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Nigeria’s University lecturers union, ASUU, calls off 8-month strike

ASUU called off its eight-month long strike that has grounded academic activities in the public universities.



ASUU, calls off 8-month strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called off its eight-month-long strike that has grounded academic activities in the public universities. The union took the decision after it agreed to accept government’s total payment of N70 billion.

READ: NCC disburses N100 million to universities for ICT Research

The was disclosed by ASUU via its Twitter handle on Friday after its meeting with the Federal Government’s team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

It tweeted, “The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has shifted ground on FG’s offer. The Union insisted that payment of outstanding salaries must not be done as through the IPPIS platform as promised, if strike would be suspended.”

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READ: FG offers N65 billion to ASUU, N15 billion revitalization fund to end strike


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  1. Anonymous

    November 28, 2020 at 2:25 am

    ASUU does not have an official Twitter account and do not run any social media page be it Facebook, Instagram etc. The initiator of such twitter page or account has a malicious intent to mislead the public. Take Note. ASUU does not have any known Twitter account or social media handle for now and infact, the Union has addressed this several times. Do your home work well next time

  2. Anon

    November 28, 2020 at 4:50 am

    14 years in journalism and you write this nonsense? Are you genuinely disinformed? Don’t know how to understand stories properly? Confused? Or this is just for click bait?

    • Anonymous

      December 16, 2020 at 11:35 am

      I don’t understand too .please be more careful.

  3. Anon

    November 28, 2020 at 5:40 am

    With your 14 years experience Mr Aguila, you don’t know that Assu actually doesn’t have an official twitter handle. I’m a bit disappointed

    • Anonymous

      November 29, 2020 at 6:22 am

      How do I report this liar to Google?

  4. Afan Ajiji

    November 28, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Nairameteics do a proper research. ASUU doesn’t have any social media accounts. This twitter page is a fake account and ASUU has said that several times.ASUU will always announce the suspension of any strike through a press conference and not on twitter. There’s still another meeting between the FG and ASUU as ASUU asked to return to it’s executives for a decision. The strike hasn’t been called off. Na only una dey share this fatal fake news.

  5. Ty

    November 28, 2020 at 6:42 am

    This is not correct.
    ASUU has not called off the strike.
    The twitter you got the information from is not even same with what you wrote.
    And the ASUU chairman said last week that they don’t have a twitter account!

  6. Uthman Kamaldeen Ibrahim

    November 28, 2020 at 7:11 am

    A misleading headline, I can’t believe my eyes seeing such from naira metrics.

    Responsible Journalism !

  7. Josh

    November 28, 2020 at 8:18 am

    That Twitter account is not ASUU’s official handle. According to Prof. Ogunyemi, ASUU has no official Twitter handle yet.

  8. Anonymous

    November 28, 2020 at 8:34 am


    • Anonymous

      November 29, 2020 at 7:35 am

      Dear Abiola, 14 years of journalism is a joke if you can’t report fact. It’s really shameful.

  9. Paramount

    November 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    What’s difference between agreed to call off and called off?

  10. U.Mark

    November 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    The ASUU that I know does not have a tweeter handle. This news is both fake and mischievous. ASUU does not suspend strike through the media but in Congress.

    • Kunle Olayeni

      November 29, 2020 at 6:36 am

      I used to think Nairametrics is a highly specialized, professional medium. Never knew it parades “journalists” who are misinformed and quackery-inclined. This story is misleading and you should pull it down and apologize to the reading public. ASUU does not have a Twitter handle or any other social media platforms and this has been sufficiently addresses by the Union. This writer should therefore go back to Journalism school. His 14 years “experience” require some calibration.

  11. Churchill Thompson

    November 28, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I been think say una get sense sha. Very irresponsible and misleading.

    • Bright

      November 29, 2020 at 9:15 am

      14 years in journalism, yet you can’t carry out a proper research. You’re not fit to be called a journalist if you can’t verify news before putting them out.
      ASUU only agreed to call off strike. ASUU and FG are to reconvene this week after it must have deliberated and reached a consensus with its members.
      Lastly, ASUU doesn’t have a social media page. Be properly guided.

  12. Dibres

    November 29, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Bad journalism and you claim to have 14 Asin fourteen years of experience in journalism. Go back to the drawing board

  13. Ik

    November 29, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Mad man… writing rubbish .. u didnt even understand the English assu spoke.. reckless money longing shameless writer..

  14. Anonymous

    November 29, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Hehheheeh so is this how we want to fight fake news in Nigeria? Why will anyone just feel he can come online to write nonsense and share

  15. Deo Volente

    November 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Fake news. Stick to yoyr fake business naira news reporting. useless bloggers of today. Copy and paste just for web traffic

  16. Ayo

    November 29, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I’m glad many have called out your folly. Nairametrics is just like many of these mushroom social media news outlets. Incompetent. And this one says 14 years experience. arggh

  17. Anonymous

    November 30, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    14 years and your still a novice. ASUU has said over and over that it does not have any twitter handle. Stop misleading people and creating traffic for your site. Get your facts straight.

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53,460 3G and 4G Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) deployed in Nigeria – Prof. Danbatta

The 3G and 4G base transceiver stations deployed in Nigeria in the last 5 years increased from 30,000 to 53,460.



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A total of 53,460 third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) base transceiver stations (BTS) have been deployed in Nigeria in the last five years.

This was disclosed by the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta at a briefing session for the new Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Engr. Festus Yusuf Daudu.

