Friday, 17 February 2017

NLC, TUC alert Fed Govt to new trade union

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have alerted  the Federal Government to the existence of a new labour union.
Their letter dated January 19,  was signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama.
Titled: Need to avert anarchy in the industrial relations system in the country: Mushroom/Shell trade unions and addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the two leaders  said they were constrained to bring the issue to the minister’s attention because of the damage the new union could cause to the labour movement.
They said the new union’s  leaders, after failing in their bid to lead the NLC, following the successful conduct of the rescheduled election at the 10th delegates’ conference of the congress last March, set up the union.
The letter reads in part: “Some of our colleagues have been making concerted efforts to destabilise the industrial relations space in the country. This started with the effort to fractionalise the NLC, which failed after almost two years of trying. In their desperation, they have now purported to float a new trade union centre with the name United Labour Congress of Nigeria. In the last couple of months, they have collected forms for the registration of dozens of some trade unions without membership.’’
It said all the unions being wooed by the splinter faction are  adequately covered by existing unions.
“One expects that people who operate at our level will know the relevant provisions of the Trade Union Act, but perhaps we are assuming too much. The Trade Union Act CAP T14, LFN, 2004, Section 3(2) provides thus: “But no trade union shall be registered to represent workers or employers in a place where there already exist a trade union,” the letter said.

Plateau State University suspends SSANU Chairman, Secretary

Nasarawa State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is opposed to the financial autonomy granted the institution by the state government.
The chairman of the chapter, Dr Nghargbu K’tso, said this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy call on the state House of Assembly Committee on Education in Lafia.
K’tso said that the union opposed the financial autonomy because the university “is a public institution’’ that should be properly funded by the state government.
He appealed to the Assembly to ensure that institution was properly funded to improve its standard of education and for the overall development of the state.
“We appeal to you to use your good office to increase funding of the education sector in the state, particularly the state university subvention, because the budget is passing through you.
“This is to make the university compete with other universities favourably.
“We are also demanding that there should be a review of the law establishing the university by allowing the management of the university to serve single term of five years, not four years renewable.
“This will encourage excellence and productivity,’’ he said.
According to K’tso, ASUU says no to financial autonomy because the institution is a social service sector which belongs to the public.
“We do not know of any public university that has financial autonomy,’’ he said.
Responding, Mr Daniel Oga-Ogazi, chairman of the committee, assured ASUU that the Assembly, in partnership with the state government, was addressing problems in the education sector in the state.
The lawmaker promised that the Assembly would continue to enact laws that had direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

Ex-AAU VC Agbebaku dies at 55

The first female Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Prof. Cordelia Agbebaku, is dead.
Agbebaku, who was the immediate past vice chancellor of the institution, reportedly died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) at the age of 55.
The ex- VC reportedly died of cancer.
The Public Relations Officer of AAU, Edward Aihevba, confirmed the don’s demise and said the university community was in shock.
He said, “Yes, we heard the news very late yesterday (Thursday) and it has been confirmed to be true. The whole thing has left the university in shock and everybody is downcast.
“A delegation, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ignatius Animawo, has paid a visit to the family of the deceased. We will soon come out with a statement.
Prof. Agbebaku was born in 1961. Before her appointment as the VC, she was the Dean of Faculty of Law at the university.
She served as vice chancellor in acting capacity before former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, ratified her appointment in February 2014.

Lady Njaka Bags Eminent Citizen Award

The adage ‘a prophet is not known in his town’ is farfetched around Lady Stella Njaka as she was recently honored with an award of services and benevolence in her own community. Apart from being a seasoned administrator, Lady Njaka is personified with demonstration of humility both at home and abroad just as the Diamond Jubilee cum award-giving ceremony of Umukegwu Akokwa, recently held at Onitsha confirms. She is apt in her elegance of fruitfulness. She doesn’t get tired with her supportive role as a mother of all to those from Umukegwu, Akokwa and beyond but indulges in innovative activities to make sure that things are progressive and done aright. No wonder she was conspicuously recognized beyond measures in the epoch making award winning razzmatazz as the only female in the midst of other 52 men in the eminent honorary list. This is a feat that has not been recorded in the history of Akokwa Community.
In her domain of expertise in Federal Polytechnic Oko, Lady Njaka who is the first female Registrar has always shone the light of astuteness in the delivery of her administrative calling. An enigmatic prowess which makes her stand before men within the State, Nation and beyond.
Madam, as you are honored this unprecedented day, may God pave more ways for you to do greater exploits in your Home, Community, State and beyond.


