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Subsidy Removal: University Of Ibadan Reduces Staff Workdays To Three

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The University of Ibadan, Oyo State, has directed its staff to work for three days a week.

This was made known in a statement released by the institution in a special release with the number 4642, dated August 14, 2023, and signed by G.O. Saliu, Registrar and Secretary to Council.

It stated that the choice was made in light of the recent elimination of Premium Motor Spirit subsidies.

The statement reads, “The astronomical increase in the fuel pump price occasioned by the removal of subsidy by the Federal Government has imposed huge economic difficulties on the generality of Nigerians.

“Salary earners who have to commute to work every working day are faced with an aggravation of the condition, given the attendant hike in the transport fare and cost of living.

“After careful consideration of the situation, the University Management recommended a temporary work schedule adjustment for members of staff, which Senate at its meeting of Thursday, 03 August 2023 considered and approved.

“Accordingly, members of staff are now expected to work on-site for three (3) days in rotation per week, with effect from Monday, 14 August 2073.

“It should, however, be noted that those on essential duties are exempted from this adjustment.

“It should be further noted that Management will review the arrangement as the situation improves. Meanwhile, members of staff are to maintain commitment, open communication, and cooperation towards ensuring free workflow, including working from home where and when necessary.

“In light of the foregoing, management seeks the understanding of all Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, and Units towards a smooth implementation of the intervention.”

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Commission Orders Akwa Ibom State Government To Change School Board Nomenclature

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THE Executive Secretary, National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), Dr Iyela Ajayi, has called on Akwa Ibom State to change the nomenclature of State Secondary Education Board (SSEB) to State Senior Secondary Education Board (SSSEB).

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the commission’s Head of Public Relations and Protocol, Fatima Bappare, in Abuja on Friday.

Bappare said Ajayi made the demand while speaking with the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr Akon Eyakenyi, during a courtesy call.

He explained that Section 21, sub-section 2 of the NSSEC Act 2003, provided for states to comply by establishing SSEBs.

He said the Act also directed states to contribute at least five per cent as the counterpart funding to qualify for the NSSEC intervention fund.

Ajayi further stressed the need for state SSEBs to be represented on the national body with the composition and functions as provided in the Act.

This, he said, would assist in fast tracking legislative processes as well as drafting and passage of the Executive Bill by the State Houses of Assembly, uniformity of all SSSEB Laws, and elimination of any contradicting provision that would exclude states from benefiting from the NSSEC fund.

“Establishment of the state Senior Secondary Education Boards will also give room for smooth implementation of NSSEC functions and mandate in all states,” he said.

Ajayi also appealed to the Akwa Ibom State government to provide a furnished office for use as the commission’s provisional office, as well as land in Uyo for the commission to erect its South-South zonal office.

Responding, the Deputy Governor, Eyakenyi, expressed the state government’s willingness to collaborate with the commission.

She further disclosed that land had already been earmarked for the SSSEB in Uyo, while assuring the commission that Akwa Ibom State was adequately prepared to draft and pass the Executive Bill while the State House of Assembly was also ready for its speedy passage.

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