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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Breaking News Federal Government has Order VC’s For Reopening Universities across the country

RE: FG Order VC’s To Reopen Universities


Though not surprised by the so-called order from the most insensitive government ever in the history of our dear country, Nigeria as regard to the fundamental rights of Nigerian masses, which is right to education.


It is quite clear to everyone who cares to follow updates concerning industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since middle of February, 2022, that the present government does not have the political will to address some of the reasons if not all that made university based unions to embark on the longest strike that has never been possible under previous administrations in the history of this nation.


However, it is important to straighten the records, Nigerian Public universities were never closed or locked down. This position can be verified with a visit to respective university‘s administrations. The academic staff simply withdrew one of their services to the universities that is teaching, while research and community services are ongoing. Even the unending strikes could be regarded as community service because it is in the overall interest of boosting and advancing our universities to be competitive globally or have a minimum standard of what is called university internationally.


As regard to research, browse through the internet especially academic databases like Scopus, springer and so on and so forth and discover how many publications; such as journals, book chapters, conferences proceedings, seminar etcetera were published by the Nigerian academics this year especially from February, 2022 to date with or without government funding.


To settle the face-off between FG and ASUU and return academic activities to our Universities, I humbly suggest the following options.


1. Terminate appointment of ASUU members


The FG in its recent attitude, the Federal government claims to have wanted that masses to go back to school by-fire-by-force despite the obsolete tools and equipment found on university campuses. Regardless of quality education in tertiary institutions, specifically universities. Since ASUU is “adamant” and refuses to go back to classroom despite court order and now FG order, what is the difference!. The FG should just sack all academics in the country then replace them with other set of Nigerians that would not demand for a better educational system.


2. Employ or Hire professors from around the globe


After sacking all academics, the government should hire senior academics from foreign universities to come and teach the teeming population of students in the universities. This option I swear this government might not attempt to try it. It requires a huge amount of money and no benefit to the political class.


Less I forget, since the quality education is not a way to go as demonstrated by government officials, especially the presidency. The almighty FG should just employ every interested Nigerian with interest to teach in university irrespective of qualification and character, just like political office holders; anybody with senior secondary certificate examination (SSCE) results like WAEC, diploma, NCE and so on, even original NEPA bill should be considered for immediate employment as academics in the universities in order to fill up the vacancy after sacking all lecturers and ensure school “reopens” as soon as possible. 


3. Fulfill the agreement


This government, like its predecessors, entered an agreement with the union a number of times but refused to honor it. Where is his integrity? Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Memorandum of Action (MOA) were duly signed by this government apart from renegotiation reports by the committees willingly set up by the government, but as if like there is nobody in-charge of the administration. Nobody is talking about it except few and the FG wants the patriotic ASUU to also be coward and keep mute and follow blindly until the university education in Nigeria perishes. 


4. Another option


The FG should do nothing and keep blackmailing and issuing propaganda until its remaining months are over. We pray an education friendly president is elected in the forthcoming 2023 general election. Vote wisely, vote freedom.


5. Provisional conclusion


The ball is now on the coat for FG to decide and choose among the options presented above. As a student, I want the government to go for option number three (3) because the country is ours and posterity will be kind to present administration as one that brought an end to the incessant strikes in Nigerian universities.  


God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

God bless Academic Staff Union of Universities

God bless Nigerian Students 


Mohammed Ajuji, Student, ATBU, writes.

Friday, July 1, 2022

NLC plans one-day protest over ASUU strike The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed its affiliate bodies to mobilise for a one-day strike next week over the lingering strike by ASUU

NLC plans one-day protest over ASUU strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed its affiliate bodies to mobilise for a one-day strike next week over the lingering strike by ASUU.



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed its affiliate bodies to mobilise for a one-day strike. This strike is to protest the recent increase in fuel prices and the removal of fuel subsidies by the Nigerian government. The NLC is demanding that the government reverse its decision on fuel prices and reinstate the fuel subsidy.


The NLC's decision to call for a strike has been met with mixed reactions from the public. Some people support the NLC's decision, believing that it is the only way to get the government to listen to the people's demands. Others are against the strike, saying that it will only cause more hardship for the already struggling masses.


Whatever one's opinion on the matter, there is no doubt that the NLC's decision to call for a strike will have a significant impact on the Nigerian economy.


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The NLC's decision to call for a strike will have a significant impact on the Nigerian economy. The one-day strike will result in a loss of productivity as workers will not be able to go to work. This will have a knock-on effect on businesses, as they will not be able to operate as usual. This will lead to a loss of revenue for businesses and, ultimately, a loss of jobs.


The strike will also cause disruptions to transportation and other essential services. This will further impact businesses and lead to even more job losses. The strike will also cause prices of goods and services to increase, as businesses will pass on the cost of the strike to consumers.


