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SSANU, NASU reject sharing formula for N22.1bn allowance

The sharing procedure for the just approved N22.127 billion for payment of  Earned Allowances for university staff has struck conflict among the various university Unions in the nation as some have rejected the formula, labeling it as lopsided and biased.

Out of the amount approved, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is to take 75 percent of the total sum, while the other three Unions will share the remaining 25 percent among themselves.

The three unions are the Non-academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU,) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the SSANU President and  General Secretary, NASU,  Peters Adeyemi, on behalf of the leadership of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU and SSANU, the Unions called for an immediate suspension of disbursement of the funds and reversal of the sharing formula.

They recalled that the same sharing formula had been applied to the N40 billion Earned Allowances previously released by FG for the four Universities where ASUU had also taken 75 percent of the amount of unions which had generated crisis in the university system.

The statement read “The attention of the leadership of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU and SSANU has been drawn to a document in circulation showing Federal Government’s

approval disbursing the sum of N22.127b to members of the four University based

Unions namely: ASUU, NAAT, NASU and SSANU. Out of the total amount, ASUU was allocated 75%, while the three other Non-Teaching Unions were allocated only 25% to share with their members.

“This is the 3rd time this lopsided, skewed and unrealistic disbursement is being done to our members who are not only more in number but belonging to three different Unions in the universities across Nigeria.

“This brazen injustice is to say the least, appalling and inhumane. Members of the public could recall that JAC as a mature and responsible body was

prevailed upon through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) agreed and signed between us and the FGN on 25th February, 2021 to suspend our last strike which we embarked upon in protest to the earlier lopsided disbursement of N30b to ASUU, while the three other Unions were given only N10b among other agitations after JAC embarked on strike on Friday, 5th February, 2021 and suspended the strike action on Thursday, 25 February 2021.

“JAC had during conciliatory meetings with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige alongside other Government officials insisted on the release of the findings of the forensic audit of the previous disbursements. This we believe if done, will clearly indicate the actual success or otherwise of the previous payments. However, till today, nothing of that nature was done.

“We want to state categorically that our members have been pushed to the wall and cannot continue to allow this injustice. We are currently discussing with our members across the nation and we cannot guarantee continuous industrial harmony in the public Universities and Inter-University Centres in Nigeria if and when this current disbursement is allowed to materialize. We are therefore urgently requesting for an immediate suspension of this vexatious disbursement and hereby implore the relevant Government agencies saddled with this important assignment to go back to the table and rework the template of disbursement with a view to coming up with a more realistic and acceptable allocation formula that will be fair to all members of staff in the University system.

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Fresh Strike Looms in Varsities over Sharing Formula of N22.1bn Earned Allowances

Another industrial action is looming in the nation’s universities over the sharing formula for the just approved N22.127 billion earned allowances for the university staff.
THISDAY gathered that out of the approved amount, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is to take a lion share of 75 percent of the total sum, while the other three unions would share the remaining 25 per cent.

The three unions are the Non-academic staff union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
The last N40 billion Earned Allowances released by the federal government for the four unions where ASUU was also allocated 75 percent of the total sum had generated crisis in the university system.

However, THISDAY gathered from reliable sources yesterday that two of the unions, NASU and SSANU have rejected the sharing formula and asked the federal government to immediately to avert another industrial dispute in the university system.
The two unions under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, (JAC), have given the government two weeks to redress what they described as injustice meted out to them.

A source told our reporter that JAC had written to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to intervene in the looming but avoidable crisis in the universities.

The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the letter refusing the sharing formula that was sent to the Minister of Labour and Employment, who is the Conciliator-in-Chief of the country was copied to the Minister of Education and the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission, NUC.

The letter was signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi and the National President of SSANU, Mohammad Ibrahim.
The letter titled: “Refusal of Federal Government to honour Memorandum of Action stated that: “the leadership of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU is constrained to write the Honourable Minister in respect of the total failure of the Federal Government to positively address all the issues contained in the Memorandum of Action signed on 25th February 2021 and the refusal of the Minister of Labour and Employment to finalise action on the subsequent Memorandum of Action reached at the meeting of 25th August 2021.

