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Occupational Accidents: Over 2 Million People Die At Work Each Year – Ibadan Poly Rector Reveals



Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Professor Kazeem Adebiyi  has disclosed that more than 2.3 million deaths are recorded worldwide per year through occupational accidents while every year, a whopping 2.8 trillion dollars is lost due to the same reason.

Professor Adeniyi, also observed that all over the world, about 160 million victims of work related illnesses are recorded annually, which according to him should call for concern from stakeholders in industries and government at all levels.

He, therefore charged organizations and establishments, both government and non government to invest in safety programmes for their establishments and staff.

The Don, made these revelations  on Thursday while presenting a paper titled:  “Taking Safety Beyond Accidents Prevention” , during the 3rd Distinguished Academic Lecture and 5th Graduate Induction organised by The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (a division of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ibadan Chapter) held at the Conference Centre of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

Speaking further, Adebiyi noted that it is essential to take safety beyond accident prevention but should be considered as business institution where the company in need will go into partnership with safety services provider.

He observed, with regrets that many organisations are still reluctant in investing in safety programmes as they perceive such as cost increasing and time consuming.

He emphasized that safety should not be viewed from the perspective of what it will cost but from the angle of how much savings will be made.

The Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan also stressed the need to reconcile industry and government agencies’ bad impression about each other, most especially “Industry’s bad impression of government approaches to enforcing occupational health and safety regulations”.

He said it was no longer sufficient to be collecting information on injuries or fractures but developing safety planning and management models, safety programme, productivity measurement and simulation model for managing manufacturing safety among others should be at the front burner in the process of taking safety beyond accident prevention.

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LAUTECH ownership: Oyo to pay N8 billion to Osun in 3 years as asset sharing agreement



Oyo state government has approved the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government as an asset sharing agreement, a follow-up to the earlier agreement reached between Oyo and Osun state governments on the ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

The approval, which was conveyed  by the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, would be paid in three installments spread over a period of three years.

According to a statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, the Commissioner  for Education,  Olaleye disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.

“As a follow-up to the agreement reached with the Osun State government on the issue of sole ownership of LAUTECH, the Executive Council of Oyo State approved today the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government. It will be paid over a period of three years.

“The breakdown of the payment goes as follows: one (1) billion Naira will be paid in January 2021 and another one (1) billion Naira will be paid in December 2021. Three (3) billion Naira will be paid in 2022 and the last three (3) will be paid in 2023. This was the decision of the council today”, the commissioner explained.

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School Resumption Remains January 18th – FG Insists




Despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, the federal government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact.

The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong submitted, “After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain”.

Meanwhile, the Ministry explained that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others. 

The ministry continued,  “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance”.

It will be recalled that earlier in the week, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18th, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation. 

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Ibadan Poly authorities dialogue with union leaders to resume



Authorities of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) on Tuesday engaged the leaders of the striking workers of the institution in a marathon peace meeting that lasted about two and a half hours hoping for an early resolution of the strike action.

The meeting presided over by Professor Kunle Akinyemi, the Chairman of the Governing Council at the Board of Studies Chamber was attended by three other members of the Council and members of the Management which included the Rector, Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, and the Registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale.

Also, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Senior Staff, the Non- Academic Staff and the Academic Staff.

During the meeting, the unions further reiterated their demands to which the Chairman of the Governing Council pleaded for time and understanding in the management and resolution of the issues at stake.

The Chairman appealed to the workers in the first instance to allow the students to complete the on-going first semester examination and also unlock the gates leading to the Institution for easy accessibility by the Public and other stakeholders having transactions within The Institution.

The Unions showed understanding and cooperation with the intentions of early resolution of the crisis.

It will be recalled that the workers commenced an industrial action on Monday, which  has disrupted all activities including the on-going first semester examination over the issue of payment of minimum wage by the Institution.   

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