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Partner researchers to develop Nigeria, ASUU urges govt. in New Year message

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says  government at all levels must now partner researchers in Nigerian universities to develop the country and invest in public education.
ASUU said this on Sunday in a New Year message  made available to newsmen in Ibadan  by the Chairman of the  University of  Ibadan branch of  ASUU,  Dr Deji Omole.

The union also vowed to pursue a genuine course toward  the re-positioning of  Nigerian universities and guaranteeing  access to qualitative education in 2017.
ASUU also advised the Federal Government to reflect on the 2017 budget and ensure that the agreements reached with the union in 2009 and Memorandum of Understanding of 2013 were properly captured.
This, the union,  said was to avert any industrial crisis in 2017 in the education sector.
ASUU  expressed  the hope  that 2017 would  bring a genuine and positive changes to the nation.
The union  noted that adequate funding of public education would  play a major  role  in reducing crime in the country.
Nigerians, it said,  must rise in 2017 beyond party affiliation, religious sentiments and ethnic bias and pursue the good of all,  adding that poverty and suffering do  not know political parties, religion or ethnicity.
“May the New year  brings genuine  and positive change to our dear nation and universities and usher in genuine leadership that will be both responsible and responsive to the plights of the nation.
” In the spirit of the season,  let us as scholars reflect on the state of our nation and universities and the various struggles and the sacrifices of our union in the past year and beyond.
“Through our collective and continuous struggle,  we shall usher in a true change that is required in the system to the benefit of all.
“ While your sacrifices in the year 2016 are appreciated, we sincerely hope that you will continue to support  your  union in its campaign toward  the emancipation of our people.
“Let us pray for sound health and minds as we struggle through the New year 2017 in line with our mandate,’’ the union said.

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Kaduna Polytechnic joins ASUP strike

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The Kaduna Polytechnic Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has complied with the indefinite strike declared by the national body on Wednesday.

ASUP Chairman in the polytechnic, Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the chapter totally complied with the directive of the national body.

“We will remain on strike until directed otherwise by our national executives,” Ibrahim said.

NAN reports that the polytechnic was on break and was expected to resume academic activities in January.

Michael John, a student of the polytechnic, who spoke to NAN on the development appealed to the federal government to dialogue with union and resolve all disagreements.

“We do not want to stay at home like our fellow students in the universities who have been at home for months following ASUU strike.

“Federal Government should please find a way to resolve the issues, so we will resume school in January and continue our studies,” John said.

Kola Adeyemi, who applied for admission in the school also called on both parties to go to the negotiation table and iron things out.

“I have stayed at home for quite too long and hoping to secure admission in Kaduna Polytechnic.

“The strike, if prolonged will affect my chance of securing admission this session,” he said.

Mr Usman Dutse, the National President of the union, had on Tuesday directed all members of the union to embark on the nation-wide indefinite strike on Wednesday.

Dutse said that the strike became necessary following the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.

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ASUP strike begins Wednesday

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is expected to begin its indefinite nationwide strike today, Wednesday.

Usman Dutse, ASUP’s national president, on Tuesday, said the strike became necessary following the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.

“We are commencing our strike tomorrow (today) as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back.

“There is an invitation for a meeting on December 17, but we will still commence our strike on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what will happen at the meeting or what they have decided, but until we meet with them, we cannot predict. I don’t know what they plan to present until we meet with them,” Dutse told NAN.

Dutse said the strike would be comprehensive and total, until all issues raised were adequately addressed by the government.

He listed the 10-point demands of the union to include: non-implementation of NEED ASSESSMENT reports of 2014, as agreed with the minister at the meeting of October 2017.

“They are lack of seriousness in the renegotiation in the union’s 2010 agreement; non-release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadre; non-release of arrears of promotions and shortfalls in personnel releases as well as non-payment of allowances.

“Other agitations are non-payment of salaries in many state-owned polytechnics, non-payment of union check off dues, pension deductions and other statutory deductions from staff salaries to the appropriate bodies, continue victimisation of union officers,” Dutse added.

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The Abuja-branch of Immaculate Heart Girls Secondary School, (IMMAHACO) Aba, Old Girls Association, has canvassed support for government and other managers of the education sector for urgent improvement in its standards in the country.

The acting President, Mrs Stella Akawari made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, on the sideline of the association’s 2018 end of the year party,

Akawari stressed the need for all well-to-do Nigerians and organsations to support the sector.

“The government is always there doing their part but we have to do ours; the Catholic Church is doing well too but we have to add to their efforts.

“Let all old boys and girls of all the schools in the country get up to rebuild infrastructure for the sake of the next generation,” she said.

Comparing the equality of today’s education to what was obtainable in the 80s, Akawari said there was need to improve the system for the benefit of future generations.

Akawari, who graduated in 1985, urged the young generations to be focused and remain committed to hard work for a bright future.

The acting president said that IMMAHACO will in June 2019, hold it’s general convention in Abuja where old girls would deliberate on projects to be implemented in the school.

According to her, the idea is geared towards enhancing infrastructure facilities in the school.

“It is all about giving back to our school, if not for the Immaculate Heart school; our exposure, our direction in life, where we are today is all about the school.

“Now that we are grown and can afford it, we need to give back to the school to supports our sister coming behind.

“This will help have help give them a direction in life; some of us today are senators, House of Rep members, medical doctors, principals lawyers and successful business owners.

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