“It is regrettable to note that the draft of the Memorandum of Action reached on Thursday 25th August 2021 which was handed over to JAC leadership for vetting was effectively returned on Monday 30th August 2021 and almost two months after the meeting, no action has been taken.”

Some of the contentious issues raised in the letter were the payment of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustment arrears, alleged Inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, Payment of hazard responsibility allowance to desrving members and the earned allowances
The unions said contrary to the content of the Memorandum of Action of 25th February 2021 and the decision reached at the subsequent meeting of 26th August 202, the federal government has agreed to release another tranche of N22.127 billion for the payment of Earned Allowance to the Universities and Inter-University Center Staff at the ratio 75-25 percent.

“We are alarmed at this lack of sensitivity on the part of government when not long ago, Non-teaching staff protested the sharing formula applied by the federal government at 75-25 for the disbursement of the last tranche of N40 billion released for payment of earned allowances to both the teaching and non-teaching staff of our universities.
“To again embark on this provocative and unacceptable sharing formula in the next release will only ignite industrial disquiet in our university system.

“We urge the Minister to prevail on the federal government not to allow the present peaceful industrial atmosphere in the universities and inter-university centers in our country to be disrupted.
“We, therefore, request for positive redress of the issues presented above by the federal government within the next two weeks, failing which JAC may be forced to ask its members across the length and breadth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to take a position on the need to resume to the suspended strike.”

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JAMB registrar urges FG to declare state of emergency in education

Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, yesterday, pleaded with the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

Prof. Oloyede, who was guest speaker at the annual lecture of Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University (LASU), also appealed for increase in the budgetary allocation to the sector.

He said: “Declare and prosecuting a state of emergency in education with a view to addressing all the challenges facing the sector comprehensively.”

Oloyede, who spoke on “Normalising the Abnormal: JAMB Operations during COVID-19 Era” tasked government to improve learning resources and infrastructures in schools preparatory for another pandemic which, it is hoped would not be here soon.

Oloyede called for strong and swift disciplinary measures for staff and students caught in of examination malpractice as has become the practice in JAMB operations in the last five years.

He also called for the establishment of a process for the lodgement of complaints against sexual and other misdemeanours in the education industry without exception.

According to him, stakeholders in the education sector should strive towards establishing a pedigree of integrity by sticking to honesty, probity and transparency in examination processes as well as results computation.

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CBN Earmarks N500m Grant to Promote Entrepreneurship in Tertiary Institutions

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday unveiled guidelines for the implementation of its Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES) by setting aside a total grant of N500 million for five top Nigerian polytechnics and universities with the best entrepreneurial pitches/ideas.

The bank said the grant shall apply in the areas of agribusiness, information technology, creative industry and science and technology.

The CBN added that it would constitute a Body of Experts (BoE) from the private and public sector for the biennial regional and national entrepreneurship competitions to evaluate entrepreneurial and technological innovations submitted by Nigerian polytechnics and universities.

The BoE shall recommend projects with high potential and transformational impact for the grant award.

The CBN also said to promote gender equality, 50 per cent of the term loan component of the scheme shall be earmarked for female-led or -owned projects.

The bank pointed out that the broad objectives of the TIES framework was to among other things, enhance access to finance by undergraduates and graduates of polytechnics and universities in the country with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas.

Other specific objectives of the scheme included providing an enabling environment for co-creation, mentorship and development of entrepreneurial and technological innovations;

fast track ideation, creation and acceleration of a culture of innovation-driven entrepreneurship skills among graduates of polytechnics and universities in Nigeria and promote gender balance in entrepreneurship development through capacity development and improved access to finance.

