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Ajimobi’s Wife Alongside Dr John Obaro Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree.

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The wife of the late former Oyo State, Dr(Mrs) Florence Fatimo Ajimobi was conferred on Friday, February 23, with an honorary doctorate degree by Trinity University, Yaba, Lagos.

 

She was conferred with the honour alongside Dr. John Tanimola Obaro, who is the founder and Group Managing Director of SystemSpecs Holdings Limited at the maiden convocation ceremonies of the private own institution.

According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Clement Olusegun Olaniran Kolawole said Mrs Ajimobi who is the Chief Executive Officer of Grandex Nigeria and Dr John Obaro were found worthy to bag the university honour based on their respectives outstanding contributions to education, humanity and the economy at large.

 

Reacting to the award as a recipient, Dr (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi was deeply elated to be honoured by the institution.

In her acceptance speech, she thanked the university for the honour noting that the recognition would further drive her to continue to support worthy causes that will be of tremendous impact to the society.

“I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the Vice chancellor and the senate of this institution, for this extraordinary honour. Indeed I consider this award an honour and recognition of my stewardship over the years in contributing in my own little way to mentoring, promoting leadership in our society and contributing to the economic development of our country,  Nigeria.

 

Speaking further she said, “with this honour the university has challenged me further to continue to support worthy cause that will be of tremendous impact to the society.”

 

Also in his acceptance speech, Dr John Tanimola Obaro, appreciated the leadership of Trinity University for considering him worthy to receive the award pledging his loyalty as an ambassador of the institution.

 

“Let me start by saying a big thank you to the leadership of the university for considering me fit to receive this award, I do not take it lightly that you have invited me in such a way and grand manner to become a member of the Trinity family, I do not take the responsibility slightly and I pledge to be a faithful ambassador of the university.”

 

Speaking further Dr Obaro, noted that despite the economy challenges in the country, there are opportunities for every Nigerian to thrive.

“Reflecting on my journey, I just hope it encourages the young graduands that even though on the face of it, many things look negative and frightening, but you can actually see that there in lays opportunities.

Many today’s occurrences have been in existence before when Nigeria entered into the tiers foreign exchange market.

Japaism is not the solution has other foreign countries have their own crises. The earliest we as a country start venturing into local opportunities the better for our currency.”

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Strike Looms In Ondo Varsities As Workers Write Aiyedatiwa Over Delay in Payment of Wage Award

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The leadership of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Ondo State Owned Tertiary Institutions, has review the level of compliance with the resolutions reached with the Ondo State Government on their agitations.

 

 

In a letter written to Governor Aiyedatiwa dated April 4, 2024 , signed by Comrade Tayo Ogungbeni the Chairman, JAC-ODSTI and

Comrade Kunle Akinwonmi the Secretary, JAC-ODSTI revealed that the Ondo State government is yet to fulfill it’s promises to the body.

 

 

 

 

The leadership of JAC noted that despite the meetings and intervention of well meaning stakeholders and government officials which led to the suspension of the previously held two weeks industrial action on 12th March, 2024 based on the promises that the Wage Award would be paid with the payment of March, 2024 salaries, none is forthcoming.

 

 

 

Read the full letter below:

 

 

His Excellency, Hon. Lucky O. Ayedatiwa.

The Executive Governor,

Governor’s Office,

Alagbaka Quarters,

Akure,

Ondo State.

 

 

*REMINDER ON PAYMENT OF WAGE AWARD TO THE STAFF OF ONDO STATE OWNED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS.*

 

 

PREAMBLE:

 

 

The leadership of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Ondo State Owned Tertiary Institutions met at Akure to review the level of compliance with resolutions reached with the Ondo State Government on our agitations in respect of the following:

1. Payment of wage award of Thirty-Five Thousand Naira (#35,000) to our members.

2. Implementation of minimum wage of 2019

3. 100% Increment in monthly subventions to our institutions

 

 

The leadership of JAC noted that despite the meetings and intervention of well meaning stakeholders and government officials which led to the suspension of our two weeks old industrial action on 12th March, 2024 based on the promises that our Wage Award would be paid with the payment of March, 2024 salaries.

