Gbajabiamila summons ASUU, as Nigerian students threaten to shut down airports over lingering strike

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has summoned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for a meeting over the on-going seven-month-old strike. This was contained in an issued letter, signed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzarta, and addressed to the president of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke. According to the letter, the Speaker expressed his concern over the failed negotiations between the Federal Government and the union. The letter partly reads, “The Hon. Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, hereby invites…

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NANS vows to shut down Nigerian airports over ASUU strike

The National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS), has said it would ground activities at the local and international airports across the country beginning from Monday, September 18 over the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU). It said its decision to ground airports activities was due to the successes recorded in its road protest during which several highways were blocked. The NANS leadership, which made the disclosure at a press conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said the grounding of airports was to make the…

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Zulum integrates Islamic/western education in one school

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Friday laid foundation for the construction of a Higher Islamic College in Kwaya-Kusar Local Government Area. This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Baba-Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja, on Saturday. He said the college would comprise three blocks of 16 classrooms each as well as staff quarters. During the event, Zulum said the construction was in fulfillment of an earlier pledge he made to the people of the area in 2021. He said…

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Again, Buhari meets Pro-Chancellors of varsities, promises further consultations on ASUU Strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to engage in further consultations with relevant stakeholders towards ending the protracted strike by members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The president stated this when he met with the Chairman and select members of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities on Friday in Abuja. He said that without necessarily going back on what was already established policy, “I will make further consultations, and I’ll get back to you.” The Pro-Chancellors were led to the meeting by Professor Nimi Briggs. Briggs said they came to meet…

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Prolonged Strike: FG drags ASUU to Industrial Court over refusal to end strike

After nearly seven months of strike action which has kept students at home, the Federal Government has taken the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), to the Industrial Court. Recall that since February 14, ASUU has been on strike to bring attention to the deteriorating facilities at the various universities and the union’s claims of being ignored. On Friday, sources from the Federal Ministry of Labour told newsmen that the ministry’s Trade Dispute Department had filed a complaint with the Abuja-based Industrial Arbitration Court, in accordance with Section 17 of…

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‘We’re safer in Northern Cyprus than in Northern Nigeria’ – Nigerian students reply FG

A group of Nigerian students, under the aegis of the Nigerian Community in Northern Cyprus (NCNC), has said that their safety is more guaranteed in Northern Cyprus than in Northern Nigeria. The young Nigerians made their position known in reaction to a statement issued by the Chairperson, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, that Nigerians should avoid Northern Cyprus. Recall that some days ago Dabiri-Erewa stated this, explaining that Nigerians are becoming victims of assaults and killings in Northern Cyprus. The NCNC, however, through its President, Isaac Ifeoluwa Ajayi and…

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20.2 million children, youths are out of school in Nigeria – UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO), has lamented that an estimated 20.2 million Nigerian children and youths are currently out of school, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The report, which was published on the UNESCO website yesterday, decried that as the new school year begins in many parts of the world, of the total 244 million out-of-school children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 around the world Nigeria has over 20 million. The new…

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Strike: FG to meet VCs, Councils on Sept. 6

…”$23m Abacha loot should address our demands” – ASUU President The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC) has convened a meeting with the vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and management of Federal universities, in line with the on-going strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU). This was convened in a letter written by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, and addressed to all pro-chancellors, chairmen of councils, and vice-chancellors of Federal universities. The meeting with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, is expected to…

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FG kicks as ASUU extends six-month-old strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its six-month-old strike. The decision was taken after a series of heated discussions at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was held at the union’s headquarters at the University of Abuja, yesterday. Speaking on the extension, the spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, told newsmen that the Government had taken all possible steps to end the strike. He said, “As regards the next steps, the Government has already inaugurated a committee to harmonise the IPPIS, UTAS, and…

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Insecurity, ASUU Strike: UK’s student visas to Nigerians surge 223% in one year

…Work visas rise 109% The number of Nigerians granted sponsored study visas, also known as student visas, by the United Kingdom (UK) has increased by 222.8 percent. The number of Nigerians granted sponsored study visas, also known as student visas, by the United Kingdom (UK) has increased by 222.8 percent to 65,929 in June 2022 from 20,427 in the same period of 2021. Further analysis of the official immigration data released by the British government on Thursday also shows that the 65,929 students’ visas is the highest in four years…

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