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University Lecturers Received Full Payment For November as FG Withhold 8 Months’ Salary Arrears

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The Federal Government has paid full salary to university lecturers for the work done in November unlike in October when the lecturers were paid half salary. Some of the lecturers have confirmed that they have started receiving their November salary in full. 

In October, the lecturers were paid half salaries, which the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, explained was pro-rata payment for the days the lecturers worked after the strike was called off on October 14, 2022.

Investors King gathered that the Federal Government has not released the eight months’ salaries of the lecturers incurred during the protracted strike embarked upon by the academic union. 

A senior lecturer who spoke with Tribune News said “I received my November salary today (Wednesday) and I know some of our colleagues did the same. We expected that it would come together with arrears, but that wasn’t the case”. 

Meanwhile, University lecturers across branches have been protesting against the withholding of their eight months’ salary and the part payment paid to them for October. 

Reacting to the development, ASSU National President, Professor Victor Emmanuel Osodeke noted that the government reneged on the agreement the union had with the ministry of labour. 

Osodeke disclosed that the agreement which was supervised by the Speaker of the House of Representatives was that lecturers will be paid their eight-month arrears. 

He, therefore, stated that the national body of the union will meet soon to determine their next line of action claiming that the government is trying to turn university lecturers into casual workers. 

While speaking to the media at the State House, the Minister for Education, Malam Adamu Adamu rejected any insinuation that the government is trying to treat the university lecturers as casual staff. 

“The strike has been called off and the government has paid what is due to them”

“How can anybody make a university lecturer a casual worker? Do you know the meaning of casual worker? If you know the meaning of casual worker, it is impossible to make a university lecturer a casual worker,” he said. 

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2023 UTME, Direct Entry: JAMB Begins Sales of Forms on Saturday, Announces Deadlines

The sale of forms for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) for prospective applicants today (Saturday).

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Barring any change in plans, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it would start the sale of forms for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) for prospective applicants today (Saturday).

Investors King gathers that the UTME is an assessment examination conducted annually by JAMB for candidates who want to secure admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Prospective candidates are expected to purchase their forms and commence registration from today, Saturday, January 14, 2023.

JAMB also disclosed that it would close the sale of forms and registration of candidates on Tuesday, February 14.

Also, the board started the sale of Direct Entry (DE) application documents in Nigeria and foreign centres, adding that direct entry applicants from Polytechnics and Colleges of Education can obtain their forms from centres close to them.

It further stated that candidates applying for the entrance examination into the various tertiary institutions in Nigeria are advised to keep in mind that PIN vending for the UTME examination would also end on Tuesday, February 14, while the registration portal will be shut down on Friday, February 17.

This process is also applicable to foreign students at the accredited JAMB registration centre.

Moreover, candidates have been admonished to open a new email or have a valid existing email account before starting the process as part of the requirements to sit for the examination.

For the general entry candidates seeking admission into the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, are required to have at least five (5) credit grades in their O’level with English and Mathematics compulsory to qualify them to sit for the examination.

However, the direct entry candidates are to obtain a minimum of five (5) credit grades in their O’level with English and Mathematics compulsory as well as a distinction or upper credit in their polytechnic or college of education.

The general and direct entry candidates are allowed to use not more than two sittings of their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) certificate to qualify them for the examination ahead of the 2023 academic session across all tertiary institutions in the country.

For admission into first degree, National Diploma (ND), National innovation Diploma (NID) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes, five (5) O level credit passes including English Language are required while credit in Mathematics is required for law and science-based and social science programmes.

A statement by JAMB had disclosed that the Direct Entry (DE) registration would commence from Monday, 20th February and run till Thursday, 20th April, 2023.

JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in the statement, confirmed that the decision was taken at the end of JAMB’s management meeting.

It further said that Saturday, 29th April, 2023, had been fixed for the conduct of the 2023 UTME, and the examination was expected to run till Monday, 12th May, 2023.

JAMB added that it had also fixed Thursday, 16th March, 2023, for the conduct of its optional mock-UTME.

