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  •  The Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu has urged the Federal Government to re open negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Kalu in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja decried the disruption of academic activities as a result of strikes by the university lecturers According to him the federal government should also endeavour to implement the signed agreements with the lecturers in the interest of students their parents the education sector and the country at large Kalu described as worrisome the continued brain drain in the country which he said had contributed to poor quality of Nigerian graduates Incessant strikes disrupt the academic calendar encourage brain drain and contribute significantly to the poor quality of graduates in the Country with far reaching implications on national development The federal government should urgently take all necessary measures to open a realistic negotiation with ASUU to stop the strike and implement the signed agreements in the interest of our students their parents the education sector and the country We must stop playing with the future of our youths he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU began strike on Feb 14 2022 due to the government s failure to meet its demands The union insisted on the strike due to failure of the government to meet the 2009 agreement The ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osedeke said that the union took the difficult decision after exhausting all avenues available to amicably settle the matter with the federal government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Re-open talks with ASUU, Orji Kalu urges FG
     The Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu has urged the Federal Government to re open negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Kalu in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja decried the disruption of academic activities as a result of strikes by the university lecturers According to him the federal government should also endeavour to implement the signed agreements with the lecturers in the interest of students their parents the education sector and the country at large Kalu described as worrisome the continued brain drain in the country which he said had contributed to poor quality of Nigerian graduates Incessant strikes disrupt the academic calendar encourage brain drain and contribute significantly to the poor quality of graduates in the Country with far reaching implications on national development The federal government should urgently take all necessary measures to open a realistic negotiation with ASUU to stop the strike and implement the signed agreements in the interest of our students their parents the education sector and the country We must stop playing with the future of our youths he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU began strike on Feb 14 2022 due to the government s failure to meet its demands The union insisted on the strike due to failure of the government to meet the 2009 agreement The ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osedeke said that the union took the difficult decision after exhausting all avenues available to amicably settle the matter with the federal government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Re-open talks with ASUU, Orji Kalu urges FG
    General news7 months ago

    Re-open talks with ASUU, Orji Kalu urges FG

    The Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has urged the Federal Government to re-open negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    Kalu, in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja decried the disruption of academic activities as a result of strikes by the university lecturers.

    According to him, the federal government should also endeavour to implement the signed agreements with the lecturers in the interest of students, their parents, the education sector and the country at large.

    Kalu described as worrisome the continued brain-drain in the country, which he said had contributed to poor quality of Nigerian graduates.

    “Incessant strikes disrupt the academic calendar, encourage brain drain and contribute significantly to the poor quality of graduates in the Country, with far-reaching implications on national development.

    “The federal government should urgently take all necessary measures to open a realistic negotiation with ASUU to stop the strike and implement the signed agreements in the interest of our students, their parents, the education sector and the country.

    “We must stop playing with the future of our youths,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU began strike on Feb. 14, 2022, due to the government’s failure to meet its demands.

    The union insisted on the strike due to failure of the government to meet the 2009 agreement.

    The ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osedeke, said that the union took the ‘difficult decision’ after exhausting all avenues available to amicably settle the matter with the federal government.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN has urged the public to disregard a recent vrial vedio against UNN ASUU by a Nollywood man This is contained in statement issued in Nsukka on Wednesday signed by Comrade Christian Opata and Comrade Michael Nwokedi Chairman and Secretary of ASUU UNN respectively The statement said the attention of the union had been drawn to recent viral video cr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU group denies soliciting financial help from Nollywood actor
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN has urged the public to disregard a recent vrial vedio against UNN ASUU by a Nollywood man This is contained in statement issued in Nsukka on Wednesday signed by Comrade Christian Opata and Comrade Michael Nwokedi Chairman and Secretary of ASUU UNN respectively The statement said the attention of the union had been drawn to recent viral video cr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU group denies soliciting financial help from Nollywood actor
    General news7 months ago

    ASUU group denies soliciting financial help from Nollywood actor

    The Academic Staff  Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), has urged the public to disregard a recent vrial vedio against UNN-ASUU by a Nollywood man. This is contained in statement issued in Nsukka on Wednesday signed by Comrade Christian Opata and Comrade Michael Nwokedi,  Chairman and Secretary of ASUU-UNN, respectively. The statement said the attention of the union had been drawn to recent viral video cr NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with the Prof Nimi Briggs led Committee on negotiation ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osekede said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja NAN reports that the Briggs committee which was set up by the Federal Government on June 7 is renegotiate the 2009 Agreement with ASUU and submit its report to the Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu in three months NAN also reports that Buhari had in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu saying truly enough is enough for keeping students at home Osedeke said I do not understand why Mr President said that enough is enough when we are not the one delaying the students at home The federal government had sent its team to negotiate with us and we have finished Instead of coming back to us to tell us the outcome of the meeting we are hearing this If you set up a committee to negotiate on your behalf and the committee has finished and they have brought the information to you to sign and then you said enough is a enough what does this mean he asked He urged Buhari to meet the negotiation teams and to sign the report NAN reports that the Briggs led committee is expected to review the draft proposed Agreement has the following Terms of Reference liaise and consult with relevant stakeholders to finalise the position of the Federal Government to the issues in the draft proposed Renegotiated Agreement It is also to renegotiate in realistic and workable terms the 2009 Agreements with other University Based Unions negotiate and recommend any other issue the Committee deems relevant to reposition the NUC for global competitiveness and submit proposed draft agreements within three months from the date of inauguration NAN reports that ASUU among other unions in the education sector began ongoing strike on Feb 14 after the federal government failed to meet some of its demands including the release of revitalisation funds for universities renegotiation of the 2009 agreement release of earned allowances for university lecturers and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Allied Institutions NASU have also requested the adoption of University Peculiar Payroll Payment System U3PS The committee is chaired by Brigs Pro Chancellor Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ebonyi Other members are Pro Chancellor Federal University Wukari Arc Lawrence Patrick Ngbale who represents North East Pro Chancellor Federal University Birnin Kebbi Prof Funmi Togunu Bickersteth representing South West and Pro Chancellor Federal University Lokoja Senator Chris Adighije representing South East Also on the team are Pro Chancellor Federal University of Technology Minna Prof Olu Obafemi from North Central Pro Chancellor Kano State University of Science amp Technology Prof Zubairu Iliyasu representing North West and Pro Chancellor Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island Mathew Seiyefa from South South NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Strike: ASUU urges Buhari meet with Briggs led-re-negotiation committee
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with the Prof Nimi Briggs led Committee on negotiation ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osekede said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja NAN reports that the Briggs committee which was set up by the Federal Government on June 7 is renegotiate the 2009 Agreement with ASUU and submit its report to the Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu in three months NAN also reports that Buhari had in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu saying truly enough is enough for keeping students at home Osedeke said I do not understand why Mr President said that enough is enough when we are not the one delaying the students at home The federal government had sent its team to negotiate with us and we have finished Instead of coming back to us to tell us the outcome of the meeting we are hearing this If you set up a committee to negotiate on your behalf and the committee has finished and they have brought the information to you to sign and then you said enough is a enough what does this mean he asked He urged Buhari to meet the negotiation teams and to sign the report NAN reports that the Briggs led committee is expected to review the draft proposed Agreement has the following Terms of Reference liaise and consult with relevant stakeholders to finalise the position of the Federal Government to the issues in the draft proposed Renegotiated Agreement It is also to renegotiate in realistic and workable terms the 2009 Agreements with other University Based Unions negotiate and recommend any other issue the Committee deems relevant to reposition the NUC for global competitiveness and submit proposed draft agreements within three months from the date of inauguration NAN reports that ASUU among other unions in the education sector began ongoing strike on Feb 14 after the federal government failed to meet some of its demands including the release of revitalisation funds for universities renegotiation of the 2009 agreement release of earned allowances for university lecturers and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Allied Institutions NASU have also requested the adoption of University Peculiar Payroll Payment System U3PS The committee is chaired by Brigs Pro Chancellor Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ebonyi Other members are Pro Chancellor Federal University Wukari Arc Lawrence Patrick Ngbale who represents North East Pro Chancellor Federal University Birnin Kebbi Prof Funmi Togunu Bickersteth representing South West and Pro Chancellor Federal University Lokoja Senator Chris Adighije representing South East Also on the team are Pro Chancellor Federal University of Technology Minna Prof Olu Obafemi from North Central Pro Chancellor Kano State University of Science amp Technology Prof Zubairu Iliyasu representing North West and Pro Chancellor Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island Mathew Seiyefa from South South NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Strike: ASUU urges Buhari meet with Briggs led-re-negotiation committee
    General news7 months ago

    Strike: ASUU urges Buhari meet with Briggs led-re-negotiation committee

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari  to meet with the Prof. Nimi Briggs-led Committee on negotiation.

    ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osekede said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

    NAN reports that the Briggs committee which was set up by the Federal Government on June 7, is renegotiate the 2009 Agreement with ASUU and submit its report to the Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu in three months.

    NAN  also reports that  Buhari had in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, saying “truly, enough is enough for keeping students at home.’’

    Osedeke said:”I do not understand why Mr President said that “enough is enough’’, when we are not the one delaying the students at home.

    “The federal government had sent its team to negotiate with us and we have finished. Instead of coming back to us to tell us the outcome of the meeting, we are hearing this.

    “If you set up a committee to negotiate on your behalf, and the committee has finished and they have brought the information to you to sign and then you said enough is a enough, what does this mean,’’he asked.

    He urged Buhari to meet the negotiation teams and to sign the report.

    NAN reports that the Briggs-led committee is expected to review the draft proposed Agreement, has the following Terms of Reference, liaise and consult with relevant stakeholders to finalise the position of the Federal Government to the issues in the draft proposed Renegotiated Agreement.

    It is also to renegotiate in realistic and workable terms the 2009 Agreements with other University-Based Unions; negotiate and recommend any other issue the Committee deems relevant to reposition the NUC for global competitiveness; and submit proposed draft agreements within three months from the date of inauguration.

    NAN reports that ASUU, among other unions in the education sector began ongoing strike on Feb. 14,  after the federal government failed to meet some of its demands including, the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

    The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Allied Institutions (NASU) have also requested the adoption of University Peculiar Payroll Payment System (U3PS).

    The committee is chaired by Brigs, Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi.

    Other members are Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Wukari, Arc. Lawrence Patrick Ngbale, who represents North East; Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Prof. Funmi Togunu-Bickersteth, representing South West and Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja, Senator Chris Adighije, representing South East.

    Also on the team are Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Olu Obafemi from North-Central; Pro-Chancellor, Kano State University of Science & Technology, Prof. Zubairu Iliyasu, representing North West; and Pro-Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Mathew Seiyefa from South-South. 

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Africa Health Budget Network AHBN has urged the Federal Government to intensitfy efforts in its determination to achieve the Family Planning FP 2030 commitment The Coordinator AHBN Dr Aminu Magashi gave the advice in a statement on Monday in Abuja NAN reports that the Federal Government formally launched the 2030 FP commitment on March 2022 The Family Planning 2030 commitment with eight focus areas states that by the end of 2030 Nigeria envisioned a country where everyone would be able to make informed choices It listed adolescents young people population affected by crisis and other vulnerable population to aside making informed choices have equitable and affordable access to quality family planning and participate as equals in society s development Magashi noted that with the fast growing rate of the global population which currently stood at 8 billion and Nigeria s population estimated to be over 200 million the call for concerted action on the part of the government to achieve the FP 2030 was timely Nigeria s commitment to allocate one per cent of its health budget to family planning both at Federal and State levels as part of efforts to achieve the FP 2030 require concerted efforts and innovative financing This is in a bid for family planning to be adequately catered for to all those in need of it he said The coordinator expressed worries that apart from the recent launch of documents there had been no tangible efforts by the Federal Government to ensure the FP 2030 was achieved to put the country s population under check According to him more worrisome is the fact that majority of the over 200 million people in the country 70 per cent of them were under the age of 30 AHBN Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement MAYE Working Group therefore calls on the governments at all levels and other critical stakeholders to put modalities in place to ensure that the youth in the country are productively engaged He said this could be achieved through the provision of qualitative education and skill acquisitions to contribute to the socio economic growth of the country It is necessary to warn here that the youthful population can be an asset or burden to the country depending on how the government tackles issues around them If not properly taken care of and given the needed attention the youthful population can be a catastrophe leading to all manner of insecurity challenges including kidnapping armed robbery and many other social vices We are therefore calling on the Federal Government to maximise its bulging youthful population by improving on the quality of and access to education He argued that the ongoing strike in the education sector embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU must be addressed once and for all Speaking further Magashi also urged government to make family planning information commodities and services available and accessible to all especially those in hard to reach areas He noted that this would curb issues like teenage pregnancy significantly The Federal and State Governments should take the issue of the provision of family planning commodities seriously by ensuring its availability free of charge in all government clinics across the country This can be achieved by the payment of counterpart funding and the provision of funds for logistics by all tiers of governments the AHBN coordinator said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Population Day: AHBN tasks FG on family planning targets
     The Africa Health Budget Network AHBN has urged the Federal Government to intensitfy efforts in its determination to achieve the Family Planning FP 2030 commitment The Coordinator AHBN Dr Aminu Magashi gave the advice in a statement on Monday in Abuja NAN reports that the Federal Government formally launched the 2030 FP commitment on March 2022 The Family Planning 2030 commitment with eight focus areas states that by the end of 2030 Nigeria envisioned a country where everyone would be able to make informed choices It listed adolescents young people population affected by crisis and other vulnerable population to aside making informed choices have equitable and affordable access to quality family planning and participate as equals in society s development Magashi noted that with the fast growing rate of the global population which currently stood at 8 billion and Nigeria s population estimated to be over 200 million the call for concerted action on the part of the government to achieve the FP 2030 was timely Nigeria s commitment to allocate one per cent of its health budget to family planning both at Federal and State levels as part of efforts to achieve the FP 2030 require concerted efforts and innovative financing This is in a bid for family planning to be adequately catered for to all those in need of it he said The coordinator expressed worries that apart from the recent launch of documents there had been no tangible efforts by the Federal Government to ensure the FP 2030 was achieved to put the country s population under check According to him more worrisome is the fact that majority of the over 200 million people in the country 70 per cent of them were under the age of 30 AHBN Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement MAYE Working Group therefore calls on the governments at all levels and other critical stakeholders to put modalities in place to ensure that the youth in the country are productively engaged He said this could be achieved through the provision of qualitative education and skill acquisitions to contribute to the socio economic growth of the country It is necessary to warn here that the youthful population can be an asset or burden to the country depending on how the government tackles issues around them If not properly taken care of and given the needed attention the youthful population can be a catastrophe leading to all manner of insecurity challenges including kidnapping armed robbery and many other social vices We are therefore calling on the Federal Government to maximise its bulging youthful population by improving on the quality of and access to education He argued that the ongoing strike in the education sector embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU must be addressed once and for all Speaking further Magashi also urged government to make family planning information commodities and services available and accessible to all especially those in hard to reach areas He noted that this would curb issues like teenage pregnancy significantly The Federal and State Governments should take the issue of the provision of family planning commodities seriously by ensuring its availability free of charge in all government clinics across the country This can be achieved by the payment of counterpart funding and the provision of funds for logistics by all tiers of governments the AHBN coordinator said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Population Day: AHBN tasks FG on family planning targets
    General news7 months ago

    World Population Day: AHBN tasks FG on family planning targets

    The Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) has urged the Federal Government to intensitfy efforts, in its determination to achieve the Family Planning (FP) 2030 commitment.

    The Coordinator, AHBN, Dr Aminu Magashi, gave the advice in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

    NAN reports that the Federal Government formally launched the 2030 FP commitment on March 2022.

    The Family Planning 2030 commitment, with eight focus areas, states that by the end of 2030, Nigeria envisioned a country where everyone would be able to make informed choices.

    It listed adolescents, young people, population affected by crisis and other vulnerable population to, aside making informed choices, have equitable and affordable access to quality family planning and participate as equals, in society’s development.

    Magashi noted that with the fast growing rate of the global population which currently stood at 8 billion and Nigeria’s population, estimated to be over 200 million, the call for concerted action on the part of the government to achieve the FP 2030, was timely.

    “Nigeria’s commitment to allocate  one per cent of its health budget to family planning both at Federal and State levels as part of efforts to achieve the FP 2030 require concerted efforts and innovative financing.

    “This is in a bid for family planning to  be adequately catered for, to all those in need of it,” he said.

