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UNILAG Students Paralyse Commercial Activities In ‘Exorbitant Rates’ Protest

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Commercial activities were halted at the University of Lagos, UNILAG, yesterday, as students protested what they described as ‘exorbitant rates by the vendors in the campus.’

“Some students came yesterday and asked us to lock our shops complaining that our prices are too exorbitant. But they should have resorted to dialogue first before asking us to lock up,” an official of UNILAG vendors association said.

The Assistant General Secretary of the law society which was at the forefront of the protest, Mr. Dare Adeojo said: “This is a very welcome development, and we are well within our rights.

“We have declared a 24-hour boycott and lock down of the shops within the campus. How can we buy noodles for N80 when it’s being sold at N60 outside? And why should pure water be N10?”

Another vendor who explained some of the reasons for the hike in price of goods on the campus said, “When we came here in 1996, it cost about N16,000 per annum to rent a shop. About five years ago, the rates moved up.

“Now it costs between N80,000 and N100,000 to rent a shop. The electricity bills are also very high.”

Deputy Dean of the university, Dr. A. K. Adebayo, said: “The school management is meeting with some of the student leaders as we speak, and very soon, the matter will be resolved.”

“We just instructed that the shops should be closed down to avoid any unwanted incidents in the best interests of everyone involved.”

The shops remained locked until evening when some vendors opened partly, mostly back doors to try and make sales for the day.

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday - Lagos Govt

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The Lagos State Government on Thursday directed all public and private schools in the state to reopen all classes for academic activities.

Recall that schools were closed following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in the State.

The government directed students and pupils in boarding houses to report to school on Sunday, 1st of November in preparation for the general resumption by Monday, 2nd November, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Reopening Of Lagos Markets

The directive was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo which was signed by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education.

The Commissioner advised pupils/students to take their studies more seriously in a bid to recover the lost period and thereby excel.

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FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.

The union and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige led delegation failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.

According to reports, the Federal Government offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Also Read: Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU

However, the ASUU delegation led by National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment by the Federal Government should be made through the UTAS.

Following the failure to reach a consensus, the parties agreed to consult their respective principals and stakeholders.

They are to reconvene next week Wednesday.

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WAEC To Release 2020 SSSCE Results Next Week

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WAEC To Release 2020 SSSCE Results Next Week

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has given an update on releasing the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result.

The Council early on Wednesday morning announced that the result would be released next week.

Also Read: WAEC Releases 2020 WASSCE Timetable

The results were supposed to be out today but the examination body said the postponement was due to the violence and arson in the country which affected some of its offices and some of its operations nationwide.

The examination body stated that the exact date for the result will be announced soon.

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