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Nigeria – DELSUTH to rise again – CMD says.


The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area is the state’s apex health institution providing basic training, research and medical services.

It was established to give skilled health care through the training of undergraduate medical students, residency training of doctors and paramedics.

But since June 10, 2010, when it was officially inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan, DELSUTH had been plagued by multifaceted problems, ranging from industrial unrest, low staff morale, brain drain, poor funding, massive infrastructure decay, and epileptic power supply.

But with ongoing renovation of the institution by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration, there is hope the tertiary health care centre can reclaim some of its lost glory.

Dr Onome Ogueh, the chief medical director (CMD), believes the old narrative is gradually being replaced by a culture of medical excellence as envisioned by its founding fathers.

He says his priority, besides ensuring the hospital was run professionally, is to change the hearts and minds of “people who work here to have the right attitude towards the care that we provide.”

The CMD, appointed a little over three years ago, outlines his strategy for revamping the institution.

He says: “My management team has been doing a bit to reposition DELSUTH. We have approached this in various ways. One of the things we have done since I came on board just over three years ago is to make sure that all our departments are accredited for providing clinical services at a tertiary care level. For instance, for the first time we have full accreditation for Paediatrics, Radiology and Radiography, Orthopaedic, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.”

Continuing, he says “we have also ensured that we employ adequate staff for proper service delivery. We now have, for instance, a consultant dermatologist for the first time in DELSUTH. We have also employed a cardio-thoracic surgeon. We did not have one in Delta State before now. So, we are beginning to develop a cardio-thoracic surgery service. We have also employed a restorative dentist for the first time in Delta State. We are now developing a restorative dentistry service.”

He admits that for DELSUTH to play its multifarious role effectively, it requires annual subventions from government.

But Ogueh says his team is “already looking outward”. According to him, the management is exploring other avenues to generate revenue, such as “engaging in the production of medical consumables, sanitisers to hospitals, etc.”

His words: “Like all government hospitals and teaching hospitals in the world, DELSUTH requires subvention because unlike ordinary hospitals, we do not just deliver clinical services. We do more than that. As a teaching hospital, one of the pillars of the things we do is to provide research that will help to improve the quality of the services we give to the people. We also provide training for medical students, training for postgraduate doctors, and to be able to train medical students and postgraduate doctors, we need all departments to be accredited and this requires proper funding.

“We also need to train postgraduate doctors so we can have specialists that can provide specialist services in the state and in the country, and to train these people require funding. These are things you cannot achieve with internally- generated revenue. So, I must say we need to have more.”

One of the strategies includes approaching wealthy Deltans and corporate bodies to contribute towards development of the hospital.

The CMD notes that the move has yielded astounding results. “For instance, I can tell you that one of the new services we brought in is an optic laboratory. That service was funded entirely by an individual from this community. That service has been running for few years.”

He says other revenue sources being explored include leveraging on the hospital’s competencies, such as specialisation in nursing by providing services for students from other universities, including Ladoke Akintola University of Technology at Ogbomosho in Oyo State.

Dr. Ogueh says because his team emphasises medical research, internationally-recognised researchers from DELSUTH are currently engaged in research into specialised fields.

His words: “We are doing quite a lot in terms of research. Because we are a teaching hospital, we have professors, senior lecturers, and lecturers, whose pact of agreement is to carry out research, and some of the research involves international collaboration.

”For instance, we have a programme that we have been running with UT South-Western, U.S.A, where we are collaborating to do research into kidney disease. We have different types of research going on. We are in the process of setting up a telecardiology research where we can begin to view people with heart conditions or research into heart conditions by telemedicine. You are sitting here in Oghara and you are able to do some kind of consultation in Lagos or elsewhere. That is one area we are doing research collaboration. We are doing research in many other areas because that is what makes us different from the general hospital. We do research into the services that we are providing to ensure that we provide the best for patients.”

He says DELSUTH possesses a fully equipped Radiology Department, and an MRI machine (which is of the highest standard), adding that the institution provides training for resident doctors from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The CMD notes that the tertiary health care institution is breaking grounds in the area of a paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery unit.

He says paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is not done in Nigeria, adding that the vision of the institution is to run the service on a regular basis.

