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ASUU, Ambrose Alli Varsity Alleges Harassment, Intimidation By Management

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Auchi Poly Expels 40 Students For Result Falsification

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The Management of Auchi polytechnic says it had expelled 40 students over results falsification and deficiency at the point of entry into some programmes at the institution.

A news bulletin by Adebola Ogunboyowa, Head, Information and Public Relations Unit of the institution on Wednesday said the students were expelled following the outcome of the regular verification exercise for 2020/2021 academic session.

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According to Ogunboyowa, the affected students were involved in forgery and falsification of results to gain admission into National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes.

Ogunboyowa who said the expelled students cut across different departments in the polytechnic, added that the Rector of the institution, Dr Salisu Umar, had proposed 12 new programmes to commence in 2022/2023 academic session.

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FG Unveils New Curriculum For Nigerian Universities

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The Federal Government has announced a new curriculum for university education in the country, saying it is to reflect the 21st-century realities.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this on Monday at the unveiling of the new curriculum in Abuja.

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Osibanjo said the development was part of efforts geared towards making university education become more responsive to the pressing needs of society.

Professor Osinbajo was represented at the unveiling by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

He explained that the introduction of the Core Curriculum and Minimum Standard to university education will address local issues, meet international standards and uplift scholarship in Nigerian universities.

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The Vice president also commended the NUC for the unbundling of such disciplines as Agriculture and the emergence of three courses – Allied Health Sciences, Architecture and Communication, and media studies – the three new courses in Nigerian Universities.

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“This document has indeed taken cognizance of the need to provide greater academic autonomy to universities with regards to the development of some percentage of course content.

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“I commend the commission of this decision to share the minimum credit unit required for graduation in the Nigerian university in the ratio of 70 to 30 per cent. This will further create institutional peculiarity,” he said.

Speaking also at the event, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, said the commission has commenced the journey to restructure the Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standards BMAS in 2018, saying that it has introduced in its place, the Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS).

He added that the new CCMAS is a product of sustained stakeholder interactions over two years.

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Edo NAPPS Distances Self From Viral Video Insulting Obaseki, Calls For Probe

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The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Edo State chapter, has disclaimed and distanced itself from a viral video wherein the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki was insulted and lampooned.

This followed a video circulating online wherein NAPPS in Edo State was called upon to reject all PDP candidates linked to Governor Godwin Obaseki.

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In the video already trending online, they (NAPPS) alleged that Obaseki is deliberately destroying their business after giving him all the support during the 2020 governorship election.

They further accused the state Governor of introducing damaging taxes and fees on on them

But a statement signed by Reuben Ekhosuehi, Chairman NAPPS Edo State, said: “We have observed with total dismay the attitude of some faceless group of people trying to drag the name of State Chairman, Hon. Ekhosuehi Reuben Ikponmwen and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Edo State in a muddy water.

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“We want to state categorically that we disassociate ourselves from the trendy video and audio messages castigating our amiable Governor, His Excellency, Mr Godwin Enogheghase Obaseki, and the Hon. Commissioner for Education, Dr Joan Osa Oviawe.”

Comrade Ikponmwen explained: “We will never do anything to bring down the reputation of our state Governor, and the State Ministry of Education.As law abiding citizens, we are aware of the right avenue of negotiating with the government on any issue pertaining to the welfare of our union and that of the development of Education in the state and not to embark on cheap blackmail.

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“We hereby urge the State to use all possible means to investigate the source of this publication in order to bring the culprits to book.It should be noted that the chairman of NAPPS, Edo State Chapter is a card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is also aspiring for a political position in the state in the fourth coming election.

“He will not be so naive to champion a course that is asking for Edo people not to vote for any PDP candidate in the 2023 elections. We see this publication as political motivated to tannish the image of our able Chairman and to put our association at a logger Head with the state government.

“We implore the government to take this issue serious in order to get to the root of this matter as the author refused to sign any of the publications.

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“Our Association as a registered body will not work under unanimous. We are responsible and established to assist the government in rendering educational services to our people and not to condemn and fight the government. We remain loyal and committed to the government of the state,” he stressed.

 

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