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Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university campuses. This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of “non-disruption of academic calendar” by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.

the Academic Staff Union of Universities called off its three-month-long industrial action.

Here’s the full speech with which Biola Ogunyemi, President of the union, announced the move at the end of a meeting with a government delegation:

ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU)

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

THE TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), THURSDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 2019, AT NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS HEADQUARTERS, PASCAL BAFYAU HOUSE, ABUJA

Protocol

Friends and compatriots of the Press,

On Sunday, 4th November 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action which was conditionally suspended on 14th September, 2017.

The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) in which the Federal Government of Nigeria

(FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was to end in October 2017. While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our Union made it categorically clear that “ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action”. Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action.

Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university campuses. This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of “non-disruption of academic calendar” by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.

Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantilen disposition to university education.

Why Strike Action?

The question has been asked time and time again: Why does ASUU like embarking on strike action that causes disruption and dislocation in the universities?

However, ASUU is strongly convinced that if academics fail to fight the cause of university education, the fate that befell public primary and secondary schools would soon become the lot of the public university system in Nigeria. ASUU’s advocacy on the need to stem the continued slide into rot and decay in public universities since the 1980s has fallen on deaf ears. Our experience, as a trade union, shows that successive governments in Nigeria always entered into negotiated agreements only to placate those pleading the cause – be it education, health, transportation, employment or any other issue of meaningful living. This proclivity of the Nigerian ruling class, irrespective of which wing of the insensitive stock they belong, must be continually be tracked, engaged and resisted by all people of goodwill.

ASUU ‘s action strike, which started on 4th November, 2018, was situated in the context of accumulated records of indifference and lackadaisical attitude of Government to negotiated agreements with the Union.

At our media interaction in University of Lagos on 23rd  December, 2018, we highlighted the outstanding issues in the crisis to include the following:

– Funding for the revitalization of Public Universities based on the FGN-ASUU MoU of 2012, 2013 and the MoA  of 2017

– Reconstitution of the current Government Team to allow for a leader and Chairman of the FG-ASUU Renegotiating team who has the interest of the nation and the people at heart.

– Release of the forensic audit report on Earned Academic allowances (EAA), offsetting the outstanding balance of the EAA and mainstreaming of same into the 2018 budget.

– Payment of all arrears of shortfall in all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA)

– Provision of a platform by the federal government for ASUU to engage Governors on the proliferation of universities, underfunding of university education and undue interference in the affairs of the universities

– Release of PFA operational license to NUPEMCO


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– Payment of EAA to loyal ASUU members at the University of Ilorin

A new Memorandum of Action and Our Resolution To date, ASUU has had a total of ten (10) interactive meetings with representatives of FGN which have culminated into a Memorandum of Action of 2019.

Highlights of the MoA include the following:

1. In addition to the N20 billion for 2018, the sum of N25 billion only would be released in April/May 2019, after which government would resume full implementation of the MoU of 2013.

2. Part-payment of the outstanding arrears of the earned academic allowances; defraying the balance up to 2018 in 4 tranches within 36 months; and mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budgets beginning from 2019 budget.

3. PICA verification and the release of the arrears of salary shortfall at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, not later than 15th February 2019.

4. Strengthening the Consultative Committee on State-owned Universities (CCSOU), inaugurated on Monday, 28th January, 2019 to look into the issues of proliferation, underfunding and governance to consistently deliver on its mandate.

5. Payment of the outstanding EAA arrears of all eligible staff in the University of Ilorin, especially the loyal ASUU members whose appointments were illegally terminated by today, 7th February, 2019.

6. Acknowledgement and appreciation of Government for facilitating the release of the final letter of approval for the granting of operational license to NUPEMCO.

7. Visitation to all Federal Universities would commence tentatively by 11th March, 2019.

8. Provision of documented guidelines on procedures and roles of parties in the process of renegotiating FGN-ASUU Agreement of 2009 which would commence not later than 18th February 2019 and end by Friday 29th March, 2019.

Based on the initial proposals from Government, the Union made extensive consultations through its various organs. The final level of consultation was the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) which took place 6th -7th February, 2019. NEC resolved that:

Following a careful review of the report of engagements with the Federal Government on proposals for addressing all outstanding in the 2013 MoU and 2017 MoA, NEC resolved that the current strike action by the Union should be suspended conditionally with effect from 12.01 a.m on Friday 8th February, 2019. However, should Government fail to fulfill its part of the agreement as reflected in the 2019 Memorandum of Action, ASUU shall resume its suspended strike action as the Union deems necessary.

