The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said the Federal Government’s promise of immediate reply to its submission to the committee set up to negotiate with it has not been fulfilled nearly a month after.
The union has also called on well-meaning citizens of the country to take the government to task on how it is handling the running of universities and education generally in the country.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said this in a chat with newsmen, yesterday.
This is just as Prof. Nimi Briggs, who led the committee set up by the Federal Government to renegotiate the 2009 agreement with ASUU said, he does not know what was causing the delay in the government making its stance known on the report submitted to it.
“When we met with the Briggs Committee about a month ago and our submission made, it promised to report back to the government and revert to the union immediately. Up until now, we have not heard anything from their side. It shows the levity with which they take the issue.
“They have stopped our salaries since March.We didn’t die because of that. We only want Nigerians to see this as a battle we must all fight.
“That our education system should be adequately funded, facilities improved on and that education as a right should not be taken away from the average citizen.
“The ball is in their court and when the right thing is done we will all benefit and our society better for it,” he said.
When contacted on what is causing the delay in the government’s response to ASUU’s demands and government’s stance on the report of his committee, Brigss said, “I don’t know.”
According to him, the committee had concluded its assignment and handed over its report to the appropriate authorities.
“Acting on the report or not is not within our purview. We cannot also force anybody to do anything.
“We have done our assignment.”
Asked what the Federal Governmentwas doing about the report, the Director, Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Goong, said he was not authorised to speak on anything relating to ASUU.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14, this year.
FG Seeks NGOs’ Support Against Terrorism, Banditry
The Federal Government has called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in Nigeria to support its efforts in the fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of criminality.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, made the call at the unveiling of an NGO, ‘Sure for Your Rescue and Resettlement Initiative (SURE4U’ in Abuja.
SURE4U was established by the former Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede, to promote social justice, gender equality, protection and integration of vulnerable children and returnees into the society.
Agba urged NGOs to support government efforts by ensuring that they did not engage in activities that undermines Nigeria’s sovereignty and national security.
He also urged NGOs to support government in addressing the plights of the vulnerable in Nigeria.
“The problem of providing for the vulnerable people in our society is at the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
“There is the overwhelming need to accord the vulnerable a priority so as to enable them contribute meaningfully to the socio-cultural and socio-economic development of Nigeria.
“Consequently, the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 takes into consideration the plight of the Almajiri children and other vulnerable Nigerians and adequate room has been made to ensure their inclusion in the implementation of the plan.
“It is hoped that NGOs will complement the efforts of government in this regards. Some of their invited contributions includes human capital development and technical assistance.
“Development of Small Scale farmers; Research, monitoring and evaluation; Enlightenment Campaigns; Advocacy for the poor; and conflict resolution/peace building,’’ he said.
The Minister said Babandede’s experience at NAPTIP and NIS would be brought to bear in the running of the new organisation, with multi-tasked vision on the vulnerable children in the society.He added that SURE4U would be involved in Migration issues including provision of adequate and hospitable reception to Nigerians deported back home, mainly to assuage their frustrations due to forced displacement.
According to him, the menace of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) as one of the world’s most despicable human phenomenon.
“Girl-child education and inmates incarcerated because of minor offences requiring settlement of small judicial fines are also amongst the noble precepts of the NGO.
“The experience garnered by the founder while at NAPTIP and Immigration Service would certainly come in handy in meeting the organisation’s objectives.
‘SURE4U holds a huge promise for its intended objectives in Nigerian, especially the less privileged in the society,’ he said.
Agba said it was more interesting to see such an organisation founded and headed by a credible personality who had served the government and still ready to serve the country through non-governmental activities.
He added that undertaking an NGO activities in terms of funding and other logistics was never an easy task, adding that many NGOs found it difficult to garner sufficient and continuous funding for their work.
Also speaking, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, said SURE 4U has similar mandates with her agency hence the need for the support.
She added that the almajiri programme was a serious problem in the country that needed an urgent attention.
“Almajiri programme is a strong form of internal human trafficking because it has departed from it original reason why it was being initiated.
“It comes with a lot of abuse and there is no reason why we should condone it.
“While I was the Director-General of NAPTIP, on a daily basis, with the help of the security agencies, we intercepted two to three trucks of children being transported across the country.
“So, definitely, it calls for collective effort to address the issue of almajiri in the country, “ she said.
