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We Are Willing To Call Off Strike – ASUU

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The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has said that the union is wiling to end its seven-month old strike.

The FidelinfoNews reports that Osodeke, however, said this could only be achieved if concrete agreements were reached with the Federal Government.

Osodeke gave the assurance in Abuja on Thursday at a National Town Hall Meeting on Tertiary Education tagged: ‘ The Locked Gates of our Citadels -A National Emergency.’

Recall that the union embarked on industrial action on Feb.14, making it over seven months since public universities across the country were closed down

The Federal Government recently sued ASUU at the industrial court in an attempt to end the strike.

On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on issue of revitilisation, on issue of earned allowance and on issues that we have all discussed.

” We negotiated and agreed that they should sign and this is very simple, not more than one day.

” On UTAS and IPPIS , we say release the report of the test you did and let’s look at the one who came first and take it as we agreed.

” So we have given them the minimum we want and we have to come down and they can do it in one day if there is a will,” he said.

Osodeke, therefore, reiterated the union’s commitment to return to school if the Federal Government puts its proposal on the table, saying that negotiation could be reached if the government was willing.

“If the government loves this country, these children and their parents, then they should come to the table and let us resolve these issues in one day.

“Just as we did in 2014, they should come and ensure that we do that, we can even have the meeting openly so that Nigeria will see what we are discussing,” he said.

The ASUU president expressed sadness over the lingering strike resulting to government taking the union to court.

He said that suing the union was not an option as it would further worsen the situation of the students and tertiary education in the country.

He said that if the court forces the lecturers to return to school, they won’t force them to teach with open minds, saying that the students would definitely be at the receiving end.

Osodeke commended the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors for stepping in to resolve the issues

He, therefore, called on parents and students to appeal to the government to do the needful so that the strike would come to an end once and for all, rather than attacking the union.

Meanwhile, Mrs Vivian Bello , Convener, Save Public Education Campaign, an NGO, pleaded with both parties to resolve the problems saying that the students are not the only people feeling the negative impact, but also the union.

Bello said that it behooves on both sides to bring the crisis to a perpetual end for the sake of the students as well as the development of education in the country.

” We are going to play our traditional role which is the role of monitor.

” We are going to keep very strong searchlight on the two actors- both in the government and on ASUU, in order to see that this issue of back and forth is quickly brought to an end the strike will be called-off,” she said.

Some of the contentious issues that led to the strike by the unions include the non-release of revitalisation fund, non-payment of earned allowance (or earned academic allowance), renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, and the release of white paper for visitation panel.

Others are: the non-payment of minimum wage arrears and the inconsistency occasioned by the use of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

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Kwara Goes Tough On Illegal Examination Fees

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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.

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KWASU Releases Pre-Admission Process Schedule

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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 helpdesk@kwasu.edu.ng

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.

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Like Adeleke, PDP’s Guber Candidate Yaman Abdullah To Sack Kwara Teachers If Elected

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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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