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By Adesina Wahab
Lagos State Government on Tuesday agreed to pay workers in state-owned tertiary institutions the new minimum wage/consequential adjustment starting from October this year.
This followed a meeting held with leaders of the staff unions in the institutions by officials of the state government in Ikeja on Tuesday.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Education to the Governor, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, the state government said the payment was part of its efforts to maintain peace on the campuses.
Wahab reiterated the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to according education and workers welfare top priority.
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Among the tertiary institutions whose workers will benefit from the development are Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, the Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, Ikorodu, the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, ACOED, Ijanikin, the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe among others.
Recall that the staff unions of the institutions had on Monday protested the non-payment of N30,000 monthly minimum wage to their members and locked the gates to the instructions.
The Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN, was among top management staff of LASU not allowed into the campus by the protesting workers on Monday.
The staff unions involved are the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT.
Others are the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, SSANIP and the College of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU among others.

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WAEC to release 2020 SSSCE results late October

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The West African Examinations Council has said that it has a 45 -day timeline from its last paper to release the results of the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination . This indicates that the results should be released by late October.
The council told one of our correspondents on Saturday that it would keep to 45 days after the last paper was written to release the results and work to meet the deadline .
This is just as the Lagos State Ministry of Education through the State Examinations Board stated that from 2021 , entrance examinations into the Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools would be done through the Computer -Based Testing .
The West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination was taken between August 17 , 2020 and Saturday , September 12 , which means that the council would release the results latest by October 27 – 45 days after .
The Head of Public Affairs, WAEC Nigeria , Demianus Ojijeogu , in a text message to one of our correspondents on Saturday , said , “ Before the outbreak of COVID -19 , we usually released it 45 days after the last paper on the timetable must have been taken . We are working on meeting that timeline .”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education , Mrs Folashade Adefisayo , said on Saturday at the launch of the CBT at the State Examination Board headquarters that the entrance exercises would be conducted through CBT from 2021 .
Only 210 pupils seeking admission into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools in the state opted for CBT in 2020 .
Adefisayo, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education , Mrs Abosede Adelaja , said , “ The examination will be strictly CBT by next year since the world is a global village . Moreover , you need to add and embrace modern technologies.The parents of the candidates who opted for CBT will get the results of their children within 24 hours after the examination . Education remains the veritable tool to attain greatness as it helps to prepare for individual life ’s challenges .”
She noted that only 47 pupils were slated for the inaugural exam while the remaining 163 pupils would take theirs from Monday , September 28 , to Wednesday , September 30 , 2020 , at the Lagos State Examinations Board .

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ASUU is still on strike – UNILAG chairman

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Contrary to speculations making the rounds in the social media that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called off strike, nothing of such is the case, investigation by the Vanguard has shown.
Commenting on the development, the Chairman of the University of Lagos, UNILAG chapter of the union, Dr Dele Ashiru, told our correspondent on Saturday that nothing of such happened.
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Ashiru, who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the union, said the union was still on strike.
“If we are going to call off our going strike, there is process that will be followed and nothing of such has been done, ” he said.
Recall that the union embarked on strike early March, this year over some issues.

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