FG concludes CONUA registration

…Says lecturers liberated from ASUU bondage The Federal Government has concluded the registration process of the Congress of University Academics, (CONUA). The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who disclosed this to newsmen shortly after a closed-door meeting with the leadership of CONUA, led by its President, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, also warned the union not to “behave like the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU)”. The minister finalised the registration of the two newly registered unions by formally presenting the official gazette, the Trade Dispute Act, and the official certificate…

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NAPS decries poor infrastructures, neglect of Kaduna Polytechnic students

The leadership of the National Association of Polytechnic Students, (NAPS), has bemoaned the deplorable state of infrastructures and the neglect of students in Kaduna Polytechnic.  The Vice-President, External Affairs of NAPS, Lawal Muhammed, made this call during a press briefing at the weekend, with the theme: ‘State of Nigeria Polytechnic hostel facilities, Kaduna Polytechnic as a case study’, in Abuja. This was as the association also urged the federal government, including other relevant authorities, to wade into the issue to ensure that all basic amenities due to the students are…

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Kaduna teachers to protest on Monday over unpaid salary

The newly recruited secondary teachers by Kaduna state government are set to stage a peaceful protest on Monday 12th December 2022. According to them, the protest is as a result of the seven months salaries they are owed by the state government under Governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i. Recall that the teachers were handed letters of offer of provisional appointments on 19th July, 2021. According to them, they had to wait until 17th May, 2022 before they were deployed. Since their deployment, the government has allegedly not paid them their salaries despite…

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Pupils to be taught in mother tongue, as FEC approves national language policy for primary education

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved a National Language Policy for use in all primary schools across the country. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of the Council meeting in Abuja yesterday, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the Minister, the decision is only in principle for now, because it will require a lot of work to implement it. He further revealed that the Council approved a consultancy services agreement between Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,…

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NBTE says HND holders to be employed as assistant lecturers in polytechnics  

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) said on Monday that holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) would soon be employed as Assistant Lecturers in Polytechnics and Monotechnics. The Executive Secretary of the Board, Prof. Idris Bugaje, disclosed this while speaking in an interview in Kaduna. Bugaje pointed out that currently only degree holders were being employed in polytechnics as assistant lecturers. He lamented that HND holders were relegated as technicians and technologists in laboratories and workshops in the polytechnic sector, which he described as “gross injustice”. “Why should somebody…

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Inclusive education critical for national development, ABU alumnus tells FG

Minister of Education Adamu-Adamu

Kayode Ajiga, Chairman Steering Committee Accounting Class of ’97, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria says the mainstreaming of inclusive education in the nation’s educational system is critical to sustainable national development and social cohesion. Ajiga said this in Abuja at the 25 years anniversary and reunion of the Alumni Association. He said that inculcating inclusive education in the school curriculum would allow students with special needs to study with their peers in the same academic environment. “Education as we all know is the key to national development, hence the need…

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“Ignore Ngige, pay ASUU members their full Feb. to October salaries” – Falana to Buhari

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights advocate, Femi Falana, (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) be paid their full salaries. Recall that the confusion arose on Thursday, when some ASUU members were not paid their full salary for October. The union had on October 14 called-off its eight-month strike. Head of Press and Public relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, had said ASUU members were paid their October salary pro-rata, and not half salary…

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Half Salary: ASUU to hold NEC meeting tomorrow over half-salary

There are indications that the resumption of academic activities in the nation’s universities may become truncated once again as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to summon an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC). The decision to convene the emergency NEC meeting, which is to be held at the ASUU National Secretariat on the University of Abuja campus, is coming on the heels of October salary cut received by members of the union. The decision to convene the meeting follows the alleged payment of half…

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“I have failed as Education minister” – Adamu Adamu admits

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, says he has failed as a Minister, as he could not solve several challenges he ought to have solved despite being the longest serving minister of education. The Minister made his statement at the 66th National Council on Education (NCE) in Abuja yesterday. Adamu is said to have also accused the States’ ministries of education of adding to the factors that aided his failure as a Minister. The Minister highlighted that, from out-of-school children, which has increased during his time in office to challenges of…

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ASUU: FG approves N470bn for university revitalisation, upward review of lecturers’ salaries

The Federal Government has provided N470bn Special Fund in the 2023 budget for university revitalisation and upward adjustment of lecturers’ salaries. The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, who made this known at a briefing in Abuja yesterday, explained that the sum was specially provided in the allocation to education for upward adjustment of salaries for university lecturers and revitalization of universities. The sum of N300bn is for university revitalisation and N170bn for upward adjustments of the university lecturers’ salaries. According to her, the draft 2023 budget has been prepared on…

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