August 5th,2016 marked exactly one year Mrs. Njaka, Stella Nnenna assumed office as the first “Female” and the sixth substantive Registrar of Federal Polytechnic Oko. Her appointment to this exalted position was quite unprecedented given the fact that she is the first Female ever to have emerged as Registrar since 31 years existence of the Polytechnic, orchestrated by Prof.Godwin Onu who is an advocate of gender equality.
Lady Njaka’s prowess in administration within one year in office has made real the popular maxim that “What a man can do, a woman can do better”. She embarked on the work of a Registrar with motherly affection and liberated many who were in hooks. She assumed office when the Institution needed her kind of person in the supportive role of fighting corruption and mal-practices. It is a thing of joy to note that these vices have given way for Njaka’s policies of sanity to prevail.
It is worthy to note at this juncture that Lady Njaka met a backlog of untreated Staff appraisals; but within few months on assumption to duty, she ensured that the 2014 promotions which was deprived the staff was released. No! She did not stop at this. Within a spate of few months, she ensured that the 2015 promotions were equally released to the bewilderment of all; and as am penning down these words of accolades, the 2016  promotions are in the pipeline to be released through her relentless efforts.   
It is however remarkable to note that the issue of Staff promotions do not come on platter of gold. It rather entails several trips to Abuja for extensive deliberations to make sure the right things are done before its reality. Due to her zeal to ensure that Staff welfare is not toyed with, she deprives herself the comfort and warmth of her family and frequents Ministries and Commissions to get things aright. What a classic example of an astute administrator!
Lady Stella Njaka has exhibited a rare feat and doggedness as a mother of all and an Administrator. Her performance and dexterity in proffering explanations to issues have endeared her to Staff, Students and visitors of the Institution.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Lady Njaka has re-invigorated both the Registry unit and other sectors of the Polytechnic within one year in office. She among other things ensured that students’ results are released as at when due. The age long tradition of handling Students’ matters with levity has disappeared in the Institution as she has entrenched the culture of hard work, punctuality and integrity among the Staff of the Institution.
Toeing the path of Rector’s digitization policies, she realized the importance and use of ICT to fast-track office administration. To actualize this vision, she organized an ICT Training/Workshop for some Staff in the school early this year and the exercise was wholly remarkable. She ensured that those Staff who benefitted from the training in turn extended the knowledge to colleagues in the office, thereby making ICT part of their daily activities.  What ingenuity!
However, it is worthy to mention that the Registrar would not have achieved all these feats within one year in office without the support of the indefatigable Rector, Professor Godwin Onu. A man who is endowed with great vision and outstanding leadership qualities. On assumption of Office, Lady Njaka keyed in to his lofty policies of transforming the Polytechnic to an international standard and today, the institution is rated among the best in the nation.
Having noted the above, it is undoubtedly envisaged that the remaining years of her stay in office will bring more remarkable achievements in the administrative machinery of Federal Polytechnic Oko. She is not relenting; neither is she manifesting any sigh of apathy in her role as the Registrar.
To God be the Glory that you were chosen for this task before men! KUDOS!


