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LAUTECH students issues lecturers 72 hours ultimatum to withdraw from ASUU strike

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The students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, on Friday gave the university lecturers a 72-hour ultimatum to withdraw from the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The students made the call in a statement jointly signed by the President of the university’s Student Union Government, Anuoluwa Adeboye, and Public Relations Officer, Gabriel Michael, in Ibadan.

They urged the lecturers to take a cue from their Kwara State University (KWASU) counterparts who had opted out of the strike.

The statement read: “We are giving the leadership of ASUU LAUTECH 72 hours to borrow a leaf from ASUU KWASU that wrote a special letter to the National ASUU based on peculiarity in their institution.

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“LAUTECH, ASUU should opt out of this ongoing strike or else the students’ union will be left with no choice than to see ASU, LAUTECH as saboteurs to the progress of LAUTECH.

“They are doing these for their selfish interests and total confrontation will commence after the 72 hours ultimatum.

“ASUU, LAUTECH, up to date has refused to grant this sane request but gave excuses of no convenient time due to tensile loads on them.

“Yet they have the time to mobilise other ASUU Chapters to LAUTECH for reasons which only favours their interest.”

The students also lamented the effects of the strike on the institution and the education sector across the country.

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“The involvement of ASUU LAUTECH is not only dangerous for the students but also horrendous for the University system.

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“As a student body, we are poised towards the rectification of our prestigious institution and a better educational system.

“Also delayed is their mobilisation for the NYSC by the four-week warning strike which was extended by eight weeks.

“Another disaster looms around the comer if the prevalent maladies are not immediately curbed,” it added.

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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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