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SSANU, NASU issue seven-day ultimatum to FG over withheld salaries

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) have threatened to embark on strike over the withheld salaries of their members.

The unions, in a letter issued on Friday by their joint action committee (JAC), said they would go on strike if the government failed to release the withheld salaries after seven days.

In 2022, the salaries of university staff members who went on strike were withheld by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

In October 2023, President Bola Tinubu partially ordered the release of four months of the withheld eight-month pay of all lecturers.

In the letter signed by Muhammed Ibrahim, the president of SSANU, and Peters Adeyemi, the general secretary of NASU, the unions expressed concern that the government released four months of withheld salaries to members of academic staff without extending the same gesture to non-academic staff.

“While we appreciate the federal government for paying our academic counterpart, we also deem it necessary that our members are also paid,” the joint letter reads in part.

“The various feelers we are getting from our members in the universities and inter-university centres indicate that we can no longer guarantee and be able to sustain industrial peace in the university sector.

“We, therefore, use this opportunity once again to call on the federal government to do the needful within the next seven days.

“The joint action committee of NASU and SSANU should not be held responsible should the wheel of administration and corporate governance be grounded to a halt in the University sector, as we have exercised enough patience.

“If nothing is done by the federal government to positively address this situation and respond to our previous letters to them, the members of the two unions may be forced to meet soon to take all lawful and stringent decisions on the matter.”

SSANU and NASU said they had written a letter to Femi Gbajabiamila, the chief of staff (CoS) to the president, and Tahir Mamman, the minister for education, on February 13, but received no response.

“We are shocked that two weeks after the letters had been sent and received by the appropriate quarters, the federal government has remained quiet and refused to take any step towards addressing this very sensitive issue,” the unions added.

“We like to confirm through this medium once again to the federal government that the pressure on us has intensified and we have done everything possible within our ambit to prevail on our members to maintain industrial peace and tranquillity.”

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Printing of JAMB slip: Beware of fake sites, police warn 2024 UTME candidates

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As candidates prepare for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, scheduled to commence on April 19, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and the Nigeria Police have warned them against patronising fake sites for printing slip.

The two organisations gave the warning at a joint news conference in Abuja on Saturday.

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the emergence of several fake websites created by unscrupulous individuals with the intention of misleading candidates had been observed. Therefore, he said, there was a need for candidates to beware of their tactics.

According to him, these fake sites are designed to deceive innocent candidates into providing personal details. These include registration numbers, email addresses, and phone numbers exploited for malicious purposes.

“Both JAMB and the Nigeria Police Force condemn these fraudulent activities. And (we) hereby reiterate our readiness to safeguard the interests of candidates and maintain the integrity of the examination process.

Where to sprint slips
“We urge parents, guardians, and all stakeholders to ensure that candidates print their UTME Notification Slips only from the Board’s approved website: www.jamb.gov.ng.

“Candidates can print their slips from the comfort of their homes. Or visit any of the over 700 accredited Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide,” he said.

Adejobi explained that the force was familiar with the tactics employed by the fraudsters, especially during the annual assessment and admission exercises.

He, therefore, said that both organisations were actively sensitising candidates and the public about these deceptive practices.

“Any candidate who visits these fake sites will definitely have unreliable information and thereby miss out in the forthcoming exams.

“Candidates are advised to print their UTME Notification Slips before Friday, 19th April 2024, to access vital information about their examinations.

“Any website other than www.jamb.gov.ng offering UTME slip printing services is fake and designed to defraud candidates,” he added.

He also called on candidates to beware of sites offering ‘live’ questions and answers. The Police said they were false and deceptive, saying that accessing such materials was prohibited.

He further said the board is partnering with the Nigeria Police Force National Cyber Crime Centre, NPF-NCCC, to address online scam-related issues seamlessly.

He assured candidates and the public of the force firm dedication to ensuring a fair and transparent examination process.

Also, he stressed that the Inspector-General of Police had ordered the NPF-NCCC to go after scammers and fraudsters who engage in cyber-related crimes and create phishing sites/portals.

JAMB pledges
On his part, the JAMB Spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin, pledged the Board’s commitment to continue in playing its role

He, therefore, urged candidates to ignore any unsolicited messages noting that they were scams aimed at defrauding candidates.

Recall that the 2024 UTME is scheduled to commence on Friday, 19th April, and end on Monday, 29th April, 2024.

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Up to ₦412,000 payable as UI raises fee for new intakes

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The University of Ibadan (UI) appears to have commenced an upward review of the fees for its fresh students.

Multiple student sources confirmed to TheCable on Thursday that the rates, hiked by up to 480%, were published on their online portals.

Keye Abiona, the UI dean of student affairs, was quoted as initially confirming the hike to a media publication at the university campus.

The dean however declined further comment on the matter when contacted by TheCable.

Adejoke Akinpelu, the university PRO, told TheCable that the portal will, in due time, give a full picture of what the 2024 rates should be.

“The fees are personalised for the students based on their courses of study and will be uploaded on their platforms from tomorrow or later. Kindly wait until the fees are uploaded and you have the facts,” the university public relations person stated in a text.

Student sources who spoke to TheCable on the matter shared screenshots of the new rates displayed on their respective portals.

One such shows a base fee of N372,000 with an additional N40,000 to be incurred in utility and technology fees, amounting to N412,000.

Another shows N203,500 in total university fees payable by the fresh student, including both utility and technology fees.

Some students in other departments clarified that they were not able to access their studentship portal.

A student admitted in 2023 confirmed that new intakes at the University of Ibadan previously paid between N64,600 to N69,600.

This change amounts to a hike of 492.5 percent, with well-sought courses like medicine paying much higher than their counterparts.

In 2023, several federal universities raised their fees by over 100%, citing a rising cost of living that impacted operational expenditure.

Among the federal universities that upped their rate are the University of Lagos (UNILAG) which amounted to a hike of about 800 percent, the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), and the University of Nigeria (UNN) Nsukka.

The hikes resulted in a nationwide protest across campuses, with students forcing university management into negotiating a drop.

The management of UI, at around that time, also moved to raise the total fees payable by its fresh intakes to N175,000 on average in a proposal that remained unapproved due to the nationwide dissolution of public university governing councils by the federal government.

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2024 UTME notification slip ready for printing – JAMB

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The 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination notification slip, which shows candidates the date, venue, and time of their examination, is ready for printing, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement which was signed by the Board’s Head of Public Affairs, Fabian Benjamin, urged all candidates who have registered for the 2024 UTME scheduled to commence on Friday, April 19, 2024 to print their notification slips.

They were to print before Friday, April 19, 2024, so as to know the date, venue, and time of their respective examinations as well as some other vital information regarding the examination.

To print the slip, candidates are to visit the JAMB website: www.jamb.gov.ng; click on “2024 UTME Slip Printing,”
input their registration number, then click on print.

“To successfully sit the examination, candidates are advised to print on or before Friday, April 19, 2024, so as to locate the venue of their centre to prevent lateness on their scheduled examination date,” the Board advised.

The 2024 UTME is scheduled to commence on Friday, April 19, and end on Monday, April 29, 2024.

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