Private School Owners Seek FG, State Govts’ Palliative, As Effect Of COVID-19 Lockdown Bites Harder
Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) National, has appealed to the federal and the state governments to extend relief materials to its members to cushion the effect of COVID19 pandemic on them.
The National president of the Association, Mr. Godly E. Opukeme, in a statement titled “Request for stimulus package for Private Schools’ Owners and Teachers”, signed and made available to Journalists in Benin, said the body in complying with the Federal Government’s directive in shutting down their schools to curtail the spread of the virus have been worse hit by hardship.
“Sir, to say that private teachers unlike their counterparts in the public sector who enjoy seemless allowances and monthly emoluments, have been subjected to public ridicule arising from failure to pick up accumulated bills since the outbreak of the pandemic in February 2020, is stating the obvious.
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“Arising from the distruptions and the redundancies caused by the pandemic and indefinite closure of non-essential businesses including private and public schools, which come with life threatening pains for us, we humbly, request for stimulus package for private schools teachers which would enable them and their immidiate families survive the economic hardship and experience in the post COVID-19 era ,” he said.
While commending the leadership of president Muhammadu Buhari and his team in the ministry of Education in rising to the challenge of stemming the tide of the pandemic, Opukeme noted that the consideration of stimulus packages to the private school owners will help reduce the burdens that have befallen them at this moment.
“Sir, if our request is considered, such a stimulus package will help to keep private school owners overcome the challenges and keep their teachers in business, pay their annual renewal fees (dues, rates and rent) and ward-off potential threats to its survival for optimal productivity in the post COVID-19 era”, he said.
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Edo State University Uzairue To Commence Pharmacy Programme, Others – VC
The Vice Chancellor, Edo State University Uzairue, Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, has said that the university is planning to open up to new programmes such as Pharmacy and post graduate programmes in other areas to compliment existing programmes in the university.
The Vice Chancellor who disclosed this at the 7th founder’s day ceremony of the university commended the state government for their continuous support for the university and for creating enabling environment for the university to strive.
Speaking on the lecture, he said: “Over the years, we have had the opportunity to invite Nigerians who occupied high positions in the society to speak to the university community on the achievements and on how they have contributed their quota to the development of Nigeria and humanity”, adding that over the years the lectures have taken us through the paradox inherent in the administration of diverse socio-political disposition in Nigeria and how the country can made a better place”.
Prof. Aluyor said that the lectures over the years have gradually shaped the founder’s day ceremony where both students and parents where issues on how Nigeria can be harness into a country of our collective dreams are delivered.
According to him, “Edo State University Uzairue since inception has been committed to the pursuant of world class goals in teaching, learning and research which is why we are proud of our products.
“Some of our graduates have competed and secured funding for post graduate in foreign universities and national scholarship awards.”
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He further stated that lecturers and researchers of the institution are listed among the first 500 researchers in Nigeria while the Nursing and Medical laboratory students recorded 100% success in their Council’s exams.
He further reiterated that the university has become the first choice of university among the commity of state Universities in Nigeria.
“We want to assure the university community that the university will continue to maintain the highest standard of delivery quality education to the students” he emphasized.
The VC also affirmed that it is possible to get quality of education you get overseas here in Nigeria.
UNIBEN Wins Africa Outstanding Varsity Award
The University of Benin has won the Africa Outstanding University Award of the Year for 2023 in Rwanda.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lilian Salami, was also honoured as Africa Pillar of Education for her impact in education development on the continent.
According to a statement by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire on Saturday in Benin, the awards were presented at the 1st Africa Education Summit, held at the University of Rwanda in Kigali.
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Ehanire said besides her leadership role in the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities, Prof. Salami was also the Vice President of the Association of African Universities with headquarters in Ghana.
This position, the Public Relations Officer said, the vice-chancellor had utilised to project and promote the achievements of many African universities, including the University of Benin.
BREAKING: Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Fires Over 90 Staff
Information reaching INFO DAILY says the management of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, has sacked over ninety (90) staff (mostly senior staff).
INFO DAILY gathered that out of the 90 staff sacked, 20 are academic staff while the other 70 staff are non academic.
No substantive reason was given in one of the disengagement letters sighted by INFO DAILY.
One of the sack letters sighted reads: “In repositioning the University, the Management of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma writes to convey to you the decision of the Special Intervention Team ( S.I.T) of your disengagement from the services of the University with effect from March 10, 2023.
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“You will be paid all your entitlements in line with the provision of the Ambrose Alli
University, Ekpoma Staff Regulations and Scheme of Service.
“By a copy of this letter, the Bursary Department is directed to process your entitlements,
subject to your clearance of any indebtedness to the University.
“You are kindly advised to submit all University property(ies) in your possession to your
Head of Department on the receipt of this letter.
“The Management of the University sincerely thank you for your past services and wish
you success in your future endeavour.”
When contacted, one of the affected staff (name withheld) said: “…it is true that I was given a letter of disengagement in the disguise of repositioning the University.
“The truth is, it is because of the last protest embarked on by ASUU, NASU and SSANU saying I was part of it. This is a true example of a Government under the leadership of a tyrant.
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“The Government of Edo State under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki who refused to pay us for months is coming now to sack us for protesting for our rights. If it is not for the protest, what is our offense?” The victim asked.
Recall that the 11-man Edo State House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Marcus Onobun in 2021 approved Governor Godwin Obaseki’s request to set up Special Intervention Team, but was resisted by the University’s branch of ASUU, NASU and SSANU, saying, the S.I.T. was aimed at sacking “the hardworking staff of the University.”
In one of one of its meeting in 2022, Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), faulted Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on the administration of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma without Governing Council, describing the government’s idea as alien to university administration globally.
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