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ASUU: LASU announces date when lecturers, students will return to class

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The Lagos State University, LASU, chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has announced that lecturers of the institution will resume work on Monday.

Dr Tony Dansu, Secretary of LASU Chapter, said on Friday in Lagos that the development was as a result of the suspension of the three-month strike embarked upon by the union since Nov. 4, 2018.

NAN reports that ASUU had on Thursday, Feb. 7, suspended the over three months strike following a “palatable agreement” it reached with the Federal Government.

The union’s demands include: a shortfall in salaries of some Federal Universities’ workers and lecturers, unpaid Earned Academic Allowances and the revitalisation of projects that were part of the 2009 agreement among others.

“We have called a congress for Monday by 11 a.m. and we shall officially inform our members to resume work at the congress.

“Academic activities will commence on Monday immediately after the congress,” the union leader said.

Meanwhile, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice-Chancellor of LASU, has in a statement, welcomed students of the institution back from the ASUU nationwide strike that paralysed academic activities in most public universities in Nigeria.

Fagbohun said academic activities for the ongoing session in the university resumes immediately as the semester and session had been overstretched.

“This explains why we all must fully work together to get the LASU academic calendar back on track.

“We urge our world-class students to earnestly do what is expected of them in the areas of course registration and payment of school fees.

“Also in preparation for examination as we cannot afford to further drag our academic calendar,” Fagbohun said.

He appreciated the unwavering commitment and selfless service of the university workforce to the LASU project.

The vice-chancellor said the university was looking up to its staff in every department, unit, faculty, directorate and centre to provide leadership and work towards ensuring that all academic and administrative activities hit top gear immediately.

“At this time, very distinguished colleagues, LASU needs us to once again rise to the occasion and show unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness.

“The LASU story has never been about easy starts or luxurious journeys.

“Our history has been that of a university community, blessed with hard working staff and creative students who are capable of turning even the most unlikely situations around.

“We are a community that has emerged stronger from our challenging times and we are now building a prosperous and peaceful university,” he added.

Fagbohun also urged members of the university community to collectively push the frontiers, stand up for the ideals of its founding fathers and ensure that no bottleneck is allowed to draw the institution back in any form.

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Nigerian Lecturer Sacked By Ghana Varsity Recounts Ordeal, Vows Never To Go Back To Ghana

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The professor of English noted that the meeting in the video was supposed to be a private discussion and not a lecture as the Ghanaian media claimed, adding that it was not meant to condemn the people of Ghana.

Austin Nwagbara, the Nigerian Professor sacked by a Ghanaian university over unsavoury comments about Ghana, has recounted his ordeal, vowing not to go back to Ghana because of the humiliation.

He spoke on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting with the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Citizens in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Nwagbara noted that the police further complicated the matter when he voluntarily reported at the police station alongside the Nigeria High Commissioner. He claimed the police twisted the story that he was arrested and handcuffed.

The Professor of English noted that the meeting in the video was supposed to be a private discussion and not a lecture as Ghanaian media claimed, adding that it was not meant to condemn the people of Ghana.






He said the Ghanaian media deliberately skewed the story as part of their anti-Nigeria agenda with the view to cast aspersion on Nigerians living in their country.

He added that the entire story was orchestrated to run Nigeria down.

He said, “It was a gathering of Nigerians who came out to see how the unfriendly relationship between Ghanaians and Nigerians could be resolved. For a large part of that meeting, Nigerians were taking the blame but the person who edited the video has his agenda.

“I know that nobody likes to be condemned and the intention was not to talk bad about Ghanaians. I have a great Ghanaian friend. I taught many Ghanaian students and we have been in good relationships. There are great Ghanaian scholars but the media projected it in a strange way, saying, “who is this Nigerian to come and question our system.”

“You cannot plan a coup in an open place, you cannot do it in an open restaurant and what will I be planning a coup for? That is an absolute lack of knowledge to say a Nigerian with thirty others were planning to take over the government of Ghana.”






The professor also said he was not given enough time to defend himself before the panel of enquiry set up by the university to investigate the matter. .

The University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, had sacked Nwagbara, a visiting Nigerian lecturer, over comments he made in a video that has since gone viral.

He was accused of making unsavoury, unethical and damning comments about Ghana, its history as well as its educational system.

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Anambra State To Sack Teachers Without Qualification

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Anambra State government has given December 31 this year as the deadline for teachers without the requisite qualification to either acquire it or be given the boot.

The state Ministry of Basic Education in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnaemeka Egwuonwu, for the Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, gave the warning on Wednesday.

Omenugha said it was in line with an earlier directive of the Minister of Education to disengage teachers without the right qualification by December.

It added that a reminder had earlier been addressed to the chairman of the Post Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC), Anambra State Universal Basic Education (ASUBEB) and Education Secretaries.

The state also referred to the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria’s (TRCN) letter of April 24, regarding the minister’s directive.

The reminder urged teachers to be registered and licensed by TRCN in line with section 17, Sub-Section 2 of the enabling law establishing the council.

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Senate speaks on SSANU, NASU strike

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The Senate, on Tuesday, passed a resolution to avert impending strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU).

This followed a motion by Sen. Barau Jibril (APC-Kano), on the urgent need to avert the impending strike by SSANU and NASU.

Barau, who brought the motion, cited order 42 and 52 of the Senate rule, saying both unions had issued a strike warning to the Federal Government.

He said the unions had indicated their planned strike was based on the inability of government to grant their request, NAN reports.

According to Barau, the unions said their members were excluded from participating in the new pension administration approved for university lecturers.

He explained that the unions said the payment of 20 per cent earned allowance to their members as against the payment of 80 per cent to the Academic Staff Union of University (ASSU), was not acceptable.

Barau said the planned strike, if allowed to go on would not be in the interest of the nation’s tertiary institutions.

He maintained that the senate owned it a duty to intervene in the proposed strike.

Contributing, Sen. Adamu Aliero (APC-Kebbi), who seconded the motion, said it was important for Senate to intervene to avoid another crisis in higher institutions.

In his contribution, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani,(PDP-Enugu), said the senate must urgently intervene to advert the looming strike by the unions.

Sen. Ibrahim Oloriebe (APC- Kwara), said the effect of strike would put several students on the streets.

Other senators, who supported the motion stressed the need for a stable calendar in the educational system, given the importance of manpower to the development of any nation.
Some of the senators also called for adequate funding of tertiary institutions and payment of lecturers.

The senate thereafter, resolved to invite the leadership of SSANU, NASU and ASSU to resolve the issue.

It also resolved to invite officials of Ministry of Labour and Productivity and Ministry of Education to address issues raised by the unions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the unions had begun a three- day protest on Monday to press home their demands from the federal government.

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