All of these factors will have a negative impact on the Nigerian economy. The NLC's decision to call for a strike is likely to result in more hardship for the already struggling masses.


The NLC's decision to call for a strike is likely to result in more hardship for the already struggling masses. The one-day strike will result in a loss of productivity as workers will not be able to go to work. This will lead to a loss of income for workers and their families.


The strike will also cause disruptions to transportation and other essential services. This will further impact workers and their families, as they will not be able to access these services. The strike will also cause prices of goods and services to increase, as businesses will pass on the cost of the strike to consumers.


All of these factors will have a negative impact on the lives of workers and their families. The NLC's decision to call for a strike is likely to cause more hardship for the already struggling masses.


The NLC's decision to call for a strike is likely to cause more hardship for the already struggling masses. The one-day strike will result in a loss of productivity as workers will not be able to go to work. This will lead to a loss of income for workers and their families.


The strike will also cause disruptions to transportation and other essential services. This will further impact workers and their families, as they will not be able to access these services. The strike will also cause prices of goods and services to increase, as businesses will pass on the cost of the strike to consumers.


All of these factors will have a negative impact on the lives of workers and their families. The NLC's decision to call for a strike is likely to cause more hardship for the already struggling masses.


The NLC's decision to call for a strike is likely to cause more hardship for the already struggling masses. The one-day strike will result in a loss of productivity as workers will not be able to go to work. This will lead to a loss of income for workers and their families.


The strike will also cause disruptions to transportation and other essential services. This will further impact workers and their families, as they will not be able to access these services. The strike will also cause prices of goods and services to increase, as businesses will pass on the cost of the strike to consumers.


All of these factors will have a negative impact on the lives of workers and their families. The NLC's decision to call for a strike is likely to cause more hardship for the already struggling masses.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

ASUU President Osodeke Discloses,  that there are  Yet To Hear From FG  He further Expresses Uncertainty Over Suspension of Strike

ASUU President Osodeke Discloses,  that there are  Yet To Hear From FG  He further Expresses Uncertainty Over Suspension of Strike



The striking Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it is awaiting the response of the Federal Government on its demands.


The President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, told newsmen that the meeting was fair, saying they were expecting the government to respond to the issues they discussed with the committee.


When asked if ASUU would call the strike off soon since it had a fair deliberation with Briggs committee, Osodeke said, ‘‘I don’t know if we are calling off the strike soon. We are waiting for the final response from the government.


“It is a committee of different government agencies. They need to go back to their principal and look at what we agreed on and then get back to us. When they respond to us, we will give you full details.”


He revealed that University Transparency and Accountability Solution is still undergoing test by National Information Technology Development Agency, adding that ASUU has had three meetings with the Federal Government’s committee.


He said, “They will call us when they are ready for another meeting, but none for now. We have had about three meetings with them.’’


Thursday, June 9, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Highlight From MOUAU ASUU Meeting Held Recently

 EXCLUSIVE: Highlight From MOUAU ASUU Meeting Held Recently



1. Minimum Wage Arrears: 6 different schools including Universities of Agriculture were not paid the arrears of the consequential adjustment to the minimum wage. When the Union sought for explanation on why they were omitted, it was reported that the Ministry of Education excluded those under the Ministry of Agriculture. Then, the Minister of Agriculture was contacted by National leadership of ASUU and they said they were working on it. 


Submissions were called from the omitted schools including ours. Unfortunately, ours came over bloated in figures and it was sent back for corrections. Later on, it was also discovered that what was resent didn't capture Account numbers of our Staff. It was returned again for corrections which was completed by Thursday last week. 


Thereafter, the ministry said they are expecting the remaining five schools to submit so they can pay everyone generally. But, the Union prevailed on them to pay those whose own are ready yesterday which they promised to do. Hence, if they go on as agreed, before the week ends, we should get our own minimum wage arrears.


2. Renegotiation of salaries and agreement:

The Minister of Education took over the negotiations from Labour and ASUU has met severally with the Committee set up for this. After some discussion, they agreed on a percentage increase that was acceptable to ASUU. So, the Government team was tasked to refer back to their Ogas and reconvene on Monday for final conclusion. ASUU President enjoined us all to pray seriously towards Monday meeting because if agreement is reached by Monday, the only hurdle will now be implementation. 


The new salary incorporates allowances such as Journal allowance, rent, etc. The new salary will not be consolidated but split so you know what is your basic and other allowances. Hence, taxation will be done on basic only.


