Connect with us

News

Lecturers issue fresh warning to Buhari govt on impending strike

Published

on

Lecturers issue fresh warning to Buhari govt on impending strike
The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU),
has called on the Federal Government (FG) to take
immediate step towards acceding to the various demands
of the union.
This is based on the understanding and agreement reached
before the suspension of its industrial action, which lasted
for over two months in December 2018.
COEASU made the call in a communiqué issued at the end
of the Expanded National Executive Council (ENEC) meeting
of the union held on 10th and 11th of September, 2019 in
Akoka, Lagos.
The Union, in the communiqué, jointly signed by the
President, Nuhu Ogirima and General Secretary, Taiwo
Olayanju, and made available to DAILY POST warned that
only an urgent attention by FG to the lingering contentious
issues, would forestall disruption of academic activities in
the Colleges of Education across the country.
Decrying the disposition of the Federal Ministry of Education
(FME) and the National Commission for Colleges of
Education (NCCE) towards the desired effective resolution
of all the protracted issues, COEASU said: “Following the re-
appointment of Malam Adamu Adamu, as Minister of
Education, the Union expects a meaningful rejigging of the
system to ensure the resolution of all lingering issues in
contention and that FME would address the manifest
marginalization of the COE system in the governance of
tertiary education sub-sector.
“While our expectations subsist, Council charges FME and
the NCCE to take the issues of the colleges seriously to
avert any possible disruption in the COE calendar in the
pursuit of the following lingering issues mentioned in several
of our correspondences: (a) Presidential assent to the
reviewed Establishment Laws of FCEs and NCCE as passed
by the National Assembly; (b) executive approval of Dual
Mode (NCE and Degree) for Colleges of Education; to check
attrition of subscription to teacher education by both
students and lecturers; (c) the non-release of the fifteen
billion naira (N15bn) palliative funds pledged by the FGN to
revitalize the public COEs; (d) the non-payment of the sum
of about two billion five hundred million naira (N2.5bn)
Peculiar Earned Academic Allowances (PEAA); and (e)
review of the policy of out-sourced services and its
implication on security in the institutions.”
COEASU expressed dissatisfaction over the attempt to
impose the application of the Integrated Payroll Personnel
Information System (IPPIS) on colleges of education,
considering the peculiarities of tertiary institutions.
It said: “For the records, it is instructive to note that Council
reiterated her dismay over the prolonged surreptitious plan
to impose an incongruous and defective payment platform
on the colleges of education system. Council also decried
the ubiquitous discrimination against COEs as regrettably
manifest in the manner by which the Office of the
Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has handled
the issue of IPPIS… Recently, the OAGF constituted
Technical Committees on the issue of mutually acceptable
implementation of IPPIS for sister institutions (the federal
universities and polytechnics) without doing same for the
colleges of education.”
The academic body reaffirmed its non-aversion to policies
of FG to check perceived indications of corruption and
leakages towards more cost-effective payroll management
system, it however, insist that “such should take cognizance
of peculiarities to avoid the entrenchment of questionable
payment regime that could shortchange our members
irredeemably.”
According to the union, “Fundamental questions abound
relating to salary manipulation, domestication of sabbatical
leave, non-recognition of peculiar allowances and 65years
retirement age, contract staff and visiting lecturers, tenured
appointments, payment of promotion arrears, the disciplinary
prerogatives of the Chief Accounting Officer of the
institution and the general security of the system.
Juxtaposed with the difficulty in tackling the menace of
cyber infiltration by the global ICT criminal world – a
challenge which has become seemingly intractable even in
technologically advanced nations – the imposition of IPPIS
cannot be a solution. Furthermore, the over-centralization of
personnel payroll, as represented by IPPIS, contradicts global
best practices in the fiscal management of tertiary
institutions, given their operational intricacies.
Consequently, a fiscal practice that may be adjudged
suitable for the core civil service could be antithetical for
the tertiary education sub-sector given their diametrical
differences in all ramifications.”
COEASU condemned “the refusal of FME to direct the
enrolment of teachers of Demonstration Schools on the
payroll of the institutions as done in the case of a sister
tertiary institution with similar policy.” It also observed “as
utterly unacceptable, the persistent poor handling of staff
welfare related issues in most State Colleges of Education
in the country. The pathetic situation is evident in the
introduction of promotion criteria extraneous to the extant
provisions of the conditions of service.”
The union of lecturers in colleges of education “critically
assessed the security challenges besetting Nigerians within
and outside the country”, noting that “While the internal
security challenges may be receiving appropriate attention,
the recent surge in the rate of criminal activities
presupposes that a change in strategy may be required for
effective crime control.”
The communiqué further indicates that COEASU “considered
as unwarranted and condemnable the Afrophobic
(xenophobic) attacks that have bedeviled the Republic of
South Africa in recent time.” It added that, “although
homicide, wherever it is perpetuated, remains condemnable,
for a nation that owes the achievement of her sovereignty to
the magnanimity of other spirited nations especially African
nations led by Nigeria, the current situation tends to
question the very morale that has been instilled in the
struggle for a nation state. Council, therefore, implored
Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa and those in
their respective home countries to avoid violent reprisals as
ongoing international conversations hold promises of
stopping the crisis and ensuring compensation for the
victims.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Shina Peller: Police confirm arrest, reveal his sins

