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Unijos joins ASUU warning strike

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Dr Lazarus Maigoro,  Chairman of the University of Jos chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that members of the chapter have joined the ongoing two-week warning strike embarked upon by the national body of the union.

Maigoro confirmed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Jos, adding that the members were loyal and would always abide by every decision of the national body.

NAN reports that ASUU had on Monday declared a two-week warning strike because of the Federal Government’s inability to pay salaries of lecturers who are not enrolled into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and the non implementation of the 2009 agreement, among other issues.

NAN also reports that the decision to down tools was reached at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu.

According to Maigoro, if government fails to meet the demands of the union as agreed, it would proceed on nationwide indefinite strike.

“We had our congress meeting here yesterday and we have adopted the resolution of our National Executive Council (NEC).

“This simply means that ASUU in University of Jos has joined the ongoing two-week warning strike,” Maigoro said.

A student of the university, Miss Patience Anzaku, described the ongoing industrial action by the lecturers as “unfortunate”, regretting that the students always bore the ripple effects of such action.

Anzaku said that though the strike had been declared, most students were still hanging around to see the dimension it would go before travelling home.

“Our lecturers joined the strike yesterday after it was declared on Monday and a lot of us are still holding on to see how it goes before deciding to travel back home. But most students are still around.

“These incessant strikes are no longer funny, because it is the students and their parents that suffer the delays and additional spending,” she lamented.

Anzaku called on government and ASUU to fashion out best ways to end the impasse in the interest of of the students and future of education in the country

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
(NAN)

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Police confirm killing of Unijos lecturer, arrest one suspect

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The Police Command in Plateau has confirmed the killing of Dr Nandi Drenkat, a lecturer with the University of Jos, by gunmen.

Mr Edward Egbuka, the Commissioner in-charge of the command confirmed the incident at a news briefing on Sunday in Jos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that gunmen stormed the residence of the deceased in the early hours of Saturday, shot him and kidnapped his six-year-old daughter.

According to Egbuka, the police immediately mobilised to the scene and engaged the criminals in a gun duel  and arrested one of them.

He also confirmed that the kidnapped daughter of the deceased was also rescued from the abductors.

“Yesterday, at about 5:30 a.m., we received a distress call  from Road 6, University senior staff quarters, Jos, where some hoodlums entered the house of one Dr Nandi Drenkat, a lecturer with the University of Jos, shot him and kidnapped his six-year-old daughter.

“Immediately we received  the information, a combined team of conventional police men, mobile men, the anti kidnapping unit, vigilantes and hunters were deployed to the hilly  areas where the kidnapped victim was suspected to have been kept.

“The scene was thoroughly combed and in the process, the kidnappers were sighted on the hills and there was a gun duel between them and the security men.

“In the process one of the kidnappers, Ali Mohammed, was shot on his right leg and was  arrested with one AK 47 rifle and 29 rounds of live ammunition was recovered.

 “Consequently, the deceased kidnapped daughter alongside another victim, Chiboze Joseph, were rescued unhurt,” he said.

The commissioner said after preliminary interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that he would be charged to court after investigation.

He said that manhunt for other fleeing members of the gang continued and vowed that the command would not rest on its oars until they are arrested.

The commissioner, however, regretted that one of the hunters was shot during the gun duel and was later confirmed dead.

Egbuka appealed to Plateau residents with useful information that would lead to arrest of the remaining criminals to avail it to the police.

He also called on the residents of the state to promptly report any suspicious movements around their vicinities to the security agencies

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Sen. Gyang seeks investigation of UniJos student’s killing

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Sen. Istifanus Gyang (PDP-Plateau North) has called for thorough investigation into the killing of a 300-level University of Jos student by security personnel.

Gyang made the appeal in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media  and Ptotocol, Mr Musa Ashoms, a copy of whic was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Jos.

The senator, also Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, said the killier of Rinji Peter Bala, very promising young man from Hwolshe in Jos, must not go unpunished.

“Instances abound of reports of extra judicial killings across the nation of trigger happy security personnel.

“These killers acting outside of clearly defined rules of engagement, terminate the lives of citizens with reckless abandon.

“I am aware that all arms bearing personnel of the military and para-military agencies are expected to excercise due diligence and extreme caution in handling the weapons.

“The weapons in their possession are to secure and safeguard the lives and property of citizens,” he stated.

The lawmaker said that any abuse and misuse of arms by law enforcement agents that results in the killing of law abiding citizens was unacceptable.

Gyang stressed that the perpetrators must be made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrence.

He condoled with the parents and family of late Bala and prayed for the repose of his soul.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Unijos ASUU donates hand sanitisers to Plateau Govt., others

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Jos chapter, has donated hand sanitisers and leaflets to Plateau Government and other organisations in the state.

Presenting the items on Wednesday in Jos, chairman of the union in the chapter, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, said the gesture was aimed at supporting government’s efforts in curbing the global pandemic.

Maigoro also said that the gesture was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS).

He further explained that the products were funded and donated by members of the union, adding that they were produced by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University.

“Aside the struggle for the welfare of our members, we also embark on corporate social responsibility.

“We have discovered that our country and indeed the whole world is going through tough times as a result of Coronavirus.

“So, as a union, we have decided to produce these hand sanitisers and leaflets, using our members from the faculty of pharmaceutical Sciences to support government in its bid to curb the spread of the virus in the state.

“We believe that with this little support, a product of research by  our members, the fight against the dreaded disease will soon be a thing of the past,” he said

Maigoro called for collaboration between ASUU and the government in addressing challenges bedeviling the nation.

He also called for prompt and adequate funding of Universities in the country.

He promised that ASUU would continue to support government’s initiatives that would promote research and development of education in the country.

The chairman thanked management of University of Jos for providing enabling environment for members to produce the items donated.

Receiving the items on behalf of Plateau government, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Atu, thanked ASUU for keying into the vision of the government in curbing the spread of virus in the state.

Atu decribed the initiative as laudable and commendable, adding that the fight against the dreaded disease must be a collective one

“Fighting Coronavirus needs collective efforts; we must join hands together to end it.

“It is a trying moment for the whole world and I thank ASUU for keying into our vision as a state to curb the spread of the pandemic,” he said.

Atu assured the government would continue to collaborate with critical stakeholders in whatever way to end the spread of the disease.

He, however, urged ASUU members to conduct in-depth research and come out with lasting solution to the pandemic.

“I want to challenge ASUU members, who are mostly researchers to come up with proper and lasting solution to end this dreaded disease,” Atu said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that other organisations that benefited from the gesture include, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ja’amatu Nasil Islam (JNI), among others.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
(NAN)

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Youth group backs move to secure Unijos land against encroachment

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The Anaguta Youth Movement (AYM), says it is “strongly” in support of efforts by the management of the University of Jos to demarcate and secure its lands and other properties against encroachment by outsiders.

Mr Moses Dawang, National President of AYM, made this known at a press conference on Monday in Jos.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that some youths resident at Naraguta village, the host community of university of Jos, on Saturday attacked some security operatives and management of the university when they came to demarcate the institution’s boundary with the community.

The situation later turned violent as the youths burnt four houses and some worship centres.

The Police Command in Plateau has, however, confirmed that normalcy had since returned to the community.

According to Dawang, University of Jos legitimately and properly acquired every land the institution is situated on, hence reserves the right to protect it from being encroached upon.

“As we are all aware, Anaguta are the aborigines of Jos North and then host community of all the land housing the University of Jos. As the host community, we are aware that the university had legitimately and properly acquired every land it is situated upon.

“We, the Anaguta youths are calling on the authority of the university and the government to continue the demarcation of all its legitimate lands in order to secure and protect them against land grabbers, speculators and hoodlums

“The land housing the university has genuine documents to its acquisition, so the university management has every right to such lands as it deems fit.

“Any individual or group that has any issue with the university on the acquisition of the lands should seek legal means of addressing it rather than resorting to violence and break of law and order,” he said.

The National President called on government and the security agencies to decisively deal with any one seen encroaching on the university lands and other properties, charging them to arrest and prosecute anyone caught attacking university staff working on the land.

