Unions Protest, Shut Down Federal Ministry of Science And Technology

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutes (ASURI) and workers at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology have downed their tools, shutting down the Ministry.

The workers are calling for the removal of the Permanent Secretary of the Institute, Dr Shamaki, accusing her of frustrating the activities of the research institutions.

The workers have also embarked on a three-day warning strike across the nation.

The protesters, on Monday, walked into the office complex, locking up offices thereby bringing activities at the ministry to a halt.

They also occupied the gate of the ministry, bearing placards with various inscriptions, calling for the dismissal of the Permanent Secretary.

The Secretary-General of ASURI, Theophilus Ndubuaku told Channels Television that the Permanent Secretary has refused to recognise top officials appointed by the Minister of Science and Technology.

“The Permanent Secretary of this Ministry has refused to recognise three executives of the research institution that were appointed by the Minister. These three research institutions are the biggest in Nigeria.

“She walked out the acting EVC from a meeting at the research institute some few weeks ago and said that she does not recognise his appointment,” Ndubuaku said.

He, then, called on the Secretary to the government and the Minister of Science and Technology to intervene in the crisis.

Ndubuaku threatened that the three-day warning strike will continue if no response is gotten from the Federal Government.

Research Institutes Demand Inclusion In TETFund

HIV/AIDS, Nigerian SenateThe Academic Staff Union of Research Institutes in Nigeria has staged a protest to the National Assembly to demand inclusion of all research institutes and colleges of agriculture as beneficiaries of interventions from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

The protesters barricaded the entrance of the National Assembly on Monday, chanting solidarity songs, as security officials refused to allow the group into the premises of the National Assembly.

Addressing journalists, the Secretary General of the union, Mr Theophilus Ndubuakwu, said that the protest was to demand for the inclusion of colleges of agriculture and research institutions as beneficiaries of the interventions from TETFund.

He called on the House Committee on Tertiary Education to make the inclusion as it begins deliberations on the amendment of the act that established TETFund about five years ago.