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ASUU Strike: Federal Government sets up new committee to renegotiate 2009 agreements

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ASUU Strike: Federal Government sets up new committee to renegotiate 2009 agreements

ASUU Strike: Federal Government sets up new committee to renegotiate 2009 agreements

The federal government has inaugurated a new committee to renegotiate the 2009 agreements with lecturers and others, as part of its effort to end the eight-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Recall that the lecturers who are currently on strike are demanding for funding for the revitalization of universities, earned allowance, the constitution of visitation panels, payment of shortfall in salaries of lecturers, and a stop to the use of the payment platform, IPPIS, for payment of the salaries and allowances of lecturers.

The committee which will re-negotiate the 2009 agreement between the federal government and the university-based unions, will be headed by Professor Munzali Jibril and is categorised into substantive members, advisers and observers.

Members of the committee are the Pro-Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nimota Akanbi; Pro-Chancellor, Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo, Nimi Briggs; Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Wukari, Lawrence Ngbale; Pro-Chancellor, FUT, Minna, Femi Odekunle; Pro-Chancellor, University of Calabar, Nkechi Nworgu, Pro-Chancellor, Kaduna State University Shehu Abdullahi and Pro-Chancellor, Kebbi State University, Mamman Magoro.

The advisers are  Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC); Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund); Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC); Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of State-owned Universities; Chairman, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU); Secretary, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU); Chairman, Association of Bursars of Nigerian Universities (ABNU), and Secretary, Association of Bursars of Nigerian Universities (ABNU).

The observer category is composed of representatives from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Finance and Budget Planning, Federal Ministry of Justice, Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, and Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Adamu said;

“It has also become necessary and urgent that all hands must now be on deck to restore the confidence reposed in university education by students, parents and the general public.

“As you are quite aware, the federal government and relevant stakeholders, in the past months, have been neck-deep in several meetings with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others, to resolve the outstanding issues that led to the current industrial action in public universities.

“Government, like other stakeholders, is also worried about the vicious cycle over the years of the myriad of industrial actions by one staff union or the other.

The cumulative effect has been the obvious loss of productive and precious
man-hours direly needed by the universities to fulfil their tripod mandates of teaching, research and community action.

“The terms of reference of the team are to re-negotiate the residual issues in the 2009 Agreements between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the university-based unions, towards a workable and implementable agreement between both parties, such that will facilitate repositioning of Nigerian universities for greater responsibilities in national development.

“Propose and prescribe short, medium and long-term measures for the
sustainable funding and management of federal universities, in order to
restore lasting peace, stability, harmony and progress in the Nigerian
university system; and make any other recommendations.”

 

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Traditional birth attendant advocates end to Female Genital Mutilation

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By Gistflash

June 20, 2021

A Traditional Birth Attendant in Calabar, Mrs Ekaete Udoffia, has called for unconditional end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), practiced in many communities in the country.
She made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Saturday.
FGM refers to the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons, typically done between infancy and the age of 15, but adult women may also undergo the procedure.
Udoffia, who estimated that one out of every four women in Cross River between the ages of 15 and 49 had been cut in the name of Female Genital Mutilation, added that “though I am a traditional birth attendant, a profession I inherited from my mother, I am against FGM.
“I discourage mothers from cutting their baby girls.
“The figures in the south, especially South West and South East, are on the high side according to the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS 2018),” she said.
She described cutting of girls and women as an act of wickedness, capable of hindering the future of the the victims sexually.
She added that “FGM is evil and remains a form of Gender Based Violence which must be resisted by well meaning Nigerians, especially here in Calabar.
“In 2008, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) developed a joint programme to look at the states with high prevalence rate of FGM in the South-West and South-East and found four states.
“Osun had the highest prevalence, followed by Ebonyi, Imo and then Ekiti.’’
Udoffia, who frowned at the act, which she said she also practiced in the past, wondered why some cultures still promote it in the 21st century.
She dismissed the excuse that Female Genital Mutilation was being perpetrated for prevention of promiscuity.
She explained that “promiscuity is most times attitudinal, because many commercial sex workers or promiscuous ladies were cut.
“Here, there is a belief that if it is not done, the girl will be promiscuous and won’t be able to get married; these are just beliefs with no scientific backing.
“You will be surprised that people who practice FGM are educated, yet they subject their daughters and sisters to this obnoxious tradition.”
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ASUU threatens industrial action over non-payment of members’ salaries

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June 20, 2021

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on an industrial action if the 13 months’ salaries of over 1,000 of its members across the country were not paid.

Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, Chairman, University of Jos chapter of the union, who stated this in a statement on Saturday, in Jos, added that the Federal Government had also withheld the check-off dues of the affected members.

He accused Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of Federation (AGF), for systematically denying the lecturers their remuneration, even after government and the union had reached an agreement on non-victimisation of its members following their last strike.

The chairman alleged that the affected members were being threatened to either enrol into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform, or have their salaries withheld.

He explained that despite the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, that members of the union be paid their full remuneration, the AGF had denied the affected union members their pay, in complete violation of the terms of the agreement signed between the union and government.

Maigoro said that the office of the AGF had continued to feed the public and some sections of government with false reasons over the matter, such as incorrect BVN numbers, incorrectly spelt names and their sequential arrangement, among others.

He, however, added that such excuses were not tenable, because the bursary departments of their various institutions had submitted the names severally to the authorities, but the problem had continued to persist.

“ASUU wants to bring to the attention of the Nigerian public the deliberate, systematic and unpatriotic actions of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on the future of education in Nigeria.

” Idris, from all intent and purposes, is bent on withholding the salaries of over 1,000 members of ASUU spread across the country, with more than 100 of such lecturers being members of our branch at the University of Jos.

“This is simply because they participated in the last strike and refused to enrol in the much discredited IPPIS, despite the non-victimisation clause signed in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) that led to the suspension of the strike in December 2020.

“Despite the directive given by Mr President to pay the salaries of all lecturers, the AGF has refused to pay their salaries, for periods ranging from four to thirteen months, respectively.

”More worrisome is the fact that while the AGF is refusing to pay the salaries, his staff are busy calling the affected lecturers and insisting they have to register with IPPIS before they are paid; some are even asked to forfeit a part of their salaries in order to be paid. So, it is very clear that this is a deliberate act on the part of the AGF and his staff.

“Many of our members at the University of Jos have not been paid salaries from February 2020 to date. How they are expected to go to the classroom and teach beats my imagination.

“It is not news, that our union have vowed to fight back at any cost in order to salvage our colleagues from his tyranny and unpatriotic act against not just ASUU members, but the future of education in Nigeria and so, if nothing is urgently done, we will be forced to take action,” Maigoro said.

“The union has gotten to a stage where it may be forced to take drastic measures to save the lives and families of its members because their despair is also our collective despair.

Maigoro also said that the inability of government to pay other allowances, such as sabbatical, visiting, part time and contract staff was also destroying the university system in the country.

“Apart from the refusal to pay the salaries of our members, the lack of payment of allowances of sabbatical, visiting, part-time, contract staff is further killing the federal universities in Nigeria, and this is all because of IPPIS.

“We hope that whatever decision the union takes, will not be misconstrued by the Nigerian public, especially seeing the seeming silence of the public and the government over the complete violation of our 2020 MoA,” he said

Maigoro called on President Buhari to wade into the matter, in order to save the affected members, as well as the future of education in Nigeria.

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2021 UTME: JAMB delists 25 CBT centres for poor performance

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June 20, 2021

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has delisted 25 Computer-Based Exam Centres (CBT) across the country for poor performance at the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held nationwide on Saturday, June 19.

A statement issued on Sunday, in Abuja, by Dr Fabian Benjamin, spokesperson for JAMB, said the delisted centres failed during the conduct of the 2021 UTME held for one million applicants.

“Candidates posted to any of these centres are required to await further directives by checking their profile, email addresses and SMS on their registered phone for a new date,” Benjamin said.

The delisted centres were in 11 states and the FCT, with Lagos having the highest at 6, followed by Kaduna 4, Edo 3, Ondo 2, Plateau 2, FCT 2, and Oyo, Osun, Delta, Benue, Imo, Nasarawa, having one each.

He gave the names of the delisted centres and their states as follows:

S/N

      STATE

                                                      CENTRE NAME

1.

BENUE STATE

HARRY PASS POLYTECHNIC CBT CENTRE, OFF GBOKO AMELADU ROAD, ALONG ORTESE MARKET AFTER CDM ACADEMY, GBOKO, BENUE STATE

2.

