Tuesday, 31 May 2016

NSUK Set For Senate Meeting Tomorrow



NSUK Set For Senate Meeting Tomorrow:
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* To Adopt New Academic Calendar, Deliberate on and Approve First Semester Result
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By Ogbu Patrick

Following the pronouncement this afternoon by NSUK ASUU Chief, Dr. Theophilus Lagi which ended the almost three months Industrial Action that hit the institution, the Senate of Nasarawa State University, Keffi are set to meet tomorrow, June 1st, 2016 to adopt new academic calendar.
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The senate, through a text message sent to its members who are predominantly Heads of Department, during the meeting shall deliberate on the way forward of the institution, as well as look into the students' results for the first semester.
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A source who was invited for this meeting disclosed exclusively to NSUK CampusWatch that among the issues to discuss is that of the resumption date and the general academic running of the university for the remainder of the session and possibly next session.
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The source who pleaded anonymity as he was not authorized to speak for NSUK Senate assured students of the smooth running of the institution having gotten the state government's needed intervention for the university.
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When asked what would be the expectation of the graduating students of the institution, he said: "They should be happy that they'll be graduating this year".
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However, the institution is expected to commence its second semester academic activities next week monday, June 6th, 2016.
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Recall that Nasarawa State University, Keffi had this afternoon wriggled out of the grip of industrial action that had brought all academic activities in the institution to a halt in the struggle between Nasarawa State Government and the lecturers of the institution over unpaid earned allowances owed to the lecturers since 2009.
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NSUK STRIKE: ASUU Calls Off 3 Months Old Strike.




NSUK ASUU STRIKE Called Off.

By Simon, Markus Yila
| 31 May 2016 |

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The Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, Nasarawa State University on Tuesday, 31st May, 2016 suspended its 3months old total and indefinite strike.
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The governing council of Nasarawa State University, Keffi had a meeting with the Executive members of ASUU on monday 23rd May, 2016, where an an understanding between the two parties was met and an agreement was drafted.
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This event followed the intervention of Governor Tanko Almakura in a bid to end the three month old ASUU strike in Nasarawa State University, keffi, where ASUU agreed to call off strike, but on the condition that government must first pay the 20 percent of the Earned Academic Allowance it agreed with the Union at the Governing Council meeting.
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The ASUU chairman, Theophilus Lagi, said the union resolved to suspend the strike with immediate effect after a congress meeting held by the ASUU. Lectures commence immediately.

Students are expected to resume school immediately, as lectures will commence on monday  6th June, 2016.
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NSUK Guide/CampusWatch
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Isn't it time to #bringbackSUG in NSUK?


Isn't it time to #bringbackSUG in NSUK?

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim
| 30 May 2016 |

When the Rabiu Tijani Omame led Students' Union Government, SUG, of Nasarawa State University was suspended after the ill-fated water scarcity protest of February, 2013, it was clear that the students' body will not be restored anytime soon.


About three years after that incident, prevailing events have shown that the suspension placed on the SUG is no longer necessary, and management of NSUK, as a matter of urgency, should put machinery in place to bring back the Union.


There are several reasons why this is necessary.


Apart from the apparent yawning void between management and students, NSUK has been denied representation at every level of student union activity in the country.


Here is the first case. Earlier this months, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, held its delegate conference in Jos, Plateau state; NSUK was missing for obvious reason. This June, NANS will hold her elections, again, NSUK will be no where to be found.
In a similar situation, I was contacted a week ago with information that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was looking for students from NSUK, to participate in a conference on anti-corruption at Abuja, again we failed to attend because there is no SUG.


This is particularly insulting not just to the students but the name of the University is gradually being muddled and if this continues, I fear it will fizzle out of reckoning among NANS and other national activities. Already, we are not taken serious because no body speaks for us. Our situation became so bad during this ASUU strike that it took the SUG Presidents of Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa and College of Education, Akwanga to speak for NSUK students! Thanks to them but that's very ironic and pitiful for NSUK students!


More importantly to this discourse is the issue of security. There have been severally stories about incidents of riots in some higher institutions around the country. Let's take for instance, the three months old strike of ASUU. It took concerted and extraordinary effort of few students who assumed a responsibility they were not given, to mediate, and also suppress the enormous pressure that favoured mobilizing students to the streets for protest. This few, who are mostly in their final year, feared that engaging in protest will be counter productive and may end in a similar way as in 2013. They didn't want any student to die in an avoidable situation that required negotiation and understanding among the parties. Whether you like it or not, these students deserves some thanks for successfully navigating a ship that apparently had no captain, and today without taking to the streets, were able to help end the prolonged strike. It's better it lasted that long than it ended in blood shed.


