azeezat

Azeezat Adedigba covers the education and labour sectors for PREMIUM TIMES. She is also an investigative journalist and the winner of the 2019 Female Reporters Leadership Program (FRLP) organised by Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). Azeezat is passionate about women and children advocacy. She holds a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. She can be reached on Twitter @Adebimpe57.

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40 years old Yagana Bante from Gasaki community

Despite health risks, firewood use still thrives in Nigerian communities

Though Nigeria ratified the Paris agreement on climate change in 2017, the country still grapples with the challenge of women and children suffering from the effect of constant use of firewood and charcoal. The International Centre for Energy, Environment, and Development (ICEED) said 93,000 Nigerians die annually as a result of smoke inhaled while…

Unijos school gate used to illustrate the story. (IPPIS)

Nigerian universities pension firm realises N12.5 billion – Official

The Nigerian University Pension Management Company Limited (NUPEMCO) said it has realised N12.5 billion as contributory pension from university staff in less than two years. According to a statement from the spokesperson of the federal ministry of education, Ben Gooong, Friday night, the leader of the NUPEMCO delegation, Aliyu Atiku,…

ASUU and Nigerian government negotiation meeting

ASUU kicks against enrolment of federal universities in IPPIS

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked against the enrolment of federal universities in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS). President Muhammadu Buhari recently issued a directive for the implementation of the IPPIS for the payment of salaries of all federal government workers. The president said…

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUPAcademic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP

IPPIS: Accountant-General meets Polytechnic lecturers over Buhari’s directive

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent directive on the implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for the payment of salaries for Nigerian workers, the Accountant General of the Federation has met with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP). Mr Buhari had said any worker who is…

FG, Labour negotiation on the minimum wage

Minimum Wage: Labour demands five-month arrears

The Trade Union Congress side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council has called on the Federal Government to pay five months arrears of the new minimum wage when the payment begins this month. They want the payment dated back to April 18 when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the…

Children in a school receiving classes under a tree (out-of-school children)

Nigeria announces plan to enrol 10.2 million out-of-school children

The Nigerian government says it has committed N10 billion to remove 10.2 million out-of-school children from streets in the next five years. The governments said it hopes to achieve the target by enrolling two million children yearly in the next five years. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said this…

FG, Labour negotiation on the minimum wage

UPDATED: FG, Labour reach agreement on minimum wage implementation

After days of intense negotiations, the federal government and the country’s labour unions have reached a deal on the implementation of the new minimum wage. Disagreement over how the new minimum wage law signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in April would be implemented had lingered for months, with the organised…

Minimum Wage: FG, Labour restart talks

The federal government and labour unions have reconvened to negotiate over the new minimum wage adjustment. The meeting which began at 8.24 p.m. was scheduled for 7 p.m. after the Wednesday meeting ended inconclusively after seven hours of intensive deliberation. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the federal government failed to reach…

PIC. 3. A CROSS-SECTION OF PUPILS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATION AUTHORITY PRIMARY SCHOOL, ALIYU MAKAMA AREA OF BARNAWA, DURING INAUGURATION OF FREE FEEDING PROGRAMME IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS, IN KADUNA MONDAY (18/1/16). 0267/18/1/2016/SP/BJO/NAN

Bauchi fires school principal for underfeeding students

The Bauchi State government has sacked the principal and some staff of Hassan Usman Katsina Unity College (GHUKUC) for denying students full ration in the school feeding programme. In a statement sent to Premium Times Thursday morning, the state's Commissioner for Education, Aliyu Tilde, said the officers were found serving…

NLC meeting with Govt

VIDEO: Minimum Wage: “Every dispute will be settled” – Wabba

After seven hours of intensive deliberation between a federal government team and representatives of labour unions, the ongoing negotiation on Nigeria's minimum adjustment ended inconclusively. The negotiation meeting, which started on Tuesday, has yet to reach a resolution even as at Thursday morning. The Wednesday meeting began at 5 pm…

NLC meeting with Govt

Minimum Wage: Again, FG, Labour meeting deadlocked

After seven hours of intensive deliberation between a federal government team and representatives of labour unions, the ongoing negotiation on Nigeria's new minimum wage adjustment ended without a deal. The negotiation meeting, which started on Tuesday, has yet to reach a resolution even as at Thursday morning. The Wednesday meeting…

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

Minimum Wage: Nigerian govt, Labour locked in negotiation hours to strike deadline