3. EAA and revitalization fund: Due to the lingering strikes and inability of FG to implement agreement citing lack of funds, the Union has agreed for FG to pay a substantial amount of money as EAA and revitalization fund once and for all to cover all arrears till date. This is part of the Union's magnanimity to see that incessant strikes are stopped. Hence, when the money is released, there will be no issue of arrears of EAA again nor revitalization fund. Hence, 2009 agreement will be laid to rest and this new one proposed to be signed this will replace it.


4. UTAS: The platform has passed its test but is not yet accepted because the JAC of non-teaching presented theirs and insisted on using it as their payment platform. Knowing that two different payment platforms can't exist in an institution, the Union proposed to meet JAC and liaise with them to accept UTAS and have a common goal and voice.


5. National Housing Fund: The Union appreciated the idea and has agreed for her members to open accounts with Federal Mortgage Bank where such deductions can be transferred. But, the approval will come after UTAS is deployed so that proper account of all deductions will be transferred. This NHF gives members access to loans for building.


6. Promotion arrears: The University submitted wrong figure which made some persons paid and others not. Hence, ASUU has set up Committee to look into it internally across all schools and develop the right payment schedule. 


7. After the deployment of UTAS, a Committee will be set to look into all deductions under IPPIS and develop cases of over-deductions and prepare a schedule for repayment.


8. Visitation panel report: The white paper is ready and is being gazetted. The reports covers findings between 2011-2016 and 2016-2021.


9. Governing Council of Universities of Agriculture: The Ministry of Agriculture earlier stalled the inauguration of Council members of Universities of Agriculture because they were aggrieved they were constituted by Ministry of Education where those Universities don't belong. Hence, ASUU leadership contacted the Minister who promised to inaugurate them last week but traveled. This will be followed up to see if it will be done soon.

ASUU, SSANU, NASU, ASUP Suspended In Edo, Lecturers Who Fails To Resume Will Be Sacked – Obaseki

 ASUU, SSANU, NASU, ASUP Suspended In Edo, Lecturers Who Fails To Resume Will Be Sacked – Obaseki



The Edo State government has suspended all union activities in state institutions of higher learning following protest by students of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


The decision which was made after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, yesterday, is to take effect immediately.


 “By this notice, academic activities are to resume in all state-owned institutions and all cadre of staff are directed to report to their duty posts immediately.


“Students across all state-owned tertiary institutions are expected to resume for lectures as necessary measures have been taken to ensure resumption of academic and non-academic activities.”


 “Management of the affected institutions have been mandated to pay all outstanding salaries immediately.” statement reads partly. 


The management of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, has been directed declare vacant and advertise the position of any staff that refuses to resume work in line with this directive.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Reports Claiming ASUU ‘Will’ Suspend Strike This Week Not Real – UNILAG Lecturer, Others Disclosed

 Reports Claiming ASUU ‘Will’ Suspend Strike This Week Not Real – UNILAG Lecturer, Others Disclosed


Some of the lecturers who spoke with BusinessDay expressed a divergent view of Twitter news claiming that ASUU would suspend strike this week.


Stanley Boroh, a lecturer at the Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa State told BusinessDay that there is yet no news from the union as pertains to resumption, but that the union is negotiating with the committee over several issues which cut across the payment platform.


“ASUU is asking the federal government to retest the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) side by side in order to arrive at a preferred platform for payment,” he said.


Charles Onwunali, a lecturer at the University of Lagos, denied knowing that ASUU is calling off the strike soonest.


“ASUU does not issue statements through Twitter, it is not the union’s mode of information dissemination, so I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the message,” he stated.


Onwunali disclosed that the federal government is meant to keep IPPIS as its payment platform against the union’s demand for UTAS.


He reiterated that using IPPIS will eventually turn the university system into a ministry and that according to him will amount to destroying the tertiary education sector.


And We're Still Trying To Resolve Some Issues, But There's Progress – Osodeke Speaks As ASUU, FG Renegotiation Committee Sitting Ends Today 


The university unions’ and Federal Government renegotiation committee sitting will end today.

Osodeke told The Punch saying ‘‘There is progress but it depends on the government side. We had a fairly good meeting we are still trying to resolve the issues.

“Until we get the final report from the government. We are trying to work in the same direction. They are also testing UTAS.’’

It is believed that the committee would submit its report to the FG this week or they could be ‘given an extension’.



FG Not Serious In Adopting UTAS – Osodeke Discloses, As Union To Make Their Decision Known This Week and

 FG Not Serious In Adopting UTAS – Osodeke Discloses, As Union To Make Their Decision Known This Week



ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, told journalist Abulu Osemuaghu exclusively via the telephone that it will brief the media this week on their decision.


Osodeke accused Federal Government of foot-dragging on its various demands especially the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, (UTAS) despite scoring 90%.


ASUU President also admitted that although the meeting with the Federal government’s 2009 Agreements renegotiation team led by Professor Nimi Briggs has so far been fruitful.

