ASUU Members Seek Redeployment Of Edo CP

The Ambrose Ali University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Ekpoma, Edo state, has called for the immediate redeployment of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Haliru Gwandu.

The union members made this call while briefing journalists in the state capital, that one of its member was allegedly brutalised.

While the news of the alleged brutality had gone viral, the Edo Police boss stated that there was never a time that the professor came to complain about any of his men.

In another development, while parading suspected criminals at the Force headquarters, Mr Gwandu told journalists that arms were recovered from some senior lecturers at the AAU. He also accused them of mentoring young cultists.

Display of arms and parade of suspects

In reaction, a representative of ASUU said the allegations were unfounded adding that it was a calculated attempt to bring the name of the institution to disrepute.

The union therefore questioned the authenticity of the allegations, asking the CP to explain how the Force came about such information.

“Where was this wonderful arrest of professors made? – How come the commissioner’s disclosure of alleged discovery of 14 dead bodies is coming on the heels of the protest of our union over the police brutalization of Professor Sunday Edeku,” the union questioned.

Currently, both parties have insisted that they are acting lawfully. However, only time would tell how the tussle would be finally resolved.

ASUU Owerri Zone Demands Immediate Payment Of Emoluments

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendment Executive members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Owerri Zone, comprising five universities in Anambra, Imo, and Abia states, have raised their voices against the persistent shortfalls in payment of their emoluments by the Federal and State Governments.

In a press briefing in Awka, the Anambra State capital, the representative of the Zonal Coordinator and Chairperson of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Mr Uzochukwu Onyebinama, noted that the ASUU has been battling this issue since 2015.

While highlighting the various amounts owed the universities in the region, Mr Onyebinama stated that the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, had been experiencing steady shortfalls in payment and as at January 2017 it had amounted to over 88 million Naira and hit 170 million Naira in February.

That of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri, as at February 2017 was put at 157 million Naira, while the situation at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture had increased to 136 million Naira.

Mr Onyebinama then stated that they were not demanding new salaries, rather, they were demanding what was legitimately theirs.

He maintained that the issue was capable of truncating the smooth running of programmes in universities across the country.

He therefore demanded an immediate payment of all emoluments, saying “We unequivocally demand the immediate release of payment of our entire outstanding salaries and remittance of all authorized deductions in order to avert the impending industrial disharmony in our universities”.

UNIUYO ASUU Commences Week-Long Industrial Action

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendmentMembers of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Uyo chapter, on Wednesday commenced a seven-day industrial action, in line with the directive of the national secretariat of the union.

A Channels Television correspondent who monitored the exercise in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, reported that the warning strike paralysed academic activities at the town campus of the University of Uyo.

Students were seen in groups obviously discussing the development, while those who came for early morning lectures were disappointed, as there was no lecture in sight.

OOU_Students-ProtestSome of the students who spoke to Channels Television, confirmed the industrial action and appealed to the federal government to find a lasting solution to the problem in the interest of their future.

One of the students, expressing sadness over the situation, said: “as we speak, I am supposed to have a lecture but right now, nothing is happening in school – No lectures, we are not happy about it because it will affect the number of years we spend here.

“We are calling on the federal government to do something urgent to solve the problem for the sake of our future.

Another student lamenting, said “I have no choice but to go back home because nothing is going on here. I am not happy about it. I pray for a quick resolution of the problem so we can face our studies.

Chairman of ASUU, University Of Uyo Chapter, Dr Aniekan Brown, who personally monitored the exercise to ensure compliance also spoke to Channels Television.

Seemingly unperturbed, she said, “I am glad to announce that the strike has enjoyed 100% compliance in line with the directive of the national secretariat of the union.

“The one week warning strike is informed by the inability of the federal government to honor the agreement reached with ASUU on a number of issues, which you already know.

“The most important, being that the public universities are still underfunded.”

While she stressed that all public universities in the country are expected to take part in the exercise, she added that “some of our colleagues are still receiving factional salaries and so on”.

ASUU, recessionAlso in other states such as Lagos, the ASUU Chairman for the University of Lagos, (UNILAG), Mr Adelaja Odukoya, explained the reasons for their decision.

He said the federal government had failed to deliver on its 2009 Agreement and 2013 MoU.

According to him, the government is owing over 800 billion Naira, funds which he said were meant to upgrade the university system, in attempts to make them globally competitive.

Mr Odukoya stated that several attempts to dialogue with the government as well as key ministries involved in the disbursement of the agreed funds, had fallen on deaf ears, which eventually led up to the union’s decision to go on strike.

