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FG Lied, We Didn’t Reach Agreement To Suspend Strike, Says ASUU

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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.

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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”.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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FCTA: Minister Approves 65 Years Retirement Age For Teachers

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Representative of the FCT minister, Director for Human Resources Department (HRD) of the FCTA, Muhammad Bashir, FCT director of UBEB, Dr Hassan Sule presenting approval letter of 65 years retirement age for teachers to the FCT NUT Chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi in Abuja on Wednesday.
FCTA: Minister Approves 65 Years Retirement Age For Teachers
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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The FCT minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has approved the 65 years retirement age for teachers in the territory.

The director of Human Resources Department of the FCTA, Muhammad Bashir, presented a copy of the approval letter on behalf of the minister to the chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, in Abuja on Wednesday.

The presentation which witnessed the present of the Director of the FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) Dr Hassan Sule and some senior staff of the board.

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According to the content of the approval letter, which our correspondent glanced through, stated that the FCT teachers will be now able retire at the age of 65 years.

The FCT administration, according to the letter has also set a limit of 40 years of service.

Our correspondent report that the development is on the backdrop of a bill sent to the national assembly by president Muhammadu Buhari on June, 2021.

However, the director of the FCT UBEB, Dr Hassan Sule, who confirmed the approval of 65 years retirement age and 40 years years of service for the teachers in the FCT, commended the FCT minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, for the approval.

Representative of the FCT minister, Director for Human Resources Department (HRD) of the FCTA, Muhammad Bashir, FCT director of UBEB, Dr Hassan Sule presenting approval letter of 65 years retirement age for teachers to the FCT NUT Chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi in Abuja on Wednesday.

Representative of the FCT minister, Director for Human Resources Department (HRD) of the FCTA, Muhammad Bashir, FCT director of UBEB, Dr Hassan Sule presenting approval letter of 65 years retirement age for teachers to the FCT NUT Chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the present FCT adminstration under the leadership of Muhammad Musa Bello, has been given the desire priority to the development of the education sector in the FCT, saying the minister had also commence payment of promotion arrears of the secondary school teachers for 2017 and 2018.

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Indian Doctor Raju Dinkar Sonavane Advocate For Technologically Base Society In Lokoja

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The Proprietor of Shiv India Institute of Management and Technology, Doctor Raju Dinkar Sonavane
The Proprietor of Shiv India Institute of Management and Technology, Doctor Raju Dinkar Sonavane
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The Proprietor of Shiv India Institute of Management and Technology, Doctor Raju Dinkar Sonavane

The Proprietor of Shiv India Institute of Management and Technology, Doctor Raju Dinkar Sonavane says a technologically based society could assist in solving contemporary issues affecting third world nation.

Doctor Sonavane stated this in a paper presentation during the celebration of the Kogi State Chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS)’ day in Lokoja.

He said forty five percent of Indian’s economy is rested on information communication technology noting that the development has placed the nation on the world map in the aspect of security, information dissemination, medicine and other aspects of human endeavours.

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Doctor Sonavane said Nigeria needs more educated people to build a strong economy emphasising that the vast majority that are uneducated are easily manipulated in the aspect of choices and decisions that are germane to the growth and development of the nation.

He explained that SIIMT in Ghana has a robust package for prospective candidates including international students for transfer of knowledge.

According to him, the school is currently offering four years degree course in ICT noting that international students can access fifty percent scholarship, fifty percent cash back on Airfare on the first registration and appealed to NAPPS to facilitate the platform to attract more students.

The Proprietor of Shiv India Institute of Management and Technology, Doctor Raju Dinkar Sonavane

The Proprietor of Shiv India Institute of Management and Technology, Doctor Raju Dinkar Sonavane

While expressing appreciation to NAPPS for considering him during the award presentation, Doctor. Sonavane promised to maintain good relationship with NAPPS for mutual benefits.

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Unpaid Arrears: FCT Primary School Teachers Commences Indefinite strike, As Secondary school’s Teachers Resumes Classes

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Unpaid Arrears: FCT Primary School Teachers Commences Indefinite strike, As Secondary school's Teachers Resumes Classes
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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

As the five-day warning strike of the teachers in FCT elapsed, secondary schools teachers resume classes today, while primary school’s teachers will continue with the strike action over non-payment of their outstanding entitlements.

The chairman of the NUT FCT Comrade Stephen Knabayi, disclosed this to newsmen at the end of the union’s Emergency State Wing executives Council (SWEC) meeting at the teacher’s house in Gwagwalada, Abuja, on Wednesday, night.

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He said the union decided to direct the primary schools teachers to continue with the strike action due to lack of commitment by the six area councils chairmen to pay promotion arrears and other entitlements of their members.

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According to him, the union has examined the commitments and assurances of the FCT administration to effect the payment of the secondary school’s teachers in November and December, resolved to direct the secondary school’s teachers to resume classes across the FCT today (Thursday), being 25th November 2021.

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