    The  coordinator expressed worries that apart from the recent launch of documents, there had been no tangible efforts by the Federal Government to ensure the FP 2030 was achieved to put the country’s population under check.

    According to him, more worrisome is the fact that majority of the over 200 million people in the country, 70 per cent of them were under the age of 30.

    “AHBN Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement (MAYE) Working Group, therefore, calls on the governments at all levels and other critical stakeholders to put modalities in place to ensure that the youth in the country are productively engaged.

    He said this could be achieved through the provision of  qualitative education and skill acquisitions,  to  contribute to the socio-economic growth of the country.

    “It is necessary to warn here that the youthful population can be an asset or burden to the country, depending on how the government tackles issues around them.

    “If not properly taken care of and given the needed attention, the youthful population can be a catastrophe, leading to all manner of insecurity challenges, including kidnapping, armed robbery and many other social vices.

    “We are therefore calling on the Federal Government to maximise its bulging youthful population, by improving on the quality of and access to education.”

    He argued that the ongoing  strike in the education sector embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) must be addressed once and for all.

    Speaking further,  Magashi also  urged government to make family planning information, commodities and services available and accessible to all, especially those in hard-to-reach areas.

    He noted that  this would curb issues like  teenage pregnancy significantly. 

    “The Federal and State Governments should take the issue of the provision of family planning commodities seriously, by ensuring its availability free of charge in all government clinics across the country.

    “This can be achieved by the payment of counterpart funding and the provision of funds for logistics by all tiers of governments,” the AHBN coordinator said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria MHWUN says it will go on a solidarity strike in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other unions Mr Biobelemoye Josiah MHWUN National President issued the threat in a statement he jointly signed with Mr Auwalu Kiyawa Acting Secretary General of the union on Sunday in Abuja The statement is entitled MHWUN stands in solidarity with the university based unions in the ongoing struggle to emancipate and reposition the public tertiary Institutions in Nigeria for progressive development The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU and other unions in public universities polytechnics and colleges of education have been on industrial action for more than six months over alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet their demands The unions are demanding funding of the revitalisation fund earned allowances implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS scheme as well as promotion arrears Other demands are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the resolution of inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS among others Josiah said the leadership of the union condemned in strong terms the lethargic attitude of government in resolving the issues in contention He said In order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted we call on the government to implement without further delay all the agreements it had entered with the unions We urge the relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari s earlier directive to resolve all outstanding issues with the unions is backed by immediate acceptable action that would end the stalemate MHWUN wishes to use this medium to unequivocally state that we firmly stand behind the university based unions and the clear position of Nigeria Labour Congress NLC leadership in this historic struggle Our state councils have been put on red alert and we will not hesitate to declare a solidarity strike in support of the unions if government fails to resolve the issues within a reasonable time he said According to MHWUN no responsible government will close down its public tertiary institutions over patriotic demands for a better funding of its universities and good welfare for its teaching and non teaching staff He described it as shameful saying that the union was particularly irked that the Federal Government and the political actors had abandoned the children of the masses at home to waste away Instead they are seen dissipating energy and resources that could have been used to resolve the issue to fund political tussles We are more worried with the development because the academic future of the citizenry is being disrupted Whereas the politicians and top government officials have their children mostly in well funded and equipped overseas schools or in relatively expensive private schools in Nigeria Discerning minds will agree with us that the negative impact of the strike to the future of our children and Nigeria in general cannot be quantified he said Josiah called on people of goodwill to stand up in defence of the right and future of children and Nigeria by demanding that the government did the right thing to bring the children back to the classroom Similarly the union also categorically condemned in the strongest terms the spate of insecurity in the country It noted that the rising orgies of killing banditry kidnapping for ransom and extreme agitation for secession had assumed a dangerous dimension Nigerian workers are no longer safe both in their homes and at work places as many have lost their lives to these enemies of state We therefore demand for a resolute action from government to end this degrading assault on the sovereignty of our nation the president said Also speaking on the current economic crisis Josiah condemned the current scarcity of diesel cooking gas petrol and aviation fuel and the rising prices of goods and services all over the country He said that this pathetic development had further exposed workers whose salaries and income has already been eroded by inflation to greater hardships The situation reinforces the earlier call by the organised labour for a resolute action on domestic refining of petroleum he said MHWUN however reiterated the union s call for its members to ensure they registered and obtained their Permanent Voter s Card NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health workers union threatens to embark on strike in solidarity with ASUU, others
     The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria MHWUN says it will go on a solidarity strike in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other unions Mr Biobelemoye Josiah MHWUN National President issued the threat in a statement he jointly signed with Mr Auwalu Kiyawa Acting Secretary General of the union on Sunday in Abuja The statement is entitled MHWUN stands in solidarity with the university based unions in the ongoing struggle to emancipate and reposition the public tertiary Institutions in Nigeria for progressive development The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU and other unions in public universities polytechnics and colleges of education have been on industrial action for more than six months over alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet their demands The unions are demanding funding of the revitalisation fund earned allowances implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS scheme as well as promotion arrears Other demands are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the resolution of inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS among others Josiah said the leadership of the union condemned in strong terms the lethargic attitude of government in resolving the issues in contention He said In order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted we call on the government to implement without further delay all the agreements it had entered with the unions We urge the relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari s earlier directive to resolve all outstanding issues with the unions is backed by immediate acceptable action that would end the stalemate MHWUN wishes to use this medium to unequivocally state that we firmly stand behind the university based unions and the clear position of Nigeria Labour Congress NLC leadership in this historic struggle Our state councils have been put on red alert and we will not hesitate to declare a solidarity strike in support of the unions if government fails to resolve the issues within a reasonable time he said According to MHWUN no responsible government will close down its public tertiary institutions over patriotic demands for a better funding of its universities and good welfare for its teaching and non teaching staff He described it as shameful saying that the union was particularly irked that the Federal Government and the political actors had abandoned the children of the masses at home to waste away Instead they are seen dissipating energy and resources that could have been used to resolve the issue to fund political tussles We are more worried with the development because the academic future of the citizenry is being disrupted Whereas the politicians and top government officials have their children mostly in well funded and equipped overseas schools or in relatively expensive private schools in Nigeria Discerning minds will agree with us that the negative impact of the strike to the future of our children and Nigeria in general cannot be quantified he said Josiah called on people of goodwill to stand up in defence of the right and future of children and Nigeria by demanding that the government did the right thing to bring the children back to the classroom Similarly the union also categorically condemned in the strongest terms the spate of insecurity in the country It noted that the rising orgies of killing banditry kidnapping for ransom and extreme agitation for secession had assumed a dangerous dimension Nigerian workers are no longer safe both in their homes and at work places as many have lost their lives to these enemies of state We therefore demand for a resolute action from government to end this degrading assault on the sovereignty of our nation the president said Also speaking on the current economic crisis Josiah condemned the current scarcity of diesel cooking gas petrol and aviation fuel and the rising prices of goods and services all over the country He said that this pathetic development had further exposed workers whose salaries and income has already been eroded by inflation to greater hardships The situation reinforces the earlier call by the organised labour for a resolute action on domestic refining of petroleum he said MHWUN however reiterated the union s call for its members to ensure they registered and obtained their Permanent Voter s Card NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health workers union threatens to embark on strike in solidarity with ASUU, others
    General news7 months ago

    Health workers union threatens to embark on strike in solidarity with ASUU, others

    The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), says it will go on a solidarity strike in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and other unions.

     

    Mr Biobelemoye Josiah, MHWUN National President, issued the threat in a statement he jointly signed with Mr Auwalu Kiyawa, Acting Secretary General of the union, on Sunday in Abuja.

     

    The statement is entitled; “MHWUN stands in solidarity with the university based unions in the ongoing struggle to emancipate and reposition the public tertiary Institutions in Nigeria for progressive development’’.

     

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that ASUU, and other unions in public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, have been on industrial action for more than six months over alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet their demands.

     

    The unions are demanding funding of the revitalisation fund, earned allowances, implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) scheme, as well as promotion arrears.

     

    Other demands are; the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement, and the resolution of inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), among others.

     

    Josiah said the leadership of the union condemned in strong terms the lethargic attitude of government in resolving the issues in contention

     

    He said: “In order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted, we call on the government to implement without further delay all the agreements it had entered with the unions.