He also advised natives of Anaguta domiciled in the area to desist from tampering with the land and other properties of the university, adding that the youths would ensure that no one caught is spared.

“As a community, we all know that no one is above the law, so there is every need for government and the security agencies to be decisive in dealing with the people that have repeatedly attacked management of the university and encroached on its lands.

“We, however, call on Anaguta people that are encroaching on any property of the university to stop forth with or we shall hand them over to the appropriate authorities,” he said.

Dawang called on government to urgently reach out to members of the Naraguta community that suffered huge losses as a result of Saturday’s incident, adding that such moves would cushion the effects of the their loses.

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UNIJOS inaugurates remodelled burnt library 

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The University of Jos (UNIJOS), has inaugurated the remodelled burnt library complex of the institution.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the building on Monday in Jos, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, said that the event was apt.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the library complex was engulfed by fire in October 2016.

NAN also reports that the remodelled edifice has existed and served the university since the last 40 years.

Maimako described the library as a state of the art facility, adding that the remodelling had transformed the structure into a world class standard.

According to him, it will aid learning among students, as well as minimise their challanges in sourcing for academic materials.

“The event today is a memorable one because it has turned this library complex from ‘ashes to beauty’

“The remodelling has turned this powerful structure to a state of the art facility; it is of a  world class standard.

“Our students have been suffering since fire gutted this building three years ago, but with the remodelling and new equipment, they will learn better with all the available facilities,” he said.

Maimako thanked the Federal Government, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), groups and spirited individuals for supporting the university in rebuilding the burnt structure.

The Vice Chancellor lauded the government and the  private organisations, who donated books, journals and other research materials to the library.

He also thanked the staff and students of the university for their patience, adding that the incident was a blessing in disguise.

The VC, however, gave the assurance that he would do all within his powers to attract more projects and funds to the institution.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Yemi Idris-Aduloju

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Why lecturers can’t enroll in IPPIS – Unijos ASUU chairman

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Dr Lazarus Maigoro, the chairman of the University of Jos chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that lecturers can not enroll into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) because it violates the university Act 2003.

Maigoro said in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Jos that the policy did not fit into the university system.

According to Maigoro, the law establishing all federal universities had bestowed on governing councils of the institutions the powers to administer over its administrative, financial and personnel matters.

He noted that government could only change the status quo if it goes back to the National Assembly to repel the existing laws to accommodate the new policy.

He threatened that members of the union would down tolls and proceed on a nationwide strike if government insisted on implementing the IPPIS policy.

“Why we can’t accept IPPIS is because of the retrogressive nature of the payment platform to the peculiar nature of the university system.

“Actually, IPPIS violates the university Act of 2003, where the governing councils are supposed to be the ones to administer over the administrative, financial and personnel of every university.

“With IPPIS in the university, it means government is taking all the functions of councils off them, without resorting to the National Assembly to repel the existing law.

“We have taking our stand on this matter; we insist that the laws of land must not be violated.

“But if government goes ahead with its plan, we will have to down tools; we will also not work,” he said

Maigoro explained that the union, at its National Executive Council (NEC) held in Minna, in December 2019, had made its position known to government on the IPPIS matter.

He said that the University of Jos chapter of the union would abide by any decision taken by its national body.

“We in university of Jos are in line with the position of our national body. We are not accepting IPPIS,” he said.

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Tallen gives N250, 000 cash prize to best UniJos graduating female students, to support 200 indigent ones with N4m

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Tallen gives N250, 000 cash prize to best UniJos graduating female students, to support 200 indigent ones with N4m

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has given N250, 000 cash prize each to two best graduating female students of University of Jos and promised to support 200 indigent ones.

Tallen’s gesture was conveyed by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sabastian Maimako, at the 31st and 32nd combined convocation of the university on Saturday in Jos.

Maimako said Tallen’s gesture was to encourage the female students to put in their best.

The minister also announced that she would support 200 poor female students with N20,000 each, totaling N4 million.

“She told me to announce that 200 indigent female students would be supported by her with the sum N20,000 each.