According to Danbatta, the effective regulatory regime put in place by his leadership has created the desired impetus for the increased deployment of infrastructure by various telecoms operators, which in turn, has helped to improve the broadband penetration and other related service delivery in the telecoms industry.

The BTS, fibre optic cables and other related infrastructure are central to the provision of improved service experience for Nigerians by their respective telecoms service providers.

“The licensed Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) are also expected to add 38,296km to optic fibre cables when they commence full operations.


What they are saying

According to Prof Danbatta:

  • The Commission will continue to put in its best in the discharge of its mandates, especially in facilitating the deployment of broadband, which is central to diversifying the Nigerian economy and national development”
  • “Also, it is our belief that the communications industry, under the leadership of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, will experience more quantum leaps and retain its current leadership role in the telecommunications space”

In his reaction and comment, the new Perm Sec, Engr. Festus Yusuf Daudu said:

  • “I want to thank NCC for its contribution to the Nigerian economy so far. I am not exaggerating about the achievements of NCC, in terms of contribution to GDP and how NCC’s effective regulatory role has been helping the economy in so many ways

What you should know

  • The BTS system is part of a GSM network that is responsible for the reception and transmission of radio signals from mobile phones.
  • A Base Transceiver Station is a general description of equipment consisting of the telecommunication technology and the air interface of the mobile network (GSM, UMTS etc.).
  • The deployment of the 3G and 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) increased from 30,000 to 53,460, in the last 5 years
  • While the Fibre Optic Transmission cables expanded from 47,000km to 54,725km
  • As at November, 2020, active telephony subscribers stood at 208 million with tele-density standing at 108.92%
  • Active Internet subscriptions of 154.9 million were achieved with broadband penetration rate of 45.07%
  • The number of subscriptions to DND service hit over 30 million as the service empowers Nigerians to be able to protect themselves from the menace of unsolicited text messages and calls.

Why this matters

Having more Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) is quite imperative for driving an improved broadband/telecoms service delivery to Nigerian subscribers.

The poor services currently experienced by many telephony subscribers, especially in areas not sufficiently covered by Base stations, will now be a thing of the past as even subscribers in the remotest rural areas can conveniently receive and make calls and as well as enjoy other subscription services, without hitches.

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Steps to take to get your NIN

Getting your national identification number is free and would not take you a lot of time if you follow the right steps.



You cannot fully claim to be a citizen of a country if you don’t have a means of identification. There are several means of identification for Nigerians like the international passport, voter’s card, or driver’s license. Still, the most recognized and widely accepted means of identification is the National Identity Card which carries a unique number.

Your national identification number is required for almost anything you do in Nigeria these days, including opening a bank account and get a sim card. Getting your national identification number is free and would not take you a lot of time if you follow the right steps. There are three types of enrolment processes:

READ: NIN Registration: NIMC adopts booking system for enrolment from December 30

1. Self Service:

In this case, you walk into an enrollment centre and apply by yourself. All you have to do is feel an enrollment form, submit it to the officer available and do your biometrics, after which your NIN would be given to you.


2. Assisted Service:

For the assisted service, you walk in and get assistance from a support officer who helps you fill your form correctly and make sure your application is submitted. This service is mostly for people that can neither read nor write. It makes the process easier for them and helps to avoid time wastage.

READ: FG directs the suspension of NIMC staff involved in extortion of NIN applicants

3. Mobile Service:

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You also have the option of walking into a mobile enrollment centre in your neighbourhood, and either do a self or assisted service. Check online for the mobile enrollment centres close to you.

To get your unique national identification number, there are some steps you have to take. They include;

Step 1: Walk into the nearest NIMC enrolment centre with the required documents (any means of identification and your BVN if you have one). Make sure you have not enrolled before, if you have, go along with your old national identification number.

READ: FG extends deadline for Telcos to block SIMs without NIN to February 2021

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Step 2: Get and fill the enrollment form providing all the required information.

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Step 3: Submit the filled form to the enrollment officer, who then inputs your details into the online enrollment application.

Step 4: Verify and confirm the enrolment data on the system to avoid mistakes.

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READ: Beware of fake NIN app, NIMC warns Nigerians

Step 5: Capture your headshot photo, fingerprints and signature

Step 6: Give the enrolment officer your supporting documents to scan

Step 7: Your enrolment is acknowledged, and two slips are generated for you. The first slip should be a transaction slip and the second slip should be a NIN slip indicating completion of enrolment.

READ: FG commences NIN enrollment for foreign diplomats

The federal government recently made it mandatory for all Nigerians to link their NIN with their sim, so it is essential for you to get your NIN if you don’t have one. Getting your NIN should not be difficult if you have the required documents and follow the steps stated above.

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FG commences NIN enrollment for foreign diplomats

The NIMC has announced that it has started the enrolment of NIN for foreign diplomats in Nigeria.



FG invalidates SIM integration using BVN generated NIN, applicants must visit NIMC offices

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced that it has started the enrolment of NIN for foreign diplomats in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the NIMC in a statement on Friday.

“The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) in his bid to ensure seamless enrolment of all diplomats in the country for the purpose of the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage and other need, directed the setting up of the enrolment center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja,” the agency said.

READ: Beware of fake NIN app, NIMC warns Nigerians

The enrolment of diplomats started on Monday, 18th January 2021.


NIMC assured Nigerians that it would ensure the enrolment of all Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database.

READ: FG invalidates SIM integration using BVN generated NIN, applicants must visit NIMC offices

What you should know: Nairametrics reported earlier that the Federal Government on Sunday announced the mandatory National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment for foreign diplomats in the country.

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