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Fund Or Shut Universities Down, says ASUU

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Fund Or Shut Universities Down, says ASUU


The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that it is either the Federal Government fund universities or shut them down, aso Naija reports.

The National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, who said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday, insisted that government must implement the agreement it signed with the union in 2009.

Osodeke said these in response to the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, who during an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, stated that the Federal Government did not have the funds to meet its obligations in the agreement signed with ASUU.

Ngige said the government was considering renegotiation of the terms of the agreement with ASUU in the effort to end the ongoing strike by university lecturers.

However, the national president of ASUU, Osodeke, said anything concerning improving and investing in the universities, government would always say it had no money.

He stated, “The Nigerian type of politician does not take education seriously. Can they tell this country how much they spent on COVID-19? I can assure you the crisis in education is 10 times what COVID-19 is because what shapes a nation is education. If it collapses, you have nothing. They were building railways here and there, They were bailing out DISCOs (electricity distribution companies) which they sold to private people, but they are still buying meters for them to sell to Nigerian people. But when it has to do with education that will shape this country, they will say they don’t have money.

“They are increasing their tour allowances. You know they move round all over the world. You saw the wife of the president celebrating birthday in Dubai and all governors’ wives were there with their aides. They have hundreds of millions of naira for their children (‘s education) in the UK; they have money, government money. But to fund education, they don’t have money. We have told them they either close down the universities and prepare for youths or let’s for once solve this problem and move ahead so that we start having foreign students who will pay in dollars as school fees, foreign lecturers will come here to teach; so that we don’t pay this huge amount we are using to move Nigerian students from Ukraine to Nigeria. They had money to go and move the children of the rich from Ukraine. They spent over $8m, but to fund Nigerian universities, they don’t have money. It is not true, they have money they are just playing games.

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ASUU Abuja Zone: 46 Members Lost due to Economic Hardship

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KEY NOTES 

  • ASUU Abuja Zone has experienced the tragic loss of 46 members.

  • The losses can be attributed to economic hardship and poor remuneration
  • Strenuous working conditions, psychological stress, and diseases related to poor working conditions have also contributed to the members’ demise.
  • The recent passing of Professor Johnson Oyero highlights the inability to afford quality medical care.
  • The affected academics were affiliated with institutions such as the University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology Minna, and others.
  •  Nigerian academics leaving the country in search of better opportunities abroad has exacerbated the strain on those who remain.
  • Improved support and recognition for academics in the Abuja Zone are urgently needed.

 

According to Salihu Muhammed Lawal, the Abuja Zonal Coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the union has experienced a tragic loss of 46 members in the Abuja zone, Aso Naija Reports.

These losses are attributed to the current economic hardships in the country and the inadequate compensation provided to academics and universities in the zone.

READ ALSO: President Tinubu’s Daughter Begs Nigerians To Be Patience Amid Economic Hardship

During a press briefing held on Monday, February 19, 2024, in Abuja, Lawal revealed that the union members succumbed to various challenges, including strenuous working conditions, psychological and emotional stress, and illnesses resulting from poor working environments.

Lawal emphasized the severity of the situation by mentioning the recent passing of Professor Johnson Oyero, a distinguished expert in Fisheries at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, who was unable to access quality medical care due to financial constraints.

The 46 academics who have tragically passed away were affiliated with institutions such as the University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State University, and Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State.

Lawal further highlighted a disconcerting trend that has emerged in the past decade, with many Nigerian academics opting to leave the country in pursuit of better opportunities abroad.

This brain drain phenomenon has placed a heavier workload on the remaining academics who possess a dwindling sense of patriotism due to inadequate remuneration and unfavorable working conditions.

Overall, these distressing circumstances have contributed to the loss of numerous valuable members of ASUU and have created a pressing need for improved support and recognition for academics and universities in the Abuja zone.

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Nigerians With Fake Certificates From Foreign Countries To Be Arrested— Minister of Education

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 Nigerians With Fake Certificates From Foreign Countries To Be Arrested— Minister of Education

Security agents will go after Nigerians with fake certificates from foreign countries already using them to secure opportunities in the country, Education Minister Tahir Mamman has said, Aso Naija Reports.

Mamman, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Wednesday, described such individuals as criminals and not victims. “I have no sympathy for such people. Instead, they are part of the criminal chain that should be arrested,” the minister said sternly.

“If along the line, we can trace that there are people already in the system. For instance, if a particular institution or operator has been operating, say in the last 10 years, we will check if we can get records of Nigerians who attended that institution.

Once we do that, they are criminals and you know there is no timeframe to criminality. We will trace them. As long as we can lay our hands on their institutions and they are right here with us, certainly, the security agencies will go after them because they are criminals,” Mamman said when asked what would be done to Nigerians with fake foreign certificates already within the system.