Poly Unwana ASUP Chapter Meets, Agrees To Continue Strike Until Management Attend To Crucial Demands 


The statement on the outcome of ASUP Poly Unwana chapter meeting held on monday 6 June, 2022, signed by Okoh Chukwuemeka Richard DOI SUG of the institution, reads in part; 

“ASUP Poly Unwana chapter has vowed to continue its strike after meeting with its members. Reason being that the management is yet to attend to their crucial demands and untill then the strike continues.


Meanwhile discussions continues with the management as regards the strike. Any further development as regards to the strike will be communicated to us as they come.” he added.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Just in :ASUU considers adjusting main demands



With about 72 hours to the time limit the Federal Government gave the Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee to conclude negotiation with ASUU, there are indications that the union may make some concessions in its demands from the government.

Checks by Vanguard, yesterday, showed that this followed the progress being made in the meetings between the committee and the leadership of the union.

Though the concessions may not include overlooking the demands that have financial implications, the union could give more time to the government to meet some demands.

A source told our correspondent that both parties still met on Saturday, as the deadline given the Briggs Committee to conclude its assignment would lapse mid week.

He said: “Demands that have financial implications such as the payment of Earned Academic Allowance, Revitalisation Fund, the payment of withheld salaries are not negotiable. There are some areas we may shift grounds but until it is officially done, let us wait.

“Our children and wards are affected too by the strike. How much do we earn to send them abroad or to private universities here?

“We are not insensitive to the welfare of our students and the anxiety of parents. It is the government that is not getting its priorities right. Education is a vital sector that should not be left to rot,” he said.

When contacted, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the two parties had been meeting as scheduled.

“All I can say is that we are meeting and we are discussing and progress is being made. Whatever we arrive at we will make public. Whether their team has a time limit to do its job does not concern us. As a union, we are always ready to negotiate whenever they are ready too,” he said


If The Government Is Not Fulfilling Its Own Part, You Don’t Expect ASUU To Keep Quiet – Prof Salami Backs ASUU

 If The Government Is Not Fulfilling Its Own Part, You Don’t Expect ASUU To Keep Quiet – Prof Salami Backs ASUU


Prof. Ayobami Salami, former Vice-Chancellor of The Technical University, Ibadan, during an interview with journalist, disclosed that strike action is the best method to make federal government fulfil the Union's demands.


He said “ASUU is one of the crucial stakeholders in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. All the stakeholders need to work collaboratively to rescue our educational system from the quagmire.


“ I know, as a people,  we blame ASUU but is the government fulfilling its own part? If the government is not fulfilling its own part, you don’t expect ASUU to keep quiet. It’s not only about ASUU, it’s about the government; it’s about other crucial stakeholders in charge of the system. ” he added

Earned Allowance, Revitalisation Fund, Payment Of Withheld Salari

 Earned Allowance, Revitalisation Fund, Payment Of Withheld Salaries Not Negotiable – ASUU Insists As Strike Lingers



A source told Vanguard that Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee and the academic union met on Saturday, as the deadline given the Briggs Committee to conclude its assignment would lapse mid week.


He said: “Demands that have financial implications such as the payment of Earned Academic Allowance, Revitalisation Fund, the payment of withheld salaries are not negotiable.....”


“Our children and wards are affected too by the strike. How much do we earn to send them abroad or to private universities here?


Read for More news:: If The Government Is Not Fulfilling Its Own Part, You Don’t Expect ASUU To Keep Quiet – Prof Salami Backs ASUU


We are not insensitive to the welfare of our students and the anxiety of parents. It is the government that is not getting its priorities right. Education is a vital sector that should not be left to rot,”he said.


When contacted, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the two parties had been meeting as scheduled.


“All I can say is that we are meeting.... Whatever we arrive at we will make public. Whether their team has a time limit to do its job does not concern us. As a union, we are always ready to negotiate whenever they are ready too,” he said.

Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria received with rude shock the attack on St. Francis Church, Owo leading to the death of over 50 people and many with others injured.

 Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria received with rude shock the attack on St. Francis Church, Owo leading to the death of over 50 people and many with others injured.



We are devastated, the nation is bleeding. 

This is evil, wicked and a monstrous act .


To the entire Christians youths and Christians, Is a black Sunday. It is too heavy to bear. The body of Christ and the church is violeted. 


Nigeria is bleeding and the entire nation are mourning. 


We call on all the entire Christian youths and by extension all Christians all over the world to observe three days mourning and for the souls of those killed and total recovery of the injured ones.


The government must act now and ensure that the perpetrators are exposed and brought to book.


