EKSU-MOCPED Students Protest to APC Campaign Rally at Epe


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The students of Ekiti State University in affiliation with Michael Otedola College of Primary Education are obviously not ready to rest until the world hears them and their problems solved.

They all marched to All Progressive Party (APC)’s campaign rally at Epe yesterday, which had the likes of the Governor of Lagos State and other dignitaries in attendance.

According to them, We Will Win.

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Protest turn sour as students protests at Eksu-Mocped Epe, Lagos


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The drama started when the students of Ekiti State University in affiliation with Michael Otedola College of Primary education staged a peaceful protest to agitate against the unfair treatment of d management of the institution. A press release by the mother institution (Ekiti State University) on the 23rd of January 2015 prompted this protest. In the publication, MOCPED was accused of huge indebtedness and non remittance of students result to the school (eksu) senate for approval. This press release and the unfair treatment of students on this campus prompted students to demand for explanation from the school management . Some of the things agitated for by the students include:
1. Untimely release of examination result
2. Alleged embezzlement of their school fees 
3. Non remittance of Eksu’s fund 
4. Non processing of students certificate
5. Unstable academic calendar 
6. Poor managerial setting
      The peaceful protest was later turned sour on the arrival of the army. On their (soldiers) arrival, they started shooting to the air & at the same time harassing the students with their ammunition without hearing the students view. Students where tortured like criminals without committing any crime.
      At a point, the soldiers started looting nearby hostels and any student found inside the hostel was seriously dealt with. Many students were injured by this soldiers without any justifiable reason.

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ASUP suspends 10-month-old strike


Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its 10- month-old strike.

This was disclosed by the President of the union, Dr Chibuzor Asomugha, yesterday, after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja.


Students Of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, in a peaceful protest over the nationwide strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in Abeokuta .

Speaking with Sunday Vanguard on telephone, he said, “Our National Executive Council (NEC) met today and resolved to suspend the strike for three months starting from Tuesday next (this) week.”

Asomugha explained that the strike suspension was to allow the new Education Minister, Alhaji Abrahim Shekarau, study their demands and take appropriate action.

He, therefore, urged polytechnics students and lecturers to report in school on Tuesday for lecture.

The ASUP leader said: “The decision to call off the strike is in consonance with the demand of the new Minister of Education, Alhaji Abrahim Shekarau, to allow him study our demands.

“All ASUP is asking for is that government makes commitment on when and how the issues will be resolved.” He did not state whether the Federal Government has however made any commitment before the suspension of the strike.

ASUP went on the strike on October 4, 2013 to press the Federal Government to accede to its 13-point demands which include the release of the White Paper on the Visitation to Federal Polytechnics.

Our pioneer leaders went to public schools, and did well, says Aregbesola


Governor Rauf Aregbesola has stated that he will not renege on his efforts to restore the glory of public schools in Osun state and make it the citadel of learning. “Our pioneer leaders went to public school and they did well.”

He said that work is still going on in Osun and will not stop until his administration achieve her goal of making public schools in Osun places where pupils can get the kind of education that will place them at par with the very best in the world.  “This is our ultimate aim, and by the grace of God, and your support and understanding, we will realise this objective to the greater future of our children and our state,” Aregbesola told the people of Osun at the official commissioning of Baptist Central Elementary School, Ilare, Ile-Ife.

He said, “What we have brought to education in Osun, if we will not sound imodest, amounts to a revolution. Critics who will be honest should compare this new school and its facilities to what obtained when they went to school and what public schools have become of recent.
“ I am sure very few, if any private school can compare favourably with the schools we are building. Yet we are not competing with private schools.”

According to him, the role of private school is to complement and not displace government in the provision of certain essential services, stressing that our society has to do away with the notion that the government must necessarily fail in certain endeavours which must then be yielded to the private sector. Moreover, while insisting on quality education and conducive learning environment for students, the governor reiterated that  pioneer leaders who went to public schools did well in its ramifications.

He noted that preparing our children for the future is a responsibility that we must fulfill, adding that leaders will never be forgiven if they fail in  their responsibilities. According to him, the world around us is moving on; and at a pace that leaves no room for lack of seriousness or half-measures, especially with regard to education.