     

    “We urge the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier directive to resolve all outstanding issues with the unions is backed by immediate acceptable action that would end the stalemate.

     

    “MHWUN wishes to use this medium to unequivocally state that we firmly stand behind the university based unions and the clear position of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), leadership in this historic struggle.

     

    “Our state councils have been put on red alert, and we will not hesitate to declare a solidarity strike in support of the unions if government fails to resolve the issues within a reasonable time, ’’he said.

     

    According to MHWUN, no responsible government will close down its public tertiary institutions over patriotic demands for a better funding of its universities and good welfare for its teaching and non-teaching staff.

     

    He described it as shameful, saying that the union was particularly irked that the Federal Government and the political actors had abandoned the children of the masses at home to waste away.

     

    “Instead, they are seen dissipating energy and resources that could have been used to resolve the issue to fund political tussles.

     

    “We are more worried with the development because the academic future of the citizenry is being disrupted.

     

    `Whereas the politicians and top government officials have their children mostly in well funded and equipped overseas schools or in relatively expensive private schools in Nigeria.

     

    “Discerning minds will agree with us that the negative impact of the strike to the future of our children and Nigeria in general cannot be quantified, ’’he said.

     

    Josiah called on people of goodwill to stand up in defence of the right and future of  children and Nigeria, by demanding that the government did the right thing to bring the children back to the classroom.

     

    Similarly, the union also categorically condemned in the strongest terms the spate of insecurity in the country.

     

    It noted that the rising orgies of killing, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and extreme agitation for secession, had assumed a dangerous dimension.

     

    “Nigerian workers are no longer safe, both in their homes and at work places, as many have lost their lives to these enemies of state.

     

    “We therefore, demand for a resolute action from government to end this degrading assault on the sovereignty of our nation,’’ the president said.

     

    Also speaking on the current economic crisis, Josiah condemned the current scarcity of diesel, cooking gas, petrol and aviation fuel, and the rising prices of goods and services all over the country.

     

    He said that this pathetic development had further exposed workers, whose salaries and income has already been eroded by inflation, to greater hardships.

     

    “The situation reinforces the earlier call by the organised labour for a resolute action on domestic refining of petroleum,’’ he said.

     

    MHWUN, however, reiterated the union’s call for its members to ensure they registered and obtained their Permanent Voter’s Card.

     

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  •  The acting Vice Chancellor of Kaduna State University KASU Prof Abdullahi Ashafa says the institution will reopen on July 13 to enable its final year students to write their examinations and graduate Ashafa who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Friday added that the state government plannee to provide foreign scholarships to students with outstanding Cumulative Grade Point Average CGPA He said that the students in substantial numbers upon graduation would be sent abroad for their masters degree The VC added that the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two African universities where the students would be admitted He said that the admission processes would be closed in September and the students had not written their second semester examination because of the protracted industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU As parents we thought that we should fast track the resumption process so that the students can write their examinations obtain their results and submit to the scholarship board to process their admissions he said He said that the school management have resolved after a meeting with critical managers of the university to reopen on July 13 with the second semester examination scheduled to commence July 25 The VC explained that critical managers of the university which include Deans and HODs shoulder the affairs of teaching and research in the university The Deans and HODs are the critical managers of the university whose subordinates will have to be engaged to conduct the examination supervise and process the results It is on this basis we are confident that we will be able to convince the state government to pay staff salaries that have been withheld he said He appealed to the leadership of ASUU KASU branch to understand with the university for the sake of the students so that they can graduate and benefit from the available opportunity for foreign scholarships Ashafa recalled that the previous management of the university had attempted a dialogue with the leadership of the university s chapter of ASUU but yielded no result because of the frosty relationship He revealed that the current management had directed that the query issues to some executive members of the union should be withdrawn The VC on behalf of the management and the university Senate apologised to the leadership of ASUU over the incident He also called on the students to return to school and continue with their studies adding that no students would be prevented from writing examinations on account of failure to pay school fees The VC explained that after the increase in school fees in 2021 only about 25 per cent of the students made full payment while some made part payment and others could not pay anything We will not stop any student from writing the examination even if the person has not paid the school fees What we will do is that the affected students will not see their results and will not be allowed to register for the next academic session However the Executive Secretary of State Scholarship and Loans Board Mr Rilwan Hassan had told us that Gov Nasir El Rufai has approved N500 million to pay the school fees of certain categories of students NAN recalls that the state government in April 2021 increased the university s school fees between N24 000 and N26 000 to N150 000 and N500 000 When contacted the Chairman of ASUU in the university Dr Peter Adamu said he was not aware of the plan to reopen the university on July 13 by KASU management In fact I am just hearing this from you and I want to make it categorically clear that we are not a party to this arrangement Adamu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna varsity reopens July 13, seeks ASUU understanding – VC
     The acting Vice Chancellor of Kaduna State University KASU Prof Abdullahi Ashafa says the institution will reopen on July 13 to enable its final year students to write their examinations and graduate Ashafa who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Friday added that the state government plannee to provide foreign scholarships to students with outstanding Cumulative Grade Point Average CGPA He said that the students in substantial numbers upon graduation would be sent abroad for their masters degree The VC added that the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two African universities where the students would be admitted He said that the admission processes would be closed in September and the students had not written their second semester examination because of the protracted industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU As parents we thought that we should fast track the resumption process so that the students can write their examinations obtain their results and submit to the scholarship board to process their admissions he said He said that the school management have resolved after a meeting with critical managers of the university to reopen on July 13 with the second semester examination scheduled to commence July 25 The VC explained that critical managers of the university which include Deans and HODs shoulder the affairs of teaching and research in the university The Deans and HODs are the critical managers of the university whose subordinates will have to be engaged to conduct the examination supervise and process the results It is on this basis we are confident that we will be able to convince the state government to pay staff salaries that have been withheld he said He appealed to the leadership of ASUU KASU branch to understand with the university for the sake of the students so that they can graduate and benefit from the available opportunity for foreign scholarships Ashafa recalled that the previous management of the university had attempted a dialogue with the leadership of the university s chapter of ASUU but yielded no result because of the frosty relationship He revealed that the current management had directed that the query issues to some executive members of the union should be withdrawn The VC on behalf of the management and the university Senate apologised to the leadership of ASUU over the incident He also called on the students to return to school and continue with their studies adding that no students would be prevented from writing examinations on account of failure to pay school fees The VC explained that after the increase in school fees in 2021 only about 25 per cent of the students made full payment while some made part payment and others could not pay anything We will not stop any student from writing the examination even if the person has not paid the school fees What we will do is that the affected students will not see their results and will not be allowed to register for the next academic session However the Executive Secretary of State Scholarship and Loans Board Mr Rilwan Hassan had told us that Gov Nasir El Rufai has approved N500 million to pay the school fees of certain categories of students NAN recalls that the state government in April 2021 increased the university s school fees between N24 000 and N26 000 to N150 000 and N500 000 When contacted the Chairman of ASUU in the university Dr Peter Adamu said he was not aware of the plan to reopen the university on July 13 by KASU management In fact I am just hearing this from you and I want to make it categorically clear that we are not a party to this arrangement Adamu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna varsity reopens July 13, seeks ASUU understanding – VC
    Education7 months ago

    Kaduna varsity reopens July 13, seeks ASUU understanding – VC

    The acting Vice-Chancellor of Kaduna State University (KASU), Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa says the institution will reopen on July 13, to enable its final year students to write their examinations and graduate.

    Ashafa, who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Friday, added that the state government plannee to provide foreign scholarships to students with outstanding Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

    He said that the students, in substantial numbers, upon graduation, would be sent abroad for their masters’ degree.

    The VC added that the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two African universities, where the students would be admitted.

    He said that the admission processes would be closed in September and the students had not written their second semester examination because of the protracted industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    “As parents, we thought that we should fast track the resumption process so that the students can write their examinations, obtain their results, and submit to the scholarship board to process their admissions,” he said.

    He said that the school management have resolved, after a meeting with critical managers of the university, to reopen on July 13, with the second semester examination scheduled to commence July 25.

    The VC explained that critical managers of the university, which include Deans and HODs shoulder the affairs of teaching and research in the university.

    “The Deans and HODs are the critical managers of the university whose subordinates will have to be engaged to conduct the examination, supervise, and process the results.

