Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools’ Curriculum

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools' Curriculum The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday in Benin City, advocated a quick review of the curriculum of schools as a ‘sine qua non’ to having solid educational foundation for “our children in the state”.

Governor Obaseki said this while receiving in audience, the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), led by its Acting Chairman, Mr Iyalomhe Akhagbemhe.

The governor used the occasion to assure the leadership of the NUT that the state government was working with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancies allocated to the state.

He said that government would not only fill the vacancy but would train the teachers and provide them with instructional materials.

He also advised the NUT leadership to think of reviewing the school’s curriculum in the state so that those who pass out from schools would not only be employable but could also become entrepreneurs.

Governor Obaseki equally reiterated his electioneering promise to create 200,000 jobs and noted that teachers also had fundamental roles to play in achieving the feat.

He said the process must begin with the solid foundation for the pupils and students, stressing that it was high time stakeholders began to rethink the purpose of education and the type to be given out.

“But for us, we must begin to think about our curriculum, so that the people we produce from the school system are people who can sustain themselves in life. -So that after JSS, you should be able to do something with your life.

“So it’s time to rethink the purpose of education and the type of education to be given out.

“We are currently working with SUBEB to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancy given to the state.

Governor Obaseki disclosed that most of the subsidy to the state would be channeled towards vocational and technical education, saying “there is the need to work and ensure that by 2020 our children have skills.

“To do this, we have to train and retrain, hence our focus on technical education.

“We need to have center of excellence to strengthen our teaching call”, he added.

Obaseki, who emphasized that schools supervision was also part of the training, gave the assurance that government would re-jig the school’s management system for the better.

The Governor further stated that the teachers, mostly regarded as those who produce the best brains and the best minds, was the reason his predecessor pursued the policy that saw the upgrade of teachers to the level of permanent secretary.

Earlier, Akhagbemhe advised the governor to ensure he appointed square pegs in square holes to drive his desired developmental stride for the state.

He appealed to the governor for the support of teachers, adding that some of the challenges in the educational sector included the non-payment of leave transport grant for 2016.

Akhagbemhe listed the non-release of promotion since 2012, dearth of teachers as well as non-availability of instructional materials as challenges encountered in most schools.

Have Mercy On Sacked Teachers, NUT Tells Ogun State Govt

Ogun state, workers, protest, Amosun,The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) is begging for clemency for the sacked members of the union in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

They are asking the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun to temper justice with mercy.

At a press briefing in Abeokuta, the capital of the state, the national president of the union and other executive members condemned the actions of the dismissed union members.

They were sacked for their alleged misconduct during the 2016 world Teachers Day celebration in the state

The chairman of the union in the state, Mr Dare Ilekoya, was dismissed alongside 16 others while 19 others were suspended by the state government in line with the recommendations of a panel of inquiry that looked into their alleged misconduct and act of indiscipline.

”The national leadership of the NUT condemn this unfortunate development in its entirety, as it did not conform with the traditions and modus operandi of the celebration,” the national president noted, while putting forward his pleas.

Begging for clemency, the national president said: “As a responsible organisation, we wish to apologise on behalf of our officers and members and ask for clemency from the governor of the state.

“We plead with the governor to grant them pardon, recall and reinstate them to their duty,” he requested.

Bayelsa Teachers Issue 21-Day Ultimatum To State Govt.

NUT, Bayelsa State, 21-Day UltimatumThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ half salary of all teachers or the teachers in the state would stop working.

This, they said, would affect their expected participation in the conduct of the National Common Entrance and other examinations.

The state wing executive council of the NUT Bayelsa state chapter issued a 9-point communique titled “Not Until We Perish” highlighting their resolution after an emergency meeting to discuss the lingering non-payment of six months’ salaries to primary and secondary school teachers.

The state chairman of the NUT, Kalama Tonpre, while reading the communique, said that the union was committed to enhancing public school system but demands improved working conditions.

He highlighted “the apparent hardship suffered by teachers on account of the prolonged non-payment of over six months’ salaries owed primary and secondary school teachers in order to be at par with other civil servants in the state”.

Other problems discussed were the planned dismissal of teachers employed in 2008/2009, the non-payment of duty post allowances, shifting the responsibility of funding primary school teachers’ salaries to local government councils and non-implementation of promotions.

Others are the 18,000 naira minimum wage arrears and non-inclusion of stakeholders in state education law committee.

According to them, if these issues are not resolved, they would stop working.

The chairman continued by saying “an ultimatum of 21 days from today is given to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ salaries of all teachers and address other problems”.

“For some teachers, these months without salary has been hellish as daily survival has been a major challenge,” he said.

The government on their part say they would do their best to pay the salaries for as many months as they can afford.

