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NUC Decries Shortage Of Lecturers In Varsities

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NUC Decries Shortage Of Lecturers In Varsities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has lamented on shortage of lecturers for Nigerian Universities.

This was disclosed by the University body in its latest bulletin, asking Federal Government to isolate universities in their new employment circular.

The Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, NUC, Mr. Chris Maiyaki, who spoke on the development, decries that just 100,000 lectures were schooling not less than 2.1 million students.

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“The entire system has about 2.1 million students and staff strength of about 170,000 non-teaching and 100,000 academic staff. Maiyaki stated.

“Some of the problems facing the system include increased running cost, meager budgetary allocations, issue of power shortages, and shortages of manpower.

“There is a need for universities to be isolated from the Federal Government’s circular on an embargo on new employment because of the peculiarity and distinctive nature of the universities in order for them to keep up the pace in attaining comparable standards with their counterparts globally.

“We also have incessant interference in the NUC’s functions by some professional bodies and associations, which have continued to issue needless instructions to universities.

“Other challenges in the Nigerian university system include the issue of digital response to COVID-19 lockdown.”

Maiyaki recounted that 2020 was an unusual year for everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which ravaged the whole world, noting that Nigerian universities were forced to start embracing the use of technology in knowledge delivery.

He explained that the advent of coronavirus had enabled Nigerian universities to begin to explore the dual-mode of teaching with more institutions developing and expanding their digital hub to commence extensive use of the online platform.

“Within the period, the NUC had been conducting some activities, which included major curriculum review, assessment of universities on their E-Learning requirements, strengthening of quality assurance mechanism as well as fortifying modern methods of data processing and retrieval,” Maiyaki added.

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Kumuyi Bows To Pressure As He Cancels Crusade Over Threat

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Kumuyi Bows To Pressure As He Cancels Crusade Over Threat

Pastor William Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church, has finally cancelled the planned crusade in Aba, Abia State.

Kumuyi was said to have cancelled the crusade over rising insecurity and the threat he got since the crusade was announced.

The crusade was scheduled to hold in Aba from Tuesday, May 24, 2022, to Sunday, May 29, but the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) warned the 80-year-old cleric not to go ahead with it.

Confirming the cancellation, Kumuyi promised to communicate a new venue and date for the crusade to hold.

Also, the Chairman of the crusade’s organising team, Pastor James Akpofure, corroborated the development in a statement.

As there are currently some security challenges at the intended alpha location (Aba, Abia State, Nigeria), the Global Crusade Convener, Pastor (Dr) W.F. Kumuyi commiserates with our people in Abia State and will be praying along for God’s Divine Intervention,” Akpofure said.

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ASUU Strike: Latest ASUU News Roundup For Saturday 21st May 2022

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FG Slams ASUU As Strike Enters Day 50

Good day, here are the latest ASUU news headlines updates for today, Saturday, May 21st, 2022, on Newsrand.

1. ASUU To End Strike As FG Begins Payment Of Arrears

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), may soon end their ongoing strike, as the Federal Government begins the payment of their minimum wage arrears.

The payment of minimum wage arrears, Newsrand, understands is part of move to put an end to the strike.

2. ASUU, FG To Resume Talks Over Ongoing Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the Federal Government (FG) may meet on Monday, May 16, 2022, to resume talks over the ongoing strike.

The Chairman of the Federal University of Technology, Minna chapter of ASUU, and member of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC), Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, disclosed this in an i

3. ASUU Extends Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has extended its ongoing strike for another 12 weeks.

In a statement signed, ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke said the strike extension became effective from Sunday, May 8, 2022, adding that the union took this decision after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which started at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja.

4. ASUU Writes UNIJOS Over Minister’s Certificate

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has written to the University of Jos (UNIJOS), demanding a probe and recall of the certificate of Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education.

ASUU made this move as its strike, which commenced on Monday, February 14, 2022, continues.

5. Striking ASUU Members Don’t Deserve Salaries -FG

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has stated that the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) don’t deserve to be paid salaries.

Newsrand understands that ASUU went on a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, a development that had since grounded public universities activities across the country.

6. ASUU: NLC Warns Of Strike If Union Demands Are Not Met

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned the Federal Government of a 3-days nationwide strike if Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demands are not met in the next 21 days.

This was disclosed by the congress’ Chairman, Ayuba Wabbba, during a pre-May Day rally held in Abuja, stating that within the 21-days ultimatum, a protest will be held.

Visit newsrand.com for more latest news updates on ASUU and other top trending stories/news in Nigeria and around the world.

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