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BREAKING: UNILAG Senate Rejects Acting Vice Chancellor, Says Prof Ogundipe Remains VC

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The Senate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, has rejected the removal of Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as Vice Chancellor of the institution by the Governing Council.

Led by Wale Babalakin, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, the decision-making organ on Wednesday in Abuja removed Ogundipe as VC of UNILAG, accusing him of gross misconduct and acts of corruption.



But in a meeting held on Thursday by 88 members and anchored by Prof Chioma Ago, a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, the institution’s Senate said the removal of Ogundipe was against UNILAG’s regulation, adding that the Council removed Ogundipe without giving him the opportunity to defend himself.



Senate House & Admin Building, University of Lagos.
They also kicked against the appointment of Prof Omololu Soyombo as Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution.

“Part of the condition for the removal of a Vice Chancellor is that a joint committee of the Senate and Governing Council must sit and investigate with three representatives from each side but the Senate was never represented, the Senate was never consulted, the Senate never knew the allegations against their member.


“The removal of Prof Ogundipe did not follow the Act establishing the university. He was not given fair hearing and the opportunity to defend himself.

“The Senate therefore rejects the removal of Prof Ogundipe and the appointment of an Acting VC,” a member, who attended the meeting.

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We have not suspended strike – ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has debunked speculations that its ongoing strike has been suspended .
It made the clarification via its Twitter handle
while reacting to #ASUUResumes trend on Friday.
According to the union , the report claiming that its members have resumed is false .
“ Contrary to speculations making the rounds in the social media that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU , has called off strike , nothing of such is true .
“ If we are going to call off our going strike , there is a process that will be followed and nothing of such has been done .”
The President of ASUU , Prof . Biodun Ogunyemi , had vowed that the union would sustain its ongoing strike action until the Federal Government addresses all its demands .
Ogunyemi said ASUU was asking the Federal Government to implement the 2012 universities ’ needs assessment .
He added that it was saddening that Nigerian university lecturers were still on the same salary scale of 2009 , stressing that this must be addressed before ASUU would suspend its ongoing strike .
Ogunyemi stated , “ Salary issues are still there ; we have not fully addressed that . It appears that some forces in government are bent on making our members to suffer by withholding their salaries. But we believe that once we sort out the issues of the Universities ’ Transparency and Accountability Solution , other issues will fall in place .
“ The 2009 agreement we had with the government stipulates that that agreement will be reviewed every three years , but since then , we have not been able to review the salary scale .
“ That is why we are saying that the negotiation we started with the government in 2017 ought to have been completed and with the completion of that negotiation process , a new salary scale should be in place .
“ We are insisting that the process is completed before this ongoing strike is suspended among other things . ”

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Rivers reopens schools Oct 5

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The Rivers State Government has approved the reopening of universities, other tertiary institutions , as well as secondary and vocational schools in the state, with effect from Monday , October 5, 2020.
The decision was reached at the end of an emergency State Executive Council meeting on Friday and presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike in Government House , Port Harcourt .
Commissioner for Education , Prof . Kaniye Ebeku , disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the meeting.
He said the council ’s approval did not include primary schools .
“ The council approved that schools in the State reopen on the 5th of October , 2020, with only the following – all secondary schools in the state, vocational schools in the state , universities and other tertiary institutions .
“ For the avoidance of doubt , the council based on expert medical advice did not approve the reopening of primary schools in the state, which would await a new date in the future ,” Ebeku stated.
The commissioner said the council also approved the setting up of a seven – man taskforce to monitor and enforce the compliance of COVID – 19 protocols in the various schools .
He said the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party , Amb. Desmond Akawor , would serve as the task force Chairman , while himself ( Ebeku ) is the Secretary.
Also , the state government approved the immediate reopening of restaurants , cinemas, and parks between 6am and 9pm daily, the Information and Communications Commissioner , Paulinus Nsirim, added
Nsirim, however , said nightclubs , bars , the Oil Mill market as well as the slaughter market at Oginigba , both in Obio /Akpor Local Government Area of the state remain closed till further notice .
Nsirim said , “ Rivers State Executive Council had an emergency session to review issues concerning the COVID – 19 protocols in the State.
“ Parts of the decisions reached include that public places like parks , cinemas, and restaurants will be opened , but between the hours of 6 am and 9pm daily and must comply with COVID – 19 protocols .
“ Nightclubs and bars remain closed . Oil Mill market and Slaughter market , Oginigba also remain closed , ” the commissioner added.