Published

on

Shina Peller: Police confirm arrest, reveal his sins

Shina Peller: Police confirm arrest, reveal his sins

The Lagos State Police Command has explained why House of Representatives member, Shina Peller, was arrested.

Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said Peller’s club, Quilox, was fond of obstructing free flow of traffic.

The spokesman recalled that the lawmaker had been warned many times, but he refused to do anything about it.

He said after some of his customers’ vehicles caused gridlock on Monday, the police intervened by towing three of the vehicles.

Bala claimed that Peller mobilised thugs, invaded the station and forcefully removed the vehicles.

He said, “The honourable is the owner of that club and his customers are fond of parking on the road and blocking the road. If you want to pass that place, you will have tough times.

“Up till 9am, the club was still on. They refused to remove their vehicles and Lagosians were seriously disturbed. Even Mr Governor was affected this morning. He had to manoeuvre his way through it.

“This man had been talked to many times, but he refused to listen. This morning, our patrol vehicles towed three vehicles out of that place so that people could pass.

“This honourable mobilised over 50 thugs to attack Maroko Police Station to move those vehicles out. We had to send reinforcement from neighbouring stations before they were able to curtail the situation.

“That was how he was arrested with five of the thugs, while others escaped. We had to exercise a lot of restraints. They have been moved to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, where they are being investigated.”

Continue Reading

News

ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as AFDB President

Published

on

ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as AFDB President

ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as AFDB President

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidacy of Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), for a second term.

The decision was announced in a communique signed by the commission’s President, Jean-Claude Kassi at the end of the 56th ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held in Abuja.

ECOWAS said the development was in recognition of the sterling performance of Adesina during his first term of office as President of the bank.

The commission further stated that the authority had endorsed the president of AfDB’s candidacy for a second term as the president of the bank.

Adesina is the eighth elected President of the African Development Bank Group. He was elected to the five-year term on 28 May 2015 by the Bank’s Board of Governors at its Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where the same electoral process will play out in 2020.

Adesina is a renowned development economist and the first Nigerian to serve as President of the Bank Group.

He has served in a number of high-profile positions internationally, including that of Rockefeller Foundation, as well as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015.

The commission commended Adesina for the bank’s involvement in the provision of technical and financial interventions to west African region.

