The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have threatened to embark on a three-day protest on January 12, 2021 over the government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.
The unions made it known in a circular jointly issued on Sunday in Abuja saying that the planned strike was to protest the non-implementation of an agreement reached with the Federal Government.
The unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) issued the circular to all branch chairmen of the unions in the universities and Inter-university centres.
The circular was signed by General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi and president of SSANU, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim.
The JAC which comprised the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities directed all its branches to mobilize the members on Monday for the rallies.
Adeyemi said that a JAC meeting was held on Jan. 8, where the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached and signed with the Federal Government on Oct. 20, 2020, was reviewed.
He listed the agitations of the unions to include inconsistencies in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information Systems (IPPIS) payment, non-payment of Earned Allowances (EA), and non-payment of arrears of minimum wage.
He also fingered the delay in the renegotiation of Federal Government, NASU and SSANU negotiation of 2009, as part of the agitations.
According to him, other demands are the non-payment of retirement benefits of out-gone members, teaching staff usurping headships of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures.
Adeyemi also decried the neglect and poor funding of state universities and the non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.
He added that in view of this development, the JAC, therefore, directed that a general meeting of its committees in all branches of universities and Inter-university centres be mandatorily held on Jan. 11.
“The meeting is to sensitise members on the issues, as contained in the MoU.
“That a three-day protest should hold from Tuesday, Jan. 12 to Thursday, Jan.14, at each branch from 8 a.m to 4 p.m each day,” he said.
According to him, state, zonal and national officers of JAC shall monitor the three -day protest, to ensure strict compliance by branches.
“Every branch should ensure that all members participate fully in the protests, while all COVID- 19 protocols are to be complied with.
“As the branch protests mark the beginning of a series of industrial actions to be undertaken by JAC, you are to await further directives immediately after the three- day protest,” he said.
He added that every branch must comply and strictly adhere to the directives.
Renaming My University Is Impossible- Rochas Okorocha Warns Uzodimma
In reaction to the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma’s announcement of renaming the Eastern Palm University to K. O. Mbadiwe University due to the decamping of the son of the late politician and ambassador, Greg Mbadiwe to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the former Governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha has said that renaming the University without his consent is impossible.
Rochas Okorocha, who is currently representing Imo West senatorial district stated that the university was set up based on a public-private partnership between the state and the Rochas Foundation, added that it will be contemptuous for Governor Hope Uzodimma to rename the Eastern Palm University.
Okorocha also faulted the State assembly’s repealment of the law establishing the university. He said;
“The law establishing the University prescribed the PPP arrangement.
“Since that was the setting, the Assembly, therefore, defaulted or had acted in contravention of the law by not getting the consent or agreement of the two parties involved, on the reported repeal.
“In other words, the repeal only existed in the imaginations of those behind it.”
The Senator who revealed that he established and got licences for five universities and four polytechnics while he was governor, accused the lawmakers and the state government of disregarding a pending court case on the matter.
“For both the Assembly and the government to be taking one-sided decisions on the fate of the university, without reference to the main party and the court matter, has only made their actions questionable and contemptuous.
“A university is not a street one can rename or change its name at a polling unit where he had gone to revalidate his membership of APC. So, the claimed renaming of the university does not add up in reality.
“The purported repeal of the law establishing the university without recourse to the position of one of the parties has also made the Assembly a willing party in the matter in court.
“Until the court decides on the matter before it, there is nothing anybody can do about that.”
FUOYE Orders Strict COVID-19 Guideline Following Closure By Ekiti COVID-19 Task Force
After the shutdown of physical classes and laboratories in Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) by the Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Task Force following violation of guidelines, the management of the University, on Sunday appealed to the university community and the public to remain calm and shun distractions that could hamper their academic target.
The University’s management in a statement titled, ‘FUOYE management’s response to Ekiti NCDC visit’, through its Deputy Director, Corporate Information Services, Adeyinka Ademuyiwa, said the university had taken steps on the observations of few infractions against COVID-19 protocol during a lecture in a classroom/ laboratory.
Why was physical activities stopped in the University?
The Coordinator, Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Task Force, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, had, following widespread violation of COVID-19 guidelines observed during a surprise visit to FUOYE on Friday, directed the university authorities to shut down all physical classes and laboratories until further notice.
FUOYE management’s reponse.
But Ademuyiwa said, “The management has immediately directed the university community, particularly students and staff to follow strictly the guidelines established for post-COVID resumption of academic activities, which stipulated virtual lecture delivery mode for large classes and compulsory wearing of masks on campus.
“Other measures taken include monitoring of lectures and enforcement of compliance by the university committee task force; immediate reticulation of water for hand washing on both campuses and display of more banners and posters for more sensitisation and compliance and provision of more sanitisers and infrared thermometer in strategic locations.”
The management urged the university community to “stay focused and shun distractions that could jeopardise our goal of finishing 2019/2020 academic session as scheduled.”
BREAKING: 3 EBSU Dead After They Suffocate While Writing GST Exam
Three students of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU) allegedly died after they suffocated while attempting to write a GST exam in a crowded hall on Wednesday.
According to acquired footage shared online showed hundreds of students struggling to get a space in the hall for the exam.
During the struggle, eight students reportedly fainted, some got injured, and some suffocated to death.
Footage shows students rushing unconscious students out to the open space so they can get air.
Some allegedly never regained consciousness.
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Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Student Macheted To Death
A student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State was macheted to death by some unknown armed persons on Wednesday.
The Polytechnic’s Public Relations Officer, Samuel Ojo, who confirmed the incident said the reason for the attack is still unknown.
Ojo dismissed rumours that the killing might be connected with the Student Union Government elections which is holding this week. He said there was no evidence to back up the claims that the killing is connected with the SUG elections and that the killing happened outside the polytechnic campus.
Ojo added that an official statement on the incident will be released later.
Kaduna State Govt. Approves Partial Opening Of Schools
The Kaduna State Government has approved Monday, February 1, 2021, as the resumption date for some primary and secondary school students in the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, Phoebe Yayi said only SS3, JSS3, and JSS1 students of public and private secondary schools are to resume on Monday, while primary 6, 5, and 4 of Private Schools only are to resume on the same day.
Phoebe who disclosed that all public Primary Schools remain closed until all the COVID-19 protocols have been properly put in place before they will be opened, said the decision to reopen the schools was taken after extensive appraisal of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the State and a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders of both State and Federal Health and Education sectors within and across the State.
The appropriate resumption dates for the rest of the classes SS2, SS1 and JSS 2 in public and private schools and Primary 3, 2, 1, and Nursery classes will be announced at the appropriate time.
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