The University of Jos Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended the previously issued stay-at-home order and ordered its members to resume teaching.
Associate Professor Lazarus Maigoro, president of ASUU at the university, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Jos.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the chapter, after its November 4 congress, asked its members to stop teaching due to their withheld and half-paid salaries.
Maigoro, who said the chapter's decision was subject to the decision of his national body, announced that he had suspended the previous directives.
“After receiving feedback at our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on November 7, our members resolved to drop the decision to sit or work from home.
“We also reaffirm our commitment to the ability of our top officials to handle the matter properly.
“This implies that our members have fully returned to work on campus,” said Maigoro.
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The University of Jos chapter of ASUU says its members will not return to lecture theatres until their withheld salaries are paid.Chairman of the chapter, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, stated on Friday in Jos that the chapter members were not on another strike.He added that the decision to stay at home was taken at a congress held on Friday.The national body of ASUU suspended its eight-month old strike on Oct.14, following a court order directing union members to resume lectures and an intervention by the House of Representatives leadership.Maigoro explained that part of the agreement reached with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila was that 50 per cent of withheld salaries would be paid with immediate effect.“As we speak, only 17 days prorated October salary was paid to our members by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation “In view of the bottleneck on the payment of backlog of salaries, the congress of ASUU at the University of Jos met and resolved to stay at home until the withheld salaries are paid.“We are not on another strike, though.“For the avoidance of doubt, our members are back to work, willing and ready to teach but are unable to work.“Based on the revised academic calendar for the 20202021 session approved by the Senate of the university, lectures should have started, but the lack of payment of salaries has constrained our members from going to the classrooms to teach,’’ he stated.According to Maigoro, the decision not to teach means that students who have resumed will wait indefinitely while lecturers await the payment of withheld salaries.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
An Information Technology firm, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) says it has opened its first office in Lagos, Nigeria.
A statement on Tuesday by Ms Amrote Abdella, the firm’s Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, said the office was to reinforce its commitment to Africa.
Abdella said that the new Lagos office was part of AWS’s support for the growing number of customers and partners in Nigeria.
AWS, a subsidiary of Amazon, offers website hosting, backup, digital marketing, analytics, application integration, blockchain, networking, and other related services to clients worldwide.
“With a local presence, AWS will support new and existing customers looking to use AWS products and services to innovate, lower their information technology (IT) costs, and grow their organizations in the cloud.
“We are excited to open our first AWS office in Nigeria, Lagos offers a highly skilled and creative talent pool, and the area is home to many fast-growing startups and notable Nigerian enterprises leading the way in digital innovation.
“We look forward to fostering the country’s pioneering spirit and helping our customers accelerate their digital transformation as they deliver innovative new products and services to the Nigerian community,’’ Abdella said.
Abdella said AWS Activate provides startups with the resources they need to get started on AWS, including up to $100,000 in credits, training, support, and contact with incubators, accelerators, and venture capital firms.
According to her, AWS Academy helps university students and educators develop knowledge and skills about AWS Cloud computing, to accelerate cloud-related learning.
The regional manager said that AWS Academy member institutions in Nigeria included the University of Benin, University of Jos, and Igbinedion University.
The Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun, has approved the appointment of Dr Joseph Petinrin, as the Acting Rector of the institution, with effect from Nov. 3. The Chairman of the Council, Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada (rtd.
), presented the appointment letter, dated Oct. 27, to Petinrin at a sent-off organised for the outgoing rector, Dr John Adekolawole, on Saturday in Ede. Jekada, while presenting the letter, said that the appointment of Petinrin was sequel to the expiration of the tenure of the outgoing tenure, Adekolawole on Oct. 31. Until his appointment, Petinrin was the Deputy Rector (Academics).
Born on Sept. 2, 1962 in Ipetu Ijesa, Oriade Local Government Area of Osun, Petinrin studied at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma in 1988. He also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma (Technical Education) from the University of Jos in 1991 and a Master in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure in 1998, as well as a doctorate from the Universiti Teknologi, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia in 2015. Jekada, however, appealed to members of the polytechnic to support the acting rector to make the institution a better place.
Jekada, who described the outgoing rector as a hardworking person, said that he performed creditably during his tenure.
“I don’t have any regrets working with the outgoing rector.
If I am to grade his performance, I will give him 95 per cent.
“Everybody should, therefore, be thinking of how to make this place a better place.
The rector is going but the institution remains.
“Pending the time a substantive rector will be appointed, the acting rector was elected according to the Polytechnic Act and everything was done to get a capable hand to continue the good work”, he said.
In his remarks, the acting rector said he would continue from where the outing rector stopped.
He solicited the support and co-operation of all the lecturers and union leaders for him to succeed.
Petinrin, however, said that he would not tolerate indiscipline and corruption.
“Let us work together to raise the standards of this institution and bring its glory together”, he said.
In his remarks, the outgoing rector expressed appreciation to the staff and students for their support.
