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Patience Jonathan Lays Foundation Of 15-storey Female Hostel In Unilag

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Nigeria’s first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan was at the University of Lagos yesterday to break grounds at the foundation laying ceremony of a 15 storey, 1,900 capacity, female hostel to be named after her. The project, which is worth about N3bn is to be completed in 2016.

Addressing a teeming crowd at the building site, Mrs Jonathan said: “Today marks a milestone in the development of higher education in Nigeria.

“I believe this is a worthy cause, one that will alleviate the challenge of having so many students living off campus, especially considering the attending insecurity in the country. Education is key to human capital development and is the basis of national development. This why we must ensure that a significant percentage of our children, especially our girls, acquire university education.”

Also speaking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Rahamon Bello said: “We are particularly delighted to have the first Lady in our midst today. Here at the University of Lagos, we have 40,291 students in need of accommodation, 17,934 of which are female.

“Despite this large number, we have available bed spaces for only about 8,500. This is excluding the students at the Distance Learning Institute.

“Getting more room on campus is especially important to girls, because girls are the most vulnerable in situations like this. We are most grateful to the parents’ forum for championing this venture,” he said.

Permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Mark John Nwaobiala, who represented the supervising minister for education, Sen. Nyesom Wike said the construction of the hostel is clear evidence that the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan to make university education in Nigeria second to none in Nigeria is well underway.

“Government is fully aware of the enormous benefits that hostel life brings,” he said.

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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

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Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the reopening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, November 2.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Pastor. Femi Agagu.

He expressed that the state has become peaceful following the unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

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

Recall that the state government had earlier directed schools to reopen on October 19 after seven months of closure due to COVID- 19 outbreak.

But the schools were shut days after when the #EndSARS protest broke out.

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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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