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As UNIPORT ASUU’s Ultimatum Expires Today …

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Expectations are currently
high in the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) regarding whether the Governing Council of the institution will rescind  its decision of suspending the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Sunday Lale,  over the ultimatum given it by the UNIPORT Branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which expires, today.
ASUU, UNIPORT branch, had midweek declared the action of the Governing Council of UNIPORT in suspending the acting vice chancellor without due process ultra vires in a press conference, and given July 27 as an ultimatum to rescind their action.
In an exclusive interview with the ASUU Chairman of the university, Dr Austen Sado, he explained that while ASUU will not back the Acting V.C if he is found wanting, they would stand for due process in metting out what ever disciplinary action to him.
Buttressing the action of ASUU, Dr Sado noted that three issues are at stake: the first is that the procedure for the removal of the Ag V.C is not in accordance with the relevant law.
“The procedure for the removal of VC as stipulated in the law is very clear. If there is an allegation, or any financial malfeasance on the part of the VC, they should invite senate committee of three members, one of which will come from the council, and the chairman of that committee will be a member of the council.
“That did not happen before the VC was suspended and we (ASUU) think that they have not followed due process,” he said.
The second issue, according to Dr Sado, has to do with the filling of the office of VC should there be a vacancy.
“In the event that the office of the VC is vacant …, it is the responsibility of the senate of the university to recommend the candidate to be appointed to council for 16 months, pending when the substantive VC will be appointed by the university.
“That did not happen in this case. We  are also not aware that the senate of UNIPORT recommended anybody to be appointed as Ag VC.
The third issue, Sado continued, has to do with the manner in which the April 11, 2016 students strike in UNIPORT was handled.
“The senate of the university is the one empowered to take charge of administrative issues. What happened on the 11th of April falls within the purview of the senate to set up any panel or committee to investigate the situation and  report to Council.
“That did not happen. council usurped the power and we have simply written to council to say that this amounts to usurpation of power, hence they should rescind their decision,” the ASUU chairman concluded.
Meanwhile, the congress of ASUU in UNIPORT, will meet today to review whatever development regarding the suspension of Professor Lale, according to the ASUU chairman.‘

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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MAN Boss Wants Students To Join Manufacturing Sector

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The Chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Rivers/Bayelsa Branch, Senator Adawari Michael Pepple has charged the graduating students of Showers Christian High School to join the manufacturing sector now, in order to excel faster in life.
Senator Pepple  said this while delivering his speech on the theme,”Working in the Lord’s Vineyard, Manufacturing Option”, at Showers 2020/2021 graduation ceremony in MAN’s conference hall, Port Harcourt.
 He noted that no nation has become industrialised without the manufacturing sector, adding, “for developing economy like Nigeria to move to a developed economy, we must be serious with the manufacturing sector”.
The guest speaker urged the graduands to think big and make up their minds to join the sector which he said is the highest employers of labour outside government.
He warned against sitting down to wait for white collar jobs which does not allow for expansion, adding, “all you need is hardwork, commitment and the ability to transform a raw material into a finished product”.
Also speaking, the chairman of the occasion, Engr. Vincent Nnadi, congratulated the graduating students of Showers, stating that, “the best results TotalEnergies  projects for her children always comes from Showers students.
He commended the “Catch Dem Young” programme of the company in collaboration with Evo and Egi Kingdoms as a transforming force and charged the graduands to develop themselves the more.
“Take advantage of the local content law and face the competitive world”, he said, stressing the need to start Showers University.
The representative of TotalEnergies, Engr. Okechukwu Obara, who is the Deputy General Manager, Community Affairs Development Programme (CADP) said the benefits of the programme cannot be over emphasised, stating that the streaming down programme could not stop it.
Engr. Obara noted that any child given an opportunity can compete effectively with others even from the developed countries.
In her speech, the Executive Managing Director of the school, Mrs. Emilia Akpan said: “ Catch Dem Young (CDY) programme sponsored by TotalEnergies has produced notable results over the years.
They have proved that, given the right mentoring and support, they can do as well as other students with more privileged backgrounds. 
“The students have consistently improved their results over the years, since 2013.
“The Class of 2020 produced the best results in Cambridge International Examinations in Nigeria in the O’ Level categories. All the four students entered in the November 2020 Cambridge International Examination, passed with flying colours.  
In her speech, the head girl of the graduands, Atili Tamunosisi Jaja said, “the months have been full of mixed experiences, and they have contributed  immensely to our growth.  The experiences have given us opportunity to have more focus on our areas of interests and helped us to have a crystal-clear idea on how to develop and achieve our vision and future careers”.

