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FG in Fresh Moves to End ASUU Strike

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The federal government is set to communicate with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the industrial action the union embarked upon on April 9, 2020.

The subject of the expected letter is to ask the striking lecturers to get ready to resume work while tabling their grievances for consideration.

Unlike when the government rejected ASUU’s preference for physical meeting, the former has now accepted to fix a date for resumption of negotiations if the lecturers suspend their four-month-old strike.

A reliable source, who confirmed the latest plan by the federal government to THISDAY yesterday, said although no date has been fixed for the next meeting with ASUU, a letter is to be sent to the union before the end of the week as a measure of goodwill, to urge the leadership of the union to suspend their action so that schools can resume.

“The move is meant to solicit the cooperation of the university lecturers in the efforts to put necessary mechanism in place for the reopening of tertiary institutions after months of closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“The federal government will write to request that ASUU should suspend its industrial action to enable talks to commence on their grievances. The suspension of the strike is also important to get the university teachers involved in the preparations for the reopening of the institutions,” the source said.

The federal government had earlier planned a virtual meeting to sort out outstanding issues with ASUU, but the union said it preferred physical meeting which it felt would be able to trash out their main problem.

However, the government source said with the reviewed COVID-19 lockdown, consideration for a physical meeting with ASUU is on.

He said the Ministry of Labour and Employment, which coordinates the negotiations, has started consulting other ministries and stakeholders to agree on a date for resumption of talks.

Before the lockdown that led to the closure of all schools nationwide, ASUU had declared an indefinite strike to protest the stoppage of their salaries and the directive by the government to compel its members to enroll with the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

It raised the issue of its outstanding agreement entered with the federal government in February 2019, and demanded that all aspects of the deal not implemented should be religiously implemented.

Regarding the IPISS, ASUU requested for 18 months’ time frame to develop its own alternative salary payment system, which is the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS).

The union also demanded a phased release of N1.1 trillion for the revitalisation of universities and N220 billion as arrears of earned academic allowances to its members said to have accumulated from the original agreement it had with the federal government in 2009.

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Lecturers caught on tape demanding sex, Shame on their faces as they are dismissed by UNILAG

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Boniface Igbeneghu and Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo, lecturers of University of  Lagos have been dismissed by Unilag, for insisting on sex for admission from a reporter who disguised as an admission finder.

The Senate had instigated a committee to make findings on their demand which was caught on tape.

Kiki Mordi who posed as a 17-year-old prospective student in a BBC Investigative Series, Africa Eye is an undercover journalist.

Recollect the documentary, published in October 2019, focused on sexual harassment and assaults in tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Ghana.

It roped Boniface, Oladipo, and University of Ghana lecturers Paul Butakor and Ransford Gyampo.

Igbeneghu was a lecturer in the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies.

The former sub-dean, Faculty of Arts, was dismissed as head pastor of a local Foursquare Gospel Church at the start of the scandal.

Oladipo lectured at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences. The partner in crime had been sacked.

A statement on Wednesday by UNILAG Registrar, Azeez Oladejo announced their dismissal for “misconduct”.

It disclosed that the Governing Council at its meeting on May 31, 2021, approved the decision.

Oladejo said the action was in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967.

“Committee further instructed that the management should go through the sexual harassment policy as may be necessary and effective movement to prevent future occurrence”, he concluded.

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Atas Lasu Ankara Day Sponsored By 9jaflair

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Atas Lasu Ankara Day

The Atas LASU, celebrated their Ankara day in a grand style towards weekend. The event, tagged Atas Ankara day, was sponsored by 9jaflair in conjunction with LUSH.
The event was attended by lecturers from the department of Theatre art, Music, English among others. The students of theatre art in 100- 400 level and some Alumni as well as others from Music, English, History, and Philosophy in LASU, Ojo campus, trooped into the Art auditorium in their numbers in other to grace the occasion.
It was an interesting edition of the Atas Ankara day in theatre art, LASU, held in the auditorium on the 30th of April, 2021.


