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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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Barr. Magaji Donates 10,000 Science Books To Secondary School Students

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Barrister Labaran Shuaibu Magaji, display copies of science textbooks he donated to secondary school students in Toto local government council of Nasarawa state on Monday
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Barrister Labaran Shuaibu Magaji, display copies of science textbooks he donated to secondary school students in Toto local government council of Nasarawa state on Monday

Barrister Labaran Shuaibu Magaji, display copies of science textbooks he donated to secondary school students in Toto local government council of Nasarawa state on Monday

By Abubakar Sadiq Isah, Toto.

A federal prosecutor in the office of the Attorney General And Minister of Justice, Barrister Labaran Shuaibu Magaji, has donated 10,000 copies of science textbooks to secondary school students in Toto Local Government Council of Nasarawa.

Majaji, while performing the flagg-off of distribution of the textbooks in Toto on Tuesday, said the science textbooks are to be distributed to both senior and junior secondary schools across the local government council.

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He said his desire to donate the textbooks was encouraged students to study science subjects so that they would be able to stand the challenges of any science related profession in their future.

He also said that the textbooks covered syllabus for first, second and third term, while urging parents to ensure they send their wards to school so that they become useful and contribute to the development of the society.

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The principal of Government Secondary School (GSS) Toto, Mallam Usman Ibrahim, commended Barrister Magaji for donating textbooks to students of various secondary schools in the area, saying such move will go a long way to encourage students to study science subjects.

Barrister Labaran Shuaibu Magaji, middle during the donation of 10,000 science textbooks in Toto local government council of Nasarawa state on Monday

Barrister Labaran Shuaibu Magaji, middle during the donation of 10,000 science textbooks in Toto local government council of Nasarawa state on Monday

He said the gesture will also encourage parents to intensify efforts in sending their children to not only school but to learn science subjects.

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Kogi Science, Technology Teaching Service Commission Cries For More Teachers.

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Kogi Science, Technology Teaching Service  Commission Cries For More Teachers.

The widening ratio of science and technology teachers to students in the country has been identified as one of the major factors that is frustrating efforts geared towards bringing out the best out of the students.

Chairwoman of the Kogi state Science Technical Education Teaching Service Commission, (STETSCOM), Mrs Cecelia Cook

Chairwoman of the Kogi state Science Technical Education Teaching Service Commission, (STETSCOM), Mrs Cecelia Cook

From Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Chairwoman of the Kogi state Science Technical Education Teaching Service Commission, (STETSCOM), Mrs Cecelia Cook made the observation in an address she delivered at the 2021 edition of Science and technology and project exhibition held on Thursday at the Confluence stadium, Lokoja.

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Mrs Cook, while appreciating Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for prompt payment of staff salaries, however called on the government to employ more teachers to pave way for effective teaching and learning in the schools.

” Presently, the ratio of teachers to students is wide analytically, thus, the inability to bring out the best out of the students. ” She lamented.

The Chairwoman said her Commission equally requires the state government to equip the science laboratories and supply science text books for imparting complete knowledge to the students as well as approve special allowance for science teachers as incentive.

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She also appealed to Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and philanthropist to assist the Commission as a collaboration to organise seminars and workshops in science for the schools to build upon the skills acquired by the students and their teachers.

While appreciating the efforts of the science teachers for developing and binging out innate potentials in the students and creating enabling atmosphere for innovative technology, Mrs Cook called on them to brace up in methodology to bring out the best for the development of science and technology in the country.

She therefore called on parents to support their wards as there are creative tendencies inherent in them.

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The occasion was graced by prominent government functionaries, school administrators, parents and scientists and technicians.

Of the 20 schools that participated, 5 were were marked the best with Government Science Secondary School, Lokoja, as the overall best, for producing a recycling household wastes, like plastic bottles and gas cylinders into floor interlocks.

Others are Bishop Delisle College, Lokoja, which came second by producing de stoning of rice machine among others.

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FCT COE Zuba Business Education/Accounting graduate launches book

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Graduate of Business Education And Accounting of the College of Education (COE) Zuba

Graduate of Business Education And Accounting of the College of Education (COE) Zuba

By Abubakar Sadiq Isah, Abuja.

A graduate of Business Education And Accounting of the College of Education (COE) Zuba, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Zaharadeen Sani, on Wednesday, launched a book.

The 48 page book, which he wrote and titled “The Dilemma of Nigerian Youths” was launched at the college mini hall.

Sani, who is the author of the book while speaking at the launching of the book, said he was inspired to write the book because of the travails of the Nigerian youth, which he said they are relagated to hooligans in the society.

He said Nigerian are serious dilemma where they are only used and dump by some selfish people, especially during the electioneering campaign where the youths are hired as thugs by desperate politicians.

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He said some desperate only identified with the youths during elections, where the youths are used as thugs to snatch ballot boxes on election day across various polling units.

He said the book will go along a way in reshaping the youths imagination and drive them towards a positive action in all ramifications, even a he said Nigerian youths must rise up and be hard-working inorder for them to achieve a more later decent life.

The provost of the college, Dr. Mohammed Gambo Hamza, while launching the book, commended the author for his foresight in picking pen to write such a book with the title as “The Dilemma of Nigerian Youths”.

Hamza, who was represented by Dean, School of Vocational And Technology, Dr. Aisha Abubakar, said the college was proud of having one of its graduate to composed such a book, saying such initiative was a clear challenge to other students of the college to emulate.

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He said it was quite a dilemma that after the youths struggled to educate themselves right primary to tertiary institutions without a job, saying such youths ended in engaging in social vices such as drugs abuse, armed robbery, rapist, kidnapping and crime in the society.

“You will observed that at the end of whole thing, they are not even absolve into government worker as they don’t have any future which at the end, they engage in any kind of crime in the society,” he said.

The provost said it was unfortunate that parents have trained their youths in school, they ended up not seeing any outpost in them after graduation due to lack of employment.

Also speaking, Mr. Obiora Ozonwa, who was the book reviewer, said the book was very interesting and of world standard, saying the writer had for be a perfect work in his book after going through all the contents.

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He said the writer was his students at the college at the department of Business Education and Accounting, adding that every contents in the book was quite interesting.

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“And there is no doubt that the youths in this country have been truly relegated. And you can understand that the youths have the largest population in the country,” he said.

Ozonwa, noted that it was quite unfortunate that governance has taken the youths to be useless, saying book will exposed the youth to understand more about their future.

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