But we may not be this lucky next time. This group of students are the last set of those that fully tasted the horrors of the killings of their colleagues in 2013. They will graduate in about four months and those that will be left behind has no such horrifying memories to keep them in check. The dangers of leaving such exuberant and green students without leadership can only be imagined, considering the fact that more of the students being admitted into the University this days favour violent approach in problem solving more than dialogue. I know what I am talking about. As a student leader, I have had situations where students who have problems as little as missing class tests, would want me to confront lecturers and punch them in the face on their behalf! I've continued to imagine a situation where there was no such intermediary, it is just certain that such students will take laws into their hands. But what about issues that departmental, faculty or tribal presidents cannot handle? Is it even proper for every Dick and Harry to be knocking on the door of the Vice Chancellor? Can't we have a single channel of communication between Management and students?


Management should also know that students in our kind of society quarrel over just about anything. From a bucket of water, connection of electricity cable to proprietorship of ladies!


In many occasions during his time, Rabiu Tijani Omame went from house to house settling cases that would have resulted in full blown wars. Students from across the students villages, Angwa Lambu, BCG, High Court and Hostels, called his attention and rang his phone endlessly to potential violent incidents and he patiently attended to each of them, thereby nipping in the bud some issues that would have resulted in crises. There was this value and ownership students attached to Rabiu that tended to calm their nerves in all situation and the President owned up to his responsibilities. They elected him and they listened to him. His resolve to get better deals for the students unfortunately ended in that infamous shooting of those students by trigger happy soldiers (everyone who had a hand in the death of those students will reap what they sowed).


It is not surprising that following that suspension, there have been increasing cases of misunderstanding among students, resulting even in deaths in recent times. Armed robbery, burglary, raping of female students and other vices are on the rise.


Students have several tales of broad day light robbery and thousands of burgled apartments during holidays, have been reported. With more than 90 percent of the students residing off Campus, virtually everyone of them have tasted the brute reality of this menace.


During this period of ASUU strike, only God knows how many rooms survived the onslaught of thieves. When SUG was in place, there was this students vigilante, put in place by Rabiu, that stayed back in different student villages to safeguard property. It comprised of all SUG officials and some other carefully selected students.


With the proscription of SUG, the thieves sang hallelujah and went on rampage, breaking every room they laid their hands on. Angwa Lambu to High Court is under siege. No one can quantify the loss!


There is also another dimension to the students condition. The economic situation in the country has been less than palatable in recent times. This, the land lords, business owners within and around the University, latched on to rip the students off, at rates that are not commensurate with the present level of economic deterioration.


Quiet understandable but as you are aware, many of these business men go as far as charging exorbitantly far above what it should be even in the face of harsh economy. Believe me, as the students prepare to return to school, restaurants will hike their food price to as high as 300 Naira--and you will need at least 3 plates to "gauge" your stomach because the quantity will certainly depreciate! The quality may not even matter. Only SUG can negotiate a better deal for the students.


It is true that some student leaders have not actually lived up to expectation. Many have been accused of so many illegalities, especially, primitive wealth accumulation at the expense of the students. We have had cases of liquidation of students funds to the tune of millions of Naira. Some are even known members of secret societies, which is abhorred in our society.


But if student leaders engage in such unwholesome activities, management can partly take the blame for their failure to check such practices. If they allow financial recklessness to exist, it shows that the students leaders are not made to account for the finances.


Like we already know, it is almost inherent in every Nigerian to "fantastically" enrich himself (apologizies to the British PM), but a proper financial monitoring mechanism can address this.


This brings us to the question: what has been happening to SUG dues that students having been paying over the years? Who is in charge of the fund since there is no SUG? These are questions that will arise some day, if the hand of monkey is not removed from the soup by putting in place SUG immediately.


Students are supposed to be represented at Governing Council meetings. I understand that the Forum of Faculty Presidents have been holding brief, but how effective are there? Do they have the mandate of the students? Is it even legal? Do the students even know that some people are representing them?


No matter the reason for halting the activities of SUG--even the flimsy excuse that it's prone to crisis--the other reason that it should be restored trumps all others.


As sociologists have properly diagnosed, the crisis that often result in students union activities is not different from what the external society is experiencing. The solution lies in constant practice which will ultimately lead to some level of perfection. And if we don't start in earnest to start practicing how to manage our affairs by being allowed to engage in democracy, when we get to the bigger stage the effect will be collosally devastating. It's at this stage that we should learn democratic tenets so that when we move over to the national stage, we may have overcome our teething challenges.


It is also advisable that management staff, politicians and lecturers should desist from interfering unnecessarily in SUG activities, especially in the imposition of candidates. Students should also learn tolerance and shun all primordial sentiments that often drive them toward intolerance of opposition. Religion, Tribal and other sentiments should not be allowed to infest and rule our conduct, like it did during the last election.


University should be a place where civilization should be experimented and perfected. As we learn leadership one way or another from our different disciplines, the return of SUG in NSUK will further prepare the students in future responsibilities.


Above all, for better administration of the University, bringing back SUG is not just necessary, but long overdue. As the event of 2013 fades away, another danger maybe lurking around and with no student leadership in place, we don't need a prophet to foretell what will befall this institution.


