Showing posts with label University Updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label University Updates. Show all posts

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

ASUU Strike Continues As Union Demands Strong Commitment From FG


Leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that there is no going back on its ongoing nationwide strike.

The union stated this despite meeting with the Federal Government on Monday in Abuja to resolve the issues raised by the lecturers which led to the industrial action in the universities that has lasted over two months.

The meeting reconvened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, with the leaders of the union led by ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, failed to bring an end to the strike as the issues could not be resolved.

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The striking lecturers insisted that the Federal Government must show a strong commitment to funding and revitalisation of universities before they would suspend the industrial action.

Professor Ogunyemi told reporters at the end of the meeting which lasted over four hours that the issue of universities revitalisation was very important to the union that it cannot suspend the industrial action if left untouched.

“The most critical of all is revitalisation,” he said. “Revitalisation is central to our work as academics and unless that area is addressed, members will have issues with ongoing action.”

The ASUU President added, “They gave us their response to our proposals, there were still grey areas that we are trying to sort out. So, when we finish those areas, you will know the full outcome.”

On his part, the minister was hopeful that the union would suspend the strike soon.

According to him, the government has demonstrated commitment by way of disbursing money through the Tertiary Education Trust (TET) fund to revitalise public universities.

“We have started defraying the end allowances there, we have also released N15.4 billion for the shortfall in payment of salaries, and we have also agreed today to fund revitalisation,” Ngige told reporters.

“We are going to expend some money there; this is irrespective of the fact that government has released from the TETfund account about N163 billion.”

The minister added that the meeting would reconvene at the instance of ASUU which said it needed to consult its members before taking the next step.

The union went on strike in November 2018 following the alleged inability of the government to address its demands.

It had also raised concerns over the poor funding of Nigerian Universities, the alleged plot to increase students’ fees, introduction of an education bank, as well as non-implementation of previous agreements, among other issues.

Friday, 7 July 2017

PTDF Scholarships Aptitude Test Date – 2017/18

Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF overseas and local scholarship scheme aptitude test date for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The Petroleum Development Technology Fund (PTDF) says it will conduct electronic aptitude test for no fewer than 4,949 shortlisted candidates under the Msc over sea and local scholarship scheme.


The Electronic Aptitude Test for the selection of candidates for the award of 2017/2018 PTDF Overseas and Local Scholarship (MSc) will hold simultaneously in designated centres across the country on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
According to him, candidates in the South-South zone will write the test at Destiny ICT Centre in Port Harcourt.
The PTDF spokesman said that Lagos would host the South West at JJK building Ikorodu road while Abuja would host North Central at Chams City, Maitama.
Otisi added that Enugu would be used for South East; Bauchi for North East while Kaduna would host the North –West at AfriHub ESUT, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and Kaduna State University respectively.