“One of such is the setting up of a Paediatric Cardio-thoracic surgery service in DELSUTH. The governor has already approved funding for it because as we speak the only way one can get paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is to go to America, UK, Israel or India, or when people from those countries come to do outreach programmes here. That is the only time one can have it. What we want to do is a regular service and we are in the process of setting that up in collaboration with Hospital for Humanity based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.”

But Ogueh thinks his most astounding success is the cordial relationship blossoming with the host community and trade unions in the institution.

He says prompt payment of salaries and other emoluments by the government have lifted the morale of workers, adding that regular medical outreaches and support for local festivals have closed the gap in the relationship with the host community.

“We have bridged that gap and that is why, for instance, we have a football tournament that involves the community. We also reach out to the people during festive periods. During their traditional festival, Christmas, etc. we always give our support. We have bridged the gap that there was,” he offers.

Despite lamenting the deleterious effects of brain drain on the institution, Ogueh believes the country’s medical community stands to benefit in the long run.

According to him, “the other take I have with the brain drain issue is that sometimes, maybe it is even good for our people to go out there because when they go out there, they get more exposure because of the infrastructure they will meet there, which will improve their knowledge and experience. Some of them will bring this knowledge and experience back to Nigeria and use that to help develop the health service.

Continuing, he says: “… you are looking at a man who spent 28 years in the UK, Canada and America before coming back to Nigeria. The knowledge and experience I picked up in my sojourn is helping me to manage this place in the way I have been doing. For example, in the UK, because I was interested in management, I went through leadership training that has prepared me in leading this institution. Part of that leadership training involved my coming to Nigeria 10 years ago to do some work and help set up this hospital.”

Before his appointment, he was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

He also served as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, United Kingdom.


How DELSUTH is preparing to battle COVID-19


Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area has put measures in place to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Onome Ogueh, says the management, with support from the government, has constant supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, etc. ”which we have consistently made available for use by our staff during this period.”

He adds: ”DELSUTH has a designated Isolation/Treatment Centre for COVID-19 with a screening protocol that is followed strictly with triage centres established at all clinics/ward entrances as well as the main hospital gate. This is to ensure that suspected cases are identified while making sure some form of clinical services delivery continues within the hospital”.

Dr. Ogueh notes that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been very proactive in preparing for COVID-19, saying the hospital has benefited through staff training, procurement of equipment and facilities’ upgrade.

He informs that ”management is aware that the state government is planning remuneration for all staff involved in the COVID-19 response team.”

The CMD says at this critical period, management counts on workers to give their total support in battling this pandemic.

Delta recorded its first case as of 9:45 pm last night. But the state had never relaxed its resolve to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic despite not having had an index case until on Wednesday.


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Nigeria – JAMB to announce official cut off marks for 2020 admission by June 15th and 16th.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has disclosed that the cut-off marks for this year’s admission have not been fixed. This was disclosed by the Head of Media and Information Dr. Fabian Benjamin in a statement yesterday.

He urged Nigerians, particularly candidates, to disregard any cut-off mark being circulated by “fraudsters”, describing it as “fake.”


According to him, the official cut-off marks would be decided at a stakeholders’ policy meeting that would be chaired by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu. scheduled to hold June 15th and 16th, 2020

He said: “Kindly disregard any cut-off mark paraded by fraudsters. It is fake news.


“Cut-off marks are decided at a policy meeting chaired by the Hon. Minister of Education with all heads of tertiary institutions, CEOs of regulatory agencies in education and other critical stakeholders in attendance.

“This meeting has been fixed for June 15 and 16 all things being equal.

“Until this meeting is held, nobody can talk of cut-off mark. Nigerians are advised to disregard any such marks being paraded.”


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COVID-19: Why we are on strike – ASUU


The Academic Staff Union of Universities says it ordered its members, who are lecturers across universities, to embark on strike during the coronavirus pandemic because there would never be a time approved for such an action.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Tuesday, also launched ASUU COVID-19 intervention in an effort to sensitise the public and check the spread of the dreaded virus at the University of Ibadan.


The intervention materials, produced by the UI branch of ASUU, comprised about 1,000 100ml of hand sanitisers. The programme included sensitisation campaign, via jingles in Pidgin and English languages; posters in three languages and hand gloves.

Ogunyemi, who was represented on the occasion by the coordinator of ASUU, UI zone, Prof. Ade Adejumo, said, “We cannot confront the challenge by bemoaning our fate. What is expected is that we join forces to do what China and other well-organised societies have done to flatten the curve.


