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FG Presents Registration Certificate to ASUU’s Factional Groups, CONUA, and NAMDA

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The federal government presented certificates of registration to the newly registered Congress of Nigerian University Academics, CONUA, and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics, NAMDA. 

Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment, presented certificates to unions at a ceremony in Abuja.

“In doing so, the two associations are officially recognized and have been registered to separate from the Association of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as well as the National Association of Resident Physicians (NARD) “, Ngige said.

He said both unions have been officially published and thus enjoy all labor rights as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution and the International Labor Organization, ILO convention. 

The minister said that the federal government is working on the terms of payment of wages withheld by CONUA and NAMDA members during the ASUU strike. 

The minister added that it would be an injustice if they were victims because they never joined the strike in the first place.

Mr. Ngige also said that the alleged lack of democracy, transparency, and failure to properly explain ASUU fees, to both members and the government, has led to the emergence of new unions.

He said this prompted CONUA and NAMDA registration considerations. He stated that the publication of the official gazette and the presentation of the certificate was in accordance with Article 3:2 of the International Trade Union Convention (ITUC).

“A union is self-organized by workers and employers, and it is a voluntary act.” Before 2020, CONUA went to the Ministry to complain about the lack of democracy and transparency in the leadership of ASUU, especially the fair account of their surveillance fees paid by the government. “

Based on these grievances, the Department has decided to register CONUA members to act as a full union, for which we have issued a certificate of registration and published it in the Official Gazette, part of ITUC Section 3:2.

 “The separation of groups is not new, he said: “The Union of Nigerian Pensioners, (NUP) NEPA and NNPC have been split up.”

Speaking, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, President of CONUA, commended Ngige for the presentation of the certificate. He alleged that the highhandedness of ASUU’s leadership gave birth to the association.

“Now that CONUA has received official support through the presentation of certificates, the era of incessant strikes in the university system is over,” he said. However, he opposed continuing to pay membership fees to ASUU and called on the Minister to intervene to reverse the trend in the future.

“Today is a historic day, and it is exciting to be back in this great ministry at the conclusion of the final phase of CONUA registration, marked by the collection of certificates. Our appreciation goes to the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and his remarkable team for completing the CONUA registration and issuing the Union Registration Certificate to us.

“With this full registration, we assure Nigerians that we will engage in meaningful and pragmatic discussions and negotiations with the Federal Government and all other stakeholders on how we can secure better terms for college professors.”

It’s also really about better functioning the whole system without necessarily tipping and sinking the boat,” says Sunmonu. However, he alleges that ASUU, by trickery, paid the membership dues of CONUA members to his account for several months through the IPPIS office.

He said inappropriate remittances to ASUU were reflected on the pay slips of CONUA members during the affected months.  He also stated that CONUA had clearly written to the authorities to stop paying fees to ASUU.

“In other words, CONUA has been legally recognized as a fire federation since its inception in 2018 and has the right to self-collect fees from its members. “We plead for the support and cooperation of the Federal Government, as we take off effectively, we make sure that it will not let this nation down as we will diligently continue to do so,” he said.

In addition, NAMDA President Dr. Ali Ramat congratulated the Minister and his team on awarding the certificate.

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LASU Lists Dress Codes for Students on Campus

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The Ojo Administration of Lagos State University (LASU) has instructed all of its professors to ensure that they do not allow any students to dress indecently in the classroom.

In a statement by the Acting Director of the Center for Information, Press, and Public Relations, Mr. Olaniyi Jeariogbe, the university said that the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, is no longer comfortable with the continuous disregard for the university’s existing rules and regulations governing how students dress on campus.

He said the Vice Chancellor on this matter has informed the college provost, deans of faculties, heads of departments, as well as faculty officials at the main and subsidiary campuses, to implement the dress code policies jointly.

The university listed 15 styles of dress that the management considers indecent for students on campus.

These include the wearing of see-through skirts, skimpy skirts, and other clothing that exposes sensitive parts of the body, especially for ladies; wearing torn, dirty jeans with holes or obscene messages about the subconscious; wearing baggy, saggy, “yansh” (meaning bum), low-rise, and any other form of indecent pants; and wearing tight clothing such as shirts and tops with obscene, obscene, or seductive words.

It also includes wearing unbuttoned or poorly buttoned shirts, as well as rolled-up sleeves or collars; wearing a cap or covering your face (wearing very dark tinted glasses); piercing and tattooing; the fact that male students wear earrings and necklaces; and the large number of students wearing nose rings, earrings, and necklaces.

