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OAU Staff School teachers protest over 9-months unpaid salary

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This is not the best of times for teachers of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Staff School due to non-payment of their nine-month salary arrears by the university management.

Piqued by the development, the teachers, who lamented their inability to meet their immediate family needs, were said to have trooped to the University Freedom Park last week to protest what they described as the management’s insensitivity to their plight occasioned by their poor working condition.

The protesting teachers, who trooped out in their large number, carrying placards of various inscriptions, demanded the payment of their outstanding salaries by the management of the university, the proprietor of the staff school.One of the protesting teachers, Mr. Owolawi Olaniyi, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, however, noted: “The management of the university has been insensitive to our predicament without any move to assuage our suffering.

When we approach our Cooperative Society for loan facilities, we were sent back on excuse that there was no money for teachers of the staff school. We cannot take this anymore. After all, the university workers are receiving their salary as at when due, while we were left to suffer.”

Also, Mr. Adeyemi Adelekan expressed the teachers’ displeasure over the unpaid salary, saying they could no longer take any more. ‘What we are demanding is the immediate payment of our nine months’ salary arrears for us to provide for our family needs,” he said.

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Ipokia Youth holds symposium on ICT entrepreneurship

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The annual Ipokia Youth symposium is set to hold this Saturday with issues about youth entrepreneurship in the Information Technology expected to dominate the discourse.

According to a statement issued by the Chairman of the Central Organising Committee of the symposium, Mr. Ola Agbetokun, the theme of the event is “Reconciling Ipokia Youth with Global Youth Initiative and Techno-Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century”.

Agbetokun said the symposium, which will take place at Ipokia Town Hall, will also be used to present a certificate of recognition to eminent sons and daughters of the town.

“The underlining objective of the symposium is to increase the knowledge base of youths in the dynamic ICT sector; expose them to the opportunities in the sector and how to tap into it.

“The Ipokia Youth Development Council (IPYDC) is concerned with the growing numbers of unemployed youths in our local government and we believe that access to information on how to tap into the opportunities in the ICT sector will make some of our youths to become entrepreneurs in their own way.”

Other expected high points of the annual event include launching of N12million Appeal Funds for the construction of Youth Development Centre, quiz competition and debates amongst Secondary School students, business mentoring sessions.

Notable dignitaries expected to grace the occasion include Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; the Chairman, Ipokia Oba-in-Council, Ambassador Adesola Abolurin; Otunba Akeem Adigun (Socopao); Alhaji Segun Adeosun, Alhaji Taiwo Elegbede¸and Asst. Comptroller of Customs, Bola Adegbite, among others.

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JUST IN: Student killed during protest at Plateau College of Education

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The Management of the College of Education Gindiri, Mangu Local Government of Plateau state has close down academic activities in the School indefinitely, following students protest, which claimed the life of a student and properties worth millions of naira also destroyed.

Investigation revealed that the students had embarked on a protest demanding for the released of the identification card and also cancellation of a National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Policy which they claimed to have paid to the school, but whenever the approach the school clinic the management still as them to pay another money.

New Telegraph gathered that during the protest, the students on rampage burnt down the school Clinic and also damage several cars belonging to staffs as well as destroyed doors and windows of the Administrative buildings of the institution before the arrival of the security.

Public Relationship officer of the School Mrs Elizabeth Aboreng who spoke New Telegraph on a Telephone call disclose that the students from NCE Two class had protested the released of their ID card by the school management and later took laws into their hands by burning down properties in the institution including the school clinic and Ambulance.

“The Management of the institution has close down the school indefinitely, Because the students of NCE two had issues of Identification Card which was not released to them, but the made the Acting Provost Mr Cornelius Ka-ankuka and he resolved that the ID Card was to be made available today, but surprisingly today the students went on rampage without waiting to collect the ID cards and burn down two ambulances belonging to the school, burn down the clinic and also destroy staffs cars” she said.

However, New Telegraph gathered that in the midst of the protests, one student was alleged to have been hit by a stray bullet and died on the spot.

When contacted, the Plateau State Police command, Public Relations officer, DSP Mathias Tyopev, confirmed the incident and said he is expecting details from the Divisional Police officer of Gindiri, Mangu LGC of the state.

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2018 UTME: Candidates protest exam date, seek postponement

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Human and vehicular movements along Bariga-Akoka road, Lagos, were, this afternoon, impeded when hundreds of candidates, who have registered to sit the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) staged a protest over what they described as the inconsiderate stance of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) by fixing the examination for March.

The candidates carried placards with various inscriptions such as; “Admissions are yet to close, why conducting another UTME now?”; “JAMB isn’t for revenue generation, stop milking our parents,” “2017 UTME held in May, why March in 2018?” “2018 admissions not transparent,” among others.

They said many of them who had hoped to be admitted by various institutions during the 2017/2018 academic calendar year just found out this week that they were not admitted and that less than one month cannot be enough to prepare for another examination.

But JAMB has justified the decision to hold the examination between March 9 and 17, noting that it was a decision jointly taken by other examination bodies to avoid clash of timetables and to ensure that all admissions are concluded by August every year for smooth academic system.

The examination body, however, advised the 245,000 candidates billed to take part in its Monday Mock test to visit the website to reprint their slips and prepare adequately for the examination.

Addressing the press during the protest, the National President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators (ATSO), Mr. Dotun Sodunke, who led the candidates to the streets, said if allowed to hold as scheduled Nigeria would experience another round of mass failure.

He said if JAMB was not only concerned about generating revenue for the government it would consider the candidates in fixing the date for the examination, saying it is obvious that there was no way the candidates would complete the UTME syllabus under one month.

Sodunke added that institutions like the University of Benin, Yaba College of Technology, among others, still released admission list on Wednesday, and that the students who had applied to such institutions but are yet to be admitted would not concentrate on preparation for another examination.

He said; “The new head of JAMB needs to be called to order. He should not be carried away by the euphoria of revenue generation. The future of this country depends on these children. JAMB is sure that if you conduct the exam early, many candidates would fail, and they would come back to register again next year. This is so because their children don’t school here.

“Admissions are yet to be concluded, yet you are fixing date for another one. Who does that? The introduction of the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) is also a fraud. You would be admitted on JAMB portal and on CAPS page it would deny you admission. Everything is done in secrecy as we don’t even know which schools are organizing post-UTME and which ones are not. Every institution is doing what it wants. Things must not go on like this.”

However, the Head of the Press and Public Relations Unit of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, explained that there was yet no basis for the postponement being sought by the candidates, saying the date had been fixed as early as December, 2017, and that it was made public.

Benjamin said; “We need to place the interest of this country above selfish interest. The candidates are not the ones staging protest but the tutorial centres operators, and parents must intervene to rein them in. They are doing this because they want to keep the candidates at their centres till May so that they can get more money from them. Things are not done that way.

“JAMB is not alone in this business. All stakeholders in Nigeria’s education sector have realised that our calendar must be organised and firm as we experience abroad, and it must start somewhere. Even if heaven will fall, the new government wants to ensure that academic calendar starts every August, and that is why all admissions will be concluded by August this year. So if these candidates are affected, we apologise to them, it is for their good and the good of the nation.”

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