Showing posts with label EDUCATION. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EDUCATION. Show all posts

Thursday, 6 December 2018

December 06, 2018


THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,JAMB,has explained that it extended the sale of its 2019 Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for the federal government to formally approved the N3,500 it has reduced it to.
It further explained it picked next year for registration of UTME candidates because it wanted the reduction in the cost of selling its forms approved by the Federal Government to take effect.

Chairman, JAMB Governoning Board, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, disclosed these at an event to celebrate some staff of the board who retired recently in Abuja.
He explained that the reduction followed recommendations made by management and board of JAMB to the government because it was becoming difficult for some parents to raise the N5,000 currently charged by the board.
Although he commended the government for approving the reduction, Dr. Ndukwe said it would affect the amount that JAMB would return to the federal government next year.
“You are aware that the Federal Governmeng has reduced the cost of JAMB forms from N5,000 to N3,500 but it is going to take effect from next year. Therefore, if we now starts selling the forms today, we will still sell at the cost of N5,000 because the approval does not cover for now. That is why we have shifted the sale of JAMB form to any day from first of January.
“it is a very good move from the federal government based on our recommendation. We recommended to the federal government. Even though we are returning money to the coffers of the federal government, our primary objective is not just to make money because that money is coming from somewhere and it is difficult for some people to raise that money and pay for JAMB form even though JAMB form is among the cheapest in the whole world.

“Considering the spirit of president Muhammadu Buhari, he is a man of the people. Whatever he will do in the interest of the masses he will do it. So he graciously accepted the recommendations from JAMB management and board to reduce the price and that will also reduce the amount of money that JAMB will return to the coffers of the government from next year but it is good for the general good of the populace,”he said.
It was also learnt that the board had so far offered admission to 470,000 students.
“As we were in the board meeting, admission were still going on. On the screen we were seeing it. It is changing by the minute,” he said.
Dr. Ndukwe said the board will fully implement the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
“We are looking forward to the full implementation of CAPS. That is the best thing that will happen to education in Nigeria. If any child is qualified, central admission processing system will guarantee that that person is admitted. People should be patient and pray as we are implementing CAPS, let is come into full operation from 2019.
“You don’t need to know anybody to have admission and that is our mission now,” he added.

Friday, 30 November 2018

November 30, 2018

Senate Approves Establishment Of 10 Tertiary Institutions

The Senate has adopted the report of its committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund and has passed the bill for the establishment of 10 tertiary institution; five polytechnics, two universities, two colleges of education and one institute of technology. The institutions are Federal Polytechnic, Kabo, Kano State; ‎Federal Polytechnic, Daura, Katsina State; Federal Polytechnic, Ikom, Cross River State; Federal Polytechnic, Langtang, Plateau State and Federal Polytechnic, Kwale, Delta State.
Others are Federal University of Education, Aguleri, Anambra State; Federal University of Technology, Manchok, Kaduna State; Federal College of Education, Usugbenu Irrua, Edo State; Federal College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu, Abia State and National Institute of Construction Technology and Management, Uromi, Edo State.
In his remarks after the passage of the bills, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the session, said that assenting to them by President Muhammadu Buhari would go a long way in making education acquisition centres available for the teeming millions of school age Nigerians seeking for self discovery and knowledge.
According to him, the approval of the federal schools would further register the required federal presence in the affected communities with attendant positive multiplier effects.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

November 29, 2018

Jamb Announces Date For 2019 UTME Registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that the registration date for the 2019 JAMB UTME will be in December, 2018. The Head of Media of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, announced this while addressing newsmen during the conduct of promotion exercise for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), at the board’s Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre in Abuja.
According to him, no specific date has been fixed in December for the commencement of the registration yet. However plans are being made to announce the specific date soon as the board was initially waiting for the announcement of the reduction of examination fees by the FG.
On the issue of the reduction of JAMB fees, Benjamin said it was commendable what the President had done as he was someone, who had always had the interest of the masses at heart and would prove to ensure that no Nigerian was deprived of tertiary education.
Benjamin mentioned the board’s readiness to continuously give the general public the desired impact to further enhance institutions through conducting transparent and credible examinations at its CBT centres, nationwide.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

