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Strike: ASUU Tells Members To Seek Alternative Means Of Survival

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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has cried over non payment of salaries to its members by the federal government, advising lecturers to immediately seek alternative means of survival.

This was as it vowed to press home its demands until government bows, asking students and parents not to expect any possible resumption of universities soon.

The Abuja zone of the union at a press conference held Tuesday morning,November 17 at the University of Abuja campus, accused the government of not showing commitment in resolving the issues that necessitated the ongoing industrial action.

The union’s Abuja zonal coordinator, Prof. Theophilus Lagi, who read the text of the press conference, insisted that members were “relentlessly determined to continue with the ongoing strike until our demands are met.”

“Today, we wish to let Nigerians especially our students and parents know that there is no hope in sight to ending or suspending the ASUU strike that has lingerd for several months as Government is yet to show serious commitment towards addressing our core demands.

“Our members have been advised to seek other legitimate means of survival as the Government has not released salaries withheld since February, 2020,” the text read.

The union particularly accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige of showing what it called “disdain for Nigerian academics.

” One needs not be a psychologist to understand the behaviour and recent utterances of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige. The Minister has clearly shown his disdain for Nigerian academics and has failed to play the role of an unbiased umpire in moderating the imbroglio.

“He has now become the spokespreson to the accountant general of the federation and the ministry of finance, instead of finding solution for lecturers to get back to work,he is turning the wheel of progress backwards by setting ASUU on a collision course with other presure groups in the university. Clearly Dr Ngige is on a war part with ASUU,” it said.

The text read further:”As men of letters, we would have elected to ignore Senator Chris Ngige’s deliberate misinformation and deceit. So, this response is more to straighten the record than it is to massage the minister’s ego. In one of his comedies of error, Ngige told the nation that the striking lecturers had been paid salaries up to date when he knew university lecturers were being owed salaries for between Nine to Six months for no just cause. In another fit of treachery, the Minister during a recent Budget defense at the National Assembly, while upholding the existence of University Autonomy Law, attempted in vain to redefine its provisions.

“Dr Ngige is, by now, a figuration well known for poignant penchant for speaking from both sides of his mouth. This is demonstrated by his irregular postures in the ongoing negotiation between the federal government and our union which, to say the least, betray his insincerity and irresponsibility as an appointee of the federal government.

“In the past few weeks, for instance, Ngige has said one thing when he met with the union and a different thing on the same subject in interviews with the media. This double character of a Minister and a purported negotiator in the face-off should be a source of worry to not only the body of Nigerian students but also parents who patronize public universities as the minister’s untoward attitude is undermining the reopening of these schools.

“In furtherance of his intimidation of the lecturers and misinformation of the public, Ngige argued that autonomy could not hold in the prevailing circumstance. On this, we would like to educate the honorable Minister that public universities in Nigeria are creatures of law as each university is established by an Act enacted by the National Assembly.

“These enabling laws specify the powers, functions and responsibilities of the various constituent bodies and functionaries of the universities. There are several of these Acts, namely The University (Miscellaneous Provision) Act No. 11, 1993, and 1996.

“There is also the famous University (Miscellaneous Provision) Amendment Act 2003, otherwise called The University Autonomy Act No. 1, 2007. A section in the 2003, Act clearly proclaims the autonomy or independence of the universities thus:“S. 2AA.

“The powers of the council shall be exercised, as in the Law and Statutes of each University and to this extent establishment circulars that are inconsistent with the Laws and Statutes of the University shall not apply to the Universities”. An “S.2AAA. The Governing Council of a University shall be free in the discharge of its functions and exercise of its responsibilities for the good management, growth and development of the University.”

Another bizarre turn of event is unfolding at the Enugu state University of Science and Technology, ESUT, where a letter written by the Ag. Registrar, Bar. T. M. Ikepenwa on the 12th November, 2020, to the office the I/C 103 Battallion of the Nigerian Army invited the Military to assist in the organisation and smooth conduct of the 2019/2020 First Semester Examinations.

“Such involvment of the Military crack team in a normal university function is primitive and the height of insult and lack of regard for the academia in Nigeria. The Union wishes to call on the authorities at ESUT to refrain from the ugly trend because we do not want a repeat of 1976, in Nigerian universities.

“In conclusion, we want to assure you that our members are relentlessly determined to continue with the ongoing strike until our demands are met.”

It would be recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abuja zone comprising the Federal University of Technology Minna, Nasarawa State University, keffi, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Federal University of Lafia and the University of Abuja, addressed a press conference on 2nd November, 2020, where it expressed dissatisfaction with the FG’s handling of the negotiation to resolve the face-off occasioned by the government’s failure to implement the MoA of 2019, and the renegotiation of the 2009, agreement.

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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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