Strike: FG says varsities will reopen soon

By Opeyemi Babalola The federal government, on Wednesday, said that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will soon be called off.  This is according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who said this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister, who denied the allegation that the Federal Government was planning to create a different payment platform other than the University Transparency and Accountability Solution…

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Edo govt defies ASUU, orders resumption of state institutions 

By Opeyemi Babalola Following yesterday’s protest by the students of the of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the government of Edo State has announced the resumption of academic activities across the institutions in the state. A statement by the Special Adviser on Media Projects to the state Government, Crusoe Osagie, announced the suspension of the following unions: ASUU, Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Non-Academic Staff…

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Only one condition to call off ASUU strike- Osodeke 

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that there is one issue currently withholding the union from calling the strike embarked upon since February.  In an exclusive interview with Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Friday, the union president, Emmanuel Osodeke, expressed concern over the situation the Nigerian students in the public universities are passing through, adding that they are also disappointed over the development. Osodeke stated that until the federal government embraces the use of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS over Integrated Personnel…

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ASUU rejects financial intervention by Akwa-Ibom governor

•Radio presenter suspends crowd intervention fund  By Opeyemi Babalola The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has rejected the donations made by the Governor of Akwa-Ibom, Udom Emmanuel to resolve the lingering industrial action. University Times International had reported how Ahmed Isah, the anchor of the Brekete Family programme on the popular Human Rights Radio in Abuja, had announced plans to resolve the strike through crowdfunding. However, when Osodeke featured on the radio’s programme Saturday morning, he expressed anger after Isah publicly showed the N50…

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ASUU mulls sanctions of erring members over non-compliance with strike

By Opeyemi Babalola The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that the union would soon sanction erring members who have failed to comply with the union in the ongoing industrial action. The Union President, Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. He noted that already few of its members have pulled out of the ongoing strike to resume their academic activities, adding that the union “will punish those who have pulled out from our ongoing strike the…

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UNILORIN Alumni donate N25m indoor fish hatchery complex to Agric faculty

By Opeyemi Babalola The 1988 set of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, has donated Indoor Fish Hatchery Complex worth over N25 million to their alma mater. The alumni, who were from the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries of the Faculty, commissioned the building recently to contribute to the department that produced them and motivate the students to learn. Speaking shortly after the commissioning, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, lauded the alumni body for the convenience brought upon students of the faculty through the provision…

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Political elites positioning themselves to corner resources, Education not their priority – says ASUU

By Moyosore Salami  The Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Ayo Akinwole, has stated that Nigerian political elites are more interested in positioning themselves ahead of 2023 general elections rather than fixing the problems in the education sector of the Country. He disclosed that though government has resumed talks with the Union and against its earlier posture, has agreed to sit with the Union to collectively address the content of the draft renegotiated 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement, which government team started with the…

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Strike: FG receives reports from visitation panels

•CEO Human Rights Radio, Isah set to begin crowdfunding to end ASUU strike By Opeyemi Babalola The Federal Government, yesterday disclosed that it has received the report of the draft white paper for the 2021 presidential visitation panels to federal universities, inter-universities centres, polytechnics and colleges of education, from the Prof. Nimi Briggs’ committee. It would be recalled that the federal government had on March 7, 2022, inaugurated a seven-person committee to review the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). A statement…

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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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UNILORIN STUDENT UNION PRESS RELEASE: 100 DAYS AT HOME: WE ARE TIRED

24/05/2022 06:25pm 100 DAYS AT HOME: WE ARE TIRED It is no longer a news that today marks a 100-day that we have been at home due to the lingering ASUU strike. Recall that few weeks ago, we organized a peaceful protest in front of the University gate where we made our positions known to the Federal Government and the respective ministers hoping that the industrial action is sorted and we can continue our academics uninterrupted. Though shortly after that time, we saw the meeting facilitated and chaired by the…

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