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EKSU workers protest non-remittance of salary deduction

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Some workers of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti (EKSU), Monday staged a protest against the management of the institution over non-remittance of their 11 months’ deduction from their monthly salary to cooperative societies.

The protesters are both academic and non-academic staff, who were members of various cooperative societies on the campus.

The protesters, who moved from the institution’s Administrative Block at about 8:10 am proceeded to the Campus gate to express their grievances.

They were seen with various placards bearing their thoughts and agitations. Among which are “Enough is Enough”, pay our 11 months’ salary, “No more half salaries”, “Our members are dying”, “Help! Help! Save Our Soul EKSU is killing us”, “O to ge, pay our outstanding salary”.

Speaking with journalists during the protest on Monday, the President of Academic Staff Union of University cooperative society, Prof. Awe Ariyo alleged that a deduction gulping 1.8 billion was not remitted to the cooperative societies’ account making it difficult to access the loan.

Ariyo said the management of the institution has no regard workers’ welfare, saying life has been difficult in the last three years.

He said non-payment of the deducted cooperative money had put the workers in shame as many of them, who depend on it, have had to deny themselves some basic necessities of life when they could not meet financial obligations.

“They have turned us to a pauper. And all our colleagues that are not doing the cooperative collect full salary. It is a sin to be frugal and send something aside to build a house, pay children school fees and buy a car.

“The problem we are having is that they are pretending to the government of paying full salary.

“Government gives them 260 million subventions whereas the wage bill is over 500 million. Instead of giving the true picture of how the wage bill rose to that level but they are pretending as if they are paying full salary.

“The Governing Council has decided to have a meeting with us but if the proposal is not acceptable, we would move en masse to the Government House to express our grievances.”

Also speaking, the Secretary of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, Mr. Aguda Azeez noted that the workers are unbearably suffering while the management is enriching their pockets unfettered.

Azeez said the institution Governing Council under the chairmanship of Prof. Bamitale Omole has derailed from its responsibility in ensuring effectiveness and efficiency in university’s administration.

“Omole-led Governing Council has been the most unproductive council we have ever had in this university.

“They have failed to look into the institution’s precarious financial situation but embarked on indiscriminate spending to their end.

“Without any noticeable development in the institution, Omole has succeeded in having five council’s meeting in just five months since it was inaugurated. And ordinarily, they supposed to meet four times a year. And each meeting consumes six million.”

” Fayemi should cross-examine activities of the council since they have been inaugurated whether it has been productive or otherwise”, Aguda said.

When contacted for reaction, the Public Relations Officer, Bode Olofinmuagun said the Governing Council is in a meeting to find a lasting solution to the issues as at the time of filing the report.

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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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