We urge security agencies to commence full scale investigations in a bid to arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act and to avoid recurrence


We commiserate with the entire Christians and the Catholic community and pray to God to grant the departed souls eternal rest. 


Our heartfelt condolences to the Catholic community especially the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo and the entire Christians at large.


Hon. Amb. Belusochukwu Enwere

National Chairman

Man United enter race to sign Christian Eriksen on free transfer - report

Man United enter race to sign Christian Eriksen on free transfer - report

Manchester United are hoping to sign Christian Eriksen on a free transfer this summer, according to a report in England




Manchester United have entered the race to sign Christian Eriksen on a free transfer this summer, according to a report in England.

The lakevibez is reporting that the Red Devils are set to turn to Eriksen as a potential candidate to bolster the Manchester United midfield ahead of the 2022-23 season.

The same article states that new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants to recruit the Denmark international to improve his options in the middle of the park.

According to the same story, Ten Hag worked with Eriksen as the 30-year-old made his way back to action after having a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 last summer to eventually playing for Brentford in the Premier League last term.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Brentford have already offered Eriksen a contract that would make the Danish playmaker the best-paid player at the west London club.

The media outlet go on to reveal that Eriksen’s former club Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also involved in the race to sign the Danish midfielder.

Spurs would be able to offer Eriksen the chance to play in the Champions League next season but Manchester United can only offer Europa League football following their sixth-placed finish.

Eriksen, who has netted 38 goals in 112 games for Denmark since making his senior international debut in 2010, scored one goal and made four assists in 11 games in the Premier League last season.

The 30-year-old has a well-established Premier League career after netting 70 goals in 316 games during his stints at Brentford and Spurs.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

LAUTECH ASUU, JAC summon congress over Gov. Makinde’s position on Strike

 LAUTECH ASUU, JAC summon congress over Gov. Makinde’s position on Strike



Mouthpiece NGR reports that both Academic Staff Union and Non Academic Staff Union of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso have summoned congress over the position of Governor Seyi Makinde on the ongoing strike. 


The unions which had been on strike since last 4 months refused to resume academic activities despite the school management order late last month. 


Governor Seyi Makinde, while featuring on a program today tagged “#EpadeGomina” monitored by Mouthpiece NGR correspondent, threatened to invoke the policy of No work, No Pay if the staff fail to pull out of strike. 


According to him, “As of today, their subvention is being withhold. If they don’t go back to school, I won’t pay their subvention.”


“The students must know who to hold accountable. We expect 100 per cent cooperation but some want to play politics.


We will only pay those who return to their duties. I don’t care whether it’s an election year. I will only do what is right till the last day of the tenure.”


Mouthpiece NGR gathered that the unions will hold separate congress in the school on Monday for a congressional decision on whether to pull out of the National strike or not. 


When contacted, a member of the Joint Action Committee said there is need for a congress to iron out some issues.


He said the governor laid emphasis on some people trying to play politics with the strike, stressing that the congress will save the heads of its union leadership.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Bishop tasks FG on speedy resolution over ASUU Strike

 



As Foundation Mentors Law Students

The Diocesan Bishop of Ijesa North Diocese of the Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. Isaac Oluyamo, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to ensure speedy resolutions of its negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) so as to allow students resume their academic activities without further delay.


This was even as the Justice Innocent Umezulike Foundation has held a virtual internship and mentorship programme for law students affected by the strike.


The cleric, who spoke in Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, at an event to mark his seventh anniversary as the Bishop of the Diocese, said the affected students have spent too much time at home doing nothing, adding that their continuous idleness could lead them into vices.


Oluyamo, who also commissioned a 300kva transformer and a road constructed by the Church along Rehoboth at the Diocesan Headquarters as part of the event, urged Nigerians to pray and allow for a peaceful transition in 2023, noting that no meaningful development could take place in an atmosphere of rancour.


“As we continue our service to God and humanity, we appeal for prayers for our nation Nigeria; for peace and peaceful transition of the Buhari administration. We can’t afford to let our great nation be divided through politics. We must not let ourselves down in this period because it’s a very sensitive time for our nation.


“We appeal to the Federal Government to see to the needs of ASUU so that students can resume academic activities without further delay. These students have stayed for too long at home. I urge both the Federal Government and leadership of ASUU to meet at a roundtable and resolve the issue in the interest of our future generation,” he said.LAUTECH ASUU, JAC summon congress over Gov. Makinde’s position on Strike


The internship programme was implemented by imparting core professional ethics and academic values on the students. According to the foundation’s Head of Legal and Research, Rachael Obodo-Obunseli, the virtual mentorship/internship programme kicked off on May 11, 2022.


Seasoned legal practitioner and immediate past National Assistant Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Akorede Habeeb Lawal Esq. served as the guest lecturer and delivered training on ‘Understanding Facts and Principles of Law: The Law Students Perspective’.

