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Governor Ugwuanyi Inaugurates Multiple School Projects

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Tuesday, inaugurated multiple development projects executed by his administration in some schools in the state, amid jubilation.
The projects inaugurated include solar powered water boreholes newly constructed by his administration through the Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) in Model Secondary School and Urban Girls Secondary School in the University town of Nsukka, as well as Girls Secondary School Owerre-Ezeorba in Udenu LGA.
Also inaugurated at Girls Secondary School Owerre-Ezeorba, were two ultra-modern hostel blocks comprising 8 halls, a dining hall with kitchen; 60KVA Soundproof Electric Power Generator; renovated 28 classroom blocks and 800 capacity school main hall.
Gov. Ugwuanyi while in Nsukka inspected numerous ongoing construction projects in Command Secondary School, Orba, Udenu LGA, preparatory to its official commencement of academic activities, following its take-over by the military.
Speaking, the governor expressed delight that the newly constructed solar powered boreholes were executed by his administration to address water supply challenges in the schools, to advance the realization of the goals of the Enugu State School Water, Sanitization and Hygiene (WASH) programme.
Gov. Ugwuanyi added that the strategic aim of the water projects in the schools was also to stem the tide of hygiene-related infectiousness diseases, including COVID-19 and to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The governor disclosed that his administration has significantly improved on the infrastructure of the schools.
He stated that the administration had in the recent past, renovated two hostel blocks, one dining hall and 9 buildings of four classroom blocks each, in Modern Secondary School, Nsukka, which facilitated the emergence of the school as the 5th best in the Public School Category in Nigeria, in the 2019 edition of the President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award.
This feat, according to the governor, was based on the Federal Ministry of Education’s assessment of infrastructure, teaching and learning, quality of teachers and school administrator as well as school performances in Senior and Junior WAEC examinations.
“In this benchmarking, Model Secondary School, Nsukka brought pride to the state and the school Principal, Mr. Obiora Ezugwuorie has long been appreciated through the Enugu State Executive Council (EXCO) approved promotion to Salary GL-17”, he said.
While congratulating the Principal, staff and students of the school for their diligence, Gov. Ugwuanyi, upon the request of the students, approved the immediate construction of a male hostel and an ultramodern hall for the school.
At Urban Girls Secondary School, Nsukka, the Gov. Ugwuanyi administration also carried out a turn-around renovation of three-unit buildings of 8 classrooms which were hitherto damaged by rainstorms in 2018. It equally reconstructed a multi-purpose hall with seating capacity of above 1000 students.
In their speeches, the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, the Chairman of PPSMB, Barr. Nestor Ezeme and the Principals of the schools, expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for his administration’s support and special attention in education, assuring the governor that history will forever remember his footprints in the sector and beyond.
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FG, ASUU Resume Talks Today Over IPPIS, Revitalisation Fund

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FG, ASUU Resume Talks Today over IPPIS, Revitalisation Fund
The federal government’s negotiating team and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will resume negotiations today to iron out their differences over the application of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the proposed release of N30 billion university revitalisation fund.
Confirming the planned resumption of the talks yesterday, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said: “The contentious issues have virtually been addressed except for IPPIS and revitalisation fund, which ASUU opted to go and consult its organs.”
He said government was working on the gazetting of the visitation panel for the universities and reconstitution of negotiating team, adding that announcement will be made on both issues this week.
However, there are indications that today’s meeting between ASUU and the federal government team may be deadlocked again unless President Muhammadu Buhari intervenes to order payment of salaries to lecturers based on old GIFMIS platform pending when UTAS is ready for use.
At their last meeting on Thursday, both parties had disagreed on two key issues, revitalisation fund and how to handle payment of salaries to ASUU members pending the conclusion of an ongoing test run on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
ASUU had shifted ground at the last meeting by requesting that the federal government provides N110 billion, half of the N220 billion it demanded as revitalisation fund for federal universities.
But the government said it cannot afford that with the present state of the economy.
Ngige had reminded ASUU of the position of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with regard to “ability to pay” as a cardinal principle of collective bargaining agreement.
The source said ASUU agreed with the government’s offer of N30 billion as earned allowances but said the amount should be for only lecturers.
However, the federal government rejected ASUU’s demand to be given the N30 billion for lecturers alone, saying that all other unions in the university system should also receive payment from the money.
On revitalisation fund, a source privy to the meeting said: “The federal government is not ready to accede to ASUU’s demand for N110 billion now because it was part of the 2013 agreement that is now being renegotiated. That was why the government is offering things of good faith, like the payment of earned allowance pending when the committee saddled with the responsibility of identifying other alternative sources of funding concludes their work.”
For the two issues, ASUU team was asked to go and consult more with the union members and come back today for further deliberation.
On the implementation of the IPPIS, which almost stalled the meeting, the federal government said IPPIS should be allowed to operate in the interim until the test-run on UTAS is concluded.
But ASUU wanted payment of outstanding salaries on old GIFMIS platform before the implementation of UTAS.

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Lagos Private Schools Reopen Today , Public Schools Remain Shut

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Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered private schools across the state to reopen from Monday, October 26 for normal academic activities.
Private and public schools in the state were shut on Monday over safety concerns following outbreak of violence during the #ENDSARS protests.
The Governor however said public schools remain shut.

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NECO postpones exams indefinitely

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The National Examinations Council has postponed the ongoing nationwide Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations indefinitely due to the current security challenges , occasion by the # EndSARS protests .
This was contained a statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division NECO , Azeez Sani , and made available to newsmen in Minna on Sunday .
Sani said the # EndSARS protests disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country .
He said, “ The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council at its Special Meeting held on Thursday , 22 nd October, 2020 reviewed the on -going 2020 SSCE ( internal ) nationwide. The Council had in a press release , dated 21 st October 2020 , informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 2020 on -going SSCE .
“ Arising from that meeting, today ( Sunday ) the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE ( Internal ) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges , occasioned by the ENDSARS protests , which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country .
“ In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges , some state governments imposed curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property ;
In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country and students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table. ”
He said the governing board further resolved , that “ when normalcy returns , the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States .
“ While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders , the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council ’s examination .”

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