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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Nassarwa State University chapter has warned government to intervene on key areas that will bring succor and development to the university to avoid any industrial action like it happened in 2017.

At a press conference organised by the union on Wednesday at the ASUU secretariat in Keffi, the vice chairman of ASUU in the institution Dr Mariga Jamey Peters said lack of proper communication and understanding led to a strike action in 2017

He said the strike was acasioned by
fundamental issues revolving around inadequate funding, poor infrastructures, and certain components of staff welfare packages among other.

He said, “The union considers it imperative to express the concern of its members on the way and manner events have unfolded themselves since the suspension of the strike in 2016 with respect to the implementation of the issues on contention or otherwise.

“He added that the inadequate funding of the university has over the years formed critical mass of the issues raised by the union, we are aware that N129 million is currently the monthly subvention  to the university whereas it’s monthly wage bill is overwhelmingly N255M.”

He said prior to the suspension of the 2016 strike action, the university Governing council promised to see the state government to solicit for increased funding, however, he observed that till now the expectation is still a mirage.

Peters reiterated the fact that sustainable growth and stability of the university system, can only be achieved with adequate funding

“Government needs to demonstrate more commitment by increasing the monthly subvention of the university to enable it meet up with its huge financial involvement in research and teaching as a citadel of academic excellence.”

He said in 2012 a visitation panel Was set up by the Nasarawa State Government, which has submitted it’s report in the first quarter of 2013 but up till this moment, the recommendations of the said panel have not been fully attended to..

On the high rate of tax regime, he said, it is very glaring just as it appears that there is lack of commitment and will on the side of Government to resolve the issue that is of high contention.

He said the lack of commitment by Government to set machinery in place that would revisit the high tax regime imposed on the university staff has the potency of creating on industrial disharmony.

He called on Government to do the needful by addressing the high tax regime on their members in order to create a better enabling environment for the workforce.

According to him, the Tresury single Acount(TSA) was one of the issues in dispute in the last Nationalwide ASUU strike last year(2017) yet the Nasarawa State Government is warming up to commence the implementation of the TSA.
“We however wish to draw the attention of the government to the peculiarities of the university system that is different from the normal civil service system.”

He said though the university has one of the best health care centers in the country which qualifies it as a primary Health care provider, yet members of the Academic community and the university are yet to subscribe to the NHIS scheme.

“We appeal to Government to extend her policy thrust on health care to the university community by guaranteeing the introduction of NHIS and possibly upgrading and equiping the medical centre preparatory for the take off of the proposed faculty/college of medicine.”

Peters said it is also worthy of note that a situation where deductions made are not paid as at when due is tantamount to tempeering with members salaries

“We are requesting the university administration to as a matter of urgency pay the two months arreas of our October and November, 2016 unremitting deduction of our unions multipurpose cooperative society totaling N43,956,594.66million Naira immediately.”

They also drew the attention of the Nassarawa State Government to the non payment of back log of their Earned Academic Allowances(EAA) saying that so far, the back log of EAA is yet to be paid to their members cofers the following Academic sessions in thier different computed sums:2014/2015,2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions respectively.

“For the 2014/2015 academic session,the EAA of our members sum up to about 239,315,676.43 million Naira, while other years (2015/2016/2017 and 2018 academic sessions)are being computed.

“We therfore request the swift intervention of the administration and government in ensuring that the payment of these accumulated EAA are made so as to avoid repeat of actions that may scuttle academic activities on our campus.”

He added that promotion arrears due between 2014/2017 have not been paid as lecturers Part Time teaching Honoraria.

“They urge the university Administration to pay thE honorarium without further delay in order to guide against a breakdown of the working relationship with members.

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SSANU, NASU suspend 3 weeks old strike

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The three-week-old strike embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has been suspended with effect from midnight of on Friday, February 26.
After holding a meeting with the delegation of Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige the
President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, gave the indication on Thursday night.

On 5th February the leaderdhip of the unions directed all its branches to commence an indefinite strike with a view to pressing home their demands bordering on alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears.

Other contentious issues raised include inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others.