November 28, 2018

FG Reduces Cost Of JAMB, NECO, And BECE Form

Report has it that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of JAMB UTME, NECO SSCE and the Basic Education Certificate Examination forms. The reduction will be implemented from January 2019 with the cost of JAMB UTME Form dropping from N5,000 to N3,500 while NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
According to him, these exam bodies are not meant to be revenue generating bodies, they’re only supposed to cover costs/operating expenses.
He noted that the obvious increase in the amount amount being remmited by JAMB from less than N60m in 2010 - 2016 to 15 Billion in 2017 - 2018 is an indication that the fees being charged could be reduced.
The minister, in his announcement stated that the president directed the Ministry to look into the reduction following the significant improvement in revenues being remitted to the Treasury by the Education Agencies.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

November 21, 2018


It was a moment of shock today 21st of November as the ongoing convocation programme of Osun state university Osogbo was disrupted.
According to a source that spoke with us, the action was pushed by the Non Academic staff Union (NASU), of the institution in protest to the management for owing them salaries and allowances of many months.
The action is said not to be done by only the NASU as reports confirmed the ASUU and JACK movement joined them in the protest by unleash their concern to put on hold the ongoing convocation.
Osun state university is a multi campus school with each of the six campuses is scheduled to have their convocation programme in the main campus this week. The event started yesterday and continually, today is another day.

We are however not sure if it will hold today as the ground is scattered coutesy of the protest and no official reaction has been received from the management of the institution to calm this unfortunate incidence.

Watch the video below below:

Thursday, 15 November 2018

November 15, 2018


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will tomorrow (Thursday) hold the crucial meeting with the Nigerian government.
Thursday’s meeting is at the invitation of the federal government.
Confirming this development, the president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said the lecturers are not optimistic about the outcome of the meeting which he said ”will determine the seriousness of the Nigerian government towards ending the strike.” “The government has invited us for a meeting tomorrow, we are not sure of their seriousness because we have been discussing with them for 16 months without any result,” he said.
On the readiness of the lecturers to call off the strike if tomorrow’s meeting swings in their favour, he said “after the meeting, we will tell members the outcome.
They are the only ones who can decide to call off the strike.”
The official also said he is not concerned about the formation of a parallel union by some aggrieved lecturers, ”who have kept on teaching regardless of the strike order.” Some lecturers at the Obafemi Awolowo University under a rival union, Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics have been teaching despite the strike. “ASUU is the only recognised lecturers’ body, some persons are free to show they are annoyed but truthfully, the strike is on and all lecturers have respected it,” the official said.
He also denied rumours that the lecturers have accepted government’s proposal to set up an education bank, which was one of the reasons they went on strike in the first place. “We have not accepted education banking. We were surprised on reports that we accepted it. It is a means to exploit students and make them pay tuition fee. “Some students do not get jobs even five years after graduation and they will be asked to repay a million naira. That is selling them to slavery totally,” he said.
Other demands of ASUU include improved funding of education and improved teaching and learning conditions in the universities.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

