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Court summons FG, ASUU



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The National Industrial Court (NIC), has summoned the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to appear before it tomorrow, Monday, in Abuja, over the protracted strike by members of ASUU that has shut the nation’s university system since February.

The summons followed the referral of the protracted dispute between the Federal Government and ASUU to the NIC by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

The Federal Government is, among others, praying the court to order ASUU to resume academic activities.

The court in a letter of summon dated September 9, sign the Chief Registrar, said among others, “Take note above mention case will not be listed for mention before the National Industrial Court sitting at N0 11, New -Bussa close , Area 3, Garki Abuja, on Monday 12th September 2022, at 9 am.”

Those summoned include the Minster of Education, Minster of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Minister, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, and the President of ASUU.

In a letter referring the dispute to NIC dated September 8, 2022, titled Forwarding of a Referral Instrument In The Trade Dispute Between Federal Government/Federal Ministry Of Education and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Labour and Employment Minister, among others, noted that “The Referral Instrument is raised in line with powers vested on the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment by trade dispute resolution mechanisms and the provision of Section {7 of the Trade Dispute Act, CAP. 18, Laws of the Federation af Nigeria (LFN), 2004).

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“In view of the fact that ASUU members have been on strike since February 14, 2022 and have refused to call off the action despite apprehension of same, it would be appreciated if this dispute is given an accelerated hearing in order to bring the dispute to an end.


“The addresses of the parties in dispute are as follows: President. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), c/o ASUU Secretariat University of Abuja, Honourable Minister of Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Secretariat Phase Il, Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja, Honourable Minster of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja. iv. The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja.

In an instrument of referral in line with the Trade Disputes Act CAP T8, Law of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), 2002, National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), among others, is to “Inquire into the legality or otherwise of the on-going prolonged strike by ASLU leadership and members which had continued even after apprehension by the Minister of Labour and Employment.

“Interpret in its entirety the provisions of Section 18, LFN 2004 especially as it applies to cessation of strike once a trade dispute is apprehended by the Minister of Labour and Employment and conciliation is on-going.

“Interpret the provisions of Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act CAP T8. LFN 2004 titled “Special Provision with Respect to Payment of Wages During Strikes and Lockouts” specifically dealing with the rights of employers and employees/workers during the period of any strike or lock-out. Can ASUU or any union that embarked on strike be asking to be paid salaries even with the clear provision of the Law?

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“Determine whether ASUU members are entitled to emolument or “strike pay” during their period of current strike which commenced on February 14, 2022. More so in view of our national law as provided in Section 48 of the Trade Disputes Act and the International Labour Principles on the Rights to Strike as well as the Decisions of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association on the subject.

“Determine whether ASUU has the right to embark on strike over disputes as is the case in this instance by compelling the Federal Government to deploy University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) developed by ASUU in the payment af the wages it its members as against Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) universally used by the Federal Government in the nation for payment of wages of all her Employees (Workers) in the Federal Government Public Service of which university workers including ASUU members are part of, even where the Government via NITDA subjected the ASUU and their counterpart SSANU/NASU, UPPPS University Payment Platform System software to integrity test (Vulnerability and Stress Test) and they failed same.

“Determine the extent of fulfillment of ASUU’s demands by the Federal Government as follows since the 2020 Memorandum of Action with Federal Government : Funding for Revitalisation of Public Universities as per 2009 Agreement,  Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) payments, State Universities Proliferation, Constitution of Visitation Panels/Release of White Paper on report of Visitation Panels, Reconstitution of Government Renegotiation Team for the renegotiation of 2009 Agreement which was renegotiated 2013/2014 and due for re-negotiation by 20/8/2019, and The migration of ASUU members from IPPIS to University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) developed by ASUU which is currently on test at Nigeria Technological Development Agency’ NITDA.

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“Issue ORDER for ASUU members to resume work in their various Universities while the issues in dispute are being addressed by the NICN in consonance with the pravisions of Section 18 (1) (b) of the Trade Act. CAP 18. LFN 2004,” (Vanguard)

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Prof Ezeokonkwo emerges acting VC of UNN



 •New UNN VC, Prof Romanus Ezeokonkwo
Prof Romanus Ezeokonkwo, the incumbent Deputy Vice-chancellor, Administration at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has been elected as the Acting Vice-chancellor of the university.

Chief Okwun Omeaku, the Public Relations Officer of the university made the disclosure in a statement issued at the end of the 422nd session of the Senate in Nsukka on Friday.

He said that Ezeokonkwo won by 200 votes in the election conducted by the senate at its session on Friday.

