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Six-month strike: PTA demands FG, ASUU, parents’ confab

Six-month strike: PTA demands FG, ASUU, parents’ confab

The National Association of Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTA) has advised the Federal Government to convey a tripartite meeting of parents, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and government so as to resolve the ongoing strike by the university teachers.

This was against the backdrop of the request from the Federal Government that parents’ associations should appeal to ASUU to call off its strike, while the government insisted that it did not have funds to meet the union’s demands.

Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, NAPTAN President, Mr Haruna Danjuma, explained that it was improper to ask the association to beg ASUU, adding that the government should meet ASUU’s demands.

He said, “If the government is saying parents should meet with ASUU, over what? ASUU didn’t direct their requests to PTA; they directed their demands to the government, their employer. FG has been meeting with ASUU they know what ASUU wants; we also know what ASUU wants through what we read.

“Let the government look into the demands, it is then the parents can say ‘ASUU, please consider the FG.’ I don’t think it is right for NAPTAN to meet with ASUU just like that.

“We have been begging ASUU, we are not begging them again. But If the government says ‘PTA, NAPTAN, ASUU come,’ then we are ready. The government should organise a meeting with the parent bodies of public and private schools, basic and higher institutions, let government arrange for a tripartite meeting. We will go there and say something; after all, they are our children.  If it requires us to kneel down and beg government and ASUU to arrive at something, we are ready to do that and I appeal to the government and ASUU to arrive at something.”

Report on UTAS

Meanwhile, ASUU has disclosed that the test conducted by the National Information Technology Development Agency on the University Transparency Accountability System was concluded three weeks ago.

The PUNCH reports that one of the reasons ASUU embarked on strike on February 14, 2022 was the government’s failure to accept UTAS as the payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers instead of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

In 2020, the union embarked on a strike over some other demands and allegations against what it tagged as “massive fraud and inconsistencies” on the IPPIS.

The union and the Federal Government agreed on the development of a new payment platform.

Early in 2022, a test was conducted by NITDA on the UTAS with the agency claiming that the platform failed the integrity test.

However, the Federal Government through the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, ordered that the platform should again be subjected to another test.

Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, the National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said, “The testing ended three weeks ago, we have not seen the results. The tests have been concluded three weeks.

“Meanwhile this is for our children, our youths staying at home. Meanwhile a minister will come and say we are asking for N1.2 trillion. Have the issues that do not have to do with money been resolved? Three weeks now, we have not seen the results.”

When contacted, NITDA’s Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Hadiza Umar, confirmed to The PUNCH that the agency has completed the test on UTAS.

She said, “We have completed the testing and the report of the testing has been sent to the Ministry of Labour. I do not know the content of the report but the testing has been concluded.

“The labour ministry sent it to us for testing and that is why the report was transmitted to them. You may however wish to contact the labour ministry for further information”.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, simply said, “Absolutely, I do not know anything about it. I am not aware of it and in all honesty, that is the truth.”

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NECO Releases 2022 SSCE Results

The National Examinations Council has released the 2022 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination results.

This was announced by NECO Registrar, Prof. Dantani Wushishi, on Thursday at the NECO Headquarters in Minna, Niger State.

Wushishi added that the council blacklisted 29 supervisors for their alleged involvement in various malpractice offences.

He also said four schools were recommended for de-recognition for two years over consistent malpractices.

Wushishi further disclosed that the council recorded a decline in malpractice in the 2022 internal senior school certificate examinations as against other years.

“In the area of malpractices, 13, 595 were caught as against 20, 003 in year 2021, which showed appreciable decline in number of malpractices cases.”

“Twenty nine supervisors were blacklisted for various offended ranging from poor supervision, insult, aiding and abetting during the examinations”.

Dantani gave the number of candidates that registered for the Examinations as 1, 209, 703 while 1, 198, 412 sat for the examination.

He further stated that the number of candidates who got five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics is 727, 864 representing 60.74 per cent.

 

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UNIBEN Announces Post UTME Dates

The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.

The Registrar of the University, Mr Ademola Bobola gave the notice on Wednesday in Benin, saying the examinations and screening would hold between Nov. 14 and Nov. 25.

Bobola said that the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode.

“Only candidates, who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and direct entry admission and chose University of Benin as first choice and scored 200 and above for UTME candidates, are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.

Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the institution’s official website http://www.uniben.edu for further details.

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Court Strikes Out NANS Suit Against ASUU

A suit filed by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to compel the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike has on Tuesday been struck out by the National Industrial Court.

In the ruling, the judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman terminated further proceedings in the matter after it was withdrawn by the claimant, Umar Lawal.

From facts, Lawal had filed the suit which was mentioned on Sept.16, for himself and on behalf of NANS against the Minister of Education, ASUU and the Attorney-General of the Federation.

However, when the matter slated for hearing came up on Tuesday, Lawal notified the court that he had filed a motion for discontinuance.

He added that he premised his decision to withdraw the suit on account of the challenge by NANS which contested his position as its president in the affidavit he had deposed to.

After Lawal submitted his application, the court asked if Marshal Abubakar, counsel to ASUU, had any objection, he informed the court that he was not opposed to Lawal’s application to withdraw the suit.

The other defendants, however, had no legal representation in court.

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