Below are the list of university that has joined the industrial strike action by ASUU.
UI PG students’ exams stalled
The strike forced the University of Ibadan to stop the examination of postgraduate students in various faculties in the school. One of our correspondents learnt that students in the Department of Psychology were sent out, while papers scheduled to be written in the Faculty of the Social Sciences were cancelled. ASUU members in the school voted to support the strike at its referendum last week.
In a message sent to the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, by the Chairman of ASUU in the school, Dr Deji Omole, the union said, “We write to inform you that the observance of the strike action will include no teaching, no examination, no supervision, no attendance of the statutory meetings of any kind and other academic matters. Our members will henceforth withdraw their services till the end of the strike.”
UNILAG, LASU to comply
Academic activities at the University of Lagos unfolded normally on Monday. However, the UNILAG branch chairman of ASUU, Mr. Adelaja Odukoya, said the university would comply with the directive of the national ASUU from Wednesday. He said, “We have to call a congress of our members and brief them on the directive. We are having a congress tomorrow (Tuesday).
But we do not have a choice in the matter. We were part of the decision to call the strike.’’ A senior lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, who did not want to be identified, said there was no lecture in the department on Monday.
He said, “It is not just in the department but throughout the university. The strike is effective.” At the Lagos State University, our correspondent observed that many offices and lecture halls were locked at the Ojo campus; only a few students were seen.
Although the development was attributed to the one-week lecture-free directive of the management of the university, the LASU ASUU Chairman, Dr Isaac Oyewumi, however, said the chapter would “comply fully with the directive.”
He said, “It is going to be total. I can assure you that we are going to comply.’’
UNIOSUN suspends exams
The Osun State University has joined the nationwide strike. The strike coincided with the commencement of the second semester examination at the university, but the lecturers joined the strike after agreeing to do so at the congress of the union.
The chairman of ASUU at the university, Dr. Seye Abiona, could not be reached, but two lecturers confirmed to our correspondent that the union had joined the strike.
Strike paralyses Ondo varsities
ASUU members in some varsities in Ondo State on Monday declared their willingness to join the strike declared by the national body of the union.
*Academic activities were consequently paralysed in the Federal University of Technology, Akure;* *and the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba,Akoko, Ondo State*
The ASUU chairman of the AAUA, Dr Sola Fayose, said the chapter would still call a congress.
He said, “It is the tradition of the union for strike to be declared at the branch level; we have yet to declare our own. We will call a congress tomorrow (Tuesday).
Similarly, the ASUU chairman of FUTA, Dr Bola Oniya, said, “We can’t go against the directive of our national secretariat, we will comply here.”
UNICAL, CRUTECH join action
ASUU members in the University of Calabar and the Cross River University of Technology on
Monday joined the nationwide strike. Some students, however, claimed not to be aware
of the strike. In UNICAL, some students said they had lectures early in the day before academic activities were disrupted.
A 400-level student in the Department of Environmental Sciences, UNICAL, Mary Akpan, urged the Federal Government to address the union’s demands once and for all. Another 100-level student of CRUTECH, Felix Udu, said, “We are already preparing for our second semester examination before this sudden stop in academic activities. Nobody knows when the strike will be called off,” he said.
FUT Minna lecturers shun classrooms
The Chairman of ASUU in the Federal University of Technology Minna, Dr Ndanisa Mohammed, said lecturers had complied totally. Mohammed said that the university had set up 14 monitoring teams to ensure compliance.
He said, “We not making any demand from the Federal Government; rather, we want them to implement an agreement signed since 2009 and the Memorandum of Understanding we had with them since 2013.’’
UMYU joins ASUU strike
ASUU members in the Umaru Musa Ya’Adua University (UMYU), Katsina, on Monday joined the
nationwide indefinite strike. UMYU ASUU branch Chairman, Mahmud Abdulsalam, confirmed the development to The PUNCH. He said, “We at UMYU have decided to obey the directive of our national executive. The strike will be total.” The spokesperson for the university, Fati Sanda, said she was not aware of the strike.
UNIBEN, AAU to join strike Wednesday
Lecturers at the University of Benin and the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, in Edo State, on
Monday said they would join the strike on Wednesday. At the UNIBEN, the chapter Chairman of the union, Prof. Julius Iyasele, said the industrial action would be implemented on Wednesday.
