FG to pay burial bills of NANS executive members who died in auto crash


FG to pay burial bills of NANS executive members who died in auto crash

By Wale Odunsi on June 23, 2013

The Federal Government has promised to pay all burial expenses of the five executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Students,NANS, who died in an auto crash last week.

The NANS Executives met their death around Ikwuano council Area of Abia state while they were on their way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital to intervene in the student’s struggles against the school authority over transportation hike.

However, the Education Minister, Prof. Ruqayatu Ahmed Rufai had made a promise in Umuahia yesterday when she visited the injured students who are still on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia that the Federal Government will pay the deceased families any amount expended on the burial.

The minister also said that the Federal Government would take care of the medical expenses of the students that survived the fatal crash.

Meanwhile, sources from the hospital disclosed that the centre needs eight million naira (N8m) to buy a ventilator for one of the crash victims who is on life support machine at the hospital.

The Minister and his team, including the Executive Secretary of the National Univerities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie were conducted round the wards to have on the spot assessment of the health conditions of the students on admission at the hospital.

Conducting the theme round the hospital, the chairman of the hospital medical advisory, Dr. Uche Nwamuo explained to the Minister and her team that the patient on life support was recuperating well, but disclosed that they were only three in the hospital.

In her reaction, the Minister who appreciated the hospital management for its spirited efforts and care shown to the injured students declared that federal government has resolved to pay the students hospital bill and to take charge of their general welfare while in the hospital.

Her words: “The Federal government is ready to take charge of the medical bills of the students that died and pray for those in hospital to be part of us someday as government has also decided to take their bills and any other matters arising from the unfortunate accident”.

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Nigeria: Poly Strike – FG Not Ready to Implement Agreement – ASUP


Nigeria: Poly Strike – FG Not Ready to Implement Agreement – ASUP
20 June 2013 , By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Source: Vanguard

Leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Wednesday accused the federal government of being unwilling to resolve the crisis that has crippled academic activities in polytechnics across the country.

National President of ASUP, Chibuzor Asomugha in a telephone interview with Vanguard said that since the federal government had remained adamant over the implementation of agreements entered with the union, the polytechnics would remain closed till when government would be ready to do the necessary thing.

Asomugha noted that the union had made spirited efforts to make government see the need to implement the agreements, stating that ASUP leadership had met with the Ministers of Education and Labour about three weeks ago to resolve the imbroglio but to no avail.

He said that out of about 15 demands of the union only one which was constitution of governing council was half met while about six governing councils were yet to be constituted, adding, “Government has not listened to us in any measure of engagement.”

The ASUP President said that going by the lip service the federal government was paying to the polytechnic education in the country, the strike would last as long as possible till the time the government would listen and implement the agreement entered into.

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Please, Call Off This Strike, Students Beg ASUP  


Please, Call Off This Strike, Students Beg ASUP  
Published on June 14, 2013  
In a bid to return to their classrooms and continue with their academic activities, students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, have appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, to end the strike action which has crippled activities in polytechnics across the country.
This was the general consensus of students when P.M.NEWS Campus Square spoke with some of them yesterday as the strike enters its fifth week.
Some of the respondents revealed that they have been idle since the commencement of the strike action and any further delay may cause more harm than good.
An ND1 Accounting student of the institution, Adisa Oluwafehinsola Lydia siad: “I’ve been idle since ASUP embarked on the strike action and it’s really killing me. Our school calendars will also be affected with this action.”
“I want the federal government to consider us and give ASUP their demands so that this strike action will be called off as soon as possible,” she added.
Speaking in the same vein, another student, Oshilaja Olatunji, lamented that apart from the effect of the strike action on the school calendar, he has been spending more than necessary since the strike action had been embarked upon.
He also added that those who were supposed to be working on their projects would be delayed.
“It is unfortunate that the federal government has closed its eyes to the yearning of these people because we’re the ones bearing the brunt.”
Onifade Akinyemi, a Business Administration student of the institution, said the effects of the strike action are devastating as it prevents them from catching up with their counterparts in the universities.
“All my friends in the university will be ahead of me with this kind of setting, it’s also not good enough for the school calendar because it will draw us back.”
“We heard that the Board of Directors had a meeting yesterday  and t they insisted on continuing with the strike. I know it’s quite annoying but that’s what we have to live with until the federal government gives them what they want,” she said.
—Damilare Okunola

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‘Without Pay Rise We Won’t Resume’ – Polytechnics Union


Nigeria: ‘Without Pay Rise We Won’t Resume’ – Polytechnics Union
10 June 2013

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), has said until the Federal Government meets its demand on the implementation of CONTIS 15 for its members, it will not call off the on-going strike that has grind the nation’s polytechnics.

