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We Are Set For Reopening- ASUU

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We are ready to resume, says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday, gave an indication that the union will suspend its prolonged strike very soon, as its President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, declared that the varsity lecturers are ready to go back to school.

The ASUU President gave the hint even as the Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, assured it would meet the union demands within time frame it stipulated.

Prof Ogunyemi, who was speaking at a meeting between the Federal Government, led by the Labour Minister and ASUU leadership, led by the President, said their members are willing to resume because it is a matter of national interest.

He points out that their members also have their children at home, like all other parents who have their children at home due to the prolonged strike.

The ASUU president said: “Our members are ready and willing to go to class because it is a matter of national interest. Just like every other person’s child is at home, our member’s children are also at home.”

Prof Ogunyemi commended the Senate President and the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Accountant General of the Federation, among others for making it possible for them to discuss on the issues.

He pointed out that though, ASUU delegation came with an open mind to the meeting, its members out there expect much from the meeting.


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See Why The Strike Has Not Yet Been Called Off By ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it has yet to call off its ongoing strike because it is waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

The UTAS is the payment platform created by ASUU in place of government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

ASSU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview with The PUNCH said the government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct integrity test on UTAS.

“The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.”

While speaking on whether the government had accepted UTAS, Ogunyemi said, “We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans.

The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principal, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process. We had presented UTAS at three levels, starting with the Ministry of Education, Senate President and members of his team, officials of Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, where all other stakeholders were present, including NITDA, all stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next stage of integrity test is what we are moving in to.

If government facilitates it, it is not something that should drag for too long at all. We don’t foresee any problem with UTAS; it also depends on how early the government makes it possible for the integrity test to be conducted.”

Ogunyemi also explained that ASUU was ready to resume academic activities if the government was ready to play its part.

“Our members are ready to resume work as early as government is ready to play its part. I’m sure you are not suggesting that our members should resume on empty stomach or the strike should be suspended without any concrete action on the side of the government. We don’t like to stay away from our work because we like our students, they are also our children.

As far as we are concerned, we don’t have issue with going back to work, but we want more sincerity on the side of government.

“We have not seen enough reasons to believe that they don’t mean what they are telling us but as soon as we see any sign to that effect. we will tell Nigerians.”


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Queens School Enugu Calls For Help As Hoodlums Plan To Set In (Video)

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Queens School Enugu Calls For Help As Hoodlums Plan To Set In (Video)

The students at the school dormitory in Queens School Enugu are right now calling for rescue. The hoodlums who are at the school gate trying to break into the school in search of palliative may harm them.

This video shows one of the female students calling for help.

Queens schools Enugu is a female college with many young girls at the dormitory right now.

All patriots, all security agencies should help ensure that these kids are safe.

Watch the little girl cry for help.


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UNIZIK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: OCTOBER MEETING ALERT

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We wish to inform esteemed members of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni Association, (Awka Branch) that the monthly meeting scheduled for this Sunday, October 25, will no longer hold.

This is due to the spate of protests and violence in various parts of the state and the country.

While we regret the sad turn out of events, we accord great priority to the safety of our members.

The next meeting will be communicated to members in due course.

We encourage everyone to stay safe.

*Signed*
*Franklin Onwubiko, ANIPR*
*PRO, UNIZIK Alumni Association (Awka Branch)*


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