- FG Proposes N500,000 Tuition Fee for Public Universities
The Federal Government has reportedly proposed that students in public universities across Nigeria should be paying N350,000 for Arts and Humanities and N500,000 for those in Sciences.
Prof. Lawan Abubakar, the Bauchi Zonal Coordinator, said ASUU has rejected the proposal by Dr Wale Babalakin, the negotiator between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Federal Government.
“One of the major issues our union wishes to bring to public domain is the wild idea of sharing the cost of education between the government and parents proposed by Dr Wale Babalakin. This idea of sharing the cost of education since government alone cannot fund education, and that parents need to pay for it too,” Abubakar said.
The Union argued that the constitution clearly stated that education is the sole responsibility of the government.
“Our union rejected the proposal based on the fact that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria clearly states that funding education is the sole responsibility of Governments at various levels and not parents”.
The union also rejected the idea of Education Bank for undergraduates. According to ASUU, the negotiating team proposed a loan of N1 million for undergraduates –every session to pay the hiked tuition fee and sustain themselves.
Abubakar said not all students will have access to loan and for those who meet loan requirements, it is the parents who served as sureties that will eventually pay back the loan, given the high unemployment rate in the country.
The union further argued that even if students were able to secure a job after graduation it is dangerous to start out in life with a loan of 4 to 6 million Naira.
“In this kind of situation, the graduate would be subjected to, when will he finish paying the loan and establish himself?”
“Frustration will gradually set in and make them live a life of misery,” Abubakar concluded.
“In Less Than 24 Hours 2.3 Million Nigerians Registered to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination”- NPHCDA
Over 2 Million Nigerians Have Self-registered for COVID-19 Vaccine on The NPHCDA Online Portal
On Wednesday, Nigeria’s primary healthcare agency boss, Faisal Shuaib, said that over 2 million Nigerians have registered to receive the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
He said, “In less than 24 hours, 2.3 million Nigerians have registered to take the vaccines and the numbers keep increasing,”
According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) tweet on Monday, a healthcare worker, Osindeinde Ademilayo Abodede, was the first person to register for the vaccine. Her appointment has been scheduled for March 12 in Abuja.
The self-registration online portal was launched a day before the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the country.
The agency said Healthcare workers will be given priority in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
NPHCDA also stated that high priority will be given to “frontline workers” such as members of the military, police, Nigerians who are working at border posts, oil and gas workers, and “strategic leaders.”
Faisal Shuaib said, “As the vaccines arrive in batches due to limited supply we will inform Nigerians about who and where to receive the vaccine,”
“States without a functional airport will have their vaccines transported by road using vans with fitted cold cabins, from the nearest airport,” he added.
Boss Mustapha, Nigeria’s secretary-general urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, and the media to spread the message that vaccinations were needed. “This is a fight for everyone.” He said.
How to Self-register For COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria
COVID-19 Vaccine Self-registration Process in Nigeria
Following the delivery of the 3.92 Million AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria on the 2nd of March, Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has launched an online self-registration portal for COVID-19 vaccine registration.
How to register
Nigerians who want to self-register for the AstraZeneca vaccine can visit the NPHCDA’s portal for registration.
What do you need to fill the form?
To fill the vaccination form, you need your basic information: full name, contact phone number, email address, date of birth, sex, a form of ID, a residential address including states, LGA of residence, and ward of residence.
You are also required to select your preferred vaccination site from the listed available vaccination site in your area and upload a photograph. The form asks if you work in the health sector and if you have any medical conditions or a history of allergies.
Finally, you are required to type in a code and this completes your registration process.
You should receive a message that your registration has been completed. You will also be issued a vaccination ID. The message goes thus:
“Registration Completed! Your Vaccination ID is: XXXX
Your data is successfully received.
Thank you for taking the time to fill the form, you will receive an SMS and email shortly containing your Vaccination No. and other instructions.”
Who is eligible to receive the vaccination?
Healthcare workers top the list of people who will receive the vaccine first. Away from them, the NPHCDA said it will prioritize “frontline workers – the military, police, oil and gas workers, customs workers, and strategic leaders.”
Under the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) scheme, Nigeria will be the third African country to receive a vaccine, after Ghana and Ivory Coast.
It is reported that the vaccine will be administered without charges and the country is expected to receive a total of 16million free doses from COVAX in the coming months.
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