Adeyemi while addressing newsmen after the meeting said the unions agreed to suspend the nationwide strike after extracting some concessions from the government, noting that the union’s demand have been harmonized to the satisfaction of both parties.

He pointed out that they will continue to monitor the agreements that have been reached with a timeline to ensure that FG implements its own side of the bargain.

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, on Monday pledged to ensure attainment of the university’s Stated mission to be one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

Akinwumi disclosed this in his inaugural speech at a ceremony to mark the official take-off of his administration on Monday at the Permanent Site of the institution at Felele area of Lokoja.

He said that the university established along with eight others in 2011 had in 10 years attracted a solid academic, administrative and technical staff and also attracted students from all over the country.

“My primary goal is to add value to the university stated mission which is to be the best among the nine newly-established Federal universities and one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

“I just know what I need to do if Federal University, Lokoja is to move to the top-10. The first part of the vision is relatively more straight-forward. I have personally been to all the Federal Universities established in 2011”, he said.

The new Vice Chancellor revealed that the university currently ranked seventh among the nine Federal Universities established in 2011, 78th in Nigeria, 255th in Africa and 10,600th in the world.

“The university has a unique mission to train employable graduates through competency-based teaching, applied research and practical community service to the catchment area, Africa and the world.

“At the interview that gave me this job, I submitted a vision plan that outlined what I will do if I got the job. Now that I have the job, I have reviewed the plan alongside the university’s strategic plan.

“I will share the plan with an expanded management committee and subsequently with the Senate so that it will be adopted and truly owned by the university”, he said.

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor said that by the first week of next month, he would share his vision plan with an expanded management committee and setup a 120-day agender for the the implementation of the plan.

Governor Yahaya Bello represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones congratulated Akinwumi as the first indigene of Kogi to be Vice Chancellor of the Federal University.

Describing the Vice Chancellor as a “Champion”, he said, “Even before your arrival, we have taken time to find out your antecedents and what and what you have done and we are excited that you are with us in Lokoja at this time.

“I am now convinced that with what you have accomplished, I am just optimist that the Federal University, Lokoja is in the best of hands and shall see glorious development going forward”, he said. (NAN)

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The local council chairman of Wamba, honorable Abubakar Abbas and community leaders in Nunku, Alushi have lauded Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYC) a civil society organisation for the donation of 200 school desks, renovation of four blocks of classrooms in the state.

Honorable Abubakar while receiving the items donated on Friday at the Ta’al model school Wamba, commended the CSO for choosing the local governments and the schools.

“We are very happy and as well challenged by your determination and sacrifices for providing items that create conducive study environments to the vulnerable children in the rural schools” Mr. Abbas stated.

Mr. Abbas urged the school management to maintain the items prudently and the hosts communities to provide security against vandalism of the properties.

Other items donated include 2 first aid boxes, 10 tables and 20 chairs for teachers use.

The proprietor of the Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYCA) Dr. Nawani Aboki while handing over the items to the benefiting schools said the donation include two first aid boxes, 200 desk with 100 each to Ta’al model Islamia secondary school and RCM secondary school all in Wamba loval government respectively.

In the same vain three blocks of classrooms each in government day secondary school, Wamba, pilot science primary school, Nunku, Akwanga, government secondary school, Alushi were renovated and furnished by NACWYCA with support from Institute of Human Virology (IHVNigeria), Center for Disease Control (CDC).

According to the proprietor, the projects cost N5.5million only.

Mr. Aboki added that his organization is focus on identifying and supporting the vulnerable women and children with good nutrition and education in the state through a platform known as OVC–ACHIEVE(orphans and vulnerable Children–Achieving Control of HIV/Aids Epidemic Through Evidence.

The principal of government day secondary school, Wamba Mrs. Regina Dauda in appreciation said that the renovation of the block of three classrooms will create a conducive learning environment for the students.

Community leaders in Wamba, Nunku and Alushi who witnessed the donations, lauded the NGO for reaching out to the vulnerable in their communities and pleaded with the state government and other concerned agencies to emulate the gesture of NACWYCA.

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