FG to pay N34bn minimum wage arrears to striking university, polytechnic unions

By Opeyemi Babalola The Federal Government has announced plan to resolve the lingering industrial actions in the nation’s education sector by expending N34 billion as arrears of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments to the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and others. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, gave the update on Tuesday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen, stating that payment is effective from 2019 and aimed at ensuring normalcy return to the sector. Ngige said that the beneficiaries of the Minimum Wage…

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Stakeholders task govts, managements on polytechnics’ funding increment

By Moyosore Salami Stakeholders have called on governments to increase allocations to the nation’s polytechnics to make them achieve their goal of promoting technical and vocational education, training and skills development, to enhance the country’s socio-economic advancement. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) made this call during the two-day maiden economic summit of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, with the theme, ‘Motivation, productivity and institutional progress: The challenges of harnessing the potentials of FPA, urging  institutions’ managements to “harness resources from national and international organization like World Bank, Tertiary Education…

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ASUP rejects establishment of new polytechnics

By Moyosore Salami The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has disclosed that the establishment of Polytechnics in Nigeria is fast becoming mere constituency projects to satisfy political convenience. ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, stated this in Abuja at a two-day workshop themed: “Advocacy Roundtable on the Future of Nigerian Polytechnics” organised by the union. He said, “We do not agree with the continued establishment of new Polytechnics on the largely unsubstantiated premise of providing greater access to tertiary education for young Nigerians as the existing ones remain unattractive to young Nigerians.…

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