Labour Unions Disrupt Education Forum In Oyo

Education, Oyo, Labour UnionsLabour unions Wednesday disrupted a stakeholders’ interactive forum on the future of public secondary schools in Oyo State, southwest Nigeria.

Some members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state invaded the Western Hall venue of the forum to chase participants out in the process.

The state’s NLC Chairman, Waheed Olojede, NUT Chairman, Niyi Akano, and the Coordinator of the Joint Action Front, Dr. Ademola Aremu, among other union leaders stormed the venue to prevent any dialogue from taking place.

Some of the participants, who came to represent missionaries at the event, had to scamper to safety as banners were torn while other stakeholders were chased out.

In a swift reaction, the Oyo State government condemned the attack on innocent members of the public describing it as ‘uncivilised and ill advised’.

Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, said government was not selling any school nor returning any to former missionary owners.

Teachers Union Seeks Better Welfare In Kogi State

Nigerian teachersThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) as appealed to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to take the welfare of teachers in the state more seriously.

The unions made the request following myriad of issues affecting the primary education sector in Kogi State.

In a meeting with the Governor of the State, the National President of the union, Mr Micheal Alogba, express the union’s displeasure with the autonomy granted to the local government in the management of primary schools salaries.

The primary schools teachers have in the past reached several agreements without success with previous government on issue affecting them.

The unresolved issue had led to street protests and closed down of primary schools in the state for several months.

But closing down of schools is the last thing in the mind of the union now, as they had chosen to have a conversation with Governor Bello on the way forward.

Reiterating his administration’s commitments to ensuring quality education in the state, the Governor gave reasons behind some of his actions, blaming the state NUT for allowing previous administration play politics with education.

The meeting ended with promises by the Governor to end the problems affecting the teachers in a matter of days, but just like many meetings of its kind that yielded no result in the past, members of the union and indeed teachers in the state are hopeful that this time it would not be empty promises.

Kogi Teachers Appeal To Government On Welfare

nigeria union of teachersThe Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has appealed to the State Government to take the welfare of the primary school teachers as a matter of priority to bring back lost glory to basic education in the state.

The State Chairman of the NUT, Suleiman Abdullahi, made the appeal while addressing teachers in Lokoja, the state’s capital, on the World Teachers’ Day which was marked on Monday.

He also stated that education would continue to face set backs if the job of teachers is not made attractive in the society.

Kogi Teachers Protest Unpaid Salaries

kogi teachers protestTeachers under the aegis of Basic Education Staff (BES) in Kogi State have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in their present predicament over unpaid salaries and allowance by the State government.

The teachers made the appeal while protesting what they described as maltreatment of the highest order which has culminated in both physical, mental and emotional trauma, occasioned by their aggravating condition of service in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.

The protesting teachers gathered at the Holy Trinity Primary School in their numbers, carrying placards with different inscriptions in their hand to press home there demand.

It is also recorded that this is not the first time that the protesting teachers are protesting unpaid salaries, as they were prevented from meeting with the Governor.

Addressing reporters, the Chairman of the BES in Kogi State, Comrade Ohino Baiye, pointed out some alleged atrocities the board had committed to divert their allowances and also underpay them.

Comrade Baiye said they were more resolute in the struggle for emancipation and to oppose and resist the payment of salaries by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) due to the trauma they have experienced in the hands of the present board.

He stated that payment should be handed over to Local Government Education Authorities for accountability.

Comrade Baiye also said that their association became necessary because the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) was no longer fighting their cause, but was rather using them to trade.

On his part, the SUBEB Chairman said the board had paid salaries to Basic Education teachers in the state, with the fund available to them.

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Suspends Five Months Strike

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Suspends Five Months StrikeThe Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, the capital Osun State, south-west Nigeria, has suspended its ongoing strike.

The suspension of the five months industrial action by the union of the government-owned hospital is coming after the payment ‎of the 2013 salary arrears owed.

The Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Professor Femi Fadiora, revealed that a total of 150 million naira outstanding salary of LAUTECH workers owed by the Oyo State government had been offset by the Osun State government, explaining that it was the remuneration that made all workforce resume their duties.

Professor Fadiora then urged the workers to perform their duties peacefully and submissively and also appealed to the public to bear with the hospital for the long period it was out of service.

However, the turnout was low at the Osun State secretariat as workers expressed confusion on the directive‎ of the labour leaders whether to resume or not, following the 50% payment remitted to the account of officers on Grade Level 8 and above.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership is yet to make a definite statement on the industrial action but the Chairman of Osun State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Olalere Olawuyi, had directed in a statement that teachers should stay at home till further notice.

Osun Labour Unions Suspend Strike, Sign MoU With Govt.