“ASUU acknowledges that public information, education and communication are key. To demonstrate our concerns for the welfare and well-being of the Nigerian people, ASUU members nationwide shall be willing to work with medical and paramedical workers as volunteers in their public enlightenment and professional intervention initiatives.

“All branches shall explore areas of strategic collaboration with federal, state and local governments to provide support in terms of information and expert skills drawn from our members across the nation. For us in ASUU, this is not an occasion for blame game or buck passing. However, it calls for sober reflection on what we need to do differently with our health and education.”

Ogunyemi said the coronavirus crisis had exposed the country’s “naked and empty teaching hospitals” which justified its industrial action to demand revitalisation funds for public universities.

He, however, said the union would be willing to serve as volunteers nationwide in the coronavirus crisis to work with the medical and paramedical workers involved in tackling the scourge.


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Sierra Leone stops school ban for pregnant girl.


Sierra Leone has overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school, the government said Monday, adding that it sought to build a state that embraced every citizen.

In a statement, the education ministry said scrapping the ban “is the first step in building a radically inclusive Sierra Leone where all children… are able to live and learn in safety and dignity”.


In 2015, Sierra Leone banned pregnant girls from going to school after a surge in sexual violence and teenage pregnancies driven by the Ebola crisis.

Women and girls in the former British colony face high levels of sexual violence, partly a legacy of the use of rape as a weapon during the civil war of 1991-2002.


Officials at the time of the ban argued that pregnant girls would be unable to learn and might influence other girls to get pregnant.

But the policy proved highly controversial.


Rights groups complained it was discriminatory and left teenage mothers chained to poverty as they were denied education.

In December, the Court of Justice of the West Africa bloc ECOWAS and ordered Sierra Leone to retract the ban.


“This doesn’t change the culture of violence against girls but it moves us in a big way in the right direction,” said Chernor Bah, the head of a local feminist organisation.

He added that successive waves of girls had been shut out of school and the impact of the policy would be felt “for many more years”.

On Monday, the education ministry said the decision to allow pregnant girls to attend school again wass effective immediately.

The announcement, however, comes as schools are set to shut from Tuesday in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


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Just in: Jamb hand over 180 candidates to police.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has handed over 180 candidates in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) to the police for prosecution over alleged involvement in examination malpractices.

It said 70 per cent of the candidates have been arraigned, while others are undergoing investigation.


JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this yesterday in an interview in Abuja.

He said the candidates were arrested across the country during the conduct of the examination that ended last Saturday.


The board had on Sunday published the names and states of some of the candidates fingered in examination malpractices in its weekly bulletin, with Imo, Anambra and Enugu states topping the list with 26, 12 and 12 candidates.

Some of their offences included: examination by proxy, attempt to cheat, forceful entrance, tampering with examination documents, smuggling of phones into the examination halls, among others.


Other states on the list of malpractices are Abia, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo and Osun.

The JAMB spokesman said that the arrested candidates were with the police, adding that their arraignment had started.


He said: “They are about 180 candidates. We arrested them all over the country. We are harmonising the list and following up on it to ensure that all of them are arraigned.

“Most of them have been arraigned already. Seventy per cent of them have been arraigned already.


“They (the candidates) are with the police. So the police will prosecute them. We don’t have prosecuting powers. When the police start prosecution, they will certainly get across to us.

“Most of them have even been arraigned. When the arraignment is concluded, we will give you a comprehensive report..

“When we get to a stage that is important for everyone to know, we will let you know. But some of them have already been arraigned by the police.”


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COVID-19: NECO indefinitely postpone common entrance examination in Nigeria.


The National Examination Council (NECO) has postponed the 2020 national common entrance examination indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exam, which is for admission into federal unity colleges across the country, was earlier scheduled to hold on March 28, 2020.


But in a statement on Tuesday, Azeez Sani, NECO’s head, information and public relations division, said the decision is in “deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).”

Sani also disclosed that a new date would be communicated to candidates in due course while registration for the examination continues.


”The National Examination Council, NECO wishes to inform all candidates, guardians and relevant stakeholders of the indefinite postponement of the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Federal Unity Colleges earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday 28 March, 2020,” the statement read.

“This decision is in deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).


