The Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Alumni Association, Edo, has expressed its displeasure over the plan by the State Government to convert the institution to multi-campus.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Gov. Godwin Obaseki had at a town hall meeting in February announced the plan to move its two faculties, Engineering and Agriculture, to Oredo and Owan West Local Government Areas, respectively.
But the association in a statement signed by its President, Mr Dave Emakunu, and the General Secretary, Mr Johnson Akpolome, appealed to the governor, who doubles as the Visitor to the university, to shelve the idea.
The alumni also demanded the dissolution of the Special Intervention team and immediate constitution of a governing council to manage the institution.
According to the statement, a copy of which was made available to NAN in Benin, the constitution of a Special Intervention Team (SIT) for the Edo state owned university, in place of Governing Council is an aberration, that deserves immediate dissolution.
It asserted that splitting the university into multi-campuses would result to insurmountable challenges, which would arise from implementation of the plan.
This, the union said, would bring untold hardship on the students in terms of logistics.
It noted that the university, as a single campus, was grossly underfunded, with staff salaries owed running into several months.
“The failure to adequately fund the institution has led to industrial crisis and paralysis of academic activities,” the statement said.
It also lamented a situation where all the principal officers of the university were appointed in acting capacity.
“Most worrisome is that the signatures of the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Registrar on the certificates of graduates continuously change because the appointments of these officers are not tenured.
“This is capable of affecting the credibility of the certificates issued by the university.
“What the state government need to do at this crucial time is to ensure that the university is adequately funded to allow for staff salaries to be paid as at when due.
“As well as build adequate infrastructure to cater for the growing population of staff and students of the institution rather than proposing a multi-campus system which will further overwhelm the financial capability of the state,” the statement read in part.
Mob Kills College Female Student
A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, has been killed and her body set ablaze in a mob attack by students of the institution over alleged blasphemy.
A source who spoke with newsmen in the state confirmed that the deceased, named Deborah Yakubu, was alleged to have used blasphemous language.
According to the source, “she was having an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination and when she was asked how she managed to pass her exams, she said it was Jesus.
“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise which she refused.
The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by students after which she was killed in the process.
“After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities of the school have closed down the school and asked all the students to vacate the school premises immediately.
ASUU Strike: Buhari Begs Lecturers To Consider Students
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lingering strike.
Buhari urged ASUU to consider the plight of the students and call off the industrial action.
The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.
Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.
ASUU has been on strike since February 2022.
But ASUU last Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.
The body is demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
IAUE Graduates First Set Of B SC Students As Over 3,000 Students Pass Out Of University
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has graduated its first set of Bachelor of Science degree students from the University, last Friday.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony in an interview with The Tide, a father, who is also a retired staff of The Tide, Newspaper, Mr Urang Job Ogotute stated that for the first time, the university has produced the first Bachelor of Science Batch of Computer Science and other fields.
Ogotute, explained that before, it was only in Bachelor of Education, saying: “Today, the school has metamorphosed in other level of degrees, which is better.
He expressed joy to witness the son’s graduation as well as the rapid development that the IAUE has brought into the state, while thanking the Rivers State Government, and other leaders in the state including the governing council, the Senate, which have made it possible for other degrees like B.Sc and not only B.ED to be offered in an educational institution of this nature.
Also speaking in an interview with The Tide, Best Graduating Student In the Human Kinetic, Mrs Favour Chinonyorem Anosike , who hails from Abia State stated that the university does not play with hard working students, noting that the evidence is a cash of one million naira (N1,000.000) given to her today as the best graduating student in her department.
Anosike stressed the need for students to be hard working, saying: “Hard work pays a lot, my journey thus far was a rough and tough one, as a young lady, newly married to combine family affairs with rigorous studies, night and day was not really easy, but am happy today that my efforts were not a waste.
“As you can see, it pays me double my certificate plus an additional N1million in my name. To God alone I give all the praise, for grace, wisdom and knowledge granted me to emerge best in my department,” Anosike added.
In his reaction, one of the graduating students in Computer Science, Irionu Ogotute who graduated from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science: Computer Science charged those that are contemplating to either further their education or not to believe in themselves as well as in God.
Ogotute stressed that help always comes from God if only they decide to pursue the academic endeavours, God will always make them achieve their dreams.
“I thank God for being alive to witnessed a day such as this. I thank God for making today a reality. I want to advice others, especially those who are confused about the way life is treating them to never give up but should believe in themselves and in God as with God you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in life.
“Hard work pays, so never give up on your dreams and aspirations, God will help you surmount those challenges of life and you will come out successful.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
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