Education News

FG clarifies comment on new committee

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has dismissed the inauguration of a new committee to solve the face-off between the federal government and the university-based staff unions, saying it was an unofficial meeting to review what happened on Tuesday.

The media had been awash with the report of a new committee inaugurated Tuesday after a meeting with the minister.

The members of the committee were said to include Prof. Olu Obafemi,Prof. Nimi Briggs, Udo Udoma, Bashir Dalhatu, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, (University of Ibadan) Prof. Kabir Bala (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria), Prof. Lilian Salami (University of Benin), Prof. Charles Igwe (University of Nigeria Nsukka), Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede; and representatives of the Academy of Letters, Science, Medicine and Social Sciences.

However, the minister speaking on Channels TV Politics Today said that it was just an unofficial meeting to discuss and review what had happened in an earlier meeting.

He said, “First of all, I didn’t set up any committee. Of course, there were 14 people who met immediately after my meeting with the pro chancellors and vice-chancellors, but we just sat down to review what happened in the meeting.

“Some people only came down to review what happened. It was an unofficial meeting as it was not a committee.

“If you look at the list, you will see that it had representatives from every section of the country.”

Education Government News

ASUU Rules Out Suspension of Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has ruled out any possibility of suspending the long-running six months old strike.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital territory on Tuesday night, ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, accused the Ministry of Labour and Employment, chaired by Dr. Chris Ngige as a “Conciliator” for continuously creating more chaos in the resolution process.

ASUU had on February 14th embarked on a strike to press home its demand, including the government’s investment in the nation’s university infrastructure, and payment of members’ salaries through the recommended University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), among several others.

At the end of the 30 days, the federal government failed to end the strike which gave ASUU the ground to roll over the strike on March 14.

The union declared another 12 weeks of strike, thereby keeping the students at home.

Osodeke said the Union will not suspend the strike but will ensure it put a permanent end to it.

“ASUU, therefore, makes bold to say that the Minister of Labour and Employment has taken upon himself the role of unabashed protagonist in our ongoing dispute with the government of Nigeria for some inexplicable reasons.

“Dr. Ngige earlier stated that he was not the employer of university academics and advised the union to march to the Ministry of Education. Nigerians may wish to know why he has suddenly turned around to constitute himself into an impediment to an amicable resolution of the ongoing crisis.”

The Union said it remains focused on its goal of making the Nigerian University system internationally competitive and getting its products to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers in any part of the world.

“We appreciate the teeming Nigerians for identifying with our vision in this respect. We specifically acknowledge the support and sacrifices of our students (including our members who are running their postgraduate programmes) as well as their parents; they are our critical partners in this transformation project. We in ASUU shall do our utmost best not to let you down.

“ASUU appreciates your concerns and sympathetic support. We are as bothered as you are because we share a common interest in the Nigeria project. However, ASUU shall continue to be guided by the sacred canons of integrity, objectivity, and responsibility to which both academics and media practitioners subscribe.

“It is our fervent hope and desire that the current groundswell of interests would culminate in a convergence of solutions to this avoidable crisis in the overall interest of Nigeria Together, we shall win. The struggle continues,” he said.

Speaking further, Osodeke said if Ngige means well as a “conciliator, he won’t be putting roadblocks on the path to completing a process that has dragged for more than five years.

“The Ministry of Labour and Employment, as the chief labour ministry of the country, is principally expected to apprehend disputes between employers and employees with a view to settling such disputes.

“The Ministry shall normally await reports of disputes by either side to the disputes for settlement. When the Minister apprehends a dispute, he/she must communicate to the parties or their representatives, his or her own proposal for the resolution of the dispute.

“However, ASUU has always had serious reservations about the claim of “conciliation” by someone who has taken sides in the dispute, or by unabashed protagonist in the crisis such as the current Minister of Labour and Employment. It is antithetical to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions (98, 151 & 154) on collective bargaining.

“It is against the principle of natural justice and the doctrine of equality for Dr. Ngige who carries himself as if he has personal scores to settle with ASUU and shoots down the Union everywhere it matters to assume the role of conciliator,” he added.

On the issue of funding of public universities, he said it has become the pastime of government officials to talk tough about billions and trillions of naira whenever the thorny issues of education and health sectors’ funding come up for mention.

However, he lamented that various sums of money in the same region which could have been deployed for human capacity development and public good usually develop into the thin air at the end of the day!

“ASUU believes that the idea of the availability of funds is a dynamic process. For instance, the government can mobilize funds from different sources including non-budgetary outlets like stamp duty, GSM, and alcoholic taxes.

“We are appalled by the recent calls by top government functionaries at both federal and state levels to establish more universities at a time agencies run by same Chief Executives are tightly squeezed for funding.”

“We restate our opposition to the proliferation of universities and other tertiary institutions merely for political gains or electoral value. Nigerians should read through the intentions of hypocritic political jobbers when dangling the carrots of siting institutions they have no intention of developing to compete with others in Africa and beyond.”

Reacting to the acclaimed breakaway faction of ASUU, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Osodeke said the union doesn’t recognize any official faction.

Education Government News

Education: FG Committed To Ending ASUU Strike Soon – Opiah

The Minister of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, over the weekend assured that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to ending the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and getting the students back to school.

