The Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Joel Okewale, has said that Federal Government should be blamed for the continuing strike action by the Union.
He said the Federal Government has been “insincere, deceitful and unwillingness to resolve the issues raised by the Union.”
Okewale stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen at the ASUU Secretariat, OOU Mini Campus, Ago Iwoye.
The briefing was attended by the Secretary of the branch, Olugbenga Azeez, the immediate past zonal coordinator (Lagos) of ASUU and member of the union’s negotiating team, Adetola Nassir and other branch executive members.
Okewale informed journalists that rather than addressing and resolving the main issues that led to the strike, the Federal Government had engaged in dishing out false information to raise hope of Nigerians over the matter.
He noted that “government has not shown serious commitment to the defraying of the outstanding N1.1trillion revitalisation fund and the shortfalls in salaries to affected ASUU members.”
He pointed out that this “situation would make the suspension of the ongoing strike difficult.”
Okewale explained further that “the revitalisation fund as contained in the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoA) between the FG and ASUU, were meant to ensure rapid transformation of Nigeria’s public universities for improved efficiency, infrastructural development and global competitiveness.”
He added that the union had “agreed with the FG to release the outstanding revitalisation fund in tranches at N220b annually.”
He said that the release of N25b by the government to 69 public universities and which was widely publicised, was a far cry from what was agreed upon.
On the payment of shortfalls in salaries of ASUU members, Okewale disclosed that “N20b released by the FG for the purpose was not meant for university lecturers alone, but for staff of MDAs, polytechnics, colleges of education and others.”
According to him, “the Union would continue with the strike action until the FG shows serious commitment to the payment of revitalisation fund, renegotiation of 2009 agreement and addressing of other matters such as release of NUPEMCO’s operation license by PenCom, full payment of arrears of shortfalls in salaries of university academies, release of the report of forensic audit on Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), payment of outstanding arrears and mainstreaming of the allowances into 2018 budget, among other demands.”
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A concern group of Civil Society organisation wants the Speakership of the ninth Assembly to be Zoned to the North Central.
Speaking with journalist on the Development,the Executive Director, Policy Advocacy and Integrity Network Nigeria, Joe Mesele stated that the House that is prepared to ensure timely passage of budgets and maintain robust relationship with the executive,can only be realise by electing one of the popular candidate from the North Central. He urged the elected members of the house of representatives to look into the person of Wase, who is a better choice considering his years and experience in the house.
Mosele further stressed that the agitation for the North Central Zone to provide the speakership is born out of many reasons, one of which is for fairness ,as the zone has never produce the speakership.
The Executive director, Policy advocacy and integrity network said the APC should respect the zoning and wish of the people by Guiding the process and not deciding for the masses. He called on the house of representatives as well as the North Central caucus to throw their weight behind the member representing wase federal constituency Ahmed Idris.
The Group are optimististic that the house will not just support anybody but the person of Idris Ahmed from Wase Federal Constituency.
The Ilorin Zonal Office of EFCC has secured the conviction of Ogundele Adeseye, 24, who was re-arraigned on a one-count amended charge bordering on internet fraud.
He was convicted by Justice Babangana Ashigar of a Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, on April 10, 2019 after he pleaded “guilty” to the charge, following a plea bargain agreement.
He was previously arraigned on a five-count charge, which was later amended to one count after plea bargain agreement was reached.
The charge reads: “That you, Ogundele Adeseye, sometime in July 2018 or thereabouts in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court by means of fraudulent trick that you are a white Caucasian and interested in having a relationship, obtained the cumulative sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) in form of iTunes gift cards from one Chase Gliglia, an American Citizen whom you met on seeking.com website (sugarbabysite) by chatting with her using the email [email protected] and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 421 of the Criminal code act.”
In his plea, Ogundele said: “My lord, I have learnt my lessons, I have realized that crime and criminality is not good, I am pleading with your lordship to temper justice with mercy.”
In sentencing him, the trial judge held there was a need to enforce judgement that will serve as a deterrent to would-be internet fraudsters. In accordance with plea bargain agreement, I hereby convict the defendant and sentence him to six months imprisonment,” he said.
Ogundele, however, busted into tears when he was being led to Mandala Prisons by the prison officials.