“By Wednesday, we will declare the strike here. We will start our compliance on Wednesday,” Iyasele added. At AAU, it was gathered many students of the institution had their lectures cancelled on Monday. But the chairman of ASUU in the university, Prof. Monday Igbafen, said, “We are part of the strike.”
UNIABUJA moves strike till Wednesday
Academic activities are still going on at the University of Abuja despite the nationwide strike
declared by the ASUU. It was gathered that the UNIABUJA branch of ASUU would meet to ratify the decision of the national executive council of the union before joining the strike. The Uniabuja Chairman of ASUU, Dr Ben Ugheoke, said the academic staff would comply with the strike.
Ebonyi varsity congress to decide
Normal Academic Activities were in progress on Monday at the Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki. At the campuses of the institution in Presco, Isieke, CASS and the permanent site, students were seen receiving lectures. The Chairman of ASUU EBSU, Dr Uche Onwe, said ASUU EBSU would hold a congress on Wednesday on the strike.
ASUU P’Harcourt zone to comply
The Coordinator, Port Harcourt Zone, ASUU, Prof. Beke Sese, said the zone was in full agreement with the nationwide strike called by the national body.
The zone comprises Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, the Federal University, Otuoke, and the University of Port Harcourt. Speaking on the telephone, Sese said there would be no academic activity until the government met the union’s demands.”
But the Chairman, ASUU NDU, Dr Stanley Ogoun, said the chapter ‘‘will meet on Wednesday to declare it formally at the floor of the congress slated for that day.’’
It was learnt that ASUU in FUO would meet on Tuesday to formally join the strike.
EKSU joins ASUU strike
The Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, on Monday joined the ASUU strike. The second semester examination, which ought to have commenced two weeks ago was again put on hold.
Efforts to speak with the ASUU Chairman, Prof. Olu Olu, proved abortive.
Strike total in UNIUYO
Many lecturers in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, have complied with the ASUU strike. A lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Dr Frank Okon, said they voted to support the strike on Friday. A student in the Department of Philosophy told our correspondent that since the school was on vacation, the impact of the strike might not be felt so much.
Mixed compliance from Sokoto Students of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, sat for examinations on Monday despite the ASUU strike. However, a source told one of our correspondents that ASUU UDUS would come out with a decision on Wednesday. At the Sokoto State University, there was total compliance as all academic activities had stopped.
Dr Attahiru Sifawa, the Chairman of the Sokoto State University ASUU, said, “Our chapter members are in agreement with the directives from the ASUU national headquarters.” At the Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State, and the Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State respectively, the directive was of no effect as academic activities were not interrupted.
It was gathered that ASUU in the two “baby universities” had yet to be fully integrated into the national body of ASUU. The ASUU Chairman at Federal University, Gusau, Dr Nasiru Anka, told Sources that lecturers at the university had yet to register and be recognised by the national ASUU. The Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Jamilu Magaji, said, “The university is new and our staff have yet to join any association of that nature.”
Kwara shuns ASUU strike
Academic activities continued on Monday in the University of Ilorin and Kwara State University. The factional Chairman, ASUU, UNILORIN, Dr Usman Raheem, whose faction is ecognised by the UNILORIN management, said the branch did not join the strike as it had not been part of the national ASUU since 2001. He, however, said the branch was in support of the reason for the strike and urged the Federal Government to honour the agreement it reached with the national body of ASUU since 2009.
Another factional Chairman, ASUU, Dr Kunle Afolayan, whose faction is recognised by the national ASUU, said the executive of the branch would meet on Tuesday (today) on the strike. Afolayan said, “The strike has just been announced so we are yet to set up the apparatus to enforce it.
It is from tomorrow (Tuesday) that branches will meet on the strike.” Also at KWASU, It was observed that not all the students were on campus as the school resumed academic activities on Monday. The factional Chairman of ASUU, KWASU, Dr Adesola Dauda, whose faction is recognised by the national body of ASSU, said the branch did not join the strike as it was still in observer status.
He said, “ASUU national is on strike but KWASU is not on strike because we have just joined
ASUU and by the constitution we have to observe.” The factional Chairman of ASUU, KWASU, Dr. Issa Abdulraheem, who is recognised by KWASU management, said the strike was not being observed and would not hold in the institution.
