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ASUU Condemns FG’s Plan To Increase Tuition Fee In The Public Universities

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ASUU Condemns FG’s Plan To Increase Tuition Fee In The Public Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has condemned the plan of the Federal Government to increase tuition fees in Public varsities.

Making this condemnation is the Ibadan Zone chapter of ASUU while addressing newsmen at the Correspondent’s Chapel Office, Mokola, alleging that the government has concluded arrangement to increase the tuition of fee of public universities between N350, 000 to N500, 000 per session.

Speaking, ASUU Zonal Coordinator, Dr Ade Adejumo, in the company of the ASUU Chapters’ Chairmen of the Universities of Ibadan, UI and Osun, UNIOSUN, Dr Deji Omole and, Dr Femi Abanikanda respectively and UI Investment Secretary, Professor Ayo Akinwole, pointed out that the recommendation of Dr Wale Babalakin-led committee which has recommended the hike in school fees would be highly resisted.

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Calling on the Nigerians to join in the struggle against the hike and to force the federal government to do the needful to public education, Adejumo said that ASUU would not support the plan of the federal government to establish education bank meant to provide loan for students of public universities.

Adejumo warned that unless the federal government was prevailed upon to honour the Memorandum of Understaning, MOU it signed with the Union in 2017, it could not guarantee industrial peace and harmony on university campuses.

According to the Union, the issues in the MOU that might lead to another strike included collapse of the renegotiation of 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, non-release of over two trillion naira meant for the revitalization of decayed infrastructure in public varsities, 2014-2018; failure to release the forensic audit on the disbursement of Earned Academic Allowances covering 2009 to 2017; failure to pay arrears of shortfall in accrued salaries in Universities that have been verified under PICA, failure to release operational license of NUPEMCO, and needless proliferation of State Universities.

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While noting the dire situation in public varsities, ASUU said instead of the Muhammadu Buhari led-government to inject funds into funding Universities, its agents were busy propagating propaganda that it had released N20 billion to ASUU when in actual fact funds were released to University management.

ASUU said it was laughable that a shameless government could be happy releasing N20 billion to about 64 public varsities in the country, wondering how insignificant this could be.

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“Government has always agreed that the condition in the Nigerian universities is in a serious state that needs urgent intervention. As a result, government agreed to pay a quarterly intervention 20 Billion into a dedicated account at the CBN to pilot the revitalization scheme. Unexpectedly, government has refused to pay the said amount which has now accrued to about N2 trillion. Instead of releasing the fund that will address the infrastructural deficit in Nigerian Universities as agreed, government went to the media last week that it has given N20 billion to ASUU! This propaganda of government is unhelpful as ASUU is a union and does not collect money from government,” ASUU said.

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended enrolment of Nigerians under the diaspora registration programme to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Commission spokesperson, Loveday Ogbonna, said the commission has decided to extend the enrolment to these two countries after the huge success in South Africa.

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Ogbonna says the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure all Nigerian citizens at home and abroad, as well as legal residents in Nigeria, were enrolled into the national identity database and issued the unique national identification number.

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Ogbonna said DEFCON systems limited, DSL, and the National Authentication Limited (NEAL) are the two Nigerian companies licensed by NIMC to handle the enrolment services across the globe to ensure best-in-class services and inclusivity.

He said the enrolment will involve demographic & biometric data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.

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The UAE programme is scheduled to take off today, while the UK programme kicks off on Friday.

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has ruled in favor of the defence counsel who asked for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by three accused persons alleged to have participated in last year’s robbery incident in Offa.

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Thirty-three persons, including nine policemen, were killed during the robbery, while five accused persons are standing trial.

But the court refused a post-mortem examination on the corpse of the principal suspect in the robbery incident, Michael Adikwu, whom the accused persons claimed, was deliberately killed by a police inspector while in custody at the force headquarters in Abuja.

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Earlier, the 5th accused person (Niyi Ogundiran), had narrated to the court how the police extracted confessional statements from him under duress.

The case has been adjourned till early April.

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project – Aviation Minister

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project - Aviation Minister

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that there are plans to deliver the national carrier project during president Buhari’s administration.

Sirika says the federal government will revisit the project which he describes as the brain-child of the president.  He said the president would not let it die.

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The minister said this while defending the ministry’s budget before the senate committee on aviation in Abuja.

He said the ministry only suspended the project to put adequate measures in place.  He also expressed concern that Nigeria is not able to boast of a national carrier, despite being a huge aviation market.

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The minister says the national carrier project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector will lead and deliver, while the government will play its role.

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He said the process would be transparent and would be done through local and international fora and media.

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