According to him, Ezeokonkwo defeated Prof Johnson Urama, Deputy Vice-chancellor Academic UNN and Prof Daniel Nwachukwu, the Deputy Vice-chancellor, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC).

“Ezeokonkwo scored 200 votes to defeat Urama and Nwachukwu who scored 180 and 25 votes respectiviely,” he said.

The PRO noted that the position of the vice chancellor became vacant following the end of the tenure of Prof Charles Igwe, whose five year-tenure would end on June 10.

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Maduka University Enugu announces school fees structure For 2024/2025 session



Maduka University Enugu has announced the registration for admission for the 2024/2025 academic session.

The university has also released its fee structure for the new academic year, which offers a range of programmes across various schools.

The announcement follows the recent release of the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Our cut-off mark is the minimum approved by JAMB for 2024/2025 academic session.

Prospective students can apply for admission into Maduka University’s undergraduate programs in the Schools of Business and Social Sciences, Computing and Engineering, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and Law.

The university’s fee structure is designed to be at quality and affordability in mind.

The fee structure for various programmes is as follows:

School of Computing:

Computer Science: N690,000.00
Cyber Security: N690,000.00
Software Engineering: N690,000.00


School of Business and Social Sciences:
Accounting: N650,000.00
Economics: N650,000.00
Mass Communication: N650,000.00
International Relations: N650,000.00
Transport Management: N650,000.00

School of Engineering:

Civil Engineering: N690,000.00
Mechanical Engineering: N690,000.00
Mechatronics Engineering: N690,000.00
Computer Engineering: N690,000.00
Electrical & Electronics Engineering: N690,000.00

School of Health Sciences:
Medicine & Surgery: N3,100,000.00
Public Health: N690,000.00
Anatomy: N690,000.00
Physiology: N690,000.00
Radiography: N690,000.00
Biochemistry: N690,000.00
Nursing: N1,100,000.00
Medical Laboratory Science: N690,000.00
Physiotherapy: N690,000.00

School of Pharmacy:
Pharmacy N1,100,000.00

School of Law:
Law N1,100,000

IJMBE & JUPEB: N650,000

These fees cover a full academic session, including a standard N80,000 hostel accommodation and N20,000 for health care.


For students who did not take the JAMB Examination, Maduka University offers admission opportunities through the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE).

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Application form: N5,000.00
Acceptance fee: N50,000.00 (non-refundable)
Feeding: Pay as you eat
IJMBE & JUPEB students pay once, while others may pay in two instalments of 60/40%

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Maduka University for more information when necessary.

Rose – 08055091802 or Henry- 09157893107

Admission Forms:



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Enugu to host groundbreaking NgEducators International Model UN Conference



Enugu State is poised to host the inaugural NgEducators International Model United Nations Conference, a significant event being organized by the Enugu State Ministry of Education under the visionary leadership of His Excellency Dr. Peter Mbah.

This landmark conference will function as a creative simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, as Nigerian students representative drawn from all over the country will be featured as international diplomatic delegates.

Under the theme “Development of Education in Developing Countries,” the event will not only be a watershed moment for Educational discourse and innovation but aims to draft resolutions for the future of education in Nigeria through simulated plenary sessions, networking, and collaborative workshops.

The weeklong itinerary begins with a Welcome Reception on June 3rd at the Old Government Lodge, Enugu, followed by the grand inauguration at Okpara Square and the launch of Enugu Smart Green Schools in Owo. Intense Model UN Plenary Sessions and a meeting of Nigerian State Commissioners of Education will occur at the Old Government Lodge.

The conference concludes with an awards ceremony on June 7th and a reflective valedictory session on June 8th.

Notable speakers include Vice President H.E. Kasim Shettima, Governor Dr. Peter Mbah, Minister of Education Prof. Tahir Mamman, UBEC Executive Secretary Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, Ambassador (Dr.) Tivlumun Innocent Ahure, and Prof. Ndubueze Mbah. They will inspire delegates and underline the event’s essence.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Education Prof. Ndubueze Mbah highlights the alignment of this conference with Governor Mbah’s ambitious plan to transform education in Enugu State.

According to him, Central to this vision is constructing 260 ‘Smart Green Schools’ equipped with internet, computers, interactive whiteboards, 3-D printing, augmented reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence, aiming to cultivate a future-ready workforce.


This conference, part of the UN’s ‘Our Common Agenda,’ seeks to raise resolutions that accelerate progress towards SDG 4 in developing countries. By bringing together global, national, and local education stakeholders, it promises impactful discussions to reshape education. Enugu State stands on the cusp of an educational renaissance and hosting this event, demonstrates her commitment to initiating and fostering a culture of educational innovation and excellence, preparing students to thrive in an increasingly complex world.

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