Wednesday, 18 December 2013
"WE WILL RESUME STRIKE IF..." – ASUU THREATENS
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that it will not hesitate to resume its suspended five-month old strike if the federal government fails to honour its own part of the agreement. Announcing the suspension of their five month strike, in Minna, Niger State capital yesterday, ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Fagge, said that the lecturers’ struggle was not political but to salvage the country’s universities from total collapse.
Speaking during a press briefing, Fagge added that after their marathon meetings Monday to Tuesday morning at Federal University of Technology Gidakwanu, Minna, it became imperative to suspend the strike. At the press briefing which took place at Bosso campus of FUT Minna, ASUU boss stated that their struggle was based on the constitution of the union which compels it to establish and maintain just and proper condition of service for all members bearing in mind that the union would at all times protect and advance the social economic and cultural interest of Nigeria.
He said, “We have undertaken to go back to classrooms, laboratories etc, to do our best for our students, their parents, and our country. We are going back to rekindle the motivation and aspiration in our members to strive to encourage our students to excel, all in its expectation that government will sincerely honour its own part of the bargain.
“Our union is therefore bound by its constitution to make positive contributions to the economic and social progress of Nigeria, her association and interest our struggles reinforce, and are, in turn, reinforced by these ideals”.
According to him, the union struggle is animated by a vision of a country united by the people themselves and not by ethnic, religious, and regional champions as well as “by clubs of the rich bearing the name of political parties”.
He stated that, the union struggle over the past five months might be misrepresented, maligned or vilified but they stood by the vision of the principle outlined by the union which led to the agreement with the government, necessitating the suspension of the strike.
The ASUU President stated that, the meeting has resolved to accept the resolution signed between the Union and the Federal Government on the 11th December 2013 with the president of NLC as witness and also agreed to consciously and diligently monitor the implementation of the resolution. FG inaugurates committee to oversee NEEDS implementation Meanwhile, the federal government has inaugurated two committees to oversee the implementation of the NEEDS assessment programme which was set up to revitalise federal universities.
The supervising minister of education, Barr Ezenwo Wike announced this yesterday during the first inaugural meeting of the committees that the two include that of allocation and logistics and both were set up to ensure proper monitoring of funds.
Wike said the allocation committee which is to be headed by erstwhile TETFund boss, Prof Mamood Yakubu, will be in charge of allocation and the second committee will give amendments to be made.
“The committees will go through various universities to see if the funds allocated are judiciously used. You must note that federal government is not implementing or awarding contracts. Federal government only monitors.”
He revealed that “The six geo-political zones will each have a committee to co-opt other members so that there can be transparency and accountability.” While commending the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the suspension of the five months protracted strike, the minister said the committees will have only two days from inauguration to submit reports.
In doing this, he stated that the union has resolved to facilitate the inauguration of the monitoring committee on the reports of the Needs Assessment Report NAR of Nigeria universities and ensure faithfully compliance to the NAR.
He stated that, the union also resolved that no member suffer any lost of deserved benefit arising from the strike especially the unresolved issue of earned allowances which is expected to be settled through the implementation monitoring committee as contained in the resolution with the federal government.
He said based on the considerations, “finally NEC resolved to suspend the strike embarked upon on 1st July 2013, with effect from Tuesday December 17th, 2013 and directs its branches to resume work forthwith”.
FG to invest N1.3trn to transform varsities The federal government is set to commit N1.3 trillion into public universities in the next six years in order to transform the institutions.
Supervising minister for education, Barr Nyesom Wike said this yesterday while responding to the suspension of the six months old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. He said part of the fund would be used to revitalise infrastructure in public universities to transform the into international centres of excellence.
He said this was because it considered education as a veritable source of empowering the less privilege Nigerians to achieve their life ambitions.
FG suspends chairman, Pro-chancellor of UNN The federal government has suspended with immediate effect the chairman/pro-chancellor of the governing council of the University of Nigeria,Nsukka (UNN) Dr EmekaEnejere.
The supervising minister of education, Barr Nyesom Wike made the announcement yesterday in Abuja.
In a two paragraph statement signed by the minister and made available to journalists in Abuja, no reason(s) was provided for the suspension which takes immediate effect.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has sponsored 24 senior lecturers from Nigerian universities to study strategies of how the studies of ageing, gerontology can be incorporated in Nigeria universities curriculum. Speaking at a briefing session in respect of faculty training in applied Gerontology organised by the National Universities Commission, (NUC), the Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie, said that the lecturers are to gain more information and exposure that would allow smooth integration of gerontology studies into Nigerian university curriculum. According to Okojie, “the pioneer team will set a pace in gerontology studies which would be community based. Curriculum has been developed in the field of ageing for Postgraduate level, Masters and PHD.
“This team on their return are expected to develop the department of gerontology to the level that the Nigerian society and every sector of the nation can plan for older citizens of the society”. Okojie disclosed that the sum of N86m has been expended on the studies of the ageing from the planning stage to PGD, Master and Phd curriculum development stage. Also speaking at the meeting, the visiting scholar to NUC, Dr Emem Omokharo said that 12 universities were earlier selected, four candidates each were trained by lectures from North Texas University and 24 have finally been sponsored to the same university to further deepen their knowledge in Gerontology studies.
She said the whole essence of the programme is to give proper attention to the ageing group adding that more attention would be paid to rural community where most ageing people suffer more negligence.