“She directed the university to furnish her with the list of the deserving students.

“However, it is not for every female student, it is for those that have superior academic standing,” he said.

According to Maimako, Tallen emphasised that she was committed to improving the lots of the girl child and women in Nigeria.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Tallen and her Special Duties counterpart,  Sen. George Akume, attended the convocation ceremony.

Edited & Vetted By: Saidu Adamu and Abdullahi Yusuf
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UniJos graduates 11, 431 students, 74 first class, 97 PhDs

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UniJos graduates 11, 431 students, 74 first class, 97 PhDs

The University of Jos on Saturday, graduated 11, 431 students comprising 74 first class, three distinctions (Pharmacy) and 97 Doctors of Philosophy (PhDs).

Prof. Sabastian Maimako, Vice- Chancellor (VC) of the University gave the figures at the university’s 31st and 32nd combined convocation in Jos.

“The total comprises 3, 385 undergraduate graduands for 2016/2017 session, 3,638 for undergraduates for 2017/2018 session and 2260 graduands from affiliated institutions.

“Also 1,703 graduated with postgraduate degrees and diplomas among which 97 earned PhDs”.

The VC said that the distinctive feature of the convocation was the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on some distinguished personalities.

He said that two of the personalities;Prof. Peter Okebukola and Dr Attia Nasreddin had made unique and outstanding contributions to educational and national development as well as the growth of humanity.

Prof. Okebukola is a Professor of Computer Education and former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission(NUC), while Nasreddin is the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NASCO Group, Jos.

The vice-chancellor thanked the Federal Government as well as other stakeholders; local and international partners and funding agencies for their contributions to the university.

“This sense of ownership and pride in the university has been invaluable.

“We appreciate them for their support despite the challenging periods, this has encouraged us to remain strong and steadfast in promoting the cause of the university.

“Without this strong support, the university could have not  come this far,” he said.

He, however, identified encroachment by surrounding communities of the  university as one of the challenges confronting the institution.

Maimako appealed to the Federal Government to provide a security outpost within the proximity to the university to augment the its security efforts.

The Pro- Chancellor of the University, Mr Tony Momoh, commended the President for the federal capital appropriation and direct intention by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

Momoh assured that the University would continue to move forward as one of the preferred universities in the country.

“The university has recorded some modest milestones in the areas of infrastructure development, research, accreditation of more academic programmes, linkages and a host of others.

“Within the period under review, several projects have been completed while more are ongoing,” he said.

Miss Doreen Ufuani, best graduating student, 2017/2018 session appreciated God for the privilege and promised to continue with her education up to PhD level.

Ufuani is a graduate of Educational Foundation. .
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Convocation: UniJos to confer honorary degrees on Okebukola, NASCO Group CEO 

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the University of Jos is to confer Prof. Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary, National Universities of Commission (NUC) and Dr Attia Nasreddin, Chief Executive Officer, NASCO Group with honorary doctorate degrees.

Prof. Sabastian Maimako, Vice Chancellor of the University, on Monday in Jos, announced that the duo would be conferred with the degrees on Saturday at the 29 and 30 combined convocation of the university.

“I am particularly elated to announce that the University  Senate has approved and the Governing Council has rarified the conferment of honorary degree on the two distinguished personalities.

“Both of them are internationally renowned for the contribution to the national development and human uplifment,” Maimako said.

He said that Prof. Okebukola would be conferred with Doctor of Science Degree Honoris Causa (D.Sc) for his outstanding contribution to the development of education.

He added that Nasreddin would be be conferred with the Doctor of Business Degree  Honoris Causa (DBA) for distinctive business acumen.

The vice chancellor said that activities lined up for the convocation include inauguration of projects in the university by Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary of TETFund.

“Convocation lecture will be delivered by Prof. Dakas CJ Dakas on the topic ‘Our Common Heritage: Towards Harnessing Nigeria’s Diversity for Sustainable Peace and Development’.

“The chairperson of the event will be Dame Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs.

“There are series of other activities lined up including a football match and a convocation dinner,”he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Abdullahi Yusuf
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