ASUU Strike Will End Soon, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment Says.
Chris Ngige said this based on the last offer made by the government to the union.
Ngige while speaking on Monday also noted that he expects to get feedback from the ASUU negotiating team probably on Tuesday, contrary to the normal Friday as in previous times.
He said once ASUU returns to the negotiating table, both parties should be able to fastrack efforts towards ending the eight-month strike which began in March.
The Minister expressed his views during an interview with Arise TV.
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He said: “I feel that even this offer is one of the best they have ever gotten since I started conciliation with them. I do not see why they should not accept it. Everything they asked for has been granted. I don’t think they should say the offer is not good.
“But I told them before they left that asking the nation and the students to wait from Friday to Friday is unfair, they should come back to us by Tuesday. They have done that before when we negotiated with the Senate President. The offer was made on a Thursday and they came back to us on a Tuesday.
“So, that’s what I expect them to do this time around. If they do so, the nation will appreciate them and regard them as patriotic citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I expect them to get back to me much earlier than Friday.”
As of last week the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been offered N65 billion for Earned Academic Allowance and revitalisation by the Federal Government in a bid to end ASUU strike.
The Federal Government also offered the lecturers N65 billion for Earned Academic Allowance and revitalization, the meeting was held on Friday, November 20.
Furthermore, the government also agreed to pay the striking lecturers through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) until ASUU’s University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is ready for usage.
These were some of the agreements reached at the resumed meeting between the leadership of ASUU and the federal government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Friday.
Schools Resumption: NANS Tells FG To Approve COVID-19 Support Funds For Nigerian Universities, Polys
FG has directed all schools in Nigeria to resume on January 18, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS Tells FG To Approve COVID-19 Support Funds For Nigerian Universities and Polytechnics in the country to combat the killer infection.
NANS’ National President , Com. Sunday Asefon, said such funds would help the schools, especially the tertiary institutions to procure precautionary facilities to stem the tide of COVID-19.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, Asefon expressed joy over the compromise reached by the federal government and stakeholders that schools should resume, describing this as a long-awaited respite for students.
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The NANS’ President stated that this landmark decision would help in relieving the students, who had been home for nine months of the burden of being put in abeyance for long, now that there is hope in sight.
Asefon said: “Now that the federal government had reached a compromise that the schools should reopen, the second phase should be how to help the schools to get the requisite precautionary facilities to tame the spread of COVID-19 disease.
“As much as it has become expedient for schools to reopen, it would also be foolhardy to take the issue of safety with levity, because such could also create crisis in the system in future.
“Under this confounding situation, the federal government should as a matter of urgency give COVID 19 support fund to all tertiary institutions to purchase facilities that can guarantee safety of students and lecturers.
“NANS, as an umbrella body for all students won’t tolerate carnage on campuses on account of Covid 19 infection.
“Taking cognisance of the veracious information at our disposal; only the private universities and polytechnics have prepared solidly to receive students in strict compliance with COVID-19 safety measures. Such is still lacking in our public schools.
“That is where the federal government should intervene to ensure smooth take off of academic activities after a long-drawn battle with COVID-19”.
Asefon also warned the school Managements against opportunistic actions, by resorting to imposition of arbitrary charges under the facade of COVID-19, saying procurement of facilities should be the responsibility of the federal government.
FG Confirms Resumption Date For Schools, Gives Conditions
Minister of Education has confirmed resumption date for schools nationwide.
Resumption Date for Schools was confirmed after extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, following concerns raised on 12th January.
There had been concerns over possible overcrowding in classes, and the ability of institutions to provide necessary sanitary materials.
Below is the full text of the statement released by the Federal Ministry of Education:
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“Sequel to the hint given during the press briefing on 12 January 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of 18th January 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation.
“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including:-
(i) Compulsory wearing of Facemasks by all students, teachers, and workers in all schools
(ii) Temperature checks and handwashing facilities at strategic locations in all schools
(iii) Ensuring a constant supply of water and sanitizers
(iv) Enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.
(v) Avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy
(vi) Availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities
(vii) Adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed/ approved by the PTF from time to time.
“These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.”
WAEC Confirms January 29 As Deadline For 2021 WASSCE Registration
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC Nigeria, has stated that 29 January is the deadline for the 2021 WASSCE Registration for private candidates, 2021-First Series.
This was disclosed over the weekend by the WAEC Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu who confirmed that the report from its Zonal WAEC office, Benin City, Edo state that announced the deadline for this year’s WASSCE from was true.
Part of the information read: “The West African Examinations Council invites potential candidates to register for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination ( WASSCE) for private candidates, 2021-First Series.
“Registration pins and information CDs can be obtained at WAEC office, Aduwawa Benin city, banks and accredited agents.
“Entry closes on January 29th, 2021. Registration fee is N3, 950, 00. “
Reacting to the release, Mr Ojijeogu explained that “The public announcement is from our WAEC Zonal offices, Benin City, Edo State. This information applies to Nigerians who want to sit for WASSCE this year. And the pin can be gotten from any WAEC office nearest to them.