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Alleged lecturers’ harassment: LASU pushing toward crisis it can’t manage  –  ASUU

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The Lagos Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has appealed to the state Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to stop alleged attacks on its members in the Lagos State University (LASU).

The zone’s Coordinator, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, made the appeal at a news conference on Tuesday at the University of Lagos.

He alleged that ASUU members in LASU were being incessantly attacked by the administration of the institution.

According to him, ASUU members  in LASU  have continued to suffer undue harassment because they refused to trail `the path of injustice’.

“In the last three years, our union in LASU has been seriously involved in engaging the institution’s management over illegalities and arbitrariness.

“Many of these issues, as we highlighted in the past, have to do with abiding with the laws and regulations of the university in appointments and promotions, as well as general administration.

“It also has to do with the continuous cover up of the management, of over N1.3 billion of NEEDS Assessment Fund by the preceding administration, which our union continued to demand its probe.

“Recall that the NEEDS Assessment Fund was a product of the ASUU strike of 2013.

“The union has also been consistent in agitating for payment of accrued Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) of our members which has accumulated for not less than 10 years,’’ he said.

Sowande said  that all public universities in Nigeria except  LASU had  begun payment of the EAA.

He alleged that in the face of all the issues, the management of LASU responded by clamping down on ASUU members in the institution.

According to him, the development led to  unjust dismissal of LASU ASUU chairperson and the vice chairperson in 2017.

According to the coordinator, ASUU has  challenged the dismissal in court.

The don said that LASU  had intensified the attack on LASU ASUU by planning to dismiss the remaining executive committee members on one excuse or the other.

“It has been one false allegation or other fictitious claims,’’ the coordinator said.

He told journalists that the union  went to court to challenge the activities of both the immediate past and current administrations of LASU on  what he described as illegal promotions.

“Our union went to court over these matters, and we have been informed that there is a ruling on a preliminary objections by the university, by the National Industrial court on Thursday, July 11.

“While we await the certified true copy for proper understanding of its implications, the university administration has gone ahead to resuscitate the panels that were suspended at the commencement of court proceedings.

“The union drew the attention of the former Visitor of the university, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to many of the developments via about 30 official reports.

“In spite of assurances from many quarters in government, including the ministry of labour and establishment, as well as the head of service to look into the matter, nothing was done,” he said.

The unionist said that the alleged  indifference encouraged continuous misconduct by LASU management.

“It is, therefore, on this premise that we are calling the current Visitor of the university, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to put an end to these attacks.

“It is infantile for anyone to think there can be true peace in the university when ASUU becomes an object of incessant attacks on account of its principled opposition to illegalities and lawlessness.

“While our union is known for its conventional approach to challenges of this nature, we must make it clear that the LASU administration, emboldened by the quietness in government quarters, is pushing toward a crisis it will soon be unable to manage.

we also wish to bring to the attention of the LASU visitor that the institution is overdue for visitation,’’ he added.

According to him, the law establishing the university states that there shall be  visitation at least once in five years.

He said that it had been 10 years l since the last visitation to the institution –  in 2009.

“As the visitor begins to shop for more credible and knowledgeable people to make up the governing council for the next four years, it is important that he makes the job of that governing council easy by constituting a visitation panel in accordance with the law,’’ he said.

The coordinator also called for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all queries issued to the ASUU  members by LASU management.

“We also demand the payment of the EAA of our members which have been accumulated for 10 years.

“ASUU is a union committed to the rule of law, fairness and justice within the university system and the general public.

“It will continue to play this roles in LASU, notwithstanding the threats of annihilation.

 

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LASG releases results into model colleges, Upgraded junior secondary schools

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Dr Oluwafemi Hassan, Director, Lagos State Examinations, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.

Hassan said the candidates that sat for the Computer Based Test (CBT) had already received their results through messages and email addresses of their parents and guardians.

He added that the steps to check the results were provided in the portal.

Hassan, however, said the admission of the candidates would be determined by the Basic Education Services Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Education after determining the cut – off marks.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that over 11,000 candidates participated in the common entrance examination into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools for 2019 /2020 academic session.

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Gov. Zulum reconstitutes Teaching Service Board

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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved the reappointment of Prof. Suleiman Bello, as the Chairman of the four-member state’s Teaching Service Board.

Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy to the governor, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Gusau added that Zulum also approved the appointment of the three other members of the board.

Those appointed were Hajiya Hamsatu Laminu, Mr Mohammed Joji and Alhaji Makinta Monguno.

Gusau said that the governor would accord support to the chairman and members of the board while expecting them to uplift the quality of teaching in line with his education agenda.

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While congratulating the appointees, Zulum reaffirmed his absolute confidence in them.

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Former Cross River first lady advocates girl guiding in more schools

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Mrs Onari Duke, Wife of former Governor of Cross River Donald Duke says there is need for schools across the country to embrace girl guiding to further protect the rights of the girl-child.

Duke made the call in her keynote address at the centenary celebration of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association (NGGA) on Tuesday in Lagos.

The theme of the celebration is: ” Years of Inspiring Girls.”

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the association started in Nigeria on Sept. 16, 1919 and became a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in 1966.

According to Duke, the activities of the girl guides remain a sure way of equipping the girls with the requisite knowledge, morals, skills, confidence and leadership needed to take the country to its desired height.

