The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been ordered with immediate effect by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday, to call off its almost eight-month-old strike and resume lectures immediately.
The court’s order was given after dismissing the union’s request for a stay of execution of a previous order of the National Industrial Court that directed university lecturers to begin work.
The National Industrial Court (NIC) has earlier instructed ASUU to call off the strike but the union decided to appeal the ruling.
The three-member panel of the court of appeal led by Hamma Barka gave the Union permission to appeal the ruling of the NIC on the condition that the union must first resume work for them to be allowed to file the appeal.
The Federal Government, however, threatened to sue striking lecturers under the ASUU umbrella should they fail to resume as ruled by the court.
Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment, who officially issued the threat during an interview on the channel’s TV after the court order on Friday, said that he had directed Labour controllers to monitor compliance at all tertiary institutions across the country.
He said, “The court says ASUU must obey today (Friday). I have asked labour controllers in the 36 states and the zones to reach out to the universities; number one, to see if the vice chancellors have opened the gates because that is one of the importance of the judgment of the Industrial Court.
“You must open the gates, you must open the class rooms and to see whether those workers, those teachers reported today, tomorrow Friday and Saturday. My labour controllers will write me a report.
“The Education Ministry through the National University Commission (NUC) will also do their bit and we will compare it. By Tuesday, if they have complied with this, first, they will have the right to appeal as the court says.
“If they come back to their classroom, they will have time to attach evidence and do their appeal. My labour controllers will also give me things to support education in the country. If they don’t, go and read that portion of the NICN Act, they will be charged for contempt.”
However, Professor Emmanuel Sodeke, ASUU President has said it will first study the ruling of the appeal court which ordered its members to return back to work.
He said, “We will review the judgment with our lawyer and we will decide on the next step.”
FG to Boost Internet Connection in OAU, Unilag, Unilorin, and 14 Other Institutions
The federal government has approved a sum of N400 million each to boost internet connection in Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, and 14 other institutions across the country.
The approval which was disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, is aimed to increase broadband penetration in Nigeria.
Investors King understands that this is in addition to the agreement which the ministry sighed with top tech company, Microsoft to train 5 million Nigerians on high-demand digital skills.
Speaking during the award of the contracts letters in Abuja, Pantami noted that Nigeria is on course to achieve 70 percent broadband penetration by 2025.
While highlighting the benefits of the broadband project to include improving the quality of education and overall growth of the beneficiary institutions, the minister stated that three higher institutions were selected from each geo-political zone of the country.
On the list of beneficiary institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Lagos and University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; University of Calabar; University of Benin; and the University of Port Harcourt.
Others are Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bayero University, Kano; Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina; Borno State University; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Gombe State University; Federal University of Technology, Minna; University of Ilorin; University of Abuja; and College of Education (Special), Ibadan.
In the same development, Pantami added that 20 markets, 3 each from the six geo-political zones will also benefit from the broadband projects.
The markets include the famous computer village In Lagos, the highly patronised Wuse market in Abuja; Bodija Market in Ibadan, Kantin Kwari Market, Kano; Central Market, Lafia, Nasarawa State; Mandate Market, Ilorin; Jos Main Market, Plateau State; Jimeta Central Market, Yola; New Market, Gombe.
Others are Oja Oba, Akure, Ondo State; Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State; Ariaria International Market, Aba, Abia State; International Modern Market, Owerri, Imo State; Main Market, Onitsha, Anambra State; Watt Market, Calabar, Cross River; Oba Market, Benin, Edo State; and Swali Market, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.
FG Hints at Alternative Funding For Tertiary Education to Address Academic Challenges
The Federal Government has mulled the need to explore alternative means of funding for tertiary education in Nigeria amid academic disruption caused by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Investors King reported that academic activities in public universities in Nigeria were disrupted for about eight months.
Speaking at a public event organised by the House of Representatives, the Minister for Works and Former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola noted that alternative funding seems to be the only forward-looking way to fund tertiary education in Nigeria.
While acknowledging that tertiary education needs collective funding from all levels of government, he however highlights areas where the universities and polytechnics could generate funds to include printing press and consultancy services.
“University consultancy services, data provision, poll results, value data, and printing press are value proposals of alternatives for tertiary Institutions,” he said.
Fashola also disapproved of the autonomy sought by lecturers in tertiary education. He noted that it is a big issue that needs to be addressed going forward.
Also speaking at the event is the Director General of the budget office of the federation, Benjamin Akabueze.
Akabueze who aligned himself with the position of the minister noted that the current system of funding can not feed the tertiary education sector.
‘There has to be sustainable funding of tertiary education. We can’t continue with the current system because it is not working and not sustainable.” he stated.
Nonetheless, the event also witnessed opposing opinions, particularly from Professor Uduak Ekpo. A professor of education at the University of Calabar.
Ekpo disagrees with the earlier position established by both Fashola and Akabueze. He noted that if lecturers are saddled with the responsibility of funding, it will affect the quality of education and research.
He concluded that the funding might still not be successful noting that lectures are better off in the classrooms or labs.
On his part, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke bemoaned any idea to increase the fee paid by students in search of alternative funding. He noted that with the level of poverty and the state of the economy, many students will not be able to afford any increase.
Jamb UTME Result 2022: Use Registration Number to Check Jamb Result
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, has released the long-awaited 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results.
Check 2022 Jamb UTME Result – The Jamb result checker should follow the step below before visiting the Jamb result portal to check Jamb result with their registration number.
The 2022 Jamb UTME result was announced by Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the director of protocols and public relations, JAMB in Abuja in August 2022.
To Check Jamb Result – UTME Mop-Up Examination
Jamb result checker should send RESULT to 55019. Please ensure to use the mobile number you registered so that you can receive your result. The Jamb result can only be sent to the registered phone number.
Also, candidates can check Jamb results directly from Jamb’s website www.jamb.gov.ng. However, Jamb result checker must first link their email address to their profile.
According to Benjamin, “To check the results of the 2022 UTME Mop-Up Examination conducted on Saturday, August 6, 2022, all a candidate needs to do is to simply send RESULT to 55019 using the same phone number that he/she had used for registration and the result would be returned as a text message.
“Candidates can also print their results from the Board’s website www.jamb.gov.ng after linking their email address to their profile.
Check Jamb Result With Registration Number
- Here is a step-by-step on how to check your Jamb Result with registration number
- Log on to Jamb portal at https://portal.jamb.gov.ng/
- Enter your registration number
- Go to “Result Notification” tab and click on Check My Result.
- Your result will immediately be displayed.
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