Junior Achievement Nigeria’s Venture in Management Program (ViMP) has been running annually since 2000. During ViMP, selected members of the National Youth Service Corps learn how to manage a business, make critical business decisions, and build General Management abilities in a one-week intensive course. ViMP’s mission is to provide NYSC members with the skills they’ll need to succeed in the business sector as both managers and entrepreneurs. For the benefit of future corporate leaders, this opportunity will expose them to the duties, opportunities, and challenges of a career in leadership.

It is a week-long program that includes rigorous and stimulating classroom meetings (led by facilitators from the Lagos Business School), case studies and discussion groups as well as guest speakers and recreational activities. The program culminates in a strategy workshop where participants present solutions to various business issues

With case studies concentrating on Business Ethics and Accounting and Finance as well as Marketing and Strategy, Social Enterprise as well as General Management and Leadership, the learning environment reflects that of the world’s finest business schools. Additionally, participants participate in community service and teach JAN programs at local elementary schools.


Summary of Scholarships

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  • Level of Study: Entrepreneurs
  • Institution(s): Junior Achievement Nigeria
  • Study in: Nigeria
  • Program Period: 7 Months
  • Deadline: June 3, 2022


Coverage of Scholarships 

 The Volunteer Management and Entrepreneurship Program (ViMP) is designed to get NYSC members ready for careers as managers and business owners in the real world.


Eligibility Standards 

  • The Volunteer Management and Entrepreneurship Program (ViMP) is designed to get NYSC members ready for careers as managers and business owners in the real world.


How can I apply for Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) 2022 Venture in Management Program for Nigerian Youth Corpers ?

Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit your application, please visit Junior Achievement Nigeria on the web at ja-nigeria.org.


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First Date; Omoh!!!!…. The thoughts of first dates can be so stressing that it gives you a constant session of nervous chills. I mean we’ve all gotten to know that first impression actually last longer so the thought of doing below standards and giving a subpar impression at a first date especially when the person is someone we like or have crush on, that nervous feeling can be so overwhelming.
But fear not, if you are reading this InsideOau got you covered on how you can ace your first date. As a matter of fact, this blog post was written because of you. So, no phor!!!

Basically, the tenets of dates are built on three factors, which are; where you go, what you do, and who you’re with.
These unarguably are the main factors that determines the outcome a date… Get these things aligned right with your date partner and you are going to have the best first dates ever.

When it comes to first date, the thing is often overly excited which is a very beautiful thing, believe me. And at the same time very anxious to not want to ruin the beautiful moments both parties would be sharing.
So, amigo below are some of the tips you can follow first time on a date:

  1. The first thing you might want to consider is dressing nicely but at the same, most comfortably.
    Nothing boosts or signifies confidence than a well-dressed person. So, make sure you dress well to create a good first lasting impression. You don’t need to go overboard with the dressing but you should make sure when your date sees you, you leave him or her no choice than to say “wow, you look very much gorgeous or dashing’’. Remember to wear a cologne as well. Our nose is quite sensitive, so yes impress their eyes and bless their nose.
  2. Be natural and yourself as possible: When on date for the first time with someone, you should be natural. This is for both genders, do not force it let it flow naturally. Be plain, do not show off. I mean do not say what you won’t do, do not let the conversation be made of lies and be simple too. Get to know each other. Do not be clumsy, just relax and don’t forget to maintain eye contact, it is very important.
    How are you going to have fun and connect with your date if you can’t relax and feel at ease with them? No amount of advice or techniques will be able to forge a genuine connection. So, try to be yourself without much or any complications.
  3. Another expo or should I say AOC is giving maximum attention to the person you are out with.
    Most of us are so fond with or our phones, we can’t do without them for some few mins, believe me it ruins a good moment. It makes your date partner feel not worthy of the occasion. To avoid that, try maintaining a rapt attention, so both parties can live in and enjoy the moments.

Your phones shouldn’t be on loud speaker. This is to avoid distraction as you don’t want your partner to feel disrespected. No matter how much your pals are laughing at that TikTok someone just shared, you don’t need to check those texts right now. Ignoring outside distractions demonstrates your commitment to the shared experience and makes your date feel valued.

And if you are business kinda type that get calls all the time, try putting your phone on silent, could pick your calls but only right after taking permission from your date partner and do well to kindly apologize later after the call for the disturbance.