He expressed this also on Wednessday, while speaking on Channels Television’s Breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

SSANU Shuts FUNAAB Main Gate, Wants VC Removed

SSANU, FUNAAB, Olusola OyewoleMembers of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) have called for the removal of the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Bamidele Oyewole, over alleged high-handedness and financial misappropriation.

The SSANU members also locked the main gate leading to the institution to prevent movement into and out of the school to press home their demands.

They were seen displaying placards with various captions on Monday in the Ogun State capital, southwest Nigeria.

SSANU has also called for the reinstatement of three of its members allegedly suspended earlier by the Vice Chancellor.

Reacting to the accusation, Professor Oyewole insisted that he acted within the ambit of the law governing the university.

He asked the union members to sheath their sword to pave way for the resumption of students on October 3, after they were sent home after a violent demonstration.

The three senior staff of the institution were suspended by the Vice Chancellor over allegation of acts inimical to the smooth running of the institution.

SSANU had earlier called on the Federal Government fact finding team to investigate FUNAAB’s Vice Chancellor.

The union’s Chairman at the institution, Mr Rotimi Fasuwon, said their members were suspended on the order of Professor Oyewole for alleged acts prejudicial to the smooth running and governance of the university.

He accused the university authority of carrying out the suspension in bad faith.

The Vice Chancellor on his part, defended his action, saying due process was followed in the suspension of the three members of the union.

He also alleged that the crisis was motivated by internal politics, playing itself out among gladiators in the institution, a claim the SSANU Chairman denied.

NLC, ASUU Move Against Sale Of National Assets

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NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba,

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it is opposed to the proposal to sell off some national assets as a way out of the current economic recession.

President of the NLC, Mr Ayuba Waba, at a joint press conference in Abuja with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) described the move as inimical to Nigerian workers.

The NLC President, who said that he would mobilize workers to resist any move by government to sell some of its assets, asked the government to improve on taxation.

According to him, the government can grow the economy if it focuses on taxing the rich and eliminating all forms of tax waivers.

SSANU Asks FG To Probe FUNAAB Leadership

SSANU, FUNAAB, Olusola OyewoleThe Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has called for a Federal Government fact finding team to investigate the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Olusola Oyewole.

The call is a fall out of the suspension of three members of SSANU, which had pitched the Vice Chancellor against the union and led to the call for his removal.

The SSANU Chairman at FUNAAB, Mr Rotimi Fasuwon, said their members were suspended on the order of Professor Oyewole for alleged acts prejudicial to the smooth running and governance of the university.

He accused the university authority of carrying out the suspension in bad faith.

The Vice Chancellor on his part, defended his action, saying due process was followed in the suspension of the three members of the union.

He also alleged that the crisis was motivated by internal politics, playing itself out among gladiators in the institution, a claim the SSANU Chairman denied.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at FUNAAB, Mr Adebayo Oni, has waded into the face-off.

He asked the gladiators to explore internal university mechanism in resolving the crisis.

Mr Oni also passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the school, asking it to continue to provide academic, research and administrative leadership the school desires.

While the crisis continues, the university authority has extended the mid semester holiday granted to the students following the violent protest which resulted into wanton destruction of property.

KWASU Management Scuttles ASUU Inauguration

ASUUCrisis almost broke out at the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete as the management of the university scuttled the inauguration of ASUU executive in the university.

Informed sources say the local body had formally written the management ,notifying the university authorities of the planned inauguration of local ASUU by the national body.

According to the source, the request made by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in KWASU was, however, turned down without any reason.

The factional chairman recognised by the national body of ASUU, Dr. Daud Adeshola, said that the local chapter, with the support of the national body had fixed Wednesday for the inauguration of the executive only for the invited ASUU members from 10 other universities to be forcefully turned back at the gate by the school security and at least 20 police officers.

He added that the school management had earlier turned down its request to unionise, based on the allegation that the members did not seek for permission to use the space for meeting.

Dr. Adesola wondered how and why the university authority could now turn down and not approve its formal request.

Efforts made to get the reaction of the school management by Channels Television could not yield fruitful result as calls made to both the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rasheed Na Allah, and to the university’s Director of Information, Dr. Isiaka Aliagan, were not acknowledged or replied.

ASUU Condemns Demolition Of UNIBEN Buildings By Edo Govt.

university-ASUUThe Akure zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the demolition of some buildings belonging to the University of Benin as ordered by Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

The zone encompasses ASUU members from the Federal University of Technology, Akure; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, as well as Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.