  

In the following weeks, an international legal practitioner licenced in Nigeria and the New York Bar, Benigna Ejimba Esq. lectured the students on ‘Essentials of Law Undergraduate and Bar Finals Examinations’. The guest lecturer taught the students how to approach exam questions, the nitty-gritty of legal research and its importance in legal practice, particularly paying attention to ‘Etiquettes and Essentials of Rules of Professional Conduct’.


  

The final week of the programme had guest lecturer, Awele Ideal Esq. train the students on ‘Effective Legal Advocacy’. This topic forms the bedrock of effective legal practice, whether on the bench, bar or academia.”


It exposed the students to the basic pros and cons of becoming a new lawyer and the options available to them in legal practice.


Earlier discussed during the session were some excerpts from the book ‘The New Wigs and The Challenges of Legal Practice in Nigeria’ written by Justice Umezulike.


An award ceremony/graduation also held virtually on May 31, 2022, to celebrate all successful participants. Special prizes were awarded to some exceptional interns. As a main event, a first of a kind virtual Moot Court Competition featured four qualified law faculties across Nigerian universities with current serving judges presiding the proceedings.




ASUU strike Saturday, 4 June 2022 update over new negotiation

 The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), announced that present negotiations with the recently constituted committee chaired by Prof. Nimi Briggs has been progressive.


The Union disclosed this in a statement on Friday after its visitation panels submitted reports.

It revealed that negotiations with the committee commenced last week over its demands.


In its statement, ASUU said it met today as its visitation panels submitted reports.


It tweeted, “The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday expressed optimism about its ongoing meeting with the Prof. Nimi Briggs committee, describing the negotiation as being progressive.”


Prof.

Emmanuel Osodeke, National President of the Union added said the union had been negotiating with the Briggs committee since last week over its demands.


An anchor and owner of the popular Human Rights Radio in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ahmed Isah, has announced that he is crowdfunding for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to class.


ASUU and other university workers’ unions have been on strike for almost four months. The unions’ demands, among other things, include better funding for the nation’s public tertiary institutions and improved welfare for their members.


While the government released 34 billion naira for the payment of minimum wage consequential adjustments from 2019, ASUU has maintained that until its core demands are met, it will not suspend the strike.


In a live broadcast on Thursday, Mr Isah, who is the anchor of the Brekete Family programme on the radio station, said he is willing to volunteer to mediate between ASUU and the government.


He also promised to donate N10 million naira to the cause and called on Nigerians to donate into a designated bank account posted on the Brekete Family social media pages and his personal twitter handle.


Mr Isah also announced the donation of N1 million naira by Segun Ogunyanwo, a deputy registrar at the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).


“Let us challenge ourselves as Nigerians. This is an opportunity for us to test ourselves to know how united we are. Come 2023, this ASUU intervention will give me a sign that, as masses, we are ready to turn things around,” he said on Thursday.


“Your one naira, N1,000 naira, N5000, N10,000 is not too small. No matter how poor you think you are, make sure you contribute something, even if it is one naira.”


ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, and Ben Goong, the director of press at the federal ministry of education, couldn’t be reached for comments. Also, text messages sent to them had not been responded to as of the time of filing this report.


Universities and the federal government have been urged to rally around and close ranks so that Nigerian students will leave the streets and go back to classes.


The Senator representing Abia North at the National Assembly, Orji Uzor Kalu, made this plea on Tuesday in a statement on his Facebook page.


He expressed his sympathy for Nigerian students “who against their will are out of school due to the ongoing ASUU strike”.


He said, “I call on the universities and federal government to rally round and close ranks so that our students will leave the streets and go back to classes.


“I sympathise with the students who against their will are out of school due to the ongoing ASUU strike”.


The Senate Chief Whip remembered the past, stating, “while I was the Governor of Abia state (199-2007), primary to university education (in the state) was made free and affordable.


“My government invested a lot in education to encourage people to go to school.


“ Read for more: Bishop tasks FG on speedy resolution over ASUU Strike LAUTECH ASUU, JAC summon congress over Gov. Makinde’s position on Strike 


 The states and federal government are supposed to pay strict attention to education. It is irresponsible for any government to deny attention to education sector.”


He added, “Incessant strikes lead to delays in students’ graduation and slows down their life plans and life pursuits”.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions have said the Prof Nimi Briggs Committee is in negotiation with the unions.


Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, the ASUU’s National President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union had been negotiating with the Briggs Committee since last week over its demands.


ASUU commenced its ongoing strike on February 14, 2022 after the Federal Government failed to meet some of its demands namely; the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution payment platform.


lakevibez recalls that on March 7, 2022, the Federal Government inaugurated a seven-man committee chaired by the Pro-Chancellor of Alex Ekweme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Prof Nimi Briggs.