The Minister gave the assurance in Owerri while fielding questions from Journalists during a reception organized in his honour by his friends.

“I can assure you that Government is very concerned about the situation. Even as I speak to you now a lot of thinking, a lot of discussions and meetings are going on with a view to resolving the matter as quickly as possible.

And I am hopeful that the disagreement between Government and ASUU will be resolved soon so that our children can go back to school”.

The Minister had earlier said that the challenges in the Education sector are surmountable and the Federal Government is not relenting in finding solutions and ending ASUU strike.

He said he is prepared to make impacts in the Ministry and the Education sector working with the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. He said: “I am prepared to make impacts in the Ministry and the Education sector working with the Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

“Where there are challenges there must be solutions. And I can assure you that we will find the solution and our children will go back to school”

Education News

PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK; Lady Emana Ambrose Emerges Winner

A Media expert cum House of representatives aspirant in the just concluded party primaries, Lady Mrs Emana Ambrose Amawhe Emerges Winner of BLU Eeagle personality of the week

Lady Emana Ambrose is an accomplished broadcaster, a media consultant and a business woman.

Mrs Emana Ambrose Amawhe hails from Ikot Edem Odo in Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River State.

She is skillful, versatile, intelligent, focus, a team player and a mobilizer.

Between 2015–2019, she was a Senior Presenter/Reporter, Channels Media Group with an almost over fiver year career experience in Channels Television (Nigeria’s Leading News Television) included anchoring programmes, planning and production of programmes, and Daily News Broadcasts.

She was also a Producer, Ondo State and Edo State Governorship Debates
Anchor/Producer, Newstrack Anchor/Producer, Business News @ 10

Anchor/Producer, Sunday Politics, Politics Today (Nigeria’s Leading Primetime Political Programme)
Co-Anchor, Sunrise Daily (Nigeria’s Foremost Political and Current Affairs Breakfast Show)

••INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
••Value Creation for Owners and Directors

••London Business School, London, United Kingdom
••Senior Executive Programme (General Management/Governance &Strategy)

••The Netherlands Education Group, The Netherlands
Certificate in Human Resource Management
JUNE 2010 – NOV 2010
APRIL 2010 – MAY 2010
2007 – 2015

••University Of Ibadan, Nigeria
B.Sc (Hons) Political Science
••London Academy Of Media, Film, And Television, London, United Kingdom
••Diploma, Broadcast Journalism
Education Resort Int’l Lagos, Nigeria
••Intermediate Certificate In Broadcast Presentation / Production
••Federal Radio Corporation Of Nigeria Training School
Basic Certification in Presentation
••Holy Child Secondary School Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria (Senior School Certificate)

••Fellow, Institute Of Management Consultants, Certified Management Consultant
••Fellow Institute of Management Specialists, U.K

Due to her robust engagement and warm affiliation with her people, her aspiration to Represent AKPABUYO/BAKASSI/CALABAR SOUTH at the green chambers got endorsement of critical stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party, youth groups, women, men and other stalwarts even though she didn’t emerge winner


Education News

SSANU, NASU extend strike by 2 months

By Gabriel Dike

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) has extended its ongoing industrial action by two months.

The non-teaching staff had embarked on a strike on April 21  to press home the implementation of their demands. JAC had on May 23 extended the industrial action by one month.

In a circular to branch chairmen of SSANU and NASU dated June 21 and signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi and National President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, the unions said negotiations with the Federal Government team to resolve contending issues were ongoing but at a slow pace.

Adeyemi and Ibrahim observed that there had been no commitment to pay the arrears of Earned Allowances being owned non-teaching staff.

“In view of the fact that government is still a long way from effectively resolving the issues in contention, it is only expedient that we allow the process to be fully concluded before directing the end of the strike.

“Consequently, you are hereby informed that the strike has been extended by two months, within which we are hoping that all the contentious issues would have been effectively laid to rest. The two months extension is with effect from Friday, 24th June 2022.

“We urge you to keep up the spirit across the branches as we are slowly inching close to victory. We also urge you to disregard various rumours and misinformation especially on social media and rely on your national leaders who are ever willing to give factual and true information on the status of the struggle,” part of the circular read.

Education Government News World News

UK varsity names Ekweremadu visiting Professor

The University of Lincoln, United Kingdom, has appointed former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, a Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance and International Linkages.

The appointment was conveyed in a letter dated May 26, 2022 and signed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Andrew Hunter.

The appointment letter was presented to Ekweremadu in Abuja on Sunday by the Head of International, Lincoln Business School, Professor David Rugara, on behalf of the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the School, Dr. Craig Marsh.

The letter by Prof. Hunter read in part: “I am delighted to inform you, on the recommendation of the Lincoln International Business School, that the Professorial Committee has agreed to confer on you the title of Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance and International Linkages from May 2022 to May 2025.

“A Visiting Professorship is one which is awarded to distinguished individual of recognised academic and/or professional standing, whose association with a department of the university will support its academic endeavour and provide the highest source of advice and wise counsel in that discipline.

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our academic community and thank you for your willingness to be associated with the University of Lincoln.”

Accepting the appointment, Ekweremadu said he was proud to be associated with the academic pedigree and core concept of the University of Lincoln and pledged to go to work in earnest.

“A call to render any service in the educational sector is a call to serve humanity and I am always highly appreciative of it.