November 14, 2018


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says it is ready to negotiate with government toward ending its one-week old industrial action.
Its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who was guest on TVC News Breakfast show on Tuesday, also advised government to establish an education bank for proper funding of universities.
He regretted the attitude of government to the university lecturers’ demands, saying that letters notifying government of the strike, which were submitted to the education and labour ministries on Nov. 5, had not been replied. “We wrote to inform the ministries that we had resumed our strike. We told them that we had resumed the strike we suspended in Sept. 2017 because government failed to implement agreements we signed. “The ministries signed to acknowledge receipt of the copies we gave them, but none has written a reply to us,” he said.
He accused the political class of strangling primary and secondary education in Nigeria, saying that 24 states had failed to access the Universal Basic Education Commission funds for 2018.
According to him, that has left UBEC with more than N60 billion that states have yet to access.
Ogunyemi observed that the federal government, which had consistently allocated seven per cent to education in the last two years, was not sincere in the claim that it was declaring a state of emergency in the education sector. “The Federal Government suddenly woke up from slumber and announced a state of emergency in the education sector. It also promised to allocate 15 per cent of its budget to the sector. We find this unbelievable and deceitful. “We feel that the `sudden’ promise has more to do with the fact that we are in an election year,” he declared.
He alleged that the ruling class in Nigeria had no concern for the education of the poor.
NAN reports that the lecturers had resolved to remain at home until their demands, which include proper funding of the universities, are met.
Other demands included the payment of full salaries by state-owned universities, payment of earned academic allowances, among others.

November 14, 2018


The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, yesterday, warned corps members serving in Osun State not to see their uniform as immunity to commit crime or get involved in social vices.
The Osun State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Emmanuel Attah gave this warning at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch C Stream I at the Osun NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ede.
Attah said: “My dear corps members, I urge you all to be good ambassadors of the NYSC wherever you find yourselves and put in your best and be security conscious at all times.
“May I sound a note of warning that your uniform is not immunity for you to commit crime or be involved in social vices, if you do so, the long arms of the law will take its due course.
“Also be reminded not to embark on frivolous journeys, you owe yourselves a duty to stay alive during the service year. In his remarks, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Biyi Odunlade, said: “God is the ultimate security but humans should live right and stay out of harm’s way as much as possible.”
Aregbesola also admonished the corpers to shun the get rich syndrome and never to get themselves involved in activities which would bring sorrow to humanity.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

November 07, 2018


The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing nationwide strike.
He made the appeal on behalf of the Federal Government while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
ASUU had announced the commencement of an indefinite nationwide strike with immediate effect over what they described as failure on the side of the government to honour the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the union and the federal government in 2017.
However, the minister stressed that it was important for the leadership of the union to suspend the industrial action for proper negotiation to take place.
“As the Minister of Education, I feel your pain; I share your concern and I am willing to go to any mile so that together we can change the narrative of this country for the better,” Adamu said.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to ASUU to put off this strike in the name of the country, and in view of what the situation is.”
He explained that while the government was already engaging the union to address the issues raised, negotiating under the pressure of strike may lead to coming up with agreements that would not be implementable.
Adamu said, “Come, let us continue the talk; it is something that we have already started. And I am optimistic that dialogue will produce better results.”
“For us to negotiate under the pressure of strike, we will end up producing the kind of agreement we had in 2009, which almost all stakeholders have agreed is not easily implementable.
“The issue of the release of N20 billion to the universities – on this, let me state in unequivocal terms that I am in touch with the Minister of Finance and that she is very optimistic this will be released in the coming weeks,” he added.

November 07, 2018


The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), University of Lagos Chapter, has ensured total compliance with the strike directive given by the union’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
The Chairman of the chapter, Dr Dele Ashiru, made the disclosure in an interview in Lagos.

He said that the chapter held a congress on Tuesday during which members resolved to join in the industrial action.
NAN reports that the ASUU NEC on Sunday declared a nationwide indefinite strike at a meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
The union is protesting poor funding of public universities, non-implementation of the 2009 agreement it entered into with the Federal Government.
It is also protesting alleged government plans to introduce tuition fees and an education bank.
According to Ashiru, the strike directive has been carried out fully in the institution.
“We have achieved 100 per cent compliance with the directive handed to us by the union’s executives,” he said.
On the appeal to ASUU by the Federal Government to shelve the strike and return for negotiation, Ashiru said that the plea was late.
“Government’s appeal is coming late because we gave them more than six months’ notice prior to our action.
“We even addressed the press on this, begging the government to see reasons with us, but it refused.
“Now, we have reached a point of `no return’ until government meets our demands substantially,” the unionist said.
NAN reports that students of the institution are on vacation and were slated to resume studies on Nov. 18 for the first semester of the 2018/2019 session. (NAN)

Monday, 5 November 2018

November 05, 2018


THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday began an indefinite strike action over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed with the Federal Government.

