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Hope for Universities reopening rises as ASUU/FG align towards agreement 

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The impasse between the academic staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government may be gradually coming to fruitful end as Friday meeting offered some hope for reopening of the Ivory towers soon.

This was as Government has agreed to make some concessions to university lecturers (ASUU).
The Government offered N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of the lecturers’ demands.
The government also agreed to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.
The N65 billion is meant to address the issue of earned allowances and ”revitalisation of universities”.
The minister of labour, Chris Ngige, who gave a breakdown of the N65 billion after a meeting between both parties,
said the Accountant General of the Federation has offered to release N40 billion “or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by all the registered trade unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance.”
“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or N35 billion, whichever is accepted by ASUU, was for all the universities’ unions.
ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions,” he said.

According to the minister, both parties held fruitful discussions and “government moved from their initial N20 billion for revitalization fund and 30 billion is now for earned allowances in the university system.”
“We have moved and brought on the table N15 extra billion and by that, a proposal in one basket for N25 billion Revitalization and N40 billion Earned Allowances for all the unions in the universities,” he said.
“While the second basket offer is the issue of revitalization getting N30 billion and Earned Allowances getting N35 billion. So the offer has been made, it is in this document and ASUU is supposed to come back to the government with acceptance on either or one of the offers,” he said.
He said the government has shifted its position as demanded by ASUU on the funds for the revitalization of public universities and the earned academic allowances; as well as on the payment of outstanding salary arrears.

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SSANU, NASU suspend 3 weeks old strike

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The three-week-old strike embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has been suspended with effect from midnight of on Friday, February 26.
After holding a meeting with the delegation of Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige the
President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, gave the indication on Thursday night.

On 5th February the leaderdhip of the unions directed all its branches to commence an indefinite strike with a view to pressing home their demands bordering on alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears.

Other contentious issues raised include inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others.

Adeyemi while addressing newsmen after the meeting said the unions agreed to suspend the nationwide strike after extracting some concessions from the government, noting that the union’s demand have been harmonized to the satisfaction of both parties.

He pointed out that they will continue to monitor the agreements that have been reached with a timeline to ensure that FG implements its own side of the bargain.

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, on Monday pledged to ensure attainment of the university’s Stated mission to be one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

Akinwumi disclosed this in his inaugural speech at a ceremony to mark the official take-off of his administration on Monday at the Permanent Site of the institution at Felele area of Lokoja.

He said that the university established along with eight others in 2011 had in 10 years attracted a solid academic, administrative and technical staff and also attracted students from all over the country.

“My primary goal is to add value to the university stated mission which is to be the best among the nine newly-established Federal universities and one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

“I just know what I need to do if Federal University, Lokoja is to move to the top-10. The first part of the vision is relatively more straight-forward. I have personally been to all the Federal Universities established in 2011”, he said.

The new Vice Chancellor revealed that the university currently ranked seventh among the nine Federal Universities established in 2011, 78th in Nigeria, 255th in Africa and 10,600th in the world.

“The university has a unique mission to train employable graduates through competency-based teaching, applied research and practical community service to the catchment area, Africa and the world.

“At the interview that gave me this job, I submitted a vision plan that outlined what I will do if I got the job. Now that I have the job, I have reviewed the plan alongside the university’s strategic plan.

“I will share the plan with an expanded management committee and subsequently with the Senate so that it will be adopted and truly owned by the university”, he said.

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor said that by the first week of next month, he would share his vision plan with an expanded management committee and setup a 120-day agender for the the implementation of the plan.

Governor Yahaya Bello represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones congratulated Akinwumi as the first indigene of Kogi to be Vice Chancellor of the Federal University.

Describing the Vice Chancellor as a “Champion”, he said, “Even before your arrival, we have taken time to find out your antecedents and what and what you have done and we are excited that you are with us in Lokoja at this time.

“I am now convinced that with what you have accomplished, I am just optimist that the Federal University, Lokoja is in the best of hands and shall see glorious development going forward”, he said. (NAN)

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The local council chairman of Wamba, honorable Abubakar Abbas and community leaders in Nunku, Alushi have lauded Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYC) a civil society organisation for the donation of 200 school desks, renovation of four blocks of classrooms in the state.

Honorable Abubakar while receiving the items donated on Friday at the Ta’al model school Wamba, commended the CSO for choosing the local governments and the schools.

“We are very happy and as well challenged by your determination and sacrifices for providing items that create conducive study environments to the vulnerable children in the rural schools” Mr. Abbas stated.

Mr. Abbas urged the school management to maintain the items prudently and the hosts communities to provide security against vandalism of the properties.

Other items donated include 2 first aid boxes, 10 tables and 20 chairs for teachers use.

The proprietor of the Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYCA) Dr. Nawani Aboki while handing over the items to the benefiting schools said the donation include two first aid boxes, 200 desk with 100 each to Ta’al model Islamia secondary school and RCM secondary school all in Wamba loval government respectively.

In the same vain three blocks of classrooms each in government day secondary school, Wamba, pilot science primary school, Nunku, Akwanga, government secondary school, Alushi were renovated and furnished by NACWYCA with support from Institute of Human Virology (IHVNigeria), Center for Disease Control (CDC).

According to the proprietor, the projects cost N5.5million only.

Mr. Aboki added that his organization is focus on identifying and supporting the vulnerable women and children with good nutrition and education in the state through a platform known as OVC–ACHIEVE(orphans and vulnerable Children–Achieving Control of HIV/Aids Epidemic Through Evidence.

The principal of government day secondary school, Wamba Mrs. Regina Dauda in appreciation said that the renovation of the block of three classrooms will create a conducive learning environment for the students.

Community leaders in Wamba, Nunku and Alushi who witnessed the donations, lauded the NGO for reaching out to the vulnerable in their communities and pleaded with the state government and other concerned agencies to emulate the gesture of NACWYCA.

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