Sack of LAUTECH VC: SPN insists, 7 months unpaid salary arrears is enough incitement for workers
The Socialist Party of Nigeria, (SPN) Oyo State Chapter has rejected the ploy by Oyo State government to hide under a legitimate agitation by workers in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomosho over payment of their outstanding salary arrears as a basis for the sack of Prof. Michael Ologunde, the university Vice-Chancellor.
This was contained in a statement that was signed and issued by the SPN State Secretary
Comrade Ayodeji Adigun and was made available to.the NationalUpdate on Tyesday.
The statement indicated that Governor Seyi Makinde of the State had on Saturday, February 20, 2021 during a live radio program of the Broadcasting Cooperation of Oyo State, (BCOS) alleged that the Vice-Chancellor was the one inciting the workers of the institution to embark on the said agitation for the payment of their over 7 months outstanding salaries.
However, the Statement disagreed, saying SPN finds the allegation denigrating and mischievous!
“It is denigrating because it portends the workers which include both the academic and non-academic staff of the university as robots under the remote control of the Vice Chancellor.”
“It is quite unfortunate that the PDP-led government in the state has failed to come to a realisation that owing its workers outstanding salaries of over half of a year is enough incitement for agitation. But even if it was true that the VC incited workers, sacking him does not resolve anything.
“Neither does it change the fact that workers are being owed 7months salary. This means, it is only a matter of time before the university is rocked by industrial crisis again.
“Therefore, for us as a party, we think a more responsible approach is for the Oyo state government to pay all outstanding salaries and allowances of workers in order to put an end to the real root of workers anger and agitation instead of chasing shadows or using the university to settle political scores.
The statement also stressed that the reported allegation levelled against the sacked Vice- chancellor and the attempt by the government to hide under same as a basis for the sack of the VC is mischievous.
“All workers of LAUTECH are organized under different trade union organizations, ASUU, SSANU, NASU, and NAAT recognized and established by law. “Therefore, they have the democratic right to embark on strike including peaceful protest to protect and defend both their economic and democratic rights without any incitement from any individual.
This it indicated, must be after a democratic discussion is conducted among members of the respective unions.
“Therefore, SPN affirms the rights of LAUTECH workers to embark on strike and protest to demand the payment of their outstanding salaries.
“It is our belief that the demand is implementable and achievable regardless of whatever expenses the government claimed to have incurred to secure independent ownership of the university.
“The traditional role of a union is to always seek to protect and advance the collective interest of its members.
“We call on the leadership of the unions in the university to ensure that at no time must the integrity of the unions be allowed to be muddled and dragged into the rivalry struggle for domination among sections of the thieving elites.
SPN expressed the believe that the removal of Prof. Michael Ologunde, who is an appointee of the APC-led Osun state government which co-owned LAUTECH with Oyo state until recently is a manifestation of the struggle for political domination between the PDP faction of the ruling elites and its APC counterpart.
“While we recognize the importance of defending the law and procedure that establishes and guides the university respectively, it is our belief that such must not be done at the expense of the independence of the unions from undue interference of any section of the ruling elites.
Besides, the party warned against any attempt to divide the University along indegeneship lines.
“We demand the protection of the rights of every worker and student regardless of whether they hail from Osun and Oyo state.
SPN reiterated that only an independent union free from undue interference and influence of the ruling elites and their agent like the Vice-chancellors will always be able to ensure an adequate protection of the collective interest of the workers at all-times regardless of where they hail from.
It urged on the Oyo State government to pay all backlog of owed p and allowances and urged the leadership of LAUTECH workers unions not to allow the integrity of the unions to be muddled into rivalry contest for domination between APC and PDP.
CSO canvasses Empathetic leadership adaptation
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN), in partnership with Alexijan Consults, has urged leaders in every sphere to showcase ability to understand and share the feelings of others in leadership for good mentoring.
Chief Executive Officer, FBIN, Bar. Nkiruka Okonkwo, made the call at the graduation ceremony of the leadership and empathy (Lead- Em) Ambassadors held during a Church Service in Abuja.
He indicated that the continued use of sympathy instead of empathy was capable of trauncating the current state of leadership in the country.
According to her, the initiative, was birthed basically to groom women and young people on what it takes to be empathetic among other leadership developmental strategies.
“The graduating ambassadors are fully prepared to embark on a quest to engage other youths in the initiative as they are now equipped with the knowledge and expertise to pass on this mandate.
According to her, most of the Lead-Em Ambassadors are now occupying key positions in the church where they are influencing positive Change including the CYON, Lectors Association, among others.
