ASUU Divided Over Choice Of New OAU VC

OAU, OAU VC, ASUUThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU in the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) are now divided as controversies continue over the selection and consequent announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

The division follows a recent statement by the chairman of the union in the university, Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly declaring the support of ASUU for the process leading to the announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

‎The pronouncement by Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly stating that the selection process for the new vice chancellor for the university was free, fair, and credible drew the anger of some members of the union.

They gathered under the umbrella of ‘Concerned ASUU Members’ stating that the chairman of the union did not state the position of ASUU in the university.

However, the chairman of ASUU of the university, Dr. Aborisade, when contacted declined to speak on camera stating that the union could not have taken a stand on the legality or otherwise of the process as none of the aggrieved candidates has approached it with their grievances.

Meanwhile, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have continued their protests against the selection process and the consequent announcement of Professor Ayobami Salami as the new Vice Chancellor of the institution.

They called on the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry to look into allegation of fund mismanagement by the outgoing vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Bamitale Omole.

The tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor of the institution, ends on June 23.

Committee Begins Investigation Into Crisis In Ekiti Polytechnic

Polytechnic Ado EkitiA committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Education to investigate the cause of the crisis in the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, has started work.

The management of the polytechnic led by the Rector, Taiwo Akande, has been at loggerhead with the unions of the institution over corruption, financial reckless, nepotism and some other illegalities.

The crisis has led to the closure of the institution, with the unions calling for the removal of the rector.

At a press conference, the committee led by Olu Nipede promised to get to the root of the matter without fear or favour.

In another press briefing the Academic Staff Union, the Senior Staff Association and the non-Academic Staff Union of the polytechnic have called on the panel to ensure they do their job objectively and come out with recommendations that would not be bias.

Reacting to some issues, the Rector told reporters in Ado Ekiti that she would be vindicated in the end of the probe.

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Workers Embark On Indefinite Strike

LAUTECHHealth workers under the aegis of Joint Negotiation Council at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo chapter has finally directed all its members to embark on an indefinite strike to demand for what they termed “their rights” from the State government after series of protests and consultations with the management.

‎ A visit to the hospital revealed less activities of workers, as most of the usual busy areas looked deserted and the only workers on duty were medical doctors.

The health workers comprising of about five Unions had last week threatened the management of the hospital and the State government to down-tool this week if their demands were not accorded appropriate action.

It began with the peaceful protest as the health workers of  LAUTECH , Osogbo chapter trooped out to decry their plight and demand for what they said was their right within and outside the hospital complex.

This was followed by series of meetings with the management, but it seemed the talk was deadlocked, as the Union members had carried out their threat of embarking on an indefinite strike.

The JNC union members; National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Non Academic staff Union, Nigerian Union of Allied Health professionals, Medical and Health Workers ‎Union of Nigeria and the Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, are fighting for payment of their outstanding salaries, National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS  for health workers, among other things.

Top amongst the demands of these members was the issue of pension. They complained that workers of  LAUTECH  Teaching Hospital, Osogbo chapter do not have benefits of pension at retirement.

The spokesperson of JNC, Afolabi‎ Abiodun added that the industrial action would go on as long as their demands remained unmet, appealing to the general public who would be mostly affected to bear with them during the course of fighting for their rights.

The hospital looked deserted and although doctors were the only ones attending to the patients, the Chief Medical Director, Prof Femi Fadiora  told Channels Television that the matter is being handled and soon, relief would come the way of the members.

Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti Workers Call For Rector’s Removal

Polytechnic Ado EkitiThe workers of the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, in a peaceful protest, stormed the office of the Rector alleging illegal deductions from their salaries amounting to the sum of 250million naira by the management.

The protest was led by the leaders of the three unions of the institution; the Non Academic Staff Union, the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnic, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, as well as the members.

Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian polytechnics, Dr. Ayeni Oluwole, said that the school management must ensure total payment of all the money deducted so far from the workers’ salaries with immediate effect.

Also, the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union, Adekunle Adeniyi, also stressed the urgent need for a change in the leadership of the institution.

The Rector, Taiwo Akande, appealed to the unions to be patient, as their demands would be met as soon as it is approved by the Federal Government.

She further stressed that the lecturers should also consider the students as the strike already embarked on by the unions would not in anyway do them good.

With the indefinite strike embarked on by the unions, academic activities in the institution have been shut down. They said that the situation would remain till their demands are met.