AOCOED lecturers begin strike on Friday
The Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Ijanikin Chapter of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) says it will resume its suspended strike, on Friday, Aug. 30.
The strike notice signed by the union’s chairman, Mr Ige Ajayi, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos, said that the strike would be indefinite.
The notice explained that the decision to embark on the strike, followed a resolution and directive of the union’s congress, held on the Aug. 15.
“It has become obvious that the college management and the governing council, are not genuinely interested in proferring solutions to the demands of our union.
“The union demanded for immediate commencement of payment of 53.3 per cent allowances and arrears, resuscitation of internally generated revenue programme.
“Payment of all outstanding honoraria, promotion criteria, establishment of college and school based bookshop, release of N22.8million TETFUND money to beneficiaries, ” it stated.
According to the notice , the strike became imperative having explored possible avenues to avert the resumption of the suspended strike by the union.
“The executive council of the union hereby declares the resumption of the suspended strike of Wednesday, July 10, to take effect from Aug. 30 indefinitely, as directed by the congress of the union.
“By this announcement all academic activities are suspended forthwith, ” it said.
reports that the Non-academic Staff Union of the college under the auspices of Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education of Nigeria (SSUCOEN), had also embarked on indefinite strike to drive home some demands .
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Probe AOCOED management, unions urge LASG
Four labour unions at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, have called on Lagos State Government to probe allegations of misappropriation of funds against some principal officers of the institution.
Mr Ige Ajayi, Chairman,
Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), AOCOED Chapter, made the call at a news conference jointly organised by the unions on Tuesday in Lagos.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the four unions are COEASU, NASU,Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN) and National Association of Colleges of Education Academic Technologists of Nigeria (NACEATION).
The unions accused the management of misappropriating accrued payments of rentage on communication masts and United Bank of Africa (UBA) cash office.
They also accused some management staff of the college of operating and signing college cheques without the knowledge of the provost.
“Without due course to law and convention, management is fond of invading the college with armed policemen any time there is a dispute.
” The recent one was on March 9 when 15 policemen in two functional police vehicles came to brutalise and physically assault several staff.
“We want the
Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, to investigate the matter,” the unions said.
Reacting to the allegations, Provost of the College,
Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, however, said she was not aware of the unions’ joint news conference.
Lafiaji-Okuneye said that she was the principal signatory to the college account and other management staff were their signatories to the account.
United Bank of Africa (UBA) cash office in the premises, which is currently under lock by the unions, the bank’s regional manager said they have not been paying rent to the college.
“We had to write for a proper memorandum of understanding between the college and the bank so they can start paying their necessary dues but the unions insisted that they must pay their backlogs.
ommunication mast within the college have a paid document.
” When I resumed work Jan. 12, I presented the staff and students’ welfare and issues to state government in order to promote and sustain peace in the college,” the provost said.
She urged the unions to give peace a chance, adding that all their allegations were purely administrative issues.
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AOCOED will continue to produce quality teachers — Provost
Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, Provost, Adeniran Ogumsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto-Ijanikin, said that the college would continue to produce quality teachers who would be role models in the state and the nation.
Lafiaji-Okuneye told newsmen on Tuesday in Otto-Ijanikin that the college’s mission was to become a leading teaching education institution in the country that would be recognised globally for academic excellence.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, a Professor of Health Education, was appointed the provost of AOCOED on Jan. 12, 2020.
The new provost said: “We always encourage our students to see teaching as a noble profession and have passion for it.
“AOCOED as a teachers training institute, is a 21st century institution that has met minimum standard in the award of Nigeria Certificate in Education.
“There is room for improvement in the area of infrastructure development and funding of programmes to improve quality of teaching, learning and research,”
She said that management of the college would continue to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning within and outside the college.
e are creating synergy between the unions and the management
by improving on the existing welfare packages for staff and students.
“Our strategy is to solve every issue with the unions without them going on strike or even thinking of such.
“Our students are important to us and we also create a good relationship with our host communities because most of the students stay off campus,” she
Lafiaji-Okuneye said that the health facility of the institution would soon be open to residents of their host communities and consultations would be free while medical test runs at a competitive price.
