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Technologists Threaten Indefinite Strike In Varsities

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University technologists under the aegis of the National Association of Academic Technologists, have threatened to declare an indefinite strike.

NAAT threatened the action over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement it signed with the Federal Government in 2009.

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The Chairman, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike chapter of the union, Mr Kenneth Nwaji, said this to newsmen on Monday.

Nwaji, who is the South-East Zonal Public Relations Officer, read the memo from the national secretary, Abuja, signed by the General Secretary, Mr Abubakar Yusuf.

He said the Federal Government had been issued a two-week ultimatum starting from Feb. 28, and ending on March 14, to address all the union’s grievances.

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Nwaji also noted that NAAT would hold its National Executive Council meeting on March 17, for a possible declaration of two weeks warning strike.

He said that the NEC will take a final decision on indefinite strike action after its meeting which is scheduled to hold on March 30 and 31

NAAT has alleged delay in the renegotiation of the FGN/NAAT 2009 Agreement, insensitivity, and provocative attitude of the government on the matter.

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It also accused that the government had failed to release enabling circulars for CONTISS 14 and 15 as contained in the FGN/NAAT Memoranda of Understanding of September 2017, November 2020, and that of February 2021.

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The union denounced the non-release of funds for payment of Earned Allowance to defray the backlog of arrears which led to some branches battling with payment for the period of 2009 to 2012.

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Nwaji also complained about the lack of adequate, modern, and functional laboratory equipment, as well as non-payment of minimum wage arrears.

The union also raised other issues which included the deplorable conditions of laboratories/workshops/studios in the nation’s universities and poor funding of state universities.

Another concern raised was the non-composition of Governing Councils for Universities of Agriculture for more than a year now, saying that the development had caused unnecessary delay in the promotions of its members in those institutions.

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78,000 Nigerians In Ghanian Universities Pay With Dollars – CUAB VC, Gbajabiamila

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The Vice Chancellor of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State (CUAB), Prof. Ibrahim Gbajabiamila, has expressed worry that over 78,000 Nigerians schooling in Ghana and pay school fees in dollars.

With this, Gbajabimiala expressed concern that Nigerian parents are spending more on education in other countries than the five percent, which he said was allocated in the yearly budget to education.

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The Professor said this at an event on Wednesday.

The don, who was worried about the dwindling standard of education in Nigeria, said the problem facing the nation’s education sector was lack of funding.

According to him, average countries are doing well in education because they earmark enough money for the sector.

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“The standard of education used to be high and I think our issue is that our standards are dropping as illustrated by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) results and other comparative data.

“We are not spending enough on education. Average countries are doing well. For example, Ghana is spending 25%, while we were previously spending 9% and now in 2022 it has dropped down to 5%. That’s why it is difficult for the children to excel, and of course, we still have the issue of the ASUU strike, which meant that since February, the children have been roaming about the street. Of course, losing school time, as we have done, has made us not competitive.

“Education is not a luxury, it’s a human right and our children have that right as an oil-producing nation to have quality education. Unfortunately, we should not rely on only the private sector to provide it. It is the public sector that has that right. But those that don’t have our oil wealth are doing better in that sector,” Gbajabiamila told newsmen.

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Stating the solution to the nation’s poor education standard, the Vice Chancellor said: “The way out is to spend more money on education. Those of us who are old enough would remember that Nigeria was a hub for West Africa in education. We have over a hundred universities, but some of you would remember the ‘Ghana-must-go’. We now have over 78,000 Nigerian students in Ghana alone, and Nigerian parents are paying in dollars. What that means is that the Nigerian parents are spending more on education than Nigeria’s budget in Ghana alone; not to talk of South Africa, Malaysia, USA, and so on.

“So, we are developing other people’s education sector, and the way out is for us to do the needful and spend what is required to meet the standard. What is required to meet the international standard is that, if you can show me a public secondary or primary school with running water, electricity and internet. Those are the three most important elements of modern education.

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“It is very difficult for our children to compete in the WAEC exams in science, when we don’t have quality science laboratories. That was not the case many years ago. In 1958, the University College Hospital, Ibadan, was one of the top 10 hospitals in the Commonwealth, but those are historical now.”

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WAEC Releases 2022 WASSCE Results

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The West African Examinations Council has released the results of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates.

Speaking on Monday at WAEC office, Yaba, the Head of Nigeria Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, said, “The results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their results on the Council’s results website within the next twelve hours.

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“Copies of the Result Listing will be sent to schools shortly. I need not restate the fact that the results of candidates who are sponsored by states indebted to the Council will not be released now until they pay up. We appeal to them to do so to enable the affected schools/candidates access their results.”

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He added that some schools failed to upload their students’ Continuous Assessment Scores Capturing System at the stipulated time and many failed to meet registration deadlines, to the extent that some schools ended up not presenting their students for the examination.

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Yet, some who registered their students off-line failed to upload their entries! This showed unacceptable level of nonchalance. Again, others failed to meet deadlines due to criminal ‘shopping’ for candidates. By the time they realised it, the window had closed,” he said.

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NANS Blows Hot, Demands Substantive Rector For Fed. Poly, Offa

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The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has frowned at the continuous delay in the pronouncement of a substantive Rector for Federal

Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, just as the student body demanded the immediate appointment of a Rector before the institution goes into a total collapse.

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NANS also frowned at the inability of the school management to release the results of graduands of 2020 and 2021, lamenting that this has denied the concerned students the compulsory one year service to their father’s land.

INFO DAILY reports that tenure of the former Rector, Dr. Abdullateet Olatunji, expired on the 11 of January, 2022, and since then the federal institution has been managed by a Rector in acting capacity, contravening the Act that established Polytechnic which requires that a Rector cannot act beyond six months.

A statement signed by NANS President, Comrade SUNDAY Asefon, which was addressed to the Minister of Education; the Governing Council of the institution and other necessary stakeholders demanded to know reason behind the continuous delay in the pronouncement of a substantive Rector for the about 30-year-old federal institution.

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In the statement which was made available to INFO DAILY on Monday, 8, August, the NANS President lamented that the “precarious effect of lacuna in the position of the Polytechnic Rector is causing more harm than good both academically and issues related to the welfare and well being of the entire students and the Polytechnic community in general.”

The statement reads in part: “The inability of the School Management to release the result of F18 and F19 graduates over 9months ago, perilous state of Student’s hostel and classrooms, inconsequential policies among other obnoxious happenings in the Polytechnic can not be unconnected to the lack of a Pronounced Leader who can take responsibility and be responsible.

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“Without further vituperation, NANS and the generality of Students of The Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State DEMANDS FOR IMMEDIATE Pronouncement of A SUBSTANTIVE RECTOR without prejudice to the statutory criteria and existing formal process. Unfortunately, our teaming peace-loving Students in the Polytechnic can no longer afford to be a victim of circumstances!

“We call on all the concerned stakeholders to come to the rescue of the imminent collapse of the Polytechnic occasioned by the continuous VACCUM in the position of the Rector and Chief Executive Officer of the Polytechnic.”

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