Conclusion

ASUU notes, with serious concern, the covert and overt roles of some vice chancellors in the management and application of funds attracted by our Union to Nigeria’s public universities. Consequently, we condemn, in the strongest terms, Vice-Chancellors who have made efforts to undermine and, in some cases, attempted to break our patriotic struggles for the revitalization of public universities in Nigeria. ASUU will not shy away from taking headlong those Vice-Chancellors who are reputed for acts of impunity, nepotism and other forms of conduct which are antithetic to university culture and the progressive development of our universities.

Our union will compile all their shenanigans and forward them to relevant authorities for further action.

Finally, ASUU acknowledges the understanding and support demonstrated by patriotic Nigerian students and their parents all through the strike period. We equally appreciate the comradely assistance from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), represented by the newly re-elected President, Comrade Ayuba Waba, who has stood by us throughout the struggle. We also acknowledge the solidarity of the civil society organisations, especially the Joint Action Front (JAF) and the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), and members of the progressive wing of the media who have consistently partnered with us in our mission to rescue Nigerian public universities from imminent collapse.

While we put a closure to this phase of the struggle, it is our hope and desire that the Nigerian governments (Federal and State) will play the roles expected of them in order to make the new Memorandum work. We shall never abandon our obligation to ensure the survival of a sound university system. For ASUU, the struggle certainly continues!

Thank you for listening.

Biodun Ogunyemi

President

Source: Sahara Reporters


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A postgraduate student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has accused a man, Adesoji Orenowo, of raping her in his house at European Quarters, Meiran, Lagos.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the 24-year-old met Orenowo at a wedding ceremony in Ibadan, Oyo State, in December 2017.

The duo had reportedly exchanged telephone numbers and kept in touch through social media chats and calls.

The suspect was said to have invited the student, who resided in Abeokuta, to his house in Lagos.

It was gathered that Orenowo sent transport fare to the Osun State indigene.

The 35-year-old was alleged to have raped the victim during the encounter.

The postgraduate student, in her statement to the police, said she agreed to spend the night at Orenowo’s house because she trusted him.

She said,

“The reason I visited him was to know him more after we met in December 2017. He told me that he was always busy at work and if I were free during the weekend, we could hook up. He sent me N3,000 for transport fare. That was the first time he would send money to me.

“When I got to his place, I slept there because I met his uncle and the uncle’s wife with some cousins, who welcomed me. Though I was still uncomfortable and was contemplating on going back home, his uncle’s wife said I was safe.

“Around 10pm, I went to sleep in the room provided for me, which was opposite his uncle’s room. Around 2.30am, I saw Orenowo beside me; he was touching and harassing me. I suddenly stood up and went to the passage. Fortunately, his uncle came out to urinate and saw me reading the Bible with the torchlight of my phone. I went to sit in the sitting room.

“Orenowo came and suddenly dragged me from the sitting room through the passage into the room. While hitting my head on the wall, he held my neck. I called for help, but his uncle did not come out.

“He (Orenowo) almost strangled me, saying if I said anything, he would kill me and nobody would trace me. I received a lot of punches and slaps. He stripped me naked and threatened to tie me to the bed if I did not cooperate with him. He penetrated me through the anus and private parts.”

The victim said she reported the incident to Orenowo’s uncle and left the house for a hospital.

She said a nurse followed her to a police station to report the case.

Orenowo, however, denied the allegation, saying he did not sleep with his guest after she turned down his advances.

He said,

“While I was touching her after we had retired to bed, she told me not to touch her that she was in a fasting and prayer programme. She took the Bible on my bed and left the room.

“When she later came back from the sitting room, we started romancing each other and she insisted that she did not want to have sex and I left her to sleep.”

Orenowo was arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on one count of sexual assault.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Christopher John, said the offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The charge read, “That you, Adesoji Orenowo, on September 7, 2018, around 2am, at European Quarters, Meiran, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully sexually assault one (name withheld), by penetrating her private parts.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The magistrate, Mr P.E. Nwaka, ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison.