At the Union rally led by SSANIP National Secretary, Comrade Peter Jegede in the South West Zone, SSANIP listed other demands to include, approval of new scheme of service and establishment of National Commission for Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Technology.

Others are; re-negotiation of 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and non acceptance of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics and discrimination against HND holders.

According to Jegede, “Before 2009, the terminal level of salary in the polytechnics was CONTISS 14, but in 2009, the president Jonathan gave a presidential approval elongating the salary to CONTISS 15, to be implemented down the line.

“However, the supervisory agency- The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) came up with a modality and implemented it for those on CONTISS 12 and above, leaving out those on CONTISS 11 below, in disregard to the presidential approval.

“In December 2012, arising from our General Executive Council meeting, a 21-day ultimatum was given to government to see to the resolution of the issues beginning from December 3rd, 2012. This was followed with another seven-day notice. Government did not do anything about the notices or call the union for dialogue.

“The union, between 19th and 22 March, 2013 met in Ozoro, Delta State, where another 21-day notice was again given to government which terminated on April 16, 2013. All these while, there were no serious attempts made by the government in resolving the issue,” Jegede said.

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The day of the ‘tablet of knowledge’ in Osun


The day of the ‘tablet of knowledge’ in Osun

Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, recorded another feat with the launch of the much awaited innovative e-learning device tagged Opon Imo, tablet of knowledge, amidst showers of praises for the ingenuity of the Aregbesola-led administration as the state government is expected to save N8.4 billion from the purchase of text books for senior secondary public schools in the state.

It was the creme-de la- creme in Nigeria that unveiled the device at the Zainabab Half Moon Resort, Ilesa. Dignitaries who graced the occasion include former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; a former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir el- Rufai; retired General Alani Akinrinade; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; and Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran.

In his address, Aregbesola said Africans would no longer accept the tag of a continent without hope or future, insisting that with the launch of Opon Imo, Nigeria and indeed the entire black continent has sent a signal of its arrival on the world stage of development.

In the speech entitled: “Opon-Imo Enters the Stage,” the governor said there could be little argument that Opon-Imo is a veritable tablet of knowledge that levels the learning playing field for all students from different social backgrounds.

He added that the tablet will allow students to learn at their own pace, wherever and whenever they choose, saying that it provides robust and uniform learning content for them, offering a feedback mechanism for monitoring of their performance.

According to him, “this little device will greatly facilitate our free education policy by saving the state a lot of money that would have had to go into procuring text books on annual basis. Indeed, the saving is humongous.

”Were the state to engage in the physical purchase of hard-copies of textbooks for the 17 subjects taught in our public schools, hard-copies of 51 audio tutorials, hard-copies of JAMB and WAEC past questions and answers for all subjects for a period of 10 years, it would cost a whopping sum of N50.25billion.
Very much like other such computer devices, Opon-Imo contains both hardware and software components,” Aregbesola said. The governor pointed out that the tablet provides three major content categories viz: e-library, virtual classroom, and an integrated test zone.

”The virtual classroom category contains 63 e-books covering 17 academic subjects for examinations conducted by WAEC, NECO and JAMB as well as non-academic life-enriching subjects such as History of The Yoruba, Sexuality Education, Civic Education, Ifa on ethics and morals, enterprise education, hints and tips on passing SSCE and ‘How to live a Healthy and Happy life’.”

He also noted that, in the integrated test zone of the device, there are more than 40,000 JAMB and WAEC practice questions and answers dating back to about 20 years, adding that the tablet also contains mock tests in more than 51 subject areas, which approximates to 1,220 chapters, with roughly 29,000 questions referencing about 825 images.

From left, Speaker House of Representative, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the Official Launching of Opon Imo: Tablet of Knowledge, at Zenababs Hotel, Ilesa, the State of Osun on Monday 03-06-2013

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, in his goodwill message, described the Opon Imo as a grand-breaking initiative worthy of emulation. Soyinka said with this new e-learning device, students in Osun have all the reasons to be proud and celebrate the digitalisation era the government has just exposed them to.

The UNESCO Director General, who was represented by the Country Director, Professor Hassana Alidou, said the world education and cultural organisation is ready to partner with any government like Osun, which puts education on the front burner. He said UNESCO is ready to assist Osun in the area of improving the quality of teachers through developing a regional education programme.

