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LASU VC , MOCPED Provost Locked Out As Unions Begin Strike In Lagos

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Striking workers of three tertiary institutions in Lagos State on Monday kept to their threat of embarking on an industrial action to press home the payment of the new minimum wage by the state government.
The staff unions of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Epe, this morning locked the main entrance to their institutions disrupting academic and administrative activities.
While at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, the workers complied and are on strike but did not lock the gate.
Among those affected by the lock out include the Vice Chancellor of LASU, Prof Olarenwaju Fagbohun and his management team, final year students and bank workers.
At MOCPED, the staff unions locked the gate early in the morning. The Provost and his management who were locked outside had to hold meeting with unions leaders in front of the gate.
Report from LASPOTECH indicate that the workers resolved to embark on strike after meeting twice with the management.
At AOCOED, members of the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) opted out of the strike while the congress of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) congress is scheduled for this afternoon to give directive to members to comply with the decision of Joint Action Committee (JAC) for workers of the four tertiary institutions in Lagos to embark on strike.
Recalled that union leaders of the four tertiary institutions met on Wednesday, September 9, with state government officials and discussion ended in a deadlock.
JAC says civil servant in Lagos State have been enjoying the new minimum wage since April 2019 and also got paid arrears same year.

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UNILAG Crisis: Babalakin Resigns , Faults President Buhari’s Action