Hassan Became Unconscious After Bet Was Completed


 

 

FUNAAB students advised the government to diversify instead of scrapping management courses in FUNAAB


Following the Federal Government order that specialised universities should stop management courses, the students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB, are appealing to the government to restore the courses.

The students under the umbrella of the College of Management Sciences Student Association urged the Federal Government to diversify the university’s programmes instead of scraping management programs.

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The students also ask the government to make education more accessible and affordable to the youths seeking admission into tertiary educational institutions in the country.

The students in their statement said: “the Federal Government should note that thousands of students and graduates, who would have not been able to fulfil their academic ambitions, have benefited from the existence of Management Science courses at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

”It is noteworthy that, since the inception of College of Management Sciences, the university has graduated thousands of students in Accounting, Banking and Finance, Economics, Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Studies and all these courses had been fully accredited by National University Commission.

“Available records and feedback from employers to the college and the association reveal that many graduates of Management Sciences from FUNAAB are doing very well in their chosen careers. Some of them have become employers of labour through the practice of agriculture in large scale and other agro-related businesses.”

FG orders all specialised universities to stop management course

Recall that in 2017, the Federal Government ordered the scrapping of management courses in specialised varsities in the country.

This was followed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu‘s instruction to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board “to delete all such courses on its portal.”

Following FG’s instruction, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Kolawole Salako in July said the institution stopped admitting students for management courses immediately the Federal Government ordered specialised universities to stop management courses in specialised universities.

 

 

Rats don do me strong thing


Hi folks!

I hope you did enjoy my last post. It’s after dark and I have got Simi’s angelic voice seeping through my hands free hoping it serenade me to sleep.
I have lost count on how many times I did have listened to her album “Simisola” and I have got this one “Gone for good” on repeat right now.

What more can you ask for from the young lady? Talk of quality, production, lyrical content, vocals etc, you’d agree with me the album is top notch.

I’m not writing about Simi today though, so let’s get down to the brass tack for this episode.
It was a terrifying day for me, ask me why? Chill..

We’ve heard stories of rats running rampant everywhere (Garba Shehu told guys why Mr. President couldn’t work in his office), my room was also a victim.

It all started around midnight o, it’s beyond me how these two rats scaled through my door, considering armoury I had put in place. These two apparent lovers, maybe looking for where to pass the night, survived and came in.

Their dazzling wouldn’t allow me sleep, ranging from scavenging for left over inside the waste bin, to eating the woods on the door in their bid to escape.

At some point, It was like playing the popular game “Temple run” when my chi couldn’t take it any longer and tried see if I could kill these things and get some good sleep.

My unwelcomed nocturnal beings wouldn’t allow me sleep, not until 4:00am and I’d be having an 8:00am class so must hit the road before seven; oshamo, life of an undergrad..

I don’t know what it is about time. It tends to flash away when you’re having an exhilarating time or a good sleep, I woke up around six, in a lazy man-like rolled to the other side of my bed, checked the time on my phone and in a typical procrastinator thinking, told myself to sleep for another 30 minutes, get ready before seven and zoom off to school.

Its not that I slept like that o, just to close my eyes and open it, check the time, it was 7:30am (Jesu!).WTF? This is one of those moments you did wish you had a Barry Allen’s ability. I hurriedly tried to do the necessary stuff and the most annoying part is the number of miles I had to go and fetch water ( Na the life of campite be dat o).

In some 30 minutes, I was all set, ready to hit the road and then I noticed this small hole at the back of the jean I was gonna put on (chai! Rats don do me strong thing). I changed the pair and swooshed off to school, combining my walking and running skills.

It was a busy Monday morning and most people are also trying to get to class ASAP, so transportation was hectic. I fought my way through to get a bus (as a bad sharp guy now)and then the unfortunate happened when the driver requested for our fare.

The pair of jeans I had my cash was the one these rats distorted, and I forgot to collect the cash (Ayemi temi bami!). I thanked my stars it was right there at the car park he requested for the cash, imagine we got to school and I wasn’t able to pay on demand (talking about spoiling my career be that). I had no choice than to go back home and take the money. This is not the way I had hope to start my week, but I had no choice than to run to and fro (close to what Mo Farah won 4 Olympic gold medals for o), got back to the car pack sweating profusely like a convict about to be sentenced.