The strike action which began with immediate effect, the National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said would cover both the Federal and State owned universities.
Prof Ogunyemi who briefed the media after the National Executive Council (NEC) of the ASUU last night in Akure, the Ondo state capital said all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell of deaf ears and they have no other option than to begin an indefinite strike action.
He said “having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotiation with reasonable men using the principle of collective bargaining that ASUU at its NEC meeting of 3rd and 4th November 2018 at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) resolved to resume the nationwide strike action it suspended in September 2017 with immediate effect.
“This strike will be total comprehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implement all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements.
“We have today been subjected to 20 years of continued re-colonization under alleged democracy in which all that the ruling circle have been regrouping among themselves in their various faction they called political parties.”
According to him the release of paltry N20 billion revitalization fund was despite the fact that the same government released N1.3 trillion to a distressed bank.
Ogunyemi said the government was not interested in public universities as the children of the top politicians and rich men in the society patronize private universities at the detriment of public institutions.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

November 04, 2018


The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso on Friday reduced the school fees of its students, DAILY POST leant.
The decision to reduce the fees, DAILY POST gathered Saturday morning was taken during a meeting that involved management, alumni, some students of the institution and some indigenes of Ogbomoso, the town where the main campus of the institution is located on Friday.
DAILY POST recalls that this is the second time the institution will reduce the school fess which were recently hiked.
Students Union Government (SUG), President, Mr. Abiodun Oluwaseyi confirmed that the decision was taken on Friday.
He said, “We are done with the meeting”.
Oluwaseyi said that, “300-500 level students will now pay N90,000 for indigenes and N100,000 for non-indigenes. The 200 level will remain N120,000 and N150,000 for indigenes and non-indigenes respectively and incoming 100 level indigenes will pay N140,000 while their non indigenes counterpart will pay N170,000″.
It will be recalled that the university had in July this year announced that indigenes of Oyo and Osun states, the two owner states would pay N200,000 while non-indigenes were asked to pay N250,000 from the 2018/19 session.
The announcement led to wild protests by groups of the students in Ogbomoso and Osogbo where the university has campuses.
Many of the stakeholders including former Secretary to Oyo State government, Barrister Sharafadeen Abidoun Alli while condemning the desison urged the two owner states to prevail on the management of the institution to revert to the old school fees.
However, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Biodun Olaniran while speaking with DAILY POST on Saturday said that the union will continue to stand against hike in the school fees in the institution.
Olaniran said “For ASUU, our position is clear, we are against the issue of commercialisation and privatisation.
Olaniran added that the cost of running the institution should not be shifted to the poor masses.

Friday, 2 November 2018

November 02, 2018


REGISTRAR of West African Examination Council, WAEC, Iyi Uwadiae on Friday presented attestation and confirmation certificate to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Registrar presented only the attestation certificate because by law it cannot present a new certificate having allegedly issued the first one which the President said was with the Military Board.

Uwadiea came from the WAEC headquarters in Ghana to present the attestation certificate to the President in his mini conference hall.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in his twitter handle @FemAdesina wrote, “WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of school certificate result to President Buhari. What will the naysayers say next?”
Details later

