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”.

Gunmen Kill Final Year Student Of Imo State University

Gunmen Kill Final Year Student Of Imo State University Unidentified gunmen suspected to be cultists have shot and killed a final year student of the Imo State University, Owerri.

The victim, whose real names are yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report, was said to have been shot at a close range at a popular drinking bar close to the university campus.

Eyewitness account says the victim was seated at the bar, when some suspected cultists arrived the scene and shot him twice on the head before zooming off the scene.

The eyewitness account says the suspected cultists shot sporadically in the air leaving everybody around the area to scamper for safety before aiming for their target.

However, minutes after the sad incident that left the victim dead, men of the Imo State Police Command arrived to secure the premises. They quickly sealed off the arena and evacuated the lifeless body of the victim.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, when contacted to confirm the incident said the matter was yet to be reported officially to the Police.

He, however promised that as soon as this is done, the Police would keep the media abreast of further developments.

Free Education, Best Gift For A Child – Okorocha

Free EducationThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that the best gift that can be given to any child is providing them with free education that will help them attain maximum height in their desired endeavours.

The Governor said this during the 7th convocation ceremony of the Imo State University in Owerri the Imo State capital.

He said that the Imo State government remains committed to the free education programme which has benefitted many families.

The Governor urged Nigerian universities to invest more in vocational and skill acquisition programmes that will produce graduates that will be employers of labour rather than job seekers.

The Governor rewarded the overall best graduating student, Chigozie Ekenze from the Optometry Department with the sum of two million naira, a scholarship abroad for post graduate studies and an instant appointment as a lecturer in the Imo State University.

Imo Launches Teachers’ Professional Development Programme

Imo Launches Teachers' Professional Development ProgrammeThe Imo State government has launched a teachers’ professional development programme aimed at retraining teachers and keeping them abreast of current ways of performing their duties.

The development is in line with the State government’s determination to raise the standard of education and enhance effective teaching and learning in schools.

The event was flagged-off on Sunday at the Nicks Banquet Hall in the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State’s capital in south-west Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, his wife, Mrs Nkechinyere Okorocha, said the programme was organised by the State government under the Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB), in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

Mrs Okorocha explained that the training was invented to demonstrate the love the Okorocha-led administration had for education, stressing that it was evident in provision of quality free education programme going on from primary school to tertiary institution in the state.

She also advised teachers in the state to take advantage of the training to develop themselves in order to compete with their counterparts around the world.

Emphasising further on the training, the Executive Chairman of IMSUBEB, Getrude Oduka, explained that the teachers would be privileged to attend special courses at the Imo State University, Alvan Ikoku University of Education and Imo State College of Advanced Professional Studies.

Similarly, the South-East Zonal Coordinator of UBEC, Sylvester Eyinnaya, expressed optimism that the training would enhance effectiveness and solve some major problems encountered by the teachers in major subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and Technology amongst others.

A total of 1,500 school teachers are expected to have been trained across the state at the end of the programme.

While commending the State government for the gesture, the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Honourable Iheanacho Ihim, said the programme would go a long way to get the teachers updated in their activities.

In another development, Mrs Okorocha presented over 50 wheelchairs to some physically challenged pupils to aid their movement.


Rochas Lays Imo State University Foundation

rochas okorocha3As part of commitment to ensure provision of quality education in Imo state, the State Governemnt has laid the foundation of the Imo State University (IMSU) Mbaise/Ngorokpala campus, which is to house the faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

During the foundation laying of the university campus at Mbaise- Ngorokpala federal constituency in Imo state, Governor Rochas Okorocha, described the project as the realisation of the Late Governor Sam Mbakwe’s dream 30 years ago.

The Governor noted that the state government will fast track the completion of the school complex so that the first set of students can resume by December 2014.

When the Imo State University Owerri was established 3 decades ago by late Governor Sam Mbakwe, one of his visions was that the faculty of agriculture and veterinary medicine be situated at Mbaise-Ngorokpala area of the state to foster development and increase economic activities in the area but until the end of his tenure, the vision did not come to fruition.

The Vice Chancelor  of the university Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie, praised the efforts of the state government in fulfilling the dream, and thanked the governor for uplifting the education sector in the state



Factional ASUU Chairman Blames National Leadership For Local Chapter Crisis

The Chairman, ASUU Progressives, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) chapter, Professor Maduabuchi Dukor has accused the central leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities of keeping mum concerning the division between his faction of the association and ASUU NAU, over the university’s participation in the on-going strike.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he said that “since the inception of that ASUU NAU led executives, there has been crisis” and they have painted the picture that they want to oust the Vice Chancellor at all cost.

The recent bone of contention between the two factions lies in the nation-wide strike embarked upon ASUU which they seem not to agree if they should participate or not, owing to ongoing examinations.

Mr Dukor accused the ASUU NAU faction on insisting that the university join the strike despite the fact that there is a provision for institutions which are conducting examinations.

Practical examinations had commenced in the school “about a week before the declaration of ASUU strike” in June.

He said the ASUU progressive faction had opposed the cancellation of the exams after the declaration of strike but “this body of executives of ASUU NAU led by Professor Ike Odimegwu said no, that the university must join the strike”.

“We know that ASUU has a provision of making an arrangement for an ongoing exam”.

ASUU National remained silent on that. He said.

University of Ilorin, Imo state University, University of Nigeria (Nsukka), Kogi State University are institutions which have concluded their examinations in spite of the strike.

Mr Dukor also accused the NAU faction of trying to oust the Vice Chancellor by publishing libelous articles on the internet, accusing him of abuse of funds and administration and instigating crisis in the school.

“When they failed in that agenda, they moved over to the issue of the tenure of the vice chancellor.”

The Vice Chancellor was pressured to leave office after 4 years; however, he was in acting capacity for a year. Citing the case of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Dukor said “acting capacity is not counted anywhere”.

He said the declaration of ASUU strike has given leeway for fresh attacks against the university management.