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ASUU to appeal court order directing lecturers to resume

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it will appeal a court ruling which directed the union to call off its nationwide strike.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

Several meetings between ASUU and the federal government have ended in deadlock.

Consequently, the federal government went to the national industrial court to challenge the strike.

Delivering a ruling on Wednesday, Polycarp Hamman, the judge, granted the federal government’s application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike.

The judge ordered members of the union to resume work pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

He held that the strike is detrimental to public university students who cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

Speaking with newsmen on the next line of action, Femi Falana, counsel to ASUU, said the ruling will be challenged at the court of appeal.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has criticised the ruling, describing it as a betrayal of equity.

Giwa Temitope, NANS national public relations officer, said the court’s decision does not offer a permanent solution to the dispute and that lecturers cannot be forced to resume their duties.

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Mama Ajasco Bags Honourary Doctorate Degree From Rescue Mission Theological University, USA

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Beautiful and Full Figured Nollywood Actress, Moji Oyetayo popularly known as Mama Ajasco bags a Honourary Doctorate Degree as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Ph) from Rescue Mission Theological University USA on October 1st 2022 at a well attended ceremony in conjunction with Gospel Alive Global (GAG).

It was a double celebration as the
Diva also received an Award as Extraordinary Role Model 2022 and Best Female Actress in Global Movies of The Year at the Gospel Alive Global Music and Award.

In a celebratory mood she said “this is an Independence gift and am fiercely grateful for the honour and won’t stop my hard work in my career”.

She also encouraged the youths to dare to believe and the sky would be thier starting point.

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NCoS asks FG to abolish WAEC and NECO fees for inmates

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The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has called on the federal government to abolish both the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) examination fees for inmates.

In a statement, Chukwuedo Humphrey, FCT command spokesman, said the waiver will enable more inmates to be enrolled for the examinations.

He said the command recently completed registration for 53 inmates in Kuje and Suleja custodial centres in preparation for the WAEC November/December senior school examination for external candidates.

He said Ahmed Musa, controller, FCT command, advised the inmates to shun examination malpractices and make themselves available for the ongoing intensive preparation classes.

He said this was in order to make good grades, adding that it is imperative to their smooth reintegration into society after serving their terms of imprisonment.

He quoted the controller as saying that the custodial centres are known for producing candidates with excellent results.

He urged them to look beyond incarceration and see the hope that education brings, and not no to allow the efforts of the service to go to waste.

The NCoS boss appreciated the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that volunteered their resources and time towards making the registration a success.

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UNIBEN to conduct post UTME and DE despite ASUU strike

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Despite the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.

In a notice by its Registrar, Ademola Bobola on Wednesday in Benin, the University said the exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.

Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.

“Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.

The registrar referred admission seekers into the institution to the university’s official website.

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