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DR Congo-Born Kayembe Named As First Black Rector Of Edinburgh University

DR Congo-Born Kayembe Named As First Black Rector Of Edinburgh University

Education, Foreign
It’s been more than 16 years since Debora Kayembe fled her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo after learning that a gun-running militia group that she had helped to expose wanted to kill her. Since then, Kayembe sought asylum in Britain, started a family and settled in Edinburgh, where she worked as a human rights lawyer and political activist. Despite a life filled with hardship and achievement, she said nothing could have prepared her for the message she received on the afternoon of February 1. The previous November, she was asked if she would consider accepting a nomination to be the new rector of the University of Edinburgh, which was founded in the 16th century. If she was appointed, she would be the university’s first-ever black rector. She accepted the offer, ...
University Workers Storms Out Of The Meeting With Federal Government Delegation

University Workers Storms Out Of The Meeting With Federal Government Delegation

Education
Adamu Bello  The meeting between the Federal Government and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), has ended in a deadlock. It is the second meeting that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige is holding with the striking university workers, in an attempt to resolve the issues leading to the labour unrest in the universities. At the beginning of the meeting, the minister lampooned the two unions, describing their industrial action as illegal and unknown to labour laws. At the first meeting with the Federal Government last Tuesday, the striking university workers said the government had failed to address their critical demands, which included unpaid earned allowances of members,...
Ondo Polytechnic Student Macheted To Death

Ondo Polytechnic Student Macheted To Death

Education
Adenkule Lawson  There was pandemonium on Wednesday at the Ondo State-owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, in Owo, Ondo State, as a yet to be identified student of the polytechnic was macheted to death. The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Samuel Ojo, confirmed the incident to Overtnews in a telephone chat this evening. The cause of the death of the student is, however, yet to be known. The incident also coincides with the Students Union Government election of the polytechnic. But the PRO dismissed rumours that the killing might be connected with the SUG election, saying there was no evidence for that and that the killing happened outside the polytechnic campus. At the time of filing this report the Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, s...
SSANU, NASU Go On Strike,We Will Go To Court Because The Strike Is Illegal – Ngige

SSANU, NASU Go On Strike,We Will Go To Court Because The Strike Is Illegal – Ngige

Education
Aisha Mohammed The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige says any strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities would be illegal and might prompt the ministry to take legal actions. Dr Ngige while speaking to State House correspondents after a private meeting with the president in Abuja, said the last conversation the government had with the non-teaching staff ended with a plan by both parties to meet next week to continue negotiations, therefore any planned strike before that will be regarded as a breakdown in negotiations. He added that if the negotiation and what has been agreed is not obeyed, then the ministry might have to refer the dispute upwards from the industrial arbitration panel to the ...
University Workers To Embark On Nationwide Strike Tomorrow

University Workers To Embark On Nationwide Strike Tomorrow

Education
Ibrahim Musa Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of the Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU) have been directed to embark on a nationwide strike from Friday. The directive was issued in a statement signed by the leaders of both university staff associations on Thursday. Representatives of the federal government met with the unions on Tuesday, but the workers said the outcome was “not satisfactory enough to” assure them that government would meet their demands. The unions are asking, among other demands, for the government to rectify inconsistencies in the payroll of its members and pay minimum wage arrears. The strike action, if followed through, could cripple most government-run universities. T...
18 Inmates Bag Degree Certificates From Open University

18 Inmates Bag Degree Certificates From Open University

Education
Nnamdi Akpukeme 18 inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) studying with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Corrections’ Special Study Centres have graduated with various degree certificates. The Custodial Centres involved in the graduation exercise are Medium Security Custodial Centre Awka, Anambra State with one inmate; Maximum Security Custodial Centres Enugu with six inmates and Kirikiri Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Lagos State with inmates. Others are Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje with four inmates and Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Port Harcourt-Rivers State with one inmate. According to a statement by the NCoS, the inmates all graduated on Saturday. The acting Controller General of Corrections, John Mrabure in the statem...
Full list of approved 20 private universities

Full list of approved 20 private universities

Education
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of additional 20 private universities across the country. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed this while briefing the State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday. According to Adamu, the approved universities will get their provisional licences from the National Universities Commission (NUC), which they will use for the next three years while monitoring and evaluation will go on. The approved universities are:Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom,Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara,Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo,Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa StateAl-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano Sta...
Varsity Staff  And FG Meeting Deadlocked,They Insist On Embarking On Industrial Action.

Varsity Staff And FG Meeting Deadlocked,They Insist On Embarking On Industrial Action.

Education
Emeka Onwudiwe Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities have insisted that there is no going back on the February 5 date which they said they would commence the nationwide industrial action. Their decision is despite the conciliation meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment in Abuja on Tuesday to stop the non-teaching staff of the universities from embarking on the strike. Although the minister told journalists after the meeting that most issues raised by the unions have been addressed, leaders of the unions insist that most of their critical demands are yet to be attended to. The striking non-teaching staff are demanding that their members be taken off the government’s Integra...
EFCC Arrests University Vice Chancellor Over Alleged Education Funds Laundering

EFCC Arrests University Vice Chancellor Over Alleged Education Funds Laundering

Corruption, Education
Johnson Emilade The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrestedthe vice chancellor of the federal university of Gusau, Professor Magaji Garba, in connection with the corrupt cesspit happening in the education ministry involving Minister of education, Adamu Adamu and other notable individuals. The arrest which was made on Thursday is one of the many to come as EFCC opens investigation on the alleged funds syphon and corrupt practices in the ministry. According to reports,Prof. Magaji Garba who presently is detained at the holding cell of the EFCC in Abuja is reported to be working in cohorts with the federal minister of Education to execute the contract scam he was arrested for – which was for the construction of perimeter Wall Fence around the university, pha...
Tuition fee hike: LASU students reject Sanwo-Olu’s gesture, want reversal to N25,000

Tuition fee hike: LASU students reject Sanwo-Olu’s gesture, want reversal to N25,000

Education
Iyabo Ogujiobi The students of the Lagos State University, LASU, have rejected the reduction approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on their tuition fee, saying all they want is a reversal to the old rate. The governor had earlier on Saturday approved the reduction of the fee from N67, 000 to N57, 000 per session payable by new intakes from 2020/21 session. However, the students, in a statement on Saturday night by the Public Relations Officer of the Student Union Government, Adams Zaenab Olawumi, said what the students wanted was a reversal to the old rate of N25,000. The statement read, “The leadership of the Lagos State University Students’ Union Government (LASU-SUG) extends Aluta Greetings to all students, comrades and stakeholders. “The Lagos State University Stu...