It noted that interested candidates would be required to pay the sum of N1000 service charge for Computer Based Test (CBT) centres for the conduct of mock examination at the point of registration so as to prevent a situation where candidates would indicate interest to sit for the mock-UTME leading the various centres to commit human and material resources only to stay away on the day of the examination.

 

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JAMB Moves To Block Leakages, Introduces eNaira as Payment Mode for UTME Applicants

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With a view to blocking leakages in its transactions and ensuring elimination of extortion of candidates, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made eNaira as mode of payment for those who want to register for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in this year.
The board is partnering with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to adopt e-naira as the preferred payment mode chosen for the 2023 UTME registration.
Aside that the new payment pattern would checkmate financial leakages within the JAMB system, the apex bank in Nigeria revealed that eNaira would prevent candidates from being extorted by registration centres.
Disclosing the development during a meeting with JAMB and its financial partners, the Director of Information, Technology, Architecture, and Strategy at CBN, Rakiya Mohammed, said the newly introduced payment mode would also reduce cost of cash transactions.
Mohammed, who was represented by an official of the bank, Abdul Shedrack, while maintaining that the new payment mode would block leakages in JAMB’s transactions, also stated that e-Naira was needed to reduce the overall indirect cost of cash transactions on the broader community.
Aside that the mode would accelerate the digitization of cash and facilitate the development of e-commerce as well as support, the CBN Director added that it would enhance the implementation of government policies.
On the seamless implementation and usage of e-naira seamless, Muhammed explained that the e-naira is the digital version of the naira currency as it has the same value and is backed by law.
Following this revelation, the director said that the mode would function as a safe and efficient alternative means of payment which is seamless and fortified against any form of abuse.
The CBN, therefore, urged JAMB applicants to download and install the eWallet from its website or via Google Play Store or Apple’s IOS Store.
It could be recalled that in 2021, Nigeria became the first African country to introduce a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by launching the eNaira.
However, over a year after, the adoption of digital currency is still very slow, even though the Central Bank of Nigeria believes it has recorded significant success with the currency.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had disclosed that eNaira has recorded 700,000 transactions valued at N8 billion since its inauguration on October 25, 2021.
Emefiele’s assertion goes to mean that more Nigerians are gradually embracing the digital version of the nation’s currency.
Investors King findings revealed that adopting eNaira as payment mode for UTME will likely be accepted by young Nigerians who are majority of people applying for JAMB forms.
Sampling opinions of admission seekers who are potential applicants of JAMB, they said the development is welcomed, adding that it was expected since the nation is fastly embracing cashless policy.

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Fidelity Bank Aims to Shoot up Quality Education in Kano State

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Towards supporting the delivery of quality education in the country, leading financial institution, Fidelity Bank Plc, has donated several learning materials to the Asmau Dambatta Foundation.

The Non-Executive Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Alhaji Isa Inuwa, disclosed this in a statement at a brief event put together to commemorate the donation in Kano State.

The statements read that the donated items include 1,500 pieces of female uniforms, 1,500 pieces of hijabs, 1,000 pieces of male uniforms, 5,000 pieces of 60 leaves notebooks and 100 double seater desks.

“At Fidelity Bank, we believe that our success as an organization is intimately tied to the fortunes of our host communities. This informs our numerous Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) interventions across the country where we work to ensure the standard of living of the communities are improved.

“For us, CSR goes beyond philanthropy to also include sustainability as we aim to empower the next generation to take on the challenges and opportunities that may come their way. What better way to do this than to help them study in a conducive environment? That is why we are donating learning materials ranging from school uniforms to classroom desks to the Asmau Dambatta Foundation today.”

“That is why we are donating learning materials ranging from school uniforms to classroom desks to the Asmau Dambatta Foundation today,” he concluded.

Receiving the educational materials, a trustee of the foundation, Alhaji Balarabe Bala,  expressed his gratitude to the bank’s management and assured the guests that the materials would be used judiciously, especially by the indigent students and community schools who were in dire need of such items.

Despite the fall in stocks of banks in 2022, Fidelity Bank have joined other top banks in ensuring that CSR is still a top priority for them to give back to the society.

The bank was recently recognized as the Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking & Finance Awards.

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