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Ondo Governor Approves N35,000 Wage Award for Tertiary Institution Staff, Reduces Civil Servants’ Award to N15,000

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Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has approved a N35,000 monthly wage award for workers of state-owned tertiary institutions, effective from June 2024 for six months.

 

This decision comes after a meeting with institution heads and worker leaders, following protests over their exclusion from the previous N35,000 wage award paid to civil servants from November 2023 to April 2024.

 

To fund the tertiary institution workers’ award, the government reduced the civil servants’ wage award from N35,000 to N15,000. Pensioners in the state will receive a N10,000 monthly wage award.

 

The Governor’s intervention was necessary as the tertiary institutions’ subvention increase was insufficient to cover the award. This move aims to ensure fairness and equity in the payment of wage awards across the state’s workforce.

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COOU Alumni Association Awka Branch Elects New Executives, Engr. Onyebuchi Onwuteaka as Chairman

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The Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) Alumni Association, Awka Branch, has elected a new Executive Committee to lead the association for the next four years.

 

The election, held on July 21, 2024, at Oasis Awka, saw Engr. Sir Onyebuchi Onwuteaka emerge as the new Chairman.

 

Other elected officials include Barr Onyinye-Iheazor Chimezie as Vice Chairman, Comrade IKC Onuorah as Secretary General, Muogbuo Chineye Rose as Treasurer, Nwosu Felix as Public Relations Officer, and Nnachor Basil as Financial Secretary.

 

In his acceptance speech, Engr. Onwuteaka promised an inclusive administration that would promote unity and improve members’ welfare.

 

He pledged to lead a purposeful leadership that would move the union forward and embark on programs that would impact members’ living standards.

 

The immediate past chairman, Mr. Chibuike Uka, congratulated the new executives and advised them to serve with humility and make sacrifices that would benefit the university and members.

 

He prayed for God’s guidance and wisdom for the new leadership.

 

The new executives are expected to assume office immediately and serve for the next four years.

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Somolu LG Chairman Pledges Support for ‘Kit The Child’ Project

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The Chairman of Somolu Local Government Council, Hon. Abdulhamad Salawu (Duller), has pledged his support for the “Kit The Child” project, an initiative aimed at providing 1,000 primary school pupils with school bags and books ahead of the new school year.

 

During a courtesy visit by the project’s coordinating team on July 19, 2024, Hon. Salawu expressed his appreciation for the project’s focus on cushioning economic stress for parents and sharpening the minds of pupils.

He also commended the Peener Paul Foundation and WeDey4U Initiative for their commitment to touching lives in Somolu Local Government Area.

 

To ensure the project’s success, Hon. Salawu established a 3-man committee to work with the coordinating team, comprising Prince Adeeso Adesina, Hon. Lateef Ashimi, and Hon. Oseni Shamsideen.

 

The committee will review the implementation plan and provide guidance.

The “Kit The Child” project aims to make a positive impact on the lives of primary school pupils in Somolu, and with the support of the local government, it is poised to achieve its goal.

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Minister Reverses Course on Admission Age, Allows 16-Year-Olds

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In a surprising turn of events, Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, has approved the admission of candidates as young as 16 years old into Nigerian tertiary institutions, following intense pressure from heads of institutions at a policy meeting in Abuja.

 

Initially, the minister had directed institutions not to admit candidates under 18 years old, citing legal and policy requirements.

 

“JAMB is hereby instructed from admission this year to admit only eligible students. That is those who have attained 18 years by our laws,” he had said.

 

“Our laws require students to be in school from six years —Yes, there are those who do that from five—, and remain in primary school for six years, basic education for three years, and secondary school for three years… It doesn’t require a statement of the minister… we are only restating what is in the law.”

 

However, after heated arguments and pleas from the audience, the minister relented, agreeing to admit candidates from 16 years old.

 

“For practical reasons, we will go with that,” Mr. Mamman finally conceded, drawing applause and cheers from the audience.

 

The decision was made during a policy meeting organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which brought together critical stakeholders in the admission process, including university vice-chancellors, rectors of polytechnics, provosts of colleges of education, and other officials.

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