“The fact is, in today’s world, beyond acquiring formal education, there is the need to stand out because the field is already saturated.

“To distinguish yourself, you need to inculcate a culture of service and excellence in your sphere of influence,’’ she said.

According to her, there is therefore the need for citizens to contribute their quota to national development and growth.

This she noted by inspiring and mentoring the younger generation with sincerity of purpose and to serve genuinely.

“True service will impact lives greatly and to impact excellence in service, we must set high standards and strive to keep them.”

Duke urged girls to always strive to acquire skills that would give them the edge over others, make strong and reliable leaders as well as successful and effective entrepreneurs.

She also emphasised the need for the girl-child to acquire planning skills that would tie their vision to practical steps that their chosen endeavours could take to realise that vision.

“This, in itself is a skill and a very important one because without it, your growth will be stagnated.”

The former cross river first lady further stressed the need for the girls and even young women to be innovative and acquire communication skills, which would be evident in all of their entrepreneurial activities.

This she said was necessary, adding that professional advancement was usually enhanced by innovation.

The Chairperson, Africa Region of the World Association of the Girl Guides Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Mrs Larissa Cataria, from the Republic of Benin said there was more to be done in the area of advocacy, on the right and welfare of the girl -child in Africa.

“So as a guide, my take will be encouraging associations around the continent to keep sensitising our people in Africa, beginning from Nigeria.

“I believe the girl-child has the power to take up leadership positions, to be the voice of Africa and to be the change agent we all desire in our dear continent.

“These leadership qualities, start from the home, through to the larger society and therefore these girls must also be given the same opportunity as the boys, given that they do have the potential.

“It is not about going to school alone, but also being exposed to the same opportunity as the boys. We need to support them. “They need to be supported in order to perform better in school and outside school.

“The major challenge facing the development of the girl- child in Africa has always been the issues of the mindset and as parents, the issue is, how we see the girl-child matters in determining how far we want them to go.

“Therefore, I think for me, it starts from there.

So, once we change our perception about them, once we understand the importance of sending them to school, I think it will help get the change that we want to see,’’ she said.

The Chief Commissioner of the NGGA, Mrs Maria Sule, in her address of Wellcome said that the association had contributed immensely toward nation building,

This she said was through its numerous guiding and mentoring activities of the girl-child in the country through the years and still standing strong.

According to her, the association’s non formal training programmes are thriving, adding that girls in the country are becoming bold advocates of their rights wherever they find themselves.

“We, therefore, wish to call on the Federal Government and State Governments, and the National Assemblies at both the Federal and State levels to assist us in coming up with laws that will liberate the girl-child and women generally to fulfill their potential.

“We also want to appeal to them to assist us in completing our training centre in Abuja designed for the development and well being of the girl-child,’’ Sule said

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Ondo govt. promises to reposition Unity, Special Schools

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The Ondo State Government has promised to reposition the five unity schools and four special schools in the state.

Mr Femi Agagu, the state Commissioner for Education, said this during a meeting with  the principals and head teachers of the schools on Tuesday in Akure.

The commissioner said that the meeting was to deliberate on the various challenges facing the schools in order to proffer solutions.

He recalled that the schools were established to serve as models to others , adding that the state must maintain their status.

Agagu urged the head teachers to be responsible in the discharge of their duties and monitor the teachers and students under them to ensure better academic performance.

The commissioner also said that the government was deeply concerned about the welfare of the students in the special schools.

He admonished the head teachers to be proactive in their bid to make the students relevant in the society, adding that ” there is ability in disability.”

Speaking on security in the schools, the commissioner urged the head teachers to be more vigilant, noting that security guards must be alert always.

Responding, Mr Oyedeji Adegbenro, the Principal of Unity Secondary School, Epinmi Akoko, said inspite of the various challenges facing the schools, the principals’ efforts were yielding good results.

According to Adegbenro, beside improvement in internal examinations, the good results in the last West Africa Senor School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results was a testimony of the principals’ efficiency and government’s commitment to the sector.

Mrs Tolani Olaitan, who spoke on behalf of head teachers of the special schools, said efforts were being made to discover the talents of each student with a view to making them useful to themselves, their families and the society at large.

The meeting had in attendance the principals of Unity Secondary School Epinmi Akoko; St.John’s Mary Unity Secondary School, Owo; St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure; St. Helen’s Unity Secondary School, Ondo and Unity Secondary School, Ode Aye.

Also present were the head teachers of the Physically-Challenged School, Ikare-Akoko, Visually Impaired School, Owo, Hearing Impaired School, Akure and Mentally Impaired School, Okeigbo.

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Ekiti varsity gets new VC

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Tuesday approved the appointment of an industrial chemist, Prof. Edward Olanipekun, as the new Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Olanipekun was a former Dean of the School of Post Graduate Studies of the university.

The appointment of the 53-year-old don, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, takes immediatel effect.

Olanipekun, a native of Ado-Ekiti and former Chairman, Ilorin Zone of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), replaced Prof. Olubunmi Ajayi who had been in acting capacity since December 2018.

Ajayi acted as the vice chancellor following the sack of a professor of Educational Evaluation, Sam Bandele, by the governor following the recommendations of a visitation panel.

Olanipekun studied Chemistry at the first degree level and Industrial Chemistry at both the Masters and PhD levels.

He attended University of Ibadan and Bayero University, Kano, becoming a professor in 2003. .

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