    “It is on this basis we are confident that we will be able to convince the state government to pay staff salaries that have been withheld,” he said.

    He appealed to the leadership of ASUU, KASU branch, to understand with the university for the sake of the students, so that they can graduate and benefit from the available opportunity for foreign scholarships.

    Ashafa recalled that the previous management of the university had attempted a dialogue with the leadership of the university’s chapter of ASUU but yielded no result because of the frosty relationship.

    He revealed that the current management had directed that the query issues to some executive members of the union should be withdrawn.

    The VC, on behalf of the management and the university Senate, apologised to the leadership of ASUU over the incident.

    He also called on the students to return to school and continue with their studies, adding that no students would be prevented from writing examinations on account of failure to pay school fees.

    The VC  explained that after the increase in school fees in 2021, only about 25 per cent of the students made full payment, while some made part payment and others could not pay anything.

    “We will not stop any student from writing the examination, even if the person has not paid the school fees.

    “What we will do is that the affected students will not see their results and will not be allowed to register for the next academic session.

    “However, the Executive Secretary of State Scholarship and Loans Board, Mr Rilwan Hassan, had told us that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has approved N500 million to pay the school fees of certain categories of students.”

    NAN recalls that the state government in April 2021 increased the university’s school fees between N24,000 and N26,000 to  N150,000 and N500,000.

    When contacted, the Chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr Peter Adamu, said he was not aware of the plan to reopen the university on July 13 by KASU management.

    “In fact, I am just hearing this from you, and I want to make it categorically clear that we are not a party to this arrangement,” Adamu said. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The acting Vice Chancellor Kaduna State University KASU Prof Abdullahi Ashafa has constituted a University Community Consultative Committee UCCC to promote dialogue and harmonious relationship The university Public Relations Officer Mr Adamu Bargo said this in a statement in Kaduna Bargo explained that the aim was to bring KASU communities in all its campuses together for dialogue and consultation on matters affecting their welfare and peaceful coexistence According to him the initiative is also to create harmony mutual understanding and strengthen unity in diversity He said part of the mandate of the committee was to serve as advisory body to the Vice Chancellor and deal with reconciliatory matters The committee is also expected to help the management and leadership of the university in the realisation of the institution s mission vision objectives and strategic plan The committee will provide opportunities for members of KASU community to make input in the development of the university governance and matters that affect every stakeholder he said He said the committee had Prof Ahmed Babajo and Prof Ibrahim Sodangi as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively while Mrs Sadiya Jimen would serve as Secretary Other members of the committee according to him include representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and National Association of Academic Technologists NAAT Others are representatives of the Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions NASU Student Union Government SUG Muslim Students Society Christian Students Society and representative of Christian and Muslim communities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    KASU constitutes consultative committee on dialogue, harmonious relationship
     The acting Vice Chancellor Kaduna State University KASU Prof Abdullahi Ashafa has constituted a University Community Consultative Committee UCCC to promote dialogue and harmonious relationship The university Public Relations Officer Mr Adamu Bargo said this in a statement in Kaduna Bargo explained that the aim was to bring KASU communities in all its campuses together for dialogue and consultation on matters affecting their welfare and peaceful coexistence According to him the initiative is also to create harmony mutual understanding and strengthen unity in diversity He said part of the mandate of the committee was to serve as advisory body to the Vice Chancellor and deal with reconciliatory matters The committee is also expected to help the management and leadership of the university in the realisation of the institution s mission vision objectives and strategic plan The committee will provide opportunities for members of KASU community to make input in the development of the university governance and matters that affect every stakeholder he said He said the committee had Prof Ahmed Babajo and Prof Ibrahim Sodangi as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively while Mrs Sadiya Jimen would serve as Secretary Other members of the committee according to him include representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and National Association of Academic Technologists NAAT Others are representatives of the Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions NASU Student Union Government SUG Muslim Students Society Christian Students Society and representative of Christian and Muslim communities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    KASU constitutes consultative committee on dialogue, harmonious relationship
    Education7 months ago

    KASU constitutes consultative committee on dialogue, harmonious relationship

    The acting Vice-Chancellor, Kaduna State University (KASU), Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, has constituted a University Community Consultative Committee (UCCC) to promote dialogue and harmonious relationship.

    The university Public Relations Officer, Mr Adamu Bargo, said this in a statement in Kaduna.

    Bargo explained that the aim was to bring KASU communities in all its campuses together for dialogue and consultation on matters affecting their welfare and peaceful coexistence.

    According to him, the initiative is also to create harmony, mutual understanding and strengthen unity in diversity.

    He said part of the mandate of the committee was to serve as advisory body to the Vice-Chancellor and deal with reconciliatory matters.

    “The committee is also expected to help the management and leadership of the university in the realisation of the institution’s mission, vision, objectives, and strategic plan.

    “The committee will provide opportunities for members of KASU community to make input in the development of the university, governance and matters that affect every stakeholder,” he said.

    He said the committee had Prof. Ahmed Babajo and Prof. Ibrahim Sodangi as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively while Mrs Sadiya Jimen would serve as Secretary.

    Other members of the committee, according to him, include representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

    Others are representatives of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Student Union Government (SUG), Muslim Students Society, Christian Students Society and representative of Christian and Muslim communities. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The lingering industrial crisis at the Ambrose Alli University AAU Ekpoma Edo on Wednesday got worsen as the national leaders of Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU staged a solidarity rally round the community The rally led by the National President of the union Prof Emmanuel Osodeke caused gridlock at the centre of the town The News Agency of Nigeria reports that chairmen of local branches and past presidents of the union joined in the protest that witnessed a large turnout of lecturers Addressing newsmen beside the statue of the late former governor of old Bendel State Prof Ambrose Alli Osodoke frowned at ASUU ban in the university by Gov Godwin Obaseki The governor he said lack the power to suspend a properly registered union such as ASUU that had the right to operate anywhere in the country The ASUU president also noted that the setting up of Special Intervention Team SIT headed by an holder of Nigerian Certificate in Education NCE to run the university as against a governing council negated the law As we speak to you this university does not have any substantive officer The vice chancellor is acting deputy vice chancellor is acting bursar acting registrar acting librarian acting which is against the rules of any university he said The union leader decried the situation where all principal officers of the institution were appointed in acting capacities Osodoke however asserted that the only way to guarantee industrial harmony was for the state government to retract its decision and allow the union to run without interference He also called for the payment of salary arrears to the lecturers as well as the remittance of deductions for dues and contributions for cooperative Dr Cyril Onogbosele the AAU ASUU branch Chairman said the solidarity rally was to show there was no distinction between union in state and federal universities We want revitalisation of public universities We want better conditions of service infrastructural development universities autonomy That is what the strike is all about In AAU one of them is inadequate funding For a long time we have had these problems Workers have been denied our salaries for 19 months now Many of us are dying as a result of that We cannot meet our financial obligations to our families because of unpaid salaries he said The branch ASUU chairman claimed that no fewer than 19 lecturers had died because they could not afford medicare On his part the immediate past president of the union Prof Biodun Opeyemi said the union needed to rise up against the action of the state governor proscribing union activities in the state owned institution in order to deter other state governors from following Obaseki s step In her reaction Dr Joan Osa Oviawe thecstate Commissioner for Education said the state government was focused on prioritising the academic welfare of our students and ensuring that there is value for money Tertiary education she said was being revamped in the state to ensure that graduates were ready for the world of work and also skilled enough to be relevant in the 4th industrial revolution in a technology driven hyper modern world NAN reports the Edo government and the ASUU at the state owned institution had been at a loggerhead for years over accusations and counter accusations bordering on welfare of academic staff NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AAU Crisis: ASUU storms Ekpoma for solidarity rally 
     The lingering industrial crisis at the Ambrose Alli University AAU Ekpoma Edo on Wednesday got worsen as the national leaders of Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU staged a solidarity rally round the community The rally led by the National President of the union Prof Emmanuel Osodeke caused gridlock at the centre of the town The News Agency of Nigeria reports that chairmen of local branches and past presidents of the union joined in the protest that witnessed a large turnout of lecturers Addressing newsmen beside the statue of the late former governor of old Bendel State Prof Ambrose Alli Osodoke frowned at ASUU ban in the university by Gov Godwin Obaseki The governor he said lack the power to suspend a properly registered union such as ASUU that had the right to operate anywhere in the country The ASUU president also noted that the setting up of Special Intervention Team SIT headed by an holder of Nigerian Certificate in Education NCE to run the university as against a governing council negated the law As we speak to you this university does not have any substantive officer The vice chancellor is acting deputy vice chancellor is acting bursar acting registrar acting librarian acting which is against the rules of any university he said The union leader decried the situation where all principal officers of the institution were appointed in acting capacities Osodoke however asserted that the only way to guarantee industrial harmony was for the state government to retract its decision and allow the union to run without interference He also called for the payment of salary arrears to the lecturers as well as the remittance of deductions for dues and contributions for cooperative Dr Cyril Onogbosele the AAU ASUU branch Chairman said the solidarity rally was to show there was no distinction between union in state and federal universities We want revitalisation of public universities We want better conditions of service infrastructural development universities autonomy That is what the strike is all about In AAU one of them is inadequate funding For a long time we have had these problems Workers have been denied our salaries for 19 months now Many of us are dying as a result of that We cannot meet our financial obligations to our families because of unpaid salaries he said The branch ASUU chairman claimed that no fewer than 19 lecturers had died because they could not afford medicare On his part the immediate past president of the union Prof Biodun Opeyemi said the union needed to rise up against the action of the state governor proscribing union activities in the state owned institution in order to deter other state governors from following Obaseki s step In her reaction Dr Joan Osa Oviawe thecstate Commissioner for Education said the state government was focused on prioritising the academic welfare of our students and ensuring that there is value for money Tertiary education she said was being revamped in the state to ensure that graduates were ready for the world of work and also skilled enough to be relevant in the 4th industrial revolution in a technology driven hyper modern world NAN reports the Edo government and the ASUU at the state owned institution had been at a loggerhead for years over accusations and counter accusations bordering on welfare of academic staff NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AAU Crisis: ASUU storms Ekpoma for solidarity rally 
    Education7 months ago

