College Workers Protest Suspension Of Colleagues

Students Protest, Kwara StudentsWorkers at the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor plantation in Ibadan have demanded the reinstatement of suspended Principal Officers of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic in the institution.

The workers are also calling for the removal of the provost, Engr. Babajide Adelrkan.

They converged on the entrance of the institution early in the morning with placards of various inscriptions calling for the implementation of all the directives of the Minister of Agriculture, over the issues in contention particularly the reinstatement of their colleagues.

They paralysed business and other activities within and outside the premises which housed three other government establishment, as they locked the three gates that lead to the Moor plantation.

The students and other staffs were denied access into the premises while those inside were also prevented from coming out.

Speaking with Journalists on the essence of the protest, the Co-coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic in the Southwest, Olawale Adetunji said the crisis rocking the Federal College of Agriculture, Moore Plantation ibadan started when the workers decided to join the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic.

He added that at inception, the arrangement was going smoothly until the present Provost of the college came into power.

He vowed that the union will not back down on the protest until all the five point directives ordered for implementation by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh are implemented.

The Co-coordinator also said, the Vice President of the Academic Staff Union in Nigeria, Barrister Timothy Ogunseye maintained that the national leaders of the union are in full support of the demands by staff of the college, and the refusal of the Provost from implementing the directives of the minister in reinstating the sack workers, is treasonable.

He said ” As far as I am concerned what they are doing is treasonable felony. The constitution is clear, section 40 on Freedom of Association,  members here have chosen to align with ASUP and that is their right”.

The chairman of the union at the institution, Comrade Jokanola Olufemi stated that’ “these suspended workers of the union are being treated unjustly and we are ready to go to any length to ensure the implementation of the government directives to reinstate them”

Also they are demanding the implementation of all the directives of the Minister of Agriculture and rural development dated December 16, 2016 as they have fulfilled their end of the agreement, which included writing an official letter of apology to the management of the institution.

ASUU, FG Are Beginning To Agree – Senate Committee

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendmentThe Senate says some agreement have been reached between the Nigerian government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU on some of their issues except one which borders on the earned allowances of lecturers.

This was made known by the Senate committee set up by the Senate President Bukola Saraki to address the industrial crisis embarked on by ASUU.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Education, Senator Jibrin Barau, spoke after a meeting that commenced about 12 noon and ended around 8PM.

He said that the academic union were going to make consultations with their members on the way forward and that the upper house was hopeful that they would return with good news.

ASUU embarked on the strike to protest the failure of the Federal Government to implement terms of the 2009 and 2013 agreements.

The ASUU Chairman for the University of Lagos, (UNILAG), Mr Adelaja Odukoya, explained the reasons for their decision to Channels Television.

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.

In a meeting of the Senate President with ASUU officials in Abuja, the Chairman of ASUU, University Of Uyo Chapter, Dr Aniekan Brown, told Channels Television that she was glad that the industrial action had enjoyed 100% compliance in line with the directive.

She also said that the strike was “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.”

President Muhammadu Buhari recently appealed to union of Nigerian university lecturers to give government more time to sort out the shortfalls in salary payment and other related issues affecting the education sector.

President Buhari made the plea at an event at the University of Ibadan.

Govt. Is Ready To Revamp Education Sector, Buhari Begs ASUU

Govt. Is Ready To Revamp Education Sector, Buhari Begs ASUUPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to give government more time to sort out the shortfalls in salary payment and other related issues affecting the education sector.

President Buhari made the plea as the visitor at the grand finale of the 68th Founders’ Day and convocation ceremony of the University of Ibadan which took place at the International Conference Center, Ibadan.

Represented by the Director, Tertiary Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Fatimah Ahmad, President Buhari decried the standard of education which has left a vast majority of the people poorly educated.

Describing the trend as unhealthy and saddening, the President reiterated his administration’s commitment to revamping the sector.

Mrs Ahmad added that government was in dialogue with the affected unions and would continue to explore means of amicable resolutions.

A total of 442 graduates bagged doctorate degrees in various fields while three eminent Nigerians including business mogul, Aliko Dangote; writer and poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare and Ibadan businessman, Bode Amao were conferred with honorary degrees of the prestigious institution.

ASUP Threatens Strike Over Non-Implementation Of Agreement With FG

ASUP, agreementThe Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on another round of industrial action should the federal government continue to ignore the agreement it reached with the union since 2012.

Speaking with journalists in Kaduna during a capacity building workshop for members of the union, ASUP President, Usman Dutse, lamented that several agreements the union and the federal government signed in 2012 were yet to be implemented.

