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Education minister intervenes in Lagos school tenure dispute

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Tanko Sununu, has requested the Provost, Federal College of Education, Technical, Akoka, Lagos, Dr Ademola Azeez, to renew his official duties.

He stated this at a reconciliation assembly between the provost and representatives of protesting employees of FCE(T) in Abuja.

A press release made accessible to The PUNCH on Friday stated the pact resolved that the important thing to the provost workplace needs to be launched to the Chairman of the newly inaugurated Governing Council of the faculty.

The aggrieved employee locked up Azeez’s workplace in May throughout a protest.

The resolutions additionally stated that the continuing every day protest by the employees over the tenure of the provost ought to finish instantly.

On May 27, workers members of the establishment staged a protest in opposition to Azeez, citing considerations over his continued tenure.

The protesters argued that his extended keep in workplace violated the governing Act of Federal Colleges nationwide.

The employees said that the Provost’s tenure in workplace ended on May 26, 2024, following Section 13, Subsections 7a and b of the brand new Act signed by President Bola Tinubu.

However, the provost, stated he was appointed for the primary time period of 4 years in 2019, and that having been duly reappointed by the establishment’s governing council in 2023, he already resumed his second time period in workplace on May 27, 2023, earlier than the amended act was signed into regulation on June 12, 2023.

Following letters by the unions in search of clarification on the tenure of workplace of the provost based mostly on the amended act, the Minister wrote the unions in May, affirming the legality of Azeez’s second time period of 4 years.

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However, the protesters weren’t glad with the minister’s verdict, they moderately continued to stage every day protests on the campus.

The minister on Thursday invited the provost and the representatives of the protesting employees to a reconciliation assembly on the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

However, the settlement was signed by the Director of Colleges of Education within the ministry, Dr Uchenna Uba; the Chairman of the newly inaugurated Governing Council of the College, Dr Adenuga Olatunde; Caretaker Chairman of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, Ishola Lawal; Chairman of the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education, Augustin Nwachukwu, and the Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union on the campus, Olasunkanmi Alonge.

Apart from Sununu who chaired the assembly, different ministry officers on the assembly included the Director of Special Duties within the ministry, Mr Zubairu Abdullahi.

Also in attendance on the assembly have been the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, Paulinus Okwelle; Chairman of the Committee of Provosts of Colleges of Education, Faruk Haruna; National Vice-President, Samuel Ogunmokun, amongst others.

The settlement stated the governing council chairman ought to meet with the faculty workers representatives who have been a part of the assembly instantly after the reconciliation assembly final evening.

The assembly additionally mandated the brand new council to research the allegation of misappropriation of funds authorized for the fencing of the faculty levelled in opposition to the faculty administration by the employees.

“The Provost needs to be allowed to function beneath the supervision of the Chairman of the Governing Council of the College while all workers seize to protest forthwith.

“On the state of places of work of chief lecturers, the faculty ought to take quick measures to enhance the situation or enable them to return to their former places of work.

“It also mandated the governing council to “address the issue regarding the appointment of the bursar of the institution,” it learn.

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