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  1. Listen appropriately, and have a two – way conversation: You should inculcate the habit of listening as well as giving appropriate responses and even sprout up further topics of discourse. It shows you are really interested in the whole deal of the date occasion. The fact that you’re truly interested in learning about them will impress your date even more. Active listening goes a long way. Also, try to remember every details, there might be an interruption and you guys need to continue from where you stopped. So, you need to be a good listener to remember details.

Don’t brag or talk too much about yourself. Your date is interested in you, therefore use your past to lure them. Also, talk about them; they’ll be more impressed if you show interest in them and their achievements. Inquire about their education or job goals if you’re searching for expo on that. Then inquire as to what motivated them to choose their career or their ‘’ideal anything’’

  1. Get prepared beforehand and go prepared: You don’t want to go to a date event and run out of topic ideas to talk about. So, make sure you have some topics ready and registered in your mind you’d like to be discussed with your date partner. Consider the types of questions you could ask, as well as some intriguing responses to any inquiries that may arise. This would give you an edge on your date.
  2. A date occasion is not complete without the right follow up. We all cherish the feeling of being loved and cared about. Hence, a follow up. A subtle message or call to say thank you for a nice time would really strengthen the third mainland bridge of their hearts for you. Note a good first date is only as good as the follow-up, which involves setting up another date
    So, that’s that about that, We’ve given you in succinct terms the tips that would get you along in your first date, so the next thing is for you to get confident, rock that beautiful smile and head out for your first date.
    Remember the three tenets of dates which are; where you go, what you do, and who you’re with.
    Also, try to have a good time, laugh a lot, and appreciate each other. At the very least, you’ll make a new buddy as a result of the date.
    Go nail it amigo!
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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of 42 traditional rulers as chancellors and 27 other individuals as pro-chancellors of some federal universities and inter-university centres.

The government said the decision was in line with the establishment of new universities and also to replace deceased chancellors.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this during a briefing in Abuja, said they are expected to promote morality and peaceful co-existence.

Adamu said:
“Mr. President has, following the establishment of additional universities, approved the appointment, reassignment of chancellors to 43 federal universities. The exercise is intended to also replace deceased chancellors of some federal universities.

“As royal fathers, these chancellors are expected to be the moral compass of the various universities to which they are assigned. They have been taken from their kingdoms and primary constituencies to other kingdoms and these appointments are expected to play a role in cementing relationships between communities in the country.

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“Let me reiterate that the chancellors shall be presented to the university community at an investiture ceremony to be organised by the university for the purpose; or during the next convocation ceremony when the investiture will precede the conferment of degrees at the convocation.”

According to Adamu, some of the universities include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Federal University, Lafia; among others.

He noted that governing councils of 13 federal universities were inaugurated early this year.

Some of the schools and inter-university centres include The Nigerian French Language Village, Badagry, University of Benin and University of Nigeria, Nsukka among others.

Below is the list of Newly Appointed Chancellors:

• Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) — Rufus Aladesanmi, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti;

• Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria — Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha

• Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State — Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland

• Bayero University, Kano — Oba Ewuare II, oba of Benin

• Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa state — W.S. Joshua, the Ibenanawei of Bomo Kingdom

• Federal University Gashua, Yobe state — Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba

• Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara state — Ezeogo Ewa Elechi, the Isu-Oha I of Ohaisu Kingdom.

• Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa state — Shekarau Angyu, the Uka of Wukari

• Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi state —Mohammadu Abali ibn Mohammed Idris, the Emir of Fika

• Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti state — the Attah Igala

• Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta — Ebidem Ekpo Okon, the Obong of Calabar

• Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun — Babatunde Ajayi, the Akarigbo of Remoland.

• The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) — Umar Kabir Umar, the Emir of Katagum.

• Federal University of Technology, Minna — Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, the Deji of Akure

• Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina — Dandeson Douglas Jaja jeki, the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom

• Federal University, Wukari, Taraba state — Adamu Baba Yunusa, the Ona of Abaji

• Federal University, Birnin Kebbi — Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, the Obi of Obinugwu

• Federal University, Kashere, Gombe state — Lawrence Agbubuzu, the Ezema of Olo Kkingdom

• Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa — Sidi Bage Muhammad, the Emir of Lafia

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• Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike — Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, the Emir of Gombe

• Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola — Uwa Umoh Adiaka, the Ekporikpo of Obot

• National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) — Agabaidu Elias Obekpa, the Ochi Idoma.

• Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka — Da Jacob Gyang Buba, the Gbong Gwon Jos.

• Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife — Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe

• University of Abuja — Rilwan Adamu, the Emir of Bauchi

• University of Agriculture, Makurdi — Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin

• University of Benin (UNIBEN) — James Ayatse, the Tor Tiv

• University of Calabar (UNICAL) — Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano.

• University of Ibadan (UI) Muhammadu Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto

• The University of Ilorin — AbdulMumini Kabir Usman, the Emir of Katsina

• University of Jos — Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, the Emir of Zazzau

• University of Lagos (UNILAG) — Abubakar Ibn Umar el-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno

• University of Maiduguri — Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo

• University of Nigeria, Nsukka — Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife.

• University of Port-Harcourt — Muhammadu Bashar, the Emir of Gwandu

• University of Uyo — Adamu Maje, the Emir of Hadejia

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• Usmanu Danfodiyo University — Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos

• University of Health Sciences — Attahiru Ahmed, the Emir of Zamfara

• Nigerian Army University, Biu — Felix Mujakperuo, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.

• Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta state — Alfred Papapereye Diete-Spiff, the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass

• Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru — Eze Eberechi Dick, the Eze Uudo of Mgboko Ngwa, Amaise

SOURCE: The Nation

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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are warning against another strike, following the refusal of the AGF to pay their salaries.

This warning and threat is coming after their claim of the deliberate refusal of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, to pay salaries and remittance of check-off dues of over 1,000 staff members for 13 months.

Dr Lazarus Maigoro, the ASUU chairman for the University of Jos, issued out this threat in a press statement made available to Journalists in Jos, the capital city of Plateau State.

Maigoro also accused the AGF of fanning the flames of discord between the Federal Government and the Union.

The statement reads in part;

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“Despite the directive given by Mr. President to pay the salaries of all Lecturers, the AGF has refused to pay their salaries ranging from four to 13 months respectively.

“Many of our members in the University of Jos and across the country have not been paid salaries from February 2020 to date.

“The AGF has completely violated the terms of the agreement signed between our union and the Federal Government.

“Ahmed Idris, from all intent and purposes, is bent on withholding the salaries of over one-thousand members of ASUU spread across Nigeria with more than a hundred of such Lecturers being members of our Branch in the University of Jos.

“More worrisome is the fact that while Idris is refusing to pay these salaries, his staff in the OAGF are busy calling the affected Lecturers and insisting they’ve to register with IPPIS before they are paid; some are even asked to forfeit a part of their salaries in order to be paid. So it’s very clear that this is a deliberate act on the part of the AGF and his staff”.

We however hope that both parties reach a meaning conclusion by resolving all issues in time as the failure to could cost Nigerian students another academic year.


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Nigeria gained independence on 1st October, 1960 from Great Britain. Not long after, Nigeria fell prey to the first of so many military coups on 15th of January, 1966, and then, a civil war. For most of its independence history, Nigeria was ruled by a series of military juntas, interspersed by brief moments of democratic rule.

In Nigeria, Democracy Day is a day set aside to celebrate the day the Military returned power to an elected Civilian government in 1999, marking the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from the colonialists in 1960. It is now a ritual that has been held annually, since the year 2000.

It was held annually on May 29th, marking when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in 1999, ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.

However, on June the 6th, 2018, exactly eight days after May 29, 2018 had been celebrated as Democracy Day, the President Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria declared June 12 to be the new Democracy Day. This was a step taken to commemorate the democratic election of MKO Abiola on June 12, 1993, in what has been adjudged to be Nigeria’s freest and fairest elections which was later cancelled by the Ibrahim Babangida Junta.

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June 12 was previously known as Abiola Day, and was celebrated only in Lagos and some other south western states of Nigeria as these were the only States which at that time, agreed with Abiola’s victory in the elections.

Abiola was a businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. He made his fortune through various enterprises, including communication, oil and gas. He made his first, unsuccessful run at the presidency in 1983. By then, Nigeria had endured a great deal of political upheaval since its 1960 independence. It was a deeply divided nation, riven along ethnic, religious and regional lines. Political and military power was held by the north.

Then came Abiola, a man from the South. He brought a different perspective to the table and was able to connect with people across divides. Come 12 June 1993, he tried for the presidency again.