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November 01, 2018


The examination board that conducts the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in West African countries, has made a new revelation.
In a press statement by Demianus Ojijeogu, and made available to journalists on Sunday, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it will soon conduct the first series of the West African Senior School certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, spokesperson of the examination council, who signed the statement, also said the examination will be conducted between January and February, 2019.
According to the statement, registration started October 8 and will end December 28, 2018.
The registration procedure has been designed to accommodate biometric features that will be used for validation at the examination centre.
“After obtaining the registration pin, candidates should log on to,” it said.
The council also said there is provision for “walk–in” candidates and candidates with special needs.
“Walk –in candidates, who wish to write the examination after the close of entries may be accommodated provided they register less than 24 hours to the scheduled time of the paper they intend to write,” the statement said.
The walk-in candidates’ fee is N25, 000.
The statement said the special needs’ candidates will also register online but “they must state clearly their disabilities: blind, low vision, spastic, speech etc.
The statement said:-
“Candidates must conclude registration within two weeks of first access to the website during registration period”.
WAEC said candidates are expected to pay a registration fee of N13, 950 and a commission of N500 to banks and accredited agents.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

October 28, 2018


After several backlashes from students, parents and other stakeholders, the management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, on Friday finally reviewed downward the increase in students’ fees it announced earlier.
The institution had through a statement announced that indigenes of Oyo and Osun states were to pay N200,000 while non-indigenes will pay N250,000 from the 2018/19 session.
LAUTECH, which is jointly owned by both Oyo and Osun states, was established over two decades ago. The institution it was learnt had made a u-turn by reviewing the new fees downward.
The university through a mail addressed to students on Friday from the office of the Registrar, Jacob Agboola, said the school fees had been reviewed downward.
While indigenes are now to pay N140,000 per session, non-indigenes on the other hand would pay N170,000.
The statement reads:
“This is to inform all students that after an extensive and exhaustive consultations with stakeholders, the Governing Council has magnanimously directed that the tuition fees payable by all students with effect from the 2018/2019 Academic Session be reviewed as follow:
“Indigenes of the Owner-States of Oyo and Osun (100-500-Level ): N140,000.00 per session. “Non-indigenes (100-500-Level) : N170,000.00 per session.
“Please note that the resumption date for the 2018/2019 Harmattan Semester remains Monday, October 29, 2018”.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

October 20, 2018


A serving corps member was allegedly flogged by one Deacon Friday Udoka, the principal of her Place of Primary Assignment (PPA), the Government Technical College in Abak, Akwa Ibom State.
Reports have it that the assault was as a result of the lady, Kolawole Olaitan Adeola, helping her friend write her name in the attendance register of the college, on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Principal flogs female corps member
The principal is said to have flogged her in his office before dragging her outside to continue the flogging in the presence of students.

Udoka then proceeded to notify the NYSC Local Government Inspector that he no longer needs her in the school.
Principal flogs female corps member
Source: IB9ja.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

October 09, 2018


 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says about 200,000 candidates have been offered admission by the board, for the 2018/2019 academic session.

Estherbellas Blog learnt that the Head, Media and Information of the JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, who disclosed this yesterday in Lagos, said that the admission took effect after the board’s policy meeting in June in Gbogan, Osun State.

According to him, the exercise is done through the Central Admission Process (CAP), an automated process to eliminate all human interference.

“We have so far offered not less than 200,000 first choice admissions to candidates.“To this effect therefore, we are urging candidates to go to our site and check their admission status and those who have been offered such admission should quickly indicate by accepting and printing such offer, as failure to do so will automatically mean the candidate is no longer interested.
“And therefore, the board may see all such offers as rejected and would have no option than to mop them up and give it to other interested candidates. “Candidates are to accept or reject all offers not later than Oct.16 as that is when all offers of admissions of first choice will close. “After that, we will commence admission exercise for the second choice of candidates,”Benjamin said.
He added that the admission process has been made easy as it is clear on the board’s official website, all what the candidates need to know about their admission status and process.

