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Dissolve ASUU-LASU exco, Concerned Lecturers urge ASUU

By Rukayat Adeyemi

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By Rukayat Adeyemi

Lagos, Feb. 12, 2019 (NNN)  A group of concerned lecturers at Lagos State University (LASU) has called on the national body of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to dissolve the ASUU-LASU chapter executives.

The concerned lecturers, led by 13 professors and past executive members of ASUU-LASU, made the call at a news briefing on Tuesday at its Ojo campus in Lagos.

Spokesman for the concerned  lecturers, Prof. Adeleke Fakoya, said that the tenure of the present ASUU-LASU executive had lapsed since March 2018 and therefore charged the national body to order fresh election.

The group alleged that the present ASUU-LASU executives were unwilling to conduct fresh election based on false premise that ASUU constitution forbade conduct of election in chapters having crisis.

“The current executive members of the union are continually engaged in acts injurious to ASUU’s global integrity, members morale and the future education in the university.

“Every person who has been to LASU in the last three years sees and knows that what these Exco members call trouble or problem in LASU are indices of growth and development.

“The present and immediate past ASUU-LASU exco members have lost consciousness of the principal goal of the union, which is to promote staff welfare .

” In the last three to six years,  their main agenda has been to cause the downfall of members who holds  contrary opinion on matters of mutual concern.

“This resulted to the dismissal of the former Chairman, Dr Isaac Oyewunmi and his Vice Chairman, Dr Adeyemi Suenu,” the lecturers said.

According to the group, it is unacceptable for Oyewunmi to remain Chairman of ASUU-LASU despite the fact that he was properly dismissed by the University Governing Council for gross misconduct in September 2017.

The concerned lecturers said that Oyewunmi was dismissed not for union activities but for acts he committed in 2012, about four years before becoming ASUU-LASU chairman.

They noted that it was shameful for the ‘remnant’ of the present ASUU-LASU executive members to persistently bring up his dismissal to create chaos and distraction in the university.

“The present ASUU-LASU executive have used the excuse of Oyewunmi’s  dismissal to perpetuate fraud, deceit and illegality.

“Investigation into the management of ASUU -LASU bank account revealed that dismissed Oyewunmi was a principal signatory to the account until Jan.15, 2018 congress when the concerned lecturers vehemently kicked against the criminal act.

They alleged that over 700 academic staff paid an average of N4000 each monthly, saying the present and immediate past ASUU-LASU executives must account for about N168 million naira .

The lecturers also complained that attendance of members at ASUU-LASU congress in the last three years had dropped significantly.

“With a membership of over 700, hardly do we have as many as 50 members at any meeting. Sometimes, we have as few as 20 members to take critical decisions on behalf of 700.

” Members disinterest in the meetings called by the present and immediate executive members is as a result of the caustic disposition of these exco members, as contained in their unbecoming utterances, uncouth publication and extremely ill mannered behaviour, ” they added.

The lecturers further said that with the present executive habitual disrespect and disdain for  constituted authorities in the university, the union could never harvest any benefit from within or outside the university.

They,  however, pleaded with ASUU national executive to urgently visit the university to frankly and objectively address certain salient matters that could cause disintegration of the branch as witnessed in some other universities.

“Our national body is the only body we recognise as truly upholding the dream of the average Nigerian as far as education is concerned and we solely stand by the national body on account of excellent leadership .

” We love our union and are committed to its unity, vitality and effectiveness, so much that we will like to see a quick healing of the union,

Reacting, Dr Tony Dansu, ASUU-LASU Secretary, described the allegations as trumped up charges against the present executives.

He explained that ASUU-LASU, just like any other chapter, would not have a control over the finances of the union .

Dansu said ASUU national was in control of the finances of the chapter and auditing its account on quarterly basis, while the reports had always been presented during various congresses .

“I would not know where the misappropriated sum of N168 million is coming from. Those who say so know that the union will not have such money at any point in time.

” The record of how money is spent is available in the union’s secretariat and so this is a serious lie against the executive.

“If anything is questionable, the ASUU national auditors would have queried us and we will have been disenfranchised from attending NEC meeting, but for five years now, we have consistently attended NEC meetings, ” he said.

Dansu said check -off dues paid by individual lecturers varied according to their level and only those on the professorial cadre paid about N4000 as alleged.

“While 61 percent of the revenue was remitted to ASUU national monthly, ASUU-LASU run the chapter with only 39 per cent of the revenue.

“Out of this, a certain percentage is earmarked for the welfare account, payment of four staff working in the secretariat, traveling expenses of executive members, among other expenses ,” he said.

Dansu alleged that the university administration was behind the pranks by the concerned lecturers due to union challenge of the purported dismissal of its Chairman, Vice -Chairman and some misappropriation and impunities in the university system .

He said the union at the chapter, zonal and national levels had continued to recognise Oyewunmi and Suenu as its chairman and vice -chairman because it believed they were dismissed due to union activism and an attempt targeted at weakening the union .