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Lagos Launches 5 Billion Recovery Support For Stakeholders In Education Sector

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images 2020 09 25T214738.592 Lagos Launches 5 Billion Recovery Support For Stakeholders In Education Sector

1. To mitigate the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education industry, The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund in partnership with First Bank has launched the LSETF Edu-Fund Programme, a ₦5bn Post COVID Recovery Support for stakeholders in the education sector. #EducationMeetsFunding
2. The LSETF Edu-Fund Programme is targeted at low-cost privately owned schools and vocational training centres in Lagos State to support economic recovery efforts of stakeholders in the education sector in Lagos State. #EducationMeetsFunding
3. Through this partnership, LSETF & First Banking willingness collaborate to provide matching funds that would be disbursed as a loan programme to support low-cost private schools and vocational training centres in Lagos State. #EducationMeetsFunding
4. This scheme aligns with the Lagos State Government T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, which seeks to improve Traffic management & transportation; Health & Environment; Education & Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy; Security and Governance. #EducationMeetsFunding
5. The Nigerian Bureau Of Statistics and NESG report that Education is one of the top 5 sectors that created over 59m jobs in 2017, buttressing Education as a critical growth area for job creation in Nigeria.
6. The loan scheme will be provided to 2 categories of applicants; Micro-Enterprise businesses will receive a sum of not more than ₦500,000 while SMEs will receive a sum of not more than ₦5,000,000.
7. The Fund is available at a fixed interest rate of 9% per annum with an additional business development support to low cost private schools & vocational training centers operating in Lagos State.
8. The qualified institutions are expected to have been in operation for at least one year and have a minimum of 100 students.
9. The objective of the Fund is to improve the quality of education for our youth by providing access to affordable finance to low-cost private schools and vocational training centres.
10. The Loan programme offers participating schools & training centres up to N5 million in facility as well as professional & institutional supports comprising capacity building programmes & business advisory.
11. This intervention is expected to spur significant growth of the schools & the education ecosystem in Lagos State. It will enable job creation opportunities for our teeming young and productive population.
12. The LSETF Edu-Fund Programme is a part of the proactive sustainable solutions by the State Government to curb & limit the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both individuals & businesses in Lagos State.
13. The N5bn LSETF Edu-Fund Programme for stakeholders in the Education sector in Lagos is a precursor of many more sector-specific support programmes that would be unveiled by the LSETF on behalf of the Government in October 2020.
14. The LSETF Edu-Fund Programme will help tackle the current issues in the educational sector which demands an instant upturn such as the persistent decline in the quality of education & inconsistent investment in the sector over the decades.
15. Edu-Fund will provide loans to Lagos-based low-cost private schools & vocational training centers that have been in operation for at least one (1) year prior to the date of application & have a minimum of 100 students.
16. Presently, low-cost private schools in Lagos State account for over 60% (12,000) of the total number of schools providing education to millions of children from not-so-privileged communities across the state.
17. Before the pandemic, these schools depended on low-cost tuition fees from parents, and double-digit interest loan facilities to fund the provision of the amenities and services needed to aid learning.
18. By providing access to low-cost funding for privately owned schools & vocational training centres in the state, LSETF and First Bank Edu-Fund will help accelerate sustainable & painless return to world-class learning & skills acquisition of our youth
19. The LSETF application process for the Edu-Fund is fair and credible, irrespective of applicant’s affiliation, tribe or gender. This is in line with the ethos of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.
20. The LSETF application process is simple and interested applicants can follow the easy steps in the attached image.
21. The LSETF believes that joining forces with First Bankngr is critical to mitigating the adverse economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s education system.

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