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OAU students pray on the road, ASUU members join protest (Photos)

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In what has been a relentless struggle on Thursday, the protesting students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, denied leaving the barricades for the mosque as the Muslim students were seen observing their prayer on the express road.

This was as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities including the Chairman of the OAU chapter, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, joined them in the protest.

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Teachers’ qualifying exam rescheduled in Zamfara and Sokoto over insecurity

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The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has rescheduled its professional qualifying examination (PQE) for teachers in Zamfara and Sokoto states over security concerns.

According to NAN, Jacinta Ogboso, TRCN’s acting director of certification and licensing, announced the development on Saturday while supervising the conduct of the examination in Abuja.

Ogboso said the exam would be conducted in the two states either online or at designated centres as soon as the security situation improves.

The acting director disclosed that out of 9,204 candidates who registered for the exam nationwide, Zamfara and Sokoto account for 151 and 125 candidates respectively.

“We have to reschedule the examination for Sokoto and Zamfara states because we want to be sure of the security situation. They are going to either write online or we find another time,” she said.

Ogboso said 663 candidates sat for the exam in the federal capital territory (FCT), adding that the figure is less than the number of candidates who wrote the examination in previous years.

She urged persons yet to identify as registered teachers in the country to take advantage of the PQE.

David Adejo, permanent secretary of federal ministry of education, who also monitored the exercise in Abuja, said teachers who have not registered to write the PQE are not teachers as far as Nigeria is concerned.

“In the medical profession, after your university, there is a compulsory exam you must pass before you become a doctor. So, those who have not passed through this process are only at best impersonating and government cannot allow that going forward,” she added.

“We need to standardise the teaching practice and this exam is one of the things that will do that.”

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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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Students are on their own if they resume, ASUU tackles LAUTECH

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso branch has said lecturers at the state-owned university will not engage in any academic activities despite the management’s directive that students should resume next week.

It was reported that the management of LAUTECH had, on Thursday, directed its students and staff to resume on May 26 for continuation of academic activities.

The ASUU chairman, LAUTECH branch, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, replied in a statement issued on Friday on behalf of the union.

He said lecturers at the university were part of the nationwide strike declared by ASUU and they were not ready to abandon the cause except the national body of the union suspended the strike.

The union said parents and students should be aware that academic activities would not start even if the students resumed as directed by the university management.

The ASUU chairman said, “Our union is in receipt of the memo from the university registrar calling for the resumption of academic activities for the first semester of the 2021/2022 Academic Session on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

“The Academic Staff Union of Universities, LAUTECH branch, wishes to dissociate itself from the said memo. The branch wishes to make it abundantly clear that ASUU-LAUTECH is part of the ongoing nationwide struggle of the union to reposition our public universities. LAUTECH has not, and cannot, back out of this patriotic struggle.

“As you are aware, the LAUTECH branch of ASUU is involved in the ongoing, twelve weeks roll-over strike action by our union called to draw the attention of the Federal Government to implement the Memorandum of Action signed with ASUU in 2020. The MoA encapsulates all that needed to be done to make our public universities (Federal or State) internationally competitive.

“The decision to embark on this action was duly communicated to the university administration and it has not been vacated. As clearly stated by our union, the ongoing strike action embarked upon by ASUU is not targeted at any vice-chancellor, university administration, students, or any group within or outside the system.

“Once again, it must be emphasised that the strike action has not been reviewed in any way. It must also be stated that the administration pays attention to the subsisting demands of the branch to ensure a conducive industrial atmosphere in LAUTECH even after the suspension of the nationwide strike.

“We, therefore, urge the parents, guardians, students, and general public to note that our members are not in a position to conduct any academic activities while this ongoing action lasts.”

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