In his good will message, the National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, Senator Bola Tinubu, said: “Let the bookmakers take note, let the so-called experts learn from the ordinary people and let the historians write that history is being made in Osun this very day. The power of knowledge and e-learning are the resultant benefits that now wait at the fingertips of our children. This was not the result of a gift from a stranger or from accident.
This fine development is the harvest of innovation, hard work and the commitment to public education and enlightenment of our children by the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his excellent team. On behalf of the children and their parents, I thank the governor for opening this important portal of knowledge to our youngest ones”.

He added: “By investing in this modern tool of knowledge and adapting it to local needs so that our children may more easily benefit, Governor Aregbesola and his administration have improved our educational resources by a bold quantum leap. Things that once were outside the grasp of our system to teach or learn are now in the hands of both teachers and students.

Knowledge we would have struggled for months or years to acquire is now available in minutes and seconds. What the governor has done is revolutionary and beneficial. It is a symbol of the positive benefits of progressive governance commitment to the welfare of the people and to the future of our children.

“The governor did not do this to attract accolades. He did this because it was the right thing to do. He did this not for himself but for posterity. In so doing, he and his team have acted boldly to secure both the present and future educational well-being of the children of Osun”.

Culled from Vanguard

Odedina Taofeek

‘FG insensitive to polytechnics’ Written by  Solarin Moyosore-Lagos Wednesday, 05 June 2013


‘FG insensitive to polytechnics’
Written by  Solarin Moyosore-Lagos Wednesday, 05 June 2013

AS the ongoing nationwide strike of Nigerian polytechnics hits the seventh week, the Federal Government has been said to be insensitive to the plight of the institutions, as it has made no serious attempts to address the issues surrounding the strike.

National Secretary of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), Comrade Monday Jegede,  said this at a press conference in Lagos, on Tuesday, in respect of the ongoing strike.
Jegede noted that the agitation behind the strike was the full implementation and payment of arrears of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure 15 (CONTISS), which, he said, was approved by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2009, but was implemented only for those in level 12 upwards by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in 2010, exempting those in the lower cadres.
“The financial implication of the full implementation is  being captured in the national budget, but the question now is, where is the money going to?” Jegede queried.

He added that the strike was also for an approval of the new scheme of service, as the old one had become obsolete, and establishment of a national commission for polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education.

“We are also saying no to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), poor funding, as well as the discrimination against HND holders,” which, Jegede added, was being fuelled by the Federal Government.

According to Jegede, since the polytechnics started the strike, the Federal Government had only made a feeble attempt to liaise with them and since then, nothing else had been heard from the Federal Government.
“We need to let the government know that we will not watch them take us for a ride and we intend to go on with the strike indefinitely until a favourable reply is gotten,” he said.

To further drive home their agitation, the SSANIP members, after the press conference, also held a rally which was attended by representatives of all polytechnics in the country.

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NUC Releases Names Of All The Illegal Universities In Nigeria [READ]


NUC Releases Names Of All The Illegal Universities In Nigeria [READ]

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has unveiled the identities of the illegal “universities” with their addresses operating in the country.

The NUC disclosed this at the ICPC headquarters during a joint press conference on the activities of the operators of the illegal “universities” in Nigeria.

If you are attending any of these Universities, you’re wasting your money.

See the list below…

1. University of Accountancy and Management Studies41, Ikorodu Road, Jibowu,Yaba, Lagos.

2. Concept College LondonCITEC Villa Junction,Gwarinpa, Abuja.

3. Imo State University(Illegal Study & Degree-awarding Centre) Garki Primary SchoolBehind UTC, Area 10, Abuja.

4. Logos Institute (Illegally affiliated Olabisi Onabanjo University) 9, African Church Road, Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos.Director: Pastor Femi Majekodunmi

5.Open University of Nigeria C/o Notitia Tutorial Centre, No. 5, Dar-es Salem Crescent, Wuse II AbujaCoordinator: Larry James

6. Mr. David LornemNew Idea Management Consultants & Open Learning Network, 18/19 Ahmadu Bello Way, NNDC Building Kaduna.