    AAU Crisis: ASUU storms Ekpoma for solidarity rally 

    The lingering industrial crisis at the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo, on Wednesday got worsen as the national leaders of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) staged a solidarity rally round the community.

    The rally, led by the National President of the union, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, caused gridlock at the centre of the town.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that chairmen of local branches and past presidents of the union joined in the protest that witnessed a large turnout of lecturers.

    Addressing newsmen beside the statue of the late former governor of old Bendel State, Prof. Ambrose Alli, Osodoke frowned at ASUU ban in the university by Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

    The governor, he said, lack the power to suspend a properly registered union such as ASUU that had the right to operate anywhere in the country.

    The ASUU president also noted that the setting up of Special Intervention Team (SIT), headed by an holder of Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE), to run the university as against a governing council negated the law.

    “As we speak to you, this university does not have any substantive officer.

    “The vice-chancellor is acting, deputy vice chancellor is acting, bursar acting, registrar acting, librarian acting, which is against the rules of any university,” he said.

    The union leader decried the situation where all principal officers of the institution were appointed in acting capacities.

    Osodoke, however, asserted that the only way to guarantee industrial harmony was for the state government to retract its decision and allow the union to run without interference.

    He also called for the payment of salary arrears to the lecturers as well as the remittance of deductions for dues and contributions for cooperative.

    Dr Cyril Onogbosele, the AAU ASUU branch Chairman, said the solidarity rally was to show there was no distinction between union in state and federal universities.

    “We want revitalisation of public universities. We want better conditions of service, infrastructural development, universities autonomy. That is what the strike is all about.

    “In AAU, one of them is inadequate funding. For a long time we have had these problems.

    “Workers have been denied our salaries for 19 months now.

    “Many of us are dying as a result of that. We cannot meet our financial obligations to our families because of unpaid salaries,” he said.

    The branch ASUU chairman claimed that no fewer than 19 lecturers had died because they could not afford medicare.

    On his part, the immediate past president of the union, Prof. Biodun Opeyemi, said the union needed to rise up against the action of the state governor, proscribing union activities in the state owned institution, in order to deter other state governors from following Obaseki’s step.

    In her reaction, Dr Joan Osa-Oviawe, thecstate Commissioner for Education, said the state government was focused on prioritising the academic welfare of our students and ensuring that there is value for money.

    Tertiary education, she said, was being revamped in the state to ensure that graduates were ready for the world of work and also skilled enough to be relevant in the 4th industrial revolution in a technology-driven, hyper modern world.

    NAN reports the Edo government and the ASUU at the state owned institution had been at a loggerhead for years over accusations and counter-accusations bordering on welfare of academic staff.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP on Tuesday debunked reports that he had no West Africa School Certificate WASC certificate Okowa said that he made the second best result in his set in the country in 1976 from Edo College Benin City Edo The governor made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after inspecting ongoing projects at the Delta State University of Science and Technology Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state He said that the issue around the certificate was deliberate wrong perception and unnecessary politics He explained that virtually all universities in the country offered him admission based on his outstanding performance in WASC and Higher School Certificate HSC Examination On the issue of my certificate I think it is a misconception People try to play politics with everything Yes I lost my WAEC certificate but I have the print out from Edo College Benin City which clearly stated that I have distinction in all subjects The Higher School Certificate was attached and it has been acknowledged by Edo College and the school put it out there that I made an A B B I do not pride myself but it was very difficult to make such grade in higher school at that time My high school result was the second best nationally in 1976 when I finished So many universities admitted me through Telegram as at that time and I had to start making choices of which to accept Of course it s very clear that I finished medical school at the University of Ibadan I was 21years and some months I was less than 22 years of age Okowa said On the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU the governor called on the Federal Government to expedite action in resolving the issues adding that every government should be sincere enough to keep to promises and agreements at all times We continue to sympathise with our students who have been at home for several months now rather than being in school I use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to do something urgently to end the strike It s not a good thing for the children parents and even education in general It is unfortunate that the Federal Government has not been able to attend to issues as requested by ASUU For every government if promises are made we must ensure that we keep to our promises and if there are things that cannot be done you let people know he said Okowa remarked that lecturers were not on strike in the four universities owned by the state For us in Delta State we are fulfilling all the requirements and that s why you can see that this university and our three other universities are all active and in session because we do not have any issues with our lecturers All our four universities are in session because we pay special attention to education in Delta State and our Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has also assured that education occupies a prime position in our Rescue Nigeria mission he said He expressed satisfaction with the Management of the university in Ozoro for successfully admitting 1 850 students in the first year disclosing that no fewer than 3 000 applicants chose the university as first choice in the new session starting in October That over 3 000 applicants have chosen the University of Science and Technology Ozoro as first choice is very heart warming and it goes to show that our decision to upgrade the Polytechnic to a University of Science and Technology is a very good decision he said He also commended the university for using the engineering students to execute some projects in the school We walked through some concrete paved roads executed by the university with engineering students and it is very encouraging that they are putting their students to practice and their lecturers also have the opportunity to practice what they teach You will recall in the same manner when the school was a polytechnic that they used their students and their engineering staff to build the stadium on the campus This is very encouraging because it is important that we actually ensure that our students are not only groomed up in theory but also put to practice what they learn and that s exactly what we look forward to Okowa said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WASC Certificate: I made second best national result 1976 – Okowa
     Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP on Tuesday debunked reports that he had no West Africa School Certificate WASC certificate Okowa said that he made the second best result in his set in the country in 1976 from Edo College Benin City Edo The governor made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after inspecting ongoing projects at the Delta State University of Science and Technology Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state He said that the issue around the certificate was deliberate wrong perception and unnecessary politics He explained that virtually all universities in the country offered him admission based on his outstanding performance in WASC and Higher School Certificate HSC Examination On the issue of my certificate I think it is a misconception People try to play politics with everything Yes I lost my WAEC certificate but I have the print out from Edo College Benin City which clearly stated that I have distinction in all subjects The Higher School Certificate was attached and it has been acknowledged by Edo College and the school put it out there that I made an A B B I do not pride myself but it was very difficult to make such grade in higher school at that time My high school result was the second best nationally in 1976 when I finished So many universities admitted me through Telegram as at that time and I had to start making choices of which to accept Of course it s very clear that I finished medical school at the University of Ibadan I was 21years and some months I was less than 22 years of age Okowa said On the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU the governor called on the Federal Government to expedite action in resolving the issues adding that every government should be sincere enough to keep to promises and agreements at all times We continue to sympathise with our students who have been at home for several months now rather than being in school I use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to do something urgently to end the strike It s not a good thing for the children parents and even education in general It is unfortunate that the Federal Government has not been able to attend to issues as requested by ASUU For every government if promises are made we must ensure that we keep to our promises and if there are things that cannot be done you let people know he said Okowa remarked that lecturers were not on strike in the four universities owned by the state For us in Delta State we are fulfilling all the requirements and that s why you can see that this university and our three other universities are all active and in session because we do not have any issues with our lecturers All our four universities are in session because we pay special attention to education in Delta State and our Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has also assured that education occupies a prime position in our Rescue Nigeria mission he said He expressed satisfaction with the Management of the university in Ozoro for successfully admitting 1 850 students in the first year disclosing that no fewer than 3 000 applicants chose the university as first choice in the new session starting in October That over 3 000 applicants have chosen the University of Science and Technology Ozoro as first choice is very heart warming and it goes to show that our decision to upgrade the Polytechnic to a University of Science and Technology is a very good decision he said He also commended the university for using the engineering students to execute some projects in the school We walked through some concrete paved roads executed by the university with engineering students and it is very encouraging that they are putting their students to practice and their lecturers also have the opportunity to practice what they teach You will recall in the same manner when the school was a polytechnic that they used their students and their engineering staff to build the stadium on the campus This is very encouraging because it is important that we actually ensure that our students are not only groomed up in theory but also put to practice what they learn and that s exactly what we look forward to Okowa said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WASC Certificate: I made second best national result 1976 – Okowa
    General news7 months ago

