ASUU: Ngige’s Medical Trip Discontinues ASUU – FG Meeting

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The permission by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige to travel abroad for medical treatment may have stalled the negotiation between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government today.

It was gathered the rescheduled meeting between the union and federal government for today may not hold due to the permission sought by the convener and Labour Minister, Dr Chris Ngige who reportedly told the meeting of his scheduled medical trip abroad.

Meanwhile, President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Biodun Ogunyemi has stated that no issue contained in the union’s demands has been resolved.

He urged members to disregard the usual propaganda that the strike is politically motivated.

This position was contained in the Strike Bulletin 3 issued and signed by ASUU president.

Ogunyemi therefore asked members of the union to remain resolute with the strike.

While a New Date will be revealed later, MainNews predict that the Next Negotiation may be scheduled to Next week.

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Breaking: FG, ASUU Continue Negotiation Today

The federal government will continue with negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) with the hope of resolving the ongoing strike by the union.

Recall that the lecturers had resumed strike on November 5, 2018, over demands for improved funding of public universities based on agreements reached with the Federal Government in 2009.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP in a phone interview, the Deputy Director of Press, in the ministry of education, Ben Going, stated that the meeting which will be held at the ministry, was aimed at putting finishing touches to the negotiation.

“ We are meeting tomorrow(today) to put finishing touches to the ongoing negotiation. We will definitely brief the press after the meeting,” he said.

The National president of ASUU,Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, also confirmed that the meeting will be a continuation of what was discussed last week.

“We are have been called upon for a meeting. I cannot predict the outcome. Last week, we only open up issues. We will attend the meeting and see how it goes tomorrow (today),” he said.

Education: Pullah congratulates Brisibe on honorary doctorate degree

There seems to be jubilation in Ijaw nation as Hon. Tam Brisibe, chief of staff to the Delta state government as he gets honorary doctorate degree from Leeds City University, Ibadan, Oyo State.

It would be recalled that Mr. Pullah Ekpotuayerin, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate Burutu South constituency, Delta State House of Assembly come 2019 had congratulated Hon. Brisibe for the achievement.

Pullah who had congratulated the chief of staff to the Delta state government on behalf of himself and the teeming members of PDP in Burutu South Constituency had maintained that Tam is noble.

He had particularly described Tam as a man of honesty and consistency, stressing that the Ijaw nation truly has a cause to be happy for the remarkable academic achievement.

In his words: “I wish to, on behalf of myself and the teeming members of PDP in Burutu constituency 2, congratulate you on this auspicious occasion of your being adorned with a honorary doctorate degree by the prestigious Leeds City University, Ibadan, Oyo State.

“I want to state that this honor represents your sterling qualities of honesty and consistency as a leader. It is indeed a testimonial of excellence and patriotism which you epitomise. This award gives the whole Ijaw nation cause to be happy .

“I pray also that the Lord should promote you and protect you for better days.”

Meanwhile, Hon. Tam Brisibe was adorned by the Leeds City University, Ibadan as a Doctor of Governance and Public Administration.

BREAKING: ASUU Commences Nationwide Strike – MainNews.Blog

The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike. The strike is to protest the poor funding of Nigerian universities and alleged plan by the federal government to increase students fees and introduce an education bank.

Led by its National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU declared the strike at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting late on Sunday.

Weeks before the strike was announced, Mr Ogunyemi explained in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES why the lecturers were opposed to an education bank.
“The Nigerian government experimented with it for 7-8 years; it failed.

“So government had to set up a ministerial committee at the federal executive council to go and wind up the national education banking plan in 2001/2002, something they started in 1993. So for seven to eight years, the experiment failed.

did it fail? Government was not living up to its financial obligations towards the bank. There was widespread corruption, capacity of students to pay back the loan was not there, because there were no jobs and there are still no jobs.
“So you can imagine what will become of a bank that the loan equipment is not coming or is very low, the rate of payment is low or not coming. And we told them all of these but they went ahead to come up with the idea that well, we have calculated the cost of what we need to train an undergraduate and they have estimated that it will be N1 million that they will borrow from the bank. These students will borrow 1 million, but when they borrow, 70 per cent of it will be paid directly into the universities and 30 per cent will be given to students to maintain themselves. We smelt a rat. Why? Why are you insisting that students who do not have the capacity to pay should borrow and that this time around the money will not be given to them will be paid directly to universities irrespective of whether private or public,” the don said.

Breaking: PROSPECTIVE CORPS MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO KADUNA STATE

The Management of National Youth Service Corps wishes to inform all 2018 Batch C prospective Corps Members deployed to Kaduna State that the commencement of the Orientation Course earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018 has been suspended till further notice due to the current security situation and consequent curfew imposed by the state government.

All affected prospective Corps Members are advised to remain at home until further notice from the NYSC Management.

However, all other prospective Corps Members deployed to other States and FCT are to report at the various orientation camps on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018 as scheduled.

Ijaw youths vow to shut down DESOPADEC over unpaid contracts

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Western Zone, has called on DESOPADEC to obey the law setting up the commission by paying Ijaw contractors and give other entitlements due the Ijaw ethnic nationality or it threatened to mobilize and lead a mass protest to shut down the DESOPADEC gate to stop operations.

IYC Western zone Chairman, Mr. Frank Akiefa made the threat in an electronic message sent via email to Daily Watch in Warri, said ‘‘ It is not gainsaying that the commission is setting aside the law of production and embarking on impunity and neglect of the Ijaw contractors thereby diverting the fund for personal gains.
‘‘This has snowballed into intolerable hardship and death of members of the vendors’ family who are unable to provide for their families. Some vendors have had their property seized by banks, money lenders, and other financial institutions due to their inability to pay back the loans with which they took to execute the contract’’ he stated.

He however asserted that IYC Western Zone has resolved to come in mass to stage a peaceful protest to shut down the commission until their demands are met. IYC also called on the Governor of Delta State Dr.Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa to immediately call the Board to order before break down of law and order.

NANS Threaten To Shut Down Abuja

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a notice of mass actions over the protracted crisis between the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on the denial of admission of NOUN graduates to Law School.

The union said it will commence the action in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, from 27th to 31st August, by shutting down the city.

“We have decided that enough is enough and shall inevitably shut down the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, against any public activities taking place in the period”, said National Vice President (External affairs) of the association, Mr Taiwo Bamigbade.

NANS said the crisis had hindered the law graduates of the university from admission into the Nigerian Law School for over five years.

Bamigbade said the protest would begin on Aug. 27 and would be in two phases revealing that the association had earlier written a letter to notify President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday over the crisis.

The student body had issued a three month ultimatum to the Federal Government on May 23 to admit the Law graduates from NOUN into the Nigerian Law school.

The union said “it amounts to fraud, deceit, discrimination and mischief against the Nigerian students and inhumanity to vulnerable citizens, especially the youths to formally admit, graduate and issue them deficient certificates after several years of study despite financial implication”.

NANS Vice President, Bamigbade stated that the phase-1 protest which would be a 5-day mass action will take place in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, while phase 2 will take place on October 1.

‎NANS recalled ‎the judgment of Justice Hilary Oshomah of the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt, Rivers, on October 4 , 2017, which asked the National Universities Commission (NUC), Council of Legal Education (CLE) and the Federal Ministry of Education to resolve the crisis.

However, the decision of the court did not go down well with the NOUN, Law Graduates Forum, which stated that the court unconsciously renounced its jurisdiction on all academic and students’ matters.

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