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ASUU adamant, insists no turning back until FG meets requirements

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said that it would not call off its strike if all its demands were not met.

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of ASUU, disclosed this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday.

The union had declared a 30-day warning strike over the federal government’s failure to honour the agreement signed by both parties, a move the government had faulted.
According to Osodeke, “We can call off the strike tomorrow if the FG implements and meets all our demands. It is in their hands to meet all the demands not in our hands. If they want it called off this week, next week, it is possible if they should do what they are supposed to do and not all these empty promises that we are not sure they will not implement. But If you call off the strike, as usual, they will abandon everything.”

“We have no problem and we are busy people he might have all the time, our own is for them to implement.

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“If our union could negotiate during the military era and had agreements signed but in the civilian era they are telling us what to do and what not to do, that means something is wrong with this system. What they are doing now is to be blackmailing us and intimidating us.

“We are just waiting they have said this over and over. If they are serious let them implement all that we have agreed on. We can call off tomorrow if they implement. Nigerians should tell them to implement the agreement, we don’t gamble.” ,,

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But in his reaction, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, cautioned the union not to intimidate the committee and Ministry of Education, saying if they did, their document would not fly.

“We had a committee we impanelled in the ministry of education to take matters up because they are the direct employers of the lecturers. The committee was headed by Professor Manzali and there was a draft proposal which the education ministry has to agree on with them and then break it up to the higher bodies of the government, the Presidential Committee on Salaries, and from there, it goes to FEC for approval.

“ASUU should not intimidate the education ministry or the committee to come up with things that are not in tandem with the normal rate. If they do that, the document will not fly. The ministry of education will resuscitate that committee within two weeks to look at the draft proposal it had with ASUU so that they can come up with something for the PSC to have a look at and send to FEC”.

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Lagos fixes date for Basic Education Certificate Examination resit

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The Lagos State Examinations Board has fixed October 6 as the new date for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) resit.

Director of the Board, Orunsolu Adebayo made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

The examination, initially scheduled for September 28, would still take place in various designated centres across the state.

Adebayo explained that the postponement became necessary to accommodate schools yet to register their candidates.

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“The Board does not wish to deny the affected candidates the opportunity of taking the examination”, he noted.

The statement urged principals to take note of the new date and make best use of the extended date to ensure that affected candidates were duly informed.

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JAMB introduces double fingerprints for 2023 UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has adopted new guidelines to ensure the seamless conduct of next year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board revealed the new guidelines in the latest edition of the weekly bulletin of the office of the registrar on Monday.

JAMB introduced double fingerprints, where a candidate is expected to register at least two fingers.

The exam body said any finger may be used for biometric verification before entering the examination hall on the appointed date.

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The board also said candidates with bad fingerprints would be scheduled for the exam as “exemption candidates.”

It warned that some cybercafes and tutorial centres had been prohibited from participating in UTME.

The board also introduced the CBT centre accreditation to vet centres based on whether or not they meet the board’s new requirements which include the use of laptop computer systems with a specified RAM capacity.

Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, also announced the introduction of biometric accreditation for CBT centre registration officers which he said will now be captured ahead of the exercise.

He said the board would consider separating UTME registration from that of Direct Entry (DE) starting from 2023.

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According to Oloyede, the idea of the separation is to further consolidate its data collection efforts.

Earlier in the month, JAMB said it would no longer be conducting mop-up exercises for UTME candidates.

Mop-up exercise is usually held for candidates who could not participate in the UTME during the period of the exercise for some verified reasons.

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JAMB said the move was to further strengthen the noose around examination malpractice.

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ASUU Strike: Court Strikes Out Suit Against Varsity Lecturers

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The National Industrial Court Abuja has struck out a suit instituted by one Umar Lawal, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, asking the Academic Staff Union of Universities, to call off its seven-month-old strike and return to school.

Lawal had instituted the case on behalf of himself and the association.

Justice Polycarp Hamman struck out the suit on Tuesday after the counsel to Lawal, Debo Ikuesan, withdrew the suit on the grounds that the student body is challenging his position as president, denying that he is the leader of NANS as he had deposed to.

Counsel to ASUU, Marshal Abubakar also informed the court that he is not opposing the application to withdraw the suit.

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In the suit, Faruk, who claimed to be the president of NANS sought the court’s order mandating ASUU to call off the industrial action it commenced in February 2022.

He said the strike action affects students’ right to education under section 18, Chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution as amended. He added that the prolonged strike has caused damage to Nigerian students as they have lost valuable time and opportunity in their educational and career pursuits.

They are seeking an order of the court to among others, order ASUU to call off its strike.

They are also seeking an order of court restraining ASUU and its members from further engaging or partaking in the industrial action they commenced.

The outgoing President of the student body, Sunday Asefon, had approached the court claiming that Umar Lawal does not have the mandate of NANS to commence the action.

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He said Umar Lawal had contested and lost the position of National President of NANS.

On account of the objection by the Student’s body, counsel to Umar Farouk, sought an order to discontinue the case, a stand which the counsel to ASUU, Mister Abubakar Marshall, did not oppose to.

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