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Nigerian Unions And Their Strike

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By Usman Abdullahi Koli

It is worrisome for a country like Nigeria, my fatherland, since independence up till today, there are more sectors lagging behind, than the ones growing and even the growing ones are the only profit gain sectors benefited by small group of dignitaries who see Nigeria as their personal property. Education is the backbone of every developed society; America and co are what they’re today only because of how they are utilizing the knowledge they gain to think on how to develop themselves. Unfortunately, in Nigeria Incessant and avoidably but, deliberate industrial actions have crippled already the fragile education system. When shall we be back on track and who shall care to fix it?

Whenever ASUU or ASUP, JUSUN, NARD or PASAN are on strike, it means the nation is put to a halt; it means children of the poor who do not have the financial means to attend private institution are put to comma; poor patients who can not be in any private clinic are in trouble. One wonder is, why is it that every common bureaucratic ideal thing or structural issue results to disagreement between unions of workers and its employer –government?

Remember a payment platform, the controversial IPPIS was once a source of strike, which led to the closure of all Universities across the country for almost a complete session plus coronavirus lockdown. Shortly after the ASUU had suspended their strike, the NASUU embarked upon. And as we all know the existence of the two unions is interwoven, thus, one can not effectively exist without the other.

Like a protest turn by turn; months down the line, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) joined the trend; embarked on indefinite strike, nationwide, closing all polytechnics across the country. It appears strike is the only language government of the day understands. But while these unions fail to take into consideration the plight of the people concerned, so unfortunate, the government shows lackadaisical manner towards addressing the issue on time.

The ASUP accused the government of not meeting its demands for a long time. In Bauchi, the state owned polytechnic claims to have been owed the state government payment of salary arrears, restoration of third party deductions, appropriate restoration of the implementation of their promotions and restoration of yearly increment of salary as stated by the ATAP ASUP Chairman, Comrade Dahiru Musa Abdulllahi. This is in line with the grievances of their National body. Other cry include none payment of the 10 months arrears of the new minimum wage owed by members in federal polytechnics, none payment by some state government (Bauchi State excluded) of arrears of the new minimum wage owed by state polytechnic lecturers, among others.

To teach on empty stomach, I know, is problematic, because the teacher may be having an internal conflicts, which may get them confused and the students as well. In countries where education is valued, their system is “teacher first”. The welfare of teachers are the top most priority of the government business, the best brain are best paid, that is the reason they are educationally advancing. But in Nigeria the reverse is the case, the worst brain are the best paid.

From the government part, the minister of education and the President have both failed to deliver what we thought of them. Remember before he was appointed as minister, Adamu Adamu in his column he got solutions to every nigerian educational crisis, why not apply them now since he got the chance at his disposal? Buhari government had been criticizing past administrations over what they described as poor leadership qualities and mismanagement of public funds. For them, even the allocated funds in the yearly budget to education and health sectors was not enough then their own never reached the previous ones.

Based on life experience, we witnessed traumatic and violence experiences during the ASUU strike and lockdown, schools closure over government and its employees may not be the best option now. All the burden of this industrial action is always shouldered on students, which may likely affect them academically.

Unless this country begins to appreciate the value of education. And to achieve that, there is need for financial prioritization from the part of the government. To the unions, strike is the not the best solution. Why not attend lectures in the morning and mobilize students in the evening to demonstrate on the streets? This I think will be more effective. When two elephants fight, grasses suffer the most.

Usman Abdullahi Koli, a student of Mass Communication Department, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi.
mernoukoli@gmail.com

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National Minimum Wage

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns Apostle Hinjari, Calls For Arrest Of His Killers

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed sadness over the gruesome murder of Apostle Jerry Hinjari at his residence recently, describing it as a colossal loss. “I am heartbroken and devastated by this senseless loss.”

Governor Fintiri in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou noted that , “Apostle Hinjari while on earth led a purposeful and impactful life. He was an ardent preacher of the word, a passionate soul winner, a transformational leader and a builder of men.”

Though young at heart, the Governor said “He stood tall and had never wavered in continuously delivering messages of hope, talking about boisterous relationship issues and good Christian conduct that found ready expression with the youths. Adamawa community has lost a true soldier in the army of Christ.’’

The Governor who described as wicked the act of his assailants assured that on no account will Government allow enemies of progress have their way and directed security agencies to rise to the occasion and unearthed the killers of the popular preacher.

“Going into elections, we as a Government will do everything humanly possible to ensure criminals have no hiding place. We have worked hard to restore the peace of the State and will not allow hoodlums turn the wheel of progress of Adamawa State.”

He stated that the Preacher will be remembered for his life-changing messages and that the church and indeed the Christian community is elated that he left a worthy legacy behind.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has also expressed sadness over the death of Abdullahi Duda a former Chairman of Madagali Local Government, describing as shocking the news of his passage.

“Honestly, I lack words; I got confused when I got the message and could not recover, but I had to sum up my courage and strength.”

Abdullahi Duda who was the Interim Chairman before the present leadership in Local Government Councils of the State died on Saturday at the age of 55.

“Abdullahi’s contribution to the development of the state will not be forgotten in a hurry. He was an astute politician who was very loyal. He continued to contribute his quota to the development of the state.”

“On behalf of the government and good people of Adamawa State, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and Madagali community on this great and irreparable loss. He surely paid his dues and the State and Madagali community will always remember him.”

“The State Government under my administration will continue to ensure that the ideals he propagated while alive will continue to be upheld and improved upon,” the Governor said.

The deceased who returned from treatment in India on Thursday died Saturday night.

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