 

 

We observed with disappointment that as today, nothing has been done to pay the Wage award as promised by the state government despite several assurances that it would be paid by March, 2024.

 

 

It is noteworthy that other civil servants in the state had collected the 5th tranche of of their Wage Award without any consideration for those of us in the tertiary institutions throughout the state.

 

 

We, the entire members of SSANU, NASU and NAAT could no longer withstand the present harsh economic situation which the failure to pay this Wage Award has subjected us to.

 

 

In view of this latest development, we wish to state as follows:

1. The leadership of JAC of ODSTI once again reminded the State Government of their commitment and assurance to pay our outstanding five tranches of Wage Award to enable us be at par with other civil servants in Ondo State.

2. We wish to state that failure to pay us our Wage Award as promised could lead to industrial disharmony in the Ondo State Owned Tertiary Institutions .

3. ⁠We shall not hesitate to resume our suspended industrial action within 7 Days of this notice.

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

Comrade Tayo Ogungbeni

Chairman, JAC-ODSTI

 

 

Comrade Kunle Akinwonmi

Secretary, JAC-ODSTI

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Tinubu Appoints Management Team For Nigerian Education Loans Fund

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President Bola Tinubu, on Friday, appointed the management team of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND).

 

 

 

 

This was made known in a statement released in Abuja by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

 

 

 

 

According to the statement, he said the appointment is in line with his determination to secure Nigeria’s socio-economic future by ensuring sustainable higher education and critical skill development for all Nigerian students and the youth.

 

 

Ngelale said with the appointment of the management team, the President expects that the necessary apparatuses are expeditiously put in place for the effective take-off of this pivotal Fund for the immediate and lasting benefit of Nigerian students and families in all parts of the country.

 

 

 

 

Below are the NELFUND management team

 

 

(1) Mr. Akintunde Sawyerr – Managing Director/CEO

 

 

(2) Mr. Frederick Oluwafemi Akinfala – Executive Director, Finance and Administration

 

 

 

 

(3) Mr. Mustapha Iyal – Executive Director, Operations.

Tinubu Signs National Student Loan Bill Into Law

 

 

Meanwhile, President Tinubu, on Wednesday, signed the National Student Loan Re-enactment bill into law.

 

 

The President signed the bill in a short ceremony at the State House on Wednesday in the presence of the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Deputy President of the Senate, Barau Jibrin, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

 

 

 

Others were the Minister of Arts and Culture, Hannatu Musawa; the Minister of State for Youth, Ayodele Olawande, the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, and other government officials and aides to the president.

 

 

Tinubu initially signed the student loan bill into law back in June 2023, to offer financial assistance to Nigerian students in tertiary institutions.

 

 

While the bill was signed earlier, its implementation has faced delays due to various issues hindering its rollout.

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UK Varsities To Layoff Workers, As Enrolment By Nigerians, Others Foreign Nationals Drop

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Not less than 15 universities in the United Kingdom have disclosed plans to reduce their staff numbers and discontinue some academic programs due to a marked decrease in enrolment from international students, including those from Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

A report by University World News highlights this downturn in student numbers, particularly at the postgraduate level.

 

 

According to reports the decline in foreign student enrolment is attributed to several factors, including policy changes by the UK government that have reduced certain concessions previously available to international students.

 

 

Furthermore, the global surge in the cost of living is anticipated to deter foreign students at the undergraduate level as well.

 

 

 

 

Institutions across the board, from the elite Russell Group Universities to mid-tier and Scottish universities, are feeling the impact of these changes.

 

 

The situation has prompted universities to take drastic measures to mitigate financial challenges.

 

 

According to reports, Robert Gordon University (RGU) has implemented a voluntary severance scheme in response to staff redundancies, which have arisen due to financial strains exacerbated by a significant drop in international student numbers.

 

 

 

 

This decline is partly due to the post-Brexit changes to UK immigration policies, which have made the UK a less attractive study destination for students from abroad.

 

 

RGU has pointed to increased cost pressures and a substantial reduction in public funding as additional challenges compounding the situation.

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