SBMC begins LG advocacy, outreach visit to Rivers

Following the recent transformation of the Ndele campus by the administration led by Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, the campus will soon become the best campus and the envy of all.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the Director of the Ndele Campus, Professor Isaac Ogundu and made available to The Tide during a courtesy visit to the Ndele Campus by the President of the Wives Association of University Education (UEWA), Ms. Chika Onuchukuk recently in Ndele. , Rivers State, .
Prof. Ogundu observed that the era of campus transformation as observed is only the tip of the iceberg and urged everyone to be part of the success story.
He praised the Vice-Chancellor for the 200 new mattresses and other bedding materials provided for the campus, saying that by the time the Vice-Chancellor was done with the campus, many staff and students would be clamoring to move to Ndele.
The Campus Manager also congratulated the President of UEWA for having the campus at heart and for this unprecedented visit.
He described the information received as quite amplifying pointing out that most male executives did not know that their wives were automatically members of the dynamic association, nor did they have the rare opportunity of such a visit which presentations and enlightened them on the objectives of the association and what they have to gain by being part of it.
He expressed his optimism that Ms. Onuchuku would build a lasting legacy for the association with the kind of energy that is being injected.
Previously, the President of UEWA, Mrs. Chika Onuchuku, had requested his support and contribution to make the association grow. She promised to rotate the location of the meeting days between the three campuses to foster and give everyone a sense of belonging.
Ms. Onuchuku also promised to address the mobility constraints faced by members of the campus so that they can attend UEWA meetings.
The visit provided an opportunity for questions and interactions among gifted campus members of the new faculty of agriculture.
They also lived up to the responsibility of being the university’s food basket with various gift giveaways made to the Vice Chancellor’s wife and members of her entourage.
The objects presented were freshly harvested from their farm after a guided tour of the campus.
ence on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) over the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which the union has described as a more reliable alternative payment system.
The union has urged stakeholders to persuade the government to do what is necessary to save higher schools from continuing strikes.
He said: “While the long-awaited renegotiation of the COEASU-FGN 2010 agreement holds tremendous promise for the mutual resolution of several challenges plaguing the COE sub-sector, the FG has failed to give deserved priority to the exercise. Ridiculously, the government has refused to assemble its own renegotiation team after acknowledging receipt of our union’s team list at its own request for over two months now.

“The government has refused to fulfill its promise of N15b revitalization funds. In addition to falling short of the N478b proposed in the 2014 Presidential Needs Assessment in Public Centers of Excellence, the delay in its release made the value due to inflation absurd.

“Poor Funding of Colleges of Education and Poor Conditions at State-Owned COEs Despite our agitations and the government’s continued promise of redress, federal and state COEs remain poorly funded.

“The reign of impunity, violation of the law and administrative aberrations persists; our members, especially in the State Centers of Excellence, continue to experience untold hardship due to non-payment of wages and salary arrears, refusal to implement the full legal salary structure, foreign promotion criteria, idiosyncratic policies, inappropriate/inappropriate domestication of the retirement age of 65 for workers in the COE system; multiple promotions without financial effects and repression of trade union activities, among others.

“Many colleges are struggling to operate properly due to the government not releasing operating costs. State governments have abdicated their responsibility as owners of TETFunds because the only projects you see in colleges are TETFund projects.

Lana lamented that the IPPIS is causing more havoc in higher education institutions. He noted that up to the end of March 2022, around 1,219 COE teachers were experiencing issues with the payment platform.

“COEASU demanded the adoption of UTAS, an alternative innovation of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). UTAS was found to be superior to IPPIS as it has the ability to address our payroll security concerns and the particularities of higher education institutions. It is therefore ridiculous that FG remained adamant about maintaining the IPPIS despite its detrimental effects.

He said that after lengthy deliberations on the outcome of the referendum held across all sections of the union, the NEC had decided to issue a 21-day ultimatum to the government to do what was necessary within the given deadline.

Education Rights Campaign Mobilization Coordinator Michael Lenin said:
“The responsibility for these strike actions that destroyed higher education must be placed on the government. It is quite unprecedented that all major unions in the higher education sector are on strike; however, it showed the level of damage that the neglect of successive governments has done to the sector through chronic underfunding.

“Now is the time for Nigerian students to stand up and demand that all the demands of the strikers be met and the sector be repositioned from the horrific state it is in now.”

But the federal government said it is in consultation with COEASU and has held a series of meetings with the union to resolve the issues.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana