University workers in Nigeria under the aegis of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) on Thursday warned the Federal Government to brace up for an indefinite nationwide strike.
SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa, gave this warning at a press conference following a meeting of the Joint Action Committee of both unions in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
At the end of the meeting, the workers who are on a five-day warning strike asked the government to prepare for what they termed as the “mother of all strikes”.
The labour leaders are threatening to proceed on a nationwide industrial action barely 24 hours to the expiration of the ongoing one-week strike by the union members.
Both unions had directed their members to commence the warning strike from Monday to Friday in a letter dated August 16 and jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, as well as the National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke.
They gave the directive to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country after the 14-day ultimatum they issued to the government expired.
The unions accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised, including the payment of earned allowances to members.
Others are university staff schools matter and the renegotiation of 2009 Agreements.
The Joint Action Committee had warned that the National Executive Councils of the two unions would not hesitate to sanction those who fail to comply with the directive.
Oyo govt charges teachers to begin academic works immediately, as schools resume tomorrow
As schools reopen on Monday 16th September 2019 for a new academic session in Oyo State, the State government has charged all teachers to start academic works immediately.
The directive came from the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin in a statement issued over the weekend.
Sangodoyin asked that teachers, support staff and students were expected to be in schools before eight for academic work to commence immediately.
The Commissioner disclosed further that quality education that would yield best academic performance was the target of the Seyi Makinde administration, urging teachers to work hard by preparing the students for excellent performance.
“We are using this medium to congratulate our students in public and private schools for their resumption on Monday, 16th September 2019 and call on the teachers to engage the students in academic exercises immediately.
“The current administration is doing all possible best to change the tide for better in achieving the best for the State in the area of students’ academic performance and improvement in national rating of the State in external examinations.
“To this end, facilities and teacher’s remunerations would be at the forefront of government reckoning to achieve the lofty goal, while teachers are expected to do their bit to justify government’s strict adherence to providing the best enabling environment for their performance.”
The foremost academic administrator also warned teachers to desist from collecting any money from any parents or students in the guise of collection of levies.
Prof. Shangodoyin appealed to parents to be alive to their responsibilities to make the children become valuable assets to both the parents and society in future.
He reiterated that the present administration was working assiduously to bring back the glory of education in the state, with a call to schools’ alumni and corporate bodies to support the current trend in the State to make education accessible to all.
Cut- off marks: UI warns candidates to ignore fake news peddlers
Management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has advised candidates seeking admission into the institution to ignore fake news peddlers who are currently circulating fake cut-off marks on the internet, promising that the authentic cut-off marks of all the departments will be out in due course.
Speaking through the Deputy Registrar, Mrs. Morenike Afolabi who is also the Undergraduate Admissions Officer, the University lamented the activities of the fake news peddlers, pointing out that their mission was to mislead the candidates and create confusion.
Mrs. Afolabi promised that the authentic cut-off marks would be out in due course as the Admissions Office was working on it.
There have been various versions of cut-off marks circulating on the internet since the release of the results of the Post-UTME Screening.
Alumnus donates N100m building, facilities to alma- mata in Ibadan
An alumnus of All Saints Primary School, Araromi- Aperin village, in Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo state, Mr. Olusola Alagbe has donated two blocks of 6 classrooms to the school for infrastructural upgrade.
Other facilities donated include, Headmaster’s quarters, Staff quarters, a vicarage, church building, football pitch and sickbay, which were valued at about N100 million.
During an inspection of two blocks of 6 classrooms and other facilities on Tuesday, representative of the donor, Engr. Diran Oyetunji informed that the gesture was part of Alagbe’s efforts to give back to the society that made him who he is today.
He thanked the state government on his behalf for providing the necessary supports, averring that “this has afforded Mr. Alagbe the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the educational development of Oyo State, and by extension Nigeria”.
Remarking, the Oyo state government lauded the donor for supporting the state government with such projects, adding that the ongoing construction of new blocks of classrooms and other structures would boost the morale of children within school-going-age in the council area.
The government, through its Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran added that the gesture would afford children in Araromi village enjoy free and quality education, at no cost, just as he promised government’s contribution to the laudable project, saying “Oyo State Government would provide furniture for the pupils and teachers in the school”.
Adeniran, however urged other well-meaning indigenes of the state and non-profit organisations at all levels, including businesses, associations and faith-based organisations to take a cue from the donor and impact their societies.
“This is commendable and we appreciate Mr. Olusola Alagbe’s kind gesture in complementing government’s efforts. We also call on Associations and faith-based organisations to contribute their quota to the development of education in their immediate communities”, the SUBEB boss submitted.
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