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FUOYE: NASU, SSANU warm up for strike, protest over unpaid salaries

The leadership of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, SSANU, of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, FUOYE, led their members on a peaceful protest at the main entrance of the institution on Tuesday.

The members of the non-teaching staff of the institution are demanding that the Federal Government pay their four months’ withheld salaries.

The aggrieved members carried placards with different inscriptions, such as “NASU/SSANU says no to injustice in the payment of withheld salaries,” “We are not beggars, FG pay our salaries,” and “NASU/SSANU members are not second class citizens,” among others.

Addressing newsmen, the acting chairman of NASU in FUOYE, Comrade Ayeni Abraham, accused the federal government of being insensitive to their plight.

His words: “We are protesting because of our four months of withheld salaries by the federal government. It is so unfortunate that we are still operating at this level. This money we are agitating for is long overdue.

“During the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022, we were agitating for this money and at that time, our national leadership had been holding a series of meetings with the government to pay us this money.

“The FG played insensitivity to the plight of workers. They refused bluntly to pay our money. When the administration of President Bola Tinubu came, we proceeded with the agitation for our money. It was promise upon promise and MoU upon MoU without any result.

“Today, we were given directives from our national headquarters to carry out this protest to demand payment of four months of arrears on our salaries. Our counterparts from ASUU were paid four months’ arrears of their salaries at the expense of non-teaching staff on campus.

“This is injustice and that is the reason why we are here today to tell the FG to pay our money, to tell FG theat we are suffering and that we are not second-class citizens.


“We can no longer bear this hardship again. We are here to register our grievances to FG to kindly pay our four months’ withheld salaries. The money is long overdue and this money is our legitimate right. It is what we have worked for.”

He stated further: “After this protest, our national leadership will be having their own protest in Abuja on Thursday. A day after the protest, they will have a meeting. If the FG is ready to pay our money, all these actions will be suspended, but if the FG fails, probably it may be a total shutdown, we are going to embark on a total shutdown which has no date.”

His counterpart and chairman of SSANU in FUOYE, Faleye Benjamin, said that beyond the four months of withheld salaries, members of the union are battling with the harsh conditions of the economy.

He said: “We are expecting FG to do the needful within a short period of time. We are only using this strategy of protest in order not to embark on strike. We believe strike should be the last option because we still believe very much in this country and that is why we are still agitating.”

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JAMB unveils highest scorers in 2024 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) on Thursday unveiled the candidates who scored the highest marks in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB Registrar revealed 13 students who scored the highest marks in the 2024 UTME out of the 400 attainable before stakeholders including Mamman Tahir, the Minister of Education, Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Provost and others at the 2024 Policy Meeting on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Abuja.

The meeting was put in place to determine the modality and guidelines for admissions into tertiary institutions for the 2025 academic session.

Premium Times reported that from the list unveiled by Oloyede, three candidates scored 367 marks, the highest score by the participants in the examination.

He added that only 8,401, representing 0.5 per cent of candidates, scored above 300 in the examination while 77,070 others representing 4.2 per cent, scored 250 and above and that 439,974, representing 24 per cent, scored 200 and above.

See the top scorers in 2024 UTME and their scores

Olowu Joseph Oluwasijibomi – 367

Alayande David – 367

Orukpe Joel Ehijele – 367

Emmanuel Jeremiah Jewel -365

Essiet Etini Joshua -365

Ezenwoko Zara Valerie -365

Umoh Joshua Augustine -365

Mamudu Abdulrahman -364

Adeleke Abdulbasit Adekunle -363

Echem Victor Prosper -363

Etute Emmanuel Ehihomen -363

Keke Jedidiah Chidiebube -363

Adesanya Daniel Oluwatimileyin -363

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Successful student starting fresh session to be credited nextweek- NELFUND

Students of tertiary institutions who have successfully applied for the Federal Government’s loan scheme and are beginning new academic sessions will start receiving credit alerts from next week, the NELFUND Managing Director Akintunde Sawyerr says.

He made this announcement on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

“The people who are going to first receive alerts as early as next week are the people who are about to start a new session in the institution they are in,” Sawyerr said.

He added that other successful applicants will receive their credit alerts upon the commencement of academic sessions in their respective institutions.

Sawyerr’s comments followed the launch of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) by President Bola Tinubu at the State House in Abuja.

According to Sawyerr, 170,000 applicants from universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education have accounts with NELFUND, and 110,000 of these applicants have completed the process.

The NELFUND Managing Director explained that there are two types of beneficiaries: the institutions, which will receive payments on behalf of those who have successfully applied, and the students themselves, who will receive a monthly stipend.

Sawyerr emphasized that the programme aims to provide Nigeria with “better leadership in the future and improve the socio-economic situation of the country.”

“To be precise, about 110,000 students have successfully applied. They’ve put in their applications and verified as being bona fide and eligible applicants. But we’ll still carry out further verification to make sure they are well-qualified to receive these loans. But over 110,000 are likely to begin to receive disbursement from next week,” he said.

“It’s one thing to get approval for the loan, it’s another thing to begin to receive value. This loan is for those who are going to be starting institutions afresh or those who are already there.”

Sawyerr said each of the applicants must have Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) numbers, matric numbers, Bank Verification Numbers (BVN), and National Identification Numbers (NIN), among other requirements.

“Current exposure to students is about N35bn. We’ve got much more than that sitting in our accounts that we can disburse, and we’ve also got some funding on the way. Remember, we are getting 1% of Federal Inland Revenue Service taxes and we also can receive funding from other sources,” the NELFUND boss explained.

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FG to enforce 18yrs minimum entry age into tertiary institutions

The Federal Government has directed that admission to tertiary institutions should not be given to candidates under 18 years old.

The Minister of Education, Mister Tahir Mamman, gave the directive in Abuja on Thursday at the 2024 Policy meeting of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Although the announcement elicited mixed reactions from vice-chancellors, rectors and registrars present at the meeting, the minister decried the activities of some parents, who are pressuring their underage wards to get admission into tertiary institutions.

The minister said that the 18-year benchmark is in line with the 6-3-3-4 system of education.

“JAMB is hereby instructed from admission this year to admit only eligible students. That is those who have attained 18 years by our laws,” the minister.

He insisted that his position was backed by Nigeria’s law guiding admissions into tertiary institutions. He said it shouldn’t require a statement from him for that to be taken into consideration by admission bodies.

“Our laws require students to be in school from six years – Yes, there are those who do that from five –  and remain in primary school for six years, basic education for three years, and secondary school for three years… It doesn’t require a statement of the minister… we are only restating what is in the law,” he added.

Professor Mamman added that for those who will not be able to gain admission into tertiary institutions, the Ministry of Education is taking skills to pupils from primary school.

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