Ede Polytechnic Unions Declare Indefinite Industrial Action

Ede Polytechnic Unions Declare Indefinite Industrial ActionActivities at the Federal Polytechnic Ede, in Osun state, have been brought to a halt as non-academic staff members have embarked on an indefinite industrial action.

The workers had accused the institution of failing to implement the newly revised scheme of service known as “the CONTISS 15 migration” as directed by the National Board for Technical Education in 2013.

With placards bearing various inscriptions, the workers moved on towards the main entrance of the school, calling on the management to pay up their full scheme of service.

In response, the management said the non-implementation of the CONTISS 15 is not peculiar to the institution alone.

The Acting Rector, Dr Arthur Aja, who incidentally was resuming office for the first time, noted that the school lacks the financial muscle to pay the scheme of service required by the workers.

According to him, the Federal Government did not provide the cash backing to meet up with such responsibility.

While the school is in the middle of its session, workers have resolved not to return to their duties until their demands are met.

OAU Lecturers Divided Over ASUU Strike, Faction Boycotts

OAU Lecturers Divided Over ASUU Strike, Faction BoycottsAs the 7-day warning strike declared by the national body of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) enters its second day, a faction of the lecturers at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun state have boycotted the nationwide strike.

Channels Television’s visit to the university revealed that students are currently having their first semester examination for the 2015/16 academics session under the supervision of the lecturers.

Speaking on the strike and their reason for not joining, the chairman of the Committee of Deans in OAU, Professor Adeagbo Amusan, said that the boycott was in the interest of the students, who had wasted so much time since the start of the session due to incessant strike.

“It’s a unanimous decision that much as we are aware of the directive of NEC, we would want our examinations to go on unhindered. We key into the national body of ASUU but we have some local issues to sort out here and we don’t want to externalize our internal affairs.

“We agreed on compassionate level having lost a lot of ground that we need to consider the plight of our students. Because we ought to have had this exams this time last year,” he said.

However, a factional chairman of ASUU, OAU chapter, Niyi Sunmonu claimed that the directive to embark on a warning strike was not communicated to his committee.

“The directive from the national ASUU was not directed to us, but as faithful ASUU members we still considered it at our congress. And the decision of the congress was that since we were not communicated officially, the referendum to go on strike or not was not before us”.

It was an entirely different position, when Channels TV spoke with another factional chairman of ASUU in the school, Dr Caleb Aborisade.

He said members were in compliance with the directive of the NEC, which he said is to fight for the good of Nigerian universities and the welfare of students.

“The greatest offence anybody can commit in ASUU is to break a strike which some people have decided to do.

“We resolved at our congress that we will not disturb anybody from holding exams, they go by their own conscience, and it’s by choice. For example, my own exams, there is no way it can be done, because I’m on strike,” he maintained.

In his reaction, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju maintained that the school did not comply with the directive because of the adverse effect it would have on its students and their academics.

“We are very much aware of the fact that ASUU has directed its members to go on strike, but in every situation there is always an exception. Ours is an exception because we have lost a lot of ground and we must recover it.

“Most of our colleagues in other universities are in their own second semester and we are at first semester. So, an overwhelming number of lecturers have agreed not to join the strike, because our students are writing their examinations and we want then to finish”.

Be Innovative In The Quest For Survival, CAN Tells Youths

CAN advises youths of Nigeria at Bowen UniversityThe President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, wants young graduates in Nigeria to change their thoughts and orientation towards the society, which he said had led to different ills.

Reverend Ayokunle made the observation in Iwo at the 11th convocation of Bowen University, in Osun State.

He asked the youths to stand firm for whatever was righteous.

The CAN President warned unemployed youths to jettison the idea of perceiving armed robbery and kidnapping as means of survival and rather be innovative, especially in this period of recession.

“Shun embezzlement, shun violence which some graduates are perpetrating in our society today. Do not join the gang of armed robbers or kidnappers in order to survive,” he cautioned.

