The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Benin zone, on September 1, 2020 restated its rejection of the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS). Rather, it opted for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), saying it would curb corruption in the system.
Zonal coordinator, Prof. Fred I. Esumeh, also said the union has resolved to continue with ongoing strike if government failed to address the issues of revitalisation fund for public universities, arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), visitation to universities, proliferation of state varsities and issues of governance and the conclusion of the re-negotiation of the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement.
He said the union rejected IPPIS as a payment platform because it was not designed to accommodate the peculiarities of academic institutions.
Prof. Esumeh stated that to develop the UTAS and subject it to integrity evaluation tests, ASUU has proposed a time frame of 18 months to the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi and Kano zones of the union have faulted plan to reopen public universities.
Prof. Lawan Abubakar, Bauchi zonal coordinator and Prof. Abdulkadir Mohammed, acting zonal coordinator in charge of Kano, in separate press briefings in Jos and Kano, respectively, said the move could be perilous.’
Abubakar said reopening of universities would pose grave danger to students and would be inimical to the fight against the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He claimed most public universities lacked the infrastructure that would enable students comply with putting safety protocols in place, thereby, making them prone to contracting the dreaded virus.
“ASUU is not in support of government’s plan to reopen universities. Our position is that universities should remain close until the right thing is done to enable students comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
“If students resume now, is it the grossly inadequate lecture halls, workshops, hostels or laboratories that will give them the opportunity to observe social distancing and other protocols?” Abubakar asked.
He said the outbreak of COVID-19 had further affirmed ASUU demands for a well-funded university system as contained in the 2013 and other Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was reached.
He said with the manner government was poorly funding universities, it would take more than 10 years to put the necessary facilities on ground that would enable students comply with safety protocol.
“Had it been government implemented the 2013 MoU and subsequent ones, we wouldn’t have been caught off-guard by COVID-19; we would have been contemplating reopening universities now that the numbers of cases are declining. So, it is now clear to everyone that neither the struggle of ASUU nor the COVID-19 protocols agree with the reopening of universities. We must avert this disaster while we can,” he said
Speaking in Kano, Mohammed called on the Federal Government to provide necessary facilities to encourage compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines ahead of the school reopenning.
He said provision of the COVID-19 safety guidelines were critical to the protection of students and staff as well as stem further spread.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country laid bare the infrastructural deficit, not only in the universities but other sector of education.
“This is as a result of the continuous refusal of government to heed to calls for proper funding of the institutions to make them globally competitive since 1992.
“Our previous agreements with the government in 1992; 2001, 2009 and 2017 NEEDs Assessment reports have all made adequate provisions for the infrastructural needs of our Universities to make them cope with the COVID-19 protocols.
“With lack of running water and electricity, overcrowded classrooms, poorly spaced hostels, libraries, laboratories and offices, non of the Universities will satisfy the requirements of social distancing.
“Presently; Nigerian Universities are poorly equipped to cope with the COVID-19 protocols for school resumption as outlined by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).”
Use SIWES To Be Self-reliant, FULafia V-C Advises Students
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, has admonished students embarking on the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) to see the scheme as an opportunity to become self-reliant.
Abdul Rahman advised them to, therefore, acquire skills that would help them in their future endeavours.
Abdul Rahman spoke at the 7th Edition of the Annual SIWES Orientation Programme for 2019/2020 batch.
The vice-chancellor, represented by the Head of Department of Economics, FULafia, Dr. Ilemona Adofu, appealed to all the students to adopt learning attitude with a view to making the scheme beneficial to themselves.
The vice-chancellor said that the scheme was an essential part of students academic programme which exposed them to demands and challenges of the work place, advising them to be diligent in their work so as “to become self-reliant when they graduate.”
While commending the SIWES Directorate for organising the programme, he enjoined the students to be good ambassadors of the University wherever they may go.
In his address, the Area Manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Nasarawa State Area Office, Engr. Garba Hassan, advised the students to be disciplined while expanding their horizons in learning.
Hassan commended the efforts of the University’s management in adequately preparing the students for the scheme, he encouraged the students to imbibe to show dedication, loyalty, punctuality and honesty during and after the programme.
Engr. Hassan told the students that the ITF would make their SIWES experience worthwhile.
Earlier in his address, the Director of SIWES, FULafia, Dr. Amos Idzi Ambo, said that the scheme was expected to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice, noting that “experience is lacking among youths today and SIWES is the only stimulant that can correct and propel national development in Nigeria”.
Amos charged the students to be good ambassadors of FULafia during the SIWES exercise.
Present at the event were the ITF Head of Training, Mr. Ismail Akanbi, Mrs. Offiongita E. Nkang of SIWES Directorate, FULafia, other staff of the University and students.
JAMB: How To Register For 2021 UTME
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday announced the commencement of registration of candidates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The decision came barely 48 hours after it had stopped the exercise over technical challenges of the National Identification Number (NIN).
But a terse statement issued by the spokesperson for JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said registration for the examination had now commenced in full swing as all the issues had been resolved.
How To Apply For The 2021 UTME:
1. VALID, FUNCTIONAL E-MAIL, PHONE NUMBER
It is important to get a valid and functional e-mail account. You also need an active phone number. This is because you will need this for registration and to send and receive information from JAMB.
Your e-mail is also a form of identity for you.
To Create Jamb Profile Using SMS
Send NIN to 55019.
To Create Jamb Profile for 2021 UTME & Direct Entry Registration, Text NIN to 55019.
A confirmation code of 10 characters will be received by the candidate on the same telephone number which will be used to procure the ePIN.
Just write NIN, In simple language, Send NIN to 55019 to Create your Jamb Profile at the rate of N50, you don’t need to type the numbers in your NIN slip. Just spell NIN and send to 55019. Make sure you have enough airtime (above N100) and confirm that your SIM Card can send and receive messages.
2. NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
JAMB will be making use of the National Identification Number for registration this year. Being a compulsory requirement, you will need it for your enrollment.
3. VISIT JAMB WEBSITE
After having your email address and NIN ready, you can proceed to the JAMB website.
When you get there, create a JAMB profile, preferably before purchasing the form.
4. CHECK JAMB iBass
After creating a profile, it is recommended that you check JAMB iBass to be sure of your eligibility to take this year’s examination. The information is provided on the official website of the exam body.
5. JAMB e-pin
After your eligibility has been confirmed, then you can proceed to purchase your 2021 JAMB e-pin for registration from banks, online (using ATM card) or other accredited outlets.
6. CBT CENTRE
Then, proceed to any accredited computer-based test centre with your personal details and your profile code.
FULafia To Commence Pharmaceutical Sciences – V-C
Arrangements have been concluded by the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) to establish the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences.
The faculty, when established and start to churn out pharmacists, would complement the growing needs for effective drugs and pharmacists in the country.
The Vice Chancellor of FULafia, Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, stated so when the executive members of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), led by its President, Pharmacist Okpalaeke Nwora, visited to congratulate him on his recent appointment as the third vice-chancellor of FULafia.
Abdul Rahman, who was delighted by the visit, said that he was happy to meet with the PCN officials to workout modalities for the successful take-off of the pharmaceutical programme in FULafia.
The vice-chancellor told the PCN members that the Senate of the University had since approved the commencement of faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, pointing out that their input from the Pharmacists was considered crucial “so that we can start well.”
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria is a federal government agency, established by Act 91 of 1992, known as Cap P17 of 2004, Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The council is responsible for the regulation of the practice of pharmacy in all aspects and ramifications.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Pharmacist Okpalaeke Nwora, said that Nigeria, with more than 200 people, had only 22 accredited pharmacy schools, pointing out that “eight are in the North, the majority are in the South, and only two are in the North-central, with one in Jos and the other in Ilorin.”
He said that since the inception of pharmacy practice in Nigeria in 1927, the country was only able to licensed 27,000 pharmacists.
Currently, Nwora said that “we have only 60 indigenous pharmacists practicing in Nasarawa State.”
He said that the World Health Organisation’s index and recommended standard for pharmacy per patient ratio is 12 pharmacists to every 10 thousand patients, lamenting that Nasarawa State had less than two pharmacists to 10 thousand patients.
He pointed out that the commencement of pharmacy education in FULafia would benefit both the institution (PCN) and the state at large and bridge the manpower gap in the region.
Nwora prayed to God to enable Prof. Abdul Rahman to establish the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences in the University “so that his name will be echoed for many generations to come.
On his part, the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Nasarawa State, Hon. Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya, assured the vice-chancellor of the Nasarawa state government’s support, noting that the government has already donated an edifice to house the FULafia Teaching Hospital, Lafia, as part of the preparation for commencement of operations of the college of medicine.
Other members of the PCN delegation who were at the event included Prof. Yakubu Ngwai; Dr. Jacob James, the Director Pharmaceutical Services, Nasarawa State Ministry of Health; Dr. Denis Kudu Ega, Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; Dr. Danjuma Baba, Pharm. Emmanuel Anga; Pharm. Joshua Ghali, the Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Hospitals Management Board, Nasarawa State; Pharm. Christopher Ishaleku; Pharm. Augustine Luka; Pharm. Emmanuel Yona; Pharm. Mohammed Okonu; Pharm. Nuria Abene and Pharm. Hassana Mansur.