Soldiers clampdown on students protesting over ASUU strike in Akure

By Opeyemi Babalola There is panic in Akure as security forces identified as soldiers, on Tuesday, allegedly opened fire on students protesting against the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The students who are from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko and Olusegun Agagu University of Technology, Okitipupa, barricaded the Ilesha/ Akure highway, Ondo state to demand an end to the incessant strikes in the public universities.  In a video of the incident obtained by University Times International, the students who had…

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Vice-Chancellors decry low capacity for medical education in universities

By Moyosore Salami THE Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has partnered with some universities in Egypt to initiate medical mobility exchange programmes to address the problem of low carrying capacity of medical education studies in Nigerian universities. CVCNU Secretary-General, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, disclosed this in Abuja while speaking with journalists on the partnership of the committee with the Association of African Universities and specifically with universities in Egypt. According to Prof. Ochefu, the overall carrying capacity for medical education in Nigerian universities is less than 8 per cent…

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ASUU Strike: Nwajiuba apologises to Nigerian students

•Says FG will implement new funding structure for public universities soon By Opeyemi Babalola The former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has apologized to the Nigerian students affected in the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Speaking when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, which was monitored by University Times International, he said, “I do apologise to Nigerian students because as their minister, I will take responsibility.  But also, on behalf of the Federal Government, I would say ‘please understand what the issues…

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JAMB releases result of 2022 UTME

By Opeyemi Babalola The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Saturday released results of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This was communicated in a statement by JAMB’s Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in Abuja, directing candidates who sat for the examination to check result by “simply send UTMERESULT to 55019 using the same phone number that he/she had used for registration and the result would be returned as a text message. “This is the only process of checking the 2022 UTME results for now…

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NANS begins nationwide shutdown today

•Renews call to disrupt party primaries,  all airports roads By Opeyemi Babalola Following the declaration of another three months of industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), is set to begin a nationwide shutdown in the country today.  In a statement issued to that effect yesterday, NANS President, Sunday Asefon, said that the national actions, tagged “Operation Test Run” will be held in all the 36 States  of the Federation. According to him, “Federal Roads across the 36 States shall…

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Vice-chancellors urge Buhari regime, ASUU to end strike

By Moyosore Salami The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has reiterated the need for the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve lingering issues to end the ongoing strike.  Chairman of the committee, Samuel Edoumiekumo, said both parties need to agree to end the strike as soon as possible. His words: “We have already given a press release from the meeting of the general assembly of the committee. We said ASUU and Federal Government should amicably resolve all lingering issues,” he said. Edoumiekumo…

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Wives of Vice-Chancellors postpone UNILAG conference 

By Opeyemi Babalola The planned two-day conference by the wives of vice-chancellors in Nigeria has been postponed, University Times International learnt. The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigeria Universities Spouses (CVCNUS), had earlier announced to hold the conference themed ‘Sustainable leadership and community development’, at the Tayo Aderinokun Memorial Hall of the University of Lagos (UNILAG). The CVCNUS, in a statement on the UNILAG website, apologised for any inconvenience the postponement might have caused invited guests. The statement added that “New dates will be communicated as soon as possible.” It was…

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Students express frustration as ASUU adds 3 months to rollover strike

By Opeyemi Babalola Students of the University of Lagos expressed sadness and felt dejected as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, today announced the extension of the ongoing strike by twelve weeks.  The earlier eight weeks warning strike which ended today will now continue till August.  ASUU’s decision was taken at an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) held at ASUU Secretariat in Abuja. ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union resolved to give the government enough time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues. “After extensive deliberations, noting Government’s…

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NYSC sanctions 38 corps members over various offences

By Moyosore Salami  The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has extended the service year of 38 corps members in Enugu State for various offences.  The coordinator of the scheme in the state, Sam Ujogu, disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu during the passing-out ceremony of the 2021 Batch ‘A’, Stream two, corps members.  According to him, 12 corps members who absconded from service would be remobilised to start service afresh whenever they resurface.  Mr Ujogu said that the sanctions were as a result of the offences committed by the affected…

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Strike: HURIWA knocks state education minister over buying of 100m presidential ticket 

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has, yesterday, purchased the N100 million Presidential bid form amidst the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). However, his decision to take over the leadership baton from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 has elicited reactions from the civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, who in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, strongly condemned the action of the minister and described it as ‘ill-advised decision.’ HURIWA said the junior education…

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