From David Christopher, Lafia
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nasarawa State University, Keffi Chapter Dr. Samuel Alu and other leaders of the union within the university have described the inability of the federal government of Nigeria to comply with the injunctions of the national industrial court as regards the payments of their salaries as illegal and barbaric and pushing them to the wall.
The Academicians who made their decisions known during a peaceful protest which they embarked upon within the university premises on Friday said, the pro-rata salary scheme been initiated to them by the federal government of Nigeria was unacceptable.
” We are not going to negate the injunctions of the the industrial court for the main time, but it appears the federal government is pushing us high to the wall. We will soon react and we want our innocent students to bear us witness. We have been teaching without salaries and our salaries are not been paid.
” If this prorata payment continues then we would have no choice, but to face the reality which is to tell the federal government with the language that they normally understand. We don’t want to send our innocent students back home again. We want them to graduate to become positive people in the society that can impact to the economy of this nation”Dr. Alu stated.
According to him, the said rally was to protest the continues behaviors of the federal government of Nigeria, adding their also using the opportunity of the rally to let the general public to be acquainted how government was maltreating the colleagues at the federal universities.
His words,” We are calling on the federal government of Nigeria to call the minister of labour Dr. Chris Ngegi to order. He has no right to act as if he is above the federal law of Nigeria.
Answering a question as regards rumors making the rounds that the federal government who are the employee of the academic staff of federal universities may decide to disenge them as a result of the misunderstanding between them. A one time national chairman of ASUU, Professor Fashumu Oladepo said,” Our employee the federal government of Nigeria does not have any right either by the Nigerian constitution or by university law to do whatever the want to do against the lectures.
“No government has a right to cheat or to depraved the right of anyone that he deserves according to the constitution. This government is taking Nigerians for granted, because if they are responsible they would have comply with the agreement they signed with ASUU as regards the said salaries”
Other past ASUU Chairmen who also speaks on the issue and lamented the attitude of federal government over their unpaid salaries which was cursing hardship to them and their families includes, Professor Theophilus Lagi, Comrade Yahaya Muhammed, Comrade Mairiga JP and Comrade Tanimu Yusuf.
Literacy: Group Organise Spelling Bees Competitions For Northern Schools
In a bid to promote Literacy in the Northern part of the country, a group known as Educand Education Initiative, EEI has organised a NorthCentral and Northeast regional SPELLand THRILL Intervention competition.
The President of EEI, Ayotunde Ikulamberu , explained that the spelling competition which started in 2012 in Ondo is for primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.
According to him, the competition has increased to 25 states and FCT across the South East, South South and North Central/Northeast.
While addressing journalists in an interview at the event, he said that the competition is aimed to refocus and encourage students to showcase their hard work outside the classrooms environments.
He added that the extra curricular activities goes a long way in helping the students.
“ For us is a platform for us to reengineer to refocus and to bring up students both primary school pupils and secondary school students to be able to showcase their level of hard work and diligent outside of the classroom environment .
“Now we understand that the school has their own curriculum, weather we like it or not the extra curricular activities such as this competition will help .
According to him, the SPELL and THRILL which has been in existence for 10 years also had a UNESCO endorsement in 2017.
He explained that the UNESCO endorsement is based on media and literacy information which is suppose to educate populace, the parents, students, teachers.
“SPELL&THRILL! is an annual intervention based spelling competition organized for both private and public, primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. SPELL&THRILL! brings whole families together thereby helping to break intergenerational low educational and literacy skills. This has endeared SPELL&THRILL! as the leading literacy project of the new generation.
“As a corollary, in the year 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) considered SPELL&THRILL! as an indubitable platform for the integration of the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum into Nigerian schools’ curriculum.
“UNESCO’s MIL curriculum is designed to combat the propagation of hate speech, fake news and terrorism while fostering proper use of the internet, intercultural dialogue and cohesion among citizens. The curriculum is also geared towards helping teachers become more pragmatic towards their role as educators in this regard.
Meanwhile, two regional winners emerged:
Saviour Onazi of Trophies International School, Minna, Niger State and Nwannadi Precious Chizaram of NUT Endwell Model Science School, Minna, Niger State.
For the 7th edition of the competition, the participatory schools in the Primary Schools category are: NECO Staff School, Niger state, Universal Kingdom Academy, Kogi state, Trophies International School, Niger State,and early Strides Preparatory Schools, Abuja.
Also for the secondary category are: Unique High School, Abuja, Living Spring International College, Abuja, and Universal Kingdom Academy, Kogi.
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