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Study of history essential to nation-building, says Fayemi   ….as UI’s History Department honours late Prof Ade-Ajayi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has hailed the Federal Government for re-introducing the study of history back into the schools’ curriculum; saying that this would prevent foreign nations from projecting a distorted picture of the nation’s future. Dr Fayemi, who delivered a paper in Ibadan at an international conference …

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Earned allowances to federal universities: Kashere VC defends disbursement of N142 m

Following allegations against management of Federal University Kashere, Gombe state, by the Institution’s Joint Action  Committee (JAC) over non payment of their Earned Allowances, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani has explained how N142 million was disbursed. He told journalists during an interview that the Federal Government had released N142 million out of the N704 million expected for the Earned Allowances for all Staff of the University. He explained that the released sum was on the ratio of 80 per cent for the academic staff and 20 per cent for the non academic staff. The non academic staff comprises the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) who formed the JAC, are in the forefront of the demand. Earlier, the JAC had through its chairman, Mukhtar Mohammed told Journalists that the union had resolved to embark on a five days warning strike due to non compliance with it’s request to release the template used for the disbursement of the funds for the school. The VC however denied the allegation saying, “The University management had invited all the unions to come and work out the modalities for disbursement of the Earned Allowance released to the University”. He explained that “The Federal Government had released the earned allowance to be paid to university staff in the ratio of 20 per cent to non teaching staff and 80 per cent to teaching staff and the university management had invited the unions to come and work out the modalities for the disbursement of  the allowance released to the university. “We did that with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASUU). “However, three unions, SSANU, NASUU and NAAT, came together as JAC and I made sure that when the earned allowance was released, I asked my Bursar, the Registrar to inform the unions that we have received this money, and they should come forward so that we sit together, disburse the money according to the template because their earned allowance are clearly itemized” Professor Gani stated. He explained further that, “This allowance that was released is for 2009 to 2016 and the University had already paid up to May 2017 and we are still paying some of the components of the Earned Allowances like responsibility, over time, shifting allowance and occupational hazard even without funding from the Federal Government up to date”. But the JAC Chairman had also alleged that “We had employed all measures to resolve the problem; these include a request for the release of the template used for the payment. We asked the management to give us the template so that we can be sure of what we earn and what is due to our members, but they refused”. Mr. Mukhtar also alleged that the Union which had struggled for the release of the money was given N28 million out of the N142 million released for the payment of the Earned Allowances but regretted that ninety per cent of their members did not benefit from the funds.

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Abia Poly begins publication of results online to curtail students’ excesses

By Ijendu Iheaka Aba (Abia) July 18, 2019 Prof. Ezionye Eboh, Rector, Abia State Polytechnic, says the institution will start publishing students’ results online from next session, to curtail students’ excesses. Eboh said that the planned online result publication was in conformity with global best practices,  and will ensure transparency …

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James Hope College scholar emerges winner of Cambridge Summer Scholar Scholarship  

James Hope College (JHC) has reaffirmed its impressive stance on academic excellence with its recent award for the Cambridge Immerse Scholarship. Just a few months after the College published its outstanding IGCSE result, recording 100% score in 14 subjects (A* – C), one of JHC’s students, Akajiugo Amucheazi won the …

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Fidelity Bank tasks parents on enduring educational legacy for children

 By Fabian Ekeruche Lagos, June 7, 2019 Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, Managing Director/CEO Fidelity Bank Plc, on Friday urged parents to build an enduring educational legacy for their children. Represented by Mr Obaro Odeghe, Head, Corporate Bank Directorate, Okonkwo said that bequeathing a solid educational foundation was greater than leaving behind …

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University of Maiduguri produces five Governors, two Deputy Governors  

The University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria has produced five governors and two deputy governors from the 2019 general elections. A statement by Abubakar Abba Tahir, PhD, President of the Adamawa State Chapter of the University’s Alumni Association that announced the feat, listed the governors as Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia …

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