Others are to leapfrog entrepreneurial capacity of undergraduates and graduates for entrepreneurship and economic development in partnership with academia and industry practitioners; and boost contribution of non-oil sector to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The apex bank stressed that in order to ensure that the scheme achieved its desired objective and targets, the focal targets under the programme shall include Gradpreneur-led innovative start-ups and businesses where 25,000 businesses would have access to finance under the scheme annually.

It stated that sustainable jobs created by 75,000 gradpreneur-led businesses would be financed under the scheme annually while female-gradpreneurs would account for 50 per cent of total projects financed under the scheme per annum.

Furthermore, the bank stated that agropreneurs financed as a percentage of total projects financed under the scheme would constitute 40 per cent per annum while creative entrepreneurs financed as a percentage of total projects financed under the scheme would account for 20 per cent per annum.

Also techpreneurs financed as a percentage of total projects financed under the scheme would represent 20 per cent per annum while other gradpreneurs financed as a percentage of total projects financed under the scheme would be 20 per cent per annum.

The CBN stressed that priority would be given to innovative entrepreneurial activities with high potentials for export, job creation and transformational impact.

On funding for the scheme, the apex bank noted that the take-off capital would be sourced from both the Agribusiness/ Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS), adding that the scheme shall be implemented through three components namely term loan, equity Investment and developmental components.

Under the term loan component, individual project would access a maximum of N5 million with a five- year tenor and interest rate of five per cent and nine per cent from March 1, 2022.

Also, for partnership/company project, loan is limited to N25 million with five-year tenor with a five- year tenor and interest rate of five per cent and nine per cent from March 1, 2022.

The bank said focus shall be on both greenfield (new) and brownfield (existing) projects in ratio 40:60, respectively.

The CBN further stated that the scheme shall be operated for a period of 10 years in the first instance, not exceeding 31st December 31, 2031, depending on the complexity of the project.

The guidelines among other things spelt out penalties for fractions by stakeholders under the scheme.

The central bank stated that the scheme was pursuant to the CBN Act, 2007, and as part of its policy measures to address rising youth unemployment and underemployment.

The framework was developed in partnership with Nigerian polytechnics and universities to harness the potential of graduate entrepreneurs (gradpreneurs) in Nigeria.

The scheme was also designed to create a paradigm shift among undergraduates and graduates from the pursuit of white-collar jobs to a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.

“The scheme thus aims to provide an innovative financing model that will create jobs, enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem and support economic growth and development,” the bank added.

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BREAKING: National Assembly upgrades Adeyemi College of Education to full-fledged Varsity

The National Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to upgrade Adeyemi College of Education to a full-fledged university.

The development followed the concurrence of the Senate to the House of Representatives Bill which was earlier passed at the Green Chamber.

The institution will now be known as Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo after the Senate passed the bill for third reading.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said the bill has repealed the Act that established Adeyemi College of Education and re-enacted a new one for the establishment of the Adeyemi Federal College of Education.

The Bill for the upgrade of the foremost college of Education was passed in the Eight National Assembly but the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), declined assent to it.

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SSANU Asks FG to Create Jobs, Tackle Rising Cost of Living

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has asked the federal government to immediately address rising cost of living in the country.

It said that the most effective ways to tackle the monstrous insecurity that was ravaging Nigeria today should be for the federal government to try and bring down the high cost of goods and services, provide jobs for teaming unemployed youths and fund education and health sectors appropriately.

SSANU said: “How could it be that our children are no longer safe in our schools because of incessant kidnapping and killings, yet those that it falls on their shoulders to take actions are busy politicking.

“How could it be that prices of food and other commodities are skyrocketing everyday in the country and citizens are going to bed without food, yet our leaders and political leaders have not shown any concern.

“It’s therefore time for government at all levels to sit-up and squarely face its constitutional responsibilities of protecting and providing basic needs of Nigerians.”

The union in its goodwill message to Nigerians to mark 61st independence anniversary, signed by the National President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, said that despite the challenges and the hard times the country faces at the moment, there was still reason to celebrate and give thanks to God for keeping us united.

