The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters barricaded the two gates to the college at about 7.am. to prevent students and staff members from going in.
The Chairman of the local chapter of NASU, Mr Adesola Abubakar, said that it was unfortunate that the union members in the college had yet to join counterparts in the state to enjoy the minimum wage.
Abubakar therefore urged the state government to implement the minimum wage to all workers in tertiary institutions in the state.
He said: “What other Lagos state ministries and agencies are enjoying in terms of the minimum wage should be extended to workers in tertiary institutions in the state.
“It is no longer news that our minimum wage is being delayed, while other Lagos state ministries and agencies had been receiving since last year.
“We have written several letters to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his special adviser on education and other stakeholders but our request has not been granted.
“We realised that something good did not come out of the letters and meetings. So, we agreed that all the unions in tertiary institutions should embark on a joint industrial action.
“We joined the joint action today because we had our congress meeting yesterday and our members said we should join.”
Abubakar said they would return to work once the government met their demands.
Also, Mr Ige Ajayi, the institution’s Chairman, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, said their action was to force the state government to pay their minimum wage.
“We are part of the agitation and demand for the payment of the minimum wage in all the tertiary institutions in the state.
“We urge the state government to pay us the minimum wage with the arrears at the end of the month,” Ajayi said.
He however advised the unions to exercise restraint and consider the interest of the students. He said: “We need to put in cognisance the interest of our learners, we are in the month of September and our students have not completed their first semester examination.
“We are not facing AOCOED management but the state government for the implementation of our minimum wage,” Ajayi said.
The President of the Students’ Union, David Alagbe, urged the state government to urgently attend to the unions’ demands.
“What the unions are fighting for is their right and the best way, after dialogue without response, should be industrial action.
“AOCOED students cannot fight the unions for locking the gate because they are fighting for their right,” he said.
The Provost of the institution, Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, said the governor was sympathetic to the implementation of minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in the state.
Lafiaji-Okuneye said that government was willing to pay but there were underlining issues delaying the payment.
“Before the outbreak of the pandemic, we were told government would implement the minimum wage this year.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 came and affected the payment. Few weeks ago, government still indicated its willingness to pay.
“Our efforts from AOCOED’s management is that we are appealing to the union to be patient with government, so they can pay the minimum wage,” Lafiaji-Okuneye said.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Sam Oditah
Electorate, observer commend conduct of election in Edo
Electorate and observer at Ugboko Ward 5, Unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo, agree that the conduct of the state governorship election is peaceful.
Some of the electorate who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Saturday, said that the conduct was well organised.
Mr Benson Ibizugbe said that he was impressed that the process was going on peacefully and violence-free.
Ibizugbe said ”INEC did a good job by conducting a peaceful election here.
“There has not been issues of faulty equipment and they provided face masks for voters who don’t have to make them eligible to vote”.
An INEC observer, Ada Opkara, from Smile Africa, said that the voting process was seamless and commended the people of Ugboko ward for their peaceful conduct.
“I resumed here at 7: 18 a.m. before the INEC staff resumed activities, from that time till now, about three hours later, everywhere is calm.
She expressed optimism that the peaceful atmosphere at the polling unit would continue throughout the voting process going by the presence of security personnel.
Another electorate, Mr Monday Erhabor, said that he was happy that there was no violence at the voting centre.
“Everywhere is calm and peaceful, there is no violence, the security is tight and we are sure of a free and fair process”.
Edited By: Constance Athekame/Kayode Olaitan
Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols
Mr Wilson Manji, the deputy project coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that although the voters were all wearing face masks but they did not maintain social distancing.
“So far the election is going smoothly and calm. We are at Ologbosere primary in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.
“So far everything is peaceful and calm here. Just that the INEC staff just arrived at about 10a.m. and accreditation and voting started at about 10.30a.m. instead of 8.30a.m,” he said.
According to him, the polling officers came with hand sanitisers and thermometers to check the temperature of every voter.
“But we are aware that there are some few isolated cases that started 9.a.m. or after 9.a.m. because of some issues they needed to sort out.
“From the reports we are getting, almost all the polling units have started voting,” he said.
Wariowei, however, said he observed that the voters were all wearing face masks but did not maintain social distancing.
According to Wariowei, before I left the polling units I visited, I educated the people on the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 regulations by maintaining social distancing for the safety of all.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Edo 2020: Card Readers fail to authenticate fingerprints in Esan West, Central
The Card Readers provided for the Edo Governorship election to authenticate fingerprints of voters in Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas of Edo on Saturday failed to recognise some voters.
Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria , who monitored the election in the areas, report that while the Card Readers easily identified the voter cards, they failed to authenticate their fingerprints.
This abnormally was noticeable at the polling units in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School), and units 14, 15 and 16 (Emado Primary School) in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area.
The same was applicable in units 5 and 6, Ward 6 (Idumebo Primary School), in Esan Central Local Government Area.
Meanwhile, Mr Victor Edoro, a politician in the area and an ex-commissioner in Edo, Mr Gideon Obhakhan, have described the exercise as impressive.
They described the voting process as peaceful and orderly, with compliance to COVID-19 Pandemic containment protocols.
Edoro, who voted at his voting centre in Idumebo Primary School, Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area, described the voting process as “peaceful and hitch free.”
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Nasarawa APC pass Vote of Confidence on Gov Sule
The Nasarawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence on the administration of Gov. Abdullahi Sule.
Mr Philip Sheckwo, Chairman of the party in the state stated this at a news conference held in Lafia on Saturday.
Sheckwo said the decision was taken at an expanded party exco meeting held in Lafia on Friday, Sept. 18.
“The meeting unanimously passed a vote of confidence on his Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule,’’ he said.
The state chairman added that the party at the meeting also lauded the leadership of the Governor for involving the party in his administration.
He said the party also expressed satisfaction with the tremendous strides the administration had achieved so far.
“In less than two years, he has made a lot of impact on the administration of the state. On the overall development of the state, he has also made a lot of impact.
“He has made a lot of impact in all sectors. We express our gratitude and encourage him to continue in that direction,’’ he said.
Sheckwo said the achievements and healthy relationship with the party convinced party members in the state to pass a vote of confidence on the admi9nistration.
He also explained that the party discussed vital issues that touched on the progress of the party in the state and also made an appraisal of the gains of the party so far.
“The meeting, in line with the constitution of the party, encouraged stakeholders at the state and local government levels to shun any individual interest that may seem to override that of the unity of the party.
“Stakeholders are encouraged to synergize with the party at various levels both at the ward, local government and state levels, in order to witness more progress for the party in the state,’’ he said.
According to Sheckwo, party stalwarts also acknowledged with gratitude the cordial relationship between Gov. Abdullahi Sule and his predecessor, Sen. Umaru Al-Makura, who currently represents Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the Senate.
He added that Gov. Abdullahi Sule, all State Executive Committee members, local government chairmen and their secretaries, were in attendance at the meeting.
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo