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Lagos bad boys are moving to Sango- LNSC member

Efforts by the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps, LNSC, is making the bad eggs to relocate to Sango in Ogun.

This was disclosed by a member of the Corps at Sogunle, Oshodi, who gave his name as Bolaji in an interview.

LNSC relates information to the police for quick response to any security issues all over Lagos.

Bolaji said it started in some form by retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa, as military administrator, in 1996.

It was upgraded by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in 2016.

The security personnel added that other states in the country have come to Lagos to copy the model.

The Corps is under the Ministry of Special Duties and are paid the normal civil servant scale.

ASUU president’s statement calling off the three-month strike (full speech)

ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU)
NATIONAL SECRETARIAT
THE TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES
(ASUU), THURSDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 2019, AT NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS HEADQUARTERS, PASCAL BAFYAU HOUSE, ABUJA.

Protocol

Friends and compatriots of the Press, On Sunday, 4th November, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action which was conditionally suspended on 14th
September, 2017.

The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) in which the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was
to end in October 2017. While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our Union made it categorically clear that “ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action”.

Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the
breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action.

Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university campuses. This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of “non-disruption of academic calendar” by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.

Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantile disposition to university education.

Why Strike Action?
The question has been asked time and time again: Why does ASUU like embarking on strike action that causes disruption and dislocation in the universities?

However, ASUU is strongly convinced that if academics fail to
fight the cause of university education, the fate that befell public primary and secondary schools would soon become the lot of the public university system in Nigeria. ASUU’s advocacy on the need to stem the continued slide into rot and decay in public universities since the 1980s
has fallen on deaf ears. Our experience, as a trade union, shows that successive governments in Nigeria always entered into negotiated agreements only to placate those pleading the cause – be it education, health, transportation, employment or any other issue of meaningful living. This
proclivity of the Nigerian ruling class, irrespective of which wing of the insensitive stock they belong, must be continually be tracked, engaged and resisted by all people of goodwill.

ASUU’s action strike, which started on 4th November, 2018, was situated in the context of accumulated records of indifference and lackadaisical
attitude of Government to negotiated agreements with the Union. At our media interaction in University of Lagos on 23rd December, 2018, we highlighted the outstanding issues in the crisis to include the following:
– Funding for the revitalization of Public Universities based on the
FGN-ASUU MoU of 2012, 2013 and the MoA of 2017

– Reconstitution of the current Government Team to allow for a leader and Chairman of the FG-ASUU Renegotiating team who has the interest of the nation and the people at heart.

– Release of the forensic audit report on Earned Academic allowances (EAA), offsetting the outstanding balance of the EAA and mainstreaming of same into the 2018 budget.

– Payment of all arrears of shortfall in all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA)

– Provision of a platform by the federal government for ASUU to engage Governors on the proliferation of universities, underfunding of university education and undue interference in the affairs of the universities

– Release of PFA operational license to NUPEMCO

– Payment of EAA to loyal ASUU members at the University of Ilorin

A new Memorandum of Action and Our Resolution

To date, ASUU has had a total of ten (10) interactive meetings with
representatives of FGN which have culminated into a Memorandum of Action of
2019. Highlights of the MoA include the following:

1. In addition to the N20 billion for 2018, the sum of N25 billion only would be released in April/May 2019, after which government would resume full implementation of the MoU of 2013.

2. Part-payment of the outstanding arrears of the earned academic allowances; defraying the balance up to 2018 in 4 tranches within 36 months; and mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budgets beginning from 2019 budget.

3. PICA verification and the release of the arrears of salary
shortfall at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, not
later than 15th February 2019.

4. Strengthening the Consultative Committee on State-owned
Universities (CCSOU), inaugurated on Monday, 28th January, 2019 to look into the issues of proliferation, underfunding and governance to consistently deliver on its mandate.

5. Payment of the outstanding EAA arrears of all eligible staff in
the University of Ilorin, especially the loyal ASUU members whose appointments were illegally terminated by today, 7th February, 2019.

6. Acknowledgement and appreciation of Government for facilitating the release of the final letter of approval for the granting of operational license to NUPEMCO.

7. Visitation to all Federal Universities would commence tentatively by 11th March, 2019.

8. Provision of documented guidelines on procedures and roles of parties in the process of renegotiating FGN-ASUU Agreement of 2009 which would commence not later than 18th February 2019 and end by
Friday 29th March, 2019.

