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June 23, 2018

IMSUTH Orlu shutdown as crisis deepens

The Medical and Health Workers Union, the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in collaboration with the Association of Resident Doctors being the strong unions in the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) Orlu on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 shutdown all the activities in the hospital by embarking on indefinite strike after the expiration of the deadline given to the management to clear their five months salary arrears. The unions had three weeks ago issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and other relevant authorities in the state to clear their salary arrears and allowances….

FMC workers jubilate as Dr Uwakwem steps down … Call off strike

Peace returned to the Federal Medical Centre Owerri – FMC on Monday 20th February 2017 as the national and state leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions Nigeria (JOHESU) led by Comrades Biobelimoye Joy Josiah and Comrade Nzenwata Francis, stormed the Health facility, intimating staff and management of the decision of the Federal Ministry of Health, interdicting Dr. Mrs Angela Uwakwem, the Medical Director of the Centre. According to Comrade Biobelimoye Joy Josiah, the national leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had approached an Abuja High Court on a case of mandamus preferred against the Federal Ministry of Health, compelling…

Why Our Universities Failed to Measure Up

  News report that no Nigerian university was good enough for placement on the list of the world’s top 1000 varsities would not have come as a surprise to some people. What probably would is that not all the choice universities are in Europe and America. Five of them are right here in Africa but not in Nigeria. The survey conducted by Centre for World University Ranking (CWUR) found two quality universities in South Africa, one in Egypt but, sadly, none in Nigeria.  Some of the criteria used in the survey are: quality of education which they measured by the…

Imo Workers give conditions to call off strike

  The Organized Labour, Imo State has given the State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorochas, conditions to be met by the State Government to pave way for negotiation between the State Government and Organized Labour. Civil servants in the State had on Monday, July 27 embarked on 7 days warning strike over non-payment of several months’ arrears of salaries and  other benefits including gratuities. In a letter dated, July 27, addressed to the State Governor, Owelle Anayo Okorocha, the Organized Labour demanded outright payment of certain Percentages of arrears of salaries owed workers and Pensioners, in various ministries, parastatals and agencies,…

Impact Factor and the Nigerian University System

The interesting thing is that lately in the international fora it is the voices of those in the physical and medical sciences where the Impact Factor calculation originated that are becoming louder and louder against it. Ditto for the Americans and the Europeans who introduced it. Like our colleagues everywhere in the world, those of us Nigerians in the qualitative Social Sciences, Education, Humanities and Art specialisations simply ignored it until, in the case of the University of Nigeria, a precipitate retroactive introduction of the criterion in the 2011 Appraisal for the promotion into the ranks of Senior Lectureship, Readership…

FG Orders ASUU to Resume tomorrow, says “we’ve met your demands”

”The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have continued trade words on when lecturers should end their strike and return to the classroom. Whereas the Presidency has claimed that all ASUU demands had been met and given the union an ultimatum to return to the classroom on Monday, ASUU has stuck to its guns and maintained that due process must been followed before ending the strike. Dr Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, said the Central Bank of Nigeria had opened a N200 billion Revitalization of Universities Infrastructure Account (RUIA), which…

The Catholic Church’s Position on Strike

The rights of workers, like all other rights, are based on the nature of the human person and on his transcendent dignity. These rights, according to the Church’s social Magisterium include: the right to a just wage; the right to rest; the right “to a working environment and to manufacturing processes which are not harmful to the workers’ physical health or to their moral integrity”; the right that one’s personality in the workplace should be safeguarded “without suffering any affront to one’s conscience or personal dignity”; the right to appropriate subsidies that are necessary for the subsistence of unemployed workers…

Colleges of Education embark on warning strike

Aggrieved members of the Colleges of Education Academic Union (COEASU) have proceeded on a one-week industrial action, accusing the Federal Government of neglect. COEASU Chairman,  Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri Comr. Bede Blaise Onwuagboke told journalists on Monday that the decision was taken after an emergency National Executive Council meeting held by the Union at their headquarters in Abuja. “ Should government refuse to act as demanded, the Union shall be left with no option but to proceed on full scale nationwide industrial action as would be conveyed to government at the appropriate time,” COEASU said in a…

ASUU: ONE STRIKE TOO MANY

As the current strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) enters its sixth week, concerned citizens of all walks of life have continued to appeal to both the Federal Government and the striking Lecturers to yield grounds, in a spirit of give and take, to end the ugly impasse. Many people have described this indefinite strike which has paralysed Nigerian’s tertiary education as ”one strike too many”. This is particularly so when one recalls the havoc a similar strike in 2009 wrecked not only on the education sub sector but on our entire socio-economic system. Nigerians still remember how…