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NANS Protests Detention Of Nigerian Students By Turkey

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The National Association of Nigerian Students on Thursday protested against the detention of some Nigerian students by the Republic of Turkey at the Turkish Embassy, Abuja.

Led by the NANS President, Aruna Kadiri, the protesters demanded the unconditional release of four students in prison custody in Istanbul as well as a public apology by the Turkish government to the detained students.

The students issued a seven-day ultimatum to Turkey to release their detained colleagues unconditionally or face the wrath of the student body in Nigeria.

Kadiri, who addressed the Turkish Deputy Ambassador, Semih C., described the arrest and detention of the students as an embarrassment to Nigeria, for which the nation deserved an apology.

The NANS leader said the detention of the students by the Turkish police was politically motivated and warned Ankara against “involving our students in your internal politics”.

Kadiri said, “We have investigated the detention of our students and we know that it is political. These students have been in detention for four weeks and nothing has been done to secure their release.

“We demand a public apology from Turkey over this incident. A lot of our students were arrested and upon interrogation, they were released, if you don’t know, this is an embarrassment to Nigeria.

“We are giving Turkey seven days to release the detained students and to tender a public apology to Nigeria and the students. Please, do not involve our students in the internal politics of Turkey.”

The Turkish envoy, who spoke through an interpreter, explained that many students from different countries were detained, adding that most of them were released after investigators found that they were innocent.

Semih stated that 46 out of 50 Nigerian students, were also released, adding that the four others in detention were found to have been communicating with their lecturers who were involved in the failed July 15, 2016 coup.

Source: Punch

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.

He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.

Also Read: Buhari Appoints Professor Godswill Obioma As New NECO Registrar

Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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FG, ASUU Talks On IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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

Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.

In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.

On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike

He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.

The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.

But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.

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BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike

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BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike

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In a bid to end the ongoing industrial action by lecturers of universities, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be meeting the federal government today.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, will lead the government delegation.

Also Read: ASUU Struggle Is Legitimate And Morally Right, Says Shehu Sani

This was made known in a statement by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations at the ministry, Mr Charles Akpan.

ASUU had embarked on an indefinite industrial action following its opposition to the government’s move to enforce the use of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System for salary payment (IPPIS).

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