The union leader said the present executive remained in office in accordance with ASUU constitution which allows an  executive to remain in office once there is crisis in a chapter as applicable to the university current situation.

Dr Oluwakemi Aboderin -Sonibare, ASUU-LASU Treasurer, said the union was generating above 900,000 monthly and after which 61 per cent was remitted to the national and other expenses catered for, hence  there was no way N168 million could have  been misappropriated in five years. (NNN)

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Edited by Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi

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Buratai donate 1,000 books, remodel primary school in Kaduna

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai has donated 1,000 books to pupils of his alma matter, Unguwar Sarki Musulmi LEA Primary School Kaduna.

The Nigeria News Agency report that Buratai, who began his search for education from the school in 1967, had remodelled and furnished the primary school to enhance teaching and learning.

The LEA primary school was established in 1953, and Buratai said his intervention was to reawaken the reading culture among pupils  of the school.

Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Farouq Yahya, noted that the school was in a deplorable condition before  the renovation.

He said “reading  is very important to students, it is in furtherance of that and as a teacher having known the essence of learning, donated about 1000 copies of this book titled; The Legend of Buratai, to the school.”

He urged other Nigerians to also remember and support the schools they passed through, “so that we can also go and give back to the system which have made us.

Buratai said that the intervention was also “to kick start and reawaken us to the culture of reading.”

The Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Saadatu Umar commended Buratai for renovating the school, furnishing it and providing it with relevant books.

Mrs Umar urged well meaning Nigerians to always give back to the schools that made them, in order to help others to  grow.

She gave the assurance that the school management would maintain the structure and improve on the teaching methodology to make the environment conducive for learning.

“We are assuring you that we shall make judicious use of the books and follow the lessons in it,” Mrs Umar  stressed.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
(NAN)

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Yabatech graduates 8411

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Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos on Thursday said that the college had continued to stand tall among tertiary institution in Nigeria.

He said this at the 33rd Convocation Ceremony of the institution, where 8,411 graduands recieved their certificates, having completed their studies in 2017/2018 academic session.

The rector congratulated the graduands on the successful completion of their studies, urging them to be useful members of the society and a source of pride to their alma mater.

Omokungbe said that 148 students graduated with Distinction, 1055 with Upper Credit, 1781 with Lower Credit, and 418 with Pass at the Higher National Diploma level.

He said that 1009 students graduated with Upper Credit , 2575 with Lower Credit and 1313 with Pass at National Diploma level.

According to him, three students  graduated with Upper Credit,  10 with Lower Credit and two with Pass in Proffessional Diploma Programmes.

Omokungbe said that in 2018, with the support of the Governing Council, a five-year strategic plan which was adopted for the college had continued to bring positive developments.

He congratulated  parents and guardians on success of their children and wards and prayed that their labour of love on them would  not be in vain.

Edited by Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Oyo govt. opens bid for 2018 UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools

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No fewer than 87 local contractors, on Thursday, participated in the bid for the 2018 FGN- SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools in the state.

A statement issued in Ibadan by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, quoted Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, as saying that the exercise was in compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2010.

“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and that the tender should be opened in the presence of the owners,” the SUBEB chairman said.

According to Adeniran, the 198 projects to be executed are to be jointly financed by the state government, through SUBEB and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

He said that the open bid was in line with the present administration’s commitment to transparency, openness and integrity at all times.

The chairman listed the projects to be executed to include construction of five model schools, six early childhood development (ECD) pilot centres, 32 blocks of three-classroom buildings and 15 blocks of four-classroom buildings.

According to him, the contractors are also bidding for renovation of 59 blocks of classrooms, sinking and erection of 40 units of boreholes and tank stands.

Others, he said, were procurement of 36 classroom furniture, sports equipment, 16 motorcycles and one Toyota Hilux pickup van.

Adeniran also disclosed that the board was in the process of accessing the 2019 FGN- SUBEB intervention funds, saying that the state government had approved the release of its counterpart fund.

The SUBEB chairman appealed to successful bidders to ensure they execute thorough jobs and timely completion of the projects.

He said: “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage as far as project execution is concerned”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the exercise was witnessed by representatives of UBEC, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Ministry of Education.

Others were the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Ogun State wins 2019 NNPC science quiz competition

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Ogun State has  won the 2019 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) Science Quiz Competition for secondary school students across the country.

Ogun state emerged as the winner at the grand finale of the completion held at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Thursday.

Ojo Oluwatobi from APT. Scholars Universal College, Ota, won the first price for Ogun State with 80 points while Mbazu Justice from CSMT Staff Secondary School, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, took the second position with 70+points.

Nwachukwu Ugochukwu of Dority International School Aba, Abia State took the third position with 70 points.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, said that the corporation as an enabler company would continue to contribute to education to ensure a greater Nigeria.

He said that the competition was one aspect of the corporation’s effort in supporting nation building.

“Building a successful nation has to deal with talent management and as a corporation we try to recognise them young and help them to development it well.