Abdulraheem said, “On Wednesday we are going to have a congress. One of the things we are going to discuss is the issue that led to the national ASUU strike. We will tell members why we are not joining.”
ASUU BUK paralyses activities
The strike on Monday paralysed academic activities at the Bayero University, Kano, as all the lecture halls were padlocked. A 400-level student of Accounting Department, Samuel Abah, said he attended a lecture from 8am to 10am, adding that shortly after the lecture, the ASUU strike commenced. According to him, it was shortly followed by locking of the lecture halls by union officials.
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BREAKING: ‘Only 25% Candidate Scored Above 200’- JAMB Reveals
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has said that 414,696 candidates, out of the 1,603,181 who sat for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, scored above 200.
The figure, according to him, translates to 25. 09 per cent.
This is against the 465,025 (27.00 per cent) of the 1, 606, 374 who scored above 200 in 2017.
The JAMB boss, however, said that 558, 673 candidates scored above 190; 739,490 above 180 and 956, 937 above 170 marks.
He revealed this on Tuesday during the Policy Meeting held at the newly inaugurated Bola Babalakin Auditorium in Gbongan, Osun State.
The 2,400-capacity centre was built by the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Group of Companies, Dr Wale Babalakin.
At the programme attended by the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, among many other top players in the education sector, Oloyede, however, warned that scores released by JAMB were not the cut-off marks.
According to him, they are the minimum marks required while the cut-off marks are arrived at from the cumulative consideration of candidates’ scores or grades.
He added on other regulations guiding the process, “Every candidate is required to accept or reject his/her admission before the process is said to be completed.
“Candidates can now protest their admission status should they feel they are not fairly treated.”
Speaking at the event, Adamu urged authorities of higher institutions to work with JAMB to sanitise admission process in the country.
Three Nigerians Receive Queen Elizabeth ‘Young Leaders Award’
On Tuesday night, Queen Elizabeth presented the ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ awards to three Nigerians, Hauwa Ojeifo, Isaac Ezirim and Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of some of the most exciting young change-makers from across the Commonwealth.
The Queen was joined at the Award ceremony by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in recognizing their success.
This year’s cohort from 38 Commonwealth countries are finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.
The Duke of Sussex, who was recently named a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador said: “In this rapidly changing world, it is heartening to meet so many inspiring young people gathered here today, who have already stepped up as leaders and improved the lives of so many people across the Commonwealth.
Isaac received his Award for the work he is doing to teach coding to teenagers in low-income areas, founding Teens Can Code which is currently training 200 teenagers how to build web and mobile applications using the same tools that are used by professionals in the tech industry.
Hauwa received her award for the work she is doing to tackle the stigma around mental health, running a women’s support group called She Writes Women, which focuses on mental health support and outreach among some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
Kennedy received his Award for the work he is doing to promote women’s rights in Nigeria, founding the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights (CYCWR), which supports the rights of women in the areas of female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, forced child marriage and access to education for girls.
As a Queen’s Young Leader, Hauwa, Isaac and Kennedy have gained access to bespoke mentoring and training through the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, designed to develop their leadership skills further and ensure they are best placed to lead the way in the future to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues.
The now complete Queen’s Young Leaders network forms a unique, dedicated and powerful group of young people from 53 Commonwealth countries who will connect, collaborate and change lives together for years to come.
To further support them in their future endeavours, a £200,000 Legacy Fund has been created. It will be open to all 240 Queen’s Young Leaders and 282 highly commended runners-up to apply for grants that will help elevate their work and enable them to work together to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth.
OAU Sex Scandal: Accused Professor Goes Into Hiding
–Professor Richard Akindele, a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, who was allegedly heard in an audio recording which has now gone viral demanding for sex to pass a student has gone into hiding.
Prof. Richard, who is also a priest in the Anglican Church has since deleted his Facebook account, it was gathered.
All efforts to reach him via his personal telephone number have been abortive.
The male voice in the audio recording demanding sex to pass a female student has also been identified by members of the Anglican Diocese of Ife, Osun State who have spoken to journalists on the issue.
It was also gathered from investigations that the lady who spoke with him is a final year student, who had failed a course taught by the lecturer.
Jay Reporters had earlier reported that the management of OAU had released a statement, saying that they are conducting an investigation into the matter and will take the necessary actions to reprimand the lecturer.
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