“The Management of NECO regrets any inconveniences the postponement might have caused our esteemed Candidates and other Stakeholders.

“A new date for the examination will be communicated to Candidates and other Stakeholders in due course. Meanwhile, registration for the examination continues.”

The development comes about the same time when the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) temporarily suspended all activities requiring physical contacts in all its offices and centres nationwide.

There are currently 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.


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JUST IN: ASUU commences indefinite strike.


ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi says the strike became necessary after the Federal Government ignored issues raised by the association.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on indefinite strike action.


The announcement was made by the President of Association, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi in Abuja, on Monday.

He explained that the action became necessary following the Federal Government’s refusal to address issues raised in its 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as its objection to joining the Integrated Pay Roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)

The industrial action takes effect today, March 23rd.


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We didn’t postpone 2020 UTME – JAMB allege.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has not postponed the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as rumoured in some quarters.

There were rumours that the ongoing exams had been rescheduled, especially after several government directives — including shutting of schools nationwide — aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the country.


But in a post on its social media page on Thursday, the board described such rumours as untrue, adding that the examination would come to a close on Saturday.

It added that only few candidates in Bayelsa and Rivers states who had their exam dates adjusted would sit for the exam next week.


“This is to bring to the notice of the public that the Board has not rescheduled its examinations as being rumoured around,” it wrote on Twitter.

“All examinations would end on Saturday, 21 March 2020 with the few candidates in Bayelsa and Rivers States only who were earlier scheduled to sit the examinations next week.

“The Board hereby advises candidates in the two states to reprint their slips to note the venue and time of their adjusted examination schedules.”

The development comes about two days after the exam body also dismissed rumours that it had cancelled results for the UTME taken between March 14 and 16.


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ASUP lecturers give 15 days ultimatum as they may strike.


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics on Thursday gave the Federal Government 15 days ultimatum for it to honour all pending agreements reached with it or risk industrial action.

Addressing the press after the union’s 97th National Executive Committee meeting at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, said members would embark on strike unless the Federal Government implemented agreement reached with it and meet its other demands.


He also demanded urgent steps to rectify irregularities that accompanied payment of February salary to its members through Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

According to him, victimisation of many ASUP officials that participated in lawful struggle had continued unabated, adding that seven lecturers of the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu, and the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, had been dismissed for participating in union activities, while two others from Yaba College of Technology were suspended.

“Based on these which epitomise neglect, disregard and disrespect to the sector; coupled with the insincerity of the government in respecting signed agreements entered into with our union, the union is hereby issuing a 15-day ultimatum to resolve these pending issues affecting the sector or face industrial action by our union without the benefit of any other warning,” Ezeibe added.


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615 prisoners studying for free in NOUN – VC


A total of 615 prison inmates have been admitted to the National Open University in Nigeria (NOUN) in a free education scheme.

Adamu Adamu, the institution’s vice chancellor, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Lagos.


NobleReporters learnt that the professor of science education said that NOUN is responsible for the payment of their fees up to PhD level.

He added that it had been his joy to encourage prisoners to acquire education and be useful on re-integration into the society.


Adamu said that he was happy seeing people who were incarcerated and had no hope, with some of them on death row and life sentence, studying.

The vice chancellor added that the inmates had preference for studying peace and conflict resolution as their major courses.


Adamu said that NOUN, established in 2002, also encouraged people living with disabilities to enroll into it.

“We don’t want a situation where people with so-called learning disabilities are separated from the society,” the VC said.


“If anybody with a learning disability wishes to enroll in NOUN, he is also welcome.

“We don’t have braille books but we have other items of tech. Phones now have enhancements that they can use, although they’ve not been able to explore these.

“We are living in an inclusive world, we want these people to be part of the society because they live in there. So, we integrate them as much as we can.”

According to Adamu, NOUN intends to further actualise the initiative but will need funding from the federal government to realise its projected goals.


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JAMB officially recommend new way to check results.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new method for candidates who sat for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB in a statement on Wednesday via its verified Twitter handle also refuted reports that it has cancelled the results of examinations held on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020.


According to the examination body, candidates who sat for the 2020 UTME should check their results via their mobile phones.

The statement directed the students to check their 2020 UTME results by sending RESULT to 55019, and not on the board’s website.

“JAMB has not cancelled the results of its examination conducted on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020,” the tweet read.


