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Pay Our Members Salary For Justice Sake’, ASUU Tells FG

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal and state governments to stop the war strategy of starvation under the radar of Integrated Personnel Payroll (IPPIS) by paying its members salaries in the interest of justice.

This was contained in a press release by the Benin Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Fred Esumeh and five other leaders of the branch in Benin City.

The Benin Zone, comprising, University of Benin (UNIBEN); Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA); Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSETECH); Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), described the forceful application of IPPIS by the federal and state governments as a deliberate ploy to cripple the Nigerian University system.

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Giving a background of what led to the indefinite strike declared by the national leadership of ASUU, he blamed the strike on the Federal Government forceful application of IPPIS and refusal to implement the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreements and the 2013 Memorandum of Association (MoU) the government voluntarily entered with the Union and other demands aimed at addressing the wrath in Nigeria education system.

“Consequently, the Zone views government’s insistence and forceful application of IPPIS, even when the Union is in discussion with Government representatives, as a deliberate ploy to cripple the Nigerian University system.

“The Zone calls on Government to stop the war strategy of starvation by paying our members salaries”, he added.

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The university don stated that the irregularities experienced by affiliate Unions in Nigerian Universities like SAANU, NAAT, and NASU members in the payment of February 2020 salaries, have lend credence to ASUU position that that “IPPIS has failed all forms of integrity test, as the platform or software for the payment of University workers.”

He urged the government to bear a retreat and embrace the proposed University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) being developed by ASUU members to pave way for the smooth running of public Universities in Nigeria.

Esumeh explained further that “that indefinite strike is against our students or the parents, but, it is to compel the federal government to do the needful by providing a decent learning environment and improve the quality of Nigerian graduates.

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According to him, “Some of our members who went to enrol on IPPIS have started running to us for help. There was a case when a Vice Chancellor who enrolled on IPPIS was paid N57,000 as his monthly pay instead of over a million Naira,” he said.

(PHOTO: File)

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How To Check 2023 WAEC Result On Your Phone Via SMS

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The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has released the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, results.

The Council stated that it was able to surmount challenges of insecurity, and cash policy among others, via technological innovation that saw over 91 percent of candidates’ results released 44 days after the examination ended.

WAEC’s Head of Nigeria Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said this at a briefing on Monday, at the body’s national office, Yaba, Lagos.

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For the students who will be checking results, here are steps to follow.

Step 1: Type: WAECExaminationnumberPIN*Examyear through your phone (there should not be a space in between).

Step 2: Send to 32327.

Step 3: You will receive a message instantly containing your WAEC statement of result.

It should be noted that only MTN, Glo and Airtel subscribers can actually check their WAEC results using this SMS method.

Students can repeat the step if they do not receive your WAEC result via SMS, kindly repeat this step again.

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SMS charges will be applied when checking your WASSCE result using text messages.

You will need to have purchased the WAEC Direct Scratch card in order to check your result via text message. The scratch card pin is what is needed in the PIN section of the SMS you will send to 32327.

Candidates who registered for the May/June examination can do also access their results through the portal of WAEC.

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BREAKING: 8 States Owing WAEC Won’t Have Candidates 2023 WASSCE Results

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Eight states owing the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, for various services rendered, will not have their candidates’ 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE results, released.

This was stated at a press briefing on Monday at Press Briefing Hall, WAEC national office, Yaba, where the body lamented that the inability to pay for services rendered was posing a great challenge in the activities of the examination body.

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Responding to a statement on the number of States owing WAEC, the National Office of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan noted that: About eight States are owing WAEC. We won’t mention them all as some are going to pay.

However, Zamfara and Niger states are the highest debtors. Again Zamfara did not present any candidate for this year’s WASSCE.” Areghan noted.

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NANS Tackles ASUU Over Call For FUTO VC’s Resignation

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The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has cautioned Academic Staff Union of Universities ,ASUU, over its call to the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Prof. Nnenna Oti, to resign.

It warned the university lecturers’ organisation to rescind from such ugly move or face the wrath of students.

The students’ body which noted that the FUTO vice chancellor had not done anything wrong to deserve such call, accused ASUU of being responsible for instability in the nation’s universities.

Recall that members of ASUU, Owerri zone, had last Friday, demanded the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Prof. Nnenna Oti, over alleged corrupt practices and anti-union activities.

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ASUU, through its Zonal Coordinator, Dennis Aribodor, at press conference in Awka, Anambra State capital,demanded immediate resignation of the FUTO Vice Chancellor.

The union is composed of members from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State University, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka.

But reacting to ASUU demand while addressing the media, Sunday evening, in Abuja, NANS’ Vice President,Comrade Ezenagu Victor, while noting that ASUU had long deviated from its core mandate,called on the federal government to proscribe the union.

He said: “It has become expedient to address the unbecoming attitude of the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities. The latest of which is the provocative call by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU,zonal leaders for the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology,Owerri,to resign her position over alleged corruption.

“We feel concerned to react to the ASUU demand because the Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Nnena Oti, is a mentor to many of us, particularly, our female folks. We were shocked when we read about the ASUU demand in most national dailies about the woman who has personified integrity, honesty and transparency. Sequel to this, NANS has been able to carry out investigation by interacting with both students and staff of the institution”.

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“Although we were not able to have any discussion with members of FUTO Management as they said part of the issue we wanted to inquire of was already in court. Our finding has shown that the allegations against the vice chancellor were not only unfounded, but also malicious and wicked. Testimonial evidences garnered by NANS points to the fact that the action of the ASUU leaders is a mere political vendetta.”

NANS claimed that the alleged attack on Prof. Nnenna was because of her gender, as well as transparency in the discharge of her duties as Vice Chancellor.

“Those who lost to her during the vice chancellorship contest as well as those who could not use her to achieve their ungodly aims during the national assignment have resulted to using ASUU to grind their axe with her, thus making the university ungovernable,” he alleged.

He spoke further: “We, the National Association of Nigerian Students, wish to draw the attention of ASUU in particular and the public in general, that those fighting the Vice Chancellor of FUTO by proxy are obviously threatening peace and tranquility in the university.

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“We are already informed that the disturbance is aimed at causing industrial action at the university so as to bring her to disrepute at the expense of students’ learning. It should be well noted that all industrial disputes have major side effects on students who suffer untold hardship during and after such disputes.”

Some of the effects,he mentioned,include waste of students’ precious time, amounting to the students spending longer years in the university and waste of resources, as student end up paying more school fees.
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