides from the accreditation which was made possible by the cream of professionals attracted to the institution in the field of engineering and other courses, a feat made possible by the support of the governor, equally praised the well-motivated staff and management team of the institution.

Dr. Ogbo expressed happiness with the quality of graduates the institution was now producing and pointed out that the ratings of the institution by professionals and other bodies called for commendation. Kogi State Polytechnic, he disclosed, is first amongst its peers.

Receiving the Rector, the Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones described the full accreditation gotten by the institution as the mother of all accreditations made possible by Governor Yahaya Bello.

Asides from the accreditation, he lauded the ongoing infrastructural development ongoing in the institution and described Gov. Yahaya Bello as a leader passionate about the future of the younger generation.

The Commissioner praised the Rector of the institution for giving the citadel of learning a facelift in academic standards and infrastructure, adding that the institution, which was known as a bastion of cultism and other negative social vices, had today become a positive reference under the leadership of Dr. Ogbo, with the enabling environment created by Gov. Yahaya Bello.

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