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ASUU decides to hold on strike until February Before embarking on Planned Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has decided to hold on till February before embarking on a nationwide industrial action. This follows intervention from the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) which plans to avert the strike action as the federal government was yet to fully fulfil its agreement with the academic pressure group. The 50-member NIREC, under the co-chairmanship of the Sultan of Sokoto, Mr Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III; and the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, is also backed by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Mathew Kukah, among other
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BREAKING: Nigerian govt lifts ban on Twitter, effective from 12am 13th January (tonight)

The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in the country, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval. The decision was revealed by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE. In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, Kashifu noted the approval was given following a memo written to Buhari by his Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim. He said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension
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“52.5 billion naira given to us is not Enough, we shall still embark on strike If all our demands are not met” Asuu says

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said the N30bn Revitalisation Fund and N22.5bn Earned Academic Allowance totalling N52.5bn released by the Federal Government is not enough to deal with the challenges facing the university system. The ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, noted in an interview with Sunday PUNCH that there was a possibility that the union would still go on strike, unless the government addressed its demands, including the 2009 agreement. The Federal Government had said it paid lecturers N30bn Revitalisation Fund and N22.5bn Earned Academic Allowance. It noted that it had made some progress in implementing the Memorandum of Understanding
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ASUU drags Edo state Governor, Obaseki to court

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma chapter, has dragged Governor Godwin Obaseki led Edo State Government to court over the Special Intervention Powers Provisions Law 2021 which conferred extra-ordinary powers on the governor in the direct management of the affairs of the institution. The suit was filed before a State High Court sitting in Ekpoma. In the suit, ASUU wants the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the amendment of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Laws–Special Intervention Powers Provisions Law 2021 and the deriving Special Intervention Team (SIT), set up to take
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Fed Govt extends NIN/SIM verification deadline till March as enrolment hits 71 million

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for linkage of the Subscribers Identity Module (SIM) cards with the National Identity Numbers (NIN) till March 31, 2022. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, conveyed the approval of the Federal Government in a joint statement by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and the Head of Corporate Communications of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke. The government said 71 million citizens have been captured in the national database as of December 30. The statement reads in part:
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ASUU Strike: NANS, Students urge FG to resolve crisis with ASUU

The Nigerian students have called on the Federal Government to resolve the lingering crisis with the Academic Staff Union of Universities in order to avoid further delay of academic activities. The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students Zone B made this demand while speaking to journalists in Asaba, Delta State. The Coordinator, NANS Zone B, comprising of South-South/South-East, Mr Olise Alfred, admonished Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU to find a common ground and resolve all lingering issues for the sake of the Nigerian students. He said, “We are using this opportunity to call on Federal Government to
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We postponed our Asuu strike decision and investigations are Ongoing over FG Blackmail – Asuu gives feedback on meeting

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has postponed its decision on strike, saying that consultations are still ongoing. This was contained in a press statement issued by the union after its National Executive Council meeting on Saturday. The meeting held at its Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, on Saturday, December 18, 2021 to review the level of government’s implementation of the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Action of December 23, 2020 and other related matters. In the press statement titled, ‘Enough of blackmail’, signed by ASUU president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the lecturers regretted that the Federal Government had turned its
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no 52.12bn was disbursed to us, fg is not only misleading but also deceptive – asuu slams fg

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has slammed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige over claims that the Federal Government had released N52.12 billion to the union, describing the claims as not only misleading but also deceptive. The Kano Zonal Coordinator of the union, Comrade Abdulkadir Muhammad who stated this while addressing a press briefing on Wednesday described the claims as that aimed at smearing the image of the union. Muhammad further said that only N22.17 billion was released as Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) out of which only 75% (N16.6bn) was released to members of the union while the remaining 25%
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We won’t accept pleas to shelve strike – ASUU

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) around the Yola zone, Adamawa State, have said they will not accept any plea from Nigerians to shelve an impending strike. In a press conference at the NUJ secretariat in Yola on Friday, the Yola Zone said Nigerians should blame the Federal Government for its failure to comply with the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement. Members of the ASUU, Yola chapter, comprising those at Adamawa State University (ADSU) Mubi, Federal University Gashua (FUGA), Modibbo Adama University (MAU) Yola, Taraba State University (TSU) Jalingo, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), and Yobe State University
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“we have not seen any payment or heard anything from fg, our ultimatum still stands, remaining 2 weeks to embark on strike” – asuu says

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday said it has not heard from the Federal Government following the meeting between the two parties last Thursday. The union added that it had not back down on the ultimatum it gave the Federal Government. URAMAH MEDIA had reported that ASUU had given the Federal Government an ultimatum following the failure of the government to fulfill some of the agreements it made with the union in 2020. The Federal Government had promised to pay the N30bn revitalisation fund to universities while also agreeing to release N22.1bn earned allowances to university workers. The National
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Asuu strike might not hold as FG, ASUU reach truce over proposed strike

