Tuesday, 17 January 2017

College dismisses six staff for gross misconduct:



The Isa Kaita College of Education, Dustinma in Katsina State said it dismissed six of its academic staff for gross misconduct. The College said it had also demoted two academic staff and cautioned one person for misconduct against the rules of the institution.

The Provost of the College, Dr Maigari Abu, disclosed these on Monday in Dustinma, Katsina State at a news conference.
Abu said that the dismissal was part of recommendations of a disciplinary committee set up to investigate alleged offences committed by the affected staff.

The provost added that the demoted staff and those issued warning letters contravened
the rules and regulations of the College.
“The college has its rules and regulations and any staff that violates them will be punished.
“We have a committee that monitors the conduct of staff and students as the college will not allow any staff to compromise laid-down standards,” Abu said.
He said the college sponsored 26 staff to study for doctorate degrees, while 38 were studying for their Masters degrees in various institution in the country.
Abu explained that recently, the college signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, to commence degree programme in 2017 in some selected subjects.
He said 330 students had been admitted and would be awarded with degrees after the completion of their programmes by the college in the next four years.
The provost commended the Katsina State Government for providing funds which assisted in full accreditation of 23 courses by the National Council for Colleges of Education for the institution.

Universities’ non-academic unions to begin 5-day warning strike:





Non-academic unions in the Nigerian universities say they will on Monday, 16th Jan, embark on a five-day warning strike over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreements with the unions.
The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions in a statement stated that the warning strike became necessary in order for government to fully implement the 2009 FGN/Non-Teaching Staff Unions Agreements it freely entered into with the unions.
JAC said that a letter of the warning strike signed by Samson Ugwoke, SSANU President, Sani Suleiman, President of NAAT and Chris Ani, NASU President had been send to the Minister of Education.
JAC said the letter was also copied to the Minister Labour and Employment, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and President of Nigeria Labour Congress.
The statement quoted the committee as saying that “the University system is challenged by poor governance and administrative lapses which needs to be addressed holistically.
“Poor funding of our universities, shortfall in payment of staff salaries, increasing corruption in the university system should be addressed.’’
It also listed as among the problems that required attention of the government was inadequate physical infrastructure and abandoned projects which they said had reduced the capacity and output of its members.
Other areas were lack of adequate teaching and learning facilities which had reduced the productivity of members and the non-payment of Earned Allowances being product of the 2009 Agreement, among others.
Meantime, JAC has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over what it described as the “continued industrial unrest at Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Akure: the need for decisive government action concerning the university’s Vice Chancellor.”
In a letter to President Buhari, JAC said that arising from issues of serious disagreement between labour unions in the institution and the Vice Chancellor, Adebiyi Gregory Daramola, there had been continuous industrial unrest.
“It is noteworthy that the university has been experiencing serious industrial disharmony since Oct. 6, 2016 as a result of workers demand for the removal of the VC on grounds of alleged corruption and maladministration.
“Sir, it is on record that the Vice Chancellor has a case to answer at the EFCC. He is however yet to be arraigned. Indeed, the allegation of corruption against the VC is substantial.
“It is the candid opinion of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) unions of NAAT, NASU and SSANU that a government which is bent on fighting corruption in all ramifications should not turn a blind eye under these circumstances.
“So, it will be in the interest of justice and industrial harmony that the VC be prosecuted by the relevant government agencies so that normalcy can be restored in the university,’’ it said.

Professor, four others killed in UNIMAID bomb blast:




The Borno Police Command on Monday said a professor and four other persons were killed when a male suicide bomber detonated his explosive at the senior staff quarters of the University of Maiduguri.
The Commissioner of Police(CP), Damian Chukwu, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Maiduguri.
Chukwu said that 15 persons, who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to the hospital.
“At about 5:45 a.m. a mobile police officer who is on duty sighted a suicide bomber who was trying to scale the fence at gate five of the university.
” Suspicious of his movement, the mobile police officer instantly gunned him down and his bomb exploded and killed him instantly.
“The second suicide bomber, a seven-year-old detonated the second explosive at the senior staff quarters mosque in the university where a professor and four persons were killed and 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital,” victim said Chukwu.
Alhaji Satomi Ahmed, the Chairman of State Emergency Management Agency(SEMA), said one victim was Prof. Aliyu Usman Mani, the Director of Veterinary of the University.
” All I can appeal to the people is to be vigilant and ensure proper watch because, like we have said, the insurgents are in disarray and employing any tactic to cause havoc.
“The people must be vigilant at all time,” said Satomi.