The Atas Ankara uniform was a tie-dye design which was received by all. The occasion featured different performances, like singing, dancing, acting and pageantry.
The pageantry part of part of the event was full of fun. The pageants were twenty in all, ten males and ten females. They came in accordance to their numbers looking colourful and rich in their splendid display for the competition.
The ceremony was in honour of the inductees of the department and the pageantry was to select the Mr and Miss Atas LASU. The competition consisted of the introduction, walk steps, talent show by the contestants and questions from the Judges.


The pageants performance was over as the Judges chose the first, second and third runner up as well as the winners. The winners were given academic scholarship by 9jaflair and gifts from LUSH.
Despite the break in transmission, the event was brought to a successful conclusion at around 6PM that friday. It was a day that would go down well in history of Atas LASU.

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COVID-19 second wave: Parents lament as Nigerian govt reopen schools

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Some Parents have lamented while others have expressed fear as private and public schools resume in Nigeria despite the rise in number of COVID-19 cases.

In the last 24 hours, Nigeria has recorded fifteen deaths due to complications from COVID-19.

Also, COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 110, 387 with 1,435 deaths in total.

However, the federal government had announced today, January 18 for reopening of schools across the country, even as it continues to deal with the second wave of COVID-19.

Some states like Edo have refused to resume school while others in Lagos State for example have resumed.

Although some students of both public and private schools returned to school today, some parents and guardians have chosen to keep their wards back.

They fear that schools are not well-equipped to put mandatory protocols in place to deal with the new strain of coronavirus which is more deadly.

Reacting, one Ideonrex told this reporter that, “I am honestly afraid about the school resumption. Although the Reps had suggested that reopening of school should be postponed, I feel they should make provision for studies online from primary and secondary schools. It will limit the spread of the virus.

Another parent in Abuja identified as Mr Ebubechukwu Onurah said, “No school should have reopened today if we are really serious about tackling this virus. The FG hasn’t done anything regarding safety measures in all public and private schools in the country. We know the Nigeria govt does not value or respect the lives of its citizens but as a parent, I’m unhappy about this resumption.

Also speaking, a Lagos businessman, Babatunde Akinwumi told our correspondent that, “I’m more worried about Lagos State, yesterday Lagos recorded almost one thousand cases and today the Governor reopened schools but ordered level 1-12 to work from home. Are our children’s lives not important like their parents? A serious Governor would give more time to put the right measures in place but since we do selectively value lives in this county, they do not care.

Edidong Akpan said, “I think we run a confused government in the country. Every day, the NCDC announces increasing figures, but they do not advise the government to shut down schools. They are the disease control centre body, but they rather decided to endanger the lives of our kids. May God help protect our loved ones.

Hillary Thomas said, “ I didn’t send my kids to schools. With the rise in COVID-19 cases, I’m worried there’ll be many kids without symptoms back in classrooms. We’ll see how this week goes.”

But speaking in support of the reopening, Ojibwa Ojone said “I am not against school resumption because teachers need to earn salaries. Especially private school teachers who have gone months without tangible or no salary. I think the government should strictly enforce the use of face mask, proper hygiene and other protocols to keep the session going. Nigeria doesn’t have the capacity to run schools online.”

Here are other comments us gathered on Twitter.

@gbemy01, “Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children? They want to balance record?”

@Stabdulraheem, “The execrable actions of govts are enough to make skeptics doubt the existence of COVID-19. The NIN/NIMC exercise, the resumption of schools, inane political activities, etc, for examples. And the country has a weak, collapsing, over-burdened health structure. Most facilities lack.”

@Umaruabu, “If WAEC , NECO, NABTEB were conducted during the peak of the VIRUS-corona. Plus school resumption in October, and there was no upsurge reports by NCDC…The school is safe to reopen but strict COVID-19 adherence should be applicable.”

@Kesslim, “Honestly, I’am not comfortable with the resumption, kids can’t really protect themselves enough.”

@Fagbohun_A, “Yess”, there is a need for schools to resume because of the effect on the academic calendar. People keep complaining about school resumption. Go and take a look at our overcrowded markets without safety precaution. Take a look at our Shopping Malls and Cinemas. In the past few months of Lockdown and strikes, I can tell you that some students have engaged in fraud, drug abuse, pilfering due to idleness.”

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