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”.

SSANU Condemns Alleged Assault Of FUTA Members By Police

SSANU, Police, FUTAThe Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has condemned the alleged attack of its members at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).

The Western Zonal Chairman of SSANU, Alfred Jimoh, made the position of the organisation known during an interview with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

As the warning strike embarked upon by the senior staff members in FUTA entered the fourth day, Mr Jimoh insisted that the purported brutalisation of their members is unacceptable.

He claimed that the employees were on peaceful demonstration before Police descended on them, saying at least 20 members of the union have been arrested.

The zonal chairman accused the Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Professor Biyi Daramola, of masterminding the attack on the SSANU members who he said were protesting peacefully without any breach of the law.

He alleged that some members of the union in FUTA were seriously injured and have been hospitalised.

SSANU has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter with a view to calling the Police to order, maintaining that they have no moral right to molest and brutalise innocent citizens.

The union also appealed to the Inspector General of Police and all the relevant authorities of the Police high command to wade into the crisis to encourage whistle blowing on corruption.

They asked the government to beam its searchlight on activities of some vice chancellors and prosecute those found wanting.

The VCs identified are: Professor Daramola, Professor Bamidele Oyewole of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Professor Michael Adikwu of the University of Abuja.

Imo Residents Appeal To State Govt. To Fix Bad Roads

road-deltaResidents of Ihiagwa- Nekede community in Owerri West Local Government area of Imo state have appealed to the state government to come to their aid in fixing and rehabilitating the dilapidated Ihiagwa- Futo road, that has been left to rot for a very long time.

They stated that the road is in a bad state and has caused untold hardship on the people, as most economic and social activities in the area have been grounded to a halt following the state of the road.

They have called on the state government and appropriate authorities to rescue them and fix the road.

The state hosts the Federal University of Technology, FUTO and the Federal Polytechnic Nekede.

The location of these federal schools in the area has brought a lot of development to the area and also increased the population of both communities.

Meanwhile, the State Government, through the Chief of Staff to the Imo State Government, Uche Nwosu has assured them that work will start on the road as soon as the rain subsides around August.

The government says even though work started at the end of Futo road years back, they will ensure the completion is in due course.
They pleaded with the community to be patient with the government.

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.

FUT Minna Matriculates 4,808 Students For 2015/2016 Session

FUT-MinnaThe Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, on Thursday matriculated 4,808 students out of 8,427 candidates who passed its Post- UTME screening and qualified to be admitted.

The Vice Chancellor of FUT Minna, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, made the disclosure at the school’s auditorium during the matriculation ceremony of the new students.

Akanji revealed that as one of the few specialized universities established 30 years ago by the Federal Government, the institution remains committed to the training of skilled and innovative workforce that would transform Nigeria’s natural resources into goods and services.

The VC revealed that most students failed their examinations because they were used to short text messages on phones which they used during exams.

“We not only seek to achieve academic excellence but also moral uprightness of our students, we believe that such holistic approach in our training is very imperative and pertinent to employment in the present job market that is becoming even more saturated, ” he said.

He gave the assurance that the university had put in place dedicated faculty members, staff advisers, counselors and staff who are eager to offer the needed assistance, to facilitate good teaching and learning environment.

The VC further advised the students to desist from cultism, indecent dressing, exam malpractices and other misdemeanor in and outside the campus, as the school will not hesitate to withdraw anyone found wanting.

A total of 12,529 candidates applied to the institution through Direct Entry and Post- UTME examinations.

SSANU Threatens Strike Over Proposed Sack Of Colleagues

SSANUThe Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened to embark on a nationwide industrial action in January 2016 to protest against government’s alleged decision to dismiss 2000 colleagues of theirs.

President of the Association, Mr Samson Ugwoke, told journalist at a press conference in Abuja that the planned decision of the association will be carried out without regrets if the Federal Government goes ahead with the implementation of the proposed sack as contained in a circular from the Ministry of Education to federal universities.

The association is calling on the government to withdraw the termination letters that have already been served to some of its members or risk their industrial action next month.

In another related matter, Staff of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) have staged a protest against the leadership of the university.

The workers, under the auspices of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) protested the non-promotion of their members for over two years.

Addressing reporters during at university premises in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the chapter Chairman of SSANU, Comrade Loveth Ekwemalor, accused the management of introducing unfriendly appraisal guidelines to stagnate staff promotions as against what was contained in the current university scheme of service.

Unions Protest Non-promotion Of Staff In FUTO

Unions Protest Non-promotion Of Staff In FUTOStaff of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) have staged a protest against the leadership of the university.

The workers, under the auspices of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) protested the non-promotion of their members for over two years.

Addressing reporters during at university premises in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the chapter Chairman of SSANU, Comrade Loveth Ekwemalor, accused the management of introducing unfriendly appraisal guidelines to stagnate staff promotions as against what was contained in the current university scheme of service.

Amongst other allegations levelled against the management, he also accused the management of non-implementation of TETfund ratio of 30-70 non-teaching and teaching staff conference ratio.

Reacting to these allegations, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration of FUTO, Mr Francis Eze, described the protest as uncalled for and unwarranted.

He said on issues of promotion, the school council already set up a committee to holistically address the issue, saying it behoved on the union to wait for the outcome of the committee’s decision before embarking on any protest.

Mr Eze disapproved claims that the workers have not been promoted in the school over the last two years, reiterating that the actions by the three unions were absolutely ill-motivated and unwarranted.

NASU Protests Disengagement Of FUTA Primary School Staff

NASU Protest Disengagement Of FUTA Primary School StaffMembers of the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) have protested the decision of the university authorities over the disengagement of the staff of the university’s staff primary school.

The workers staged a peaceful protest in the university campus and to press home their demand that the staff of the primary school, who were recruited by the university management like any other staff, could not be disengaged in such manner.

The NASU Chairman in FUTA, Adebayo Aladerotohun, argued that the development was peculiar to FUTA only, as no other federal university has disengaged the staff of their primary schools.

The workers maintained that the case was already in court, saying any attempt by the university’s management to implement the policy would be resisted.

In his response, the Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Professor Adebiyi Daramola, disclosed that the policy was from the Federal Government.

He said that a directive was given that the primary school teachers should be removed from the payroll of the Federal Government from January 2016.

Military Denies Helicopter Crash

military-helicopterThe Nigerian military has denied the reported crash of an Air Force helicopter in Yola, Adamawa State.

Reports say the helicopter crash occurred moments after lift off in the Damare neighbourhood of the Federal University of Technology in Yola.

It would be recalled that on November 10, a helicopter on surveillance mission crashed in a suburb of Girel Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Also on November 14, yet another chopper crashed in Jarenga village near Yola, in the morning of Thursday.

According to eyewitness account, series of explosions accompanied the crash, causing panic in the area.

All four persons on board are believed to have died when the helicopter exploded.