We don't want another blood water or medicine after death. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine.


°Ofim is the President of Mass Communication Students Association, MACOSA.
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Monday, 30 May 2016

NSUK STRIKE: ASUU Set to End 3 Months Old Strike




NSUK STRIKE: ASUU Set to End 3 Months Old Strike
By Simon, Markus Yila
| 30 May 2016 |
Following the intervention of Governor Tanko Almakura in a bid to end the three month old ASUU strike in Nasarawa State University, keffi, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
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NSUK Guide/CampusWatch has been reliably informed that the three months old industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nasarawa State University Chapter will be suspended tomorrow.
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Our source disclosed that the purpose of the Congress meeting scheduled to take place tomorrow, 31 May 2016, is to decide on suspension of the strike.
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The congress meeting was scheduled after the governor annouced that the Sum of N162 million has been released to the school management for payment of the lecturers Earned Academic Allowance (EAA).
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It should be noted that this N162 million  is different from the N250 million that the government has offered to provide for funding of the University.
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However, our source admonished that students should wait for the official declaration as it is the Congress that has the power to suspend the strike.
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NSUK Guide/CampusWatch will be on ground to bring you details of the Congress meeting.

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©2016 NSUK Guide/CampusWatch
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Sunday, 29 May 2016

NSUK Strike Udate: Who Blinks First




By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim
| 29 May 2016 |

With recent developments, this time seems to be the beginning of the end to the three months industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nasarawa State University Chapter, but there seems to be a last hurdle to cross.

Government and ASUU do not trust each other.

While the government maintains that the money is ready for ASUU to collect on the condition that strike must be called off first.

ASUU is saying "we are not calling off strike unless we receive bank alert"

Governor Tanko Al-almakura while on Media Chat at Nasarawa Broadcasting Service Lafia, to commemorate Democracy Day on Sunday, disclosed that government has made available the 20 percent of the Earned Academic Allowance, EAA, it agreed to pay the Union but with a strict instruction that "ASUU will get the payment only when it suspends the strike".

“We have released 162 million Naira to the University Management but the Lecturers can only get the money if they suspend the strike”, said the governor.

He explained that the reason for the decision is because of previous experience government had with the Union.

“By the time they went on strike, they were not owed any salary. What they are asking for is Earned Academic Allowance.

"This was about 800 million Naira and the University Administration was able to pay 400 million, remaining about 400 million.

"So they said if we can pay half of the remaining money they will not proceed on the strike.

"We paid 200 million Naira but they still went ahead with the strike. I mean that is a breach of agreement", Al-almakura lamented.

For fear that the lecturers may pocket the money yet again and refuse to resume work, the governor therefore is not taking any chances.

"We have released the money into the University account and I have asked the Management of the University to pay the lecturers as soon as they suspend the strike", he stressed.

Meanwhile, ASUU is just as stern as the government.

After it's Congress meeting last Tuesday, the Union's Chairman Dr Theophilous Lagi, said ASUU agreed in principle with the University Governing Council to suspend the strike.

He added that, "as soon as members receive the money as agreed, we'll resume work".

ASUU hinged its stand on the way government had handled their previous agreements.

"It is not once that we have reached an agreement with government and it reneged", Dr Lagi told NSUK Guide/CampusWatch.

"If they had kept to the agreement we reached before now, there wouldn't have been any need to go on strike.

"We've agreed that if we receive bank alert today, we'll start work tomorrow ", he restated.

However, reports have filtered in saying ASUU has scheduled another Congress meeting this Tuesday 31 May, 2016, possibly to consider suspending the strike.

NSUK Guide/CampusWatch contacted the Chairman to confirm this but he rather told us that "when the decision to suspend the strike is taken, you'll be the first to know".

It is now clear that both ASUU and government have trust issues, and if they decide to continue with it, the hope of an end to the prolonged strike may not be in sight.

The question now is: who blinks first?

©2016 NSUK Guide/CampusWatch
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

If you pay us today, we'll resume work tomorrow - ASUU



By Ofim Kelechi Ofim & Simon Markus Yila 
| 24 May 2016 |
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The striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in Nasarawa State University, Keffi, has agreed to suspend the more than 2 months old industrial action if government pays her outstanding salaries and the 20 percent Earned Academic Allowance, EAA. 
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Dr Theophilous Lagi, Chairman of the Union, who briefed NSUK Guide/CampusWatch after their Congress meeting today, said both Governing Council and ASUU have agreed in principle to suspend the strike. 
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"We have agreed to suspend the strike, if government fulfills its own part of the deal. 

