The Kwara State Government and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council signed an agreement on Tuesday regarding the implementation of the Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Salary Structure (CONPCASS) for Academic Staff at the Colleges of Education in Ilorin, Oro Lafiagi, and the College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS).
The agreement, among other things, specifies that the Academic Staff at Tertiary Institutions will begin receiving the increased minimum pay on July 1st, 2022.
The deal also provided that the government shall in subsequent wage review include the representatives of Academic Staff Unions at the Tertiary Institutions in the committee for negotiations on behalf of members; moderate subvention payment processes to be flexible that will enable payment of Academic Staff at the Tertiary Institutions as and when due; and that there shall be no retrenchment of workers as a result of the implementation of the minimum wage.
“I want to thank everybody who has made efforts in this process. We appreciate you. We appreciate everything that you have done. Thank you for being responsive. Thank you for believing in Kwara and that Kwara belongs to all of us. Whatever we do is either for the betterment of Kwara or at detriment of the state. I thank you for choosing the latter,” State Head of Service Modupe Oluwole said at the signing of the agreement at the Governor’s Office Ilorin, the capital city.
This agreement is made this 9th day of August, 2022 between the Kwara State Government and the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC) Kwara State Organ, on behalf of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Kwara State Colleges of Education, Ilorin, Oro and (Technical), Lafiagi Chapters and Colleges of Legal and Allied Institutions Academic Union (COLAASU), Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), Ilorin Chapter on the implementation of Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Salary Structure (CONPCASS).
I want to thank our listening Governor for deeming it fit for ensuring that we have this salary. We do not take this for granted because there are several states that owe salaries. We believe things will continue to get better,” Oluwole said.
Oluwole, who signed on behalf of the state government, appreciated the academic staff for their understanding and patience throughout the negotiations period.
State Chairman of NLC Comrade Isa Ore, for his part, commended Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Head of Service and other key stakeholders for the successes achieved so far in signing minimum wage agreements across all affected labour unions. He appealed to the state government to also consider increase in pensions paying to the state retirees in line with the spirit of the minimum wage
Chairman of JASUTI, Comrade Musa Mahmud, therefore announced the suspension of its strike in principle, saying JASUTI is satisfied with the offers made by the state government to the union.
“Our appreciation knows no bound to His Excellency Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the Head of Service Mrs Modupe Oluwole who have allowed these processes to come to this end. We are satisfied with the offers given to us by the government of AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; we shall continually reciprocate that because right from the onset Governor AbdulRazaq is our man,” he said.
We want to assure everyone here and our students that they should start parking their bags to resume back to schools. As it is, the procedure followed in declaring the strike would be followed immediately in suspending the strike. But in principle, the strike is suspended.”
Other officials at the signing of the agreement included Chairman Public Service Joint Negotiating Council Kwara State Comrade Saliu Suleiman; Director Establishment, Pension and Industrial Relations Alhaji Yusuf Amuda; Secretary Public Service Joint Negotiating Council Comrade Joseph Tunde; Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice Alhaji Musa Idris; Permanent Secretary Establishment and Training Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tertiary Education Bola Alaya; State Accountant General AbdulGaniyu Sani; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters Comrade Abdulkareem Onagun; Chairman COEASU COE (Technical) Lafiagi Comrade Gborigi Katun; Chairman COEASU COE Oro Comrade Isah Ibrahim and the State Controller of Labour Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Alhaji Yusuf Raufu.
Kwara Goes Tough On Illegal Examination Fees
Kwara State Government has vowed to sanction any principal who collects above the fees approved for external examinations.
Fidel Info reports that the decision to again outlaw any form of extortion is part of the ongoing reform agenda of the government to improve quality of education without imposing any hardship on the parents.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Mary kemi Adeosun, made this known today at a meeting with the Principals of Senior Secondary Schools across the state during this year’s 2022 West African School Certificate Examination floating.
The Permanent Secretary was represented by the Director Curriculum and Assessment of the Ministry, Hajia Folashade Raji, at Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin.
Adeosun gave the break down of the approved registration fees for WASSCE 2022/2023 thus: WAEC Charges N18,000, E – regisration Charges N1,050
Administrative Charges N1,100 and the total fees to be paid is N20,150.
She said the ministry will not tolerate extra charges from any principal apart from the one approved by the ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.
She also solicited the support of the Principals for the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who, she said, is wholeheartedly committed to the welfare of teachers and the citizens.
Speaking at the same event, the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, Mallam Bello Tauheed Abubakar, applauded Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for moving the education sector forward in the state.
Bello explained that the present monitoring embarked upon by the ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, in conjunction with the Teaching Service Commission and Chairman Kwara State Universal Education Board, is to improve the sector.
In their contributions, the President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Comrade Usman Abdulahi and the Chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers, Kwara State Chapter, Comrade Bashir Oyewo, applauded Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for putting the right people to run the affairs of the education sector in the state.
They thanked the governor for revamping the sector through the rehabilitation and construction of schools across the three senatorial districts of the state, recruitment of qualified teachers to all primary and secondary schools across the state, prompt payment of salaries and training and retraining of teachers.
Other achievements of the governor, according to the stakeholders, include the promotion of teachers and free hand to select outstanding teachers for awards which has never happened in the history of the state.
They promised to ensure improved productivity of teachers across the state.
KWASU Releases Pre-Admission Process Schedule
Kwara State University has released the Pre Admission process schedule for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S) Programme.
Fidel Info reports that the process is for Candidates whose first choice of institution is Kwara State University or Candidates who wish to choose Kwara State University (KWASU) as their first choice. They are, however, required to change their choice of institution to KWASU on JAMB Portal before the Pre-Admission Screening Registration.
To be eligible, all candidates must have Five (5) O’level credits passes at ONE sitting in the following subjects: English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics and UTME subjects in English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Online registration starts on Tuesday 29th November 2022 and closes on Wednesday, 7th December 2022.
Candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of Two Thousand Naira (N2,000) only.
The procedure for the admission screening registration goes as thus:
1. Visit https://portal.kwasu.edu.ng and click on “Click here to apply”
2. Click the Undergraduate link under the Apply Now menu bar at the top
3. Enter your JAMB Registration Number correctly and complete the basic information page (Please note: Enter only valid phone number and email address and click next).
4. On the payment review page, click on “Make Payment” and this will take you to the payment page where you can provide your card details.
5. Enter your ATM card (Mastercard, Visa, or Verve) number and other details as appropriate and submit
6. Enter the “OTP code” sent to your phone and click Continue to complete your payment.
7. After a successful payment, click on “Main login” on the portal, enter your JAMB registration number and Surname as password
8. Click on “Login” and complete your registration.
9. Ensure you print the completed registration form and payment receipt for your record.
Failed payments attempt dues to bad network or debits without completing the payment can be re-queried. Enter the JAMB registration number and phone number, press the tab button to display a Re-query interface below the page, then Re-query the unsuccessful payment attempt. For support, contact email@example.com
All candidates must know that final admission into the University is based on meeting the University’s and the Academic Programmes’ cut-off points in UTME and also on the availability of spaces within the NUC-approved admission quota for Kwara State University, Malete (KWASU).
Candidates are to note that, falsification of citizenship certificates, or any documents for that matter, will lead to disqualification and prosecution.
The closing date for online registration is Wednesday 7th December 2022.
Like Adeleke, PDP’s Guber Candidate Yaman Abdullah To Sack Kwara Teachers If Elected
Strong indications have emerged over plans by the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to sack the civil servants if elected as a governor in the 2023 polls.
Fidel Info reports that In May 2021, Kwara State Government recruited 4,701 including 50 first class graduates for teaching jobs in both TESCOM and UBEC categories.
The exercise overseen by independent groups, experts, and NUT was adjudged thorough, the fairest and most transparent recruitment process in the state.
The development followed the layoff of 2,414 teachers in the employ of SUBEB over allegations bordering on incompetence, faulty recruitment process, and nepotism into service in December 2020.
The workers were engaged by the administration of ex-governor Abdulfatah Ahmed a few months before the end of his tenure.
Eventually dubbed the ‘sunset’ workers, findings revealed many of them were primarily engaged to settle the party members of the outgoing government in the state.
During the new exercise, some ‘sunset’ workers who had reapplied were caught and arrested by the police for examination malpractices, trying to game the system.
Along with the renovation of schools, prompt payment of teachers’ salaries, and introduction of KwaraLEARN, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has been praised at various times by stakeholders for the bold steps in revitalising the education sector in the state.
This may be reversed.
As directed, some of the sunset workers registered for, participated in the new recruitment, and were reappointed in May 2021.
Six months after, Kwara was announced the winner of the presidential debate competition defeating Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos state.
However, some of the sunset workers still stuck to the streets for months protesting their disengagementemnt from service.
It was gathered that some of them didn’t reapply due to a lack of required certificates, incompetence, and, or, couldn’t make it out of the recruitment process.
As weeks turned to months, they became a pressure group of blackmail against the government on radio and social media.
Stakeholders have severally expressed concerns that there public conducts were political and indecent for people seeking to raise children with sound values and morals in society.
Although quite early, these concerns might have come to pass.
The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Shuaibu Yaman Abdullah has thrown his weight behind the conduct of the sunset workers, promising to reinstate them once elected.
Speaking for the guber candidate over the weekend, Abdullah Kayode GreatKay, a member of the PDP reconciliation committee, disclosed that reinstatement of sunset workers was a priority to the party.
‘Education in peril’
Incidentally, people are concerned that Yaman’s decision panders to the base sentiments of politics, instead of prioritising education — the bedrock of sustainable social development.
“I thought Yaman would prioritise education. But with that statement, he is shown he is more interested in politics. So, he will reinstate people who were not competent to teach just because they were employed by Maigidia, one of his bosses now, two years after their sack. So, the feelings of 2,400 teachers, or ego of Abdulfatah Ahmed, come first over the future of Kwara children? Disappointing,” Hajia Rukayat Ahmed, a lecturer based in Ilorin, said.
“I don’t see any sense in reinstating the sunset workers who either didn’t reapply or failed the new exercise. We all saw the error-riddled placards they carried during their protests and the voice notes from their Whatsapp groups. Haba. Most of these people were not competent. How and why will a sane person employ them to teach our children? This is not a good idea,” Mrs Kehinde Iyabo, trader, lamented.
“I have read that article/statement all over again. I think what Yaman might be saying is that he will also sack the newly recruited, qualified teacher by this administration if Bukola or Ahmed asks him to sack them. Can govt afford salaries of 2000 teachers plus 4,701 at a go without affecting infrastructural projects? Will they be taken as workers or teachers? Will he conduct new exams for them to ascertain competence? Has he done needs assessment? Or he just wants to “reinstate” them for political purposes? Teaching jobs should be not like that. I fear that this man will put education in peril,” a don at the University of Ilorin who craved anonymity remarked.
In Osun, Governor Ademola Adeleke of PDP sacked 12,000 workers, reversed the appointment of 3 monarchs, and set aside the logo, anthem etc in his first day in office– a decision many described as ”draconian, vengeful, and narrow-minded.”
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