He listed the agreements to include, non-implementation of CONTISS, poor state of polytechnics, under-funding of the sector, dichotomy between HND and bachelors’ degree holders and non-implementation of NEEDS assessment report on polytechnics, among others.

He noted that having given the present administration more than one year to settle down and address their demands, it seemed that the government is not serious in addressing the matter.

On his part, the Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, appealed to the union to review its demands in the light of the current economic situation.

He also called for more funding of the polytechnic sector which he said is key to the technical and vocational advancement of the country.

The workshop themed “Administering Trade Unions in a Receding Economy” is aimed at sensitizing officials of ASUP across the country on how to pilot the affairs of the union on the various institutions with regards to the dwindling fortunes of the national economy and how they can collaborate with government to address some of the challenges in the sector.

Notwithstanding the situation, the polytechnic lecturers noted that a situation whereby many state-owned institutions owe their workers over seven months’ salaries and other allowances would no longer be acceptable.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity who was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mohammed Yusuf, told the lecturers that the idea of shutting down campuses to press home their demands does not go well for the education sector.

Rather, he called for an effective synergy between the union and chief executives of institutions to address their demands.

Although the polytechnic lecturers say they are aware of the fact that the present government came to power about one year ago, but then they are of the believe that government is a continuum.

The issues between government and ASUP have lingered for years.

ASUU Proposes Socialism For Nigeria

ASUUThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is criticizing the federal government’s economic policies, saying it has become too slow at implementing its campaign promises targeted at repositioning the nation’s economy.

The President of the union, Mr Nasir Fagge at a press conference in Abuja took a swipe at the federal government and its policies on the oil and gas sector of the economy.

The union also reflected on the hardship the lingering fuel crisis has caused citizens and its effects on the economy.

They called on the federal government to speedily implement its promises regarding the reformation of the oil and gas sector without any increase in the prices of petroleum products

The group is also proposing socialism as a better alternative form of government that will solve Nigeria’s problems.

 

Anti-Corruption War May Not Yield Results – Femi Falana

Femi FalanaHuman rights lawyer and activist, Mr Femi Falana says the current anti-corruption war by the Federal Government may not yield any meaningful result after all.

This, according to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is because the criminal justice system in the country has been hijacked by those individuals who have looted the treasury.

He was speaking at a public lecture organized by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye chapter, with the title ‘The Limit Of Anti-Corruption War’.

Mr Falana blamed the nation’s value system for the level of impunity it has witnessed.

The human rights lawyer called for an urgent review of the nation’s criminal justice system to make it more accountable and effective in fighting corruption.

Parallel Union Executive Emerges At Kwara Varsity

KWASUThe crisis rocking the Kwara State University (KWASU), is yet to abate, as two factional chairmen of  the Academic Staff Union have emerged, with each claiming to be the authentic.

While one faction has the backing of the school management, the other has the full support of the national body. The later is threatening to use all legal means to unseat those it described as ‘puppet of the management’.

The Kwara State University has been engrossed in crisis over the plan of the academic staff to unionise. The plan did not go down well with the management and thereby, led to the suspension  of  some of the lecturers which the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rasheed Na Allah, termed illegal assembly without permission.

The intervention of the State Governor, however, settled the first crisis, as the suspended lecturers were pardoned and the school directed to allow unionism in the campus.

The school management was said to have issued a circular for the formation of unions which led to the emergence of Issa Abduraheem executive.

The Chairman of the other faction, Daud Adeshola, however, described the purported election as ‘kangaroo’, adding that he still has the backing of the national body, as the authentic leader of the executive. He wonders why the school interfered by installing its ‘puppet’.

The majority of members, according to him, still recognises him as the authentic leader of ASUU in the campus adding that the national body would soon settle the issue in his favour.

He called on the State Government to again, wade into the issue to prevent the management from turning the school to theatre of crisis.

Committee Begins Investigation Into Crisis In Ekiti Polytechnic

Polytechnic Ado EkitiA committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Education to investigate the cause of the crisis in the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, has started work.

The management of the polytechnic led by the Rector, Taiwo Akande, has been at loggerhead with the unions of the institution over corruption, financial reckless, nepotism and some other illegalities.

The crisis has led to the closure of the institution, with the unions calling for the removal of the rector.

At a press conference, the committee led by Olu Nipede promised to get to the root of the matter without fear or favour.

In another press briefing the Academic Staff Union, the Senior Staff Association and the non-Academic Staff Union of the polytechnic have called on the panel to ensure they do their job objectively and come out with recommendations that would not be bias.

Reacting to some issues, the Rector told reporters in Ado Ekiti that she would be vindicated in the end of the probe.