She added that her administration would be transparent in order to maintain peace in the college.
She further said that Lagos State Government was very passionate about the development of the college by making the institution a university of education.
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Lagos Special Adviser gives scholarships to 200 Badagry natives
Mr Solomon Bonu, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos Lagos State on Tourism, Arts and Culture, has offered scholarships to 200 indigenous Badagry students in the state’s institutions of higher learning.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the institutions are Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo; Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED).
Bonu said that 100 newly-admitted students from LASU benefited from the initiative, alongside 50 students from LASPOTECH and AOCOED respectively.
According to the special adviser, the award is to complement the efforts of the state governor on his policy statement on education in Lagos.
“This is to give a sense of belonging to students of higher institutions in Badagry as a whole.
“We have just given 200 students for now; we are going to continue the second batch very soon.
“Then, we will move to Ojo and Ajegunle, and give the same award to students there too,” he said.
The governor’s aide noted that the idea behind the Bonu Solomon Saanu Education Support Initiative was to assist the newly-admitted Badagry natives to pay their tuition.
“The N25,000 tuition fee in LASU is too high for some parents to afford despite the fact that LASU is the cheapest University in Nigeria.
“It is a pity that some parents can’t afford it; consequently, some students gain admission and opt out.
“Today, I have spent millions of naira to pay the tuition fees of 200 students in Badagry, who just gained admission to LASU, LASPOTECH and AOCOED.
“The cheque of N25,000 will be given to 100 LASU students, while N21,000 will go to 50 students in LASPOTECH and another 50 in AOCOED,” he said.
Some of the beneficiaries of the scholarship in Lagos on Thursday, 16/1/2020.
Dr Paul Thovoethin, the Chairman, Screening Committee of the scholarship, said that they put up an online advert for the award.
According to Thovoethin, an Associate Professor of Comparative Studies, LASU, one of the criteria for selecting the beneficiaries is that you must be a new student in those institutions, and a native of Badagry.
“After this set, we will soon start the second batch because we discovered that there are still many students of these institutions who cannot afford the fees because of the economic situation in the country,” he said.
Mr Adeolu Agoro, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), commended Bonu for the gesture, and urged the students to encourage him to do more.
Miss Mausi Avosegamu, a student of Mass Communication, LASU, who was one of the beneficiaries, said the award would go a long way in assisting them.
According to her, the gesture will make it easy for the beneficiaries to pay their fees as freshers.
She thanked Bonu for his gesture and prayed that God would continue to replenish him financially.
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AOCOED lecturers suspend strike, resume work
19 Striking lecturers at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, have resumed work following the suspension of the monthlong strike called by Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).
A correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency , who visited the institution on Friday, reports that the lecturers were back in the classrooms teaching students.
In addition, other workers were also seen in their duty posts, signifying the gradual restoration of business at the institution.
NAN reports that COEASU had on Thursday suspended the industrial action it embarked upon on Dec. 10, 2019 to press home some demands.
The demands of the union include; immediate commencement of payment of 53.3 per cent allowances and arrears; N350 million bailout; stable electricity supply and improved internally generated revenue.
AOCOED COEASU Chairman, Mr Ige Ajayi, told NAN in Lagos that the congress appreciated the concern of the Special Adviser on Education concerning their demands after the emergency congress of the union.
“They have commenced the payment of our transport and hazard arrears, at least they have paid 11 months which the payment started December 2019.
“Management of the institution have also started negotiation with the electricity company in order to get constant electricity supply in all the offices and lecture rooms.
“Constant electricity will make the school environment to be conducive for the students and lecturers, especially during hot weather.
“AOCOED management has arranged a place for the school bookshop but has not taken off and they have also started work on 2019 promotion exercise,” Ajayi said.
The COEASU Chairman, however, said that there was nothing yet in place on improving internally generated revenue.
Miss Temitope Jinadu, a 200 level Cultural and Creative Arts student of AOCOED, said she was happy the strike had been suspended.
Another student, Mr Akintunde Adesola, of Computer Education Department, commended Lagos State Government, AOCOED management and the union for reaching an agreement to suspend the strike.
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