Others wear uncomfortable heels to class and the library; male students braid, knit, and stroke their hair; wear slippers; and wear ugly, messy, extraordinarily fake or dyed artificial hair, dyed hair/lashes/light brown, attached long eyelashes, artificial pigtails, and long fingernails.

The university said all students should dress modestly to be socially acceptable, stressing that any student who broke the rules would not be allowed into the classroom.

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NUGA 2022: OAU Athletes Accuse University Management of Not Paying Allowances 

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Ten months after the 26th Nigerian University Games [NUGA], an athletic competition held at the University of Lagos, the OAU athletes have yet to receive the announced subsidies.

The NUGA game competition, held from March 19 to 26, brought together sports teams from OAU and other universities at the University of Lagos, the host institution, for seven days.

It was learned that some OAU athletes have been partially paid at N36, 000 of the agreed total of N60, 000, while others have not yet received their payment.

“We had an agreement made at UNILAG that the school would pay each athlete N60, 000.

Through a small objection, we secured an advance payment of N36, 000 that some athletes did not receive due to a procedural error or omission.

And that’s the only thing we got from the school in NUGA, which we used to eat for two weeks, to buy toiletries, medicine, and supplements for muscle recovery, and to get food and football boots during the competition.

Now can you see how the school administration starved us?

And we always maintain our focus, just because the school doesn’t take us seriously, let alone pay us a balance of N24, 000.

They lied and said it was delayed due to an industrial strike, but when did the strike end?

Olawale Ogunruku of the OAU handball team laments.

Akinyemi Usman Olawale, the captain of the cricket team, also shared his plight, saying that the university management had not provided them with the necessary equipment to play the game. “Because of this NUGA, I still have an injury that I’m fighting.”

I can’t even play well anymore because of this injury.

We just wanted the school to answer us; we worked for them.

“The jersey we used to play in, we bought it with our own money. Some of my players have borrowed money to buy jerseys. The equipment we use in Lagos was given to us by our alumni. They lent us their kit bags. “The school doesn’t give us anything,” he said.

However, in the process of following the developments collected and confirmed, the team made every effort to contact the OAU leadership and inform them of their plight by writing to the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Simeon Bamire looks like she is about to miscarry.

A member of the OAU soccer team who did not receive his NUGA allowance at all has devised other ways to support himself with the financial help of friends and teammates.

“At first, I believed it would pay off, but after a while, I felt indifferent toward it.” However, it was a sad thing. There were times when we met the chairperson and the athletes expressed their disappointment with the school and how they did not prioritize our welfare.

The medal table said it all. Even with the whole issue of athletes’ welfare, athletes still give their best and sacrifice blood and sweat to win a sixth place, which is the best position we’ve had so far after NUGA 2014 was held here.

After NUGA, many athletes borrowed money during the competition to take care of themselves; some even bought sports equipment just to compete in order to go to school. It was so bad that many people sacrificed their lives, sweat, and tears to go back to school with debts they thought were settled by then.

Our prestigious school paid us the special allowance as promised after a letter was sent by the Student Affairs Department that has yet to be answered. “We are currently working to meet the vice chancellor.”

“We have sent a letter to the Head of Student Affairs asking to meet with the Vice-Chancellor, but have yet to receive a response.”

In a phone interview, the director of the Sports Management Council, Prof. Ime Johnson Ikpo, said it is still under review by the management and also ensures the payment of compensation to the athletes, due to the fault of the former vice chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who made promises but actually did not yet implement them.

“This is still under review by the university.” Most students were promised extra money by the vice chancellor, and then that particular vice chancellor left in less than two weeks or so. We are also trying to make sure that the promised person forces the successor to do something.

It not only affects the students, but it also affects me and all the staff. The good thing I always promise you is that if they say they don’t pay, it’s a different thing. That’s when we feel something is wrong somewhere, but they agreed that they would pay. “I can assure you that the money will be paid,” said the director of the Sports Council.

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UNILAG Bans Enrollment for Two Courses 

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The University of Lagos has announced that it will not be enrolling in Biochemistry and Petroleum & Gas Engineering for 2023.

unifying the College Baccalaureate Examination and direct admission.

In an interview, the Director of Public Relations at UNILAG, Mrs. Joke Alaga, said, “We cannot arrange these two courses at the moment, and it is for those who are currently purchasing the UTME form.”

A statement from the institution reads: “All potential UTME and Direct Entry applicants for the 2023 admissions exercise should note that the University of Lagos will not offer two programs, namely: biochemistry and petroleum & gas engineering. Therefore, there will be no admission for both programs.

“Candidates are hereby advised not to choose these two programs, while those who have done so already should change to other programs.”

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