He further told the youths to take a cue from the life of the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who has employed a number of people and has become a blessing to the whole world.

“You can make positive difference. Therefore, go out there and positively demonstrate that you are an elite group, a people to be respected anywhere, anytime,” he added.

The Chancellor of the University, Reverend Olimide Kehinde, enjoined graduates of the faith based institution to be different in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence.

“Knowing full-well that many graduates today are not well versed in native intelligence. It becomes additional responsibility on us parents and guardians in the university setting to instill the consciousness that the products of faith based university must show difference in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence,” he stressed.

First Set Of Medical Doctors 

While congratulating students, parents and guardians on the occasion, Reverend Kehinde advocated commitment to keeping the vision and mission of the university as headed by the Nigeria Baptist Convention.

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Matthews Ojo, said the university was producing its first set of newly qualified medical doctors.

The Vice Chancellor told the gathering that apart from the 23 medical doctors, the university also produced 63 first class among over 1,000 graduates who received their certificates during the ceremony.

He said that 23 medical doctors would be inducted, highlighting that the university was happy with the competition of the training of its pioneer medical students.

The VC said: “It is an improvement to what is obtained from the previous 59 and 49 for 2003 and 2005 respectively”.

Professor Ojo stated that the university had continued to make its impact felt positively within its host communities, saying it was collaborating with the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, to make the road linking Iwo with Osogbo motorable.

He said, “The university has partnered the Oluwo of Iwo in the areas of rehabilitating the bad roads on the Iwo, Ede and Osogbo axis so as to make it become motorable. We are also sponsoring the Iwo Day, the Olupona Day and others. We also sprouted culverts in some of the communities around us”.

The Vice Chancellor commended the Federal Government for the recent licenses given to 10 private universities in Nigeria, describing it as a measure towards creating more access to university education in the country.

He said the capacities of the institutions in existence could not cater for the demands of over one million admission seekers, emphasising it was a right step in the right direction.

We’ve Been Neglected, Wife Of Missing OAU Prof. Laments

OAU Prof., Prof OjomoMrs Herietta Olomo, wife of a missing lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun state,  Prof. James Olomo, has lamented that security agencies have stopped searching for her husband who went missing three years ago.

This is just as lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff U‎nion of Universities, (ASUU), OAU Branch, also expressed displeasure with the inability of security agencies to rescue the missing professor.

‎They lamented that the vacuum left by the missing professor was yet to be filled, adding that government should renew its rescue efforts.

The wife, family members and lecturers spoke at a special congress organised in honour of the missing professor on Thusday.

Olomo, a renowned Professor of Nuclear Physics at OAU, Ile‑Ife went missing on October 19, 2013 after he travelled to Eket in Akwa Ibom State on the invitation of Mobil Oil Unlimited.

While complaining that government has not been supportive enough, the wife of the missing professor appealed to Nigerians to speak up on behalf of her family.

She said little prominence was placed on getting her husband rescued.

She said, “Nobody deserves to go through what we are going through. I wish the government could have done better. I personally wrote to the then Ministry of Education but didn’t get any response up till now. I also visited the ministry but was not attended. The minister didn’t even bother to send me a note.

“I feel neglected and let down by the government. I think we don’t value life in this country. We need to be more considerate to others and feel what they have been going through. It is comforting to know that someone is there for you.

‎”It is painful that with his calibre, there has been no recognition. His case should be taken serious even if he is a beggar.‎ I am pleading with Nigerians to rise up for the safe rescue of my husband.”

She subsequently appealed to government to intensify its efforts in making sure that her husband is found.

The Vice Chairperson of ASUU-OAU, Deborah Makinde, challenged security agencies to prove their worth by rescuing the missing lecturer.

“Several efforts to get Prof James Olomo rescued have not yielded the required result.

We won’t relent but urge security agencies to rescue him the way they have been doing for others. They should set up a special search team to get him rescued,” she added.