“Despite the challenges and the hard times facing our beloved country Nigeria at the moment, it is still a thing of joy and indeed worthy of giving all praises and glory to God Almighty for sustaining and keeping us alive.

“It is my belief that; because we made it thus far, we shall further survive and our country shall also be great again. As encapsulated in our national pledge “the Labour of our hero’s past shall never be in vain,” he said.

The union said it was pertinent to state that the current difficult situation Nigeria and Nigerians are facing are evidently all man-made, therefore it’s surmountable.

According to the union, the level of disconnect between the political class and the masses was quite disheartening, adding that it is glaring that most members of the political class are only busy pursuing political power and have forgotten the social contract they signed with the citizens.

“This has become evident by the monstrous insecurity that is ravaging Nigeria. Free movement of people, goods and services have become almost impossible due to insecurity and the deplorable nature of our highways, yet the most trending topic for our political leaders from the South to the North is 2023 elections.

“Those we elected and gave power to lead our country must find solutions to our problems and bring development to our communities. Politicians must re-invent themselves and be true countrymen who strive and work for the common good of the country and its citizens. Nigeria’s own case must not be different from what other developed countries are doing.

“It’s time for government to jettison the old attitude of reneging the fulfilment of agreements it entered into with unions in the labour sector for a change,” it added.

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Fayemi: Ekiti Has Returned Five Schools to Missionaries

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed that his government had in the last two years returned five public schools to missionaries, for effective management
Fayemi, however, assured that his government would construct another five model colleges to replace those that had been returned and now being managed by private bodies.

The governor spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday while inaugurating a model school named after an elder statesman and former Chairman, Standing Committee for the creation of Ekiti State, Chief Deji Fasuan.
Fayemi disclosed that the model school, built along Ado-Afao Road, was named after Chief Fasuan to promote role modeling and imbue the younger generation with patriotic spirit exhibited by the beneficiary throughout his life.

Speaking glowingly of Fasuan, the governor said: “I knew him(Fasuan) about 46 years ago. His house shared a boundary with the Christ’s School, which I attended. We all knew the role he played for the creation of Ekiti State. Those of us who had governed the state would know how he persistently troubled us just for the sake of Ekiti.

“He is one personality that will commend whatever you do well and itemise areas of inadequacies, just to ensure development,” Fayemi stated.

Fayemi added that his government was zealously committed to the transformation of education and has zero tolerance for abandoned projects, assuring that every project started by his government and ones inherited would be completed before exiting office.

“Education sector was in dire straits when we came three years ago. But we have carried out reforms like introduction of free education up to secondary school ,payment of WAEC fee, abolition of education levy, payment of counterpart funding worth N7.6b from 2015 to 2021 and ensured regular running grants to schools and payment of teachers’ salaries.

“We also returned some schools to original owners based on requests. We have returned Christ school, Ado Ekiti, Annunciation Secondary School, Ikere, Mary Immaculate Secondary School , Ado Ekiti, Saint Louis Secondary School, Ikere, and Saint Augustine Secondary School, Oye Ekiti.”

On the model schools, Fayemi disclosed all the four colleges built in Ado Ekiti capital city have quality facilities, teachers, toilets, laboratories, basketball court facilities, and others that will guarantee quality education to children.

“I seek the cooperation of parents and teachers by registering their children in schools, because not registering children of school age is an offence against the State Child’s Rights Law. We know teachers are role models to their students and that is why we make your welfare a priority, so make judicious use of this facility.”

The Retired Permanent Secretary, Chief Deji Fasuan, who appreciated the gesture, said: “I am sitting before you today in appreciation of siting this school in this location apart from naming it after me when I am still on this side of the divide.

“I could remember between 1946 and 1951, when I had to carry my loads on my head, trekked on this path from Afao to Ado Ekiti and risked being killed by animals and being drowned by Elemi River that crossed this path. I am happy that I am still alive to benefit from this radical change.