Those days are yore when women were confided to the comfort of their kitchen rooms. At present, men click in synchrony with women almost in all ramifications. It can’t be overemphasized that we have nobiliary women of elements, compounds and mixtures in all fields of study just like their male counterpart.
The Registrar of Federal Polytechnic Oko, Mrs. Njaka S.N is one of those hortatory women out there who have done noble in their career.
Mrs. Njaka has fashioned a new means of sanitizing the Polytechnic of official maggots who not only push for managerial downfall but foster decaying frameworks in their offices.    
She revealed her sanitization techniques when she met with the HODs and SAOs on the 19th of September 2016 at the Mass Communication Complex of the Institution.
While advocating for total repentance of the Staff involved in the bastardized act of extortion, harassment of students, delay in handling students’ affairs, issues of missing files, punctuality to work and thorough supervision of subordinates; the Registrar warned that her Information Technology optical gadgets are in cloud to fish-out anybody who does not brace up positively to his or her responsibilities in the office. Her words “I want to reiterate that on no condition should any HOD, SAO or Staff under them, mandate students to pay money or any form of gratification before being attended to. Be contented with your salaries and eschew anything that could jeopardize your career”
On the laxity nature of handling students’ affairs, result computation, NYSC mobilization, the Registrar said that students have been wickedly delayed by Staff in attending to their demands and solving their problems. She reiterated that the Management led by Prof.Godwin Onu would not hesitate to extend the punishment of any erring Staff to his or her HOD if such report filters into her office again. She insisted that without the Students, Government would have little or no need for the Staff to be in the Institution, and as such, the students should be treated with cordiality just like the Rector advised during the last Matriculation ceremony.
She said that the present administration does not and would never condone any form of corruption among Staff. She pointed out that the issue of corruption was initially prevalent among Teaching Staff, but that it has also gone over to Non-Teaching Staff as few of them demand for money in order to render services.
While showering encomiums on the indefatigable Rector for his endowed vision and outstanding leadership qualities; and hailing the HODs/SAOs for their supportive gestures so far, she encouraged all in attendance to put all hands on deck to salvage the great citadel of learning from being wrecked by few disgruntled elements that target at dragging the Institution into quagmire.

Friday, 27 January 2017


The King of Obosi Kingdom, HRM Igwe Chidubem Iweka, flanked by his council members, stormed the office of the Rector, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Prof.Godwin Onu this afternoon, in recognition and solidarity of his developmental strides in the Polytechnic. In fact, it was a replica of what transpired between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ as Igwe Obosi baptized the Rector with encomiums of continuity.The Igwe who was stylishly dressed in his kingship robe of valor and pride said he came to identify with the Rector and confirm what he has been hearing from parents, students,staff, kinsmen, offline and online media about the structural and administrative feat achieved by the super cum digital Rector. After going round the school environment, the Igwe was perplexed at all he saw, especially the gigantic and fully equipped CBT hall in which he said he ones met students sitting on the floor for their semester exams some years ago. In his words “I admire men that go after excellence. I have heard a lot of good works you have been doing in the Polytechnic but thought all I heard were untrue. Now, I have confirmed the fact. This is the best i have seen so far. Yes, this is the only Federal Polytechnic Anambra has and we all must make it work. You have done a great service to the State and Nation by putting up all these wonderful edifices and changing the environment to world class. Having seen all these, my personal wish would have been for you to continue as a Rector; but there are more responsibilities awaiting you ahead of this one. God will bless your labor and it shall be well with you. ” The Igwe presented his literary works; “Ancient Cause”, a novel which won him a golden writer award and “So bright in darkness” to the Rector as his own contribution to the Institution. Showing his digital prowess, the Igwe signed these literary books to the bewilderment of all with a Spy-Pen having a torchlight which could be used even in the dark. The Rector thanked the Igwe for coming to identify with him and seeing developments done and those on-going. He said the Institution was not good at whistle blowing but in actions. Reminding the Igwe that he still maintains the status of the best Dean of faculty, an award given to him by the then VC of Nnamdi Azikiwe University because of his style of administration, the Rector said he swore in his mission statement to unleash his potentials in Federal Polytechnic Oko, which he has done and is still doing. The Rector who bragged that he has the best Staff in the entire nation, said that since 2010 he took over the mantle of rectorship; that no staff has been owed a month and never will such be heard in future.