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The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities recently imposed sanctions on lecturers of the Lagos State University , Ojo , and declared the Vice-Chancellor , Prof . Olanrewaju Fagbohun , an enemy of the union . In this interview, the embattled Secretary of ASUU , LASU chapter , Dr Tony Dansu , tells SAMSON FOLARIN the implication of the sanctions
There has been a series of conflicts between ASUU LASU and the management. What in your view was the genesis of these ?
The whole thing started with the last vice – chancellor who was draconian in the administration of the university. We saw a lot of impunity , maladministration and high -handedness. He had three major damaging policies that time .
First was the school fees , which were increased from N 25 ,000 to N 250 ,000 for regular courses and N350 ,000 for those at the college of medicine. For some of us who finished from LASU and paid less than N 500 as school fees , we could not stomach that sudden change , which we felt would deny the children of the downtrodden quality education and make many lose their jobs .
The second was the issue of no vacancy , no promotion , meaning that if you are qualified for promotion by virtue of your work and maturity , you will not be given the promotion if there is no vacancy in your department . This means promotion will only be given to those in their good book .
The third was the policy of rationalisation, whereby certain courses in the university were thought not to be viable and profitable . And we thought that education is a social service that government must provide . But they said some courses in the faculties of education , arts, management science should be scrapped and only courses like medicine, law , management , engineering, should be left. We fought the three policies until they were reversed .
When the new VC came in , we saw a professor of law and thought he would run the university without any bias . Unfortunately , in less than three months , we saw him running the university with the same trend he met on the ground . As a union , we had the duty to caution him . We started doing this unofficially so that it does not appear we wanted to pull down his administration .
What exactly was he doing wrong ?
First , we saw him appointing people who were not qualified into positions of authority . The law of the university says that professors are the chairmen of departments ; they are the heads of departments . But where there is no professor , you appoint the next most senior person. If an associate professor is not available , you appoint a senior lecturer . In other words, you follow the order of seniority .
But we had a situation where a vice -chancellor will appoint a student as an HOD above his lecturers in the department . By student I mean someone who does not have a PhD , but is running his programme in that department ; you know that person is a student . So , imagine that person being appointed as an HOD above his teachers . We said no , this cannot occur in a university.
One of such in the Faculty of Engineering was appointed as an HOD by the VC above his seniors in the department . There are other situations where because you have personal hatred against the department , you won ’t see anybody to appoint as HOD and then you will go and borrow somebody from another department to head them .

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Coronavirus forces ASUP to suspend planned strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP) has put on hold its planned industrial action because of the spread of coronavirus, which has resulted in the closure of tertiary institutions in the country.

The union said it had planned to embark on strike in April because of the inability of the Federal government to keep to agreements entered since 2010 as well as the avoidable shortcomings associated with the payment of February 2020 salaries in federal polytechnics through the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, in a statement on Sunday said the union’s 97th National Executive Council meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18, 2020.

He said the ultimatum expired on April 3, 2020.

Ezeibe said that the union would embark on a nationwide strike action after the coronavirus pandemic crisis subsides in the country.

The statement reads: “As a consequence of the inability of the government to keep to agreements entered into with our union since 2010 as well as the avoidable shortcomings associated with the payment of February 2020 salaries in federal polytechnics in the country, our union’s 97th National Executive Council meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18, 2020. The ultimatum expired on April 3, 2020.

“Key aspects of our dispute with the government include; avoidable shortcomings in the deployment of the IPPIS payment platform in polytechnics in February 2020 salaries; non-payment of salaries in some state-owned institutions of up to 17 months; non-release of the agreed revitalisation fund in lieu of the anticipated implementation of the NEEDS Assessment survey report for public Polytechnics since 2014; Non conclusion of the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government; Violations of extant provisions of the Polytechnics Act (2019 Amendment) by governing councils of some Polytechnics; and others.

“The government through its agencies has remained insensitive to these issues over the years and has continued to demonstrate such attitude as seen in the delay in the release of March 2020 salaries of our members. By so doing, government has unwittingly encouraged the declaration of this impending strike action by our union.

“However, our union is concerned at the prevailing but unacceptable rate of the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic across the nation. Moved by the need to collectively arrest the growing spread of this scourge in our nation, the union has resolved to put on hold its proposed industrial action in deference to overriding national interest to resume at a more auspicious period.

“Encourage our members nationwide to play complementary roles to the extent of the deployment of their professional competencies as well as participating in safe community action efforts in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.”

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No cut off marks yet for 2020 admission – JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said the cut-off marks for this year’s admission has not been fixed yet.

It urged Nigerians, particularly candidates, to disregard any cut-off marks being circulated by “fraudsters,” describing it as “fake.”

The board said this year’s cut – off marks would be decided at a stakeholders policy meeting that would be chaired by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said this in a statement on Sunday amid reports that the board had adopted a cut-off mark for this year’s admission.

The spokesperson said the board has fixed the policy meeting for June 15th and 16th 2020.

He said: “Kindly disregard any cut off marks paraded by fraudsters. It is fake news.

“Cut off marks are decided at a policy meeting chaired by the Hon Minister of Education with all heads of tertiary institutions, CEOs of regulatory agencies in education and all other critical stakeholders in attendance.

“This meeting has been fixed for June 15th and 16th 2020 if all things being equal.

“Until this meeting is held no body can talk about cut off mark. Nigerians are advised to disregard any such marks being paraded.”

Meanwhile, the board has de-listed nine computer-based test centres (CBT) used in the conduct of the year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

One of the CBT centres was de-listed for conniving with candidates to engage in malpractice during the conduct of the UTME.

The remaining eight CBT centres were de-listed for “technical deficiency” during the conduct of the examination which held on March 14 this year.

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