On the day, an estimated 14 million Nigerians – irrespective of ethnic, religious, class, and regional affiliations, (in a period when religious acrimony and tension had reached its zenith) – defied bad weather to elect their president with the hope of ending eight years of military dictatorships.

The euphoria was short-lived. The results of the election were never released. But unofficial results gathered through the various polling stations by civil society groups across the country indicated broad national support for the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

Despite his popularity, and the turnout, the elections stalled. The then military head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida, decided to annul the results of the election. He justified the annulment on the grounds that it was necessary to save the nation. He alleged that political activities preceding the election were inimical to peace and stability in Nigeria.

Some people however believe that the military underrated Abiola’s popularity. It also did not envisage the level of crisis after the annulment of the election result.

The June 12 election and subsequent annulment marked the beginning of a decade’s long struggle to see the election result restored and democracy rehabilitated.

The annulment of the election result was not taken lightly in the south-Western part of the country. Civil violence in the South Western states provoked by electoral fraud and political exclusion previously contributed to the breakdown of the first and second republics. These ran from 1993 to 1999 when Nigeria had its return to democratic rule.

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Protests later turned violent. At least 100 protesters were killed, shot by police. The violence prompted a mounting exodus from the major cities, as southern ethnic groups (most especially the Ibos), fearing a recurrence of the communal purges which had preceded the 1967 Civil War, fled to their home regions. Author B.O Nwabueze lucidly and graphically described the crisis like this:

The annulment of the June 12 presidential election plunged the country into what indisputably is the greatest political crisis in its 33-year life as an independent nation.

Never before, except during the murderous confrontation of 1966 to 1970, had the survival of Nigeria as one political entity been in more serious danger. The impasse created was certainly unequalled in the country’s history.


Civil society groups pushed for the re-democratisation of Nigeria. Their first call was that the mandate be returned to Abiola. During this period there was a great deal of fear and insecurity in the country. But, as Ebenezer Babatope, in his book “The Abacha Regime and the June 12 crisis” notes, people mobilised to face the challenges of a military leadership that had reneged on its promise to hand over power to democratically elected leaders.

Under tremendous pressure, the Abubakar administration arranged for elections to be held.

These took place – for state governorships, the senate and local councils – over a few months from late 1998 to February 1999.

Finally, Abubakar’s transition reached the climax with the declaration of General Olusegun Obasanjo, who had retired from the military, as the president elect in late February 1999. He was duly sworn in on 29 May 1999.

This explains why May 29 became the official public holiday on which Nigerians celebrated the country’s return to civilian rule.

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Here are 12 Facts you should know about June the 12th in Nigeria:

• In March 1993, Chief MKO Abiola, from Ogun state, was chosen by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) as its candidate after beating his eventual running mate Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The National Republican Convention (NRC) chose Bashir Tofa from Kano State.

• Abiola’s wife, Simbiat Abiola had kicked against the idea of him going into politics. But after her death in late 1992, MKO saw the opportunity to fulfil his ambition. MKO Abiola became a rallying figure for many Nigerians with his ‘Hope’ campaign, as his June 12 campaign slogan ‘HOPE’ was later used by former United States president, Barack Obama in his 2008 election campaigns in America.

• The June 12, 1993, presidential election was declared Nigeria’s freest and fairest presidential election by national and international observers, with Abiola even winning in his Northern opponent’s home state.

• The results of the election have never been officially certified. However, African Elections Database says Abiola won with 8,243,209 votes, while Tofa polled 5,982,087 votes.

• Abiola is thought to have won majority votes in 20 of the then 30 states in Nigeria, thereby securing the constitutionally required tally to be declared a winner. But that did not happen.

• The result of the election was annulled by the then military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida because of alleged electoral malpractices in all states of the federation. The quote below lends veracity to this assertion:
“There was, in fact, a huge array of electoral malpractices virtually in all the states of the federation before the actual voting began”, Babangida said in a nationwide broadcast on June 23rd, 1993.

• When Babangida annulled the presidential primaries of SDP & NRC, he also banned Abiola and Tofa from contesting in the rescheduled election. He subsequently ‘stepped aside’ on August 27, 1993, paving the way for an interim national government headed by Ernest Shonekan, who like Abiola is an indigene of Ogun State. The interim government was later overthrown in November of that year by General Sani Abacha.