Friday, 5 October 2018

October 05, 2018


The Federal Ministry of Education on Wednesday said there was no plan to increase the tuition to N350, 000 per session as claimed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, noting that the establishment of an Education Bank was already in the pipeline.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Sonny Echono, stated this in Abuja while reacting to the allegations by the ASUU, noting that the re-establishment of the Education Bank was to provide students with loans and other resources through a public-private partnership.
Echono, who spoke at a World Teachers’ Day Symposium, said teachers that did not have the requisite qualifications would be flushed out of the system by 2020.
Recall that it was reported on Wednesday that the ASUU Ibadan Zonal Coordinator, Dr Ade Adejumo, raised the alarm on the Federal Government’s planned increment in fees, saying the planned increment led to the collapse of the 2017/2018 renegotiation of the 2009 Federal Government/ASUU agreement.
But the Permanent Secretary denied that the government had any such plan.
Echono said, “The Federal Government did not and has no intention of introducing tuition fees in our universities, not to even mention the figure of N350, 000. This can easily be verified. The students have just registered for school and their parents are aware of how much they paid.
“What is true is that because of the commitment of the present administration to guarantee the right of the Nigerian children not only to education, but to be positively engaged, the President directed that the ministry, along with the Ministry of Finance, should jointly organize a workshop that will come up with sustainable and very workable recommendation on funding education in Nigeria.”
In a related development, the Academic Staff Union of University, Kano zone, on Wednesday, rejected plans by the Babalakin-led Federal Government negotiating team, to introduce the payment of tuition fee in the Nigerian Universities of about N350,000, just as it also supported the call by the Nigerian Labour Congress for a new minimum wage.

Monday, 10 September 2018

September 10, 2018


The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Sale Zakari Kazaure, has revealed when corps members’ allowance would be increased.
Kazaure said corps members’ allowance will be increased when the minimum wage of civil servants are increased.
He made the disclosure while refuting rumours of increment in the monthly allowances of serving corps members.
Kazaure spoke at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Issele-Uku, Delta State while addressing the 2018 batch ‘B’ (stream II) corps members
He said corps members were not “different from civil servants, so whenever the minimum wage of civil servants is increased, increment in corps members’ allowance will automatically be effected.”
The DG assured that the NYSC is in corroboration with all security agencies to guarantee the safety of corps members in their various places of primary assignments.
He called on corps members to stay away from sharp practices and to “maintain neutrality if they are called upon as ad-hoc workers for the 2019 general elections.”
Kazaure cautioned them to avoid being involved in “yahoo business, 419, night parties and not to be deceived by politicians as 2019 elections are coming closer.
“Any where you find yourselves, be neutral. Also be good ambassadors and be patriotic to your country. Anyone found wanting will be dealt with.”

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

September 05, 2018


The Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) on Monday embarked on indefinite strike over non-payment of five months salary arrears.
The action followed a letter dated August 23 and jointly signed by its chairman, Paul Dakogol and Secretary, Ayum Solomon.
JUPTI, in the letter, gave government seven-day ultimatum within which the arrears should be paid or faces the consequences.
Luka Panpe, Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Plateau Polytechnic Chapter, and a member of JUPTI, told NAN that the strike became necessary following the failure of the government to keep to its side of the bargain.
He said the union had reached an agreement with the government who promised to clear the salary arrears before the end of 2017, but failed.
“Our five months salaries were withheld because of the no work, no pay policy introduced by the previous administration. We took government to court in search of justice.
“But when the current government came on board, it pleaded with us to suspend our strike and withdraw the case from court, with a promise to pay us before the end of 2016, and we did.
“However, due to government’s failure to keep to its part of the agreement for the whole of 2016 and 2017, we again met with it in February. 2018. It promised to pay the arrears between April and July.
“We are now in September, and they haven’t said anything, and we have not seen any readiness that we will be paid soon.
“This is why we have decided to resume the indefinite strike that government earlier pleaded with us to suspend,” he said.
On why the government has failed to fulfil its agreement, Yakubu Dati, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, attributed the failure of the government to pay the arrears to paucity of funds.
“Government has tabled the five month arrears for payment, but we couldn’t do it until now because of scarce resources at our disposal.
“The issue of workers emolument is a priority to this government, but we can only do that judiciously within the resources available to us.
“So, we want to plead and we will continue to plead with the union to exercise patience and return to work because soon, we shall put this matter to rest, ” he said.