ASUU strike nears end as details of FG’s meeting with union emerge

ASUU strike nears end as details of FG’s meeting with union emerge

The Federal Government says it has released N163 billion to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while addressing newsmen after a closed-door reconciliatory meeting with ASUU leadership on Monday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the striking lecturers had embarked on strike on Nov. 5, 2018, to press home their demands. ASUU demands…

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ASUU: End strike now – Buhari tells Ngige

ASUU: End strike now – Buhari tells Ngige

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to end the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Ngige made the disclosure during the resumed negotiation with the leadership of ASUU on Monday. A statement issued by the Assistant Director, Press at the ministry, Rhoda Illiya, said Buhari ordered Ngige that the three-month strike must be called off at the end of the meeting on Monday. The…

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Shadows in the dark

Shadows in the dark

The wind blew hard and even harder. It drew a single note that became a rising cry in the night before subsiding to a sobbing sound.   For a second, Simon believed it was the cry of someone in distress. Only this time, the blast of air currents came again to swirl around the curtain and draw out another cry that seemed to be mixed with human emotion.   The cry came again. It forced…

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Hey, Mary!

Hey, Mary!

Hey, Mary (Original name withheld, not for any reason but to allow me concentrate and write this).   Remember when you and your boyfriend would bawl from your room to the disgust of everyone out of excitement and when he hit you, no one cared. Because they tried saving you a few times but you kept reiterating that you love him. The sound of your halting voice as you unnerved those guys that first came…

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1982

1982

“In 1982” was unarguably, Pa Alex’s most used byword. Virtually every imputation he gave dated back to 1982. Even when he admonished his kids, he referenced 1982 as well. My disquisition grew by each allusion. “Why always 1982?” He would limp to the infirm orange tree in the compound, sit on his fast back rocker and wave stories at whoever cared to listen.   Everyone parodied him with laughter whenever he started off his customary…

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UBEC: Why we’re auditing basic education facilities in Nigeria

UBEC: Why we’re auditing basic education facilities in Nigeria

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has explained why it embarked on National Personnel Audit (NPA) of private and public basic education facilities in Nigeria, eight years after the previous exercise was done.   The Commission said it was worried that no accurate data and information was available for policy makers and international development partners to use in planning and implementation of education development programmes in Nigeria.   It was particularly concerned that the media…

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Nigerian Govt Releases N138 Billion To Strengthen Basic Education

Nigerian Govt Releases N138 Billion To Strengthen Basic Education

The Federal Government says it has released more than N138 billion in the last three years as matching grant to strengthen basic education system in the country.   Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, said this during the launch of the National Personnel Audit (NPA) of basic education institutions in Abuja on Monday.   The audit will cover all pupils, students and personnel in both public and private basic education institutions in Nigeria.  …

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This is a confession

Hello Chidi,   This is a confession, but I’m torn between accepting an advice and drenching myself in the animosity of the public.   My name is xxxx. I’m 42, been married for 8 years now, with 2 kids and a husband who is struggling with his life now in the hospital.   Having grown up in a family of teacher parents, and 4 siblings, I spent most part of my life under the tutelage…

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Not my type – II

Continued –  She beeped me hours later to inform she had finished, it was evening already, so, I took her to a restaurant to feed her hungry-looking self, grabbed some more drinks and drove to my place, she didn’t refute. She jejely stepped out from the car, dragged her handbag and entered the house. I showed her to a room to sleep, as the gentleman I am, then hit the shower. I suggested she wore…

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Nigeria to begin national headcount of school pupils, personnel

Nigeria to begin national headcount of school pupils, personnel

The Federal government will on April 29 begin a National Personnel Audit (NPA) to produce a data bank of pupils, students and personnel of public and private basic education schools in Nigeria.   The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Hammid Bobboyi, said the exercise would be conducted in two phases to give an authentic data on the schools and allow the country know the number of its children out of school.  …

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