Based on the initial proposals from Government, the Union made extensive consultations through its various organs. The final level of consultation was the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) which took place 6th-7th February, 2019. NEC resolved that:

Following a careful review of the report of engagements with the Federal Government on proposals for addressing all outstanding in the 2013 MoU and 2017 MoA, NEC resolved that the current strike action by the Union should
be suspended conditionally with effect from 12.01 a.m on Friday 8th February, 2019. However, should Government fail to fulfill its part of the agreement as reflected in the 2019 Memorandum of Action, ASUU shall resume its suspended strike action as the Union deems necessary.

Conclusion
ASUU notes, with serious concern, the covert and overt roles of some vice chancellors in the management and application of funds attracted by our Union to Nigeria’s public universities. Consequently, we condemn, in the strongest terms, Vice-Chancellors who have made efforts to undermine and, in some cases, attempted to break our patriotic struggles for the revitalization of public universities in Nigeria. ASUU will not shy away from taking headlong those Vice-Chancellors who are reputed for acts of impunity, nepotism and other forms of conduct which are antithetic to university culture and the progressive development of our universities. Our union will compile all their shenanigans and forward them to relevant
authorities for further action.

Finally, ASUU acknowledges the understanding and support demonstrated by patriotic Nigerian students and their parents all through the strike
period. We equally appreciate the comradely assistance from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), represented by the newly re-elected President, Comrade Ayuba Waba, who has stood by us throughout the struggle. We also
acknowledge the solidarity of the civil society organisations, especially the Joint Action Front (JAF) and the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), and members of the progressive wing of the media who have consistently partnered with us in our mission to rescue Nigerian public universities
from imminent collapse.
While we put a closure to this phase of the struggle, it is our hope and desire that the Nigerian governments (Federal and State) will play the roles expected of them in order to make the new Memorandum work. We shall
never abandon our obligation to ensure the survival of a sound university system. For ASUU, the struggle certainly continues!
Thank you for listening.

*Biodun Ogunyemi, President*
7th February, 2018.

‘Best brains found at National Broadcast Academy’

Journalism students of the National Broadcast Academy, Ikeja, Lagos State, have been enjoined to be committed to learning as the teaching staff have the best brains found anywhere in the country.

The Director of Academic Planning of the Academy, Yunusa Abdullahi, said this recently while addressing students of the Basic Journalism course.

Abdullahi said that the students would enjoy hands-on training in the nitty-gritty of journalism, adding that the lecturers
have decades of professional experience behind them.

“I am sure you will enjoy your stay,” he said.

The Deputy Director Academic Planning, Aliyu Ayodele, also a lecturer in the department, on his own described journalism as hard work.

His words: “Journalism challenges your physical, mental and spiritual essence. Journalism is about passion and passion comes from the soul. You cannot approach journalism with an half hearted interest. You have to deploy your intellectual ability.

“Journalism is a noble profession. It opens doors in many places. Journalists constitute a power block in the society. It is a friendly profession. It is a regulated profession moderated by moral principles. It is regulated by the constitution, laws and ethics.”

While saying that the new students should build networks among themselves, he harped on the need for them to develop skills of systematic enquiry into issues and also listening skills as professional necessities to effectively carry out their work.

The Head of Department for Journalism in the school, Abiodun Olowu, while giving an insight into the course said that journalism is slightly different from other courses in the school, adding that it involves more hard work than socials because of the level of mental work that the profession requires.

“Writing is a skill that grows in us, it matures in us; don’t be daunted,” he enjoined, while informing that journalists are to shape the society.

He said that originality is one of the principles of journalism and every journalist is trained to be original.

He harped on the need for the students to read books which would help to shape their perception, being a factor in their expression of originality, saying, “good reading is an exposure to the mind of others; and good thinking results in good products. If you can’t think well you can’t write well.”

Igbasan tasks Ikale youths on community service; distributes books

Youths have been described as vanguards of progress and positive change agents in their respective communities if their boundless energies are well harnessed and directed.

This was the submission of Prof. Francis Igbasan, former Chairman, Ondo State Teaching Service Commission, while speaking as Guest Speaker at the 4th Annual Lecture Series of Ikale Youth Ambassadors held last week at the United Grammar School, Ode Irele.

The event witnessed the giving out of over one thousand branded Exercise Books to students of the school in honour of the Patron of the group who is also a notable son of Ikaleland and Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajajsin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun.

In his lecture, Prof. Igbasan identified ages 15-35 as the most active segment of youths, even as he conceded that those over the age of 35 who share the ideas of a progressive society are also considered as youths.

In his words, “youths represent a vast and often untapped resource for immediate and long term community development efforts. So, the youths constitute the major resource base for any country that want to embark on any meaningful community development programmes.

“A whole range of community development activities such as construction of bridges and culverts, schools, markets, music and drama, preservation of natural environment, vocational skill training seminars, membership empowerment and awareness raising campaigns are some of the roles performed by youths.”

