There are currently a total of 170 universities in Nigeria comprising the 43 Federal Universities, 48 State Universities and 79 private-owned universities. With a combined total annual intake capacity of 600,000 compared to the average of 2,500,000 applicants year in year out. In 2017, Nigerian universities counted 1.7 million undergraduate students and 234 thousand postgraduate students. Among master students, women accounted for 36 percent of the total, while the female percentage was slightly lower among bachelor students.
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has said it will begin a nationwide strike from April 6, 2021. ASUP said the strike is over the alleged “culture of neglect by the government on issues affecting the technological education sub sector.’’
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday accused the Federal Government and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation of non-payment of salaries of its members.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said it would spend not less than N100 million on the prosecution of 200 out of the over 400 persons involved in impersonation in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
The minister, however, asked NASU and SSANU to give the government three months so that it will forward a supplementary budget. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said any move by the unions in the University to go ahead with the planned strike will contravene ILO Statute on Social Dialogue and Principles at work.
The Kaduna State government has approved January 25 as resumption date for tertiary institutions in the state. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Phoebe Yayi, made this known in a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday.
Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu took to his Twitter page to prove that Lagos state has kept to his promise on award the best students of Lagos State University. In his exact tweet:
The controversial payment system introduced by the federal government, the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) may lead to the disruption of activities in the nation’s polytechnics, as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has cried out against the lapses inherent in the system and is threatening industrial action.
The Lagos State Government has announced that all public and private schools below tertiary level in Lagos State remain closed indefinitely due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rivers State Government has asked all public and private schools to resume on Monday with strict adherence to Coronavirus protocols.