The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Ambrose Alli University (AAU) chapter, Ekpoma on Thursday June 11, expressed worry over alleged harassment and intimidation of leaders of staff unions and disrespect of trade unions in the university by management.
Chairman Ambrose Alli University chapter of ASUU, Dr. Monday Igbafen in a statement made available to journalists in Benin, said the union is disturbed by the resurgence of the act of intimidation of staff unions in the University.
Igbafen alleged that the University management recently deployed a detachment of police to harass and chase away union (JAC) representatives for allegedly harassing people at the school gate and prevented them from reporting for duty and even for essential services.
“It is an accepted fact that, it is wrong and illegal for representatives of any union to harass people who are non members at the gate and prevent them for reporting for duty”, Igbafen said.
While decrying the situation in the university where the police were allegedly invited to harass union leaders, Igbafen said that it is unjustifiable for the University administration to invite the police to harass representatives of staff unions in the institution who are enforcing the directive or resolution of their unions.
Igbafen who described as unfortunate event as unacceptable said ,” this amount to militarisation of affairs of the administration of the university. “
In a swift reaction, the Ambrose Alli University spokesman, Edward Aihevba, said ASUU and JAC have consistently been observed to be critical of the institution’s efforts for implementing government directives as regards to staff report for duty during the lockdown.
Aihevba added that staff on levels 1-12 in the civil service (1-11 in the university) are required to work from home, while other staff on level 12 and above and those on essential services are required to report for work daily while maintaining social distancing and other preventive guidelines as spelt out by the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on covid-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The University spokesman while calling for caution urged the union leaders to note that all disputes or grievances are usually resolved at the negotiation table, adding that the University would not tolerate representatives of any union to harrass people at the gate and prevent them from reporting for duty even for essential services.
How To Check 2023 WAEC Result On Your Phone Via SMS
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has released the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, results.
The Council stated that it was able to surmount challenges of insecurity, and cash policy among others, via technological innovation that saw over 91 percent of candidates’ results released 44 days after the examination ended.
WAEC’s Head of Nigeria Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said this at a briefing on Monday, at the body’s national office, Yaba, Lagos.
For the students who will be checking results, here are steps to follow.
Step 1: Type: WAECExaminationnumberPIN*Examyear through your phone (there should not be a space in between).
Step 2: Send to 32327.
Step 3: You will receive a message instantly containing your WAEC statement of result.
It should be noted that only MTN, Glo and Airtel subscribers can actually check their WAEC results using this SMS method.
Students can repeat the step if they do not receive your WAEC result via SMS, kindly repeat this step again.
SMS charges will be applied when checking your WASSCE result using text messages.
You will need to have purchased the WAEC Direct Scratch card in order to check your result via text message. The scratch card pin is what is needed in the PIN section of the SMS you will send to 32327.
Candidates who registered for the May/June examination can do also access their results through the portal of WAEC.
BREAKING: 8 States Owing WAEC Won’t Have Candidates 2023 WASSCE Results
Eight states owing the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, for various services rendered, will not have their candidates’ 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE results, released.
This was stated at a press briefing on Monday at Press Briefing Hall, WAEC national office, Yaba, where the body lamented that the inability to pay for services rendered was posing a great challenge in the activities of the examination body.
Responding to a statement on the number of States owing WAEC, the National Office of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan noted that: About eight States are owing WAEC. We won’t mention them all as some are going to pay.
“However, Zamfara and Niger states are the highest debtors. Again Zamfara did not present any candidate for this year’s WASSCE.” Areghan noted.
NANS Tackles ASUU Over Call For FUTO VC’s Resignation
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has cautioned Academic Staff Union of Universities ,ASUU, over its call to the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Prof. Nnenna Oti, to resign.
It warned the university lecturers’ organisation to rescind from such ugly move or face the wrath of students.
The students’ body which noted that the FUTO vice chancellor had not done anything wrong to deserve such call, accused ASUU of being responsible for instability in the nation’s universities.
Recall that members of ASUU, Owerri zone, had last Friday, demanded the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Prof. Nnenna Oti, over alleged corrupt practices and anti-union activities.
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ASUU, through its Zonal Coordinator, Dennis Aribodor, at press conference in Awka, Anambra State capital,demanded immediate resignation of the FUTO Vice Chancellor.
The union is composed of members from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State University, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka.
But reacting to ASUU demand while addressing the media, Sunday evening, in Abuja, NANS’ Vice President,Comrade Ezenagu Victor, while noting that ASUU had long deviated from its core mandate,called on the federal government to proscribe the union.
He said: “It has become expedient to address the unbecoming attitude of the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities. The latest of which is the provocative call by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU,zonal leaders for the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology,Owerri,to resign her position over alleged corruption.
“We feel concerned to react to the ASUU demand because the Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Nnena Oti, is a mentor to many of us, particularly, our female folks. We were shocked when we read about the ASUU demand in most national dailies about the woman who has personified integrity, honesty and transparency. Sequel to this, NANS has been able to carry out investigation by interacting with both students and staff of the institution”.
“Although we were not able to have any discussion with members of FUTO Management as they said part of the issue we wanted to inquire of was already in court. Our finding has shown that the allegations against the vice chancellor were not only unfounded, but also malicious and wicked. Testimonial evidences garnered by NANS points to the fact that the action of the ASUU leaders is a mere political vendetta.”
NANS claimed that the alleged attack on Prof. Nnenna was because of her gender, as well as transparency in the discharge of her duties as Vice Chancellor.
“Those who lost to her during the vice chancellorship contest as well as those who could not use her to achieve their ungodly aims during the national assignment have resulted to using ASUU to grind their axe with her, thus making the university ungovernable,” he alleged.
He spoke further: “We, the National Association of Nigerian Students, wish to draw the attention of ASUU in particular and the public in general, that those fighting the Vice Chancellor of FUTO by proxy are obviously threatening peace and tranquility in the university.
“We are already informed that the disturbance is aimed at causing industrial action at the university so as to bring her to disrepute at the expense of students’ learning. It should be well noted that all industrial disputes have major side effects on students who suffer untold hardship during and after such disputes.”
Some of the effects,he mentioned,include waste of students’ precious time, amounting to the students spending longer years in the university and waste of resources, as student end up paying more school fees.
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