"If there can do that today, we are ready to resume work tomorrow ", he assured. 
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In a memo from the Office of the Chairman of Governing Council of NSUK, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, all the contentious six items have been deliberated upon, providing "specifics" as ASUU has always demanded. 
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Government says it will provide two hundred and two million Naira and another fifty million Naira for emolument and capital expenditure respectively. 
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It has also raised the EAA to 20 percent, of which ASUU is demanding immediate payment, along with the three months salary arrears, for the strike to be called off. 
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Governing Council agreed to meet with Appointment and Promotion Committee, after receiving input from ASUU, in order to review the promotion guideline and the 2015 promotion exercise. 
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They also resolved that ASUU should present its input on the draft University Law to Council after which the draft will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for further processing within two months. 
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ASUU is also required to present its input to Council on the implementation of the White Paper for final consideration. 
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On the issue of exorbitant tax regime, Council offered to discuss with the Visitor of the University, Governor Tanko Al-almakura, in furtherance of his commitment to set up a committee to review the current tax regime being paid by staff of the University. 
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©2016 NSUK GUIDE/CAMPUSWATCH


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Friday, 20 May 2016

NSUK Set to Host Law Teachers




By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim
| 20 May 2016 |
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All is now set for the Annual General Meeting, AGM of the National Association of Law Teachers, NALT, scheduled to take place at Nasarawa State University, Keffi from Monday 23rd May, 2016.
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The National President of the Association and Acting Dean Faculty of Law NSUK, told NSUK Guide/CampusWatch that everything is set for the AGM.
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He also disclosed that Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, a senior lawyer and former law teacher is expected to declare the conference open.
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©2016 NSUK Guide/CampusWatch
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NSUK Strike Udate: Council Set To Meet




By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim
| 20 May 2016 |
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As part of the renewed determination to resolve the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nasarawa State University, the institution's Governing Council is set to meet on Monday 23 May, 2016, a source told NSUK Guide/CampusWatch.
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The source who is a member of the Council, sort anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.
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He said "the main issue for discussion at the meeting will be the ongoing ASUU strike".
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This cheering news is coming after ASUU failed to suspend the strike at their last Tuesday's congress meeting, citing failure of government to reach out to them.
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This medium learned that the Chairman of the Governing Council Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah was reluctant to convene Council meeting as he was not happy with ASUU.
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The Chairman we were told felt Council has made a generous offer to ASUU, and therefore cannot be stampeded into calling for emergency Council meeting because of ASUU's stubbornness.
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NSUK Guide/CampusWatch cannot confirm the rumour that Council maybe tabling a new offer to ASUU at the meeting.
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A top management staff and member of Council revealed that some Council members have proposed a 20 percent raise, to the state government, from the earlier 15 percent of the outstanding 40 percent of the Earned Academic Allowance.
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It is left to be seen if the new offer, if true, will make ASUU suspend the strike.
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It is also possible that government may go all out to clear the balance, as ASUU has insisted that the remaining 40 percent of the EAA must be paid in full.
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With this development it seems the Council has bowed to pressure from several quarters, including student leaders, who had launched relentless series of consultation with eminent stakeholders to see that the strike is called off soon.
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Students are hoping that this latest effort will yield the desired result.
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Feelers from the students have it that many of them are already poised for what one of them described as "mother of all protests" that will cripple activities at Lafia, the state capital, if nothing is done urgently to end the strike.
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The students are enraged that ASUU and government are taking them for granted having allowed the strike to last this long.
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Every one of students who spoke to this medium, voiced his support for a mass action that will force the state government to do something about the strike.
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"These people do not value our future.

"Can't you see how they are unserious about the whole strike issue? ", queried one of students who doesn't want his name mentioned.
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"The only option left for the students is to let them know how we feel and that is by shutting down Government House and the state House of Assembly", another furious student yelled.
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If Monday's Council meeting yields positive result, it maybe the needed remedy to scuttle the plan of the students, and that is if it is not already late because we don't know if the plan is already afoot as I write this.
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The meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday; anything can happen in between now and then.
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But we appeal to the students to shelve their plan and await the outcome of the Council meeting on Monday.
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Dialogue is always the best option.

©2016 NSUK Guide/CampusWatch
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

NSUK ASUU vows to continue strike: to join nationwide strike tomorrow



By Ofim, kelechi Ofim
| 17 May 2016 |
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Nasarawa State University chapter rose from its emergency meeting today to insist that the Union is resolved to sustain the more than 2 months industrial action to a logical conclusion.
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Addressing the media after the meeting, the chapter chairman Dr. Theophilous Lagi, said government has refused to call them for discussion since the last time the Union replied government’s letter over a month ago.
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He said government has not been serious in addressing the issues, otherwise the problem would have been over by now but the nonchalant posture of government is the only reason why the strike has reached this far.
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He insisted that the strike will go on despite that government has been starving the lecturers by withholding their salaries for the past 3 months.
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“ASUU is not being rigid as some people may think. If government invites us for discussion, I believe we can reach a common ground but when they sit and take unilateral decisions—that will not solve the problem”, he said.
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According to him, ASUU is ready for compromise in some of the contentious issues but said, in a situation where government refused to discuss with the Union, members have no other choice than to continue with the strike.
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“Their problem is that they imagine that our problem is money and since then they’ve been flying the 15 percent, with the condition that we must suspend the strike, but they are wrong. We have not been paid salaries for the last 3 months but that will not diminish our resolve”, said Dr. Lagi.
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He further revealed that they have been interventions from some concerned individuals and stakeholders, including students towards resolving the strike, saying, if such interventions are sustained the strike may likely end soon.
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The chairman read a letter from the National Secretariat of ASUU, whereby members are directed to join the nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, if “government up till 12 Midnight on Tuesday 17th May, 2016 fails to reverse the increase in electricity tariff and the pump price of petrol”, the letter read.
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Dr. Lagi also announced that Comrade Biodun Ogunyemi has been elected new president of National ASUU at the last NEC meeting held at University of Uyo, AkwaIbom state, thus taking over from Comrade Isa Fagge.
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©2016 NSUK Guide/CampusWatch
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Saturday, 14 May 2016

