No fewer than 204
academic and non-academic staff in Osun state-owned tertiary institutions will be disengaged from service, according to the provosts and rectors of colleges of education and polytechnics.
The provosts and rectors made this known recently when they appeared before the Osun House of Assembly last Tuesday in Osogbo.
They said the staff would be disengaged on grounds of redundancy, inappropriate qualification, disciplinary matters and poor personnel records, among others.
According to data made available to The Tide about 100 academic and 104 non-academic staff will be affected.
Dr Sola Agboola, the Rector of the state Polytechnic, Iree, said that about 22 academic staff and 46 non-academic staff would be affected at his institution.
Similarly, Dr Augustus Oke, the Provost, College of Education, Esa-Oke, said that 15 teaching staff and 10 non-teaching staff would be affected in the college.
Mr Kadir Adegoke, Provost of Illesha College of Education, said 17 teaching staff and 22 non-teaching staff would be affected in his institution. While the Provost of Ila College of Education, Mr Clement Akanni, put the number to be affected in his institution at 46 teaching and 26 non-teaching staff.
Akanni, said the exercise was not intended to witch-hunt but anybody but aimed at improving the standard of education in the state.
The officials said that the state government was not part of the disengagement plan, stressing that it was the decision of the governing councils.
Meanwhile, Mr Najeem Salaam, the Speaker of the assembly, has directed management of the institutions to stop the distribution of the sack letters until the concludes its investigation.
Salaam said the Assembly stood for justice and would investigate the matter before reaching a conclusion.
“Justice has been our watchword in this assembly and we promise to continue to always be on the side of the citizens.
“No innocent person will be punished unjustly as we are ready to get to the root of the matter”.
Salaam directed the provosts and rectors of the institutions to submit the files of the sacked staff to the assembly for investigation.
He also directed them to submit the files of the management staff to the assembly for verification and assessment.
UNIMAID Develops Device To Tackle Insecurity
The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba has said that the institution has engaged in a Research and Innovative programme to develop devices to tackle insecurity challenges in the campus.
Shugaba who revealed this at a forum in Abuja, Yesterday, said the innovative idea became imperative following the devastating effects of insecurity in Borno and its environ.
Shagabu said the university was working with some relevant stakeholders in the area of research and development to provide an enabling environment for effective academic activities in the institution.
He said “ in recent years, we have started recording success in research; we have recorded about five patents and we have breakthrough in registering the patents.
We are now looking at the commercialisation of them”According to him, one of the patents was in veterinary medicine; a kind of ointment that could be applied for the treatment of some animal diseases. “The other one is in the area of telescope that will allow someone to view certain things from a far distance. Another one was in the area of engineering”, he stated.
The Vice Chancellor said the university had received some awards as a result of its achievements in research. Speaking on incentives, Shagabu said there were no specific incentives to motivate the staff to work except “the visiting lecturers whom the university gives 75 per cent of their salary.’’ He, however, said that in spite of the security challenges people were still taking up jobs in the region except those that were not from the region.
According to him, Maiduguri is the safest place in the country irrespective of the security challenges and urged Nigerian students to go into whatever field of study they had passion for even in the university and harness the opportunities in the areas, saying “there is no single course that one will study and will not find use for it.” Shugaba said that all the programmes in the University of Maiduguri had gotten full accreditation from National Universities Commission (NUC) except “Civil and Water Resources Engineering”.
“But we are trying to remedy it, we have put in enough resources; we have injected about N200 million through the appropriation budget and the Borno State government has also injected some facilities”.
Poor Management Of Tertiary Institutions’ Funds, Major Challenge – Minister
Federal Government has said that the poor management of funds allocated to tertiary institutions, especially polytechnics and colleges of education, remained the major challenge of the Education sub-sector.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who stated this while inaugurating governing councils of new eight federal polytechnics and six federal colleges of education, also warned council members against corruption and interference in the day-to-day operations of the institutions.
He said: “Poor management of funds remains a major operational constraint in the sector. It is expected that the limited funds allocated by government should be judiciously utilised.
“Also it is evident that government cannot provide all the funds required to run polytechnics and colleges of education, councils should think out of the box and endeavour to generate more revenue, outside government allocations.
In this regard, councils should enlist the support of philanthropic organisations, individuals and other sources of revenue through an endowment for additional funding of their institutions,” he said.
Adamu warned that President Muhammadu Buhari would not hesitate to dissolve any council found to be corrupt and/or incompetent, noting, however, that with the calibre of men and women being inaugurated, “I am hopeful that he would have no need to exercise his powers in this regard.”
The minister urged the councils to respect the principle of federal character in the appointment of members of staff, stating that some institutions have become parochial and primordial enclaves, with the concept of universalism in education jettisoned, especially in matters regarding staff employment.
He charged members of the councils particularly to work with the Federal Character Commission to ensure compliance.
The minister added that the drive to revamp the quality output of higher education in Nigeria rests on governing councils, and expressed confidence that they would bring their wealth of experience, adherence to and respect for rule of law and due process, to bear in the discharge of their duties.
Mock Exam, Condition For NECO/ WASSCE Reg In Kogi
Writing of mock examination is henceforth compulsory for prospective candidates of National Examination Council and West African Senior School Examination.
At a meeting of the management of the Ministry of Education and proprietors of private schools in Lokoja, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones , reiterated the State Education Law 2020.
The Commissioner who was represented at the meeting by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Emmanuel Idenyi, said schools should register and present details of their candidates for Common Entrance and Mock examinations to the Ministry according to provisions of the State Education Law 2020 or be sanctioned.
According to him, “Mock, which is designed to help students prepare for NECO and WASSCE had to be centralised like the external examinations it mimicked; this should be coordinated by the Ministry”.
The Commissioner explained that the guidelines of Kogi Education Law 2020 as approved is not punitive but designed to aid school owners to operate effectively and the Ministry to project and prepare schools in the state to best standards.
He encouraged owners of private schools who had hitherto failed to register with the Ministry to do so immediately as unapproved schools would not be allowed to write external examinations.
He further appealed to private school owners to register with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools for ease of administration.
While announcing that four students in the state qualified for the 2022 Olympia National Maths Quiz Competition and would be sponsored to the next stage in Jos by the Ministry, the Commissioner noted that the State Education Ministry had addressed shortcomings of the past and better results were being recorded.
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