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ASUU strike continues after meeting with FG fails.


The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, progressed in their negotiations to end the ongoing two weeks warning strike by the lecturers.

However, the strike continues as ASUU said it would have to take the proposals to its members for review and possible approval.

Neither party provided elaborate details of the agreement.

However, the labour minister, Chris Ngige, said the government had tabled a new proposal regarding the agreement on the Integrated Payroll Personal Information System (IPPIS).

The meeting which started 3:30 p.m. ended at about 11:01 pm.

The two-week warning strike which the union declared would elapse on Monday next week.

ASUU declared the strike over the non-payment of salaries of their members who failed to enrol into the federal government’s IPPIS, a payroll software mandated for all public officials.

The government last Thursday also reached an interim agreement with striking university lecturers to integrate the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) into the IPPIS.

The IPPIS is the government’s accountability software that has been made compulsory for all public institutions, mainly for personnel payroll.

ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers saying it does not consider some of the peculiar operations of universities. The lecturers’ union then developed its own UTAS which it wants the government to adopt for universities.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Ngige said the issues discussed ranged from funding, revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances and salaries shortfalls.

“Issue of IPPIS was also discussed and options and solutions were advanced. Government has a proposal which had been given to ASUU. ASUU will take these issues that are outstanding back to its National Executive Council for them to be on the same page before they get back to the government. We have agreed that a tentative date to get back to the government is before the weekend runs out. We expect ASUU to write government before then to see if there will be a need for a further meeting,” he said.

According to Mr Ngige, they also addressed payment of earned academic allowances to the University of Ilorin.

On the Nigerian University Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO), a certificate was issued last year but operational certificate had not been issued because we do not have a permanent PENCOM board in place, he said.

He said the government has made a proposal on how the NUPEMCO board will be able to fulfil its obligation especially in terms of preparation of annual audit reports.

“Issue of visitation panel to the universities has been on the table since last year. Government side made progress in that approval has been gotten and we are waiting for the gazette of the membership of the visitation panels,” he said.

Also speaking, the ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, said both parties have improved on where they stopped in the previous meeting.

He said the government has made “concrete proposals to our members but as we usually say, “those of us here cannot make a final pronouncement on any of the proposals.”

”We have assured the government team that we will report to our principals and get back. We want to assure Nigerians that we are concerned with going back to our work because that is where we are happiest. We are not happy staying outside the classrooms, laboratories and laboratories. We will do our best to ensure that all concerned have the maximum benefit from this action because it is of national interest. If academics don’t defend the universities, who will defend the academics?”

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In the 19 years since Nigeria returned to civil rule after years of military dictatorship, university teachers in the country have embarked on strike 14 times that saw them stay away from work for about 40 months.

The last strike by the teachers was in November 2018.

ASUU has been locked in a protracted dispute with the Nigerian government over issues of poor funding of public universities. Every time the dispute boiled over to strike by the teachers, negotiations between the two parties always produced agreements.

However, the government’s failure to meet the teachers’ expectations within the context of the agreements have been a primary reason ASUU has been on strike almost every year since 1999


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Update: ASUU, FG meet over Nationwide strike.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, is currently meeting the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Abuja over the strike embarked upon by the union.

When the two sides met on Thursday, the meeting was adjourned after the Federal Government proposed the merger of the contentious Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and ASUU salary payment system.


It was agreed that ASUU should present the proposal to Congress before today’s meeting.

Before Tuesday’s meeting went into a closed session, ASUU president, Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi, said it was unfortunate that the government made IPPIS look like the major issue in the union’s demands.

“Another issue to correct is that we never said university bursars are to generate the budget for the instructions. ASUU is here with a report from members,” the ASUU president said.

More details later. .


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Nationwide strike continues for this reason – ASUU.


The ongoing two-week warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) continues as the Federal Government gave conditions to integrate the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) being proposed by the Union into the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, revealed this on Thursday after a four-hour technical session between both parties.


The meeting ended at 7:30pm. However, both the federal government and ASUU teams did not reveal the terms of conditions reached during the meeting.

The two parties are expected to reconvene next Monday or Tuesday after further consultations by both parties.


Meanwhile, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in his remarks, said the National Executive Committee of the union would review the conditions set for the integration of UTAS into the IPPIS, a decision based on the commitment of the Federal Government.