• On June 11, 1994, Abiola declared himself as the president of Nigeria at Epetedo, Lagos.
“As of now, from this moment, a new Government of National Unity is in power throughout the length and breadth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, led by me, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, as President and Commander-in-Chief”.

• After declaring himself president, he was declared wanted and was accused of treason and arrested on the orders of the military head of state, General Sani Abacha, who sent 200 police vehicles to bring him into custody.

• He was arrested on June 23, 1994.

• Abiola was detained for four years, largely in solitary confinement. Apart from a Bible and Qur’an, he had no source of information.

• Abiola died on July 7, 1998, the day he was supposed to be freed from detention.

It is important to note that the end of military rule brought about a new era of regular elections, as well as the return of civil liberties, free press and an end to arbitrary arrests and torture, although human rights violations still occur regularly. Nigeria also began a long campaign against the bureaucratic and military corruption that had paralyzed its economy and severely tarnished its international reputation.

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Buhari’s decision to mark June the 12th as Democracy Day should be viewed as an attempt to placate the South Western Nigerian States which have always set aside the day to remember Abiola’s stolen mandate and an annulled election that many still view as the country’s freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria and democracy.

A few days back, the Presidency announced that a documentary titled;
“NIGERIA: Consolidating Democracy & National Unity” in recognition on MKO Abiola as the winner of the June 12, 1993 elections will be airing today, June the 12th, 2021 across TV Stations in the country.

This is indeed a bold step taken by the present day administration to foster Democracy & National Unity.

Compiled & Written by: Theophilus Adeniyi AWOTUNDE for Inside OAU Innovations (IOI)

SOURCES: Wikipedia
The Guardian
The Conversation
Arise News

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has extended the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registration again.

Registration is still available to those that want to register.

JAMB 2021 New Registration Deadline/Closing Date

The UTME registration will now end on Monday, 31st May, 2021.

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JAMB Exam Date 2021

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME has been scheduled to start June 19th to July 3rd.

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To mark this year’s International Workers Day Celebration, the Federal Government has declared Monday, May 3, 2021, a public holiday.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore.
He congratulated Nigerian workers for witnessing this year’s celebration.

While applauding the workers for their patience, understanding, and support in driving the policies and programmes of the current administration led by President Muhammad Buhari, the minister said the government is committed to propelling the country to the next level of socio-economic development.

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He assured that the challenges of the moment would soon be over as the government is devoted to securing the lives and property of all Nigerians while also calling for dedication and patriotism from all Nigerian workers and Labour Unions.

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“Government is putting all strategies in place to curb the challenges of insecurity in the country. I, therefore, call on the Labour Force and all patriotic citizens to be fully committed to the task of putting insecurity to a permanent end as much as possible,” the Minister remarked.

Minister Rauf Aregbesola wishes all Nigerian workers a peaceful May Day celebration.

Source: Guardian news

Abdul Hakeem Akinyode reporting for IOI

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On Friday, The Federal Government told members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the National Association of Academic Technologists that they cannot go ahead with their planned industrial action slated to start by midnight.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said going ahead with the planned strike would run contrary to the International Labour Organisation’s statute on social dialogue and principles at work.

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He said this was because their employers have listened and have brought them to the table for discussion.

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The minister said SSANU and NASU notified the government of the planned strike the Joint Action Committee.

He added that the government has moved to “apprehend the strike” because the country just came out from a strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities which lasted nine months.

Ngige explained, “In consonance with the labour laws, we have apprehended both strikes. They gave us trade dispute notice, we scheduled meetings with them after apprehension, we held meeting with NASU and SSANU last week Tuesday and government’s position was explained to them.

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“They have a lot of issues mentioned as their grouse, issues like IPPIS. They said IPPIS has amputated some of their allowances, they also have the issue of consequential adjustment that was paid to all civil servants as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000 for staff above Grade Level One, that is starting from Grade Level Two up to Level 17.”

The minister said explanations have been made on all the issues raised by the unions.

“So, in the main, after conferring with Mr President, we are telling the unions not to carry out the action because that action will run counter to ILO Statute on social dialogue and principles at work because their employers have listened, they have brought them to the table.

“So, for SSANU and NASU, we are imploring them not to carry out their threat which they said will take effect from this midnight.

“More so, when the meeting adjourned at their own instance. Just this morning, I received a letter from them giving us a new date for the continuation of the dialogue.