SUK Strike: Emir of Lafia Promises to End Strike in One Week




Delegation of Nigerian Students led by Comr. Umar Yusuf, NANS DTE and Comr. Hamza Ahmed, President NASSA (National Body) on thursday, 12 May, 2016 presented their report to HRH, Alh. (Dr) Mustapha Agwai I, chairman, traditional council of chiefs in Nasarawa state.
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It would be recall that in the bid to find lasting solution to the lingering industrial crisis rocking our only state owed university Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) the student leaders commence a fact finding mission, visiting every party involved.
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Receiving the report for the council's prompt intervention, the royal father however urged all students to still remain calm and law abiding, promising that in one week time the school will be re-open.
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“I will commence talk immediately with all the concerned parties; ASUU, Governing Council School Management and the State Government,” he stated.
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However, ASUU insist that the Al-Makura-led administration must accept and implement all the key demands before the strike can be called off.
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Furthermore, the lecturers maintained that their students just like politicians children whom they fly abroad for education at the expense of the general public deserve same opportunity to quality education.
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They repeatedly lament why a state owed tertiary institution like NSUK be dumped in the hands of Federal Government to develop through intervention projects.
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NANS is therefore soliciting for the intervention of our royal fathers for both side to shift ground in the overall benefits of our children and the state at large.
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Source - Nasarawa Mirror [May 14, 2016]
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Friday, 13 May 2016

Nasarawa State Sholarship Board 2014/2015 BURSARY SCREENING EXERCISE



Nasarawa State Sholarship Board 2014/2015 BURSARY SCREENING EXERCISE

The Nasarawa State Scholarship Board wishes to announce to the existing and the potential bursary beneficiaries who are currently studying in various Higher Institutions of learning and had applied for the 2014/2015 Bursary award that the SCREENING EXERCISE SHALL COMMENCE ON 16th MAY 2016.

The screening shall be conducted in the three (3) Senatorial zones of the State: The detailed Schedules of the screening is as follows:


===IN LAFIA===

(1) NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

*16th and 17th May 2016, (500, 400 and 300 Levels students of All Faculties)

*18th May 2016, (200 Level students of All Faculties)

*19th and 20th May 2016, Nigerian Law Students and all students of Institutions outside Nasarawa State)


(2) NASARAWA STATE POLYTECHNIC

*23rd and 24th May 2016, (HND II and ND II of all departments)

(3) COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, LAFIA

*25th and 26th May 2016, (HND II and NDII)

*27th May 2016, Federal University, Lafia, Nigerian Law Students and Other Institutions around Lafia

VENUE: Conference Hall, Ministry of Education, Lafia
TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily

===IN AKWANGA===

(1) COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AKWANGA

*6th and 7th June 2016, (All NCE III students)

*8th and 9th June 2016, (All NCE II students)

(2) HILL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GWANJE

*10th June 2016, (NCE III and NCE II)

*11th June 2016, Nigerian Law Students, all students of Institutions around Akwanga zone and students outside Nasarawa State)

VENUE: Akwanga Local Government Chamber, Akwanga

TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily

===IN KEFFI===

(1) NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

*13th June 2016, (500 and 400 Levels students of All Faculties)

*14th June 2016, (300 and 200 Level students of All Faculties)

(2) FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, NASARAWA

*15th and 16th June 2016, (HND II and NDII)

*17th June 2016, Bingham University, Nigerian Law Students and All other Institutions around Keffi

*18th June 2016, School of Health, Keffi and all students of Institutions outside Nasarawa State.