Also, President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, urged the students to put in their best in whatever they did in life as leaders of tomorrow.

He commended the NNPC for the initiative adding that it had helped to develop a lot of scientists in the country.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, the 2019 winner, Oluwatobi commended the NNPC for the initiative and thanked all his teachers and parents for their support.

“I am very grateful to the NNPC for the opportunity and the initiatives such as this.

“This competition has made me to read so hard, I am happy to emerge as the winner.

“I am grateful to my teachers, parents and all the oraginsers.

“With this competition, I am very sure to pass all my exams very well,’’ he said.

The corporation, also in its report, said that  the competition  started at the grassroots level in each of 774 local government areas and best three student proceeded to the state level.

“At the state level, the best student in each state emerges and proceeds to the zonal level and each winner at this level is entitled to a one-off educational grant of N100.000,’’ it said.

It further noted that the states at the geopolitical zones meet at different times to compete among themselves and then determine the best three states to compete at the national grand finale.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the first position got N300,000 scholarship per session as an undergraduate, while the second position got N250.000 and  third position N200.000 respectively.

Eighteen states participated in the grand finale with three states representing each of the geopolitical zones.

edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Donald Ugwu

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IMT Enugu begins award of degrees, says Rector

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The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu says it has commenced the award of degrees in some disciplines, in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), beginning from the current academic session.

The Rector of the institute, Prof. Augustine Nweze, said this in Enugu on Thursday, when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education visited the place as part of its oversight.

Nweze said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had given approval for the award of the degrees by the institute.

He said that the NUC approval followed the ratification of the affiliation by the UNN Senate and Council of the institute.

He said: “It is the desire of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to give IMT a university status in the shortest possible time.

“To give life to that dream, we have on our own gone into affiliation with one of Nigeria’s foremost universities, the UNN, to award degrees in many disciplines.

“I sincerely hope that the new students will be some of the earliest beneficiaries of this partnership.”

The rector said that IMT was established in 1973 and modeled after the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A. and currently had nine schools and 40 departments.

“Management is working assiduously to improve lecture halls, laboratories and studios to make them fit for learning.

“We are immensely thankful to the governor for giving us the opportunity to serve our people in our different capacities in IMT,” he said.

In a remark, the Chairman of the committee, Mr James Akadu, pledged that the state government would do its best to ensure that IMT regained its past glory.

Akadu said that the plan to award degrees by the institute was due, pointing out that the school had churned out prominent Nigerians in different professions.

He commended the management, staff and students of the institute for their efforts in taking the school to greater height.

(Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Sam Oditah) (NAN)

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NYSC set aside N26m to replace Corps member’s amputated limbs

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has set aside N26 million to replace a Corps member’s amputated limbs in Kano state.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Malam Ladan Baba disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday when he led other officials of the scheme to visit the corps member, Nuruddeen Tahir at his family house in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state.

Baba sai the corps member, who already had his left hand amputated when he was 12 years old, had also lost the other one in an accident on his way to his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) in Taraba State where he attended orientation course for 2019 Batch ‘B’, Stream l.

He said, “The DG, when he heard the information was so concerned about the condition of the Corps member, therefore, he made adequate arrangements to replace the two hands with artificial ones.

The coordinator explained that the courage and endurance of the 27 year old corps member to continue with his education after the amputation of the first hand prompted the DG to offer him the lifetime succor.

He said, “Tahir is presently stable after spending over two months on admission at Dala Orthopaedic Hospital in Kano, and the NYSC had settled all his medical bills and had since been posted to teach in a secondary school in his hometown.

“After he managed to complete his primary education, he had the zeal and determination to continue with his education up to degree level where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from Yusuf Maitama-Sule University, Kano”.

“In order to give this patriotic young man hope of life, the DG made adequate arrangements to replace the two limbs with artificial ones worth N26 million in order to give him relief and succor,” the coordinator added”.

He said that the replacement process is ongoing as the doctors had made steady progress for completion of the implanting of the limbs.

In his remarks, the doctor who would administer the implant, Dr Rufus Arumugam, said they had already placed the order for the artificial limbs in Scotland, adding that they would be delivered in 45 days from now.

He explained that the customised prosthetic limbs, which would be built using bionic technology, would enable the patient to move his hands normal.

According to him, the limbs would come with a remote control which would be used to move the hands based on the action the patient wants to perform.

Also speaking to newsmen, the father of the corps member, Alhaji Dahiru Dalhatu expressed happiness and gratitude for the gesture.

He said that, “Tahir was grinding grains when he was 12 years, the grinding machine grabbed up his cloth and severely injured him which eventually led to the amputation of his left limb at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

My son is not lazy and wants to continue with his life struggles even with the loss of his limbs.”

But now with this gesture by the NYSC, my son will be able to continue to run his normal life. I thank the Director General. I am highly grateful to him and the Kano State Coordinator for standing with us”, he said.

Edited by Tukur Muntari. (NAN)

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