University lecturers have alleged that both the Senate and House of Representatives abandoned the union to its fate following its protracted industrial action.
The FidelinfoNews reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ASUU had been on strike since February this year, over the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement entered into with the federal government.
Lamenting that it has been abandoned by the nation’s legislature, the union informed that it wrote letters to the House of Representatives and the Senate in September and October 2021 but got no fruitful intervention before proceeding on strike.
ASUU Chairman at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayoola Akinwole, made these revelations on Tuesday in Ibadan.
Akinwole explained that the National Assembly also reneged on their promise to the union before the union suspended the strike in 2020.
According to Akinwole, part of what the National Assembly promised was to ensure that the 2021 budget accommodates the demands of ASUU.
The union regretted that the lawmakers failed to fulfil their promises.
Akinwole said, “We wrote the Speaker House of Representatives in September 2021 who is now inviting ASUU to a meeting again as if he lived up to the promise he made to us while pleading with us to suspend strike in 2020.
“We also wrote the Senate through the Senate President in October of 2021. Nothing happened. They all abandoned us. We gave religious bodies an opportunity. It yielded nothing.
“Most of the government people are feeding Nigerians with lies. I have two of my children at home with me. ASUU President does not have children studying abroad.
“When it comes to the masses they will say no money but they increase their own allowances and heaven did not fall. ASUU does not want Nigeria to be irrelevant in the area of education”
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.”
ASUU Brace For Another Face-Off With FG
The Federal Government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU may be bracing for another round of face-off, recent developments between the union and the government have indicated.
Fidel Info reports that The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has insisted that the government will not pay full salaries to lecturers despite their ongoing nationwide protest.
Adamu, made this stance while speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister insisted that the government resolution, that the protesting lecturers would not be paid for work not done, was in line with the ‘No work no pay’ policy.
Recall that ASUU had on Monday begun protests across the country to press home their demand for full pay after the Federal Government refused to pay them for the eight-month period the lecturers were on strike.
ASUU, which had earlier, in February, embarked on strike, called off their strike in October, following an order by the Court of Appeal.
Following the development, the government paid the lecturers half salaries for the month of October while insisting that it would not pay for the eight months they were on strike.
But, ASUU began protests across the country over the half salaries paid by the government for the month of October.
In reaction to the protest, the education minister declared on Wednesday that the lecturers “would not be paid for work not done.”
The minister also reacted to the allegation made by the President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodoke, that paying the lecturers on a pro-rata basis was a ploy to make them casual workers.
“Nobody can make university lecturers casual workers,” he said.
Adamu said he was not aware that the lecturers were threatening a one-day action to protest the government’s action.
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