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ASUU Denied Knowledge Of Any Agreement To Call Off The Ongoing Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has denied a news report that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday.

The Federal Government at the meeting at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances EA to university based unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion.

There was news report that ASUU has given an indication that the meeting, the strike which started since March would soon be called off after a meeting with the leadership of union and its organs.

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According to report in the Vanguard News Nigeria, the university teachers agreed to call off the strike after the government pledged to pay N40 billion for Earned Allowances and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.

It was further reported that the Government agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.

The report also noted that ASUU was expected to report the agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government after which a date for the calling off of the strike would be announced.

But ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike, stressing that at the meeting, it was only agreed that union should convey Government message to their organs and get back to Government.

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Prof. Ogunyemi, said : ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of strike.”

However, a source in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said that after the meeting, the Minister, Senator Ngige, who described the meeting as “fruitful,” added that the government made a proposal to ASUU which it would take back to its members.

Ngige told reporters after the meeting that, “Many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalization of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”

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Friday’s meeting was about the seventh time both sides have met to resolve the issues in contention since the university union embarked on strike on March 23.

After the meeting of last Friday November 20, Government agreed to exempt ASUU members who had not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and put them on the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS) pending when ASUU’S preferred payment platform- the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) will be approved.

ASUU had consistently rejected IPPIS, stressing that it will erode the autonomy of the university system.

 

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How We Survive Covid-19 Challenges – School Proprietor

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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja. 

A school proprietor in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has described their journey through COVID-19 as a hard time to owners, students, teachers and parents.

Emmanuel Ozigi, the proprietor of New Beacon International School disclosed this while speaking to journalists on the side of the Graduation/Award ceremony held by the school weekend.

“Coping with COVID has not been easy. Part of the coping strategies which we expected that there should be palliative from governments. The private institutions should be supported,” he said.

He called on the federal government and the FCT administration to help private schools go through the challenges of COVID-19 as it has done to other private entities.

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Ozigi said, although some initiatives had been taken during the peak of the pandemic, many have failed to get access to the palliatives provided.

“I don’t think that the initiative has worked because some of us have not been able to access some of those palliatives from the Federal Government.

“However, on our own as directors of the school and other partners, we put funds together to see how we can run the school without stopping.

“Even though with COVID, you would be surprised that we are still paying teachers. We paid them up to a certain level that we now have to pay them half salary, then eventually there was a lift in September.

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“So, we did not allow them to go because we want to retain. So we did not stop or sack anyone or terminate any appointment. And they are happy for the fact that it did not affect our calendar because we have a uniform calendar in FCT and at the same time,” he said.

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Jubilations In Obi 11 As Lawmaker Zhekaba Dole Out Over 1Million Naira Scholarship Grants for Over 140 Students

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By Our Reporter, Lafia.

Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, has advised students studying at various higher institutions of learning in the country to take their studies more serious in order to come out with good grade.

Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba

Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba

The lawmaker made the assertion when he granted scholarship to over 140 students across his constituent in first batch.

Hon. Luka Iliya Zhekaba (PDP), who double as Chairman, House Committee on Environment made the  disbursement on Saturday in his constituency office Duduguru, Obi Local Government Area of the State.

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The scholarship was tagged ” Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba Scholarship 2021/ 2022″.

The lawmaker noted that his leadership will continue to identify with youths, women and vulnerable people in the society. He said 200 more students have been shortlisted for second batch in October

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The lawmaker is also the House deputy minority leader said the gesture was borne out of his desire to reduce the burden of school fees on parents/guardians for improved standard of education.

Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba presenting cash of money as grants to some students and beneficiaries

Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba presenting cash of money as grants to some students and beneficiaries

According to him, This is just a token from me to you to ameliorate  your academic burdens.

” Education  is the bed rock of every society, that is why upon my assumption into office as member,  I have left no stone unturned in pursuance of educational aspirations and yearnings of my constituents.

” Today, I am giving the sum of N10,000 each to students from 400 level  and above and HND 11 who are mostly final year students.

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” Whereas all other level students will receive cash alert of N5,000 each on a flat rate,” he said.

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Zhekaba urged the students to desist from engaging in illicit social Vices such as cultism, drug abuse, sexual abuse , examination malpractices among other negative acts.

He  urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose it was meant for.

