The national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke has been berated by the management of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) Ado-Ekiti.
He was berated over his alleged denigrating comments on the status of the institution.
Osodeke in a television interview was reportedly quoted to have used unpleasant words to describe the Ekiti State-owned university following its decision to announce the resumption of students for academic activities despite the ongoing industrial action by the lecturers.
The head of the Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs of EKSU, Bode Olofinmuagun in a statement made to our correspondent on Friday noted that the comments from the ASUU president were reckless and unacceptable, calling on him to as a matter of urgency apologise to the university.
According to him, “the management of EKSU views this denigrating remark about some universities, coming from the National President of ASUU as unfortunate, reckless and unwarranted.
“Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti is currently the 14th best university in Nigeria out of about 200 universities (Federal, State & Private) and the 2nd best State University according to the recent Webometric ranking of universities.
“Apart from the above, the university (EKSU) has nearly all its academic programmes accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and relevant professional regulatory bodies. The university is proud to have many top-rated globally recognised academics, and its alumni are making waves both nationally and internationally. By the grace of God, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, the Governor-elect of Ekiti State is an alumnus and a former lecturer at the University.
“Even in ASUU, a number of staff of our university had served and still serving in various capacities at zonal and national levels including but not limited to Professor Afolabi Popoola, Dr Sikiru Eniola, Profs. Eddy Olanipekun, Ayan Adeleke and Olu-Olu Olufayo.”
The statement added that “categorising EKSU as among the quack and irrelevant universities is a testimony to the fact that the ASUU President is probably uninformed and/or is bereft of ideas. This arrant nonsense coming from Comrade Osodeke is totally unacceptable and condemnable.
“The Management calls on Professor Osodeke to toe the path of honour by retracting the provocative remark and tender an unreserved apology without further delay.”
Pay rise: CONUA hails FG, demands more
Congress of Nigerian University Academics has commended the Federal Government for 35 percent and 23.5 per cent salary increments for staff of tertiary institutions in the country.
The group however said the increment was done before the removal of the subsidy on fuel, stressing that, it would continue to engage the government on post-subsidy removal increment in salaries.
In a statement on Tuesday signed by the CONUA National President, Dr ‘Niyi Sunmonu, the group recalled a discussion the former Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige had with CONUA delegates on May 3, 2023, after a court sitting.
The CONUA delegates had during the meeting discussed welfare, the backlog of salaries, and other issues affecting members of the Union.
The statement read partly, “In the meeting, CONUA delegates lamented the stagnation of salaries and in the response of the immediate past Minister, he said the only offer on the table and which the government is committed to paying is the offer announced by the immediate past Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu announced in September 2022 in the State House.
“CONUA delegates then pressed the immediate past Minister of Labour and Employment to raise that of the non-professorial cadre to 25%. After much discussion on the matter and others, the Minister promised to raise this with relevant organs of government, and that possibly, payment could commence in May 2023.
“While appreciating the government for looking at the direction of academics for this award, we have noticed that this award was done before the removal of subsidy and we will continue to interact with the government on post-subsidy removal increment of academic salaries to meet with the present economic realities.
“Therefore we will continue to engage the government as we advocate for a better salary for lecturers in the Nigerian universities to boost the morale of academics while at the same time reducing the scourge of brain drain from the institutions.”
Temple varsity president, Epps, dies after falling ill on stage
The acting President of Temple University, Philadelphia, Ms. JoAnne Epps, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 72, after falling ill during a memorial service, the varsity disclosed.
“Our thoughts are with President Epps’ family, and with all members of the Temple community at this moment.
The days ahead will be difficult, but we will lean on one another as President Epps would want us to,” it added.
Temple University is a public state-related research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1884 by the Baptist minister, Russell Conwell.
Julius Berger Graduates Second Batch of Trainees from Plant and Equipment Academy
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the leading engineering construction company in Nigeria, graduated its second batch of trainees from its Plant and Equipment Academy in Abuja on Thursday.
The event was a celebration of the company’s commitment to industrial and technological development. Francois Roos, Head of Julius Berger’s Plant and Equipment Department, welcomed guests to the ceremony and spoke about the importance of the academy in transferring technical know-how and skills to Nigeria’s workforce.
Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, the company’s Executive Director of Administration, represented the Managing Director at the event and congratulated the graduates. He said that the academy was created to empower artisans with the skills they need to contribute to nation-building.
The first set of graduates from the academy were trained in combustion engines and drive trains. The second set of graduates were trained in basic electricity and automotive applications.
The academy is a valuable resource for Nigeria’s industrial development. It is helping to bridge the skills gap and create a more skilled workforce. Julius Berger is to be commended for its commitment to this important initiative.
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