The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has denied that it reached an agreement with the federal government to suspend its ongoing strike on December 9, 2020.
The Union insisted that contrary to insinuation to that effect, there was never an understanding with the government that it would suspend the over 9 months old action on the said date.
President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in a statement made available to newsmen Wednesday night, said ASUU representatives do not have the powers to suspend or call off industrial action but must follow due process which includes transmitting the outcome of negotiations to members and National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU for further deliberations and actions.
While noting that ASUU was willing to cooperate with concerned authorities to ensure suspension of the strike once the welfare and wellbeing of ASUU members and survival of public universities were sufficiently guaranteed, he said It was a needless crisis which had happened because the government consistently failed to faithfully implement the Agreements it freely signed with the union.
The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been inundated with enquiries on why the ongoing strike action has not been suspended. This was sequel to the widely reported claims by some government agents that all the demands of ASUU have been met and that the union agreed to suspend the strike action today, 9th December 2020. Nothing can be farther from the truth!
“To put the records straight, the Principal Officers and Trustees who constitute the core of representatives of ASUU at negotiation meetings with the government are not constitutionally empowered to suspend any strike action. Whatever comes out of an engagement with agents of the government is an offer that must be taken back to the branches through the various organs of the union”.
“Views and perspectives on offers by governments are aggregated and presented to government agents as counter-offers. This trade union strategy of offer and counter-offer is continually deployed until the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU – consisting of all recognised chairpersons – finally approves what it considers an acceptable offer from the government. It is only then that any strike action by ASUU can be suspended”.
“The ASUU leadership did not reach any understanding with the government to suspend the strike on 9th December 2020 and there is nothing in the government offer of 27th November 2020 to suggest that conclusion as allegedly claimed by the Minister of Labour and Employment.
“The leadership of ASUU has consistently stated at every meeting with high ranking government officials that the union’s representatives have no mandate to take the final decision on any strike action by the union. All the leadership does is to present government offers through its organs, and that we have done faithfully in the current situation.
“ASUU members, as stakeholders in the Nigerian University System, are equally worried and embarrassed that those in the position of authority, over the years, displayed seeming indifference to the rot and decay in Nigeria’s public universities. We think it is not too late to do a rethink. We believe if there is the will, there will be away.”
Nasarawa State Varsity Gets N7m To Fight Covid-19, Says VC.
The Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed has said that the state government has supported the institution with N7million to purchase Personal Protection Equipment( PPE) in order to contain the spread of corona virus in the institution as students resumed.
Bala Mohammed made this known when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology visited the school to assess the institution’s level of preparedness over school resumption.
The vice chancellor said that the institution has purchased thermometers, hand washing facilities, face masks among others in order to curtail the spread of the virus.
According to him, we have instructed that no face mask no entry into the school environment as we have taken the measure in order to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
” I want to commend you for being up and doing in improving on the standard of education in the state.
” You are active and committed to the development of the education sector in the state.
” Government has fumigated all of our faculties and our health staff have been trained on COVID-19.prevention.
” The state government has supported us with N7million to purchase Personal Protection Equipment( PPE) ,” he said.
Bala Mohammed also said the state Chairman on COVID-19, who is the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe has approved the establishment of Isolation and testing centres in the institution.
The vice chancellor has assured of the management’s readiness to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols by students, staff and other visitors coming to the school.
Earlier, Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Hon Daniel Ogazi said that they were in the institution to assess its level of preparedness on re-opening of the institution amidst second wave of coronavirus.
Ogazi, who is the Deputy Majority Leader of the House said that the Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi has tasked the committee to visit schools in order to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
” It was in view of that the committee cut short its recess to visit schools in order to assess the level of preparedness on schools re-opening,” he said.
Ogazi commended the management of the institution for providing thermometers, hand washing among others at the entry of the school, hostels and classes as well as offices and called for its sustenance.
The Chairman assured of the committee’s continued commitment to support the institution to succeed.
It would be reported that the committee alongside management of the institution inspected lecture halls,board rooms, hostel among others to assess the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
FG College Kano 2007 Alumni Elect New Excos
New Officials to oversee the affairs of the 2007 set of Old Student Association, Federal Government College Kano State, have been elected.
Among those elected are Lieutenant Babagida Adamu President, Hope Anigbe Vice President while Okon Andrew emerged Vice President two.
Others include Doctor Hassan AbdulRahman Secretary General, Bernard Odiba Financial Secretary, Rahmat Bashir Auditor, Fatima Mohammed Yakubu as Treasurer with Jafar Umar Welfare Officer.
The rest are; Theresa Enuulu Assistant Welfare Officer, Patience Ogbaji Public Relations Officer (PRO), Bashir Yusuf Legal Director, Daniel Obaga Sports Director as well as Rahmat Idris Editor, among others.
The election which was conducted during the 2020/2021 annual reunion of the 2007 set of the school saw the new officials emerged unopposed.
In his acceptance Speech, the President of the Association, Babangida Adams promised to work for the unity and progress of the Association, noting that he will not let members down.
In a remark, the principal of the school, Bello Rabeh, commended the efforts of the 2007 set at coming together to celebrate and foster unity among themselves.
He charged them to remember the almamata as God blesses their endeavors.
View Full List Below:
President: AB Saleh
VP 1: Hope Anegbe
VP 2: Okon Victor Andrew
Secretary General: Hassan Abdulrahman
Asst. Sec. Gen: Hauwa Ibrahim
Fin. Sec. 1: Bernad Odiba
Fin Sec 2: Rahmat Bashir
Treasurer: Fatima Mohd Yakubu Jafar Umar
Welfare 2: Theresa Patience Ogbaji
Legal Adviser: Bashir Yusuf
Auditor: Daniel Obaga
Editor: Rahmat Idris
Ex-Officio 1: Abba Tijani
Ex-Officio 2: Fatima Ladan
Chairman, Reunion Committee. – Sulaiman A. Sulaiman
Chairman, Student’s Academic Committee: Hussein Abdulrahman
Chairman, Student’s Counselling Committee: Sadiq Ahmed
Chairman, Fundraising Committee: Zakari Ahmad
Chairman, Disciplinary & Constitution Review Committee: Ibrahim Buratai
Borno Governor Approves N624.3m For Payment Of Scholarship Grant To 23, 776 Indigenous Students
With an ongoing effort to sustain his educational programme, Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved N624.3m for payment of scholarship to 23,776 citizens of Borno State in 49 tertiary schools across Nigeria.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallambe who announced this in a statement on Sunday, disclosed that payments to students have already began with N320m paid to students in nine institutions, under the first batch while second batch of students will start getting payment on Monday, January 18, with the sum of N304.3m to be disbursed.
“From a total of N624,370,000 approved and released by His Excellency, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, for scholarship to 23,776 Borno students, the ministry has disbursed N320m under the first batch, to students in nine tertiary schools located in Borno State. Those paid include part 4 and 5 students of University of Maiduguri, students in Borno State University, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College, College of Education Waka – Biu, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration Konduga, Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology-Bama and those in Mohammet Lawan College of Agriculture” Mallambe announced.
The commissioner added, that from Monday, January 18, 2021, the ministry will begin the disbursement of another N304,370,000 to Borno students in 40 higher institutions across Nigeria.
Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallambe also disclosed that Governor Zulum had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin located in different parts of the country, to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to Borno people in the long run.
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