“They proposed a new date of Thursday, February 11 and my office has communicated to them back that we will be ready for them at that time because as they claimed, they needed time to consult with their constituency and come back on the fresh issues that have cropped up from the discussion.”

Asked why government waited till the last day to respond to threats by the unions since they had given notice to embark on strike starting from midnight of February 5, Ngige said, “It will be preposterous for them to say that as we wait to negotiate further, they are invoking a strike by midnight today. That will be against the labour statute of both the ILO and the Nigeria Trade Dispute Act and we will frown at it if they ever go that route.”

On if the government would invoke no work no pay policy should the workers go ahead with the strike, the minister said, “I don’t want to go to that area because I presume that good judgment will prevail.

Source: PunchNG

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Following the surge in daily cases of the Covid19′ Pandemic in Nigeria, the Federal Government has made known its decision to review the COVID-19 safety protocols as well as the January 18 resumption date for schools.

In addition, the FG lamented that the nation’s health care infrastructure was greatly strained as the country is now at a critical level in its hospital capacity.

The government also explained its inability to produce COVID-19 vaccines in the country, attributing it to several years of inadequate investments in the health sector.

Noting that no state is immune to the virus, the government also announced its decision to roll out Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits (RDTKs) in five tertiary health institutions in Abuja by next Monday.

The Federal Government had in the previous year faulted the Kogi state Government’s insistence on using the test kits rather than deploying the more expensive PCR test.

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On Schools’ Resumption:

Addressing Nigerians at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said the earlier resumption date of January 18 is no longer feasible.

“When we decided on that date, it was just a target towards which we were working. And of course, we are giving it a review given what is happening in the country.

“Today at the PTF meeting, we looked at the rising figures and decided that probably we should take another look at the date.

“The January 18 resumption date is not sacrosanct as it is subject to constant review in view of prevailing epidemiological circumstances. We are reviewing it. In view of the rising cases, today we have considered it at the meeting of the PTF, and tomorrow, the ministry is going to take it up. So, most likely it is going to be reviewed”, Adamu stated.

On Protocol review:

The National Coordinator of the Taskforce, Dr. Sani Aliyu stated that the PTF would soon review the safety protocols to target nightcrawlers who violate the current safety precautions.

“Our beds are fast filling up in our treatment centres and you don’t want to be in a situation where the decision is being taken as to whether you should be put on oxygen or a ventilator.

“The PTF is currently in the process of reviewing our protocols. We have had discussions with state governors including a review of curfew hours particularly to address the issue of nightlife and entertainment which is also driving the current numbers and once this review is completed, an announcement will follow with regards to the curfew”, he stated.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Iheakwazu, lamented that hospital capacity in several towns have reached a critical level.

He said; “We are reaching a critical level with our hospital capacity in many towns in Nigeria and we must begin to protect our most vulnerable as we get deeper into this phase of the outbreak. Remember this virus is not tired and it is taking advantage of our tiredness and fatigue”.

The Minister of State, Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora warned against overcrowding at the enrollment centres of the National Identity Management Commission NIMC, saying the situation could be avoided if prospective enrollees would adhere to the timelines released by the Commission.

He said the result of the test of participants of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC scheme indicates that no part of the country is free of the virus, saying the PTF reached the conclusion knowing that corps members were mobilized from all over the country.

“The result from the tests conducted on prospective NYSC members has incontrovertibly confirmed that no part of the country is free of COVID-19 disease. We safely and comfortably draw this conclusion because corps members are mobilized from all the states of the country for each of the orientation camps.

“With the increased number of confirmed cases, the number of active cases has increased. As of today, we have 18,699 active cases on treatment both in the facility and in the community using the treatment protocols. Many of the active cases may require care in one of the treatment or isolation centres thus imposing enormous burden on our facilities.

“Thee report that many of those who died, reported late for treatment at the approved centres because they were referred late from private facilities is alarming. We therefore once again seize this opportunity to urge health care practitioners to promptly send all suspected cases for testing and when positive, refer them to isolation centres for treatment. Attempting to treat suspected or confirmed cases not only exposes the health workers in such a facility to risk of infection but also denies the patient early access to effective treatment in an approved treatment centre.

