Oyo NUT Commends Ajimobi Over Appointment Of Edu Secretaries

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In OyoThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Oyo State Wing, has commended the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for the re-appointment of teachers as Education Secretaries for the 33 Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.

The Union gave the commendation in a letter addressed to the Governor and signed by its State Secretary, Mr Waheed Olojede.

The secretary explained that the re-appointment of teachers as Education Secretaries has cleared all intrigues and misrepresentations wrongly informing the NUT and her teeming members that the present administration in the state, vowed never to appoint teachers in such positions again arising from the alleged poor performances of the last crop of secretaries.

He noted that the Union was encouraged by Governor Ajimobi’s gesture, stressing that the gesture has been accepted as one that will permanently keep their detractors at bay.

According to him,”The NUT Oyo state wing and its leadership have viewed the good gesture of Your Excellency as well directed and as one that is based on consideration for professional ethics and values, which in our belief will go a long way in energizing Primary Education in the state”.

Mr Olojede stated that the appointment of teachers as education secretaries will further strengthen the existing robust relationship between the Governor and NUT, adding “It is our collective determination to forge ahead in energizing the state education industry.

“With deep involvement of teachers in the administration of the Primary Education sub-sector, we feel more elated, encouraged and inclined to pledge our total support and commitment, to seeing your visionary education policy succeeding in the state.

“We shall together get to our pride of place, a hundred percent success in our state”, Mr Olojede said.

Ogun Local Govt Workers Suspend Proposed Strike

amosun_ogun_1The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ogun State Chapter, has suspended its proposed industrial action scheduled to commence yesterday (January 28).

The Ogun State President, Comrade Ayuba Olatunji, disclosed this yesterday after a breakfast meeting hosted by Governor Ibikunle Amosun and attended by some labour leaders at the Government House.

“Because of the laudable projects of the state government, we have no option than to suspend our industrial action.

“We believe that all our agreement with the government would be fulfilled”, he said.

Meanwhile, teachers in public primary and secondary schools in Ogun State have expressed satisfaction with the action taken by Amosun towards the resolution of their two-week strike.

Leadership of various unions in government-owned schools, including Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Association of Primary School Teachers, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Public Schools (ANCOPS) and Association of Primary Schools Head Teachers, who also attended the breakfast meeting, commended the governor for acceding to their demands.

Speaking with journalists, the State Chairman of NUT, Comrade Dare Ilekoya said all issues that led to the strike had been amicably resolved, attributing the action, which was called off on Monday, to communication gap between the union and government.

“We have come to realise that there is a communication gap between the government and the teaching force which caused the strike. We want to thank God that all issues have been resolved and going by the words of His Excellency, most of our demands have been met by the state government.

“He has graciously approved that something must be done to promote degree holders in primary schools to go beyond level 14 and that appointment of Principals-General, which he had long approved, be expedited,” he said.

The ASUSS Chairman, Comrade Akeem Lasisi, who described the state’s helmsman as a “teacher-comrade governor” stated that, “all teachers in the state have Senator Amosun in their minds, contrary to some claims that we were sponsored by some politicians.

“In secondary schools where senior teachers had been placed below their junior ones for a long time, Governor Amosun, when he came on board, ensured the approval of the harmonization of career progression of NCE/Degree teachers by placing each person where he belongs.

“How can we say we will not be closer to such a governor? He has promised that October deduction, which he was not aware of its non-payment, would be paid alongside our January salaries and that subsequent salaries would be paid alongside other deductions,” he stated.

The state chapter of NULGE had given the state government seven days ultimatum to meet some of the council workers’ demands, failure which it said they would embark on their own strike.

A statement by the secretary of the state NULGE, Bamidele Oyeniran, in Abeokuta, said that the demands had been presented to the state governor since December 2014.

It added that the ultimatum would lapse on Tuesday, January 27.

The Ogun council workers are requesting that the payment of primary schools’ teachers’ salary should be shared 50-50 between the state and the local governments as opposed to the current system where only the councils pay primary school teachers.

They also want the state government to be paying 10 per cent of its Internally Generated Revenue to the Joint Account Allocation Committee account as contained in the Allocation Act 1982 as amended.

Schools Resumption: Doctors Were Willing To Wait Till December- Akinwotun

Akinwotun_SegunThe 2nd Vice President of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Segun Akinwotun, on Tuesday said doctors were willing to wait till December before changing their stand on the September 22 schools resumption date announced by the Federal Government.

“At the time the NMA initially made the pronouncement that we will wait till December, it was because we still had a lot of fresh cases coming up,” he said while speaking on Sunrise Daily.

