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NUC grants Maritime University approval to begin undergraduate programmes —- Presidency

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval to the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta, to begin undergraduate degree programmes from the 2017/2018 academic session.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, gave the indication in a release issued on Wednesday.

He said the approval underscored FG’s commitment to develop Niger Delta in line with the Buhari administration’s new vision to develop the region.

According to the release the NUC approved that academic activities begin in three faculties namely: Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management.

Akande said that Faculty of Transport has four departments, namely: Nautical Science, Transport Logistics Management, Marine Economics and Finance, and Port Management.

He said Faculty of Engineering has five departments – Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

Also Faculty of Environmental Management has four departments: Environmental Management and Pollution, Meteorology and Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Marine Geology.

He reiterated that the Maritime University would be extended all privileges accorded to other Federal Universities.

Akande recalled that the University began operations in 2017 and, in Nov. 2017, invited job applications for academic staff with advert placement in national dailies.

He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari also approved an increase in the take-off grant to the University from the N2 billion earlier announced to N5 billion.

He said the grant was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in Nov. 2017.

He added that another N1billion was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the University.

“Under the New Vision for the Niger Delta, which followed the President’s meeting with leaders of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) in Nov. 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was delegated to undertake a tour of the oil producing communities.

“”The take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests tabled before the Federal Government,’’ Akande said.

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ASUP strike justifiable – Shehu Sani

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The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has pointed out that the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, is justified.

He made the statement on his Twitter handle in response to the indefinite strike embarked upon by the union recently.

Senator Sani said, “The strike embarked upon by the polytechnic lecturers under ASUP is justified.”

He further explained that the demands put in place by the lecturers are reasonable, adding that persistent strikes in the country are caused by breaches of agreements met between the government and the unions.

“The demands of the lecturers are reasonable and rational. Incessant strikes results from incessant breaches,” he said.

The Senator called on the Nigerian government to respect and honour agreements between it and labour unions.

“The Federal Government should honour the agreement reached,” he stressed.

Recall that ASUP embarked on an indefinite strike Wednesday due to Nigerian government’s inability to meet set of agreements between the two parties.

It also accused the Federal Government and the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu of being insensitive to their plight.

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New Retirement Age Set for Teachers by NUT

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The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has submitted a new retirement age proposal to the Ministry of Education and the National Assembly for approval, education minister Adamu Adamu has confirmed.

He said that the drive was based on the need for better performance by teachers and the desire to have quality teachers in the nation’s schools.

“Nigerian teachers to some extent require a reasonable retirement age like their counterparts in India, Canada, Belgium that have increased the retirement age for teachers to 65 years.

“We are appealing to the House to approve the bill because the ministry is in support of increasing the retirement age of teachers,” the minister added.

The minister is supporting the increase of the retirement age for teachers from 60 years to 65 years to allow for further improvement in the standard of basic and secondary education in the country.

Adamu said at a public hearing on the need to insulate teachers from the retirement age for public servants organized by the House joint Committee on Basic Education and Public Service.

Speaking at the hearing, Chairman House Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, also confirmed that the bill was being considered for passage.

“Teachers are the bedrock of any nation and as such their wealth of experience must be tapped to enhance the wellbeing of society.

“How long should we tap that knowledge legitimately in the school system is the question we except to answer today?” Mohammed said.

The House committee, he said, was also considering to amend the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to strengthen its regulatory powers to promote professionalism and eradicate quacks.

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Kaduna Polytechnic joins ASUP strike

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The Kaduna Polytechnic Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has complied with the indefinite strike declared by the national body on Wednesday.

ASUP Chairman in the polytechnic, Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the chapter totally complied with the directive of the national body.

“We will remain on strike until directed otherwise by our national executives,” Ibrahim said.

NAN reports that the polytechnic was on break and was expected to resume academic activities in January.

Michael John, a student of the polytechnic, who spoke to NAN on the development appealed to the federal government to dialogue with union and resolve all disagreements.

“We do not want to stay at home like our fellow students in the universities who have been at home for months following ASUU strike.

“Federal Government should please find a way to resolve the issues, so we will resume school in January and continue our studies,” John said.

Kola Adeyemi, who applied for admission in the school also called on both parties to go to the negotiation table and iron things out.

“I have stayed at home for quite too long and hoping to secure admission in Kaduna Polytechnic.

“The strike, if prolonged will affect my chance of securing admission this session,” he said.

Mr Usman Dutse, the National President of the union, had on Tuesday directed all members of the union to embark on the nation-wide indefinite strike on Wednesday.

Dutse said that the strike became necessary following the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.

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