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ASUP Vows to Continue Nationwide Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has vowed to continue its indefinite strike until the Federal Government meets its demands.

The ASUP National President, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, made the union’s position known on Friday at an emergency congress held at the Federal polytechnic, Auchi in Edo.

ASUP had on April 6 embarked on a nationwide strike.

Among the demands of the union are  implementation of the ASUP/FG agreement of 2010, and payment of salaries and arrears of the new minimum wage in some state-owned polytechnics.

Others are implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report of 2014 and reconstitution of governing councils of polytechnics.

Ezeibe commended members of the union for complying with the strike directive, saying that the strike would continue until achievement of its aims.

“Our members should continue to believe in the union the way they have been doing, we have very supportive members as you can see; the strike is in full swing.

“Every polytechnic is observing the strike and compliance level is very high, we will continue to persevere, victory is around the corner,’’ he said.

He expressed satisfaction that the industrial action had begun to yield positive results.

“It is true that the government has started doing something.

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“The one that has been done is the issue of governing councils that have been reconstituted and the visitation panels that have been set up.

“Offers have been made for the payment of arrears of minimum wage and the N15 billion infrastructure revitalisation fund; they are still at the level of offer because the funds have not been released.

“We want to see the funds released for the sector and we want to see some other items that require processes to be put in motion.

“If we are able to get to that point, I am sure our national executive committee will take a second look at the strike,’’ he said.

Ezeibe denied that N20 billion was collectively owed by 19 polytechnics staff members as tax liability.

According to him, such money has been deducted through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax.

He said that the union would resist any attempt to deduct same from staff salaries.

“The Office of the Accountant General alleged that we have tax liabilities to pay; that is to say that staff of the 19 polytechnics are owing collectively about N20 billion.

“You know this money – pay as you earn tax – it is deducted from staff and  paid to state boards of internal revenue where they exist.

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“We are not owing this money and therefore are going to resist any attempt to deduct any money from our salaries to go and satisfy such a bill,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of ASUP, Auchi Polytechnic Chapter, Mr Lawani Jimoh, thanked the national president for coming to the polytechnic to inform members of the level of progress regarding the strike.

“For us at Auchi Polytechnic, our members are committed to continuing  the strike until there is a directive from the national body,’’ Jimoh said.
(NAN)

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Armed Robbers kill Polytechnic Ibadan Final Year Student

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A final year student of Ibadan Polytechnic, Ebenezer Ayeni, who was preparing for his wedding on June 19, was allegedly killed on Thursday night by armed robbers, who invaded the Ojoo area of Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Friday that the deceased was a second year Higher National Diploma student of Music, as well as the President of the Christian Fellowship in the school.

A source told NAN that the deceased, who lived in the Bodija area of Ibadan, was shot by the armed robbers while he was on a visit to see his mother at Ojoo.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident to NAN on Friday, saying that the police responded to a distress call from residents of Oguntula area of Ojoo at about 0100hrs on Thursday 10/06/2021, that suspected armed robbers had invaded the area and were creating havoc.

“At the point of reaching the crime scene, one Ebenezer Ayeni had already been shot and rushed to Oyemesi Hospital, along with Olayemi Josiah, who had sustained cuts on the head and neck, Osifeso said.

The PPRO said investigations were ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators. (NAN)

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Lagos Announces New Dates for public Service Examinations

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Lagos State Ministry of Education on Tuesday announced new dates for the 2021 public service examinations for registered candidates.

The ministry said the new dates for the examinations would be on June 15 and 16.

The new dates were contained in a statement signed by Mrs Abosede Adelaja, Permanent Secretary at the state’s Ministry of Education.

The 2021 Public Service examinations were earlier billed for May 24 and 25.

Adelaja said the examinations would take place at the West African Examinations Council’s Testing and Training Centre, Ogba, Lagos.

“This information is for all duly registered candidates in the Lagos State Public Service including officers of the Teaching Service Commission and Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board,” she said.

Adelaja urged the concerned candidates to visit the Lagos State examinations board portal (www.examsboard.lagosstate.gov.ng) for more details.

She advised the affected officers to take advantage of the examination board portal to print out their slip for details of the examination from June 8. (NAN)

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Sokoto Govt Names Technical College After Retired Civil Servant

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Sokoto State Government has renamed its Government Technical College (GTC),  Farfaru, after a renowned civil servant, Alhaji Idris Koko.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal disclosed this at the presentation of the book, ”Civil Service and Governance in Nigeria: An Autobiography of Alhaji Idris Koko, (Madawakin Gwandu) on Saturday in Sokoto.

Tambuwal said the decision to rename the college was made in consultation with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, in consideration of the author’s immense contribution to the development of the state and Nigeria in general.

While presenting a copy of the book, the governor said the state government had bought 10 copies in the sum of N10 million for assistant directors upward in the state civil service.

According to him, the book will improve the efficiency of the public service in particular and good governance as a whole.

He noted that those who were leaders and aspiring for such positions should find the book valuable.

”Writings abound and various opinions are expressed with differing perceptions or choice of emphasis.

‘‘Undoubtedly, the book being presented, is a unique and valuable addition to the subject matter,” he added

Tambuwal maintained that the work was much more than an addition.

He said it captured practical scenarios, which could not possibly be discerned by authors on the subject, who have had no direct experience of what civil service is.

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He described the author as an epitome of integrity in all sense of the word.

The governor thanked him for making the sacrifice to write the book just as he also appreciated the efforts of all those who contributed to its coming into fruition.

He noted that the author was confident that the book would provide invaluable information as a research material.

”The thread runs through questions on how to engender a sound and well-structured civil service, guided by prudence, dedication and accountability, as well as good governance.

‘‘The dissection of civil service under colonial rule, period of its Nigerian and Northern systems, such as emergence of indigenous civil service, military interregnum period and subsequent phases are weaved by the author,” he said.

He affirmed his belief that effective implementation of government policies and programmes could be pursued only by a crop of dedicated and motivated civil servants.

Tambuwal said that it had been the underlining philosophy of his administration to tackle wide ranging socioeconomic challenges.

According to him, his administration has embarked on provision of staff welfare, training and development; and, ensuring that better values that will enhance service capacity are safeguarded.

”While the accomplishment of this object rests on all of us, those of us in positions of authority, especially top civil servants, ought to play the exemplary role, ” he added.

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In his address, Sultan Abubakar said the author of the book is a man with proven integrity in all ramifications.

Abubakar charged civil servants from the rank of assistant director upward to get a copy and read the book to know how to serve people diligently and effectively.

In his remarks, the Author of the book, Koko, said the 14 chapters of the book were written in order to explain the role and responsibilities of civil service in Nigeria for effective service delivery.

The book was reviewed by Prof. Attahiru Jega.

Governors of Kebbi (Alhaji Atiku Bagudu) and Zamfara (Alhaji Bello Matawalle), who attended the event, bought copies at N5 million each.

Among the dignitaries at the event were former Governor of Kebbi state, Sen. Adamu Alero, Vice-Chancellors of Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto and Sokoto State University, Prof. Lawal Bilbis, and Prof. Sani Dangoggo, respectively. (NAN)

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