The committee, which is expected to review the proposed FGN/ASUU Agreement, has its terms of reference, some of which include; to liaise and consult with relevant stakeholders to finalise the position of the FG to the issues in the draft proposed FGN/ASUU renegotiated agreement; renegotiate in realistic and workable terms the 2009 agreements with other university-based unions; and negotiate and recommend any other issue the committee deems relevant to reposition the National Universities Commission for global competitiveness.


Osodeke said, “We are discussing with the Federal Government through the renegotiation team and we started last week.


“The negotiation is between ASUU and the Briggs Committee and agreement should be negotiated quietly. When we reach an agreement, we will come to the press. We hope this approach/ negotiation will solve the problem so that by next week, we will brief Nigerians. Give us a little time.”


When asked if ASUU would call off the strike soon, Osodeke said, “We don’t know until we finish the negotiation.”


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic(ASUP) has directed its members to resume work on Monday May 30, 2022 following the expiration of its two- week strike.


The union said it took the decision following some progress made with the Federal Government regarding its demands.


ASUP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa disclosed that the government had met four of its demands.


It said the decision to resume work was to give the federal government more time to meet the remaining five demands.


The statement reads: “The two weeks definite strike of the union will be rounding off on the 29th of May, 2022 as agreed by the emergency meeting of NEC.


“Consequently, the union is requesting


members to resume duties effective 30th of May, 2022 while hoping that government will take advantage of the window to address the five outstanding items.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that despite the non-payment of salaries to its members, the union remains undaunted in its struggle for a better university system.


Speaking to our correspondent on Friday, the Chairman of the union’s branch at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, confirmed to The PUNCH that the Federal Government stopped paying the salaries of striking lecturers since March 2022.


Dr. Egbedokun said, “The last time they paid us was February. Since March, they stopped paying the salaries.”


Another lecturer at the institution also confirmed the non-payment of the salaries.


Speaking further, Dr. Egbedokun said, “We’re used to it. The non-payment of salaries cannot break us.”


When asked about the next move of the union over the ongoing strike and the minimum wage arrears reportedly paid to the lecturers, the Chairman said that the wage arrears were statutory by the law and had nothing to do with their current agitations, saying, “If you observe, ASUU has not said anything about it, we decided not to, it is not the crux of our agitation.”


“What we’re expecting the government to do now is to come forward with a proposal, in response to the submitted renegotiated document, which has been with the government since May 2021. This time, we’re not signing or interested in any Memorandum or Agreement again. Let them come forward with a proposal in response to the renegotiated document, and let’s see how we can consider it.”


The National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on Thursday noted that the union would not call off the industrial action if the federal government refuse to attend to their demand.


ASUU in its demands has called for the renegotiation of the ASUU/FG 2009 agreement and the sustainability of the university autonomy by deploying UTAS to replace the government’s “imposed” (IPPIS).


Also in its demands is the release of the reports of visitation panels to federal universities, distortions in salary payment challenges, funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowance, poor funding of state universities and promotion arrears.


Osodeke on Thursday said there won’t be a need to call off the strike despite the federal releasing N34 billion for the payment of consequential adjustment for a minimum wage of workers in the education system.


He further stated that the N34 billion released was not part of their demands.


Osodeke also sympathised with university students over the prolonged strike by the union.


According to Osodeke, the students are suffering for Nigeria’s future and education system.


The ASUU president said the students were not being punished but paying the price to ensure that Nigeria had a good education


ASUU: FG Agrees To Pay N34bn Minimum Wage Arrears


The Federal Government says it will spend about N34 billion as arrears of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the education sector effective from 2019.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige said that this was aimed at resolving the lingering crisis in the sector, NAN reports.


Ngige made this known while speaking with newsmen on the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and others on Tuesday in Abuja.


Ngige said that the beneficiaries of the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments included the members of the striking ASUU and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.


According to Ngige, the universities will get N23.5 billion, the polytechnics N6 billion and the Colleges of Education N4 billion, bringing the total sum to N33.5 billion.


The minister, while giving an update on the ongoing strike, said committees were set up during the last tripartite meeting of the government and university based unions.


He said they were given a fortnight to turn in their report, adding they were still working and the reports of the committees were being expected at the end of the week.


“Those committees are working. The one on NITDA is testing the three platforms, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).


“Also the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) of the non-teaching staff.


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D, on Monday, threatened to shut down major airports if the face-off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government continued.


NANS South West Zone Coordinator, Mr Adegboye Olatunji, made this known in Abuja on Monday, at a protest to the All Progressive Congress (APC) Secretariat in solidarity with Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun to run for a second term.