He has also urged the beneficiaries to be of good conducts and take their studies with all seriousness in order to excel in their academic pursuits.

The lawmaker urged those students who could not see their names in the first batch to be patient while disclosing that 200 students are to benefit in the second batch of his scholarship coming up by October 2021.

Hon. Zhekaba also commended the bursary committee for a job well done and  applauded party stakeholders and other people of his constituency of their support at all times.

The lawmaker has assured of quality representation at the state legislature in order to better the standard of living of the people of his constituency and the state at large.

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In his keynote address, Mr Obadiah Illah, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Isah Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic, Laifa commended the lawmaker for disbursing scholarship to the students of his constituency.

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Illah, who spoke on the topic ” Education in Migili Land : Motivated Enrollment for a Paradigm Shift”  said that education is key to development while urging all to embrace education for the overall development of Migili nation, the state and Nigeria at large.

The students and beneficiaries of the grants in a joyous mode towards appreciating Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba

The students and beneficiaries of the grants in a joyous mode towards appreciating Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba

The academic Don has urged parents/ guardians to send their children/ wards to school considering the importance of education to  societal development.

Earlier, Mr Ashikpo Joseph, the Chairman of the Bursary committee said that the beneficiaries have been screened and qualified for the bursary allowance.

Responding on behalf  of the students, Mr Azige Peter, President, National Association of Koro Students ( NAKS) , Nasarawa State University, Keffi appreciated the lawmaker for the gesture and prayed God to bless him abundantly.

Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba

Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba

It would be reported that the occasion was well attended by politicians, academicians among other well wishers including Mr Ogu Awotu, the Chairman of PDP Obi Local Government Area of the State.

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Kogi Poly: Rector warns against indiscipline, cultism, exam malpractice.

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

The Rector of Kogi state Polytechnic, Dr Salihu Usman Ogbo, has re affirmed the commitment of the institution to train students both in character and education to enable them be worthy of certificates they will acquire.

Addressing guests and students during the 29th matriculation of the Polytechnic held recently at the matriculation ground, the Rector charged the newly admitted students to conform with the laid down rules and regulations and avoid acts capable of bringing disrepute to themselves and the entire institution.

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Dr Ogbo said the vision of the institution is to build an agreeable learning environment that will enable independent, group and interdependent experiences, hence the motto of the school, ” Reliability, Self reliance and Service, assuring that the students will be unlocked and more refined in talents and creativity after graduation.

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Though the Polytechnic has provided adequate opportunity for attainment of academic excellence, creativity and self reliance, students were also warned that there will be zero tolerance for all forms of social and academic vices like cultism, gun running, examination malpractices, drug abuse and divisive tendencies.

The school also promised not to tolerate cybercrime, incitement, violence, gangsterism, misuse and wilful destruction of property, stealing and indecent dressing among other anti social behaviours.

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To ensure strict compliance of the laws, the Rector advised the students both fresh and old to obtain, read and digest the students ‘information handbook that will be distributed through their respective departments as ignorance of the law will not be condoned in the school.

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” Cultism and examination malpractice are completely forbidden on our campus. All the security architecture of the Polytechnic placed in so many places has both visible and invisible preventive mechanism to deal with cultists and examination fraudsters, their sympathisers and sponsors.

” Students are advised to stay safe and free from cult related lifestyles, examination misconducts and other social vices. Students are also advised to report any move intended to intimidate or lure them into cultism from any quarters to the security unit. Students are further advised to dress modestly and in accordance with acceptable standard”. The Rector maintained.

Hon. Dr. Usman Ogbo, Rector Kogi State Polytechnic

Dr. Usman Ogbo, Kogi Poly Rector

He disclosed further that as part of the aggressive measures to rid the institution of misfits like cultists, examination fraudsters and entry documents scammers,150 students have been expelled in line with the laid down rules and regulations of the school.

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Dr Ogbo also announced that with the full support of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the institution has embarked on aggressive expansion of the hitherto grossly inadequate infrastructural facilities inherited 15 months ago.

Among such successfully completed projects are the comprehensive students hostel abandoned since 2016, provision of a 30 bed medical centre, model security house, equipped library with relevant text books, 200 seat capacity lecture theatre among other necessities of the students and the entire academic community.

The Rector therefore congratulated the 6,385 students that secured admission in the academic programmes of the institution 1,873 of them are for the High National Diploma.

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