PRESS RELEASE ON 18th NOVEMBER 2020
ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), BAUCHI ZONE
Being Text of a Press Statement by the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Bauchi Zone, on the ongoing industrial action by the Union, presented at the Gombe State University (GSU), Gombe, on Wednesday, 18th November, 2020.
Gentlemen of the press,
The Strike Action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in March this year is now in its ninth month with 95% of the Nigerian University Students in 45 Federal and 48 State Universities redundantly staying at home. Series of meetings, engagements and contacts between ASUU Leadership and Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Officials have not yielded the desired results that would enable the Students to go back to their classrooms, simply because the Minister of Labour and Employment (MoL&E), Dr. Chris Ngige, and the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Alhaji Ahmed Idris, have continued to throw spanners in the wheel of progress of such concerted efforts aimed at amicable resolution of the impasse. While the MoL&E has continued to exhibit all manners of antics and insisting that Government does not have money to responsibly educate its citizens, the AGF has continued to greedily and selfishly count on the gains of the N16,000 per enrolment of each Academic Staff he would have made, thereby insisting that ASUU members enroll on the only payment platform he has now, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
As if that is not enough, these Government Officials have continued to take the Nigerian Public for granted by misinforming and misleading Students, Parents and the General Public. This is not fair!
At this point, let me remind you that there was a truce reached between ASUU and FGN that led to the suspension of an ASUU strike on the 7th February, 2019 called the 2019 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) which collapsed and led to the current Strike. The responsibility for such a collapse rests squarely on Dr. Chris Nigige. The Minister simply went to sleep and failed to manage the MoA, and worst still, has not deemed it right to accept this failure and apologise to Nigerians for such mess.
The recent insult Ngige has meted on Nigerians over the ASUU strike was that Government does not have money to give ASUU N110b and that they would explore other options of ending the strike if ASUU remains adamant. Let me, first of all clarify that the N110b is NOT for ASUU; it is for the rehabilitation of the 93 Public Universities in Nigeria for now. What will the N20b flicked by Government through Ngige do to 93 Universities? Are they going to buy groundnuts? How would FGN provide N37b for the rehabilitation of the National Assembly last year and only N20b for 93 Universities this year? How can the Public believe that Government does not have money to fund the rehabilitation of 93 Universities but is raising N380b to prosecute Boko Haram in 2021?
The other side of the insult will not be taken lightly by ASUU, Bauchi Zone because for Ngige to be elephant-sure that the strike was going to be ended this week without any concrete offers indicated that there was a sinister move to crush the ASUU Struggle. The Zone is assuring Ngige that the Union is strategically, tactically and physically ever-ready for such a sinister move from anybody. It is our firm assertion that suspension of the Strike this week is not feasible because the Government Team led by Ngige is not displaying any commitment in this regard. The 2019 MoA has not been honoured and by implication, the 2017 MoA, the 2013 MoU and the 2009 Agreement have not been honoured, let alone implemented. The Strike is NOT all about Salary payment and payment platform as the Government has attempted to reduce it to. Recent promises made by Government are yet to be respected and actualised. Government has simply made some static offers and is not willing to shift grounds to favourably end the strike for over one month. The offers made by Government are even slippery!
It is pertinent to note that ASUU is very much aware of the damning pronouncements of the Anambra APC leaders on the MoL&E, Dr. Chris Ngige. We are also aware of the cried of his immediate Community in his state. It is not in the best interest of the Minister to continue to exhibit such excesses on processes that would enable students to return to their classrooms. We advise him to stop it.
To the AGF, we do not need to draw a diagram to demonstrate that we know he is assiduously working for his ambitious retirement benefit, becoming the next Governor of Kano State, in addition to financial gains already mentioned. This promise to you is certainly going to be similarly reneged if you do not assist this Government to honour and actualise the promises it had made to ASUU and the Nigerian University System. A word is enough for the wise.
Lastly, we would want Gentlemen of the Press to assist us in the conduct of two Investigations. The first is to uncover who bought the version of the Sokoto Hotel in Kano with a swooping sum of N500m, cash down, and demolished it the next day for an on-going development of a multi-billion Naira Shopping Mall. How and where did he or she get money for such investment? The second assignment is to assist uncover who is hiding to invest multi-billion Naira in the Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange. How and where did he or she get money for such investment?
ASUU, Bauchi Zone calls on students, their parents, Civil Society Organisations and the general public to continue to understand and join pressure forces with ASUU in this struggle for the emancipation of the Nigerian Public University System by insisting that Government has the resources and should commit such resources to adequately fund Public University Education.
The Union calls on its members to continue to remain resolute and committed to this Struggle, for victory shall be on the side of Nigeria.
The Struggle Continues!
Thank you and may God bless all of us!
Prof. Lawan G. Abubakar
Zonal Coordinator, ASUU, Bauchi Zone.
Commonwealth scholars appoint Adamu Adamu as technical adviser
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has been appointed the Technical Adviser of the Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association, Nigeria, (COSFAN).
The appointment was made in Abuja when the association led by its president, Dr Adimula Abiola, paid a working visit on the minister.
Abiola said the appointment was in recognition of government’s efforts aimed at improving the nation’s educational standard, as well as ensuring viable scholarship opportunities for Nigerian students.