VENUE: Keffi Local Government Secretariat; TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily


SCREENING REQUIREMENTS (ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS)

#Existing Beneficiaries
1. Taal ATM Xplorer Card
2. Local Government Indigene Certificate
3. Primary School leaving Certificate
4. Last payment School fees receipt
5. Students that lost their ATM Xplorer Cards are to pay N1,000 for replacement

#Potential Beneficiaries
1 Online printed Photo-card with attached used scratched card
2 Admission Letter
3 Local Government Indigene Certificate
4 Primary School Leaving Certificate
5 Last payment School fee receipt
6 Two (2) recent passport photograph

NOTE:
= Civil servants on In-Service training are not allow to attain the screening.
= Students are advice to adhere to this schedules


Signed
Sulaiman Abdulwahab Sulaiman,
Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Scholarship Board.
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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Disclaimer


From the Association of Departmental Presidents, Nasarawa State University Keffi.
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It has come to our notice that some undesirable elements masquerading as students, for reasons best known to them, have been misinforming students about the ongoing strike.
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These elements consistently manufacture lies, and even try to legitimize them by weaving the names of Ofim Kelechi Ofim, President of MACOSA & Editor-In-Chief of NSUK CampusWatch, and names of members of the Association of Departmental Presidents, ADP, around their misguided information.
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For the avoidance of doubt, any information emanating from NSUK CampusWatch or ADP flows through these authorized persons: the MACOSA President/Editor-In-Chief (Ofim, Kelechi Ofim), MACOSA PRO/Reporter (Simon Markus Yila - Motion) Ogbu, Patrick (Editor) and Divine Love Udorji (Reporter/SA-Public Affairs to MACOSA President).
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This is not to say that any other student cannot give you genuine information but you must differentiate it from what comes from us. We cannot be held responsible for any false information even if the crooks decide to forge our names into it.
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Therefore, NSUK CampusWatch should not be contacted to validate any story from a source other than ours. If you get an information and you are in doubt, kindly contact the source to prove it for you and not NSUK CampusWatch for we can only vouch for our own stories. And when you don't hear from us, it means that there is nothing worth reporting.
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You are therefore advised to subscribe to the following Social Media platforms for proper information about the strike. On Facebook, search and join the following groups:
*Nasarawa State University, keffi (Nsuk Guide),
*Voice of the Masses,
*Students Union Government NSUK,
*FOSSSA and FASSA pages.
*Log onto www.nuskguide.com
You can also get more from www.divineloveudorji.blogspot.com, our sister platforms.
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On Whatsapp, get your friend to add you to your class group and get the information direct from us.
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For the records, the President of NUASA, Comrade Bello Isah, has disassociated himself from the viral message calling for protest on Wednesday. Comrade Isah said that at no point did he authorize such publication and therefore should be disregarded.
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ADP as a body, in conjunction with other student leaders are deep in consultation as to the best way to resolve the problem. Students are advised to remain calm and wait the out come of our engagements.
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For the meantime, do not engage in any form of violence as that will not solve the problem. It can only make it worse. If the current intervention of ADP and other student bodies fail, we assure you that another approach that will certainly force them to re-open the school will be adopted.
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Please help share this message on your facebook walls, various NSUK departmental  whatsapp/facebook groups and other NSUK social media platforms.
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Thanks.
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Ofim Kelechi Ofim
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Friday, 6 May 2016

President Muhammad Buhari Today signed the 2016 Budget in Law




REMARKS BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE SIGNING OF THE 2016 APPROPRIATION BILL INTO LAW ON FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, ABUJA
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1. It gives me great pleasure today to sign the first full-year budget of this administration into law.  I thank the leadership of the National Assembly, in particular, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and indeed all members of the National Assembly for their cooperation in making this a reality.
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2. The budget is intended to signpost a renewal of our commitment to restoring the budget as a serious article of faith with the Nigerian people. This Administration is committed to ensuring that henceforth the annual appropriation bill is presented to the National Assembly in time for the passage of the Act before the beginning of the fiscal year.
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3. Through the 2016 budget, aptly titled "Budget of Change’’, the government seeks to fulfill its own side of the social contract. The Budget I have signed into law provides for aggregate expenditures of N6.06trn. Further details of the approved budget, as well as our Strategic Implementation Plan for the 2016 budget, will be provided by the Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning.
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4. I shall be speaking in more details about the Budget, its implementation and the over-all national economic and social policies of the Government in my address on May 29th, God willing.
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5. In designing the 2016 budget, we made a deliberate choice to pursue an expansionary fiscal policy despite the huge decline in government revenues from crude oil exports. This is why we decided to enlarge the budget deficit at this time, to be financed principally through foreign and domestic borrowings.  All borrowings will however be applied towards growth-enhancing capital expenditures.
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6. The signing of the budget today will trigger concerted efforts to reflate the Nigerian economy, a key element of which is an immediate injection of N350bn into the economy by way of capital projects. To illustrate our renewed commitment to infrastructural development, the 2016 budget allocates over N200bn to road construction as against a paltry N18bn allocated for same purpose in the 2015 budget.
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7. Despite the current difficulties we will work extra-hard to achieve our revenue projections. Our revenue generating agencies are coming under better management and are being re-oriented. The implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) is expected to contribute significantly to improving transparency over government revenues.
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8. Our determined fight against corruption is resulting in improvements in the quality of public expenditure. The work of the Efficiency Unit, as well as other public financial management initiatives, are also contributing in this regard. The continuing efforts to reduce recurrent expenditures should hopefully free up more funds for capital expenditure in 2017 and beyond.
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9. As I said in my New Year message, living in State House does not in any way alienate me from your daily struggles. I read the newspapers and listen to the TV and radio news. I hear your cries. I share your pains.
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10. We are experiencing probably the toughest economic times in the history of our Nation. I want to commend the sacrifice, resilience and toughness of all Nigerians young and old who have despite the hardships continued to have hope and confidence of a great future for Nigerians. But permit me to say that this government is also like none other. We are absolutely committed to changing the structure of the Nigerian economy once and for all.
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11. We are working  night and day to diversify the economy so that we never again have to rely on one commodity to survive as a country. So that we can produce the food we eat, make our own textiles, produce most of the things we use. We intend to create the environment for our young peoples to be able to innovate and create jobs through technology.
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12.  I cannot promise you that this will be an easy journey, but in the interest of so much and so many we must tread this difficult path.  I can assure you that this government you have freely elected will work with honesty and dedication, day and night to ensure that our country prospers and that the prosperity benefits all Nigerians. God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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NSUK Strike Update



