Four labour Unions of the University of Lagos have condemned the purported removal of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, by the governing council, describing it as unjust and illegal.
This is contained in a statement jointly issued at the end of a joint meeting of the four staff unions, on Thursday in Lagos.
The four unions are the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Senior Staff Union of Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologies (NATTS).
The chairmen who signed the resolution include Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Dele Ashiru, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Mr Olusola Sowunmi, Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Mr Ajibade Kehinde, National Association Academics of Technologies (NAAT), NASU chairman of College of Medicine (CMUL), Idi-Araba, Mr Tunde Aderibigbe and SSANU Secretary, CMUL, Mr Ayo Alli.
The unions unanimously condemned the removal.
”Our unions are surprised that a council constituted by law and chaired by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) could violently and lawlessly violate the law of the University of Lagos in the said removal of the vice chancellor.
”According to the University of Lagos Act, laws and practice of other universities not only in Nigeria, but in other civilised climes, a principal officer cannot be removed on flimsy excuses without regard to laws.
”The four unions of all workers in the university of Lagos, hereby declare the removal of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, illegal on the following grounds.
”No notification to the vice-chancellor on the allegations against him, no investigation panel was set up to investigate the allegations against him, in line with the university’s Act.
”There was also lack of fair hearing, as there was no formal report from any investigative committee,” they said.
They noted that there was no consideration of report of an investigative committee since none was set-up as provided for, in the institution’s law.
”It is against the foregoing background that the staff unions of the university condemn in its totality, the purported removal of our vice-chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; it is illegal, vexatious, unjust, vindictive and tantamounts to jungle justice.
”We, therefore, affirm our absolute confidence in the leadership of Prof. Toyin Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.
”Therefore, the position of the vice-chancellor of University of Lagos is not vacant.
”Our unions are using this medium to call on the Minister of Education and the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to stop this act of lawlessness being perpetrated by Dr Wale Babalakin-led University of Lagos Governing Council, given its potential for causing disharmony and instability in the University of Lagos.
”We take this opportunity to call on all our members and other stakeholders in the University of Lagos to continue to maintain peace and go about their normal businesses with the assurances that the Federal Government of Nigeria will stop this illegality in the interest of the rule of law and justice without further delay,” the unions said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)https://nnn.ng/unnilag-vc-position-not-vacant-workers-unions/
Commandant urges NAFRC trainees, retirees to be mindful of swindlers
The Commandant made this known at the thanksgiving service held for officers who graduated from the Senior/Mid-Level Officers’ Entrepreneurship and Management Course 01/2020 and NAFRC Trainees Course 02/2020.
The thanksgiving service held at the Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC.
Lar said that it was typical of some criminally-minded people to want to dupe the retirees of their hard earned money, thereby urging to also be wary of quick money making schemes.
“Typically, we live in a society where there are many criminally-minded people who don’t care what labour you went through to be able to acquire the small resources you have.
“So, sometimes these people pick on gullible people in the society and sometimes innocent people who are looking for an investment to put their resources, they get duped and lose their hard earned income.
“So, our trainees, particularly those that are retiring after this course who have served 35 years and some less, courtesy of the current administration of government, retirement benefits have been enhanced substantially,” he said.
The Commandant urged the retirees on careful appraisal of business opportunities in order to ensure that they spend their benefits wisely.
“So, my advice to them is that they should be careful how they handle the resources that would be given to them when they finally disengage, they should shine their eyes.
“My advice is that they should be careful what they invest in and be careful who they relate with because alot of fair-weather friends will want to come around them to try to take the little that they have,” he said.
Lar said that the trainees/retirees have been provided with the skills they need in case of additional income asides their benefits.
“We have provided them with entrepreneurship skill, management skills ,some vocational training to be able to cope, if they want additional income.
“Because, like I said the benefits are actually enough for them to live well after retirement. But to be engaged in doing other things, some of them might want to invest,” he said.
Reacting to other para-military, government agencies joining the scheme, the commandant said that he was elated that other sister agencies joined the course.
“I am delighted because when I came in I discovered that this Centre is a national asset where we can train not just the Armed Forces but every Nigerian that is qualified.
“So, I am happy to announce that both the senior officers entrepreneurship course, mid level and the trainees course, all of them have people from the para-military and from strategic ministries, department and agencies of government.
“We have from Customs, Defence Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Agency ,Department of State Services and also from Resettlement Centre ,we selected some of our senior civilian staffs and officers to participate in the three courses.
“For me it is a thing of joy to see that they have made friends, establish linkages that will be useful to them,” he said.
He also thanked the Defence Headquarters for approving for other sister agencies to join the training scheme.
“The Centre is already known to be a Centre of excellence for vocational training ,what is different is that we now have people who didn’t know about it joining.
“The centre of what we are doing here is agriculture. So, we expect them to go back and feed the nation, feed their communities and make money in the process and also improve their feeding,” he said.
