HND, Degree Holders To Get Equal Salaries

Abdulrahman Dambazau, Religious Conflicts

The Federal Government has approved the regularisation of the dichotomy between holders of University degrees and Higher National Diploma (HND) in all the Services.

This followed the meeting of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board (CDFIPB), on July 11, chaired by the Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau.

A statement from the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Abubakar Magaji, said: “The Board has directed that all officers with HND to be upgraded to COMPASS 08, which is the salary Grade Level for holders of degree certificates at entry point. While the nomenclature for the HND holders will start with the rank of Senior Inspector, the Degree holders are with the rank of Assistant Superintendent II”.

The Board also approved the commencement of the 2017 promotion exercise for all the Services with effect from July 17, while the establishment of the Institute of Domestic Security, aimed at strengthening inter-agency cooperation among other functions was also approved by the Board to boost internal security mechanism in the country.

In another development, the government approved the re-organisation of the Nigeria Immigration Service, in line with the provision of the Immigration Act which stipulates the establishment of the Directorate of Immigration.

The directorates, which would each be headed by a Deputy Comptroller-General, include human resources management; finance and accounts; planning, research and statistics; passport and other travel documents; investigation and compliance; border management; migration as well as visa and residency.

The Minister noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration places a high premium on the welfare of its workforce.

He, however, urged personnel in the Services to reciprocate such gesture through improved performance and dedication to duty, in line with the Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business to revamp the economy.

ASUP Strike Paralyses Academic Activities At MAPOLY

ASUP Strike Paralyses Academic Activities At MAPOLYThe ongoing warning strike by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has paralysed academic activities at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Southwest Zonal Chairman of ASUP, Mr Olawale Olatunji, said that the union had resolved to embark on a warning strike at its emergency NEC meeting held on January 25.

He explained that the industrial action was to call the attention of the government to critical issues affecting polytechnics across Nigeria.

Mr Olatunji noted that the warning strike became imperative in view of the “unconcerned posture of the Federal Government” to issues raised towards revamping polytechnic education from imminent collapse.

“As it were, the union has been in negotiation with government on the situation in the polytechnic sector. Our agitations centred on the need not to allow polytechnic education head towards a state of collapse.

“Our agitations range from the need for the implementation of the ‘needs assessment’ that was done in 2014, victimisation of union leaders in our polytechnics (and) the release of whitepaper on the removal of the discrimination against HND holders; it is obvious the government is not being sincere about these issues.

“In July 2016, the union informed the government about its intention to down tool if those demands were not met, (but) the Minister of Education appealed.

“The union stepped down in November (while) another move was made and we gave the government up till the end of 2016 but when no action was taken, we have to resort to a warning strike to press home our demands,” the ASUP Zonal Chairman said.

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.

ASUP Threatens Indefinite Strike

asupThe Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike on Wednesday 25th February, if government fails to meet their demands.

President of the Union, Mr Chibuzor Asomugha told journalists during a press briefing in Abuja that government has not implemented any of their demands since the suspension of the last strike embarked upon by the Union in July last year.

ASUP is aggrieved over the dichotomy that exists in the way Polytechnic and University graduates are treated in the labour market, and the poor attention given to the polytechnics.

They are also kicking against government’s non-implementation of an agreed salary structure since 2009.

Kwara Government Set To Train 4,333 Teachers

Gov KwaraThe Kwara State Executive Council has approved the retraining of four thousand three hundred and thirty three (4,333) primary school teachers across the state who although have  gone through the Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) but are not specialized in primary education .

Similarly, the council has approved the redeployment of teachers without basic teaching qualification into of the state civil service.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Saka Onimago disclosed that the first batch of primary school teachers who lack proper primary education qualification would engage in three month sandwich programme to be organised by the Kwara State University (KWASU) and the University of Ilorin.