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ASUU threatens to embark on another nationwide strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be gearing up for another nationwide strike if the brewing issues are not immediately addressed.

The president of the union, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke on Monday, May 14, 2024, threatened that the union would go on an industrial action to protest against the absence of governing councils in all federal universities.

Osodeke made this known while speaking at a press conference at the ASUU national secretariat, Abuja.

He said the dissolution of the Governing Councils was against the principles guiding the existing universities.

ASUU also criticised the ‘nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government’ on matters that concern academics in Nigerian Federal Universities.

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Student loan application to open for state-owned institutions in three weeks

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The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) says the student loan scheme will be open to state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks.

On May 24, the NELFUND portal went live.

Before the rollout of the scheme, NELFUND said students of federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges would benefit from the first phase of the scheme.

However, NELFUND clarified that the scheme’s second phase will extend loans to state-owned institutions.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, Akintunde Sawyerr, NELFUND managing director, said since the launch of the scheme, an overwhelming response has been received, with over 60,000 students successfully registering on the portal.

“This for us has been an overwhelming response and it serves as a testament to the critical need for financial assistance amongst our student population and we remain committed to addressing this urgent demand,” he said.

He said registrations do not necessarily translate to completed applications by the students, adding that of the figure, only 30,000 have successfully applied.

The managing director said in line with NELFUND’s commitment to higher education, it will “commence accepting applications from students attending state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks time”.

Asked about the exact date, he said the fund aims to start receiving applications on June 25. However, he added that the date remains tentative with factors like data upload by institutions.

“We request all state institutions to submit their students data immediately in order to facilitate a smooth and seamless application process,” he said.

Sawyerr disclosed that over 90 percent of federal institutions of higher learning have submitted their student data to the fund.

“However, we urge the remaining two federal universities and five federal polytechnics to expedite the process to ensure that all eligible students can access financial support, so that we can expand to state-owned tertiary institutions,” he added.

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SEE FULL LIST: Over 120 federal institutions to benefit from pilot phase of student loan

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At least 1.2 million undergraduates from over 120 federal tertiary institutions are set to benefit from Nigeria’s student loan scheme.

On May 24, the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) portal went live and became accessible to members of the public.

Before the rollout of the scheme, NELFUND said students of federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges would benefit from the first phase of the scheme.

However, NELFUND clarified that the scheme’s second phase, to be announced when due, will extend loans to state-owned institutions.

At least 1.2 million undergraduates from over 120 federal tertiary institutions are set to benefit from Nigeria’s student loan scheme.

On May 24, the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) portal went live and became accessible to members of the public.

Before the rollout of the scheme, NELFUND said students of federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges would benefit from the first phase of the scheme.

However, NELFUND clarified that the scheme’s second phase, to be announced when due, will extend loans to state-owned institutions.

Nasir Ayitogo, NELFUND’s spokesperson, told TheCable on Monday that over 120 federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges have been deemed eligible for the pilot phase of the scheme.

See the full list of the benefiting tertiary institutions below.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
Federal College of Education, Abeokuta
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
Federal College of Education, Bichi
Federal College of Education Eha-Amufu
Federal College of Education Technical, Gusau
Federal College of Education, Isu Ebonyi
Federal College of Education, Kano
Federal College of Education, Katsina
Federal College of Education, Kontagora
Federal College of Education, Odugbo
Federal College of Education, Okene
Federal College of Education, Pankshin
Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe
Federal College of Education, Gidan Madi
Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze
Federal College of Education (Technical), Potiskum
Federal College of Education, Gombe
Adeyemi College of Education
Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo
Bayero University Kano
David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences, Uburu
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Federal University, Birnin Kebbi
Federal University Dutse
Federal University Gashua, Yobe
Federal University, Lafia
Federal University, Lokoja
National Open University
University of Ilorin
Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi
Federal University of Kashere
Federal University of Technology, Akure
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
Federal University, Otuoke
Federal University, Wukari
Federal University, Gusau
Federal Polytechnic Ayede
Federal Polytechnic Bali
Federal Polytechnic Bauchi
Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, Yobe State
Federal Polytechnic Daura
Federal Polytechnic, Idah
Federal Polytechnic, Ede
Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji
Federal Polytechnic Mubi
Federal Polytechnic, Kaltungo
Federal Polytechnic, Nekede
Federal Polytechnic Offa
Federal Polytechnic Oko
Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda
Flexisaf University of Technology
Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka
Federal College of Education, Yola
Federal College of Education, Zaria
Federal University, Dutsin-Ma
Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State
Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru
Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo
Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Federal University of Technology, Babura
Federal College of Education, Obudu
Creek-high state
Federal College of Animal Health, VOM
Federal College of Education, Edo
Federal Polytechnic Ilaro
Federal Polytechnic Kazaure, Jigawa
Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
Federal University of Technology, Minna
Federal College of Education, Iwo
Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Warri
Federal College of Education, Technical, Omoku
University of Abuja
University of Calabar
University of Lagos
University of Maiduguri
University of Port Harcourt
University of Uyo
Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto
Federal Polytechnic Bida
Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa
Kaduna Polytechnic
Federal Polytechnic Ohodo
Federal College of Education, Zuba
Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
National Teachers Institute
Nigerian Army College of Education
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Obafemi Awolowo University
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi
Yaba College of Technology
Global Maritime Academy
Petroleum Training Institute
Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Atikori, Ijebu-Igbo
University of Jos
Federal College of Agriculture, Akure
Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan
Federal School of Surveying, Oyo
Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology
Federal Polytechnic Wannune
Federal Polytechnic, N’yak, Shendem
Nigerian Army University, Biu
Nigerian Defence Academy
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Airforce Institute of Technology, Kaduna
Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
Federal University of Transportation Daura, Katsina
Federal Polytechnic Umunnoechi
Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas, Bonny
Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi State
Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri
Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi
Federal Polytechnic Ukana
Federal Polytechnic Ekowe, Bayelsa
Federal Polytechnic Ugep
Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba
Admiralty University Ibusa, Delta State
Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko
University of Benin
National Institute of Construction Technology and Management, Uromi
Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi
Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila-Orangun
University of Ibadan
Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo

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ACU expels students for beating colleague to death over stolen phone

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The management of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU) in Oyo has expelled some students of the institution for beating their colleague to death over alleged phone theft.

In a now-viral clip, the expelled students were seen beating their colleague who was rolling on the floor while one of them can be heard shouting “harder, harder”.

The victim was also captured gasping for air as he became numb after he was beaten with sticks.

The incident occurred at a hostel known as Shepherd Inn on the school premises. The deceased was reportedly beaten from 6pm on Friday to 10am on Saturday.

In a statement by Femi Atoyebi, its spokesperson, on Sunday, the school management said it has handed all the students involved over to detectives in Oyo state police command for investigation.

In the statement, the private varsity also denied the viral claims that the students involved were members of a secret cult.

It also gave the assurance that justice would be served.

“Contrary to what is trending, the university affirms that there is no cultism in the institution, just as the university has zero tolerance for any sort of anti-societal vices and misconduct,” the statement reads in part.

“It is important to stress that the expelled students do not belong to any cult group.

“The university remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring a safe, conducive, peaceful and godly atmosphere for learning.”

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