He, however, cautioned that for youths to be effective agents of community development, they must adopt the concept of active participation which makes the youth a subject rather than object of development. According to him, It also guides the youths to appreciate that success can be achieved when they participate willingly in their own affairs.

He also listed poverty, low level of awareness, illiteracy, unemployment, lack of cooperation among youths, lack of skills and opportunity as factors militating against the potentials and effectiveness of youths in their community development efforts.

Speaking earlier, the coordinator of the group, Mr. Olusola Bobola and Secretary, Dr. Gbenga Daso had charged participants to see themselves as beacons of hope and agents of transformation in their communities. According to them, the era of absolute dependence on government is gone and youths should position themselves as drivers of the emerging change in global developmental efforts.

While giving his vote of thanks, the Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Seun Akindele thanked members of the group for their support and cooperation.

Several other speakers at the event called on youths to rise-up to the challenge of contributing their quota to the socio-economic development of their communities.

The event also witnessed cultural dance and display by staff and students of the College as well as members of the group and other guests.

Behrouz Boochani: Refugee who wrote book using WhatsApp wins top prize

An asylum seeker and journalist detained for years by Australia on an island in the Pacific has been awarded the country’s richest literary prize.

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian Kurd, wrote No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by text message from inside a detention centre.

It won the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature, worth A$100,000 (£55,000).

Boochani remains on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and is not allowed to enter Australia.

The controversial detention centre in which he was held was closed in late 2017. He – and hundreds of others – have since been moved to alternative accommodation.

Australia has a strict policy on any asylum seekers who arrive by boat, vowing that they will never be resettled in Australia, even if found to be genuine refugees. It says its policies are necessary to deter dangerous attempts to reach the country by sea.

Alongside the prize for literature, No Friend But the Mountains also won the Prize for Non-Fiction at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, worth A$25,000.

The island where children have given up on life

Speaking to the BBC from Manus Island on a night when fellow writers who won awards were celebrating in Melbourne, Boochani said the prizes gave him “a very paradoxical feeling”.

“In some ways I am very happy because we are able to get attention to this plight and you know many people have become aware of this situation, which is great… But on the other side I feel that I don’t have the right to have celebration – because I have many friends here who are suffering in this place.

“[The] first thing for us is to get freedom and get off from this island and start a new life.”

The book was written in Farsi during the years in which Boochani was held in the now-closed detention centre, mostly through WhatsApp messages sent to the translator, Omid Tofighian.

“WhatsApp is like my office,” he said. “I did not write on paper because at that time the guards each week or each month would attack our room and search our property. I was worried I might lose my writing, so it was better for me to write it and just send it out.”

Boochani, who was first detained in 2013 after arriving by boat from South East Asia, has become the most well-known voice from inside Australia’s controversial offshore detention system.

He writes regularly for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, tweets prolifically about life on Manus and regularly spars with online defenders of Australia’s tough policies. He has even shot and co-directed a documentary – Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time – from detention. Again, he used his phone.

Last year, the US agreed to resettle some of the refugees from the offshore detention centre on Manus and the island nation of Nauru. More than 100 refugees have since been relocated, but Boochani is still waiting for further information after an interview with US officials a few months ago.

He has been granted refugee status in Papua New Guinea but like many of the refugees does not want to stay there.

He said he decided to flee Iran because of problems with the authorities over his journalism: “I didn’t want to go to prison in Iran so I left and when I got to Australia they put me in this prison for years.”

Judges of the literature prize described his book as “a stunning work of art and critical theory which evades simple description”.

“Distinctive narrative formations are used, from critical analysis to thick description to poetry to dystopian surrealism,” they said. “The writing is beautiful and precise, blending literary traditions emanating from across the world, but particularly from within Kurdish practices.”

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The entry guidelines for the Victorian Prize for Literature stipulate that writers must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. However the Wheeler Centre, which administers the literature awards, accepted the recommendation of its judges and made an exception for Boochani’s book.

Australia’s refugee policies have been widely covered by the world’s press and criticised by the UN and global human rights groups, although some European politicians have praised them.

But Boochani wants readers of his book to understand what he says has been a “systematic” attempt to strip refugees and asylum seekers of their “identity, humanity and individuality”.

“We are not angels and we are not evil,” he said. “We are humans, simple humans, we are innocent people.”

One month has passed since I was exiled to Manus. I am a piece of meat thrown into an unknown land; a prison of filth and heat. I dwell among a sea of people with faces stained and shaped by anger, faces scarred with hostility. Every week, one or two planes land in the island’s wreck of an airport and throngs of people disembark. Hours later, they are tossed into the prison among the deafening ruckus of displaced people, like sheep to a slaughterhouse.

Source: BBC