Navy Lt. (Rev. Fr.) Maurice Vandu, the Chaplain of Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC, also enjoined the trainees/retirees to continue to be good ambassadors of the Armed Forces.
He urged them to utilise their benefits judiciously and also put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired.
Maj. Isah Yakubu, the Imam, NAFRC Mosque on Sept. 18 who preached on repentance and forgiveness, urged the retirees to forgive anyone who may have offended them during their service years and training.
The various courses conducted in the centre include Agriculture which comprise of Rabbitry, Fisheries etc, Engineering, Technical, Management, Security etc.
NAN reports that the institution plays a crucial role in preparing military personnel for economically useful life after service.
The Passing Out Ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 25.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway
Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway
Zaria (Kaduna State) Capt. AbdulSalam Mohammed, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, says encroachment of the college’s land has interrupted its plan to expand its runway from 1.6 kilometers to 2.4 kilometers to accommodate commercial aircraft.
The rector, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Zaria, said the expansion for the runway was necessary to enhance the college training capacity and accommodate modern aircraft on commercial purposes.
Mohammed noted that the 1.6 Kilometer runway was originally designed for the type of aircraft used for training, but over the years the college had acquired a lot of bigger aircraft.
“Recently, the Vice-President visited Zaria to condole with the family of a youth corps member that was killed, his aircraft could not land in Zaria because it was very big, so he landed in Kaduna and came down to Zaria by a helicopter,’’ Mohammed said.
He said said the college was forced to suspend its expansion plans, as part of the land for such extension was still in dispute.
“Only when we upgrade the runway, the college airport as it is now cannot accommodate commercial operation,” he added.
According to him, the land in dispute was issued in 1964, with official documents clearly showing the demarcation of the college land.
He added that there was also documentary evidence that farmers who owned the land at that time were paid full compensation about 55 years ago.
“Most of the people that are laying claim to the land now either bought it from third party or are probably the grand children of the original owners.
“As far as we are concerned, they are not entitled to any compensation since the original owners were paid compensation.
“As you know, the case was before the law court that is what stopped us from going further. We have to allow the court to determine the cases,’’ he said.
The rector said once the legal issues were resolved, the college would execute the expansion plans.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed https://nnn.ng/land-dispute-stalls-aviation-college-plan-to-expand-runway/
Good work without faith is philanthropy – Bishop Martins
The Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Alfred Martins, says good work without faith in God is philanthropy, which will not lead anyone to salvation.
Martins made this assertion during his homily at the Sunday Mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos.
He said goodwork without faith was philanthropy, which cannot take anyone to heaven.
“In the gospel of the day taken from the book of Mathew 20 from verse 1-16, Martins said it was the mercy of God and not people’s good work that would take them to heaven.
“If God is generous to other people, we need not to be envious. We need to be contented,” he said.
He added that everyone should always plead for the mercy of God, adding that it was His mercy, that brings forgiveness and salvation.
While citing the example of the thief that died with Jesus, he said the thief did not have so many good works but Jesus had mercy on him and he was saved.
He prayed that our sacrifice would be acceptable by the Father in Jesus Name.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the first reading was taken from Isaiah 55 verse 6-9, while the second reading was from Philippians 1 verse 20.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide
Okiro urges peaceful coexistence among Ex-Niger Delta agitators, Nigerians
A former Inspector- General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro has called for peaceful coexistence among members of the Ex-Niger Delta agitators and other citizens of the country.
A statement by Mr Supreme Ibitomi, Special Asssitant, Media to Okiro said he made the call when leaders of the ex-agitators visited him on Sunday in Abuja.
He advised them to be peaceful wherever they found themselves as it was the only panacea to development in a heterogenous country like Nigeria.
The former police boss thanked the group for embracing the presidential amnesty programme of the Federal Government and urged them to be law abiding.
Earlier, the leader of the ex-agitators, Mr Awe Akuke said they were indebted to Okiro for the role he played in the actualisation of the amnesty programme.
Akuke said that many of them would have been dead by now if not that they resolved to embrace the amnesty by the federal government.
The group, which comprised of leaders of phase one, two and three of the programme, expressed gratitude to Okiro, who they referred to as “Father of Amnesty”.
In a related development, Okiro has advised the leaders of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), to always carry their members along in decision making to minimize friction, rancour and suspicion.
Okiro gave the advice when leaders of the group led by the pioneer secretary and chairman of the Elders Council, Abuja chapter, visited him in Abuja.
He assured them of his support in the quest to unite and work towards an enduring peace in the Niger Delta.
Earlier, leader of the group, Mr. Braye Odiowei, Chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Elders Council, said the visit was to expressed their gratitude and invite the former police boss to their upcoming general election.
He said that the council has resolved to make Okiro its life patron in recognition of his contributions to the development of the region and the Ijaws in particular over the years.
The chairman said that Okiro has always being in the forefront in protecting the interests of the people of the region and had never disappointed them. ( NAN)
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Felix Ajide