OsunThe Leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Osun State has finally suspended its 6-week strike over their eight months unpaid salaries.

Chairman of the Union, Jacob Adekomi, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Osogbo, the state capital, told newsmen that the Union finally arrived at the suspension decision as workers have confirmed receipt of payment alerts of two months’ salaries.

With the announcement of the bail out fund by the federal government, one month into the strike, the workers became anxious and efforts to end the strike started.

On Monday, the labour leaders began to arrive at the state secretariat but did not sign as they eagerly awaited the payment signal.

Two hours after, the workers began to get the alert and so they moved into the office of the Head of Service to sign the Memorandum of Understanding signalling a suspension of the six weeks strike of the Osun State workers.

After much negotiations by the Labour leaders and government, a truce was also reached and it was announced that the workers would soon be paid the arrears of January and February.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Osun State chapter, told newsmen that the Union agreed to suspend the strike as government has fulfilled its part by paying the two months arrears.

He added that the Union has also asked for a total review of the actual number of Osun workforce and pensioners.

However, lecturers in all the state owned polytechnics and colleges of education insist they are not part of the negotiation and as such the strike continues.

A group representing the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State-Owned Tertiary Institutions (CASUOSTI) said this.

Other workers are expected to resume work on Tuesday but students in the polytechnics and colleges of education have no hope yet.

The affected lecturers and students have expressed hope that the State Government would look into this and bring an end to the crisis.

Unpaid Salaries: Osun To Pay Workers By End Of June

Unpaid Salaries: Osun To Pay Workers By End Of JuneThe Osun State Government has assured its Civil Servants and Pensioners that it would pay the remunerations owed them by the end of June.

With the development, civil servants and pensioners in Osun State, south-west Nigeria, may have cause to heave a sigh of relief.

The government made the pronouncement through the Osun State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Famodun, at a conference on Wednesday in Osogbo, the Osun State’s capital.

At the gathering of the APC leadership and members, Mr Famodun appealed to the workers to maintain calm, as the financial crisis would soon come to an end.

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Although the APC Chairman assured the workers that they would be paid before the end of the month, he was silent on how many months the government could afford to offset.

He attributed the inability of the Osun State government to pay workers in the last eight months to the drop in the Federal Allocation.

With the assurance given by the Osun State government and after a closed door meeting held with the leadership of the workforce, the workers expressed optimism of an end to the eight months of unpaid salaries, but not without some reservations.

In anther development, the Chairperson, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ilesa Branch, M‎argeret Odebode and NUT Chairman, Ile Ife Branch, Tunde Akintilebo, revealed that Mosques, Churches and Philanthropists had continued to donate food items to the workers.

It is few days to the end of June and with several meetings ongoing between the Federal Government and the Osun State Government, the pensioners and workers could only pray that their entitlements be paid soon to bring an end to the one month industrial action in the state.

At a meeting between State Governors and President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, the Federal Government promised to pay back to the State Government monies expended on Federal Government’s projects.

The Governors were also asked to look inwards and boost Internally Generated Revenue to ensure that they meet the State Governments’ salary obligation to workers.

Ogun Govt Calls For Sustained Sensitization On Ebola Virus Disease

AmosunThe Ogun state government has called for an increased and sustained sensitization amongst teachers and pupils  on the Ebola Virus Disease, as pupils in public primary and secondary resume for the 2014/2015 academic session.

This call was made by the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela while representing Governor Ibikunle Amosun at a one day health workshop  organised by the Ogun state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT)

The teachers where drawn from public primary and secondary schools in the twenty Local Government Areas of Ogun state, to be a part of the health talk on the Ebola Virus Disease in order to protect themselves and the pupils in their care at their various schools.

Although teachers were taken on what they need to know about the Ebola virus, but the occasion however provided another opportunity for them to make  some demands which they asked the government to as a matter of urgency.

Abuja Schools Resume, Screen Pupils for Symptoms of Ebola Virus

Abuja schoolsThere was screening of pupils for symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease in the nations capital as schools resumed on Monday for a new session after the long vacation.

Resumption had been delayed after the importation of the disease into the country by a Liberian-American, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who died of the disease in Lagos.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) had insisted that schools remained closed for fear that necessary safety measures have not been put in place by authorities to protect school children from the disease.

When Channels Television visited some Abuja schools, buckets, hand washing bowls and screening of pupils for high temperature were seen.

While some administrators decided to conduct these tests at the gates, others did so at the assembly ground.

Nigeria currently has no single case of Ebola, but both the government and health experts have continued to encourage citizens to keep proper hygiene.

Now that school children are resuming in some parts of the country, school administrators are expected to keep the needed vigilance for fear of another outbreak.