Olatunji said that it was time both parties came together to resolve the issues leading to the strike as students were at the receiving end.


“We are planning to block government organisations that generate money for them if the ASUU issue is not resolved.

We have been protesting on this issue by occupying major roads in the South West but we believe if we ground airports, the government will do something about the strike,” he said.


Olantunji said that the student body had dissociated itself from Abiodun’s prosecution and disqualification from contesting the 2023 elections.


He said Abiodun’s education policy remained enviable in the South West region because he’s coming on board had helped in the resuscitation of some tertiary institutions in the state.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities has insisted that its members won’t resume work despite the Federal Government’s payment of minimum wage arrears.


This [was contained in a circular by the University of Lagos branch of the union titled, ‘Payment of minimum wage arrears’.


The chairman of UNILAG ASUU, Dele Ashiru, confirmed the authenticity of the circular on Saturday.


Ashiru described the arrears payment as “long-overdue”, saying that the core demands of ASUU have not been met.


The circular read, “The leadership of our Branch has been inundated with calls concerning the recent payment of the long-overdue arrears of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage.


“Our members are reminded that this is not one of the core demands upon which the ongoing strike action is premised.


“For the avoidance of doubt, the demands of our Union are the conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, abrogation of the fraudulent and corrupt IPPIS scheme and the deployment of UTAS, payment of promotion arrears, the proliferation of State Universities and governance issues amongst others





Friday, June 3, 2022

ASUU SET TO MEET, EXPRESSES OPTIMISM OVER MEETING WITH FG,AS MEETING YEIDIED POSITIVE OUTCOME---RESUMPTION LOADING

ASUU STRIKE UPDATE
Asuu strike  set to meet with FG again



ASUU SET TO MEET, EXPRESSES OPTIMISM OVER MEETING WITH FG,AS MEETING YEIDIED POSITIVE OUTCOME---RESUMPTION LOADING

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday expressed optimism about its ongoing meeting with the Prof. Nimi Briggs committee, describing the negotiation as being progressive.

‘’We are meeting soon; we are having a follow-up, we don’t publicise our meetings, we want to do it quietly and then tell the public our decision,” Osodeke said

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

AGAIN, ORTOM ADVOCATES AUTONOMY FOR THE JUDICIARY

AGAIN, ORTOM ADVOCATES AUTONOMY FOR THE JUDICIARY 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has reiterated his call for complete autonomy for the judiciary to enable the arm of government dispassionately uphold the rule of law. 



Governor Ortom bared his mind Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi during the swearing-in ceremony of three newly appointed High Court Judges in the State judiciary. 

The newly sworn-in Judges are, Justice Felicia M. Ikyegh, Justice John M. Shishi and Justice Gabriel A. Omale following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, NJC. 

The Governor recommended that all entitlements due to the judiciary should be deducted at source from the Federation Accounts and remitted directly to the Heads of Courts for onward payment to judicial staff. 

The Governor also stated that "all matters of welfare of judicial staff – salary, pension and gratuity should henceforth be handled by the National Judicial Council.  

"This I believe has become necessary for the smooth and effective operations of the judiciary in a democratic setting," he said. 

Governor Ortom reaffirmed his administration's policy of non-interference in the affairs of the judiciary, noting that it was the reason he assented to the Benue Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2021 to enable the State judiciary perform its duties in line with the rule of law. 

The Governor ranked the Benue State judiciary as one of the best in justice dispensation in the country saying his administration has consistently sponsored judges and lawyers to conferences within and outside the country to improve the quality of their work. 

While congratulating the new High Court Judges, Governor Ortom acknowledged that their appointments were based on sound knowledge of the law and positive character and charged them to remain above board and shun temptation to pervert justice in the discharge of their duties. 

He further noted that at a time when the government and the public are calling for quick dispensation of justice, the judiciary must live up to its responsibility as democracy cannot thrive without adherence to the rule of law. 

Justice Ikyegh in her response on behalf of the newly sworn-in Judges expressed gratitude to God and thanked the Governor for appointing them on the endorsement of the NJC. 

She also appreciated the State Chief Judge, Justice Aondoaver Kaka'an, the Judicial Service Commission as well as the Nigerian Bar Association for their various roles in the justice sector and stated avowed commitment and strict adherence to their oath of office. 

The State Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu, the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly and Governorship candidate of the PDP, Titus Uba, Chief Judge of the State, Justice Aondoaver Kaka'an, President Customary Court, Justice Cosmas Idye, the Head of Service, Mrs Veronica Onyeke, the Chief of Staff, Dr Tivlumun Nyitse were among top government officials who witnessed the ceremony.

Nathaniel Ikyur
Chief Press Secretary,
June 2nd, 2022







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