Thursday, 24 March 2016

2016 Nasarawa State Scholarship

This is to inform the Nasarawa State INDIGENE Students studying in Higher Institutions of learning, within the Country, that His Excellency, Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has approved the commencement of the bursary screening exercise for the 2014/2015 academic session.
Interested and qualified Students are to obtain ONLINE APPLICATION
SCRATCH CARD at the cost of FOUR HUNDRED NAIRA (N400.00) at the following designated Banks.
- Skye Bank Branches of Lafia, keffi and Mararraba.
- Unity Bank Akwanga and
- Eco Bank Nasarawa
The obtaining of the ONLINE APPLICATION SCRATCH CARD and filling of the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM shall begin on 04th April 2016 and end on 18th April 2016.

a. Log onto
b. Click on REGISTER NOW
c. Enter the PIN and the SERIAL Numbers on the scratch card you purchased
d. Attach your passport (140 by 200 size, using JPEG format)
e. Enter required personal and academic details
f. Cross check your information
g. Submit or send completed form and thereafter print a copy for the purpose of screening
h. Attach used scratched card to the printed form for screening.

1. This exercise is for the 2014/2015 academic session which could not be conducted last year because of some exigencies
2. Only students whose admission letters read 2014/2015 are therefore eligible to apply
3. Only 2014/2015 April and November batches of the Nigerian Law School students are eligible to apply
4. Students that benefited previously don’t have to apply again but can only come for screening on defined dates
5. Students whose TA’AL ATM XPLORER CARDS were missing are to pay N1000.00 for new ones since the Government pays only once for a student.
6. The 2015/2016 Bursary exercises shall begin immediately after this exercise.

The Bursary exercise covers the following programmes:
(i) Undergraduate programmes
(ii) Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes
(iii) National Diploma (ND) programmes
(iv) National Certificate of Education (NCE)
(v) Health and technology Programmes
(vi) Nigerian Law School programme
(vii) Nigerian College of Aviation Technology
(viii) Maritime and Seafarers programmes

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

JAMB Commence Sales of 2016 Direct Entry Forms.

We wish to inform all students that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has officially announced the commencement of 2016/2017 JAMB Direct Entry Registration, AND THE REGISTRATION Portal is OPEN.

JAMB Direct Entry is mainly for those that already possess a diploma certificate and wishes to go for a degree programme in the university. Normally, those who gained admission into the university via direct entry will start from part 2 or 200 level in their university of choice provided they were offered admission.

Eligible candidates should visit the nearest participating banks and obtain the form at the rate of =N=5,000 only. Proceed to your nearest registration outlet or cafe to complete the form.

Or call us on 08036335647

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Monday, 14 March 2016

ASUU, NSUK Council Meeting Ends in Deadlock

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim & Attah, Adgidzi
The chairman of the Nasarawa State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Theophilus Daniel Lagi has said that the union was not able to reach agreement with the Governing Council of the university, because none of the parties was willing to shift grounds on the issues that led to the strike action.
The meeting which was second in series since the strike action commenced was in effort to reach amicable resolution with the authorities concern.
NSUK CampusWatch correspondents who were on ground while the meeting lasted, gathered that, the university authority was not willing to compromise its position, especially on the issues of Earn Academic Allowance (EAA) and the funding of the institution, which forced both parties to end talk without meaningful understanding.
A senior staff of the university told NSUK CampusWatch that, ASUU and the governing council members ended in the meeting in a near argument like-situation, which provoked ASUU to call off the seating for later date yet to be decided.
He allegedly blamed the failure to reach a compromise at the meeting on the attitude of members of the governing council, which he noted was not good for the progress and development of the institution.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the ASUU has proposed Wednesday 16, 2016 for it congress meeting to brief its members on the outcome of the meeting with the visitor of the university and Governor of the State, Umaru Tanko Almakura and Governor Council of the university.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the over three hours meeting with members of the council in Keffi, Dr. Lagi called on his members to continue to stay at home until all their demand are met.
He added that, they have not reached a definite agreement on how to resolve these issues, and urged members of the union to keep faith on the struggle.
Said he: “we have deliberated and looked on the issues in its own merit individually and holistically, but we have not been able to reach any meaningful concession on how this issues can be addressed. Fundamentally as regard to the issues of funding and the EAA”.
“The issues are still contentious, we are on strike and we have reach a stalemate, and we have not reach any clear cut agreement”, he said
Dr. Lagi therefore advised that before subsequent meeting, the council should meet the proper authority to find ways and means of resolving the contending issues.
But the registrar of the University, Dalhatu Mamman who denied that the ASUU members walked out from the council members, said “we had a fruitful discussion”, adding that the council was desirous that academic activities return to normal, as the gain of the strike to anybody is too small when you compared to the lost.”
Mamman said that the council had made its position known to ASUU on its direction and effort made thus far to end the impasse.
The registrar acknowledged that, “the only area that was difficult to reach agreement was the EAA and funding, because all the issues need money and so, we intend to meet again".
He gave a figure of about three hundred million as the total sum in contention, and hope within the shortest possible time, they would call off the strike.
Mamman observed that, if nothing was done urgently, the strike action would be a set back to the academic calendar of the university.
•Ofim & Attah are both from Mass Communication Department, NSUK