    WASC Certificate: I made second best national result 1976 – Okowa

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, debunked reports that he had no West Africa School Certificate (WASC) certificate. Okowa said that he made the second best result in his set in the country in 1976 from Edo College, Benin City, Edo. The governor  made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after inspecting ongoing projects at the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state. He said that the issue around the certificate was deliberate wrong perception and unnecessary politics. He explained that virtually all universities in the country offered him admission based on his outstanding performance in WASC and Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examination. “On the issue of my certificate, I think it is a misconception. People try to play politics with everything. “Yes, I lost my WAEC certificate, but I have the print out from Edo College, Benin City, which clearly stated that I have distinction in all subjects. “The Higher School Certificate was attached and it has been acknowledged by Edo College and the school put it out there that I made an ‘A’ `B’ `B’. “I do not pride myself but it was very difficult to make such grade in higher school at that time. “My high school result was the second best nationally in 1976, when I finished. So, many universities admitted me through Telegram as at that time, and I had to start making choices of which to accept. “Of course, it’s very clear that I finished medical school at the University of Ibadan. I was 21years and some months; I was less than 22 years of age,” Okowa said. On the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the governor called on the Federal Government to expedite action in resolving the issues, adding that every government should be sincere enough to keep to promises and agreements at all times. “We continue to sympathise with our students who have been at home for several months now rather than being in school. “I use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to do something urgently to end the strike. “It’s not a good thing for the children, parents and even education in general. It is unfortunate that the Federal Government has not been able to attend to issues, as requested by ASUU. “For every government, if promises are made, we must ensure that we keep to our promises and if there are things that cannot be done, you let people know,’’ he said. Okowa remarked that lecturers were not on strike in the four universities owned by the state. “For us in Delta State, we are fulfilling all the requirements and that’s why you can see that this university and our three other universities are all active and in session because we do not have any issues with our lecturers. “All our four universities are in session because we pay special attention to education in Delta State, and our Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has also assured that education occupies a prime position in our `Rescue Nigeria’ mission,” he said. He expressed satisfaction with the Management of the university in Ozoro for successfully admitting 1,850 students in the first year, disclosing that no fewer than 3,000 applicants chose the university as first choice in the new session, starting in October. “That over 3,000 applicants have chosen the University of Science and Technology, Ozoro,  as first choice is very heart-warming and it goes to show that our decision to upgrade the Polytechnic to a University of Science and Technology is a very good decision,” he said. He also  commended the university for using the engineering students to execute some projects in the school. “We walked through some concrete paved roads executed by the university with engineering students and it is very encouraging that they are putting their students to practice and their lecturers also have the opportunity to practice what they teach. “You will recall in the same manner when the school was a polytechnic that they used their students and their engineering staff to build the stadium on the campus. “This is very encouraging because it is important that we actually ensure that our students are not only groomed up in theory but also put to practice what they learn and that’s exactly what we look forward to,” Okowa said.

