The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Benin chapter, Tuesday, June 2, carpeted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige over comment that lecturers who should have been busy researching on the cure of the novel Coronavirus were busy playing Ludo, draft and other games at home.
The Union also faulted the claim by the Office of the Accountant-General (OAGF) of the Federation that ASUU as a body wants to evade tax through the IPPIS.
The union’s resentment was contained in a press statement titled “Re: Unscrupulous officiously and brazen violation of the laws of the land by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation” signed by its Chairman, Monday Joy Omoregie and the secretary, Dr. Fabian Chukwugozie Amaechina, which was made available to newsmen in Benin.
“It is important to briefly comment on the statement of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, to the effect that “it is immoral and despicable for those who should be conducting research as Nigerians for the discovery of new drugs and medical equipment that will be used during COVID-19 period to say that they are at home playing Ludo and draft and other games.
“We acknowledge that one of the cardinal duties of members of ASUU is research, the others are teaching and community service.
On the IPPS, ASUU said, “The reckless resort to blackmail and deliberate misinformation (in stating that the unions in the tertiary institutions have requested to “formalize tax evasion through IPPIS” and the further claim that their request is an “unpatriotic request to violate extant laws on tax”) by the OAGF is most unethical and irresponsible of an office from which Nigerians expect the highest sense of decency, probity and sincerity.”
Omoregie further said the general public is aware of the contributions made by various branches of the union in the effort to combat the Coronavirus pandemic and curtail its spread across the nation.
He said the willingness and preparedness of members of the Union to conduct researches for the discovery of drugs and medical equipment have also been demonstrated by the production of automated hand-washing machines and respirators at the University of Benin, University of Lagos, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Jos and among others.
Auchi Poly Expels 40 Students For Result Falsification
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
Edo NAPPS Distances Self From Viral Video Insulting Obaseki, Calls For Probe
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.
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.
“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.
“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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