I got to school around nine, jogged off to class and the most frustrating thing is that the lecturer is not even yet in class (and ASUU go talk say dey wan strike). It was all work from then to six. Imagine 8-6 class, dey wan kill person?

Talking about the Rats now, the battle line has just being drawn. Their mates are in Aso Rock enjoying the life of their head (jaye ori won), these ones are here scavenging for my left over concoction rice.

You’d seen what rat razzmatazz caused me?

Thanks for reading, drop your comments and please share with friends.

Written by Kelekun Oluwaseun

Admission in FUNAAB


Admission into the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta FUNAAB is very competitive and involves the following processes:

  • Online Admission Application on this website.
  • Pre-Admission Screening Exercise (Computer-based) – UTME and DE candidates.

Successful candidates within the capacity of our institution will be offered admission and required to undergo an intensive ICT Training and Orientation Programme to prepare them for life in FUNAAB.

Admission Proceedure


All applicants seeking undergraduate admission into 100, 200 and 300 Levels in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) are hereby invited to apply online for the 2018/2019 Pre-Admission Screening Exercise.

Applications must be from suitably qualified candidates who have chosen the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) as their First Choice of Institution on the prescribed form obtained from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Applicants must also possess minimum entry requirements of five (5) O’ Level Credits in relevant subjects at one or two sittings in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB and fill the results online. Applicants are advised to confirm the Admission Requirements into respective Degree Programmesbefore logging in to fill the e-application form.

Only candidates with completed application before the stipulated deadline will be considered.

Ensure you provide accurate bio-data and academic information when filling your application form.

Wishing you best of luck.

Source: FUNAAB website

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We murdered Oriade, Olabisi Onabanjo University student, girlfriend for sponsoring rival group — Suspected cultists


Two  self confessed members of  a  cult group, Aiye Confraternity, have narrated how they murdered one Oriade Adebisi, 22, and his girlfriend, Juliana Eke Imaga, both students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye who were reported missing some days ago

 

Murtala Babatunde, 29, and Taiwo Razaq, 18, arrested in connection with the murders, said they kidnapped the victims around Oru-Ijebu Junction on Lagos – Benin Expressway on Thursday, May 28.

Missing student
Deceased

A police report said the arrest of the suspects followed the information received, on June 3, from one Oriade Adeola Rafiu (a relation of one of the victims,  Oriade Adebisi).

Rafiu was quoted in the police report as saying that, on the fateful day,around 11 pm, Adebisi was driving in his Honda Crostour Car together with his girlfriend, Julian, at Oru-Ijebu after paying his friend ‘Akogun’ a visit.

“All of a sudden as he was driving towards Oru junction, three armed men emerged on a motorcycle and whisked away the said Oriade Adebisi and his friend together with the car to unknown destination”, the report said.

“On the receipt of this complaint, operatives of the IGP-Intelligence Response Team (IRT), led by DCP Abba Kyari, in collaboration with Oyo State Federal SARS and Ogun State Police Command, swooped on the hoodlums and two of the principal suspects (Muritala Babatunde and Taiwo Rasak) were  arrested.

Missing student
Deceased

“An iPhone X with etisalat sim and two pairs of canvas shoes belonging to the deceased Oriade Adebisi were recovered from the first suspect (Muritala Babatunde)”.

The police report quoted one of the suspects, Babatunde, as saying he dropped out  of the university in Ago Iwoye where he was initiated into cultism called Black Axe Confraternity, popularly known as ‘AIYE’.

Describing the suspect as ‘Number One Aiye, Ijebu North Axis’, he was said to have had in his possession two locally made pistols which he and his gang members had allegedly been using to perpetrate their nefarious acts.

“He added that, on  May 28, 2018, at about 2300hrs, having noticed the said Oriade Adebisi’s movement along Oru-Ijebu Junction, whom he had been nursing criminal intents against, he quickly called his gang members (Rasak Taiwo aka IKU and Sodiq) and the said Oriade Adebisi and his girlfriend were kidnapped in Adebisi car and taken to the bush along Ijebu-Ode Awa/Ibadan expressway where both of them were killed”, the report said.

“He confessed further that before Oriade Adebisi was killed, he ordered him to deactivate his password on his iPhone and he took the iPhone and two pairs of shoes from him and thereafter abandoned the car at the expressway, having dumped the bodies of Adebisi and his girlfriend in a bush at the back of an uncompleted building where they were murdered.