7. Imo State University (Illegal Satellite Campus)  Lucia Group of Schools Ibusa Road, Asaba.

8. Temple University Orozo, Abuja.(Proprietors are already facing trial at Karu Magistrate Court)

9. Volta University CollegeNo. 13, Okehie Street, Aba.

10. Abia State University (Illegal Study Centre) International Secondary School, Aba.

11. Triumphal University, Omugbo town, Orumba North LGA, Anambra.

12. Rockville University Uburu, Ohaozara LGA, Ebonyi State.

13. Royal University  Izhia, Abakaliki.

14. University of Caribbean22, Agbarho Street,Idi Iroko, opp Govt. College,Ikorodu, Lagos.

15. Irish University Business School London (Anchor: Lobi Business School) 20, Old Otukpo Road, Makurdi.

16. University of Education Winneba Ghana a) 39A Ayilara Street, Ojuelegba, Lagos. b) Federal College of Education (Tech) Awka. c) Royal Star College, Lawanson, Surulere – Lagos.

17. Irish University Business School Doseg International CollegeAkin Mateola Street, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.Promoter: Envoy Consulting Limited,10, Calcutta Crescent, Apapa, Lagos.

18. Christ Message International University174/178, Okota Road, Isolo, Lagos.

19. University of Nigeria (Illegal study centre) a) Ansar-Udeen Grammar School,Randle Avenue, Surulere, Lagos.b) Hanaco Plaza, 113 Ikorodu Road,Fadeyi, Lagos.

20. University of Ibadan (Illegal Campus)Agent: Quality Merchandise Associates5, Emmaneul Kolawole Street, Somolu, Lagos. Lecture centres: i) Bright Future College Somolu, Lagos.ii) St. Margaret, Comprehensive College, Agboju, Lagos.

21. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (Illegal Campuses)Agent: Quality Merchandise AssociatesLecture centres: i) Bright Future College Somolu, Lagos.ii) St. Margaret, Comprehensive College, Agboju, Lagosiii) Victory College, Abule Onigagbo, Ikeja.iv) Topmost Collge, 3 Ikorodu Road, Maryland, Lagos.

22. North Central UniversityKM4, Otukpo – Adoka Road,Otukpo, Benue State.

23. University of Applied Management, GermanyAgent: Dr. Martins GyambrahCambridge College of Arts and Science,6, Ikole Street, off Gimbiya street,Area 11, Abuja.

24. Luminar International Centre for Health and Alternative Medicinea) 16 Nkwubor Road, Enugu.b) Ekpuinto Mgbowo Autonomous Community, Awgu, Enugu State.

25. Houdegbe North America UniversityPioneer School of Management,Airport Road, Kano.Agent: Mr. Jibril – 07040044859

26. The International Universities (TIU) MissouriPioneer School of Management,Airport Road, Kano.Agent: Mr. Jibril – 07040044859

27. Pilgrims University5/7 Okpu Umuobo RoadOpp. Union Bank, Umungasi,Aba. 07082801611

28. EC Council UniversityNo. 5, Babatola Drive,Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja.CEO: Tim Akano – 017901013.

29. Atlas UniversityAgent: Southland College of Tech50, Zik Avenue, Uwani, Enugu.08086673378.

30. Halifax Gateway University20, Aranle Street, Surulere, Lagos.

31. Urban University College of Nigeria88, Afikpo Road, Abakaliki.

32. Christ Alive Christian Seminary & UniversityNo. 48, Kenneth Street,Agbani Road, Enugu.

33. Atlanta International University i/c Best Choirce Consult Ltd., 21, Aguta Road, Opp. CKC Okija.

34. Christians of Charity AmericanUniversity of Science and TechnologyNo. 2, Oshimili Street,3rd Floor, Off old Enugu Road, Nkpor.

35. Atlanta UniveristyCMML Secondary School,Ayagba, Kogi State.

36. Samuel Ahmadu UniversityC/o Govt. Sec. School, Makurdi.

37. Atlas UniversityUko Eshet Street, Ikot Usoso,Oku – Uyo.

38. Concept College LondonNo. 15 Abdul’Azeez Atta RoadOpposite B Division, Surulere,Ilorin.

39. Royal Institute of Continuing Education(Illegally running degree of AAU, Akungba Akoko) 70, Station Road,Osogbo, Osun State.Lecture Centres: a) Old Children Boarding School, Osogbo.b) Fakunle Grammar School, Osogbo.

40. Federal College of Complementary & Alternative Medicine of NigeriaNo. 4, Bujumbura Street,Off Libreville Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

41. Richmond Open UniversityArochukwu, Abia State.

Meanwhile, the ICPC also disclosed at the briefing that it had commenced a nationwide joint operation with security operatives, beginning yesterday, to close down the premises of the 41 identified illegal “universities”, with the aim of seizing their properties, making arrest of operators and prosecuting the culprits.