Additionally, the minister also said the Federal Government would suspend degree certificates from more countries like Uganda, Kenya and the Niger Republic.

“We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo. We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, even Niger here where such institutions have been set up.”

It would be recalled that an undercover journalist had detailed how he acquired a degree from a university in Benin Republic under two months and in fact, deployed for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The Federal Government had suspended immediately suspended accreditation of certificates from the two francophone West African nations and launched a probe which the minister said should submit its report in three months.

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Nigerian Students in Panic as Federal Government Bans 18 Foreign Universities Operating in Nigeria over Fake Degrees

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Nigerian Students in Panic as Federal Government Bans 18 Foreign Universities Operating in Nigeria over Fake Degrees

Nigerian students are growing increasingly anxious as the Nigerian government imposes a ban on 18 foreign universities operating within the country due to concerns of fraudulent degrees, Aso Naija Reports.

The ban, which affects universities from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ghana, was announced by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in a statement published on its website. The NUC clarified that these universities, labeled as “degree mills,” lacked the necessary licenses from the Federal Government and have consequently been shut down.

To ensure compliance with the Education (National Minimum Standards, etc.) Act of the Federation of Nigeria from 2004, the NUC issued a warning to the general public, particularly parents and prospective undergraduate students, urging them to avoid enrolling in these unlicensed institutions.

The following is a list of the foreign universities banned by the NUC, as reported on their website:

1. University of Applied Sciences and Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin, and its affiliated campuses in Nigeria.
2. Volta University College, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana, and its affiliated campuses in Nigeria.
3. The International University, Missouri, USA, with study centers in Kano and Lagos, as well as any of its campuses in Nigeria.
4. Columbus University, operating in the United Kingdom, with any presence in Nigeria.
5. Tiu International University, operating in the United Kingdom, with any presence in Nigeria.

This ban has left Nigerian students concerned about the legitimacy of their degrees and has raised awareness about the importance of verifying the accreditation of educational institutions before enrollment.

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Chief Of Army Staff Unveils Renovated Schools In Kano

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Chief Of Army Staff Unveils Renovated Schools In Kano

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has unveiled some remodelled schools in the Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State, Aso Naija Reports.

According to a statement and photos posted on the official X handle of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, this was part of the NA’s Civil-Military intervention in the state.

The remodelled Kundila Schools are Government Upper Basic Secondary School, Government Girls Senior Secondary School and Kundila Nursery and Primary School.

In his remarks, the COAS who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division NA and Force Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Major General Valentine Okoro, applauded the good people of Kano State for their continuous support to the NA and other security agencies in the face of security challenges.

The statement further read, “The COAS stated that the projects demonstrate the NA’s commitment to positively impact on communities as part of its non-kinetic line of operations.

“He added that the projects would significantly contribute to the educational needs of the indigenes and residents of Tarauni, and indeed the good people of Kano State.

“Speaking further, the Chief of army staff said more than 255 projects have been completed by the NA across the six geopolitical zones of the country while some are still ongoing in different locations in the country.

“He reaffirmed that the NA will continue to executive projects that are viable while appealing to the people to take ownership of the facilities and ensure their proper maintenance.

“He added that the renovation of the schools was executed with highly standadise and quality materials/ modern state of the earth equipment.

“The renovated projects consist of 24 classrooms, installation of 14 solar powered lights, provision of desks and seats, furnishing of the laboratory with modern equipment, reconstruction and furnishing of staff rooms, head teachers and principal offices, students toilets as well as replacement of roofs/ceilings/ blocks and sinking of boreholes amongst others.”

In appreciation, the Chairman of Tarauni Local Government Area, Abubakar Zakari thanked the NA on behalf of the community for the purposeful and impactful projects saying only God would reward the NA for this huge honour.

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Burna Boy receives award for selling out 20,000 capacity Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany

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Burna Boy receives award for selling out 20,000 capacity Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany

 Burna Boy receives award for selling out 20,000-capacity Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, Aso Naija Reports.

Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, has been presented with an award in Germany for selling out the 20,000-capacity Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

This recognition follows his sold-out performance where Burna Boy showcased his latest songs, thrilling the audience.

Previously, the artist performed at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, also achieving a sold-out show. He became the first and only African artiste to accomplish this feat.

In a viral video circulating online, Burna Boy is seen accompanied by a German national, who presented him with the award for selling out in Germany.

This exciting news thrilled his fans, leading them to flood the comments section of the post to share their reactions.

See some reactions below:

@Onatriptomas: “Lmaooo no be audio sell out my idolo is him.”

@ahmedcrypto100: “Some people said e no reach 20k.”

@kitz_Decomedian: “ODG you bad gon gon! Kiloshel?!!!”

@ASarcastical: “Next year. A stadium in Germany.”

@fbgm_8x: “@davidohope you are learning? So you can easily sell out your 3,500 tickets easily next time.”

Watch The Video Below 👇

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