On his part, SURE4U Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Sen. Usman Kibiya commended the Federal Government in tackling issues such as the number of out of school children and child trafficking.He called on the government for more effort at educating the girl-child saying that policies on the vulnerable in the society should be redesigned to carter for their needs.
CAC Partners NIMC On Effective Service Delivery
The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) says it is partnering with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as part of its reform initiatives for effective service delivery.
The Registrar-General of CAC, Alhaji Garba Abubakar, said this in a statement issued by CAC’s Head of Media Unit, Mr Rasheed Mahe, in Abuja.
The Registrar-General spoke at the just-concluded management retreat held in Kano with the theme: “Corporate Affairs Commission: Consolidating on the Gains of Digital Transformation”.
According to him, the commission’s partnership with NIMC has reached an advanced stage.
Abubakar said when implemented, the CAC might only require NIN enrolment numbers and not signatures to process registration applications as were obtainable in other jurisdictions.
He said that the commission was blessed with highly talented, committed and skilled personnel who worked outside office hours to approve applications from customers.
Abubakar further said training and re-training of its members of staff in all sectors of its operations would continue to receive priority attention in a bid to achieve its mandates.
He continued that the commission would train 700 members of staff by the end of the year as against the 583 trained in 2021.
Abubakar stated that more staff of the Commission would be empowered with working tools, adding that some of the tools would be provided by the World Bank.
He said the work tools would enable them grant registration approvals even outside of working hours.
Abubakar enjoined staff to re-dedicate themselves to duty, especially those handling approvals to exercise caution in order to guard against avoidable errors.
Speaking on the new insolvency framework in pursuant to CAMA, 2020, the CAC boss enjoined legal practitioners to explore the enormous potential provided by the new legal arrangement.
In her vote of thanks, the Director, Customer Service, Mrs Ifeoma Isaac, lauded the reform initiatives being championed by the Registrar-General.
The statement quoted Chairman of the Retreat Planning Committee, Duke Ukaga, as making a presentation on “Update on the Implementation of the 2021 Management Retreat’’.
The Tide’s source reports that the two-day event featured presentations of diverse topics.
They include the Current Innovations on the Companies Registration Portal (CRP), Ease of Doing Business: The Rwandan Experience, the Revised Operations Checklist and an Introduction to the Insolvency Regulations, among others.
The source reports that a 31-point Communiqué was issued at the end of the two-day retreat.
FCTA Sponsors Cancer Patient’s Treatment, Hands Case To Family
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Social Development Secretariat (SDS) has handed over 23-year old Miss Beatrice Adah, a cancer patient, to her family after sponsoring her surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Its Acting-Director, Social Welfare Services Department, Alhaji Sani Amar, disclosed this to The Tide’s source in Abuja.
Amar said before the intervention of FCTA Department, the cancer patient was being used by some men to make money on the streets of Abuja.
He said when the department apprehended them, they claimed that they had earlier taken the patient to the National Hospital but couldn’t afford the medical bill, adding that, that was why they resorted to begging.
Amar said they took the patient to the National Hospital to verify the claim and the Surgeon asked them to make a deposit of N500,000.
He said the young men had already realised millions of naira through begging on behalf of the patient.
“In fact, we discovered that one of the young men had bought a plot of land in one of the local communities from Abuja natives, out of the money they realised through begging.
“The second one had also purchased a land and even built a structure, all with the money they gathered through begging in the name of looking for money to pay her medical bill.
“In fact, our investigation revealed that the patient was in their custody from July 2020 until when we intercepted them about two months ago.
“And by the grace of Almighty Allah, the surgery was carried out successfully,” he said.
Amar revealed that when the department took Beatrice to the hospital, a good Samaritan appeared and contributed N350,000, while FCTA completed the money and made the deposit for the treatment.
“As time goes by, from the money the two young men realised through begging, we made them to vomit N500,000, which we added to the initial deposit of N500,000 for the treatment.
“Subsequently, FCT Administration through the SDS, also added N300,000. In fact from the beginning to the end of the treatment we spent about N1.6 million put together.
“Like I said earlier, the donor contributed N350,000, the FCTA contributed N600,000 and we collected N550,000 from the young men,” he said.
Amar said that based on the investigation conducted by the department, the young men, who claimed to be doing “a Godly job” were fond of exploiting patients with such condition (abnormal growth).
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