There were indications on Thursday that the planned strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will no longer hold following the intervention of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. At a meeting held at the Speaker’s office, it was resolved that the N30 billion revitalisation fund be released to the universities within the next one week while the N22.1 billion Earned Academic Allowances are to be paid also within the next one week. The meeting was attended by members of the National leadership of ASUU comprising mainly past Presidents of the union led by its President, Prof. Victor Emmanuel; Minister of
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We’ll ensure ASUU doesn’t embark on strike as we will be disbursing N22.72 billion to universities today – FG assures

The Federal Government has said it will begin the process of paying members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities their outstanding funds today. The Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, who said he had yet to be officially put on notice by ASUU, said the government would not allow the union to embark on the strike threatened by the university lecturers on Monday. Ngige made this known on Tuesday while appearing on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television monitored by our correspondent from Abuja. He said, “The strike will not happen. For one,
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ASUU strike: reps summon ASUU president, finance, education ministers for an emergency meeting over asuu strike

As a measure to prevent another round of industrial actions in varsities across Nigeria, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has summoned the Minister of Finance/Budget/National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and his Education counterpart, Adamu Adamu, after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) threatened to embark on strike in another three weeks. Gbajabiamila has also summoned the ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osedeke, to get him to speak on the challenges affecting his members across the country from performing effectively and why they have chosen strike as the preferred medium to get the apex government attention. The speaker on
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strike: “honour your agreement with ASUU” – Reps tell FG

To avert the impending industrial strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the House of Representatives, Tuesday, urged the federal government to honor its agreement with the body and pay lectures. To consolidate on the move, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila invited the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Education and the President of ASUU for an interface. The invitation came on the heels of a disclosure that the Federal Ministry of Finance had confirmed the availability of funds to implement the agreement, adding that the money was domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria,
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Anambra state declares tomorrow 16 November public holiday

Anambra State Government has declared November 16 public holiday to honour their first President of Nigeria, late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe. Governor Willie Obiano said it will be right for President Muhammadu Buhari to do the same. The late Owelle of Onitsha, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, was born in Zungeru, Niger State, on November 16, 1904. In a statement Monday in Awka, Obiano said it would be a work-free day to honour the man referred to as Zik of Africa The statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, reads: “Tuesday, November 16, 2021, has been declared
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“We give FG 3-weeks to meet our demand or we go On indefinite Strike” – ASUU Threatens

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday has given the Federal Government an ultimatum of three weeks over failure to fulfill lingering demands. This is coming as the Senior Staff Association of Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities met today to deliberate next moves over the failure of the Federal Government to meet the union’s demands. The PUNCH reports that the Federal Government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the unions last year and had promised to fulfill demands ranging from payment of earned allowances, introduction of the UTAS platform for University workers, payment of revitalization
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FG Authorizes Waec TO CONDUCT NIN REGISTRATION FOR WASSCE CANDIDATES

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, has authorized the West African Examination Board to register the national ID number for candidates who sign up for the West African High School Certificate Exam. This was disclosed in a memo to the regional coordinator, which was titled “Registration Of Candidates For WASSCE (SC) And PC With The National Identification Number (NIN)’. The memo partly reads: “To this end, Management has directed all Zonal Coordinators, Branch Controllers and Officers in Charge of Offices to sensitise all schools (Principals, Proprietors) Candidates and all stakeholders in their areas of jurisdiction on this new
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CBN spent N58.6bn to print 2.5bn Naira Notes in 2020

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) spent N58.618 billion to print 2.518 billion Naira notes last year. The apex bank disclosed this in its 2020 Currency Report posted on its website on Thursday. The figure, according to the report was lower than the N75.5 billion and N64.0 billion spent by the CBN for the printing of currency in 2019 and 2018 respectively. It said: “The total cost incurred on printing of banknotes in 2020 amounted to N58.6 billion compared with N75.5 billion in 2019. This indicated a decrease of N16.9 billion or 28.84 percent.” CBN also revealed that the notes were
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“Yahoo-Yahoo boys, your days are numbered” – VP Yemi Threatens

Internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo-Yahoo boys, have their days numbered, says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, cautioning Nigerian youths against joining gangs of fraudsters. “Do not be distracted by the Yahoo-Yahoo boys that are coming up one day with fancy cars because their days are always numbered,” said Mr Osinbajo. “They will go to jail one day; so, what is the point of making money when you cannot sleep well at night? Mr Osinbajo gave the warning on Thursday in Ibadan while delivering the first convocation lecture of Kola Daisi University, Ibadan. He urged them to embrace integrity and good character
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“FG wanted every Undergraduate to pay 1M as school fees but we rejected it” ASUU president reveals

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has disclosed that the federal government had planned to increase the school fees of university students to N1 million but the union rejected the idea. He stated this while answering questions from participants at a one-day ‘state of the nation summit’ organized for ASUU members by the Bauchi zone of the Union. The summit with the theme: ‘Nigeria: The State of the Nation’ was held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. According to him, the federal government told the union during its last negotiations that
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