ASUU vs NSUK (What i have gathered so far)
By Simon, Markus Yila (Motion )

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#ASUU's 1st Demand. Funding
After the 6months strike in 2013, they brought in N1.3 billion to NSUK as a result of our struggle. TetFund/ETF projects you see all over NSUK came as a result of our bitter struggle.
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If you go round, you will see a giagantic libray is been built, faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences and hostels are been renovated and many others in the name of either TetFund or ETF projects, what is the state doing?
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T.Y Danjuma took pity on us and built that what project that they cannot maintain. Over over two months there is no water in keffi and other sorrounding towns, if not for this strike, students would be in school. Tell me how will you cope? Why cant the state do something.
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We are not saying the state must fund the university now, even if it is in the next two yrs, clearly state it. Provide a viable frame work.

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NSUK RESPONSE 1st Demand
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TetFund/ETF are govt projects as such the Union should see them as government intervention, wether state or federal, the government is one.
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The state governor, without been asked, carried out road project in the school, and is currently building hostels for the varsity.

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# ASUU's 2nd Demand. The Law
The law establishing Nasarawa State University is faulty and needs to b reviewed.
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The tenure of a Vice chancellor of any University is 5years and no more, same applies to the Registrar and Bursar. But if you look at the law  establishing nasarawa state university, a V.C can serve for the period of 4yrs and renewable with the endorsment of the visitor of the university (The State Governor) for another 4yrs. That law is dead, archaic, when people here it outside the laugh at us. ASUU, NSUK.
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The Registrar and Bursar have been in office for the past 10yrs. You dont find that in other universities, its 5yrs & no more. Please review this law. ASUU, NSUK.


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NSUK RESPONSE 2nd Demand
The law is currently been reviewed. And it has been on, long before they declared strike.
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ASUU members are part of the commitee that have been setup to review the said law.
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Some of the things ASUU are demanding for the law is only applicable to federal universities

#ASUU's 3rd Demand. EAA
The Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) is a component of our salaries that have not been paid over time.
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The EAA is all about excess work load that have been calculated over time. A situation where a lecturer should be teaching a modest class of 40 students. But you the students know what we go through. Over 400 students in a class. Without a condusive atmosphere.
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Students are learning in a very hostile environment without even realising it. ASUU, NSUK.
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We saw that this money have been left to accumulate over the year. We approached the management and suggested that this money should be payed in batches, even if its going to be over a period of a year. They agreed and later disrecpected this agreement. ASUU, NSUK.
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We cannot just wake up overnight and declare strike, without getting the mandate from our national body. And they dont just give the go ahead just like. Strike is always the last resort. We brought representatives from our National Body all to no avail, before we declared strike. ASUU, NSUK.

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NSUK RESPONSE 3rd Demand
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Nasarawa state university is the only institution that have paid as high as 60% of this earned academic allowance.
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N200 million was deposited into ASUU's account a day before strike was declared. The state government offered 15% on the condition that they call off the strike.
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If the ASUU were not comfortable with the condition behind the 15% they should have simple said so and we would have reconsidered, but they never said a thing.

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So guys Judge for yourselves please.

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NSUK ASUU Strike Update: NSUK Chancellor commend ADP



By Simon , Markus Yila (Motion)
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In its commitment to see an urgent end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU Nasarawa State University Chapter, the Association of Departmental Presidents, ADP, on Thursday paid a visit to the Chancellor of NSUK and Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Muhammad Chindo III in his palace in Keffi.
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The Emir commended the effort of the students in resolving the current problem and frowned that ASUU has rebuffed all entreaties to suspend the strike, thereby unnecessarily delaying the graduation of the students.
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The ADP which was led by its Acting Secretary and President of Psychology, Comrade Abari Moses expressed the feelings of the students to the royal father and they pleaded with him to intervene in the situation.
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The royal father in his response, who was once a member of ASUU expressed his displeasure with ASUU and the strike action.
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He told ADP how he invited ASUU before they embarked on the strike and tried to reason with them but all to no avail.
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The Emir said the union should rather think of ways to contribute to society rather than try to hinder certain development.
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After taking his time to discuss with the students, the Emir commended the effort of the students and their passionate desire toward learning.
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He assured them that efforts are been made to resolve the strike and in no distant time the story will be different and positive.
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Meanwhile, ADP will be meeting with the Emir of Lafia and the Chairman of Governing Council of NSUK on date that is yet to be determined.
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We urge all students to remain calm as we know you are agitated.
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"We consult, we consolidate, before we confront".
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And when its time to confront, you will have your moment. But for now please exercise more patience and continue praying.