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“He confessed that the late victim, whom he said was a Yahoo Boy, was giving money to a rival cult group and was not giving him money and had not recognized him as the overall cult leader in that area”.

Rasaq, on his part, was said to have confessed that he was initiated into AIYE Confraternity in  2015.

According to the police report, he went to stay with Babatunde (first suspect) at Oru-Ijebu.

“He added that on May 28,  in the late hours of the night, Babatunde called him and one Sodiq (suspected cult member) to meet with him at Oru junction.

“On their arrival, Babatunde Muritala told them that he wanted to kill Oriade Adebisi who had parted away with his money.

“He confessed that Muritala then called his girlfriend Seun Yetunde who had been monitoring the said Oriade’s movement and she brought a bag that contained two guns and a cutlass.

“That Muritala then gave him one of the guns; handled one and handed over the cutlass to Sodiq while waiting patiently for Oriade to come.

“ A few minutes later, Oriade and his girlfriend arrived in a car. Suddenly, we based him down with the gun.

Missing student“Muritala took over the steering having ordered the said Oriade and the girl to the backseat while himself and Sodiq were at the back seat with them and they drove off the junction.

“He added that they took them to the bush along the expressway where they were killed with planks and gun”.

The police report said the decomposing corpses of the  deceased were recovered on June 19, 2018 and deposited at the General Hospital’s morgue Ijebu Ode for autopsy.

The car was also recovered and parked at Awa Division, Ogun State and the suspects guns were equally recovered.

Watch video below:

Source: Vanguard News

This is a very sad story. What is your take on it? Leave us a comment below

One Million Naira Also Donated By FUNAAB Alumni.


To boost transportation of students within and outside campus, the Alumni Association of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has supported the institution with 10 mini-Suzuki branded buses.

Presenting the buses to the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Kolawole Salako, the association’s President, Mr. Olusola Tobun, said the shuttle buses were meant to support the movement of students within the university and neighbouring communities like Isolu, Harmony Estate, the First Gate, Hostels, Farm, and other locations.

Tobun also spoke of plans to add bigger buses, promising that the fares would be affordable.

Responding, the VC thanked the Association for the noble gesture, which he said was timely in addressing the transportation challenge which had been giving Management concern.

“Last Monday, we had just seven buses working, but by today, we can boast of about 12 and more are still being repaired. Management has started reviewing students’ time table so that we don’t have too many students coming to the park at the same time. We are going to engage the student union to sensitise the students to always come in such a way that the batches will be convenient for the buses to pick them according to their time table,”

he said.

Lauding the association further, Salako disclosed that only recently, the Alumni donated N1 million to the university to computerise the Exams and Records Unit to facilitate the processing of transcripts.

He assured the association of the highest level of transparency in the utilisation of the fund, adding that a committee, which would include two alumni  would be set up to oversee the spending of the funds and report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) and the Registrar.

The VC solicited more support saying:

“We will be expecting more support from the alumni. My thanks to every alumnus, those around and even those in diaspora and we want to believe we would have stronger ties.”

Source: The Nation

Boyfriend’s Car Found But Couple Still Missing.


It has been 11 days since a  student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye in Ogun state has been declared missing after going on a date with her boyfriend. A friend of hers, @iamtessyo made it public through tiwtter says no one has heard from her. The boyfriend’s car has been found with her slippers inside without the boyfriend or herself in sight.

Read her tweet below:

This is a pointer that female students need to be careful and focus on their studies. What do you think happened to the couple?

As part of proactive measures to ameliorate the transport challenges faced by the students, the University Management has given approval for the repair of four (4) buses while funds have also been released to fix another three (3).

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Management disclosed this in a Press Release signed by the Registrar, Dr. ‘Bola Adekola and made available to FUNAAB Bulletin.

According to the University Management, the four buses that were repaired have been in use by the students since Monday, May 7, 2018 while three additional buses would be fixed in the next few days,   making a total of seven (7).

  Management further informed that it is working with all stakeholders to bring lasting solution to the challenges facing the students.

  It, however, reminded the students that all measures, aimed at addressing their challenges are only realizable in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

  Management therefore, appealed to the teeming students to reciprocate the ongoing efforts at addressing their needs by shunning violence and all forms of breach of campus peace.

Source: Funaab.com.ng