The federal government is yet to reach an agreement with labour leaders over the new minimum wage, with just few hours to the deadline for a possible labour strike. Both sides are currently meeting in Abuja in a final effort to stop the planned strike. By 8p.m. Wednesday, the meeting…

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

Minimum Wage: Nigerian govt, labour adjourn meeting

The federal government and labour unions have adjourned their meeting aimed at a consequential adjustment over the new mimimum wage till Wednesday. An agreement by both parties will be an indication there would be no national strike. The union had last week threatened to embark on a nationwide industrial action…

Labour leader, Joe Ajaero

Planned minimum wage strike ‘dead on arrival’ — Labour faction

The United Labour Congress (ULC) has condemned the planned strike by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), describing it as "dead on arrival." The unions last week issued a threat to embark on a nationwide industrial action if the government failed to show commitment to…

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

Nigerian govt to review wages of political office holders — Minister

The Federal Government has said it will soon review the wages of all political office holders. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this during a visit by the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) who came to congratulate him on his reappointment as a minister, on…

Nigeria labour union leaders in intense negotiation with the Nigerian government over the new minimum wage.

Minimum Wage: FG, labour unions begin meeting

The federal government and the labour unions on Tuesday commenced the minimum wage/consequential adjustment meeting in Abuja. The outcome of the meeting will determine the workers' unions next line of action. They had last week issued a threat to embark on a nationwide industrial action should the government fail to…

NLC-President-Mr

Minimum Wage: Labour leaders meet Ngige, vow to strike if demands not met

Labour unions have submitted their preferred percentage on the 'consequential increase' in workers’ salaries arising from the new minimum wage of N30,000. Leaders of the unions held a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Monday. The meeting is a preparatory one to the…

Joint NLC, TUC, ULC nationwide protest over alleged recalcitrance of government and employers to pay adequate minimum wage, at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday (30/10/18). 05389/30/10/2018/Deborah Bada/BJO/NAN

Minimum Wage: Get ready for nationwide strike, NLC tells workers

Ahead of the expiration of the ultimatum issued by labour unions over the minimum wage implementation, the unions have asked their branches across the country to get set for an industrial action. PREMIUM TIMES reported how labour leaders issued a communiqué, warning that economic activities would be shut on October…

National Open University of Nigeria head quaters

‘Repentant’ Boko Haram members register in National Open University – Official

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has said 'repentant' members of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, have decided to enrol for degree programmes in the institution. The council chairman of the institution, Peter Okebukola, disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. ”“The most recent report from…

Chris Ngige. [PHOTO CREDIT: Sahara Reporters]

New minimum wage is not salary review – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says organised labour is wrong in seeing the consequential adjustment in salary as total salary review. He said this is the reason the Federal Government is yet to commence total implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage to all categories of workers…

WAEC appoints new registrar

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has appointed Pateh Bah from The Gambia as its new Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment is for a five-year tenure from October 2019 to September 2024. Mr Bah is the 13th Registrar of WAEC. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the…

Chris Ngige. [PHOTO CREDIT: Sahara Reporters]

Minimum Wage: Again, FG, labour meet to resolve issues

The Federal Government on Wednesday met organised labour leaders at the Ministry of Labour over pending issues on the new minimum wage implementation. This meeting was a sequel to the union’s threat to stage an industrial action if the FG refuses to accept its demand on the new minimum wage…

Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State

Budget 2020: Buhari proposes N48 billion for capital expenditure in education

President Muhammadu Buhari proposed a capital expenditure of N48 billion for the Ministry of Education in the 2020 appropriation bill he submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday. Mr Buhari also proposed N112 billion for the Universal Basic Education (UBEC). However, the president did not mention the recurrent expenditure for…

TETfund boss, Suleiman Bogoro. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nairametrics]

TETFund ‘querying’ institutions for low quality projects – Official

The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Suleiman Bogoro, has said the organisation is querying some tertiary institutions over the poor handling of intervention projects by some contractors. He said the monitoring and evaluation unit of the agency decided to send the institutions 'outright queries' after inspecting the quality…

The wife of the Ekiti State governor, Bisi Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of the First Lady]

#Sex-For-Grades: I was sexually harassed on campus – Nigerian governor’s wife

The wife of the governor of Ekiti State, Bisi Fayemi, said she was a victim of sexual harassment during her university days in Nigeria. Mrs Fayemi’s revelation followed the trending #SexForGrades conversation among Nigerians, prompted by a BBC undercover investigative report which exposed how male lecturers sexually harassed young female…