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Universities to remain shut despite ASUU strike suspension, says NUC

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Despite suspension of ASUU strike, university students won’t resume soon following NUC directive
The NUC directs universities to suspend academic activities.

Students in Nigerian public universities who were hoping to resume academic work after the Yuletide following the suspension of a strike by lecturers will have to wait longer.

This is because the National Universities Commission (NUC) has issued a directive to all universities to suspend academic activities due to the spread of COVID-19.

Nigeria is currently experiencing its second wave of COVID-19, with the country experiencing more new cases than ever. The over 5,000 new cases recoded last week was the highest weekly figure ever.

SunriseNigeria reported how lecturers in public universities, ASUU, on Wednesday, suspended their nine months strike after an agreement with the government on university funding and other matters.

ASUU also said its members were ready to work as soon as the government puts COVID-19 protocols in place in the universities.

“As far as we are concerned, we are ready to resume work. Let the government do what is needed to ensure safety. We insist that the COVID-19 protocol should be observed,” ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi said.

While the government has not spelt out clear COVID-19 protocols for the universities, it had announced that all schools should remain shut till at least January 18.

The latest directive stopping physical academic activities, including in private universities not affected by the ASUU strike, thus means that until a counter directive by the NUC, universities will not resume academic activities.

The NUC called on vice-chancellors of universities not to allow any form of academic activities involving large crowds to be organized or hosted on their campuses.

Nasarawa State University, Keffi

Details of the NUC directive was contained in a circular by Chris Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), and obtained by a news agency, PRNigeria.

According to PRNigeria, the NUC said classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences and seminars should be suspended.

It further directed that universities should remain closed during this intervening period, pending further directives by the Federal Government on the reopening of schools.

“Vice-Chancellors are to please note that the directive is part of the measures approved by Mr. President to mitigate the second wave of Coronavirus infections in the country.
The affected officers are expected to perform their duties from home while those on GL 13 and above should strictly adhere to the extant preventive measures, including maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing of hands and/or sanitizing of hands, wearing of face masks and reducing the number of visitors to offices,” it said

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Poly students threaten Abuja airport operations over ASUP strike

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Polytechnic students, under the aegis of the National Association of Polytechnic Students, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to ensure an immediate end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic.

They made the call during a protest they staged in front of the Ministry of Education at the Federal Secretariat Complex in Abuja.

The association’s President, Sunday Asuku, called on both parties to reach a compromise or risk nationwide protest by students.

According to him, ASUP had been on strike for two months and nothing had been done about it.

He said, “We have written to them but they have declined. The Federal Government workers are being paid their salaries and allowances likewise our lecturers, so who is going to pay the students for time wastage?”

Asuku added that the students’ body had reached out to ASUP which had promised to shift ground if the government would yield to their 15 demands.

He added, “As a student body, we are interested in the government paying the lecturers their minimum wage which is accrued to two years.

“Other MDAs have received theirs since November 2019. Why holding our lecturers to ransom? If you can give them this, then we have the right to hold them accountable for not teaching.

“We want the government to call ASUP back to a round table and give them what belongs to them, or else by Monday, we will grind activities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.”

However, the Minister of State for Education, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, while addressing the students said everything that had to do with ASUP had been settled.

According to Nwajiuba, the decision to call off the strike now lies with the union.

The minister said, “Every one of us is pained by what is going on in the polytechnic sector of our education. Many of us spoke with ASUP at the time of their warning strike that we are not running an ad hoc government.

“Nothing ends today, even if I die today, Nigeria will continue and there is nothing that will stop Nigeria.

“When ASUP wanted to start this strike, we wrote them and said everything that ASUP requested for has been agreed upon, we do not have one area of disappointment.”

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We can’t raise N160m, parents of abducted Greenfield university students, staff cry out

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Parents of the remaining 16 kidnapped students and three staff of Greenfield University, Kaduna on Friday gathered to pray for the safe release of their children.

This was even as they appealed to the Federal Government to urgently assist them in rescuing their children from the bandits.

According to them, the bandits are demanding N160 million cumulative ransom for them to release the remaining 16 students.

“We are worried about their safety. The innocent students had spent 24 days in the kidnappers’ den.

To this end, speaking on behalf of the parents, the Chairman of the parents’ forum, Marcus Zarmai, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his office to secure the release of the students before something sinister happens to them.

According to him, the kidnappers are demanding a sum of N10 million on each of the 16 students, making N160 million.

“Even after, we the parents have collectively paid them over N60 million ransom for the release of our children and they failed to release them.

Zarmai said, having exhausted all the money they have to pay as ransom, “We, the parents are appealing to the Federal Government to assist us to pay the ransom demanded or find any other way to ensure the safe return of our children.”

Recall, the man behind the abducted students had three weeks ago threatened to kill the 16 students if the ransom is not paid.

However, Sheikh Ahmed Gummi had come out to say they have reached out to the bandits and they have agreed not to kill the remaining students.

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Unity Schools Teachers Groan Over Unpaid Salaries, Appeal To Buhari

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A letter addressed to the President by the affected teachers asks him to weigh-in to have their salary and a 28-day allowance paid to them to meet family needs, saying that they have been enduring a very abject situation for the past two years.

President Muhammadu Buhari with Education Minister Adamu Adamu

Their letter reads in full:

26th April, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari

Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces

Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Your Excellency Sir,

OPEN LETTER ON UNPAID SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES OF NEWLY EMPLOYED TEACHERS OF UNITY

COLLEGES

We thank you for the approval of our employment under the 2018 Presidential Employment Waiver which gave us this rare opportunity to serve our dear country as civil servants (teachers).

We were employed in 2018 under the Ministry of Education as Teachers/Education Officers and deployed to the Unity Schools across the federation. It is really saddening that since our assumption of duty to date, our salaries and allowances have not been paid. We have worked for about 2 years plus without any remuneration whatsoever.

We have been muscled, left hungry and angry for working for our dear country. Our families have become weary of this penury occasioned by the delay in the payment of our salaries and allowances. What have we done wrong to deserve this suffering? We are resourceful, talented, energetic and progressive young Nigerians who want the best for this nation. Instead of being encouraged, we’re being discouraged and given this maltreatment for working hard to make this country great.

It has become so hard for us to keep working without any salary, allowance and accommodation. How can we be effective and productive, when we are left hungry and without resources to take care of ourselves and families?

Mr President, we know you have zero tolerance for any form of corruption and injustice. This is the very reason we write to inform you about this unfairness and wickedness being done to us.

We thus plead for an immediate action towards the payment of our salaries and allowances. A presidential directive to Ministry of Education, Civil Service Commission, Accountant General and others will assuage our distresses and maltreatment. We hold you on a very high esteem and would be very grateful if an urgent action is taken to take us out of this dungeon of suffering and unbearable condition.

We appeal for an immediate payment of our salary and its arrears of two years and first twenty eight days duty allowances. This is our humble plea. We would continue to work hard to support your government and help build this great nation. As teachers, we are known as nation builders and we want to assure you that we would not relent in contributing our quota in making this nation great and peaceful.

Thank you Your Excellency. God bless Nigerian teachers. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yours Faithfully,

Newly Employed Teachers of Unity Schools.

newfgteachers@gmail.com

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