As a demonstration of its favourable disposition to the plight of Students, the Kwara State Government, under the amiable leadership of Mall. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has offered free transportation to all interested Students of Tertiary Institutions in the Northern axis of the country on resumption for academic activities.
This follows the suspension of the eight-month prolonged industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr. Alabi Afees Abolore disclosed this at a meeting in Ilorin yesterday.
Dr. Abolore said the Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led Administration is extending the dividends of democracy to Kwara State Students in tertiary institutions across the country.
He explained that concerned Students travelling to the North are expected to appear for a brief documentation on the same day of their departure within the premises of Ministry of Tertiary Education, along Offa Road, GRA, Ilorin on Saturday 29th October, 2022 by 6:30 am in the morning.
The Commissioner disclosed further that the Ministry is also at the verge of concluding the bursary disbursement when online porter registration of would-be beneficiary is opened.
“On behalf of my Ministry, parents/guardians and great Nigerian Students, we say a very big thank you, Your Excellency, Mall. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for yet another awesome magnanimity and show of sincerity in taking Kwara of our dream to the promised land”, Abolore added.
ASUU SET TO COMMENCE INDEFINITE STRIKE NEXT WEEK
NASU SET TO EMBARK ON INDEFINITE STRIKE THIS WEEK
SSANU SETS TO JOIN NLC STRIKE ACTION THIS WEEK
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has said it will join the proposed strike of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
Recently, the NLC and Trade Union Congress declared an indefinite strike action from October 3, 2023, to protest the insensitivity of the government in providing palliatives to cushion the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy.
SSANU, in a communique issued at the end of the 45th regular National Executive Council, held at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, and made available to The PUNCH on Sunday, read, “NEC in session after due deliberations agreed that SSANU as an affiliate of the NLC, will join the strike to protest the insensitivity of government in providing palliatives to cushion the effects of removal of fuel subsidy.
NEC, therefore, mandated all branches to mobilise her members to join the strike as declared as the demands before government also includes the release of withheld salaries of university workers.”
The communique, signed by the SSANU national president, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, complained that it felt seriously agitated by the report of the ad hoc Committee of Pro-Chancellors of state-owned universities, which among other things, recommended that state universities should not participate in nationwide industrial actions.
“It was obvious that SSANU complied with all legal provisions including giving adequate notices to the appropriate authorities but were forced to embark on that strike due to the government’s failure to honour her part of the agreement.
“SSANU, therefore, earnestly requests the government to pay the withheld salaries without any further delay considering the harsh economic realities currently faced by citizens in the country as the government is aware, the value for the money has already been eroded by hyperinflation.”
“NEC recalled the renegotiation of salaries for her members with the committee led by the late Professor Nimi Briggs that was at the final stage where SSANU demanded 700 per cent wage increase but the committee offered a 23.5 per cent and 35 per cent review to our members,” it read.
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