Sunday, 13 March 2016

NSUK ASUU Chairman : Strike Not Called-off

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim

Those who may have heaved sigh of relief following the rumour that the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, NSUK branch have been called should hold their breath.
The chairman of the union Dr. Theophilous Lagi in an interview today debunked the rumour, saying “we have not called off the strike”.

Dr. Lagi however acknowledged that the executive members of the union, yesterday, met with the executive governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, in Lafia as part of the ongoing process to resolve the problem.

He confirmed that another phase of the discussion process is scheduled to hold by 12 noon on Monday 14th March, 2016 with members of the university governing council, when he promised to relay the outcome to NSUK CampusWatch.

He lamented that ASUU is being blamed for the ongoing strike and wondered why the authorities did not take the opportunity given to them to resolve the matter, instead left the matter till ASUU had no option than to down tool.

“Everybody is now blaming ASUU forgetting that we gave the authorities a lengthy period of time to resolve these issues but they never took it.

“People are thinking that ASUU is asking for money, I can tell you it has gone beyond that", Dr. Lagi said.

He said the law establishing the university is faulty and does not conform with standards obtainable in other public universities in Nigeria.

"Situations where a vice-chancellor or a registrar will stay for almost ten years, in fact the university system no longer run like that. The law must be reviewed to accommodate all these things and avoid principal officers staying in office more than necessary. These are the issues ”, he said.

Continuing, he clarified that the issues in contention are not just Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) but other issues that will improve Nasarawa State University.

“It is a pity that students are having the notion that ASUU is after their ‘pocket’. This is not true. There are other issues except from the EAA; there is the issue of funding, the review the law establishing the university and the release of the white paper.

"Every item is equal, so giving us money alone cannot end the strike. Every issue will be treated on its own merit.

“By the time we meet with council these items will be discussed one by one and we reach an agreement.

On when the strike will be called off, the ASUU boss did not specify the exact date.

“Suspending the strike is a process. We have to go back to congress and then relay our decision to the zonal ASUU and then to the NEC who will discuss it based on its own merit and then decide on whether to call off the strike or not”, he said.

Dr. Lagi wondered why students are always eager to graduate and not considering the quality of education they are getting or the fate of those coming after them.

He said students should be at the fore-front of demanding for quality and standard educational system but, instead they left the struggle to ASUU.

"Our students are being raped and killed, most times by cultists. Students don't have any business staying off campus. Look at how class rooms are being saturated; 100 level students come into the system without being matriculated. They did not receive lectures and you ask them to write exams. Tell me how they'll pass?" he queried.

He went on to state that the system has deteriorated and needs to be sanitized if standard must be restored.

"The rot in the system if not addressed will continue.

"The Tetfund projects in the university came as a result of ASUU struggle over the years", he said.

Dr. Lagi said ASUU have articulated and tabled before authorities all the issues but they refused to listen to them.

"Even the issue of EAA, it started since 2009. We call it excess workload allowances. Situation where a lecturer has more than 200 students in a class instead of 35 students. The workload is too much.

"We discussed and agrreed with them that the money should be paid in bits but twice that arrangement was breached", he lamented.

"We know the university makes a lot of money, just give us what belong to us; each time they give us crumbs. They have compounded the issues until they got to this level.

"We made these things clear when we met with the governor. This issue of pleading; the governor will plead, the deputy governor will plead, the House of Assembly will plead, this will not solve the problem. Let us sit down eyeball-to-eyeball and discuss the issues item by item and reach a consensus once and for all", he said.

...To be continued!

•Ofim is of the department of Mass Communication, NSUK where he edits NSUK CampusWatch & also serves as the president of the Mass Communication Students Association (MACOSA)


Friday, 11 March 2016

ASUU Plans Nationwide Strike

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim

It is no longer news that the Nasarawa State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently on an indefinite strike due to the failure of the university management to meet the demands of the lecturers. What may be new however, is that the national body of the same union may be contemplating and warming up for a nationwide industrial action.

Reason: the recent sack of the 12 Vice Chancellors of federal universities by the federal government.

National President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Isa, while addressing a media conference in Abuja recently, said the appointment of VCs was none of government’s business.