She thanked the Church for the support her organization received and expressed her readiness to work with the Leadership of the Church to replicate the initiative across the Archdiocese of Abuja.
She commended the graduates who she believes are now equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to mentor their peers.
She invited the guests to take note of all the graduates and monitor their participation and leadership in the church and society.
“The organisation is opened for partnership with other well meaning organisations, adding that the initiative is a charity targeted at empowering the Nigerian youths mostly in the area of employment.
In his remarks, MD/CEO LeeaGlobal resources, Mr Leonard Okonkwo, indicated that the ambassadors are trained to think beyond available resources. Stressing that being a good human being comes from within.
According to him, ‘True Leadership is about being empathetic towards other people. Thus, if your leadership approach is sympathy, you are doing more harm than good to your subordinates.’
He also thanked the Parish Priest and the Catholic Community in Kabusa for the great support given to his wife (Barr. Mrs. Nkiruka Okonkwo) and her organizations in successfully hosting the training and mentorship
Rev. Fr. Robert Achiaga, Parish Priest of St. Anthony Parish, Kabusa, Abuja commended the organizers of the Leadership and Empathy (Lead-Em) Ambassadors Initiative for partnering with the Catholic Church in training and mentoring young people and women in St Kevin Catholic Church and its Mother Parish, St. Anthony Parish Kabusa on Empathy Leadership.
The event which also marked the 8th Anniversary of Alexijan Consults,was graced by Mr. Nnamdi Umeh (1st Vice Chairperson of St Kevin Church Council), Executive Council and members of CMO led by their President – Mr. Evans Oriri, Mrs. Chinyere Eze (CWO President), Mr. Valentine (Representative of the Parish CYON), among others.
NIN challenge forces JAMB to extend UTME, Direct Entry registration for two weeks
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has announced an extension extension of the registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the Direct Entry (DE) by two weeks.
Candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been bemoaning their inability to register, saying with JAMB insistence on National Identity Number (NIN) as mandatory, more hardship has been added to their registration predicament.
They alleged that with NIN requirement, the board has forced them to go through difficulties like extortion, long queues in scorching weather, non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols and other unwholesome practices devoid of ethics to enable them register.
Others lamented that even with NIN, they could not complete the first stage of application process.
Oloyede made the announcement at a press conference, Saturday, in Abuja.
With the announcement the board has also extended the UTME examination as well as the mock to further dates.
Oloyede noted that the outcome followed the decision, of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting of the board in Abuja.
He said stakeholders recommended that a two-week extension be granted to candidates who have not been able to register as a result of some challenges associated with the National Identification Number (NIN) and others
Ex-student describes POMA University as Fake, fraudulent
A former student of POMA University, situated at Dalemo, Alakuko, Lagos State, Miss Janet has urged the Government and its relevant regulatory agencies to investigate the unwholesome activities going at the university.
Janet is a former student of POMA University, who was issued a Fake Degree Certificate and Professional Certificate from POMA who later left to actualised her educational quest in another University, but narrated her ordeal after waiting endlessly for NYSC Mobilization.
According to her, what she experienced while on Educational voyage by secondment to POMA University, should be a thing to worry about and advised vulnarable intending students to look before they leap.
She also challenged the Government of Nigeria and Benin Republic respectively, especially those agencies of government saddled with responsibility of setting standard for education to live up to their responsibilities.
In her words. ”Subjecting innocent student to go through her experience doesn’t portray the government in a good light.
”Sadly, I received my Certificate(Fake) since 2019 from POMA University but they could not mobilize me for mandatory NYSC service because the University did not get statutory clearance and approval for operation.
“After series of investigation, we found out that POMA University is not Accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Benin Republic.
“Upon investigation from the Ministry of Higher Education, Republic of Benin, it was noted that the University is not Accredited in Benin Republic, though they often showcase a forged Accreditation Number which the ministry declined as most of the Professional Certificates it issued are not registered.
“After making us pay huge sum of about #200,000 for NYSC Mobilization, they failed to do the needful and till date, all effort to recover our monies proved abortive.
“The School does not have any reasonable activities in the address stated on their websites as Africa Campus even though it operates from a small unauthorized building at Ifelaja Road, Dalemo Alakuko Lagos.
In the past, there were allegations to the effect that POMA University or POMA Business University have been engaging in dubious Collection of monies from members of the public with a make-believe that they will be mobilised for NYSC, yet many of the innocent students were never mobilized.
“We urged the members of the public to stop patronising this institution characterised by unwholesome activities.
“POMA University is a disaster waiting to happen if the Governments of Nigeria and Benin Republic, do not take decisive action to shut down its operations.”
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