The University of Jos has appointed Prof. Joash Amupitan, as its Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration.
Abdullahi Abdullahi, the Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications of the University, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Jos. Abdullahi said that the appointment was ratified by the Senate of the university, adding that it is subject to confirmation by the institution’s Governing Council.
”The university senate at its third Special meeting for the 20202021 Academic Session, in accordance with the Law governing the university, considered the nomination of two candidates put forward by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, and selected Prof. Joash Amupitan for appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration).
”The appointment which is for a renewable term of two years is subject to confirmation by the University’s Governing Council,” he said.
Amupitan, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is a professor of Law with specialty and experience in Law of Evidence, Corporate Governance, Corporate Law and Privatisation Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree in 1987 at University of Jos and was called to Bar in 1997. The new DVC joined the services of the University in 1987 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose through the ranks to attain the position of Reader in 2003 and Professor in 2008.
Students who are participating in the Students Entrepreneurship Activities-Hub (SEA-Hub) in Plateau State have expressed enthusiasm that the programme would make them job creators rather than job seekers in the future.
The student entrepreneurs were speaking during a media tour of some schools involved in the SEA-Hub programme in Jos on Tuesday.
The tour was conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Nigeria, in collaboration with the Plateau State Government.
SEA-Hub is a Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme (SEDAN) programmes implemented by GIZ to introduce basic entrepreneurship training for secondary schools.
Since the inception of SEA-Hub, over 30,000 school students have been reached in 342 schools across the participating states.
Also, over 300 SEA-Hub graduates now run their personal businesses, translating to 1-2 jobs created.
One of such beneficiaries is Joseph Okoli, who was trained when he was a student of Government Secondary School, Township, Jos. Okoli, who now runs J-Creations, a printing and graphic arts startup, said SEA-Hub opened his eyes and mind to self-reliance.
“My first attraction to the programme was the title we put in front of our names as members.
It made me feel important.
“SEA-Hub unlocked my passion for printing and graphic arts and how to convert my passion into a proper business,” he said.
Such was Okoli’s success under the programme that his former school principal retained him as a staff adviser to mentor other students.
On his part, Reuben Gadu, a former student of Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, said his business was on a verge of collapse due to poor business management skills when he encountered SEA-Hub. “I was already a student entrepreneur.
I was running my bakery but inexperience about bookkeeping and other business management skills was killing the business.
“After I had SEA-Hub training, my financial literacy and business management skill improved and I was able to save my business,” he said.
Gadu, whose Benlice Bakery has returned to profitmaking, has created the SEA-Hub alumni in the state to capture more young people towards self-reliance.
Current members of SEA-Hub at Gadu’s former school, led by Paul Watson and Leeway Leo, also presented their entrepreneurship activities during a visit to the school.
On display were biogas energy generated from cow and pig dung, vertical sac farming technology and furniture made of recycled plastic wastes.
Watson and Leo are also preparing for the forthcoming SEA-Hub national entrepreneurship competition and exhibition slated for Abuja on Oct. 24. For Joy Amos, SEA-Hub was a lifesaver through which she has been able to train over 10 young people and, so far, funded her university education.
The 21-year-old 200-level student of Plant Science and Biotechnology at the University of Jos said SEA-Hub has taught her persistence and determination.
“I joined SEA-Hub in 2018. When I left secondary school in 2019, I started my beauty shop and it has helped me both financially and through ASUU strike,” she said.
The Management of the University of Jos has announced Oct. 17 as resumption date for registration exercise for its newly admitted undergraduate and postgraduate students for the 20202021 academic session.
Abdullahi Abdullahi, the Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications of the University, announced this in a statement on Monday in Jos. According to him, the resumption of the registration exercise is in preparatory to full resumption of academic activities.
“In view of the suspension of the strike earlier embarked upon by the university-based staff unions, management of the University of Jos has approved the continuation of registration exercise for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the university for the 20202021 academic Session.
“This is in preparatory to the full resumption of academic activities for the First Semester, 20202021 academic session which was suspended due to the strike.
“All students who have yet to register are advised to do so between Oct. 17 and Oct. 30,” he said.
Abdulahi further said that the management of the institution had approved the immediate commencement of cleaning, fumigation and maintenance services at the various campuses, hostels and other facilities in readiness for the full commencement of activities in the university for the current Session.
He added that the university’s Senate is expected to meet soon and review its calendar to decide on the period lectures and other academic activities will officially resume.
Poultry Association of Nigeria in Plateau says it has donated 20 crates of eggs to no fewer than 600 pupils of Jos-based Obasanjo Model School to mark the 2022 World Egg Day.Speaking during at the event, Mr Johnson Bagudu, the chairman of the association in the state said that the gesture was aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle among the youngsters.
Bagudu said that the theme of the year “Eggs for Better Life is timely”, insisting that everyone needs egg for proper growth and development.
Bagudu, who maintained that egg remained an important food that nourishes the body, called on parents to ensure that their children eats the delicacy on daily basis.