Daily Trust reports that the Union had on Monday declared a two-week warning strike over non-payment of salaries of lecturers who failed to enrolled in the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).


This is coming a day after the government through the Labour minister, Dr Ngige, described the ongoing ASUU warning strike as “illegal.”

It could be recalled that the House of Representatives had also on Wednesday resolved to intervene in the ongoing ASUU strike.

The House also invited Ministers of Education as well as that of Labour and Employment on the issue.


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UNILORIN embark on ASUU strike – 1st time in 20 years.


The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has embarked on strike action alongside the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), disrupting its calendar for the first time in 20 years.

On Monday, ASUU had commenced a two-week warning strike to compel the federal government to implement its 2019 agreement and resolution with the union.


On Tuesday, Moyosore Ajao, ASUU chairman in UNILORIN, told TheCable Lifestyle that the institution would abide by the union’s directive, in a move that compromises on the stability of its academic calendar.

“What has the FG done to compensate UNILORIN lecturers during those times when we never went on strike? It’s not as if we’re getting anything extra for not joining our colleagues,” he said.


“Government should be held responsible for this. This is March 10 and we’ve not even received our salaries. These are the collateral damages that result when issues come up between ASUU and FG.”

Calls placed to current students of varsity revealed that the institution will be temporarily discontinuing ongoing exams for its 100 and 200 level students over the next two weeks.

In 2019, ASUU had reached an agreement with the federal government to end a protracted strike action among universities — after more than three months of halting academic activities.

But President Mohammadu Buhari would later issue a directive, threatening to stop salaries of its members if they failed to enroll in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).


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Check: ASUU begin 2 weeks warning strike.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has embarked on a two- week warning strike with effect from Monday.

The National President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made the announcement at end of the National Executive Council meeting(NEC) held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

Ogunyemi said the strike action was to compel federal government to implement the agreements and resolutions of Memorandum of Action discussed in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoU), all of which have not been implemented.


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We no longer owe ASUU – Kano varsity.


The management of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil on Saturday announced that it has settled four of the five demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya, Director, Information and Public Relations Unit of the University in a press statement made available to newsmen in Kano said the University has so far settled staff entitlements including 50 per cent balance of the NI98million Postgraduate Grant and 2017/2018 SIWES Supervision Allowance and Family Air ticket allowance have been affected.


Nayaya revealed that “similarly the Excess Workload Allowances for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, as well as 2016/2017 submitted by the Union in May 2019 and August 2019, respectively have been approved by the State Executive Council and the release of the funds is in process.”

The Director further disclosed in the signed statement that stated “Hazard Allowance has been implemented in the months of January and February 2020.”

The University Management also assured the Union of the state government’s determination to improve its support and fundings for the continued growth of the University.

The statement therefore implored the union on the need to continue with the cordial relationships in order to achieve the desired objective of moving the University forward.


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Corpers’ arrears in petition [See…]


The petition was created by a corp member by the name Ishola Temitayo.We need about 100k shares for this petition to get to federal government and other appropriate authorities

To support this petition all you need to do is READ AND SHARE, you can also drop your comment maybe the authorities too can read to know your mind


PETITION DISCRIMINATION

#PAY CORPERS ARREARS

I want to use this medium to draw attention of the federal government to the issue of the payment of the arrears

The bill that established the MINIMUM WAGE was pass to law in April 2019,which means the payment of the minimum wage should start from April 2019

It is Worthy to be note that all government workers has received the arrears and the corpers are left behind

It was recalled that under the regime of President Goodluck Jonathan, all corpers received their arrears including those that were still before the time of its implementation.were all paid in arrears

Today we want to know the reason why federal government has not paid the arrears to Corpers that were in service during the implementation of Minimum Wage

Corpers Nationwide being the future leaders and able youth of this great Nation deserve to know why we were left out of the payment of arrears.

Do Federal Government think paying us arrears is a waste of money, Don’t they know if they pay us means they are investing in us.

BELOW ARE THE EXPECTED ARREARS IN DETAILS
1 Corps member of Batch A 2019 will receive N118,800 as their arrears covering the period of April and December 2019

2 The Corps member of Batch B stream I 2019 will receive N105,200 as their arrears covering the period of June and December 2019 while others in Stream II will receive N66,000 accordingly

3 Also corps member in Batch B 2018 stream I and II ,and Batch C Stream I and II will receive N26,400, N39,600, 79,200 and 92,400 respectively

Finally,I call on the relevant NYSC authority to assist us to achieve this for the greater benefit of our Great Country at large.