According to a Daily Trust report, “ASUU received the news of the removal of VCs from office by the government with concerns because of its ‘implications for the due process, university autonomy and the growth of Nigerian universities’".

ASUU said in the appointment of a VC, council only selects VC and informs the Visitor.

The ASUU helmsman further states: “as clearly spelt out in the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003, 4(b): The council shall select and appoint as the vice- chancellor one candidate from among the three candidates recommended to it and thereby inform the Visitor,”

Furthermore, “the vice-chancellor can be removed from office by the governing council on grounds of his or her conduct or inability to discharge the functions of his office as a result of infirmity of the body or mind, at the initiative of the council, Senate or the congregation after due process, 4(c).”
Daily Trust also reported that government had been firm on the decision and hasn’t made further clarification.

The Federal Government had on February 12, announced the sacking of the vice-chancellors and named their replacement.

Presenting the position of ASUU, Dr. Isa said the same illegality played out in the Goodluck Jonathan administration, as he appointed the vice chancellors on personal whim.

Hear him:  “Going by the provisions of the Nigerian University Miscellaneous (Amendment) Act 2003, only the Governing Councils are bestowed with the powers of appointing and removing vice-chancellors.

“The latest action in these universities has justified our consistent demand for proper governance structure and process in Nigerian University System.

“In the first place, vice-chancellors were arbitrarily appointed into these institutions and the governing councils instituted without making their enabling law public.

“We are worried that the same cycle of illegality is playing out again.

“In a university where there is the law, only the
governing council is empowered to remove a vice- chancellor from office for a good cause.”

In accordance with the law, Isa said, only a council had the power to appoint a vice-chancellor.

"Double Wahala for NSUK"

With the very probability of ASUU deciding to shut all public universities across the country to pressure federal government to reverse the sack of the VCs, NSUK could be in for an "unsolvable logical dilemma" described in Joseph Heller's 1961 novel as Catch-22. A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules.

For instance, supposing ASUU national body embarks on strike and NSUK calls off its internal own, will they join the national ASUU in the nationwide strike?

A senior lecturer in NSUK who prefers anonymity because he is not empowered to speak for the union answers the question: "of course, we will join them. Same thing happens if ASUU national goes on strike and was able to resolve their problem on time before ours, we will continue at the local branch here", he said.

ASUU is about the only prolific labour union in the country which its attitude is almost predictable: it goes on strike at the slightest provocation and the sack and appointment of the VCs are no less an incitement than the sack of the 44 Unilorin lecturers that resulted in a nationwide strike in April 2001.

As we pray for a quick resolution of the on-going strike in NSUK, it is our hope that the mooted nationwide strike will end up as a rumour so as not to present another cog in the wheels of the academic calendar, not just for NSUK but Nigeria as a whole.

•Ofim is of the department of Mass Communication, NSUK where he edits NSUK CampusWatch & also serves as the president of the Mass Communication Students Association (MACOSA). His stories have been published severally on Daily Trust, The Nation and Daily Sun newspapers.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

NSUK Strike: How long it will last?

NSUK Strike Udate.

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim

If there is anything that can be as certain as death, it is the notorious fact that no Nigeria university student will graduate within the timeline of his programme without witnessing ASUU strike- a sort of baptism of fire for the new initiates. The incessant and intractable confrontation between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and government is always on hand to extend his stay in the University, at least for six months.

Today ASUU has earned for itself, rightly or wrongly “enemy of progress” owing to its penchant to down tooling each time it has issues to grind with authorities.
Presently at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, the students “are not smiling”. In fact, they are furious.

Many of them don’t even know what the issue at stake is, warranting them to channel their anger indiscriminately. They will blame anybody for strike, even my humble self for not stopping ASUU...!

“ASUU is selfish. All they know is strike, strike, strike...”, some would say while others turned their anger on the university management and queried: “what are they doing with our school fees? They should pay them now and let us graduate”, they fumed.

More would vent their frustration on Buhari’s government, “shey una wanted change, see where it gots. APC is not ready for governance”, as if Al-Makura just got elected yesterday.

While the rage is going on, the strike is dragging and today is day 3 and still counting. As at the last time we spoke with ASUU chairman, NSUK branch, Dr. Theophilous Lagi, he said “no effort has been made by government toward resolving the issues that caused the strike”.

And with our past experience it is probably too early to be hopeful and those who are expecting a miraculous turn of event should rather not be too expectant as the process that leads to ending a strike, once started, is rigorous, tortuous and frustrating.

When Dr. Lagi spoke to NSUK CampusWatch late January he had alerted authorities to avert the impending strike before it starts warning that “going on strike is one thing but suspending it is another thing.”

The ASUU chairman knows the intricacies so well hence he gave the warning.

He told us then that the ultimate decision to embark on strike will be decided by the National Executive Committee of ASUU.