#ADP.
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NSUK ASUU Strike Update: Confusion, blame game as NSUK ASUU strike enters second month





By Simon, Markus Yila (Motion)
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Both the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU Nasarawa State University Chapter and the Management of the institution have resorted to blaming each other for the ongoing industrial action by ASUU, which completes 2-month cycle on May 7th, 2 016.
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Speaking while receiving a delegation of Association of Departmental Presidents, ADP on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor Professor Muhammad Mainoma represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Professor Yakubu Ngwai, said Management has done its best to meet some of ASUU's demand, but ASUU seem not to be satisfied.
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According to Professor Ngwai, every matter raised by ASUU have been substantially met by the University Administration but the Union seems to be rigid which he frowned is not fair, considering the economic situation in the country.
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"If the University had the money to implement what they are demanding, of course, this strike would not have lasted this long", he said.
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"But all of you are aware of the economic conditions of states and even federal government.
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"We have demonstrated a reasonable commitment in meeting their demands and I think they (ASUU) should understand the moment we are in and call off the strike", the DVC admonished.
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On the review of the law establishing the university,  the DVC said ASUU's representative in the Governing Council, Yahaya Adadu, is a member of the draft committee set up to review the law.
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According to him, the draft copy of the law was made available to ASUU through its representative in Council and there for scandalous for ASUU to claim ignorance of the process of reviewing the law.
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He noted that law making is a process that requires patience and not hastily done for obvious reasons.
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On the issue of funding,  Professor Ngwai commended the effort of ASUU in the establishment of institutions like Tetfund, and wants ASUU to understand that such interventions are also from public funds which ordinarily should have been shared among states of the federation.
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He said any form of intervention should not be discriminated, whether state or federal, saying government is one and belongs to every Nigerian.
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However, ASUU had said that government is silent on their demands as nothing concrete has been done to meet their demands.
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Speaking when he hosted members of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, in his office during the week, the chapter Chairman of ASUU Dr. Theophilous Lagi, said "government has even gone ahead to stop the salaries of members".
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He presented piles of correspondents between the Union and government, and several letters and agreements that have been violated by the later, saying no one can take them for fools again as they are ready against all odds to see the strike to a positive end.
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The DVC also told the Presidents of Departments that ASUU should explicitly communicate their intentions and not entirely condemning that which is proffered by Management as "vague".
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Earlier the leader of the delegation and President of the Department of Theater and Cultural Studies, Comrade Oliver told the DVC that they came to find out what is being done to resolve problem.
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He said the students were agitated and are on the verge of taking laws into their hands if nothing is done urgently to resolve the matter.
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Others who spoke at meeting, including Presidents of Mass Communication, Law, Psychology, Islamic Studies, Mathematical Sciences and Geology & Mining, called on both parties to come together and resolve the matter in the interest of the students.
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Meanwhile, the student leaders will meet with the Chairman of Governing Council of NSUK, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Emir of Keffi and Lafia, and other stakeholders to see how the parties can come to terms and let the strike be suspended.
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NSUK Strike Update: ASUU meets with Student Union Leaders




ASUU Executive today met with Student Union leaders in Nasarawa State drawn from all the tertiary institutions in the state.

At the end of the meeting:

ASUU said government is yet to contact the Union after it replied them over two weeks ago. That they are waiting for government 's response to their last letter.

It said government has stopped payment of salaries of their members for two months now, which, it said, has complicated the matter.

The Chairman Dr. Lagi said the union cannot be intimidated into submission as they are ready to face any challenges in the course of the strike.

The Union said the strike continues until government shows commitment in meeting their demands.

The Union assured students that if government shows the willingness to meet their demands, especially in the area of funding, that it is ready to suspend the strike.

That commitment the Union said must be put in writing and signed by the Chairman of Governing Council of NSUK, Attorney General of Nasarawa State and National Legal Adviser of ASUU.

Meanwhile, student leaders will meet with the Chairman of Governing Council of NSUK, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, to see how both parties can come to terms and let the strike suspended. The date of the meeting is yet to  be determined.

More stories later...

Thanks to Mark Motion, Muwaffaq Yahaya, Zainab Mundi, Gordons James and Abbas Tasiu Abdullahi who represented MACOSA at the meeting.
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