“Egg is very key to growth and development of children; it is also very good for adults too.
“In spite of the economic challenge, egg is still affordable and we expect Nigerians to consume at least one daily“We are here to mark this special day with this pupils and encourage them to consume egg from this tender age,” he said.
In a short presentation, Dr Boman Stephen, a nutritionist from University of Jos Teaching Hospital, emphasised the importance of egg as food to children’s development.
Stephen, who was represented by Miss Naimat Salahuddeen, said that eggs “are healthy for heart, a good source of protein and provide good cholesterols to the body, among other relevance.
She, however, warned that eggs must be handled properly to avoid contamination which could lead to sickness.
The nutritionist appealed to parents to feed their children with an egg daily for proper growth and development.
The Students’ Union Government (SUG) of Nigerian Universities has called on the government at all levels to create economic opportunity and inclusion to tackle drugs and substance abuse by youths.The SUG President of the University of Jos, Mr Danladi Adankala made the call during an event to mark the World Mental Health Day on Monday in Jos. The event was organised by the West Action Network on Small Arms(WAANSA) in collaboration with Nigerian Association of Students.Adankala said that the government must create more and practicable economic opportunities for the youth.He expressed concerns over the prolonged strike in universities.”The prolonged strike has made many students idle, which may make them indulge in drug abuse .“Substance abuse goes hand in hand with idleness.When the youth is engaged, this would forestall drug use and abuse,” he said.Speaking at the event, a Registered Mental Health and Psychiatric Nurse , Malam Umar Auwal-Tilde expressed concern over the near lack of psychiatric hospitals in the north.Auwal-Tilde called on state governments to establish psychiatric hospitals.”Out of the about 60 per cent of patients admitted in psychiatric wards or clinics, 50 per cent are drug abuse related, which requires concerted efforts to address,” he said.In his remarks, Mr Mustapha Umar, the Commander of Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Plateau, said that public enlightenment was critical in the fight on drug abuse.Represented by the Deputy Commander of Operations, Musa Maina , he thanked WAANSA for their efforts in the fight against drug abuse saying, “ NDLEA will provide the necessary assistance to support NGOs fighting drugs abuse”.Earlier in his remarks, the President of WAANSA Nigeria, Mr Temitope Lamidi appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to include the NDLEA talks with the Academic Staff Union of Universities and federal government negotiations to end the prolonged strike.Lamidi represented by the National Vice President, Alhaji Aminu Saleh described the strike as affecting the mental health of parents and children and has negative impact on the peace and security of the country.“WAANSA Nigeria is concerned over the negative impact of drugs to mental health and well being,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Mental day is celebrated annually on Oct 10, to raise awareness on mental health around the world, and to mobilise efforts to support those experiencing mental health issues.The 2022 theme is “Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority”.The days was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.NAN reports that the UN said nearly one billion people out of the 7.98 billion population suffer from some form of mental disorder.To make matters worse, the world body said, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of common conditions such as depression and anxiety, went up by more than 25 per cent.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) has called for the establishment of special desks in the police force to handle cases of People With Disabilities (PWDs).
The Chairperson of FIDA in Plateau, Mrs Felicia Achilefu, made the call at a sensitisation programme organised for PWDs on Friday in Jos. The programme tagged: “Persons with Disability and Gender Based Violence” was organised by the Peace Advancement Action Against Violence and Rape Foundation in partnership with Leadership Empowerment Advocacy Humanitarian foundation.
The FIDA official said that the personnel attached to the desk should be trained on handling issues of PWDs, adding that the training should include communication skills, especially the use of sign language for the hearing impaired.
In her presentation entitled: “Identifying different ways to end violence among PWDs”, she called on government to also establish special courts for PWDs to accelerate their hearings for justice to encourage them to report cases and build their confidence and trust in the judiciary.
She urged the PWDs to be knowledgeable of their rights and collaborate with stakeholders such as the media to be administered justice while also propagating their needs for appropriate action.
In her remarks, the Team Lead of Peace Advancement Action Against Violence and Rape Foundation, Mrs Vivien Abara, said that the event was organised to create awareness amongst PWDs on their rights and avenue to seek redress when they are infringed.
She said that the organisation “offers psychosocial support to PWDs who experience Gender-Based Violence(GBV)”.
She also said that the foundation recorded 20 cases, comprising three males and 17 women within a month on domestic and sexual violence and emotional abuse.
Prof. Emelukan Yinka from the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science, University of Jos, said that reports indicated that 28 per cent of women with disability had been sexually abused.
He said to address GBV all states should domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act and traditional leaders should be committed to protect the rights of women against violence, while nurturing new cultures that do not tolerate GBV.
He added that Women could establish GBV support groups to challenge men who beat their wives and anyone who perpetrates any form of violence against women and girls, while social and civic studies in schools should include sensitization on GBV.
Responding on behalf the participants, Miss Christabel Ndah, thanked the organisers for the programme, saying it had enlightened them on their rights and channels to seek justice when their rights are violated.