In his address at FUTA, the Akure Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Alex Odiyi, described the demolition of the buildings as repulsive, as the case is still under adjudication at the Federal Court of Appeal.

He called on Governor Oshiomhole to allow the court process to run its course and live up to his promise to compensate the members of staff of the University of Benin who were affected by the demolition.

Michael Okpara University VC Refutes Allegations Against Him

Michael OkparaThe Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Professor Hillary Edeoga has described the allegations of impunity against him by the ASUU Owerri Zone as a blatant falsehood.

He made this statement during his pre-convocation valedictory conference where he maintained that his tenure as Vice Chancellor in the University has witnessed a lot of infrastructural development, peaceful student relationship as well as massive academic improvements.

According to him, the university has witnessed an increase in the number of students in the last five years of his tenure due to the adequate facilities in the institution, which necessitated recruitment of more staff.

Professor Edeoga said that he cannot fold his arms and permit deterioration in academics by allowing a gap in student-staff ratio.

Administrative Recklessness

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Asuu, Owerri Zone, had decried the alleged administrative recklessness of the Vice Chancellor.

In a press briefing in Awka, Anambra State Capital, the executive members of the Owerri zone that comprises Abia, Anambra and Imo, led by the Zonal Coordinator, Professor Ike Odimegwu, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a Special Visitation Panel into the university to investigate the acts of impunity and redress them.

Professor Hilary Edoga, among many allegations, was accused of academic fraud, financial embezzlement and administrative impunity.

The lecturers also decried what they called the outrageous school charges imposed on students compulsorily.

The students were said to have been compelled to pay 4,000 naira each for intra-campus shuttle bus service irrespective of whether they use it or not.

Aside the issues concerning students’ welfare, the Vice Chancellor was also accused of indiscriminate recruitment of lecturers and appointment of Professors.

There were complaints about admission of students into programmes not approved by the National University Commission as well as loss of programme accreditation.

They said that several moves to resolve the matter at both ASUU Council level and National level had proved unsuccessful.

ASUU Crisis

In all of the accusations, the representative of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Vincent Asor, maintained that the accusations heaped on his principal should not be reckoned with as the group alleging those was not the authentic ASUU in the zone.

The controversy surrounding their authenticity has remained despite their recommendation to President Buhari to sack the Vice Chancellor, Professor Hillary Edeoga over allegation of financial misappropriation amongst others.

A former member of ASUU in the institution, Professor Vincent Asoh has also said that ASUU is not existing in the university and that over 100 members have been disassociating themselves from the current crisis.

Michael Okpara University: Crisis Deepens Among ASUU Members

Michael Okpara University ASUU: Crisis Deepens Among MembersThe crisis rocking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia State, seem to be escalating with over 100 members endorsing their signatures of non-existence of the union in the institution.

The crisis is as a result of the suspension of the ASUU Chairman in the university, Comrade Uzochukwu Onyebinama, by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Hillary Edeoga.

While a member of the protesting group, Professor Vincent Asoh, said that Comrade Onyebinama’s tenure had expired, a member of another faction, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, was of the opinion that his suspension was undemocratic.

Professor Asho stressed that the claim by the group of individuals was inconsequential.

He also noted that by their constitution, the suspended chairman would continue with the tenure until the issue would be resolved.

Professor Osodeke said the body had over 700 members, observing that 200 members can decide to leave the union at their wish. He stated that the union would continue to thrive and fight for the rights of its members.

The Chairman, Governing Council of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Professor Oko Anya, noted that the issue, which had been forwarded to the senior staff of the union, was getting the due attention required.

Despite the lingering crisis among members of the union, academic activities seem not to have been affected, as infrastructures were being put place by the school administrations to boost learning.

Nigerian Universities On Recovery Path – UI VC

UniversitiesNigerian universities are on the path to recovery and re-positioning, despite the low ratings from international rating agencies.

The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole, made this clarification while reacting to the latest ranking of top 50 African Universities, which put U.I as 3rd in Nigeria and 34th in Africa.

He pointed out that the prerequisites for the ratings are numerous among which webometric assessment, academic excellence and research publications are germane.

Professor Adewole added that Nigerian universities had not done badly, considering the time it took for government to seriously commit to uplifting the standard of education in the country.

In the same vein, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), U.I branch, Professor Segun Ajiboye, said webometric ranking is political, almost controversial in most cases.

Professor Ajiboye said that several obstacles still exist on the path to greatness for Nigerian universities.

According to some students interviewed by Channels Tv, lack of timely update of research findings and the method of impacting knowledge are critical factors in the rating.