The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal and state governments to stop the war strategy of starvation under the radar of Integrated Personnel Payroll (IPPIS) by paying its members salaries in the interest of justice.
This was contained in a press release by the Benin Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Fred Esumeh and five other leaders of the branch in Benin City.
The Benin Zone, comprising, University of Benin (UNIBEN); Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA); Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSETECH); Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), described the forceful application of IPPIS by the federal and state governments as a deliberate ploy to cripple the Nigerian University system.
Giving a background of what led to the indefinite strike declared by the national leadership of ASUU, he blamed the strike on the Federal Government forceful application of IPPIS and refusal to implement the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreements and the 2013 Memorandum of Association (MoU) the government voluntarily entered with the Union and other demands aimed at addressing the wrath in Nigeria education system.
“Consequently, the Zone views government’s insistence and forceful application of IPPIS, even when the Union is in discussion with Government representatives, as a deliberate ploy to cripple the Nigerian University system.
“The Zone calls on Government to stop the war strategy of starvation by paying our members salaries”, he added.
The university don stated that the irregularities experienced by affiliate Unions in Nigerian Universities like SAANU, NAAT, and NASU members in the payment of February 2020 salaries, have lend credence to ASUU position that that “IPPIS has failed all forms of integrity test, as the platform or software for the payment of University workers.”
He urged the government to bear a retreat and embrace the proposed University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) being developed by ASUU members to pave way for the smooth running of public Universities in Nigeria.
Esumeh explained further that “that indefinite strike is against our students or the parents, but, it is to compel the federal government to do the needful by providing a decent learning environment and improve the quality of Nigerian graduates.
According to him, “Some of our members who went to enrol on IPPIS have started running to us for help. There was a case when a Vice Chancellor who enrolled on IPPIS was paid N57,000 as his monthly pay instead of over a million Naira,” he said.
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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