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Schools Reopening: NLC, ASUU, Others Kick Against Resumption

Nigeria Labour Congress has kicked against plans by the government to reopen schools, saying the decision is hasty and may not bode well for the country at large.

The affiliate unions of NLC in the education sector which comprises of Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Senior Staff
Association of Polytechnics (SSANIP), Senior Staff Union of in Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN), National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) made this call during a virtual meeting held during the weekend.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) union made this call during a virtual joint meeting of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) affiliate unions in the education sector.

In a communiqué signed behalf of the unions by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, they noted with concern the social and economic implications of the outbreak of novel coronavirus all over the world which has impaired human activities due to the lockdown measures, which also precipitated the closure of schools.

While expressing worries over the increasing incidences of the infection across the country and the dearth of educational infrastructures in Nigeria’s institutions of learning, which is capable of undermining the physical distance protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the meeting observed that some conscious measures need to be mapped and put in place before re-opening schools in the country.

The unions noted that government should bring all stakeholders in the primary and secondary education sub-sector comprising the unions, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Provosts of Polytechnics and Colleges of Educations, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCPSS) to deliberate on the way forward on the need to re-open schools.

Bowen University Disengages Over 100 Staff, Says Reason Not Related To Covid-19

Bowen University has relieved over 100 staff of their duties sighting inflection as the reason behind its action.

This is according to reports that the private university located at Iwo in Osun State, sacked over 100 workers on Tuesday, June 23.

It was gathered that the sacked staffers received their letters of disengagement through email.

The mass retrenchment is reportedly “generating tension on the campus” and some are threatening to protest the action.

An affected staff revealed that over 100 staff were affected. He added that they might resort to violence because the reason for the sack was not genuine.

University spokesman Toba Adaramola confirmed that the institution sacked some workers, including academic and non-academic staff. He said about 8-10% of the workforce was affected.

He said that the decision affected those in academics and non-academic staff.

He also revealed that in August 2018, the school management discovered that the university is heading toward inflection point and the management deliberated on the reasons for the inflection.

Adaramola further said that the school discovered that change of culture was part of the problem. Hence, the school has to embraced technology and so many staffers were no longer needed to perform certain duties.

He concluded that although it is a painful decision but the school has to take the necessary steps to sustain the university since it is not public institution that can rely on any subvention apart from the fees it charged its students.

Osinbanjo’s Report: ‘Stop Counting Figures, Save People From Losing Their Jobs’ NLC Charges FG

The leader of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba has hit back at the report which said that over 39 million people will lose their job by end of this year in Nigeria that government should rather take full responsibility instead of causing painc.

The NLC President said this while reacting to the report submitted to President Buhari by Yemi Osinbanjo, the Vice President on the Post Covid-19 Economic Plan which stated that about 39 million will be unemployed by end of 2020 if adequate measures is not taken.

He said the government should come up with innovative ways to curb the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

He further stated that as the country identify and agree that there are challenges, which may affect workers, especially the fact there has been disruption in the production lines due to a prolonged lockdown, quick action must be taken.

Wabba emphasized that unemployment issue comes with the issue of insecurity. By parading these figures, it means government is giving way for extremists to come in and undermine the entire social service of our country.

As regards to the figure, he declared that, the labour movement are not aware of the figure, and that there is a department of research which the labour have used to check the record, and the figure is not empirical in their findings.

‘‘People should stop parading figures, we should work together and save jobs, and create more jobs’’. He concluded.

‘Treat Workers Well or Risk Losing Your Firms’ NLC Threatens Chinese Quarry Operators

Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Ogun State has threatened showdown with Chinese quarry operators who allegedly treat Nigerian workers “like animals.”

The NLC expressed worry that many quarries owned by Chinese companies in the state treat their workers badly in terms of condition of service and remuneration, deploying what they termed “use-and-dump tactics.”

The NLC State Chairman, Emmanuel Bankole spoke at the weekend during a meeting with representatives of the quarry owners at the NLC Secretariat, Abeokuta.

The meeting which was facilitated by the State chapter of Nigeria Union of Mine Workers (NUMW) was attended by the Federal Comptroller of Labour, Comrade Anthony Olawoyin, the Federal Mining Officer, Bunmi Ayelabola, and the Chairman of the State NUMW, Comrade Fasiu Abiola.

According to the NLC Chairman, the quarry operators, apart from poor condition of service, have no adequate provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect workers from hazards.

“Information at our disposal revealed that many quarries owned by the Chinese, operating in the State hire Nigerians for cheap labour. They hire and fire at will; they use Nigerians as casual workers.

“The NLC law says a company is only allowed to employ a worker as casual staff for six months, after which such worker must be made a staff; but these quarries employ Nigerians for more than 27 years as casual workers,” he said.

Bankole alleged that many of the quarries do not allow their workers to unionise, saying “Unionisation is a fundamental human right that nobody and no employer can take away. If people are willing to unionise, you cannot take it away from them. They are free to unionise, to join any union of their choice.”

“The NLC shall take this no more, we are ready to contend with you (quarry owners). This is Nigeria and we will not allow anybody under any guise to come to Nigeria and use Nigerians anyhow they want. This is a country that is governed by rules and regulations.

“This meeting is not to witch hunt anybody but we are doing this for our country. It is because Nigeria is good, that they (Chinese) are here to do business. If Nigeria is not conducive, they will go back to their country. But this is our own country, and we have nowhere to go. This is why we owe it a duty to protect the weak,” Bankoke said.

While responding, one of the representatives of the quarry operators, Fase Olukayode denied the allegations.
Olukayode, a consultant to CCECC quarry, a Chinese company said, “As far as we are concerned, these allegations are not true. For the quarries that I’m consulting for, we have union, we have union leaders on our sites and there is no way the union will be looking at the Chinese maltreating our people; this is not possible,” he said.

FG increases NYSC allowance

The Federal Government has increased the monthly allowance of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to 30,000.

Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja during a press conference where she added that the total sum of N649.434 billion was verified by the ministry as the outstanding balance to be refunded to the state governments.”

She, however, noted that the Federal Government is still working out modalities before the implementation of the new allowance for corps members.

She said, “The other aspect that should be clear is that there is an increase for the NYSC as well because NYSC, by its Act, is designed that they earn the minimum wage.”

“So, NYSC allowance also has to increase to N30, 000. So, I cannot give you projections right now because the negotiations are not yet concluded.

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