The education of our children, he warned, should not be a subject for petty squabbles or unhealthy politics about our narrow interests, adding, “if we are genuinely interested in the future of our children, we should bury our narrow concerns of today in order to assure for them a glorious tomorrow.” Upon this, he stated, “we will not be distracted from this objective even if it means stepping on toes, we are unstopable”

For the benefit of doubt, Aregbesola, however disclosed that the new school buildings are not for Muslims or for Christians, neither are they for adherents of any other religion, adding that they are for all children of Osun, regardless of their circumstances of birth.
On issue of religion, the governor said his efforts at revamping education never had a religious motive, but that he is motivated by the highest ideal of developing a complete personality who will be an asset to society as he would be for himself. “We are clearly neutral on religious observances,” he added.

Recalling his administration’s investment in education, Aregbesola said, “We have added 10,407 new teachers to the list of public school teaching staff in Osun. Thus, we now have 12,715 teachers in our primary schools and 7,848 teachers in our secondary schools. This amounts to a 54.8 per cent increase in the number of public school teachers we inherited. The same applies to non-teaching staff whose number has also increased by 564.

“As a result, the salaries and pensions of our primary and secondary school teachers now cost the government N16.8 billion and N10.3 billion respectively on an annual basis. On the free school uniforms, we expended N900 million, while the elementary school feeding programme costs N3.6 billion every year.

“On the supply of furniture to our schools, we have committed N2.5 billion so far, while we have spent N503 million on instructional materials which were not part of public school education before we assumed office. We have similarly increased school grants from N122 million to N856 million. Under our administration, WAEC fees have also shot up from N38 million to N400 million. We have also expended N1.2 billion on our pace-setting e-learning tablet, Opon-Imo.

“Along with building new schools, we are also renovating and upgrading some of the existing ones. On this we have spent N1.6 billion. On the new schools, we have committed N14.4 billion on capital projects, while our recurrent annual expenditure is N21 billion on elementary schools, and N13.43 billion on secondary schools. This amounts to per capita spending of N84,000 per elementary school pupil, and N30,000 per secondary school pupil. The total capital expenditure on all schools in the last three years outside new schools is N31.31 billion.”

Ondo varsity vs ASUU: VC warns students against being used


The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, Professor Femi Mimiko, has advised students of the institution not to allow themselves to be used to disrupt academic activities.

He was apparently referring to the face-off between the school’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the university authorities last week.

He spoke  at this year’s edition of the Vice Chancellor/Students’ Forum which is a regular interactive session between management and student leaders of the institution
He said: “A week or two ago, we had a challenging situation. It was quite dramatic and unexpected – lecturers that are supposed to teach and give you direction actually moved around to get your colleagues to disrupt the peace on campus.

We appreciate the very crucial role that you (student leaders) played to ensure that your university did not go through the problem that those who wanted students to demonstrate envisaged for it.

“The whole plan was to get students to be on the streets, attack some officers of the university and the implication of that is to make the university  force itself to close.
I will like to plead with you to continue to maintain the peace. Challenges will come, but as students, you have to decide on how you want to handle things.  I am pleading with you, in your own interest as students, to allow peace to reign. You have done a wonderful job in terms of the way you engage with your constituents and I want you to continue in that regard.”
 

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ASUU accuses FG of reneging on release of N20bn


Universities, ASSU,  has accused  the Federal government of reneging on some of the agreements that led to the suspension of a six-month strike that grounded the university system last year.

Specifically, the academic union, through its National Treasurer, Dr. Ademola Aremu, lamented that the Federal Government was yet to honour the agreement that N20 billion would be released at the beginning of each quarter to meet identified needs  in the universities.
Aremu, during a chat with newsmen at the Post Graduate Hall, University of Ibadan,  weekend, said:  “This is February and the government is yet to release the money for the quarter.”

He stressed that the call was necessary  to avoid the embarrassment that the last strike caused the nation.

His words: “All the strike ASUU had embarked upon in this country were basically because the Federal Government  failed to honour agreements freely entered with us.
“It is also sad that each time before we begin the strike, we would give the government enough warnings and grace to make them retrace their steps. But they always fail.

“We don’t know why the government is always unwilling to implement the documents signed by their representatives. However, we will continue to fight for the system because if the system collapses, we will collapse with it.”

In his own comments,  ASUU chairman, UI chapter, Dr. Olusegun Ajiboye, said it was unfortunate that successive governments in Nigeria failed to learn from history as they always wait till major standoff with their members before doing the needful.

He expressed appreciation to the Nigerian media for standing by ASUU during the struggle, adding that the support was not really for the members, but for a better Nigeria.
 

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