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Blame FG, Not Us, If We Go On Strike, ASUU Warns

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again expressed displeasure over what it described as continued lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government towards honouring the agreements made with the union, saying it should not wait until the union embarks on nationwide strike before doing the needful.

The Lagos Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, who lectures at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Dr Adelaja Odukoya, gave this position at a news conference in Lagos, on Tuesday.

The leadership of ASUU in five universities that made up the zone, namely, UNILAG, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State were in attendance.

Speaking further, Odukoya said the Federal Government had already pushed the union to the wall and ready to bite anytime from now.

According to him, ASUU knows that the only language the Federal Government understands before doing what is expected of it not only for ASUU but also for other unions is industrial action.

He said it was not as if ASUU or any other labour unions in the country or elsewhere across the globe like to go on strike particularly because of attendant consequences of such action, but because such actions have proven to be only potent language that Nigerian government at all levels understand.

“But it is very unfortunate that government should be waiting for industrial action before addressing issues of public importance,” he lamented.

Odukoya explained that ASUU consistent agitations were for the survival and sustenance of public university education and autonomy in the country and not for ASUU members’ interests as the federal government always portraits it before the public.

According to him, without ASUU constant engagement with government towards a better public university education in the country, the system would have been collapsed for a long time.

He said it was disheartening that the Federal Government rather than being forthright and sincere in all her dealing with ASUU on the seven issues in contention, is feeding the public with falsehood.

He said the contentious issues between them overtime in the last 12 years remain the same with the government playing back and front game with ASUU, except that it honoured only two out of about seven-point demands that formed the last Memorandum of Action with the government and upon which the last strike that last nine months was suspended.

He listed the remaining five issues to include “government’s reluctance to fulfil the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement bothering on the provision of funds for the revitalisation of dilapidating infrastructure (hostel accommodation, befitting lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, good working environment for lecturers, and so forth), payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), arresting the trend of proliferation of state-owned universities while neglecting the funding of the existing ones and the renegotiation of 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement

He pointed out that the issue of forceful enrollment of ASUU members into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) at the expense of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) remained a deliberate attempt of the government to divert the attention of the public from its insincerity, lack of interest and disregard for the education of Nigerian university students.

He said it was only in Nigeria in Africa that university lecturers with master degree holders as the least among them could earn poverty-wage while the politicians earn fat salaries.

He however, urged all well-meaning Nigerians across strata, to without delay prevail on the Federal Government to do the needful by honouring the remaining terms of their last agreement.

“Otherwise, our union would be left with no option than to resuscitate our struggle to get the government to live up with its responsibilities and we shouldn’t be blamed for that,” he concluded.

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Doctors Advised Me To Drink More Water — Bawa, Chairman Of Anti-graft Agency, EFCC Speaks On Slumping At Event

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Hours after slumping at an event, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has stated that his doctors advised that he should drink more water.

He explained that what happened to him was slight dizziness and that doctors said he was dehydrated.

Recall that Bawa slumped on Thursday afternoon at the third National Identity Day celebration at the Banquet Hall Villla.

Bawa was delivering a goodwill message when he suddenly stopped, staggered back to his seat, and laid down.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, hours after the incident, Bawa said he was dizzy, and had to visit a hospital.

He said, “Today, September 16, is the National Identity Day and while giving my goodwill message at the programme organised by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, I felt a bit of dizziness.

“I excused myself and left the stage. Of course, I went straight to the hospital where the doctors confirmed to me that everything about me was okay except that I was a bit dehydrated and need to take a lot of water.”

Bawa said when he left the hospital he went to his office to put some things in order and was back home.

He thanked Nigerians for the prayers and well wishes “that had been keeping me going.”

Bawa was nominated as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC on February 16, 2021, and on February 24, 2021, he was confirmed by the National Assembly as the Executive Chairman.

He officially took over from Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman of the Commission.

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Moghalu Calls For Systemic Approach In Fight Against Corruption

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A former Presidential candidate, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, on Thursday detailed the steps that ought to be taken by the federal government towards ensuring the eradication of corruption in the Nigerian society.

Moghalu made this known via a statement in Lagos.

According to the former Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria, a systemic and serious approach needs to be entrenched in the fight against corruption.

He further noted that over $600bn had been pilfered from the country’s coffers since independence in 1960.

“We can fight corruption in four very important ways. The first is through value system education and reform.

“We have to teach our kids right and wrong from elementary school to secondary school. Ethics must become a compulsory subject.

“Secondly, Nigeria’s leaders must lead by example via accountability to the people.

“Thirdly, there must be punishment for corruption. If anyone engages in the act of corruption, such a person must be made to pay for it and anyone found guilty of corruption must go to prison. It is not enough to simply sack people because they were corrupt.

“Finally, we have to improve the reward of public officers, their servants and the social safety net.

“Many people steal in public life because they are afraid about their old age and whether they will have anything or a roof over their heads.

”So, these are some of the things we must look at. We have to look at fighting corruption in a systematic way and be serious about it,” he added.

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Mixed Reactions Trail Appointment of Tunji Bello’s Wife As LASU VC

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Mixed reactions have trailed the appointment of Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the new Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who is the wife of the present Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello was on Thursday announced as the new Vice Chancellor of the State University.

A statement issued by the State Government to announce her appointment said the decision was reached following recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State.

But eye brows have been raised in some quarters as to why she was selected from the list which also include two other candidates, Professor Omotayo R. Awofolu and Professor Senapon Bakare.

Some Nigerians who took to social media to react on the development welcomed the appointment while alluding to Prof. Olatunji-Bello’s track record, while others who expressed reservations felt the process was skewed in her favour owing to her husband’s closeness with the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

liltaste0 -My Question now is why Appointing her wife 😢😢 People outside there need this job 😢

msmottbakes -Why ‘Tunji Bello’s wife’??.. She should be defined as who she is not whose wife she is…. Very irrelevant and sexist!🙄🙄

dommaokeoghene -Congratulations Ma’am❤️

jamesumoh23 -After all d committees. Congrats

hon.lazenger-Congratulations on your landmark achievement

toyinleo___the_bi_leo_naire -This was the plan from day 1…they have worked to the answer now….shame shame.

oolatunjiayodele -This headline is so bad. You just rubbished her appointment by putting her husband in the picture. She deserves it, give her her flowers

donaldglasgow01 -Nonsense. This family can not survive without Lagos State Government.

dimejijoseph -Now I know why the back and forth, and the hide and seek game that has been going on all this while. The gods must be angry by [email protected]

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