The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have again embarked on an indefinite strike over demand of Earned Academic Allowances, which it alleges government owes its members.
The strike which was embarked on Tuesday, ASUU said, was to register its displeasure with the government of Taraba State and the management of Taraba State University for not honoring agreement it reached with the union.
The Taraba State University Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr Samuel Shikaa, who spoke to newsmen after their meeting said, the resolve of the union to embark on indefinite strike, was as agreed by members of ASUU Taraba State University chapter, after other avenues were not proving effective, in getting government and the management of the university to honour its agreement.
Dr Samuel Shikaa also stated, that the state government and the university management, have also failed to provide pension for the workers, stating that workers are left to suffer at their retirement.
Dr. Samuel said: ” “Taraba State University has no pension arrangement and you can quote me anywhere.
“Families of some of our colleagues that have died only received paltry sums for burial rites which to us are not terminal benefits, to some others who left this institution to other universities, they have nothing to benefit.
“Our members are ready to commence deduction from their take home for the contributory pension scheme but we also want government’s commitment that their percentage of the contribution will be honoured.
“The EAA allowance for excess workload since 2013 has accumulated and has not been paid”.
Responding to ASUU allegation, Taraba State University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, said the allegation from ASUU as it concerns pension, was not true, stating that the governing council had approved pension for workers of the university.
Prof. Vincent Tenebe, who said that 75% of ASUU demand had been met and there was no reason for the strike, stated that the University since 2018, provided a pension administrators, but lamented that ASUU members failed to provide their pension administrator nor enroll for the pension plan.
“Since 2018, they have failed to produce their pension administrators and their account numbers for management to utilize and in fact, this university wanted to be used as a role model for other institutions in this state”. Prof. Vincent Tenebe said.
He called on the Academic Staff Union to return back to the negotiation table for the sake of the students.
Be Good Ambassadors, EFCC Charges Corp Members
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called on corps members of the National Youth Service Corps scheme to be good ambassadors in the fight against economic and financial crimes.
Williams Oseghale, Head, Public Affairs Department, Benin Zonal Office who represented the Zonal Head, Muhtar Bello, stated this during an enlightenment campaign on the ills of corruption with members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC/EFCC Anti-Corruption CD Group at Egor Local Government Area, Benin City, Edo State.
Muhtar Bello, who made the call on Thursday, said the youths are critical stakeholders in the fight against corruption and other forms of economic and financial crimes.
The EFCC Benin Zonal Head, enjoined the Corps members to imbibe the values of hard work, excellence, integrity and accountability as there are no shortcuts to success.
He admonished the Corps members to be good example in character and conduct in their areas of primary assignment and to expose any acts that fail the simple test of integrity.
He thanked the Corp members for joining the anti-corruption CD group. “We value this relationship. We encourage you to be good ambassadors and to take this messages to schools and your place of primary assignment. We must continue to spread the news that corruption is evil.”
President of the Anti-Corruption CD Group, Ahmadtijani Adinoyi Saqio said the enlightenment campaign was timely as it availed members the needed knowledge and capacity to execute projects and programmes in their areas of assignment.
$200,000 PIRA Grant: Eze Congratulates Prof. Agwu For Making Nigeria Proud
…Describes him as a seasoned and exceptional Don
…Prays Gov. Umahi to support a Great Ndi-Igbo Son.
Winner of the Partnership for Innovative Research in Africa (PIRA) Grant, offered by the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), Prof. Agwu Ekwe Agwu, of the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has received a hearty commendation from chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze.
Reacting to his emergence, Chief Eze, a foundation member of the ruling party described Prof. Agwu, as a seasoned academic whose scholarly works, especially in the broad area of agriculture and allied subjects represent a rallying point and undisputed fulcrum of security for research projects and other lettered works by professionals and aspiring scholars in the field of husbandry and related subjects.
In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, the party Chief said Agwu’s display of rare intelligence in profering solutions to very complex and complicated knots in his field shut him to the peak of his career and has earned him a pride of place in the academic world.
In addition to his membership of several Professional bodies where he has served in different capacities, Chief Eze said the University Don, a pride of Ebonyi State and the Igbo nation and Nigeria in general, currently serves as President of the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON), where he deploys his expertise and competence to making AESON a renowned academic body of international reckoning.
Announcing the $200,000 grant award, Co-Director of Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), Jose Jackson-Malete, said Prof. Agwu benefited from one of the four tier grants awarded by the AAP, a consortium of ten (10) African Universities and the Michigan State University.
According to Jose, Agwu would collaborate with other researchers from Michigan State University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Indira Gandhi National Open University in the grant research project titled “Strengthening Agricultural Extension Training in the MSU-Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) Consortium.
In a concise account of the sterling records of Prof. Agwu, Eze said he graduated in 1994 from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, with a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Agricultural Extension and in 1997 and 2000 respectively, he obtained his Masters and Doctorate Degrees.
He said since 1995, Agwu has been involved in teaching and research works spanning across agricultural communication, rural development, extension policies and institutional reforms, agricultural innovation systems etc.
The University Don, has consulted extensively on issues of information communication technology, natural resources management; rural development, extension reforms, value chain analysis and climate change adaptation and food security (using the innovation system framework).
Having published widely in national, regional and international scholarly journals, Agwu has over One Hundred (100) publications to his credit.
Prof. Agwu was the Head, Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Assistant Director, External Studies, Office of the Vice Chancellor, UNN as well as a Development Officer to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka between 2009 and 2014. Currently, he coordinates the dissemination of proven technologies using the Adopted Village Concept in communities around the University of Nigeria, for the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), a World Bank assisted Programme for the countries of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), under the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN).
Eze further highlighted that Prof Agwu was also the President of Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria for two tenures…2014 ～ 2016 and 2016 ～2018.
By 2018 ～2020 he was the Dean Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria Nsukka and .in terms of WAAPP ….he coordinated the Program till 2016 or so when world bank funding ended.
However, the exceptional Don’t is currently the Director, University of Nigeria Water Resources Management Laboratory Ltd since August 2020.
Eze quoted this great son of Nigeria as saying, ” that the outcome of the research project would be applied in the review of curriculum for teaching agricultural extension courses among AAP member universities. He thanked the AAP for the grant awarded to his team, stating that the project would last for 18 months, effective from July, 2021.
Congratulating the UNN Don, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin.), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Pat Okpoko said the award is not only for Prof. Agwu, but for the University of Nigeria. He added that “the award will bring more visibility to the University globally”.
On his part, Chief Barr. Roy Umahi, described the award as gratifying and prayed for more of God’s blessings on Agwu and the emergence of more Uburu sons and daughters on the global scene.
Prof. Agwu hails from Umuobuna Etiti-Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, and is happily married with children.
Commending Agwu for bringing the glory to Nigeria, Chief Eze appealed to Gov. Dave Umahi, to give all necessary supports to the University Don, to succeed in the task ahead, stressing that the likes of Agwu deserve to be celebrated to spur aspiring scholars to strive for greater glory, noting that education remains the bedrock of any society.
UI Releases 2020/2021 Post-UTME Results
The University of Ibadan, UI, has released results of its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for candidates who participated in its screening exercise.
The University of Ibadan, Director of Public Communications, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Saturday, NAN reports.
Oladejo said candidates are advised to check the admission portal for the results.
He further noted that the University of Ibadan will inform the general public of any further developments.
“The Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi, announced the release of the results via the university’s Official Bulletin No. 4372 of Saturday, 17 April, 2021.
“Candidates who took part in the screening exercise are advised to check the admission portal for the results,” the statement said.
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