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Students of  the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State disrupted social activities on the campus of the institution on Thursday as they protested against their lecturers joining the nationwide strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.

The lecturers of the state-owned Polytechnic, who just resumed from an industrial action a few weeks ago, joined their counterparts across the country for the ASUP strike on Monday.

The RUGIPO students kicked against the action of the lecturers, saying they (lecturers) were insensitive to their (students) academic career.

They added that the lecturers were not supposed to join the nationwide strike.

The angry protesters barricaded the school main entrance, preventing vehicles from going in or going out of the campus of the of the institution for several hours.

They were also armed with placards with various inscriptions such as “If truly we are the leaders of tomorrow, why stampeding our future’, ‘Ijawoye (ASUP Chairman) stop using us as instrument of negotiation,’’ ‘ASUP members graduated, let us too graduate’ among others.

According to the protesting students, the decision of the RUGIPO lecturers to join the strike was illegal and a height of irresponsibility since they just resumed after embarking on a local strike for several weeks.

Speaking with journalists, President of the Student Union Government of the institution, Mr. Temitayo Aiyejuyo, said the striking lecturers were not fair to the students by joining the nationwide strike of the ASUP.

He said since the lecturers of the institution just called off a local industrial action recently, they were not supposed embarked on another strike.

He said, “We believe the ASUP national strike does not concern them, they just resumed from a strike recently, they should be able to consider us, they should be able to know that our future is being affected by their industrial action.”

Aiyejuyo urged the striking lecturers to return to the classroom in the interest of peace and future of the students.

However, the ASUP Chairman in RUGIPO, Mr. Rafiu Ijawoye, said the union must obey the directive from its national headquarters, urging the students to be patient and bear with them.

“We have no option but to comply with the directive from the National Headquarters of the ASUP,” the chairman stated

Source: ( Punch Newspaper)

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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 Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
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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FG Promises To Pay ASUU N30bn Before November 6
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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