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JAMB suspends 47 centres ahead 2020 UTME


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has suspended 47 computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country over various forms of infractions.

The board disclosed this in the latest edition of its weekly bulletin released on Monday.


The exam body also noted that the centres were suspended on grounds ranging from their “inability to produce JAMB vital security instruments entrusted to them and technical deficiency during third-party examination.”

Others include “extortion of candidates directly or through proxy and for one or more registration infractions.”


The exam body also disclosed that it has registered a total of 2.1 million candidates for this year’s exam.

“A total number of 1,949,983 registered for UTME, while 160,640 registered for Direct Entry,” it wrote in the bulletin.


This is coming after its February 17 deadline for prospective candidates to register for the exam. The recent figure is also an increase from its recently announced 1.9 million registered candidates.

The development makes it the first time JAMB would record such huge registration since 1978, with the highest being an estimated 1.8 million candidates in 2019.

This year’s examination is coming on the heels of several controversies that had earlier trailed requirements set by the board.

JAMB had in January suspended the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration of 2020 candidates following outrage over the difficulty associated with process.


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Sex4Grades: ASUU warns Nigeria


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that Nigerians will pay dearly if they discredit the nation’s academics because of alleged sexual harassment in universities.

ASUU National Chairman, Dr Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this in Abuja during Senate public hearing on ‘Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Institutions (Prohibition) Bill 2019’.


He said this period was not a good time to be lecturers because they are stigmatized due to cases of sexual harassment in academic institutions.

“The bias is too much. It is as if we are stigmatizing those who should be the custodians of our innovations and progress.


“Universities are currently handling problems like this and we should not discredit the custodians of our knowledge, because if we do so and cause them to lose confidence in what they are doing, we will pay dearly to recover,” he said.

Ogunyemi said Nigerians need to recognize the autonomy of universities, where there were institutional procedures through which disciplinary issues are handled.


The bill, he said, failed to take cognizance of the various extant legislations that deal with issue of sexual harassment.

“If we have a law that addresses issue of sexual harassment, why are we wasting time talking about another law.


Are we also going to formulate separate laws to address problem of corruption in the universities, to address sexual harassment in the police, in the National Assembly?” he queried.

Ogunyemi noted that laws should not be made ad-hoc.


He said in other climes where issues of sexual harassment were reported, no new laws were formulated to address them.

He said instead of formulating new law, the National Assembly should review the existing laws.


Responding, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, said the bill was never intended to vilify the teaching professions.

He also dismissed ASUU’s stance on the need for the bill, saying if there were lacunas in the existing laws, they would be reviewed and new ones would be made.

“The bill is aimed at addressing this issue in a particular sector. It doesn’t stop anybody from bringing new bill that will address the same issue in another sector. Laws will always be made to address issues. This is to address sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions,” he said.

Earlier while declaring the public hearing open, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said there was need for stakeholders to think upon new resolutions and sanctions to check sexual harassment if the extant laws were not tight enough.


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JAMB register highest candidates ever since 1978


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has registered over 1.9 million candidates for its 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).


Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s head of press and public relations, disclosed this while speaking to the press on Sunday, ahead of the board’s Monday registration deadline.

According to him, the figure represents the highest the board has ever recorded since its inception in 1978, having recorded an estimated 1.8 million candidates in 2019.


“The registration closes on Monday night. As I speak to you, we have registered over 1.9million. That is the highest we have ever had in the 41-year history of the board,” Benjamin explained.

“Right now, we have surpassed the last year’s statistics at 1.8million. That is to tell you that nobody has an excuse for why he or she could not register.


“On the February 18 mock, we have put everything in place. Our workers who are deployed for the exercise are already on the field.

“And as you are aware, the essence of the mock is to test the readiness of our facilities and also give the candidates the opportunity to have a hands-on experience on the computers.”

JAMB had earlier suspended the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration of 2020 candidates after many had decried the difficulty they faced undergoing the procedure.

The board also advised candidates to reject admissions not done on its official letter headed paper, warning institutions to stop offering admissions to applicants through their own portals.


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