FUNAAB crisis deepens as unions hold rival sendoff for VC

SSANU celebrates exit with akara, NASU kicks The crisis rocking the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as rival industrial unions disagreed over the suspension of the embattled Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Olusola Oyewole. Amidst tight security on the campus, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) held separate rallies to antagonise and support the vice chancellor respectively. While SSANU organised a “valedictory programme” to celebrate the exit of Oyewole, the…

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FG, varsities on collision course over VCs’ suspension

˜FG: Suspension is a routine administrative procedure ˜Whistleblowers: It’s a welcome development The Nigerian university system is on a fresh collision course with the Federal Government over the last Thursday suspension of the Vice-Chancellors, who are currently facing trial over allegation of fraud and financial recklessness levelled against them by some individuals in the universities. The affected vice-chancellors are those of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Adebiyi Daramola and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Olusola Oyewole. There had been agitations from the university workers’…

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SUBEB vows to fix Benue schools

Samuel Ortom

The Chairman of Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Philip Tachin has expressed the determination of Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration to tackle the challenges in the primary education sub-sector, such as lack of adequate qualified teachers and the dearth of basic infrastructure. Tachin gave the assurance while addressing journalists at the end of inspection of some ongoing primary school projects in Guma and Gwer East Local Government Areas of the state. He, however, noted that the facelift of primary schools through renovation and construction of new classrooms was…

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Stakeholders challenge OAU VC on stability, peace on campus

…as Ooni lauds council for transparency Almost one year after the plans of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) to get a substantive Vice-Chancellor was scuttled by protracted opposition and protest against the appointment of Prof. Ayobami Salami by some sections of the workers’ unions, a new vicechancellor has appointed for the institution. A major step to restore normalcy was unfolded last week with the appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor for the 55-year-old university to replace the Acting Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Elujoba, who was named the vice-chancellor in acting capacity…

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Internet addiction and its required attention

Internet addition, otherwise called online addiction or internet addiction disorder, is a potent problem that is increasing becoming part of our daily lives. Unlike what obtains in some parts of the developed world where such problems are given systematic support and special intervention, little or nothing is being done about it here in Nigeria. Internet addiction operates in a variety of ways. Its forms include cybersex addiction, cyberrelationship addiction, net compulsion, information overload and computer addiction. You are likely to find people, especially the youth, around you that have these…

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NSE to govt: Patronise indigenous engineers

…inducts 30 UNN graduates The regulating organ for the engineering profession in the country, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has inducted no fewer than 30 graduates of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), who were presented with the certificates of recognition of the society. The induction is part of efforts by the society to regulate the practice as well as to strengthen and control the standard of professional engineers. The event, which marked the formal enrolment of the inductees into the society as registered engineering graduates, was held at…

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Provost pledges to move college forward

The newly appointed substantive Provost of College of Health Technology (COHTECH), Calabar, Cross River State, Dr. Janet Adah Alorye, has reiterated her administration’s readiness to work with the state government and keep the flag of the college flying. Her appointment was confirmed by the state governor and Moderator to the college, Governor Benedict Ayade during the 10th matriculation of the institution. While describing her appointment as a great honour, a call to serve and challenge, Dr. Alorye said: “I am committed to serve and my administration will work assiduously with…

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Lawyer institutes foundation, awards scholarship to students

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) based in Ilorin, Kwara State and Founder of Yusuf Olaolu Ali Foundation, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) has called on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to assist brilliant, but indigent students to achieve their academic goals in life. Ali, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) made the appeal during the formal presentation of scholarships, under the auspices of his pet Foundation to beneficiaries selected across Oyo, Osun and Kwara States. No fewer than five beneficiaries were selected from each state…

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Don tasks mathematicians on advancement of maths

Before the management and other principal officers of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), as well as members of academia, the memories of the doyen of Education and former Educatioon Minister, the late Prof. Babs Fafunwa, were re-echoed last week, where key stakeholders in the education sector reinforced the importance and need for Mathematics in national development. It was at the 116th edition of the inaugural lecture of the university, which was delivered by Prof. Moses Oludotun Oyesanya, who challenged Mathematicians on the need for knowledge creation, human capital resources…

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AdoPoly Rector leads advocacy team for agric technical education

The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti (ADOPOLY), Dr. Taiwo Theresa Akande has been appointed to lead the “Network for Agricultural Technical Education of Nigeria (NATEN), a new initiative of the Federal Government. The body, under the collaboration of USAID (Farmer-to-Farmer) and WINROCK International Programme, and which has about nine training institutions selected from federal and state polytechnics and colleges of agriculture across the country, was initiated to enhance effective impartation and practice of agricultural knowledge with Technical Education Training. Also NATEN is to serve as an advocacy group for…

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