Edo government, ASUU disagree over unpaid salaries, others
• NDPH laments inadequate gas supply in power sector
• Auchi poly gets new rector as Obi commends Obaseki for plans to return schools to missionaries
• Court adjourns trial of Ize-Iyamu, others to January 14, 2021
Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma chapter, Dr. Monday Igbafen has said the Edo State Government owe its members over N1b in unpaid salaries, check-off dues and other deductions from their salaries.
Confirming an uneasy situation in the institution due to non-payment of staff salaries, Igbafen, expressed concern that the university owed and was withholding about N13m, being amount deducted by the university as ASUU check-off dues.
But in a statement issued by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie and Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Efe Stewart, the state government said it had never reneged on its obligations to pay workers and other cadre of staff their due wages and salaries, refuting allegations that it owed some employees over political difference.
BESIDES, Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding (NDPH), Chiedu Ugbo disclosed that inadequate gas supply and evacuation was a major challenge that must be tackled for effective power plants operations in Nigeria.
Ugbo, who addressed members of the House Committee on power during a tour of the Ogorode power plants in Sapele, Delta State and the Benin Generation Company in Edo State said, “Nigeria only generates electricity through gas and hydro power, lamenting that the inconsistent gas supply across the country was a major problem the generating companies have to contend with.
In another development, the federal government yesterday appointed Adeboye Mustapha Zubair Acting Rector of the Auchi Polytechnic.
A statement issued by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mustapha Oshiobugie, revealed that until his appointment, Zubair, who has over 20 published articles and conference papers to his credit, was the institution’s Deputy Rector in charge of Administration.
ALSO, vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi, commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for his plans to return of schools to the missionaries.
“I read with happiness the news of the planned return of schools to the missionaries by the Edo State Governor. I commend the move and encourage others to follow suit. I will continue to support all moves towards the improvement of education in our dear country,” he said.
MEANWHILE, a Federal High Court in Benin City, yesterday, adjourned the money laundering case brought against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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