By Martin Paul, Abuja
The European Union (EU), under it ErasmuaT Programme, has awarded 40 Nigerian university students scholarships to study in European countries.
The Erasmus+ is a European Union flagship programme for higher education.
The Ambassador of the European Union delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, who spoke about the scholarship during the pre-departure orientation for the students in Abuja, said the EU had supported young Nigerians who got the scholarship with 6.6 million Euros, about N2.6 billion since inception of the programme in 2014.
Larlsen said over 1000 students applied for the 2019 scholarship programme but only 40 of were selected.
“The students will be going to 10 different European Union countries. Among the countries are Italy, Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Poland, Netherlands and Germany.
“We have seen a high record because there has been a consistent increase in the number of students coming to Europe since 2014. This year’s scholarship scheme experienced an increase of 25 per cent. I cannot see a better way of investing in development opportunities for the youth. Over the decade, we have 12,000 Nigerians who have studied in Europe on a different scheme,” he said.
The diplomat said the EU has supported Nigeria with about N600 million for development programmes across in the country.
Speaking on migration, Larlsen said the EU has seen a drop in irregular migration and an increase in regular migration.
“This is a very powerful message because we want to engage Nigerians and we are not closing our borders. We are only saying there should not be irregular migration, people should not risk their lives,” he said.
He said the only challenge the EU faced was tracking some of the alumni of its educational programmes.
NAUS Lauds Gov Sheriff Over Appointments Of Ex-students Leaders In Govt
The Comrade Marshall Uchenna Obaji led National Association of University Students (NAUS), has commended the Executive Governor of Delta State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori over the recent appointment of notable ex-students leaders to head the Student Affairs Directorates of the Delta State Government for the present dispensation.
The NAUS National Leadership noted that the appointment of prominent student leaders who have served the students movement with positive impacts, is an indication of the willingness of the Delta State Government to work with the interests of students and Youths of the state.
The students body spoke through the Director of TETFund Projects and Special Duties, Comr.Obichie Ogochukwu Favour in a statement released to the newsmen.
Favour stated ” On behalf of the National President Comrade Marshall Obaji and executives of the National Association of University Students NAUS, I extend commendations to the Executive Governor of Delta State over the appointment of prominent student leaders as leaders of the Student Affairs Directorate in the State, as Executive Assistant, Senior Special Assistant and Special Assistants to the State Government.
“The National leadership of NAUS receives the appointment of Dr. Ezekiel Okoh, Comrade Obaro Egagifo, Comrade Umukoro Mario Puzo, I and Comrade Okocha Ike as student advisors to the Governor, with happiness and good assurances.
“These individuals while as students, led and served with credits the students movement.
From their past activities for students welfare and development, the National Secretariat of NAUS has strong confidence in their abilities to deliver dividends of democracy to Delta State Students.
“On this note, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori deserves commendation for his befitting choice and selections.
In the statement, the NAUS Director of Special Duties also urged the appointees “to be good ambassadors of the Students Movement and Comrade community, working to deliver the trust reposed in them by the Governor, and perfect the lives and welfare of Delta State Students and others schooling in the state.
Favour further charged the students in the state to be ready to work with the government of Delta state for their benefit and advancement.
SSANU calls for immediate implementation of over 25% salary increment
….SSANU calls for immediate implementation
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has called for the immediate implementation of 25 and 35 per cent salary increments for workers in tertiary institutions.
Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, National President, SSANU, said this in a communique issued on Monday in Abuja.
The communique was issued at end of the 45th regular National Executive Council meeting(NEC) meeting of the association held in University of Maiduguri, Borno.
He said NEC in session deliberated on issues of national importance as they concern members of the association.
He noted that NEC recalled the renegotiation of salaries for its members with the c hommittee led by the late Prof. Nimi Briggs that was at the final stage.
According to Ibrahim, SSANU had demanded for 700 per cent wage increase but the committee offered a 23.5 per and 35 per cent review for members.
“The recent announcement for approval of an increment of 25 per cent and 35 per cent for tertiary institution workers by the government which was circulated in the social media is not a product of collective bargaining agreement with the university based unions.
“While grudgingly acknowledging this slight increase that is yet to be officially communicated to the union, our universities and inter-university centers.
“SSANU urges both Federal and State Governments to immediately implement the increment and pay the arrears without further delay,”he said.
He added that NEC is also aware that a provisional sum of N100 billion had been budgeted for salary review of workers in tertiary institutions which is yet to be implemented.
The SSANU president also said that NEC expressed worries over withheld four months salary arrears of its members during the last nationwide strike.
He said that NEC described the action of the withheld salaries as insensitive and inconsiderate.
“It was obvious that SSANU complied with all legal provisions including giving adequate notices to the appropriate authorities.
“But were forced to embark on that strike due to government’s failure to honour her path of the agreement.
“SSANU therefore earnestly requests government to pay the withheld salaries without any further delay.
“This is considering the harsh economic realities currently faced by citizens in the country as government is aware, the value for the money has already been eroded by hyperinflation,”he added.
Ibrahim said NEC noted that the issue of Renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/SSANU Agreement was not only long overdue but that the exercise should be concluded.
“NEC in session agreed that now that ministers have been appointed, the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman should hit the ground running as directed by the president.
“This will go a long way in addressing all industrial disharmony between the government and the university based unions, ”he said.
He said NEC also demanded that government should immediately reconstitute the renegotiation committee
with experienced university administrators and ensure they complete the assignment within a reasonable time.(NAN)
….SSANU calls for immediate implementation
Give attention to equal early childhood education – association tell governments
…..Give attention to equal early childhood education
The Early Childhood Association of Nigeria (ECAN) has called on governments to ensure that every child, regardless of his background or location, has equal access to quality early childhood education and healthcare.
The National President of ECAN, Prof.Babajide Abidogun, made the appeal in a statement he issued on Monday in Lagos.
Abidogun said that Nigeria could not ignore the issues affecting its youngest citizens.
“Early childhood development is a critical phase in a child’s life, laying the foundation for their physical, emotional and cognitive well-being.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that every Nigerian child receives the care and support they need during this crucial period.
“Investing in early childhood education and healthcare is not only an investment in the future of our children but also in the future of Nigeria,” he said.
Abidogun added that quality early childhood programmes would provide children with the needed tools to succeed in life, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.
“We must also address the disparities that exist in access to early childhood services across our great nation.
“Rural and underserved communities should not be left behind.
“This momentous occasion – independence anniversary celebration – not only marks the progress we have made as a nation but also reminds us of the responsibilities we bear towards our youngest citizens, children, who represent our future.
“Our diversity, culture and resilience have shaped our great nation, making it a beacon of hope on the African continent,” he said.
He said that there was the need to inspire children to have laudable dreams and work hard to achieve their aspirations.
“ I call on all stakeholders, including government officials, educators, parents, and communities, to join hands in building a brighter future for our children.
“Let us commit ourselves to nurturing the potential of every Nigerian child and ensuring that they grow up in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment,” Abidogun said. (NAN)
…..Give attention to equal early childhood education
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