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NUC DIRECTS UNIVERSITIES TO REOPEN ON JANUARY 18

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The national universities commission (NUC) has directed universities across the country to commence academic activities on january 18. according to reports, the NUC gave the directive in a statement on Friday, January 8, through its Deputy Executive Secretary (ADMINISTRATION) CHRIS MAIYAKI

MAIYAKI disclosed that the statement was issued on behalf of the executive secretary of the union, Prof Abubakar Rasheed. the nuc stated that any further developments would be communicated to universities accordingly. the commission, however, reportedly, advised universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to all Covid-19 safety protocols.

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NUC further mandated universities to adhere to the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the benchmark minimum academic standards (BMAS) approved by the Federal Government. meanwhile, an emerging report indicates that lecturers in public Universities may soon begin another strike if the Federal Government fails to fulfil its own part of the agreement reached in December 2020.

The academic staff union of universities (ASUU) stated that a fresh industrial action could commence as early as next week. the union made the disclosure in a tweet on Monday, January 4. in another tweet on Tuesday morning, January 5, ASUU advised the government to honour the agreement reached to avert the planned strike.

In another development, workers in public Polytechnics across the country on Wednesday, January 6, announced that they have commenced a nationwide warning strike. the workers under the union of senior staff association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), said the strike was embarked on to protest the non-implementation of their demands.

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Partial compliance with Covid protocols as Abuja schools resume

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Public and private schools in Abuja resumed for academic activities on Monday amid the second wave of COVID-19.

Monitored activities at some schools in Karu, Abuja Municipal Area Council early in the morning, observed partial compliance with COVID-19 protocols released by the Federal Government.

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Schools visited included Government Secondary School, Karu; Hayatu Islam International Academy, Karu; Shalom Children Academy; Prime Scholars’ School and Total Academy among others.

At the GSS, Karu, two spots for washing of hands were provided at the school gate.

female member of staff was seen washing her hands before entering the premises.

Other members of staff and students did not do so.

There was also no temperature check for those entering the premises.

A male member of staff, who arrived at about 7.30am was seen shaking hands with all his colleagues who were at the gate to stop latecomers.
Students and members of staff were, however, seen wearing their face masks before entering.

Many of the students were seen bringing the masks out from either their pockets or school bags.

More compliance was, however, noticed among private schools

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IPPIS: Varsity Workers Threaten Three-day Nationwide Protests

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Non-teaching staff in the universities under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee, will on Tuesday, embark on three-day nationwide protests over the government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.
The committee said other contentious issues that informed the decision include inconsistencies in IPPIS payment and the delay in the renegotiation of the FGN/ ASUU/SSANU 2009 Agreement.
Others were the non-payment of retirement benefits to former members, non-constitution of visitation panels to universities, poor funding of universities, teaching staff usurping the headship of non-teaching units, among others.
The JAC which comprised the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities directed all its branches to mobilize the members on Monday for the rallies.
The decision to embark on the protest was taken on Friday night at a meeting by the leadership of NASU and SSANU, in Abuja, where they reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Federal Government on October 20, 2020.

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In a communique signed by the SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim, and the General Secretary of NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi, the committee added that the unions would consider other measures, including embarking on an indefinite strike, after the protests.
The JAC was expected to meet on Thursday to review the success of the protest and deliberate on the next step.
It was also gathered that the unions have notified the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who is the conciliator between the FG and the unions of their intention to embark on the protests.
The FG had in December approved N40 billion earned allowances for the four university unions and allegedly allocated 75 per cent of the amount to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, leaving 25 percent for the other three unions.
But this did not go down well with the NASU, SSANU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists as they rejected the sharing formula and threatened to ground the universities.
When asked what was being done to address the unions’ demands, the spokesman, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr Charles Akpan, said he has no information on steps being taken on the issue.

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2021 UTME Forms: No Date Has Been Fixed for Commencement of Sale – Jamb

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said in a weekly bulletin of the Office of the Registrar that no date has been fixed for the commencement of the sale of the application documents for its 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry(DE). It warned the public not to fall prey to fraudsters.

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In a press statement released by the Board against the backdrop of reports in some sections of the media that the Board had already commenced the sale of the forms for the 2021 application, it called such report false, misleading, and malicious. The Board, therefore, urged members of the general public not to be tricked into falling prey to the antics of these persons, who derive pleasure in causing confusion.

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