“People from Afao, Are and Oke Ila in Ado Ekiti will benefit from this school. Many parents are already queuing up in my home everyday to lobby to have their children enrolled here and this shows the value they placed on this facility and I commend the government for this lofty initiative,” he added.

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You’re Not Sincere on Agreement Reached, ASUU Tells FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday said it might be compelled to embark on another industrial action if the federal government fails to implement the December 22, 2020, Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed with it prior to the suspension of the latter’s strike.

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Fred I. Esumeh, disclosed this in Benin-city at a media briefing while speaking on what a theme: ‘Another Inevitable Round of Crisis in Nigerian Universities’.

Esumeh, who did not disclose when the strike might commence, said they await the decision of the national body to give the directive.

He recalled that a strike was declared on March 23, 2020, over the federal government’s failure to honour the terms of an earlier February 7, 2019, MoA, in which it freely agreed to conclude the details of the renegotiation of the federal government-ASUU 2009 agreement.

Esumeh added some of the specific issues are the federal government deliberate delay in deploying the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the payment platform for university staff, and the non-payment of the due tranche of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA).

Others are the non-release of the earlier agreed N40 billion fund for the revitalisation of the public universities, the unwillingness to sign the draft of the renegotiated 2009 agreement, the continued non-payment of promotion arrears, the non-payment of withheld salaries and the non-remittance of deducted check-off dues of the union.

The zonal ASUU coordinator maintained that on August 2, 2021, ASUU and the federal government met over the issues listed above with the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC); the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment; the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), and other relevant bodies, all in attendance, where the government team assured ASUU that all the outstanding issues would be fully addressed by on August 31, 2021.

He lamented that up till this moment, the federal government is yet to implement any of the agreements with ASUU.

While reacting to the question that the country is just trying to pick up after the COVID-19 locked down, #EndSARS protest and ASUU strike; and that another round of strike is not necessary, he said the federal government has all it takes to pay up the N40 billion revitalisation fund, and meet ASUU’s needs, noting that they just don’t want to pay considering the billions allegedly siphoned in the country.

The ASUU chief also lamented that state governments are de-marketing state universities with the proliferation of universities, while the existing ones are not properly funded.

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ASUU to Nigerians: Hold Buhari Responsible for Another Academic Crisis

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday, asked Nigerians to hold the President Muhammadu Buhari administration responsible should the educational system at the ivory towers be engulfed in another crisis based on the alleged irresponsibility on the part of the federal government.

ASUU, which came down hard on the administration for allegedly breaching the agreement it reached with the union nine months after it conditionally suspended its strike in December 2020, said another strike by members of the union was imminent and a time-bomb,following the refusal of the federal government to honour the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed with it.

The Coordinator, Ibadan Zone of the union, Prof. Oyebamiji Oyegoke, while addressing journalists, Thursday, alongside Chairpersons of UI (Prof. Ayo Akinwole), UNILORIN (Prof. Moyosore Ajao), LAUTECH (Dr. Biodun Olaniran) and KWASU (Dr. Shehu Salau), at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, asked Nigerians to hold the President responsible should the educational system at the ivory towers be engulfed in another crisis based on the irresponsibility on the part of the federal government.

According to him, only salary shortfall and setting up of visitation panels to federal government-owned universities had been addressed while renegotiation of conditions of service, injection of revitalisation funds, payment of earned academic allowances, implementation of University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), proliferation of state universities, release of withheld salaries and non remittance of check-off dues of unions, which were all contained in the December 22, 2020 Memorandum of Action have not been addressed.

Oyegoke, while elaborating on each case, said, “The claim by the Minister of Labour and Employment that the money allocated for Revitalisation of Public Universities had been paid as contained in the MoA of 2020 cannot be true. The same Minister confirmed on 02 August 2021, that the money is still in the custody of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), only awaiting application by the Minister of Education for eventual transfer to the NEEDS Assessment Fund Account. That Government is working hard to facilitate the release of money by the CBN since January 2021 leaves a sour taste in the mouth”
On IPPIS versus UTAS, the Ibadan Zone ASUU boss explained that withholding salaries for months, non-release of EAA, non-payment of Check-off dues accruing to the union, despite what ASUU has demonstrated could only be an invitation to another possible cycle of industrial crisis.

