Kogi State University commences recruitment of fresh lecturers to replace striking ones
There may be no end in sight on the tussle and show of power between the Kogi State Government, the management of Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba and the striking lecturers who have refused to be cowed by any intimidation over their demands.
The management of the university, yesterday, started recruiting fresh lecturers to replace the striking ones who have refused to call off their ongoing strike anchored by the state chapter of the Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The advertorials of intent to employ fresh lecturers appeared in a number of dailies.
Governor Yahaya Bello remains unyielding about his decision to sack the striking lecturers as they failed to resume work on 24th July, 2017.
While issuing the proclamation proscribing the activities of ASUU- KSU chapter last week Governor Yahaya Bello had, directed the Governing Council, the management of the institution and the Kogi State Ministry of Education to replace any lecturer who failed to resume work immediately.
According to Bello’s directive, “Deem all academic staff of the Institution who do not resume their normal academic activities immediately as having resigned from the employment of the Kogi State Government and the University, and to treat them accordingly.
“Take steps to immediately find and engage suitable replacements for all crucial staff vacancies, including those who have left, or who may wish to leave or who are deemed to have left the service of the Kogi State Government and the University pursuant upon this Proclamation.
“Start the process of employing all categories of academic staff required by the Institution based on need assessment.”
In an advertorial credited to the state-owned institution, the recruitment will cut across its 7 faculties, namely: Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Education, Law, Management Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and College of Health Sciences.
Meanwhile Governor Bello challenged members the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Kogi State University who may have been aggrieved with his recent proscription of the Union to go to court and seek redress.
The Governor who spoke at the flag off ceremony for the construction of GYB Model Primary Schools Across Kogi State at St Luke’s Primary School, Adankolo Lokoja advocated for the development of the laws of the country in the light of incessant ASUU strike so that few people should not be allowed to hold everyone to ransom.
Bello said such judicial interpretation would go a long way to helping in bridging the gap in terms of dysfunctional academic calendar.
He wants the Nigerian judiciary to assist in making pronouncement on the perennial struggle between the Might of unions in institutions providing services Vis-a-vis owners of those institutions and the fate of the beneficiaries of those services.
“In particular we need to have judicial interpretations of some issues; Are we truly and angered species without any legal sanctuary whatsoever under the law any time a union down tools on essential services and we do to genuine constraints, cannot meet all of her demands immediately?
“Furthermore is it true that a Government that has done all it can to reasonably accommodate a union’s demands still remain a sitting dock until those unions willingly feel the need to relent and restore the essential services which they deny a helpless populate?.”
He said for greatness to be achieved a memorable change must be made in the system of education.
“Many commentators have spoken for or against that decision, we believe as an administration that pur students come first, and we will take any bullet for them, and indeed the good people of Kogi State. We will continue to make all financial and ancillary sacrifices in this regards.”
“In my opinion, every other change we make in the educational sector must also speak to security of the academic calendar from whimsical, and often ephemeral, labour issues.
The Governor reiterated the fact that he was convinced before banning ASUU in Kogi State University because the future of the children and youths of the State cannot be for sale.
He said he took the division as a last resort to rescue the students from the game of chess in which the lecturers have turned them into unwilling pawns.
PSC suspends DCP Abba Kyari, asks IGP to keep Commission updated on findings
Following the recommendation of the Inspector General of police, the Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.
Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States .
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had written a letter to the Police Service Commission recommending for the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.
The Commission thereafter, also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave.
Major crisis looms in the health sector as Nigerian doctors down tools
A major crises in the health sector is about to happen as the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), have concluded plans to embark on an indefinite strike starting from Monday.
This is happening at a very critical period when the nation is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections amid the third wave of the pandemic.
The doctors after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting attended by over 50 members across the country announced the decision
They explained that the Federal Government have reneged on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them after over 100 days.
President of the NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who gave the indication in a statement at the weekend, demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.
The statement reads in part, “We are embarking on a total and indefinite strike on August 2, 2021 [Monday]. You can recall we had a memorandum of action on March 31, 2021, and had an addendum to it on April 9, and since then, we still have had irregularities in the payment of salaries to the house officers.
“We had issues with them being non-regular payment and as part of the memorandum of action, it was said that they should be captured back into the IPPS platform.”
Kaigama says high cost of foodstuff also taking its toll on his home
**Advises Nigerians not to abandon grandparents, elderly cos of COVID – 19
***Condemns lavish funerals by Nigerians
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama has said that the escalation in the prices of foodstuff was also biting hard in his home.
He also called on Nigerians not to distance themselves from grandparents and the elderly due to social distancing over COVID – 19 because they are a source of wisdom.
The cleric also described as sad the fact that Nigerians throw “lavish funerals organised for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.”
Kaigama stated these in his Homily delivered at St. Luke’s Parish, Kubwa in honour of grandparents and the elderly with readings taken from the Old Testament including 2 Kings 4:42-44 and John 6:1-15.
According to him, the N12.3 billion agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government meant form2.2 million farmers should not be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
He said, “The escalation in the prices of foodstuff today has made it difficult for the poor among us to feed. My cook, Sunday Emola, showed me some current food prices from Garki market in Abuja: one measure each of garri costs N500, beans – N1,000, rice – N1,000, 1 bag (10kg) of semovita – N5,500, one bottle of groundnut oil – N1,600, one bottle of palm oil – N1,300, one tuber of yam – N1,300, a medium basket of tomatoes – N3,500, 1 gallon of kerosene – N2,000, Alebo – N500, etc.
“The problem in Nigeria is not whether we have resources to share, but the willingness to share them fairly, honestly and charitably. Both first reading and the gospel emphasised the fact that the power to end the hunger and suffering of other people lies in our ability to share the little we have.
“We often forget how far-reaching the little we each possess shared generously can satisfy the needs of other people. Often, we assume that it is the task for the government or the United Nations or NGOs.
“But a lot can be done with our little if we focus on the person in need and the intention rather than the quantity of what is available. I understand that 2.2 million farmers will soon receive N12.3 billion as agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government.
“We hope that the money of this laudable initiative will get directly into the hands of the farmers and not to be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
“The elderly are assured of the abiding presence of God who continues to accompany them on the journey of life, despite the difficulties and challenges associated with old age. They are reminded to tenaciously hold on to the faith and to pass it on to the young.
“Grandparents and the elderly are a source of wisdom. By passing on their knowledge, morals and values, they play a great role in the formation of a decent society. They are a strong link between the past, the present and the future.
“We must respect them and pray always for those of them who are sick and weak or suffering conditions associated with aging. Our practice of social distancing due to COVID – 19 should not distance us from them. It is sad today to see lavish funerals organized for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.
“In these times of moral and social decay, grandparents and the elderly can teach us how to heal our wounded humanity; the spirit of sharing, in a nation where selfishness, corruption and the spate of crime and insecurity deprive many of the basic necessities of life; a nation that continues to take mind boggling financial loans without any corresponding impact on our quality of life; only to leave a fragile and perilous future for generations of our youths.
“As grandparents and the elderly continue their earthly pilgrimage, we expect the government to provide good social security for them even as we entrust them to the intercession of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus.”
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