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NIC decides FG’s plea to end ASUU strike

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By Konyinsola Dawodu

The National Industrial Court (NIC) is to deliver a ruling in an application filed by the Federal Government, seeking the order of the court to direct the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off its ongoing strike.

Justice Polycarp Hamman adjourned the case after listening to the arguments of the counsel on behalf of the parties.

J.U.K. Igwe, counsel to the Federal Government in his submission, informed the court that the application for the injunction was dated September 12 and filed on the same date.

Igwe added that the application was brought in pursuant to the rules of the NICN 2017 proceeding.

He further disclosed that it was predicated on 11 grounds, supported by a 21-paragraph affidavit deposed to Mr Okechukwu Wampa, a Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, attached with three exhibits and an undertaking as to damages deposed to by Wampa.

Igwe also urged the court to grant the prayer sought and proceeded to adopt in its entirety and totality the written address, adding that the claimants had met all the requirements to enable the court grant the injunction.

He also cited that claimant’s action wasn’t apprehensive and regarding damages, he said the lost time of seven months of the strike couldn’t be regained.

Igwe said going by the provision of section 18 (1) (e) of the Trade Disputes Act 2004, a worker should not embark on strike when a matter is already before the court and urged the court to grant the injunction.

However, Mr Femi Falana SAN, counsel to the defendant, said he had before the court a nine-paragraph counter-affidavit filed on September 16 deposed by the president of ASUU.

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TETFund commits to enhancing NOUN study centres with high-speed fibre optics — NOUN VC

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) will upgrade all the study centres of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) with fibre optics to transmit information and data with the speed of light.

The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said this during a pre-convocation news conference on Monday, ahead of its 13th convocation slated for April 13, in Abuja.

Fibre optics, or optical fibre, refers to the technology that transmits information as light pulses along a glass or plastic fibre.

Mr Peters said the rate of technology advancement at NOUN attracted the offer from TETFund.

“Right now, our academics all over the faculties and departments have video components to assist our students and we deploy this with ease.

“And because of the manner we deploy technology, TETFund has offered to assist us with fibre optics in all our study centres across the country.

“It is a testimony to where we are in terms of technology,” Mr Peters said.

He said that a lot of Nigerians were yet to understand how the university operates in spite of its years of existence in the country.

Mr Peters noted that the institution had brought development to many towns and villages where the university had its study centres.

“The forthcoming convocation would be an opportunity to showcase what the institution can do with technology,” he said.

Mr Peters said that 22,175 students in various disciplines across the country would be graduating on April 13.

He said the graduating students would join the convocation via technology from its 120 study centres across the country.

“Of this number, 15,768 are undergraduate degrees, while 6,407 are for postgraduate degrees, with the Faculty of Social Sciences producing the highest number of graduates.

“Twenty-two of these students are first class, 2,362 are PGD graduates, while 41 are Masters and six are leaving the institution as PHD holders.

“This is an indication that the school is gradually moving towards establishing a more robust postgraduate school,” he said.

Mr Peters said the interesting part of the convocation would be the conferment of an investiture on the University’s new Chancellor, His Royal Majesty, Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, with a Doctorate Degree, and his installation as the Chancellor.

He said that the convocation lecture would be delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania, Prof. Elifas Bisanda, with the topic: “Is Western education still relevant for Africa.”

The NOUN VC said the lecture would direct Nigeria and Africa in general to areas which would be useful to citizens.

He added that the lecture would be followed by the conferment of honorary Doctorate Degrees on Dr Innocent Chukwuma, the chief executive officer of Innoson Motors, and Hafsatu Abdulwaheed, the first female novelist in northern Nigeria and an eminent activist.

“Dr Chukwuma is a well-known Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of Innoson Motors, and his creativity and commitment to local content, is one of the reasons the university considered it fit to honour him.

“The second person, Hajia Hafsatu, has dedicated her works to promoting education, particularly for girls, and she believes in the transformative power of literacy to uplift communities and break the circle of poverty.

“These two awardees reflect the core values of NOUN which is entrepreneur ingenuity and knowledge-based content creativity,” Mr Peters said.

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NUC grants UNILAG distance learning approval for four new programmes

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given its approval for the University of Lagos Distance Learning Institute (DLI) to introduce four new programmes in the upcoming academic session.

The approved programmes set to commence in the next academic session include the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counselling, and Bachelor of Educational Administration.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Folasade Ogunsola revealed this information in her address at the blended matriculation ceremony for newly admitted students of the DLI.

Ogunsola expressed the University’s commitment to providing quality education through its Distance Learning Institute and welcomed the new students to the institute’s academic community during the matriculation ceremony for the 2023/2024 academic session.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the freshers for choosing the open distance learning form of education, describing it as the way of the future and charged them to be of good character in deed and in truth.

The Distance Learning Institute serves as the operational and coordinating arm of the university’s open and distance learning programmes, enjoying an elevated status akin to that of a faculty within the institution.

With its own management and academic boards, the institute holds the authority to devise policies, hire staff, oversee academic programs and examinations, manage daily operations, and generate funds independently for its activities.

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JAMB enables printing of 2024 UTME exam slips, vital details now accessible

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that candidates for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) can now access and print their exam slips.

These slips, released on April 10th, 2024, hold crucial information such as the exam date, time, and venue.

Candidates have two options for printing their exam slips. They can either utilize the JAMB Exam Slip Printing Portal or access the slip through the JAMB eFacility portal.

Both methods require candidates to provide their JAMB Registration Number, email address, or phone number used during registration.

Once the details are entered correctly, candidates can proceed to print or save the exam slip as a PDF for future reference.

It’s imperative for candidates to note that there is no limit to the number of times they can reprint their exam slips, and both methods provided by JAMB are valid for accessing and printing the slips.

With the exam slip containing essential information for the UTME 2024, candidates are advised not to delay in accessing and printing their slips to ensure they are adequately prepared for their exam day.

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