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ASUU Challenges El-Rufai On Sack Of Lecturers

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ASUU Challenges El-Rufai On The Sack Of lecturers
Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter, has kicked against the sack of 16 lecturers and two non-academic staff of the university by the state government.

The 18 staff were sacked for participating in the Nigerian Labour Congress’s (NLC) five-day warning strike in the state, between May 17 and May 19.

The Chairman of the Union, Dr Peter Adamu, who stated this in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, described the action as illegal.

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Adamu said that the illegal attempt to dismiss the 18 staff contravened the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the labour Union and Kaduna State Government, on May 20.

He said the MoU explicitly states that no worker shall be victimised for participating in the industrial action.

Adamu added that the purported sack was a “gross violation” of the MoU by the Kaduna State Government.

He explained that the sack was announced by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, during the 16th Congregation of the KASU, held on June 2.

“Evidence of the purported action by the university is also contained in a Memo (KASU/REG/061/VOL 1/446) from the university management to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, through the Commissioner for Education and dated May 20.

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“However, the 18 affected members of staff neither received queries nor faced any disciplinary committee, as claimed by the university management in the memo.

“The claim is false and baseless with no evidence to show,’ he said.

Adamu added that the memo by the vice-chancellor also mandated the office of the Accountant General of Kaduna State, to stop remitting the check-off dues of the union.

This, according to him, is against the Trade Unions (Amendment) Act NO. 17 of 2005, which clearly explains Check-off Dues, to be statutorily permitted deductions.

“The Trade Unions Act recognises Check-off Dues as compulsory and automatic for members and does not rely on the pleasure of an employer.

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“In spite of the provisions of the laws, the government of Kaduna State and management of KASU illegally, concocted and instituted the purported sack of the staff and stoppage of Check-off Dues.

“This is done without recourse to the University Laws and relevant national and international labour laws,” he said.

The chairman condemned the act and called on the university’s management to rescind its decision.

The Vice-Chancellor had in the letter to El-Rufai, identified 16 Academic staff and two non-academic staff, that participated fully in the NLC strike action.

Tanko had in the letter explained that the names of the affected staff have been forwarded to the office of the Head of Service with completed Exit Variation Forms, for stoppage of their salaries with effect from May 20.

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He explained that administrative procedure was adopted based on the provisions of the University Law and Staff Conditions of Service, that state measures for disciplinary cases.

“The procedures for disciplinary actions on proven cases of gross misconduct as contained leads to outright dismissal, involving the issuance of a query to the affected staff.

“After the affected staff replies to the query on the allegation labelled against him or her, the affected staff will appear before a Disciplinary Committee.

“The disciplinary committee submits the report to the VC and the VC approves the recommendations of the committee on behalf of the Governing Council, and the Registrar implements the recommendations.

“This is humbly submitted for His Excellency’s kind information to direct the Accountant-General to henceforth stop the deductions of Union Check-Off Dues of ASUU, KASU Chapter, “the VC said. 

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Gov. Ganduje Approves N2.5bn For The Purchase Of Mass Transit Buses

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Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano State

The Kano State Government has approved N2.5 billion for the purchase of Mass Transit Buses to ease the movement of people in the state.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this on Monday in Kano during an interactive session with newsmen to mark Democracy Day.

According to him, “the purchase will be done through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). We have identified some routes which will be designated for the buses.”

READ ALSO: Oyo Govt. Approves N9.3bn For Purchase Of 106 Mass Transit Buses

Ganduje said that the government is trying to introduce the mass transit system in addition to a light rail project, for which it has signed an agreement with a private company for the construction.

“We have appealed to the Federal Government and a Chinese bank and they have approved a loan for the light rail project,” he said.

The governor also said that the foundation stone for the light rail project would be laid before the end of 2021.

“It will take a long process and the incoming governor will continue from where we stopped, he said.

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Deltans To Jihadists: If You Feel Upset Over Ban, Go To Court, Not War

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Deltans To Jihadists: If You Feel Upset Over Ban, Go To Court, Not War

Igbo residents in Delta have expressed their support for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa over the ban on open grazing across the state.

Mr. Peter Chukwu, the Ezendigbo in Delta Central and Southern Districts, gave the support while addressing newsmen on Monday in Warri after leading a delegation of the Igbo community to the Palace of Olu of Warri on a condolence visit to the Itsekiris over the transition of the immediate past Olu, Ogiame Ikenwoli.

READ ALSO: Fears In Delta As ‘Fulani Jihadists’ Threaten To Wreck Havoc

The Igbo leader urged herdsmen threatening anarchy in Delta following the ban, to embrace peace.

He said that the Southern governors’ position on the ban on open grazing is constitutional.

“Whoever feels agitated should approach the court of law to seek redress rather than engaging in self-help or anarchy.

“These times call for open reflection, peace, and dialogue rather than beating war drums. We will never forget where we are coming from,” he said.

Chukwu described late Ikenwoli as a peace-loving and cool-headed royal father who fostered good relationships with the various ethnic groups in the state, including the Igbos.

He appealed to the Olu-designate, Omoba Tsola Emiko, to emulate Ikenwoli to sustain his good legacies.

The funeral rites of the late Ikenwoli will begin with a commendation service on June 18 in Warri, while the installation of the 21st Olu of Warri is slated for Aug. 21.

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Fears In Delta As ‘Fulani Jihadists’ Threaten To Wreck Havoc

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Fears In Delta As 'Fulani Jihadists' Threaten To Wreck Havoc

Residents of Asaba, Delta State capital, have been thrown into confusion, following a threat letter by Fulani jihadists to attack the capital city over Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s support for the ban on open grazing in the southern part of the country.

The threat letter, which was pasted in some parts of the state, including the premises of Living Faith Bible Church (aka Winners Chapel), Infant Jesus Road in Asaba, the Fulani jihadists vowed to carry out their threat if Okowa does not withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing within 72 hours.

The Fulani fundamentalists in the letter, entitled “Fulani Jihadist Warning: An Open Message of 2 Paragraphs To Delta State.”

It reads: “This is to inform Delta State that the Fulanis of Usman Dan Fodio leadership shall do everything it can to uphold the legacy of our heritage of open grazing, for we are nomadic people from origination and shall never negotiate the ownership of Nigeria and West Africa and sub-Sahara.

“We, hereby, ask the governor of Delta State to immediately withdraw his earlier stand on the ban of open grazing in 17 regions in not less than 72 hours from the above date and also withdraw his position as the leading voice of the governors, even before the hosting of the South-South, South-East and South-South governors meeting in Asaba.

“Failure to adhere to this demand for being the host of the 17 governors, Delta State, most likely the city of Asaba and Agbor, shall encounter severe consequences than that of Bornu, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, Enugu, Benue, Oyo and many more that will not respect the Fulani’s heritage.

“We take responsibility for the detonated explosive uncovered in the state secretariat, which should serve as warning to the Delta State government for what is to come, should the governor fail to abide by our demand.

“We advise all Fulanis and northerners, including the security personnel, to leave Delta State as soon as possible for the wind of our action is now present in the land. For failure of the governor to adhere to our call, this shall leave us with no choice.”

This threat is coming weeks after governors of the 17 southern states met in Asaba, the state capital, where they banned open grazing of cattle in the region, which was rejected by the Federal Government through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who claimed the decision of the governors violates the rights of herdsmen to free movement.

Newsrand, however, understands that the Nigerian constitution only guarantees the free movement of persons, but not of livestock.

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