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Strike: FG, ASUU agree on some contentious issues

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There were indications late on Thursday that the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities had agreed on some demands of the union in the efforts to resolve the strike by the lecturers.

The meeting, which began around 1.30pm, ended around 11pm as both parties were initially adamant to shift grounds on some contentious issues.

Our correspondent learnt as of press time that a memorandum had been signed by both ASUU and the government.

In attendance on the government’s side were the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; and the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka.

The ASUU nine-man delegation was led by the union President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi.

Earlier, the education minister, Adamu, identified the contentious issues as earned academic allowances and the revitalisation of public universities.

“Most of the issues between the government and the union have already been dealt with. The two most important and contentious issues are the earned allowances and the revitalisation of university system.

“We have already reached an agreement on one and we hope to reach an agreement on the other,” the minister added.

Also, labour minister, Ngige, said the meeting would “break down the areas of mistrust” between the government and the union.

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He said, “We last met on August 17 and we agreed you would get back to your members and you would give us your proposal. Between then and now, a lot of things have happened and some contacts and meetings were held between you and the Minister of Education.

“Some appreciable and tangible results were achieved. We are convening this meeting with this in mind; to smooth the rough edges and enable you to call off this strike, which will be one month in a matter of days. This will not augur well for the academic calendar of universities.

“We want to address and break down the areas of mistrust between us.”

The ASUU President, Ogunyemi, said, “Once we are able to resolve the contentious issues, we are willing to go back to our members in earnest and take the final decision on this action.”

As of the time of fling this report, the communique between the two parties had yet to be released to journalists.

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Ibadan Poly unveils Nigerian made ventilator, automated handwashing machine

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The Polytechnic Ibadan, on Thursday unveiled made in Nigeria mechanical ventilator and automated hand washing machine produced by the department of Mechatronics Engineering.

The development, according to the institution, is aimed at combating the COVID-19 disease in the country and other related diseases. The ventilator is an essential equipment in the treatment of coronavirus patients and went through all necessary procedures. It was tested at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) last week.

The research team  who carried out  the development under the Deanship of Engr. Tijani B.O and the Rectorship of Prof. Adebiyi Kazeem include;   Engr. Olaiya Kamourudeen, Mr. Olanlere Oladeji, Mr. Oluokun Tolulope,  Engr. Bello Abdulrahaman,  Mr. Sanusi Babatunde,  Mr. Azeez O.R, Mr. Ajayeoba Israel and a consultant from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, (UCH) Dr. Adebayo Oluwaseun. Interestingly, these students are still undergoing their Ordinary National Diploma (OND).

It was also gathered that the ventilator and hand washing machine housing a dryer, were among the new innovations of the department which has just been accredited to run Higher National Diploma (HND) Programme.

The citadel of learning has equally produced hand sanitizer and face mask which were donated to the Oyo state government in support of the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Rector, Prof. Kazeem Adebiyi, while addressing newsmen shortly after unveiling the devices,  informed that  the institution  In its bid to complement the efforts of the government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,  produced mechanical ventilator and smart hand washers.

Smart hand washers

Adebiyi disclosed  that the institution spent  about N2,000,000 (Two million naira) to produce the ventilator, noting that the cost  will be lesser if it was a mass production process. He lauded the Seyi Makindele led government for releasing grant to the institution which he claimed made it possible for the management to embark on several projects that were long overdue.

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He stressed that this was the first time since 2009 that the institution would receive grant from the state government to embark on accreditation process, adding that before now, the management sometimes go as far as taking loans from banks for accreditation.

“We are just using this avenue to appreciate the government for what they have done for us. When we received the letter from NBTE that we passed all our accreditation, we were very joyful. We did accreditation for thirteen programmes and we passed all the thirteen programmes.

“Also, we did three professional accreditation programmes which we passed and that looked like magic to everybody that how were we able to achieve that and then we said, since we have the support of the government.