DELTA STATE

IZISCO OBOS INSTITUTE OF MARITIME STUDIES AND TECHNOLOGY, 2 IGBESIVWE STREET, OFF OKERE-UGBORIKOKO ROAD, WARRI. DELTA STATE

3.

EDO STATE

OSENI ELAMAH ICT INSTITUTE, 39, POLY ROAD, AUCHI, EDO STATE

4.

EDO STATE

GIVITEC CBT CENTRE, 192, MURTALA MOHAMMED WAY, BY EKIOSA MARKET, BENIN- CITY, EDO STATE

5.

EDO STATE

KINGS POLYTECHNIC, UBIAJA, EDO STATE

6.

FCT, ABUJA

GEF SYSTEMS LTD, PUBLIC SERVICE INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA, (PSIN) DUTSE JUNCTION, KUBWA EXPRESS WAY, ABUJA, FCT

7.

IMO STATE

ORU EAST CBT CENTRE (FOE ICT) ORU EAST LGA HEADQUARTERS OMUMA, IMO STATE

8.

KADUNA STATE

BETHEL BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL, KM 6 KACHIA ROAD, MARMARA DAMISHI, KUJAMA, KADUNA STATE

9.

KADUNA STATE

ZABIB COLLEGE NO 11 UMAR ABDULLAHI TSAURI ROAD, UNGUWAR DOSA, KADUNA

10.

KADUNA STATE

ST. ALBERT INSTITUTE, FADAN-KAGOMA, KAFANCHAN, KADUNA STATE

11.

LAGOS STATE

MASSINO COMPUTER CBT, 35 ASSEMBLY HALL ROAD, BY LIMCA B/STOP, ITOGA BADAGRY, LAGOS STATE

12.

LAGOS STATE

IP SOFT TECHNOLOGIES LTD.36, MOBIL ROAD BESIDE ASHANTI BARRACKS APAPA, LAGOS STATE

13.

LAGOS STATE

INSTITUTE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY ADMINSTRATION. 7TH AVE. OPPOSITR K CLOSE, ALAKIGA B/STOP FESTAC TOWN LAGOS STATE

14.

LAGOS STATE

SWEET VALLEY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, MIKE ANISON CLOSE, OFF AYENI STR, 2ND JUNCTION, GOVERNOR’S ROAD, IKOTUN, LAGOS STATE

15.

LAGOS STATE

CERTIFIED INSTITUTION OF SHIPPING, CISN B/STOP, NEAR MAGBON BADAGRY, LAGOS

16.

LAGOS STATE

AL-MIYZAN SCHOOLS CBT CENTRE, AL-MIYZAN CLOSE, ADAMS ESTATE, IKOTUN, LAGOS STATE

17.

NASARAWA STATE

AUNTY ALICE SCHOOLS, 48 AUNTY ALICE SCHOOL ROAD, MARARABA, KARU LGA, NASARAWA STATE

18.

ONDO STATE

THE FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, ALONG ONDO-IPETU, IJESHA ROAD, ILE-OLUJI, ONDO STATE.

19.

ONDO STATE

KING EMMANUEL COLLEGE ICT CENTRE, 34-40 KING EMMANUEL STREET, SHOWBOY RD, ORE, ONDO STATE

20.

OSUN STATE

ODUDUWA UNIVERSITY, OPPOSITE IFE-IBADAN EXPRESSWAY ROUNDABOUT, IPETUMODU, OSUN STATE

21.

OYO STATE

FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (SPECIAL), E-LIBRARY, CENTRE 1, OYO, OYO STATE

22.

PLATEAU STATE

PLATEAU STATE UNIVERSITY BOKKOS, BUTURA VET, BOKKOS. PLATEAU STATE

23.

PLATEAU STATE

ST AUGUSTINE’S ACADEMY, SOLOMON LAR WAY, BEFORE SATURDAY MARKET JUNCTION, LANGTANG, PLATEAU STATE

24.

KADUNA STATE

SKOLAK RESOURCES LTD, BZ 3 SARDAUNA CRESCENT OFF JUNCTION ROAD, KADUNA, KADUNA STATE

25.

FCT, ABUJA

GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL TUNDUN WADA, AREA 10, GARKI, ABUJA

 

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