“Permit me at this juncture to specifically emphasise on the need to avoid crowding as we see in people under the guise of National Identity Number Enrollment. There is absolutely no cause for this if only people would voluntarily comply with advisories and guidelines as issued by the Ministry of Communications and its relevant Agency. The statement credited to me on social media as to the suspension of the exercise is out of context, hence misleading. For the avoidance of doubt, Mr. President’s order on the matter remains as being carried out by the relevant Ministry”, he stated.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Mr. Boss Mustapha noted that the current wave of infections is swift and virulent “and we do not know how long it will last”.

“Besides, the facilities available for the treatment of critical cases remain very limited and we do not wish to be overwhelmed. Your best bet, therefore, is to avoid infections completely”, he added.

Mustapha said to scale up testing, “the pilot exercise on the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test-Kits RDTs will be rolled out in five tertiary health institutions in Abuja from Monday next week.

“Last week, Nigeria recorded over 9,000 cases. Realistically, if we estimate the numbers missed, we would be in a much higher region. There is no state in Nigeria that is immune to this pandemic even if reports are not coming out of such States”.

He said the isolation of different strains of the virus is being vigorously pursued as the PTF is working with the Africa Centre for Disease Control CDC and the NCDC on the sequencing of the COVID strains circulating in Nigeria.

SOURCE: The Vanguard

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Earlier, it was announced that the Federal Government and the Federal executives of ASUU were to hold a meeting today on their Industrial action which has brought academic activities of Students in Federal varsities to a halt.

University students across the country will know the fate of their education today as the Federal government delegation and ASUU have met for the last time in the year 2020 to find how to end the lingering strike.

This meeting makes it the ninth time that both parties have been meeting behind closed doors to agree on steps to take to end the strike.

At previous meetings, the Federal government had agreed to pay members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) an earned allowance of 40 billion and 30 billion revitalization fee which would be used in equipping the Universities and make the academic environment conducive for students to learn.

Despite this agreement, one major issue which has been a bone of contention for both parties is the payment of withheld salaries.

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Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, had earlier said that if the Lecturers do not resume to their classes, the government would not pay them the withheld salaries.

But the Lecturers on the other hand have come out to say that they do not trust government, and that they would not resume until they are paid.
Intermittently, both parties have given conflicting submissions on what they have agreed, although not all.

Upon the completion of their last meeting, both parties refused to speak with the press on the outcome in a bid not to discourage students.

Today’s meeting was scheduled to hold by 4pm at the Minister of Labour’s conference room. However, prior to the time of the meeting, Chris Ngige said that he is very optimistic about the meeting, and that Varsities across the country will call of their strike by January 2021.

He said: “Tuesday, we will meet in the afternoon and we will compare notes. We will put everything on the table and compare. I believe that we might have come to the end of the strike when we meet tomorrow. Well, it is a journey of a thousand miles which you will have to take one step first. Tomorrow, all things being equal, we will agree now to agree because we were disagreeing before.

“We disagree to agree and agree to disagree formerly. But tomorrow, I hope we will agree to agree. Once we do that, schools will reopen in January.”

It was also gathered that the Federal government has begun to pay Lecturers their withheld salaries. At least, some of the Lecturers have gotten one or two months salaries from the eight months salaries the government owes them.

ASUU procedure to end strike
Before ASUU would call off its strike, there are procedures that must first be followed.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the group of union officials who have been negotiating with the government delegation every time do not have the constitutional powers to call off or suspend strike.
What they do is that after every negotiation, and after the government puts out any offer, they have to go back to members in all the branches through their various organs for them to discuss and come to an agreement, after which they will revert back to the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, a member whose identity wasn’t disclosed, told BBC Pidgin that if the government meets all their needs, it is probable that the union will hold their NEC meeting between Tuesday and Wednesday to call of their strike.

Covid-19 regulation
Even if ASUU and the FG resolve their issues, and the strike is called off, one major issue which would delay the reopening of universities is the resurgence of covid-19.

Ergo, School authorities will have to put in place plenty measures to ensure that the school environments are safe for students to come in and learn.

As the year draws its curtain, apparently, university students cannot return to school again this year, but there is much hope that schools will resume early next year.

How did the ASUU Strike start?

On the 9th day of March 2020, ASUU began a 2week warning strike to protest no-pay of salary to lecturers who are not registered under the federal government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

They argued that the IPPIS would not work for Lecturers because it does not put into consideration, the special way in which universities operate.

The FG introduced the IPPIS programme to monitor transparency in the academic sector. The 2week warning strike however was what metamorphosed into the ongoing strike.


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