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Reps Orders Probe Of High Acceptance Fees In Tertiary Institutions

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The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Tertiary Institution and Services to investigate the high acceptance fees charged by Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.

This followed a motion raised by representative Julius Ihonvbere during plenary on Wednesday.

The House is worried that the arbitrary high acceptance fees charged by some public universities on new students across the country have become a matter of great concern to many families.

The lawmakers are concerned that the dire consequences of exorbitant acceptance fees in Public Universities have led to many indigent students losing their admission as a result of their inability to afford the fees.

The committee is to report back within four weeks for further
legislative action.

Over the years parents and students have decried the high acceptance fees charged by Federal Government-funded universities across the country.

The move by the lawmakers will come as a respite to the students.

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Falling Educational Standards Killing Polytechnics In Nigeria – Presidential Panel

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A Presidential Visitation Panel sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State, has said the falling standard of education in the country was responsible for the noticeable failures in the country’s polytechnics.

The Chairman of the 7-man panel tagged, “Making the System Work”, Chief John Ochoga, spoke 1in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday during an interaction with reporters on their mission at the polytechnic.

Ochoga said that polytechnics had failed to live up to the desire of the designers of technical education, which was to promote technology and advance the economy, due to the general falling of the education standards in the country.

‘The disappointments we are getting in our polytechnics was a function of our falling educational standards. There are students who are doing brilliantly well in some polytechnics and also in the universities, but whatever happens, is part of the failure of the system. It is a general failure. You can get the best brains anywhere,’ he said.

‘Nothing is wrong with upgrading our polytechnics to university status, nothing is wrong with that, but that should not derail the focus, which is the advancement of technology in our country.

The better thing I think we should do is that we must respect diversities of our education, that has been our problem. We must diversify our revenue sources as individuals this will wipe out this issue of the dichotomy between universities and polytechnics,’ Ochoga said.

Ochoga also clarified that the panel was not at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, to probe or investigate anyone, but to ascertain problems facing the institution in order to recommend necessary solutions.

‘We are expecting memoranda from the members of the public. This is not an investigative panel, but a panel that wants the system to work. We are here to interrogate the system. We want to know where the problems are, what caused them, how we can tackle them and how the system can work better than what we have,’ he stated.

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We’re Under Pressure To Resume Strike – University Workers

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities has said it was under pressure to resume its suspended strike following the failure of the Federal Government to fulfil its promises by the April 30th deadline.

The union said that the government had yet to commence payment of the consequential adjustments for the new national minimum wage and the allowances encapsulated in the earned allowance.

The SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim,  who said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja over the weekend,  noted that three issues are still outstanding out of the seven points the government promised to address before April 30.

Ibrahim explained that SSANU members are agitated over the delay in implementing the agreement, stressing that the union officials were under pressure to “return to the trench.”

He said, “We met with government some few months ago and we had an understanding after going on strike for three weeks.

“A lot of pressure was put on us; a lot of persuasions and we talked with government and saw the reason to suspend the strike because the government tried to paint the picture of being sincere and we needed to give them an opportunity to do one or two things to ensure that our demands are met.

“As you are aware, our demands are not new demands. These are things that have been lingering for 11 years. We had an agreement with the government in 2009 and till today, a lot of such issues are still lagging behind; especially things that involve some payments of our allowances.

“We saw reasons to suspend because we felt government was sincere and the timelines given by government – not us was that by end of April, most of these issues will be sorted. We still believe miracle can happen. Outside that, a lot of our members are agitated, we are under a lot of pressure to go back to the trenches because even when we called our members to interact with them, we  impressed on them to give government a chance.”

The SSANU leader acknowledged that the issues of the visitation panel to the universities and discrepancies in  salaries were  being addressed but lamented that nothing had been done on the financial issue that affected the workers directly.

Ibrahim noted, “While government has attempted to address some of the problems, the ones that touched us directly- the ones that involve our pockets have not been addressed. We are hoping that government will not disappoint us and paint us like liars before our members. Where the government doesn’t meet the timeline,  one cannot guarantee industrial peace because we have been taken for a ride for too long.”

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Unilag Bows To Pressure, Fixes Graduation  Date For Ex-Students

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Few days after a social right group, Citizens’ Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) and a Nigerian-Amer­ican good governance advocate, Mr Toyin Dawodu, raised the alarm, the Management and Council of the University of Lagos (Unilag), has fixed date for the graduation ceremony of their former students.

Recall that the Public In­terest Advocacy/Public Inter­est Litigation initiated by Mr Dawodu had demanded that Unilag, immediately issues certificates to its long-standing graduates since 2019.

The demand by these Nige­rians has, however, recorded significant success, as the Uni­versity of Lagos, on the 29th of April, 2021, announced that it will hold its 51st Convocation Ceremony, starting from June 30th to July 9th, 2021, for the graduates of 2019.

 Mr Dawodu, who is based in Riverside, California, USA, had gotten in touch with the Head of CASER, Barrister Frank Tietie, who is also the Princi­pal Associate of Forthright Chambers, Abuja, for him to intervene over the failure of the University of Lagos to conduct a convocation ceremony and is­sue certificates to its over 13,000 graduating students of 2018/2019Barrister Tietie had ex­plained that the worst affected by the failure of the institution to issue certificates to its gradu­ates are medical students, who were not allowed to go for their NYSC service as the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria denied them clearance because of the non-issuance of their certificates.

Angered by this pathetic situation, Mr Dawodu had caused his lawyers of Forth­right Chambers, Abuja to lodge a complaint with the Hon. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on the 6th of April, 2021, wherein the de­manded on behalf of the 2019 graduates of the university, especially graduates of the College of Medicine, that the institution immediately con­ducts a Convocation Ceremo­ny and/or issue certificates immediately to the said grad­uates to enable them to fully pursue their individual career development.

Mr Dawodu, not being satis­fied with the lack of response from the Federal Ministry of Education, further caused his lawyers to visit the University of Lagos on the 20th of April, 2021, where his legal represen­tative, Barr. Tietie met Oladejo Azeez, the Registrar and Secre­tary to Council of the Univer­sity of Lagos and submitted a formal complaint with an oral application, demanding for the immediate conduct of a Convo­cation Ceremony and/or issu­ance of certificates to the 2019 graduates of the university or face a public interest lawsuit within seven (7) days of service of the complaint.

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