During the investiture, Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Honourable. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the Federal Government in its effort to guarantee qualitative educational opportunities for Nigerians, was willing to explore ways of working with COSFAN in developing the education sector.
Adamu Adamu commended the association for its zeal for improving educational standard in the country, urging it not to relent on its efforts in linking Nigerian students with good scholarship opportunities.
Speaking earlier, the President of COSFAN, Dr Adimula Abiola, said the visit was necessitated by the association’s desire to have a better working relationship with the ministry.
She stressed that maintaining a good relationship with the ministry was important so as to advance the association’s cause to make scholarship opportunities available to Nigerians.
Dr Adimula revealed that the association which comprised educational alumni members of institutions in commonwealth countries such as Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, had assisted Nigerian students to access scholarship opportunities in reputable foreign institutions.
She lamented that Nigerian students were not fully embracing and utilising scholarship opportunities from commonwealth countries.
According to her, “most times the slots for Nigerian students are not filled, thus, we will like to work with the Federal Ministry of Education to ensure that our students no longer miss such opportunities.”
The president made some demands from the ministry which include effective collaboration for mutual benefits, Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) between the association and the ministry an annual subventions to aid its work as well as participation in the ministry’s activities, among others.
Sen Ekwunife Begins Construction of Classrooms At Central School Mbaukwu
*Commendations As EKWUNIFE commences Construction of Block of Three Classrooms At Central School Mbaukwu*
The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife (Iyom) has embarked on construction of block of three classrooms at Central Primary School Mbaukwu in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Senator Ekwunife was represented at the project flag off by the Zonal Project Monitoring committee led by the former commissioner for women affairs Anambra State, Lady Henrietta Agbata on Monday, 30th November 2020. The team which has the mandate to supervise and monitor projects in Anambra Central to ensure quality and speedy completion was received by the Venerable in charge of the school, Ven. D. C. Ezeobi and the Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Florence Ndibe.
Speaking during the visitation, Ven. Ezeobi expressed gratitude to the Senator for facilitating such a laudable project. He noted that His Lordship, Most Rev Dr Alex Ibezim, the Archbishop Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese received the project with joy. Speaking further, Ven Ezeobi prayed God to reward the Senator abundantly and grant her success in all her endeavors.
On her part, the Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Florence Ndibe who could not contain her joy, described the project as vital. She thanked the Senator for siting the project in the primary school and prayed God to grant her her heart desires.
In their separate remarks, the Awka South PDP Chairman, Barr. Emma Odum and PDP Woman Leader Mbaukwu Ward, Mrs Angela Ibezim described the Senator as a true representative of the people. They praised her for ensuring that each community in the Senatorial District feels the impact of her representation.
Also in the delegation were, the Former Accountant General of Anambra State, Mrs Helen Nwaeri, the Former Chairman of ASUBEB, Dr Rose Nwankwo and the Project Manager Anambra Central Liaison Office, Mrs Ifeyinwa Chinwuko.
Others present include, the PDP Chairman Mbaukwu Ward, Mr Clement Anogbulu, Youth Leader Mbaukwu Ward, Augustine Okafor, and others.
SA Media to Senator Uche Ekwunife
Ganduje Appointed As East Carolina University, USA Visiting Professor
Amazed at the Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s accomplishment in good governance and genuine investment in human capital development, the East Carolina University’s, United State of America, International Center for Information Technology and Development, (ECU-ICITD), College of Business, appoints the governor to the position of Senior Mentoring Scholar and Visiting Full Professor of E-Governance and International Affairs.
In a letter transmitted to the governor titled “Appointment to the position of Senior Mentoring Scholar and Visiting Full Professor of E-Governance and International Affairs at East Carolina University International Center for Information Technology and Development, Greenville, North Carolina, USA, signed by Prof. Victor W. and dated 30th November, 2020, he was congratulated by the University’s Academic Board.
It reads “Congratulations! The Academic Board of International Center for Information Technology and Development, College of Business, USA, is pleased to inform you that you have been appointed as Senior Mentoring Scholar and Visiting Full Professor of E-Governance and International Affairs.”
Not only that, Ganduje’s choice is a depiction of close monitoring of his achievements as a governor in the last couple of years. Which eventually earned him global recognition and commendation.
As the letter acknowledges that, “You have been a source of motivation to the Nigerian youths both at home and in diaspora at large. We are amazed at your accomplishments both as the Executive Governor of Kano State, Nigeria, Fellow National Association of Educational Administration and Planning, Nigeria, and your investment in Human Capital Development.”
As his academic responsibilities, the Academic Board of the University assigns for the governor, that, “…you will mentor PhD students, junior lecturers, as well as take a lead in advising our University’s Research Center on academic issues related to E-Governance and International Affairs. We run specialised workshops for government officials (Executive, Judiciary and Legislature) from developing nations.”
The University’s keen interest in tapping from governor Ganduje’s wealth of experience, good governance posture and commitment to societal development, they said, “…we will be elated to host you even once a year to speak to them during our conferences and colloquia. This will be scheduled at your convenience.”
Speaking the obvious, the letter appreciates that, “Looking at your academic, administrative, and overall leadership record in Nigeria and Africa, you fit perfectly in East Carolina University’s goal to remain a leading research and teaching institution in the United States and beyond.
It is our fervent hope, Sir, that you will accept this offer. Your appointment will be posted at …ECU-ICITD’s website…once we get your acceptance.”
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