“When we looked at the records, the last time the institution benefitted from such accreditation grant from government was in 2009 and when the present government came on board, we were bothered because about fifteen to sixteen of our programmes were due for accreditation.

Mechanical ventilator

“I said, look, lets go and meet the governor, they asked if I was sure because we have not received anything from them in years, but I insisted that we make a trial.

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“The governor approved our request  immediately and the grant was used judiciously for various needs; we procured necessary equipments, renovated buildings, secured accreditation for programmes, among others”, the Rector added.

Also commenting, Israel Ajayeoba, a student who was part of the research team, said the mechanical ventilator was designed  in a way that it can be adjusted depending on the rate at which the patient needs it.

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COVID-19: Oyo student builds solar-powered automatic hand washing, rinsing, drying unit

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In his bid  to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), a 300 level student of the department of Physics with Electronics, Ajayi Crowther University, Aderinola Joshua has built a solar-powered automatic hand washing, rinsing, and drying, a project that was commended by the Oyo state government.

During the display of the project, which was held at the ministry of education on Tuesday, the Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Students’ Matters, Mr. Olojede Victor who lauded the initiative, also described the development as a thing of joy to see students in the state rising to contribute their own quota to support the government at this trying time.

Oloyede inspecting the new innovation

The governor’s aide further emphasized that he will ensure that government at all levels in the state partner with the young, brilliant student and also see that the project is well executed for use in the  State. Olojede also assured that through his office, the state government will continue to promote and support the innovation of students.

Present at the test running of the prototype, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olabamiwo Adeosun commended the student for making judicious use of the pandemic period to proffer a stress-free measure to prevent COVID-19.

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Also commenting, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka in his remarks applauded the inventor for a job well done, just as he enjoined other students to emulate their colleague who has made the entire student populace proud.

The Permanent Secretary, Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Aminat Atere congratulated the student for taking the opportunity of the pandemic to think of this great initiative.

“I want to appreciate you for this laudable innovation, more importantly at a time when our youths are into internet frauds. You have created an idea that if the state government key into will also make you an employer of labour.”

Others at the event included, Commissioner for Education, Mr. Olasunkanmi Aremu Olaleye, Deputy Chief of Staff , Mr. Olawale Mogbonjubola, Directors at the ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, Executive Adviser to the governor on Agric business, Mr. Debo Akande, among others.

 

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Ibadan Poly Management Lauds Makinde On Relaxation Of Coronavirus Stay At Home Order

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The Polytechnic, Ibadan has commended the Seyi Makinde led Oyo state government on the relaxation of the stay-at-home order to ease the economic burden of the people as well as allow them some measures of freedom.

The Management gave the commendation in a statement signed by Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale, The Registrar of the institution.

The Management also observed that it was the milk of kindness flowing in The Government that informed this humane action.

The Management urged all and sundry to comply with the directives of the Government on the COVID-19 scourge noting that the Government made it clear to everybody that “all is not well” and that it is in our collective interest to obey the rules.

On the online teaching and learning introduced by the Management of the institution to keep academic activities alive, the statement commended the warm acceptance of the students participation in the programme which has been filling the void that this lockdown has created.

The statement further charged the students: “You are advised to continue your stay-at-home and follow all directives of The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

You will be adequately informed when a definite resumption date is decided”, the Management further informed the students.

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Noting that the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to be on the increase in almost all the states in the country, the management observed that “it is imperative on all stakeholders, staff and students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan to continue to practice and promote basic hygiene including the washing of hands and use of sanitizers. It is also mandatory to use face masks as necessary, practice universal social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

“The Polytechnic will continue to closely monitor the development on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and will do everything possible to ensure the health, safety and well-being of The Polytechnic, Ibadan community.”

“She will also continue to intensify efforts in the areas of research, as work is ongoing on the various equipment for the curtailment of this pandemic disease, academic content and mass enlightenment” the statement stressed.

 

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