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The decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a visitation panel, for the University of Lagos, made up of former university vice-chancellors was wrong, Wale Babalakin said in his resignation letter on Tuesday.
Mr Babalakin’s resignation as the pro-chancellor of the troubled institution just after the panel set up by the president submitted its report.
The panel was set up after an August 12 emergency meeting of the university’s governing council, led by Mr Babalakin, announced the removal of the institution’s substantive vice-chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Mr Ogundipe rejected his removal as illegal, thus worsening the crisis in the federal university for whom the president is the Visitor.
Consequent upon the controversy, Mr Buhari asked Mr Babalakin and Mr Ogundipe to step aside from the offices.
The president also set up the seven-member visitation panel led by former vice-chancellor of Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State, Tukur Sa’ad.
The panel was to look into the crisis rocking the university and the allegations levelled against Mr Ogundipe by the governing council.
The committee submitted its report to the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, Thursday without divulging the content.
In his resignation letter, Mr Babalakin faulted the membership of the visitation panel.
“The membership of the Visitation Panel is simply inappropriate in the circumstance. How can a committee of Vice-Chancellors determine the culpability or otherwise of the actions of a Pro-Chancellor and a Governing Council? On the face of it, it is simply wrong!,” he said.
According to him, the vice-chancellors on the panel were drawn from relatively smaller universities who are not likely to have a comprehensive understanding of the procedure contained in the University of Lagos Act (as amended).
“Even Vice-Chancellors of state universities were included. As Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team, I know the challenges faced with the administration of state universities,” Mr Babalakin said while insisting that the removal of Mr Ogundipe followed due process.
Read Mr Babalakin’s full resignation letter below.
15th September 2020
The Honourable Minister of Education
Federal Ministry of Education
Block 5A, Federal Secretariat Complex
Shehu Shagari Way
Abuja
Attention: Mallam Adamu Adamu
Dear Sir
LETTER OF RESIGNATION
1. I would like to thank the President of the Federal of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (the “University”) from May 2017 till date. I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date. I equally want to thank you, sir, for your role in recommending me to the President.
2. Recent events have made my position in these two offices untenable.
3. I led the Governing Council of the University to remove the Vice-Chancellor of the University from office for amongst other reasons:
a. Corruption and financial recklessness;
b. Forgery;
3. I led the Governing Council of the University to remove the Vice-Chancellor of the University from office for amongst other reasons:
a. Corruption and financial recklessness;
b. Forgery;
c. Complicity in the collapse of the University library and planned cover-up;
d. Deliberate policy of wrongfully concealing information;
e. Depriving the Faculties in the University of funds;
f. Concealing and distorting finances of the Internally Generating Units of the University;
g. Undermining the academic process and seeking to appoint a Professor by fiat;
h. Siphoning of the University’s funds through dubious contract awards;
i. Undermining the office of the Registrar;
j. Failure to follow due process in organizing the University’s convocation ceremony; and
k. Sponsoring or acquiescing in the unconstitutional actions of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos chapter.
4. Sir, it is noteworthy that all the Federal Government Representatives who are the independent members on the Governing Council voted for the removal of the Vice-Chancellor.
5. After calm had been restored in the University, the Visitor acting within his powers, set up a Presidential Visitation Panel to review the actions taken by Governing Council. The Vice-Chancellor (who had been removed from office) and myself were told to recuse ourselves for the duration of the Visitation Panel. I find it difficult to understand how a non-executive Chairman of a Governing Council could be requested to recuse himself during the visitation
6. The Vice-Chancellor could only recuse himself if he were still in office. Implicit in this position is that the Vice-Chancellor was acknowledged as still being in office despite his removal.
7. The terms of reference of the Visitation Panel clearly indicated to any discerning person that the Visitation Panel was empanelled to exonerate the Vice-Chancellor and implicate the Pro-Chancellor. For easy reference, the terms of reference of the Visitation Panel are:
a. To review the report of the Council sub-committee on review of expenditure of the University of Lagos since May 2017 and make appropriate recommendations after affording all those indicted an opportunity to defend themselves;
b. To examine the steps taken by the Council leading to the removal of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and ascertain whether due process was followed as stipulated in the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act, 2003, and the principle of fair hearing adhered to;
c. To determine whether the process (if any) leading to the appointment of the acting Vice Chancellor for the University was consistent with the provisions of the enabling Act;
d. To make appropriate recommendations including sanctions for all those found culpable by the special visitation team on the allegations contained in the report as well as other subsequent actions arising therefrom; and
e. To make any other recommendations that will assist the government to take decisions that will ensure peaceful, stable and effective administration of the University.
8. As stated earlier, the Vice-Chancellor was removed for various reasons and not just as a result of the findings contained in the Dagari Report. Items (b) and (c) were directed at the Pro-Chancellor and Governing Council. Unfortunately, those items deal with the interpretation of the laws of the land. The appropriate forum to determine the laws of the land is a court of law or a judicial tribunal. It cannot be determined by academics of a different discipline no matter how distinguished. These terms of reference are ultra-vires the Visitation Panel as constituted.
9. The membership of the Visitation Panel is simply inappropriate in the circumstance. How can a committee of Vice-Chancellors determine the culpability or otherwise of the actions of a Pro-Chancellor and a Governing Council? On the face of it, it is simply wrong! Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellors on the Panel were drawn from relatively smaller universities who are not likely to have a comprehensive understanding of the procedure contained in the University of Lagos Act (as amended). Even Vice-Chancellors of state universities were included. As Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team, I know the challenges faced with the administration of state universities.
10. I only appeared before the Panel out of my very great respect for you, Sir. My training as a lawyer revealed to me very clearly, that the Panel was inappropriate for the assignment. During my appearance, I made it very clear that I was appearing in protest and the Panel, as constituted, could not determine the issues before it. The active participation of the staff of the Ministry of Education in the Panel and their contributions throughout the sittings especially the hounding of witnesses who came to testify against the Vice-Chancellor was enough to show very clearly that the technocrats in the Ministry had a defined agenda. Their obvious agenda was to humiliate the Governing Council. Sir, fortunately there is a verbatim recording of the proceedings of the Visitation Panel, and you may wish to direct objective persons to listen to the recording.
11. I am particularly relieved by the comment of the Chancellor of the University, His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al Amin El-Kanemi CFR on the situation in the University. In a letter dated 15th September 2020 and addressed to your good self (which I was copied), His Royal Highness stated thus:
“I have discovered that there are too many vested interests in this matter, who are not approaching the issues objectively. For this reason, I strongly advise that the Visitation Panel should not submit any formal report to the Minister that may hinder my ability to deal with the issues comprehensively”
12. I have served the university system in Nigeria with my heart and intellect. Amongst other offices, I was:
a. Pro-Chancellor, University of Maiduguri (2009 – 2013);
b. Chairman, Council of Pro-Chancellors of all Federal Universities (2009 – 2013);
c. Chairman, Federal Government Implementation Team of the 2009 Agreement (2009 – 2013);
d. Chairman, Federal Government Negotiation Team of the 2009 Agreement (2017 till date);
e. Pro-Chancellor, University of Lagos (2017 till date).
13. These were made possible by a system that provided resources and also ensured proper monitoring of the resources. The educational system in Nigeria requires more funding but most importantly, it requires prudent management of the limited resources. It was my determination to ensure that the limited resources of the University of Lagos were properly utilized that motivated me to lead the Governing Council to take the decisions which the Governing Council took.
14. In all these positions that I have held, I did not receive any remuneration. Specifically:
a. I did not receive any sitting allowance.
b. I did not receive any tickets or travel allowance.
c. I did not receive or use any official car.
d. In the University of Maiduguri and University of Lagos, I did not allow the institutions to provide me with food or drinks. I paid for every right or privilege that was conferred on me.
e. Even when I travelled to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, I paid for my ticket and my expenses.
f. I did not obtain any contract from the education sector in my relative long sojourn in the sector.
15. My motivation for my actions is that I had the best education that an intellect could provide in Nigeria and abroad. It is my fervent desire that every Nigerian should have the sort of opportunities I had.
16. I remain very grateful to all the members of the Federal Government team on the Governing Council of the University of Lagos, namely:
a. Alhaji Ali Hussein;
b. Rev. Yomi Kasai;
c. Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe; and
d. Dr. Saminu Dagari.
17. It would be very difficult to find a group of more selfless persons than these individuals. It is acutely hurtful that I am leaving before achieving our goal of sanitizing the University of Lagos, and turning it to a reference point in Africa and the world, rather than the unenviable poor position it now occupies. Unfortunately, I must stand by principle. In a situation where my employers believe that the actions I took may not be right, the appropriate thing to do is bow out in honour.
Sir, may the Almighty Allah continue to bless you.
Yours faithfully
Dr. B. O. Babalakin

