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ASUU Strike: FG Team Meets On Monday

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As the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) remains adamant over some of its demands and its opposition to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, (IPPIS) payment platform, the government team negotiating with the union is expected to meet on Monday, November 9 to take a position on ASUU’s demands.

The government team had met last week but could not conclude on certain issues.

Vanguard reliably gathered that the position of government as regards the insistence that the university teachers should embrace the IPPIS payment platform has not changed.

A government source privy to the ongoing negotiation told Vanguard that government may not go beyond the offer it had made to ASUU, claiming that it was even difficult for government to accept to pay N50 billion Earned Academic Allowances and revitalization fund because of the economic situation in the country occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic.

The source said, “We didn’t conclude our meeting last week, we are continuing our meeting on Monday, November 9.

Asked whether there was any hope that the government would concede to ASUU’s demand, the source said,” Which demand? Government said it has given to them what it has, would you go and manufacture money which you don’t have to give?

“Government says it is even finding it difficult to raise the offer they made, they are running round to get the offer, the offer on Earned Allowances of N30 billion for all the unions in the universities even though ASUU is claiming that it is for them alone, that is the point of disagreement.”

Also asked if Universities will remain closed now that ASUU is adamant, the source said that in collective bargaining agreement, the employer agrees to pay what could be affordable.

The source said, “They (ASUU) will not be adamant, ability to pay is a cardinal function of labour negotiation, you take it into account in any collective bargaining agreement.

“Covid-19 has affected everybody, it has changed so many economic indices world over, Nigeria is not an exception.

“For government to even cough out N50 billion in one swoop is like a miracle, N30 billion Earned Allowances, N20 billion revitalisation, that is what government is looking for to get between now and end of the year. N30 billion they have gotten and looking around for another N20 billion.”

The Source said that the N30 billion was ready and will be released to the unions any time agreement was reached on the sharing formula among the unions.

“It has been prepared, it is in the Accountant General’s Office. The mandate has been done, the only point of disagreement now is that ASUU is saying it is for them alone whereas government has also negotiated with the other unions and informed them that N30 billion has been gotten for them to go and share according to the template they have in the Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission, this is not the first time they are sharing money together, ” the source said.

He said that the Government will inform ASUU of what it has concluded to do.

“They (ASUU) will be communicated to, then the question of mode of payment will also be another issue because ASUU is insisting they won’t go on IPPIS, while their UTAS is not ready.

“So there are three major areas of disagreement now, revitalization which they claim they want N110 billion, government doesn’t have N110 billion to give, they made their offer of N20 billion.

“Earned Allowances which government has since October been running around and has N30 billion and is ready to be paid any moment agreement is reached with ASUU and that agreement is that the N30 billion is for all the unions in the universities and that the extra N10 billion that will make it N40 billion will be paid around 2021 February, March.

“But for now N30 billion is ready and N20 billion will be put into revitalization to make it N50 billion all together, before the end of November the N20 billion will be ready,” the source said.

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Use SIWES To Be Self-reliant, FULafia V-C Advises Students

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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.

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JAMB: How To Register For 2021 UTME

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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 Get Jamb Profile Code for E-Pin purchase simply 
type NIN, leave a space & then type your NIN & send it to 55019.

To get Jamb Profile code for 2021 UTME & Direct Entry Registration, type NIN, leave a space & then type your NIN & send it 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 E-Pin.

In simple language, Type NIN, leave a space & type your NIN and send it to 55019 to get your Jamb Profile code at the rate of N50. Make sure you have enough airtime (at least 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.

READ ALSO: 2021 UTME: JAMB Announces Registration Date, Makes NIN Mandatory

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FULafia To Commence Pharmaceutical Sciences – V-C

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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.

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