NIGERIAN MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN DIASPORA TO PARTNER WITH OKO ON COMMUNAL HEALTH CARE:




A new dawn was envisaged yesterday, 22nd Of December for the medical unit of Federal Polytechnic Oko as the Varsity group, Nigerians in Diaspora proposed a Medical collaboration with the Institution. The 4 man team led by the Medical Director, Medical Practitioners in diaspora US Chapter, Dr.B.C. Okoro applauded the two gigantic complexes Medical Center of the Institution which they said were astonishing, well-equipped to its brim and the best in Nigeria. While applauding Prof.Godwin Onu for his beyond imagination achievements, Dr. B.C. Okoro said he was already satisfied and rest assured of a place of Medical Service Domicile in the South Eastern region, because there had been several free medical programs the group embarked-on in the past to help clean the medical exigencies of the poor masses in Nigerian chores and localities which lacked a suitable and facilitated environment. His words “We are very perplexed with what we have seen here. Actually, we have come to give free Medical services to Anambra State. We actually needed an equipped place to relax and inform the citizenries that we have arrived for the usual free medical services we offer. Since the Medical unit of the school is satisfactorily equipped, we are going to collaborate with you to treat dentistry, optical and cardiology issues.”
The Medical Director of the Institution, Dr.Ifeoma Monago lauded the partnership program saying that she was fully in the center of attraction and in support of it. Her words “I am fully in support of this program. As you can see, am already joyous that this is happening to the Institution. The Medical center belongs to Staff and Students of the Institution who are treated freely after enrolling in TSHIP and NHIS programs respectively. It also serves as a Medical Center for neighboring villages of Oko, Ekwulobia, Ufuma etc. So this partnership is going to go a long way to uplift the face of the Medical center.”
The Rector in his remarks lauded the Nigerian Doctors abroad. He said Nigerian Doctors were the best on planet earth and that they only go abroad to base because of lack of best practicing remuneration and facilities in some hospitals. He also showered encomium on the collaboration plan which he said was a welcomed development since it is in concomitant with his plans to make Federal Polytechnic Oko, a center of excellence. He described that he met the Medical center as a bungalow of few rooms and parlor but pulled it for a better structure when he saw the need of making it a center of medical attraction. Conclusively, he said the visit was well ordained and promised to give full support in making sure that a better outcome is achieved for the Community, State and Nigeria at large.


Monday, 19 December 2016

UNIBEN mourns as three lecturers die in road crash




The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has confirmed the death of the three of its lecturers in a road crash that occurred last weekend at Abudu village.
Twenty-two persons reportedly died in the accident.
It said the three lecturers were in the Department of Pharmacy and that they were returning from Awka, the Anambra State capital.
Then university’s management gave the names of the deceased lecturers as Prof. Lucky Okunrobo, Head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Dr. Godwin Joseph, acting Head of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Dr. Saturday Idemudia, Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology.
A statement by UNIBEN’s Public Relation Officer (PORO), Mr. Micheal Osasuyi, said Vice Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Orunmwense, expressed shock over the death of the three lecturers.
The statement said Osasuyi commiserated with families of the deceased.
Also, the lecturers and other victims of the accident have been given a mass burial near the site of the accident.
The PRO of the State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) George Otoaviokhai said the victims were buried last Saturday.
He said their families could not identify their charred remains.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has condoled UNIBEN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, as well as the institution’s management and workers on the death of the three lecturers.
A condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki, reads: “This, indeed, is an unfortunate incident in which several lives, including three members of the academia, have been lost in one fell swoop.
“I, on behalf of the good people of Edo State, commiserates with the Vice Chancellor and management of the institution and families of the deceased lecturers for these great losses.
“Our heart-felt pain also goes out to other families that lost their loved ones in the incident.
“While the state government will liaise with the relevant agencies to know the actual cause of the accident, the state government, however, encourages motorists and other road users to comply with traffic safety measures at all times, especially during this festive period.”