It also lauded the president for the implementation of numerous projects and programmes across the region.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the summit, Adesina announced that AfDB’s portfolio investments in ECOWAS region stood at 20 billion dollars

Continue Reading

News

TY Danjuma under fire for saying he has secrets that can keep Nigerians sleepless

Published

on

TY Danjuma under fire for saying he has secrets that can keep Nigerians sleepless

TY Danjuma under fire for saying he has secrets that can keep Nigerians sleepless

Elder statesman and former Chief of Army Staff, Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), has come under fire over his recent comment on the state of the nation.

Gen. Danjuma, who was a former Defense Minister, had claimed while speaking at the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, on Thursday, that Nigerians won’t sleep if he reveals what is happening in Nigeria.

Reacting, however, the Middle belt Conscience Guard, an umbrella body of the states in the middle belt region in Nigeria, described the comment by Gen. Danjuma as diversionary and tactless.

The group declared that the statement credited to Gen. Danjuma was not a reflection of the mindset of the people of the middle belt region in Nigeria in its entirety.

Prince Raymond Enero, National President of the group, in a statement signed on Saturday, stated that the comment by “Theophilus Danjuma is unpatriotic and highly misleading, and if care is not taken might lead to unrest in the country.”

The group warned the ex-military general to desist from making crude statements that could cause unrest in the nation.

The statement added, “The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to state that the statement credited to Theophilus Danjuma is not a reflection of the mindset of the people of the middle belt region in Nigeria in its entirety.

“The statement can be best described as diversionary, tactless, and of poor taste, meant to unnecessarily heat the polity for no morally justifiable reason.

“The statement can be best described as diversionary, tactless, and of poor taste, meant to unnecessarily heat the polity for no morally justifiable reason.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard views with concern the way and manner a supposed elder statesman who has benefited immensely from Nigeria could throw caution into the wind by making statements that are not meant for unifying purposes, but for disintegration and to create chaos in the country.

“We are constrained to ask Theophilus Danjuma what he stands to benefit by making such inglorious call in this critical point of our existence as a people and as a country. If this is not malicious, we do not know what to call it.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to state that there are certain conducts expected from elder statesmen in the country, and Theophilus Danjuma has fallen short of this expectation. As such, he should retrace his steps and tender unreserved apologies to the country for acting against common sense.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard also wishes to use this medium to inform Theophilus Danjuma that there are boundaries he should not cross in his futile attempt as portraying himself as a saint amongst sinners, while in the real sense of it; he is part and parcel of the anomaly that has been entrenched in the system from time immemorial. This attempt is nothing short of calling a dog a bad name to hang it.

“It is expected that his likes should at this age and time sober reflect on how they have conspired to bring Nigeria to its knees while they held sway at the helm of affairs in the country with their actions and inactions that were self-serving and inglorious.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard believes that Theophilus Danjuma is flying a kite aimed at promoting the interests of their allies that were rejected by the electorate in the recently concluded general elections in the country.

“This is indeed a testament to the fact that the hawks that held Nigeria hostage had been rejected, and as such, the country must be made ungovernable in their bid to bring Nigeria to its knees as they intended.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to inform the generality of Nigerians to hold Theophilus Danjuma and his cohorts responsible should there be an attempt at truncating Nigeria’s nascent democracy in the days ahead as it evident that there is a grand plot by some disgruntled elements that are not happy with the progress been made in critical areas of the economy in Nigeria.

“It is instructive to state that the generality of Nigerians can decipher between light and darkness. As such, any attempt to heat the polity unnecessarily through callous statements would be resisted in its entirety.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to admonish Theophilus Danjuma to retrace his steps and seek for forgiveness from the Nigerian people for his failure to put Nigeria on the road to progress and prosperity while he held strategic positions of authority including as Chief of Army Staff, and as Minister of Defense under President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to state in unequivocal terms that should Nigeria experience any form of unrest; the blame should be put at the doorsteps of Theophilus Danjuma. Nigeria is indeed on the path of greatness, and as such, any form of a deliberate plot to truncate our progress should be resisted.”

Continue Reading

Trending