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By: on January 13, 2021
ASUU finally called off its protracted strike in December on the platter of nothing, only promissory notes. As I write this now (11. am, 12th January, 2021) only two months of the outstanding salaries of 5 to 9 months was paid in December, shortly after the strike had been called off, as if the reason for the strike was to get two months salaries paid. Again, salary payment for a majority of university lecturers who are not on IPPIS has stopped: December salary is yet to be paid and the outstand...
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By: on January 13, 2021
Strikingly often, government and its officials continue to assure Nigerians that education is the soul of a nation and the key to its secured future. Therefore, they are doing everything humanly possible within their powers to make education available and affordable for Nigerians. But, it is quite disappointing that government’s best efforts could only make education standard to nose dive annually. Hence, it is quite difficult to be optimistic about education future in Nigeria because of the fed...
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By: on November 29, 2020
We all just need to freeze our fixation on other subjects of urgent national importance at this time to discuss the plight of teachers, notably university teachers at this time in Nigeria. Talking about the long strike and plight of university teachers may have become a stale subject to discuss at this time that even His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar decried the debilitating effects of unbridled banditry in the North. The Sultan of Sokoto is saying there is a time for ...
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By: on November 17, 2020
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) have been embroiled in recurring conflict about funding and autonomy of Nigerian public universities. Established in 1978 as the successor to the Nigerian Association of University Teachers, founded in 1965, ASUU has been consistent on the need to deliver functional and quality education to Nigerian citizens as a social obligation of governments at all levels. ASUU has also been firm in defending th...
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By: on November 7, 2020
The Federal Government has been presenting the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) to the public as if it is the main reason the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on strike on March 23, 2020. That is not true. ASUU is on strike to make government become responsible and inject funds for the revitalisation of public varsities, constitute visitation panels to universities, pay of arrears of earned academic allowances from 2012 to 2020, and conclude rene...
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By: on November 5, 2020
Nigeria’s education sector, which is supposed to be the major and fastest agent of change and civilization is presently burdened and overwhelmed. With the nation’s current population of over 195.9 million, 45 per cent of which are below 15 years, there is a huge demand for learning opportunities translating into increased enrolment. This has created challenges in ensuring quality education since resources are spread more thinly, resulting in more than 100 pupils for one teacher as against the...
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By: on November 4, 2020
The constant lip-service among Nigerian political leaders that seem to preen the nation’s youth down and allow them to hope till eternity that they are the leaders of tomorrow has finally been exposed. Under the covers of darkness on a day popularly referred to as ‘Black Tuesday,’ October 20, 2020 at Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigerian youth emphatically and glaringly read the hand writing on the national flag with their blood stains on it that tomorrow is no longer theirs as leaders. Poor Nigeri...
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By: on September 7, 2020
IT is a notorious fact that the Federal Government closed down all educational institutions in Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 23 to curtail the spread of the invisible killer christened Covid-19 pandemic which made an incursion into the country the previous February. Since then, the equation of virtually every facet of human endeavour, including education, has been altered to the discomfiture of all. However the on-going pandemic is not the first and it will not be the last the world wil...
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