Forty-eight hours after an announcement that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had taken over the negotiations with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the former university don yesterday declared the information as untrue.
The union had on August 14 embarked on indefinite strike, citing the federal government’s failure to implement its agreement with it in 2009.
On August 29, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, had announced that the strike action embarked upon by the lecturers would be discussed at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of the following day.
Indeed, at the end of the meeting on Wednesday, Ngige while briefing State House correspondents said the government was committed to ending the strike embarked upon by ASUU.
Consequently, he said FEC had assigned Osinbajo to take charge of some aspects of the negotiations with the university lecturers, disclosing that relevant government officials would later proceed to the vice-president’s office that day for a meeting after which he said government decision would be communicated to the lecturers.
This information looked cheery to the generality of Nigerians who had confidence in the ability of the vice-president to quickly strike a deal with the aggrieved lecturers within a brief period.
Those who held this view predicated their optimism on the vice-president’s handling of the state of the nation at two different times when President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on medical treatment of an undisclosed ailment in the United Kindgom.
For instance, the vice-president’s intervention in the unrest in Niger Delta which led to the destruction of various oil installations and drastically brought down the volume of oil production in the country put paid to the activities of the restive youths.
Besides, it was also believed that the vice-president being a former lecturer who might have also had his own fair share of the current agitations of members of ASUU would handle the matter with a sense of sincerity in a way that the lecturers could be easily placated.
But yesterday, the vice-president pored cold water in that optimism when denied being named as head of the federal government’s negotiating team, saying the submission of Ngige might have been misrepresented.
A statement by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the vice-president only had a discussion with Ngige and his counterpart in the Ministry of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu after last Wednesday’s FEC meeting, explaining that both ministers remain the leaders of government’s negotiations with the union.
“News reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is now leading Federal Government negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU is inaccurate.
“Media reports seemed to have misrepresented what Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige meant when he spoke with reporters about the negotiations after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
“The Vice President had a discussion after FEC with both the Labour Minister and Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu around the issues, but has not taken over the negotiations as widely reported. Both Ministers will continue to lead the FG- ASUU talks.
“The Federal Government continues to diligently pursue a prompt resolution of this dispute and is confident the matter would be resolved,” the statement said.
However, this fresh development has been viewed as a setback for the move to quickly end the strike in view of the perception that the vice-president’s antecedents as well as his academic background might facilitate moves to end the strike.
While announcing ASUU strike on August 13, its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the strike had become imminent in view of the frustrations his colleagues were going through which he said had exhausted their patience.
He therefore viewed the strike as the last option to press home their demands.
“Our members across the country were getting increasingly frustrated, distracted and disenchanted. It became evident that their patience had been tasked beyond reasonable limits and government’s insensitivity imposed severe burden on the leadership of the union
“Consequently, based on a nationwide consultation with our members, an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU rose on Saturday, 12th August, 2017 with a resolution to embark on an indefinite strike action starting from Sunday, 13th
Ibadan Poly postpones examinations, gives reason
The Polytechnic Ibadan on Monday informed that it has postponed its first semester examination for the 2019/2020 session scheduled to commence today.
The decision, as learnt was taken in view of the protest embarked upon by the students who protested against inability to complete their registration.
Confirming the postponement of the examination, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Modupe Fawale said that the decision was taken “to enable students who were unable to meet registration and payment of tuition deadline to do so.”
Fawale added that the examination has been postponed till next week.
“Students are to also note that examination etiquette are sacrosanct hence, any student involved in examination malpractices will be sanctioned.
“Equally, any student caught with cellphone and smart watch will be suspended from the institution and the materials will be confiscated.
“Students are expected to observe all Covid-19 protocols including the use of facemask and those who failed to abide shall not be permitted to take part in the scheduled examination.
“As earlier informed, students facing registration challenges are to go to the accredited ICT centres for solution”, she submitted.
Education: Oyo Govt Rolls Out 226 Contracts for 2019 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects
No fewer than 102 Local contractors participated in the bid opening exercise for the 2019 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects held at Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board’s premises on Friday.
The exercise, according to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran was done in compliance with provision of Public Procurement Act 2010.
“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and the tender should be open in the presence of the tenderers”, he said.
While he reiterated the Board’s commitment to transparency and integrity in the selection process, he admonished contractors who submitted bids to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship.
The Chairman also revealed that the projects are being jointly financed by Oyo State Government through the State Universal Basic Education Board and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission.
Dr. Nureni Adeniran further said that a total of Two Hundred and Twenty-six (226) lots are being rolled out, adding that the process involved transparency and due process.
He said the contracts bidded for include: Construction of a Model School; Construction of eight blocks of six classrooms; construction of 14 blocks of four classroms.
Others are construction of 32 blocks of 3 classrooms; construction of 4 ECCDE pilot centres; construction 10 perimeter fencing.
Also, the contractors bidded for renovation of 66 blocks of classrooms; sinking of 40 boreholes; procurement of 48 lots of furniture and procurement of 3 lots of sport equipment/facilities.
Dr. Adeniran also disclosed that the Board is on the verge of completing the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects, adding that the projects are on 80% completion.
The Chairman therefore urged tenderers to deliver a thorough job and ensure speedy completion of the intervention projects.
He said, “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage, as far as project execution is concerned”.
The bid opening exercise was witnessed by representatives of Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education.
Other bodies represented include, Nigeria Institute of Engineers, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and CSACEFA.
Teachers’ Day: Akanbi heaps praises on teachers for creating future world leaders
Former Senator Adesoji Akanbi, on Monday recognized the sacrifices and accomplishments of all teachers, commending them for creating future world leaders in their various field of endeavours.
The APC chieftain, who represented Oyo South Senatorial District between 2015-2019, in an emotional appreciation message made available to Mega Icon Magazine, also paid glowing tributes to the teachers for working their hearts out to lift up young people.
Akanbi, who was conferred ‘Distinguished Education Stakeholder’s Award’ by the NUT, Ibadan Southwest Branch said, “here is to the men and women who get up every day and work their hearts out to lift up our young people.
“The men and women who teach our children to make the world a better place.
“The men and women creating future world leaders, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Lawyers, Philosophers, Entertainers, and of course, more Teachers.
“To the men and women toiling hard for the betterment of our children, striving for a better future of the nation, we say thank you Sir/Ma.
“Happy Teacher’s Day”, the message concluded.
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