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JUST IN: Court orders ASUU to call off strike

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The National Industrial Court ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to go back to work.

The Federal Government in a suit, prayed for the order for ASUU to call off its seven months strike.

The Minister of Labour and Employment on behalf of the Federal Government had filed the matter before the court by way of referral to resolve the issue of the ongoing strike by ASUU.

Mr J.U.K Igwe, SAN, counsel to FG in his submission had informed the court that the application for the injunction was dated Sept. 12 and filed same date.

He added that the application was brought in pursuant to the rules of the NICN 2017 proceeding.

Igwe further stated that it was predicated on 11 ground, supported by 21 paragraph affidavit deposed to Mr Okechukwu Wampa, a Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Labour and Employment , attached with three exhibits and an undertaking as to damages deposed to by Wampa.

He also urged the court to grant the prayer sought and proceeded to adopt in its entirety and totality the written address, adding that the claimants had met all the requirements to enable the court grant the injunction

He cited that claimant’s action was not apprehensive and regarding damages, he said the lost time of seven months of the strike could not be regained.

He concluded by saying that going by the provision of section 18 (1) (e) of the Trade Disputes Act 2004, that a worker should not embark on strike when a matter is already before the court, urged the court to grant the injunction.

Mr Femi Falana SAN, counsel to the defendant stated that he had before the court a nine paragraph counter-affidavit filed on Sept. 16 deposed to by the president of ASUU.

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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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