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ASUP suspends two months strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, on Tuesday called off its two month old industrial action.

ASUP National Chairman, Usman Dutse, made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

Dutse also disclosed that the request for a revitalisation fund of N15 billion had been made by the Minister Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in lieu of the NEEDS assessment.

According to Dutse, government has equally made a public pronouncement on the issue conveying the government’s approval for the release of the sum as requested.

According to Dutse: “We have decided to suspend our two month old strike; this decision was taken at the end of our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

“We shall not hesitate to resume the suspended strike should government fail to review the Memorandum of Action (MoA) and ensure full implementation before end of May 2019.

“This is in view of the progress made in the course of the union’s negotiations with government.

“The NEC of the union, after exhaustive deliberations and in due consultations with the respective congresses across the nation resolved to suspend the current industrial action.

“This is based on the condition that government committed to review the Memorandum of Action to concretise the resolutions and ensure its full implementation by end of May 2019, failing which the union shall resume the action at its discretion.”

“It is expected that the funds shall be made available for disbursement to deserving institutions by April 2019.

“Equally, the approval of the NEEDS assessment report shall be pursued with all diligence to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions,” he added.

The union president also said on the issue of salary shortfall, promotion arrears and allowances that N16.7 billion has been released.

According to him, the union was informed of the release of N16.7 billion covering agencies of government, including affected Polytechnics cleared by the Presidential Initiative for Continuous Audit for shortfalls and promotion arrears.

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“A circular had also been released to all Rectors conveying increased personnel funding for 2019 and directing the payment of full salaries and allowances in Polytechnics.

“A schedule from the office of the Federal Ministry of Finance containing institutions contained in the phase one of the shortfall refund payments has been released.

“Our union notes that 11 institutions from the sector are cleared to receive funds from the approved tranche. Our union has been reassured that the next phase will contain more institutions.

”The government reported moves to review the instruments for accreditation to include such requirements. The union was informed that NBTE had been directed to cease further regulatory activities in such institutions.

“Document conveying the implementation of this resolution has been released vide letter ref: C/TEB.97/Vol.II/512 of 4th February, 2019 from the NBTE conveying a review of the guidelines for programme accreditation to include the issue of regular payment of salaries and allowances in institutions,” he said.

He said that it was equally resolved that the union be included in the multi stakeholder forum involving proprietors of all public tertiary institutions to accommodate Polytechnics/Monotechnics.

Dutse added that, it was agreed that the documents currently before the Head of Civil Service of the Federation be retrieved and reviewed to address the concerns of the union, and be presented to the board of the NBTE before the end of March, 2019 for approval.

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Akwa Ibom University suspends 4 students for allegedly raping female colleague

The Akwa Ibom State University, located at Obio Akpa Campus in Oruk Anam has announced the suspension of four students for allegedly raping a female student of the institution.

The Head, Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol of the University, Comrade Akaninyene Ibanga told journalists that the students were suspended by the university authorities as a normal procedure to allow them attend police interviews as part of investigations by the security agency to established their level of involvement in the crime.

He said the university would expel the students if they were found culpable of the offence after investigations.

Asked if the police would exonerate the suspected rapists, he said, “There is no way the police would exonerate them because the victim has obtained a medical report to back up police findings. Once the police concludes their investigation and send their report, the university would expel them if found guilty.”

In the release signed by the Head of Information unit of the institution, Mr Ibanga, the names of the perpetrators and their registration numbers were given as Akpan, Udeme Matthew (AK15/ART/HIS/009, Essien, Godwin Fidelis (AK16/SMS/MAS/019),Bassey Courage Joseph(AK16/ART/PFA/009)and Bassey Godspower Columbus (AK16/SMS/PAD/012 respectively.

“Kindly be informed that the Vice -Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University has taken appropriate disciplinary measures against the four students who have recently been involved in rape cases and caused embarrassment to the University Community.”

“Letters issued and signed on 8th April, 2019 on the directive of the Vice-Chancellor by the Registrar and Secretary to Senate, Mr. John E. Udo to the four culprits clearly state “The University has received a security report that on Saturday, March 23, 2019, you in company of three others allegedly raped and caused severe bodily harm to a female student of the Department of Performing Arts and Mass Comnunication”. He said.

He explained that the suspension letters were issued in line with the University rules and regulations as enshrined in the Student Information handbook.

He said the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of Senate, had directed that the studentship of the suspects should be suspended indefinitely with effect from the date of the letters, for their alleged gross misconduct, which constitutes a breach of the Matriculation Oath.

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2019 UTME: JAMB speaks on when results will be released

The Joing Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday explained why it had not released the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the board discovered that some candidates who wrote the examination engaged in massive fraud and impersonation, putting their results in doubt.

Benjamin stated this in an interview in Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said the board had started screening the results of all the candidates who wrote the examination and would release them as soon as it finished the exercise.

Benjamin said: “We will not release the results in a hurry. We will do a lot of crosschecking and matchmaking to be sure that nobody that was engaged in illicit act go scot free.

“We will release the results as soon as we finish checking the results to ensure that all those ones that we caught in various illicit registration acts are properly dealt with and those that we could not arrest are withheld.

“We will release the results when we finish doing our screening. We are screening the whole results.

“We don’t have the numbers now but we won’t release any result until we are sure of the whole thing.”

Benjamin also said the board was investigating cases of biometric verification failure in some states.

He assured that the board would do the needful once it finished its investigation and found the reported cases to be genuine.

“We will not be able to say genuine now until we do our due diligence. We are investigating because I told you that we have cases of illicit registration and we discovered that some of them created some scene when they discovered that their time for the exams clashed and they could not write the exam.

“We are giving everybody the benefit of doubt. We will look at all the perimeters and ensure that no one whose case is actually genuine suffers injustice.

“When we finish our exams we will be able to look at the whole thing (biometric issues),” he added.

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