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Lagos Police, Education Ministry Partner To Protect Schools Amidst Insecurity

The Lagos Police Command has announced its intention to collaborate with the State Ministry of Education in a bid to provide more security for schools across the metropolis.

This announcement came in the wake of more schools coming under attacks by bandits nationwide.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, revealed this collaboration with the Commissioner of Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisoye.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in Lagos State, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said on Monday, April 5, that the initiative was a proactive measure to protect boarding schools.

“The goal is to protect students, staffers, and their facilities,” the statement explained.

It said that Odumosu recently organised a meeting with the Ministry of Education and stakeholders in the education sector to build confidence towards achieving the goal of improving school security.

“The meeting was to review the security architecture and improve on the safety of all schools by building confidence in the staffers, students, parents, and the Government of Lagos State.

“The police commissioner had intensified efforts toward deploying human and material resources to protect lives and property in the schools.”

It also quoted him as adding that he had shared some security tips with education stakeholders to propel them into actions that would step up general security in schools, both private and public.

The Police CP urged school owners and principals to remain calm and support measures targeted at warding off bandits from the schools.

The statement said that intelligence gathering, patrols, raids on black spots, sensitisation programmes, Town Hall Meetings, and threat analyses were being intensified to boost the proactive measures.

It urged parents and guardians to assist in supervising their children (students), and volunteer information to the police and other security agencies to help the efforts to protect the schools.

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Plateau Lecturers Threaten Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Lecturers in tertiary institutions owned by the Plateau government have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over non-payment of salaries.

The lecturers, under the aegis of the Joint Union of Academic Staff of the Plateau-Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUASPTI), also accused the state government of failing to honour agreements reached with the union.

Mr Lawam Deban, JUASPTI Chairman, issued the threat in a press conference on Friday in Jos.

“If government fails to meet our demands, the union will declare an indefinite strike on Dec. 31.

”We signed an agreement with goverment on Aug. 23, which led to the suspension of the strike we started on June 17.

”Unfortunately, goverment has failed to meet its obligation in the areas of non-implementation of promotion arrears from 2021 to 2022.

“It has also failed in the area of non-implementation of third party deduction from August to date, and non-regular payment of salaries,” he claimed.

Deban said that the union had written two letters to the state government dated Nov. 10 and Dec. 5, respectively, without any positive response.

”Worried by the non-regular payment of salaries, we wrote goverment two different letters where we clearly stated that we will not be able to guarantee industrial harmony should it fail to comply to the agreement.

”But, it is obvious that the state goverment does not want to toe the line of honour.

“As a union, we have given it enough consideration and respect, but it has failed to reciprocate by reneging on some aspects of the agreement.

”So, we shall be left with no option than to withdraw our services if the government fails to honour the Aug. 23 agreement before Dec. 31,” he said.

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Obi Vows To Stop ASUU Strikes If Elected President

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has said that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will not embark on industrial action if he is elected president.

Obi spoke at a campaign rally in Owerri, the Imo state capital city, on Tuesday.

The former governor of Anambra said the future of any serious country is dependent on education and health, adding that he would invest in the two sectors.

“If you make me your president and Datti my vice, ASUU won’t go on strike. We will dialogue with them.We will work with the student

“The future of any serious country is dependent on their education and health sectors. I will invest hugely in those sectors if you elect us”, he said.

 

 

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“We Were Not Part Of Strike”, CONUA Vows To Sue F.G Over Withheld Salaries

Rival Academic union, Congress of University Academics has expressed its disappointment with the Federal Government, especially the Ministry of Labour and Employment, over the non-payment of its members’ withheld salaries “even when the government knew that the union did not call for strike action and its members were not involved in the strike action that lasted for eight months and which shut down the university system nationwide.”

In statement on Tuesday by its National President, Secretary and Publicity Secretary, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, Dr Henry Oripeloye and Dr Ernest Nwoke, respectively, CONIA  argued that it was wrong for the FG to lump CONUA with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities who went on eight months strike between February and October, 2022.

The new union of lecturers thereby viewed to sue FG for withholding its members’ salaries.

The statement partly read, “CONUA formally made its non-involvement in the strike known to the Federal Government in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in April 2022.

“In the letter, we made it clear that because CONUA constituted a separate and independent union in the university system, our members did not call for any strike. This was followed by a Press Conference in Abuja on August 19, 2022 at which it was categorically stated that CONUA was not part of any ongoing strike, and that the “No Work No Pay” principle ought not to apply to members of the union.

“CONUA’s expectation is that, due to the express and categorical declaration, the government would seamlessly release our members’ outstanding salaries when it resumed the payment of salaries to all university staff in October 2022. But to our dismay, CONUA members were also paid pro-rata salaries in complete disregard to the fact that we were indeed shut out of duties by the strike.

“Subsequently, we wrote to the Accountant-General of the Federatıon and the Ministry of Labour and Employment reminding them that it was an error to lump our members with those that declared and embarked on strike action. It was yet another shock for the outstanding backlog of salaries not to have been paid to our members along with the November 2022 salary.”

CONUA said the non-payment of “our withheld salaries” contravenes Section 43 (1b) of the Trade Disputes Act CAP. T8, which stated that “where any employer locks out his workers, the workers shall be entitled to wages and any other applicable remunerations for the period of the lock-out and the period of the lock-out shall not prejudicially affect any rights of the workers being rights dependent on the continuity of period of employment.”

“This provision is consistent with global best practices,” it added.

“From the foregoing and as a law-abiding union that pledged to do things differently, we have resolved to seek legal redress of the illegal withholding of our legitimate salaries by taking the matter to court in consonance with the rights enshrined in our laws,” the union said.

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