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Fresh crisis looms in public varsities – Unilorin ASUU

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A fresh crisis is in the offing if the federal government fails to address the controversial issue of ‘No Work, No Pay’ for the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

Following the resumption of duty after their eight months of strike action, the federal government implemented the ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy with half salaries reflected in their October pay packet.

The University of Ilorin chapter, at a press conference in Ilorin on Monday, threatened a showdown with the federal government should the authorities fail to address the lingering ‘No Work, No Pay’ controversial policy.

Secretary of the Union, Dr Abdulganiyu Olatunji, who briefed newsmen on behalf of the chairman, Professor Moyosore Ajao, urged stakeholders in the education sector to heed the warning of ASUU or risk unpleasant consequences of the ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy of the government.

He berated the ignoble stance of the government for withholding the eight months’ salaries of the university teachers based on the “ill-advised ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy.

The union declared that the policy is set to trigger fresh crises.

According to him: “In the coming days, the Union would respond by considering to invoke ‘No Pay, No Work’ and would abandon the works that have accumulated for those periods which government has falsely claimed through Chris Ngige, that our members have not worked.”

The union explained informed the public to take this notice again that a fresh crisis which would surpass all previous ones, is looming again in Nigeria stating that members of the union cannot and would not continue to do free work that would not be renumerated.

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“We hope that with this notice, all relevant stakeholders, who have the ears of government would act fast before the fragile peace restored on the campuses nationwide collapses,” he stated.

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The union expressed its resolve to continue to call the attention of government to its responsibilities despite the treatment meted out to it by the government.

“We have heeded the directive of the National Industrial Court, which directed that we resume our duty posts while the substantive matter is being heard,” he stated.

Dr Abdulganiyu further noted that it was to their utmost dismay that after the resumption, government decided to pay half salary for the month of October.

“This development is unacceptable and would be resisted by our union. The fact is that academics are not casual workers, only casual workers receive pay pro-rate.

” The law of the land is also clear on this, indeed, the National Industrial Court, made it clear in a landmark judgment in 2020 that tenured staff cannot be paid pro-rata,” Dr Abdulganiyu declared.

He commended the courage and sacrifice of the union members in the course of the struggle, assuring that their sacrifice shall never be in vain.

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UNILORIN expels four final year students, five others 

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UNILORIN expels four final year students, five others 

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) in Kwara State has taken a firm stance against academic dishonesty by expelling nine students for their involvement in examination malpractice.

This decisive action, detailed in the Unilorin Bulletin released on February 19, 2024, underscores the institution’s unwavering commitment to upholding academic integrity and standards.

Among the expelled students are four final year students, highlighting the severity of the consequences for such violations, regardless of the student’s academic standing. The individuals affected hail from various faculties, indicating that the issue of exam malpractice is not confined to a specific area of study.

The list of expelled students includes Lateef Lukman Olayemi, a 500-level student from the Agriculture/Aquaculture and Fisheries department; Kuranga Abdulmuiz Olalekan, also a 500-level student but from Agriculture/Agricultural Extension and Rural Development; Adebisi Janet Bosede, a 100-level student in Arts/Linguistics and Nigerian Languages; Ogundijo Abdulmalik Akinkunmi, a 500-level student in CIS/Library and Information Science; and Ashekun Oladiji Quadri, a 400-level student in CIS/Telecommunication Science.

Other expelled students are Eqwudah Lucky Ojonumba from the 300 level Education/Adult and Primary Education Studies; Musa Mohammed Asuku, a 500-level student in Engineering and Technology/Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Ahmed Saddam Opeyemi, another 500-level student in Engineering and Technology/Materials and Metallurgical Engineering; and Ayinla Jamiu Olaitan, a 400-level student in Life Science/Zoology.

The expulsions were based on the recommendations of the Students’ Disciplinary Committee during its 219th session, receiving endorsement from the Vice Chancellor, Prof Wahab Egbewole.

This action by the university administration sends a clear message about the seriousness with which it treats academic misconduct and its commitment to preserving the sanctity of its examination processes.

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British Council increases IELTS fee to N139,000 for Nigerians

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British Council increases IELTS fee to N139,000 for Nigerians
The British Council in Nigeria has announced yet another increase in the fees for the English Language Testing System, IELTS examinations, marking the second hike in the past five months.

As of February 1, 2024, applicants will be required to pay N139,000 for both the Computer Academic and General Training Modules.

The British Council attributed this adjustment to the rising costs associated with conducting the examinations.

The IELTS is widely recognized globally as a measure of language proficiency for non-native English speakers.

In an official notice posted on their website, the council stated, “We would like to inform you that there has been a review of our IELTS fees. The new price list of the IELTS range of tests offered by the British Council will be effective for registrations on or after 1 February 2024.”

The notice further explained that the price change is a response to the increased costs of delivering the exams.

“ This adjustment is expected to support the continuation of a diverse range of services and comprehensive support for individuals striving to achieve their language proficiency goals,” it added.

This latest increase of IELTS examination fee comes just five months after the previous adjustment in September 2023 when the fee rose from a range of N80,000 to N90,000 to the current N107,500.

The British Council expressed gratitude to applicants and emphasised their commitment to providing valuable services.

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Parents responsible for increase in illegal degree awarding institutions – NUC

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has blamed the proliferation of illegal degree awarding institutions on parents whom he said had placed a premium on university certification.

The Acting Executive Secretary, Mr Chris Maiyaki, said this on Sunday in Abuja during an interview with the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He told NAN that unaccredited degree awarding institutions and satellite campuses remained banned in the country.

He advised parents to thoroughly scrutinise institutions before sending their wards there to acquire certificates.

“Everybody is right to pursue university education but how you go about it is the crux of the matter.

“The challenge of access, the huge gap between supply and demand makes parents desperate about getting university education for their children  and this makes them vulnerable to greedy and fraudulent persons with commercial undertone,” he said.

Maiyaki explained that a committee was however set up to stamp out illegal institutions across the country.

“When we were challenged by this menace of our satellite campuses, NUC in 2000 undertook resource assessment of all outreach centres and we came up with the state of affairs of satellite campuses.

“We wrote to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and FEC was so gracious and there was a total ban on satellite campuses at that time.

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“We took a step further at NUC and shut down these centres. So satellite campuses remain banned and outlawed.

“We establish a committee on the closure of illegal universities and we mandated it to identify, locate and prosecute those perpetrating illegalities and we also do this in a multi- stakeholders collaboration involving security agencies,” he said.

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He also said a committee was reconstituted in 2021 to identify and prosecute operators of illegal institutions noting that effort  recorded a huge success.

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