“Nothing is dependent on us. We have to wait for the outcome of the mandate that will be given to us by the NEC of ASUU to close down the university”, he said.

That mandate they got at the NEC meeting held at the Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto between 13th and 14th February, 2016. The mandate said: “NEC granted the branch (NSUK) permission to embark on a total and indefinite strike action effective three weeks from February 14, 2016 if all the interventions going on fail to address the outstanding issues”.

The ultimatum expired last Monday when ASUU decided to embark on “comprehensive, total and indefinite strike” after the intervention by stakeholders, including the state House of Assembly, failed to yield result.

A professor and member of ASUU in NSUK who is not authorized to speak for the union told us that “this is the first time three strong adjectives are being used: ‘comprehensive, total and indefinite’. I foresee this strike lasting for at least a month and that is because I don’t want to upset the students otherwise we may be looking at 3 months minimum”, he said.

According to him, the process of ending a strike once started will follow the same process that led to it.

“Even if all the demands are met today, the branch will convene a congress where they will agree on whether to call off the strike or not. If they agree, they will have to inform the NEC who will at the also give approval to that effect”, the Professor said.

"Don't forget that another congress will be called by the branch to rectify the NEC's mandate", he added.

In effect, the mandate of the NEC must be sort before calling off the strike thereby following similar procedure that led to it in the first place.

It is also important to know that they will be series of negotiation and re-negotiation that may be accepted or rejected. All of this will determine the length and duration of the strike.

Even though no one can say when the strike will end, since the proclam
ation was "comprehensive, total and indefinite", our suspicion is that it may stretch longer than anticipated if nothing is done immediately to nip it in the bud before days turns to weeks and then to months.

For the meantime, like always, it is a battle between two elephants and certainly none of the combatants will feel the impact, at least not directly.

Of course the lecturers will receive their salaries, even for the period of the strike, without any deduction. And government will go on as if nothing happened.

What will the students get?

The students will never take back the lost period.

For the students who are used to this squabble, here we go again. For the new students who never experienced one, welcome aboard. It is going to be a long ride before you graduate.

Monday, 7 March 2016

NSUK ASUU Declares Total, Indefinite Strike.

NSUK ASUU Declares Strike.

By Ofim , Kelechi Ofim

Having exhausted the 3-week ultimatum given to the management of Nasarawa State University, Keffi and the state government to meet its demand, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) NSUK Chapter on Monday 7th March, 2016 declared a “comprehensive, total and indefinite strike that will continue until all issues raised are resolved”.

In a press release at the end of the meeting held at the Assembly Hall of the University, the Union ordered that “no lecture, no supervision, no field trip/workshop, no defense whether internal or external, no weekend lecture, no sub degree lecture, no practical, no conference on campus, no external examination, no ceremonial activity such as convocation and matriculation involving academic staff and academic staff in library and ICT will not render services”.

The release also states that “no statutory meetings at all levels- senate, faculty, department, and subcommittee” involving members should hold.

It directed “members who holding positions as Council members, deans, head of department" not to attend statutory meetings called by the administration.

ASUU also instructed members not to see students, supervise students or perform any engagement whether official or private with students of all cadres.

The Union is demanding payment of backlog of Earned Allowances and the repositioning of the university’s infrastructure.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Whatsapp Introduces Sharing of Documents

This is actually good news for all Whatsapp users all over the world. Am so sure this is the one feature that almost all users have been waiting for...
WhatsApp has just added a new feature that allows users to share documents. The new feature is available on both Android and it's device. If you are Android users, just tap the paperclip icon for attachment, a ‘Document’ button will appear. For iOS users, tap on the upload icon, an option to ‘Share Document’ will appear. Since this
is, a new feature WhatsApp has merged the photo and video sharing option into one on the camera option so that it can room for it.

The company has yet to make an official announcement, but many WhatsApp users who are using the latest updates are reporting it. These are Android users with version 2.12.453 and iOS users with version 2.12.4. The new updates for Android boast additional new features including over 100 new emojis, Marshmallow permission support and five other languages. IOS updates enable users to share videos and photos from file sharing services the likes of Google Drive, DropBox, and Microsoft’s One Drive and also choose different colours to dress their chat background. There is also pinch-to-zoom feature for videos.

For now the document, sharing feature is limited to PDF files only though the company will probably add other documents type soon. The new feature will be a significant upgrade especially for small business owners who get deeper access to WhatsApp’s Aug communication with suppliers and customers on the network
WhatsApp announced on January that it was going to start testing tools that allow business to chat with users on its network. It gave an example of asking an airline about a delayed flight. The new feature proves that they are working towards their promise.

If you are yet to get this latest cool feature, then I advice you update your Whatsapp to the latest version..

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