A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who is also a lawyer to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Mr. Femi Falana, has appealed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and others who impressed it on the union to suspend its recent strike to also put pressure on the Federal Government to fulifl its obligations to the union.
Falana stated this yesterday while delivering a lecture during the Fourth Convocation ceremony of Augustine University, Ilara Epe, Lagos.
The title of the lecture was “Remaking Nigeria: The youth as change agents.”
Falana noted that youths displayed unparalleled undertanding and support regarding the demands of the lecturers, which he opined were intended to move the education sector forward.
” It is our collective duty as Nigerians to ensure that with the lecturers returning to class, the agreements between the government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, are implemented. It is imperative for all those who appealed or prevailed in one way or another on the lecturers to return to class, should also do same to ensure that the government keeps to its side of the agreements, ” he said
While emphasising the strategic importance of youths, he listed some of the honours brought to the country by youths in the areas of music, sports, science, politics etc.
“Today, we have many gerontocrats who are in power, hoping to be in power or assume they are power brokers. But the respect and positive visibilty 25-year-old Tobi Amusan, the African, Commonwealth and World 100 meters hurdles champion has brought to our country is far more than what the totality of these gerontocrats have brought the country. Certainly, the light she has brought to shine on Nigeria this year is far brighter than megatons of social media campaigns secured at hundreds of millions of dollars, ” he noted.
He called on youths to take up the gauntlet and save the nation from the grip of those misruling it.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor, Augustine University, Prof. Christopher Odetunde, said as the cost of education goes up, Nigerians should not be delusional about it, as the cost of ignorance is much higher.
He added that five new undergraduate programmes had been proposed for verification by the National Universities Commission (NUC). They are Human Anatomy, Computer Engineering; Medical Laboratory Science; Nursing; and Physiology.
In his remarks, the Visitor to the university, who is also the Catholic Bishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr Adewale Martins, lauded the management for the high standard of discipline and education given to the students.
He charged the graduands to follow the path of honour and seek excellence in their careers in godly manners and not join the wagon of lazy youths seeking to make it in crooked manners.
The Best Graduating Student, Tolefe Emmanuel Chukwufunmanya, gave the assurance that all the good virtues inculcated in them in the school would be used to guide their steps in the outside world.
NLC, TUC, ASUU, Others Defy Court Order As They Begin Strike
The NLC had on Monday announced the commencement of the industrial action from midnight of Monday, 13 November, in defiance to a restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court in Abuja on Friday.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and its affiliates including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, began a nationwide strike, in defiance to a restraining court order barring them from embarking on the industrial action.
The two major labour unions, NLC and TUC, had declared the strike, following the brutalisation of the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State on 1 November. Mr Ajaero was attacked in Owerri, the state capital, during an NLC protest against the Imo State government over alleged maltreatment of workers in the state.
The unions on Monday directed their members to down tools across the country as from Tuesday.
This is despite the restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court, in Abuja, on Friday, stopping the labour unions from embarking on the strike. The judge, Benedict Kanyip, ordered the two major labour unions to stop their industrial action scheduled to commence 14 November.
The interim order followed an ex-parte request by the Nigerian government through the office of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, due to the Labour unions’ threat to embark on strike.
Ignoring the court order, ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, a professor of soil science, on Monday, directed compliance with the strike declaration in a letter to ASUU zonal coordinators and branch chairpersons across the country.
“As an affiliate of NLC, all members of our union are hereby directed to join this action of NLC to protect the interest of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the union. Zonal coordinators and branch chairpersons should immediately mobilise our members to participate in the action,” ASUU President, Mr Osodeke, wrote in a letter to zonal and branch chairpersons of the union.
When PREMIUM TIMES asked Mr Osodeke if he was aware of the subsisting court order stopping the strike, he said the question should be directed to the NLC which called for the strike.
“Call the NLC, ASUU did not declare a strike, NLC declared the strike. Call NLC,” he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning.
But the NLC’s head of information, Benson Upah, did not respond to phone calls and messages sent to his line requesting for comments, as of the time of filing this report.
The labour unions had, on Monday, refused to acknowledge the court order while directing their members to withdraw their services as from Tuesday.
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Al-istiqama University Sumaila Releases Cut-off Marks for UTME and DE Candidates.
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(OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR)
14TH SEPTEMBER, 2023
COMMENCEMENT OF UTME / DIRECT ENTRY ONLINE SCREENING FOR THE 2023/2024 ACADEMIC SESSION
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