He, however, noted that following the proper measures put in place, especially by all the states that had the outbreak, to contain the virus, the association decided to align its decision with that of the Federal Government.

He urged schools to properly implement the control measures that had been put in place and praised the efforts of the Port Health Services officials who preliminary screen people traveling into or within the country.

Dr Akinwotun commended the efforts put in place to contain the disease, saying: “If you compare Nigeria with other nations that have similar outbreaks, they have not been able to contain it the way we did. They are even asking for our intervention to assist them in controlling this in their countries”.

He added that in those countries people feed on the carrier of the virus, noting that it increased the rate of infected persons.

He further noted that if the virus was in the bush meat in Nigeria’s bush, we would have had our index case from within and not from the late Liberian, who flew into the country after being diagnosed with the virus.

“If we already have Ebola Virus among our bush animals and the hunters interact with them, and in the course of doing so, the body secretions come into contact with hunters that go into the farms to try and hunt the animals and process them.

“That hunter now goes home and have contact with other people” insisting that “it is not as if they are bringing those animals that are already having Ebola in those countries to Nigerian markets or bushes for hunters to go and hunt. If this thing was already there, we will have our own index case arising from Nigeria ab initio not someone coming from Liberia to Nigeria.

The leadership of the medical association, which had earlier suggested that schools remained closed until all suspected Ebola cases are cleared, yesterday noted that the association now had nothing against the new school resumption date announced by the Federal Government.

They, however, emphasised the need to focus on maintaining the “highest level of vigilance” in the several entry points, resuscitating the infectious disease hospitals in states and ensuring comprehensive screening of travellers, among others as conditions that must be met by the Federal Government.

The NMA President, Dr Kayode Obemebe also said” “All recent travellers to all the provinces of the current endemic countries of the Ebola disease, namely Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Sudan and Gabon, must be carefully scrutinized for the presence of the virus and epidemiologically treated accordingly.”

Nobody Influenced Change Of Date

The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau explained why the date was selected and also wondered why some associations such as the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) disagreed with the date selected.

“It was a unanimous decision taken after a meeting with all state education commissioners and the health ministry. The ministry also wrote all state governors to give the directive more weight.

“At no point did anybody influence this decision. There were reports that the private sector influenced the decision. That is not true.”

“It may surprise you that when we fixed October 13, some people were very angry with us. What we did was purely on the professional advice from the Federal Ministry of  Health. You have to live and survive to get education.

“If the Federal Ministry of Health tells us tomorrow that it is not safe for people to congregate, we will have to comply,” the minister stated.

While lamenting criticism from NUT on the matter, the Minister said the association never got to the ministry on the shift in school resumption date before it went to press, stressing that “people are trivialising this matter”.

Oshiomhole Challenges Leaders To Provide Good Education

The Edo state government has made an appeal to leaders to provide good and sound education for its citizens as it is the bedrock of every development.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole said this during a town hall meeting organized to discuss the state of education in Benin, the state capital.

Oshiomhole said the state government’s target is to have every child of school age in school by providing free, compulsory and quality Basic Education.

He also said that the state has found out that some teachers in public schools are unqualified and that teachers no longer retire due to age falsification. He noted that only 1,287 out of 14,454 primary school teachers have records without discrepancies.

The State Governor further noted that many local government councils in the state cannot afford to pay primary school teachers, which is their basic responsibility, due to unchanging salary figures over the years.

He added that the state has introduced electronic payment of teachers’ salaries to eliminate fraud in the system.

A traditional ruler, HRH Kelvin Danesi Aidenojie of South Ibie Kingdom raised the issue of unqualified and insufficient teachers in the rural areas.

The state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Patrick Ikosimi said the governor’s figures were not authentic and that those in the civil service should also be reviewed in terms of age and qualification.

Earlier in a welcome address, the state Commissioner for Education, Washington Osifo encouraged teachers to be committed to their job and be good role models for their wards to emulate.

 

 

Ekiti NUT Suspends Strike Action

The strike action of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ekiti state over the non-payment of a 27.5 per cent  teachers’ pecuniary allowance has been suspended. 

The suspension was announced after an agreement for a 16 per cent allowance was reached between the teachers’ union and the state government.

The chairman of the Union, Kayode Akosile, said the agreement reached  is painfully accepted because of the love they have for the people of Ekiti state.

Meanwhile, the commissioner for Labour and Human Capital Development in the state, Mr. Oluwole Ariyo said the payment of the 16 per cent will commence by August this year.