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  •  The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI has called for the removal of fuel subsidy to address the persistent fuel scarcity in the country LCCI s President Dr Michael Olawale Cole who said this at LCCI s Quarterly news conference on the State of the Economy in Lagos on Tuesday also stressed the need to boost local refining According to him the removal of fuel subsidy will reduce effects of the crises on production and prices in the country Olawale Cole said that the hike in prices of petroleum products globally as well as rising energy costs would most likely weigh on Nigeria s manufacturing outputs in the third quarter of the year According to him the price levels will continue to aggravate production costs which may lead to restrained manufacturing and eventual job losses He said that while the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN embarked on monetary tightening to tame inflation it should ensure that targeted concessionary credit to the private sector was sustained for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs Olawale Cole said that the chamber s position on the rising inflation rate was that government must invest more on boosting supply and cushioning the cost of production According to him the worsening security situation in many parts of the country will continue to threaten agricultural production manufacturing value chains and logistics Olawale Cole said that globally the combined forces of rising inflation weakening growth worsening disruption to supply chains from the Russia Ukraine war had heightened the concerns about stagflation He said that the fragile recovery from COVID 19 in some economies worsened poverty and recession had also raised concerns about stagflation Olawale Cole said that global growth projected to crash from 5 7 per cent in 2021 to 2 9 per cent in 2022 would likely remain low up to 2024 depending on the length of disruptions and the effectiveness of policy interventions We expect to experience some fiscal constraints because of debt overhang accompanied by a high debt service burden and heavy subsidy costs There are therefore heightened fears of contracting output constrained production and recession risks as we navigate the murky waters of 2022 Fuel subsidies should be removed and oil theft curtailed if not eliminated to provide fiscal space for subsidised production of goods and services as well as for infrastructure health and education financing he said The LCCI president recommended that agriculture output should be sustainably boosted and continued dependence on imports discouraged to ensure food security There is the need to address structural bottlenecks and regulatory constraints that contribute to the high cost of doing business A supportive and conducive investment environment is critical in facilitating private sector involvement in the economic recovery and growth process The government should initiate moves toward having cost reflective tariffs in the power sector as this will attract the needed investment to boost power supply and possibly end the frequent crashes of the national grid We should also begin to initiate special purpose interventions in boosting the deployment of renewable energy he said Olawale Cole called for more investment in export infrastructure enhanced and automated port operations tackled high production costs and boosted supply side of the foreign exchange to sustain the country s trade surplus of N1 2 trillion in the first quarter of 2022 He said that Nigeria needed to diversify its exports by boosting local refining capacity production of petrochemical products and accelerating reforms in the oil and gas sector to attract more foreign investments in the coming months Olawale Cole said that the war between Russia and Ukraine which had unexpectedly lingered engendered deeper fears about worsening food scarcity with more people falling into poverty and that supply chain disruptions may continue for the rest of the year According to him the most sustainable solution is for the government to boost local production of hitherto imported staples to levels that meet local demand He also charged the Federal Government to take seriously the completion of projects like the Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria This he said if tackled could make the country to explore the opportunity of exporting gas to Europe in the long term We should also target Trans Saharan and European markets with the ongoing construction of the Ajaokuta Kaduna and Kano Gas Pipeline popularly known as the AKK Gas Pipeline Arising from the calamities of this war Nigeria can explore emerging opportunities to earn huge foreign exchange inflow in the medium to long term he said On the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU ongoing strike Olawale Cole charged the government and the union to resolve the issues surrounding the education sector amicably According to him this will put an end to the negative impact of the strike on the business community The LCCI Lagos and the business community are concerned as this negative development can worsen our security challenges increase drug abuse among our youth and raise our social vices We cannot look to half baked graduates to build a prosperous economy Nigeria must begin to pay more attention to improving its latest Human Development Index HDI which stood at 161 out of 189 countries he said www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fuel scarcity: LCCI advocates fuel subsidy removal, increased domestic refining
     The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI has called for the removal of fuel subsidy to address the persistent fuel scarcity in the country LCCI s President Dr Michael Olawale Cole who said this at LCCI s Quarterly news conference on the State of the Economy in Lagos on Tuesday also stressed the need to boost local refining According to him the removal of fuel subsidy will reduce effects of the crises on production and prices in the country Olawale Cole said that the hike in prices of petroleum products globally as well as rising energy costs would most likely weigh on Nigeria s manufacturing outputs in the third quarter of the year According to him the price levels will continue to aggravate production costs which may lead to restrained manufacturing and eventual job losses He said that while the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN embarked on monetary tightening to tame inflation it should ensure that targeted concessionary credit to the private sector was sustained for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs Olawale Cole said that the chamber s position on the rising inflation rate was that government must invest more on boosting supply and cushioning the cost of production According to him the worsening security situation in many parts of the country will continue to threaten agricultural production manufacturing value chains and logistics Olawale Cole said that globally the combined forces of rising inflation weakening growth worsening disruption to supply chains from the Russia Ukraine war had heightened the concerns about stagflation He said that the fragile recovery from COVID 19 in some economies worsened poverty and recession had also raised concerns about stagflation Olawale Cole said that global growth projected to crash from 5 7 per cent in 2021 to 2 9 per cent in 2022 would likely remain low up to 2024 depending on the length of disruptions and the effectiveness of policy interventions We expect to experience some fiscal constraints because of debt overhang accompanied by a high debt service burden and heavy subsidy costs There are therefore heightened fears of contracting output constrained production and recession risks as we navigate the murky waters of 2022 Fuel subsidies should be removed and oil theft curtailed if not eliminated to provide fiscal space for subsidised production of goods and services as well as for infrastructure health and education financing he said The LCCI president recommended that agriculture output should be sustainably boosted and continued dependence on imports discouraged to ensure food security There is the need to address structural bottlenecks and regulatory constraints that contribute to the high cost of doing business A supportive and conducive investment environment is critical in facilitating private sector involvement in the economic recovery and growth process The government should initiate moves toward having cost reflective tariffs in the power sector as this will attract the needed investment to boost power supply and possibly end the frequent crashes of the national grid We should also begin to initiate special purpose interventions in boosting the deployment of renewable energy he said Olawale Cole called for more investment in export infrastructure enhanced and automated port operations tackled high production costs and boosted supply side of the foreign exchange to sustain the country s trade surplus of N1 2 trillion in the first quarter of 2022 He said that Nigeria needed to diversify its exports by boosting local refining capacity production of petrochemical products and accelerating reforms in the oil and gas sector to attract more foreign investments in the coming months Olawale Cole said that the war between Russia and Ukraine which had unexpectedly lingered engendered deeper fears about worsening food scarcity with more people falling into poverty and that supply chain disruptions may continue for the rest of the year According to him the most sustainable solution is for the government to boost local production of hitherto imported staples to levels that meet local demand He also charged the Federal Government to take seriously the completion of projects like the Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria This he said if tackled could make the country to explore the opportunity of exporting gas to Europe in the long term We should also target Trans Saharan and European markets with the ongoing construction of the Ajaokuta Kaduna and Kano Gas Pipeline popularly known as the AKK Gas Pipeline Arising from the calamities of this war Nigeria can explore emerging opportunities to earn huge foreign exchange inflow in the medium to long term he said On the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU ongoing strike Olawale Cole charged the government and the union to resolve the issues surrounding the education sector amicably According to him this will put an end to the negative impact of the strike on the business community The LCCI Lagos and the business community are concerned as this negative development can worsen our security challenges increase drug abuse among our youth and raise our social vices We cannot look to half baked graduates to build a prosperous economy Nigeria must begin to pay more attention to improving its latest Human Development Index HDI which stood at 161 out of 189 countries he said www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fuel scarcity: LCCI advocates fuel subsidy removal, increased domestic refining
    Economy7 months ago

    Fuel scarcity: LCCI advocates fuel subsidy removal, increased domestic refining

    The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), has called for the removal of fuel subsidy to address the persistent fuel scarcity in the country.

    LCCI’s President, Dr Michael Olawale-Cole, who said this at LCCI’s Quarterly news conference on the State of the Economy in Lagos on Tuesday, also stressed the need to boost local refining.

    According to him, the removal of fuel subsidy will reduce effects of the crises on production and prices in the country.

    Olawale-Cole said that the hike in prices of petroleum products globally as well as rising energy costs would most likely weigh on Nigeria’s manufacturing outputs in the third quarter of the year.

    According to him, the price levels will continue to aggravate production costs, which may lead to restrained manufacturing and eventual job losses.

    He said that while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) embarked on monetary tightening to tame inflation, it should ensure that targeted concessionary credit to the private sector was sustained for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

    Olawale-Cole said that the chamber’s position on the rising inflation rate was that government must invest more on boosting supply and cushioning the cost of production.

    According to him, the worsening security situation in many parts of the country will continue to threaten agricultural production, manufacturing value chains, and logistics.

    Olawale-Cole said that globally, the combined forces of rising inflation, weakening growth, worsening disruption to supply chains from the Russia-Ukraine war, had heightened the concerns about stagflation.

    He said that the fragile recovery from COVID-19 in some economies, worsened poverty and recession had also raised concerns about stagflation.

    Olawale-Cole said that global growth, projected to crash from 5.7 per cent in 2021 to 2.9 per cent in 2022, would likely remain low up to 2024, depending on the length of disruptions and the effectiveness of policy interventions.

    “We expect to experience some fiscal constraints because of debt overhang accompanied by a high debt service burden and heavy subsidy costs.

    “There are, therefore, heightened fears of contracting output, constrained production, and recession risks as we navigate the murky waters of 2022.

    “Fuel subsidies should be removed and oil theft curtailed if not eliminated, to provide fiscal space for subsidised production of goods and services as well as for infrastructure, health, and education financing,’’  he said.

    The LCCI president recommended that agriculture output should be sustainably boosted, and continued dependence on imports discouraged to ensure food security.

    “There is the need to address structural bottlenecks and regulatory constraints that contribute to the high cost of doing business.

    “A supportive and conducive investment environment is critical in facilitating private sector involvement in the economic recovery and growth process.

    “The government should initiate moves toward having cost-reflective tariffs in the power sector, as this will attract the needed investment to boost power supply and possibly end the frequent crashes of the national grid.

    “We should also begin to initiate special-purpose interventions in boosting the deployment of renewable energy,’’ he said.

    Olawale-Cole called for more investment in export infrastructure, enhanced and automated port operations, tackled high production costs, and boosted supply-side of the foreign exchange, to sustain the country’s trade surplus of N1.2 trillion in the first quarter of 2022.

    He said that Nigeria needed to diversify its exports by boosting local refining capacity, production of petrochemical products, and accelerating reforms in the oil and gas sector to attract more foreign investments in the coming months.

    Olawale-Cole said that the war between Russia and Ukraine, which had unexpectedly lingered, engendered deeper fears about worsening food scarcity, with more people falling into poverty, and that supply chain disruptions may continue for the rest of the year.

    According to him, the most sustainable solution is for the government to boost local production of hitherto imported staples to levels that meet local demand.

    He also charged the Federal Government to take seriously the completion of projects like the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline, a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria.

    This he said if tackled could make the country to explore the opportunity of exporting gas to Europe in the long-term.

    “We should also target Trans-Saharan and European markets with the ongoing construction of the Ajaokuta, Kaduna, and Kano Gas Pipeline, popularly known as the AKK Gas Pipeline.

    “Arising from the calamities of this war, Nigeria can explore emerging opportunities to earn huge foreign exchange inflow in the medium to long-term,’’ he said.

    On the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ongoing strike, Olawale-Cole charged the government and the union to resolve the issues surrounding the education sector amicably.

    According to him, this will put an end to the negative impact of the strike on the business community.

    “The LCCI Lagos and the business community are concerned, as this negative development can worsen our security challenges, increase drug abuse among our youth, and raise our social vices.

    “We cannot look to half-baked graduates to build a prosperous economy.

    “Nigeria must begin to pay more attention to improving its latest Human Development Index (HDI) which stood at 161 out of 189 countries,’’ he said. (www

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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