“Moreover, UTAS avowed suitability has been demonstrated admirably to the Minister of Education and members of his team, the Honourable Senate President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, and other key stakeholders like Ministries of Labour and Employment; Education, Finance, Office of the Accountant-General, representatives of Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

“The more the government insists on fulfilling the demands of integrity test on UTAS, the longer will be the accompanying pains earlier identified in IPPIS will stay our members,” he said.
ASUU described as blantant, denials by the Minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige over the failure of government to meet the August 2, 2021, concerning the implementation of all outstanding issues.

“At a reconciliation meeting between the federal government of Nigeria and the leadership of our Union on Monday 02 August 2021, at the Conference room of the Minister of Labour and Employment, where all the contentious matters affecting the outstanding issues regarding the implementation of the 2020 FGN/ASUU MoA were discussed, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on behalf of the FGN promised that a broader government team and the inter-ministerial committee on the draft renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement would conclude its work and submit the report to government by the end of August, 2021.

“The meeting concluded with an agreement to reconvene by the end of August 2021 to ascertain the faithfulness of the FGN in resolving the outstanding issues. We are in the second week of September 2021, nothing positive from the FGN except blatant denials by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment.”
He maintained that rather than find ways towards the resolution of the crises, the federal government has insisted on inflicting more hardship on ASUU members and by extension on all Nigerians.

“The persistent non-responsiveness of the FGN to the contentious and outstanding issues of the December 2020 FGN/ASUU MoA has created a ticking time bomb, which may explode and engulf the Nigerian university system at a time sooner than may be imagined. When this happens, Nigerians should hold the federal government of Nigeria responsible,” he stated.

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Gov Seyi Makinde unveils initiative for data on children, women

Gov.Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has unveiled the sixth edition of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the MICS is a primary source of information on women and children as it provides statistical indicators that are critical for the measurement of human development.

NAN reports that it is an international household survey programme developed by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

It can also be used as a data collection tool to generate data for monitoring the progress towards national goals and global commitments which aimed at promoting the welfare of children and women such as MDGs and SDGs.

Unveiling the MICS, Makinde, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Economic Affairs, Prof. Musibau Babatunde, described the statistics as a veritable tool to achieve analytical ideas for development.

He said that the survey would support the ongoing efforts of the administration in Oyo state to prepare its development plan and to track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the five-point agenda of the government.

“The objectives of the survey are to provide up-to-date statistical information on the conditions of children and women in Nigeria, specifically on child’s right.

“Provide data for SDG reporting and the African Union Agenda 2063 monitoring; provide reliable data for immunization coverage of children aged 0 to 47 months.

“ For both the basic vaccination and complementary antigens, and determine obstacles to utilization of routine immunisation services,” he said.

The governor said that the data achieved from the MICS will enable the state to assess its current position and also enable it to project into the future in the context of the 25 development plan of the state.

“The survey will help to formulate socio-economic policies that will address the needs of households, basic educational development, child and maternal health, reproductive health, among others,” he said.

Also speaking, the state Statistician General, Adekunle Ajuwon, lauded the programme, adding that the present administration’s commitment to collation of data is commendable.

He noted that the rate of out-of-school children has reduced drastically, due to the conduct of past surveys in the state.

Ajuwon said that the survey analysis would reveal the living condition in the state using critical household indicators factors that will determine the needs and actualisation of the society.

Earlier,  Mr Teslim Arowolo,  the Zonal Coordinator and State Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics, affirmed the collaboration of UNICEF with the state government to achieve evidence-based analysis.

He said the survey would be carried out in selected enumeration areas in the state.

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