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Don Advocates Organic Trajectory For Food Production

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A Professor of Agricultural Economics in Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Prof. Sixtus Anyanwu, has called for the use of Organic Agriculture for an increased agricultural productivity, poison-free food consumption and sustainable food security.
Anyanwu made the call during his Inaugural Lecture titled The Contemporary Trajectories for Increased Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria’ at the university’s main campus, Rumuolumeni, PortHarcourt, last Wednesday.
Anyanwu said the call became imperative following the challenges posed by the inorganic agricultural system not only on the economy but the health of the Nigerian population.
Anyanwu stated that the trajectory for the reported increased agricultural productivity required reexamination to determine it’s roles in the contemporary global warming occasioned by soil, ground water and general environmental pollution, adding that if such pathways were implicated in the exacerbation of human misery or fails the test of environmental sustainability, then, an alternative trajectory becomes a desideratum.
The Agricultural expert who noted with dismay the apparent scarcity of inorganic fertilizers,  tardiness in its supply as well as the environmental hazards associated with its use stressed the need for the extensive practice of the organic manure and indeed organic agriculture.
Anyanwu said: Increased agricultural productivity is dependent on the fertility of the soil. In the 1950s, most of the nutrient needs of crops were supplied by the natural fertility of the soil and added manure while inorganic fertilizers comprised only an insignificant percentage of the nutrients needed for grain production. 
“However, certain inadvertent environmental and human health externalities of the mineral fertiliser driven trajectory for increased agricultural productivity has made the interrogation of this pathway a desideratum in the search for a more sustainable food security paradigm”.
While explaining that organic agriculture was a form of agriculture that uses sustainable natural resources and strategies such as the application of bio-fertilisers, biological pest control and crop rotation, Anyanwu revealed that extensive usage of organic manure was already culturally acceptable to the farmers because livestocks rearing was already an integral part of their farming systems.
The expert therefore recommended that organic agriculture trajectory be considered due to the salient attributes and available data based empirical evidence particularly of a safe consumption of agricultural produce.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

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NGO To Organise Education Talk Show In PH

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The Centre for Social Transformation and Human Development (CHDST) in collaboration with the Nigeria Network and Campaign for Peace Education has reiterated its readiness to organise  the first Independent Talking Across Generations on Education (iTAGe) event in Africa.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the organisers, Dr Polycarp Henetu and  Collins Imoh and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
According to the statement,  the  event would  be in  partnership with UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). 
It also hinted that the  high profile-event will hold on September 4,  2021 in Port Harcourt  and added that participants will be drawn across the country.
It further revealed that  emphasis would be made  on youth engaging with senior policy makers on “Deepening a Culture of Peace and Democracy through Education’,  over the years, on TAGe events held in India, USA, and Canada.
Defining its nature and purpose, it stated that   MGIEP focuses more on achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education to foster peaceful and sustainable societies by developing programmes and products that promote social and emotional learning, innovate digital pedagogies and empower the youth.
About Talking Across Generations on Education (TAGe) initiative, it said that it was  a youth-driven intergenerational dialogue on education,  premised on the centrality of the transformative nature of dialogue.
“The world is home to more than 1.8 billion young people. More often than not, these young people are pushed to the periphery of the policy making process in the areas of education, peace, sustainability and global citizenship; they are not viewed as key stakeholders. MGIEP believes that any strategy aimed at the youth cannot be successful without their voice being heard by policy makers.
“Therefore, effective engagement of Nigerian youth should include incorporating perspectives from young people into each component of policy making, education opportunities, programme planning and other vital national/international decision-making avenues. This lies at the core of the Talking Across Generations on Education project”, it said.
 In addition, it hinted that the dialogue in Port Harcourt will be expected to achieve these objectives by facilitating an unrestrained dialogue between young people interested in the field of education together with experienced and high-level senior decision makers for an intergenerational dialogue on education.

By: King Onunwor

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