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Teen Blasphemy: We Can’t Intervene In Court Cases, Kano Replies Unicef

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Kano state Attorney General and commissioner for Justice Musa Abdullahi Lawan said it is wrong for United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) to ask the state government to intervene in a court judgement that sentence a minor to 10 years in prison for alleged blasphemy.

Unicef’s country representative in Nigeria Peter Hawkins had called on the Nigerian Government and the Kano State Government to urgently review the case with a view to reversing the sentence.

He said, “The sentencing of this child – 13-year-old Omar Farouk – to 10 years in prison with menial labour is wrong. It also negates all core underlying principles of child rights and child justice that Nigeria – and by implication, Kano State – has signed on However, in his swift reaction, the Attorney General said there has been issues that the convict is a minor but what on the court record was that he is 17 years old.”

“For UNICEF to say that the state government should intervene, of course there is no country where government intervenes in court cases. Once there is judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction, the next thing if there is problem with the judgement the aggrieved party can file an appeal,” he said.

“And in this instance he has the right of appeal to the High court, to the court of appeal and to the Supreme Court and so if indeed he is a minor record will show that and if he files an appeal like you know under the law a minor cannot be held accountable especially in criminal cases. So, I think is wrong for UNICEF to say the state government should intervene,” he added.

He said, ” Not even here but Europe and America, they do not intervene in court cases. Once there is a valid judgement, there is a valid judgement there, whether the judgement was rightly entered or not it is a subject of appeal. And as per as I know he has filed an appeal so the best thing for us is to wait and see the outcome of the appeal.”

On August 10, a Shari’a court sentenced Farouk to 10 years in prison after he pleaded before the court for his alleged derogatory remarks on Allah, during a heated debate on March 4.

The trial judge, Khadi Muhammad Ali-Kani, in his judgement said the offence contravened Islamic Law, and sentenced the convict to 10-years imprisonment under section 382 (b) of Kano State Panel Code Law 2000 and granted a 30-day grace to appeal the judgment.

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Kianji Dam Is Fully Operational – Mainstream Energy

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this is to alert the general public that Kianji Dam is fully operational.
Kindly disregard the rumours all over the social media.
There is no imminent black out as speculated by rumour mongers.
Press Statement from Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd, operators of the Kainji and Jebba Hydropower Plants.

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