Gov. Obiano Supports Umunze Federal College Of Education

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has announced several support measures for the development of education in Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze, Orumba South local government area of Anambra state.

During the 23rd Joint Convocation ceremony of the institution where governor Obiano bagged a Fellowship Award, he stated that education was a critical enabler in his administrative blueprint and would also be a tool which youths could compete favorably, globally, and all efforts would be channeled towards improving it.

He announced the immediate commencement of construction of 1.8 kilometer Boulevard leading to the institution, immediate delivery of a 32 seating capacity bus and in addition to contracting the refuse disposal of the institution to a competent private sector firm and a donation of the institution development token of 5Million Naira.

The 23rd Joint Convocation ceremony of the institution was for 2,058 graduating students for the award of the National Certificate of Education (NCE), and Professional Diploma in Education (PDE).

The academic procession was impressive as the governor also joined and added to the spectacle.

At the convocation arena, speeches from the Provost, Professor Jehoshaphat Ogbuagu and the Executive Secretary of National Commission for College of Education, Professor Babb-Aliyu Muhammadu, who represented the Minister of Education, harped on objectives of higher education in producing teachers with occupational knowledge and skills needed for teaching technology relevant to the growth of Nigeria economy.

The Governor advised the graduating students and the need for them to take up the opportunities education had provided them with.

“As you have presented your certificates, you will see where it will say that you must be found worthy in character and learning, very critical key words for your future development and for the advancement of society.”

He also contributed to the growth of the institution, “As the provost mentioned earlier that we have started work on. It is 1.8 kilometers, we will finish it and asphalt it. I have also told the Provost, although I have given you buses a couple of times to enable you to commute within this great institution, I will be giving you another 32 sitting capacity bus”.

However, the governor was then decorated with Fellowship Award of the institution which is the highest award from the College reserved exclusively for selected persons who have proved their mettle in their areas of professionalism.

The award was in recognition of his giant strides in the development of Anambra state within a short period of time.

College Workers Protest Suspension Of Colleagues

Students Protest, Kwara StudentsWorkers at the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor plantation in Ibadan have demanded the reinstatement of suspended Principal Officers of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic in the institution.

The workers are also calling for the removal of the provost, Engr. Babajide Adelrkan.

They converged on the entrance of the institution early in the morning with placards of various inscriptions calling for the implementation of all the directives of the Minister of Agriculture, over the issues in contention particularly the reinstatement of their colleagues.

They paralysed business and other activities within and outside the premises which housed three other government establishment, as they locked the three gates that lead to the Moor plantation.

The students and other staffs were denied access into the premises while those inside were also prevented from coming out.

Speaking with Journalists on the essence of the protest, the Co-coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic in the Southwest, Olawale Adetunji said the crisis rocking the Federal College of Agriculture, Moore Plantation ibadan started when the workers decided to join the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic.

He added that at inception, the arrangement was going smoothly until the present Provost of the college came into power.

He vowed that the union will not back down on the protest until all the five point directives ordered for implementation by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh are implemented.

The Co-coordinator also said, the Vice President of the Academic Staff Union in Nigeria, Barrister Timothy Ogunseye maintained that the national leaders of the union are in full support of the demands by staff of the college, and the refusal of the Provost from implementing the directives of the minister in reinstating the sack workers, is treasonable.

He said ” As far as I am concerned what they are doing is treasonable felony. The constitution is clear, section 40 on Freedom of Association,  members here have chosen to align with ASUP and that is their right”.

The chairman of the union at the institution, Comrade Jokanola Olufemi stated that’ “these suspended workers of the union are being treated unjustly and we are ready to go to any length to ensure the implementation of the government directives to reinstate them”

Also they are demanding the implementation of all the directives of the Minister of Agriculture and rural development dated December 16, 2016 as they have fulfilled their end of the agreement, which included writing an official letter of apology to the management of the institution.

University of Education Ekiadolor Lecturers Resume Strike

Ediadolor strikeLecturers of the Edo State owned College of Education, now Tayor Akpata University of Education, Ekiadolor have resumed their suspended strike.

The resumption of the strike, which is allegedly related to unpaid salary arrears and alleged victimisation of their union members, became a bad news for the students who said they had barely settled down for lectures after almost a year of staying away from school.

In the meantime, the provost of the College, Professor Amen Uhunwangho, said the latest strike was uncalled for, as the government was doing everything possible to meet its obligations to the lecturers.

18 Lecturers Nabbed By SSS For Admission Racketeering

Officials of the State Security Service, Niger State command, has apprehended 18 lecturers of the Niger State College of Education for alleged admission racketeering.

The provost of the institution, Professor Faruk Lawal who declined to speak on camera, told Channels Television that the syndicate was discovered when the school authority on suspicion of a foul play in the admission process decided to change the institution’s admission process.

He maintained that the lecturers who had been involved in the practice for more than 10 years were collecting money, ranging from fifty thousand to hundred thousand naira to admit students who did not have the Senior Secondary Certificate (S.S.C.E).

Professor Lawal disclosed that over 1000 students were affected, adding that investigation into the racket was on-going with a view to unmasking other members of the syndicate.

University Of Benin Disowns Professor’s Claim of AIDS Cure

The University of Benin has disowned claims that its researchers have found a cure for HIV/AIDS, following the announcement by the Dean of the School of Basic Medical Sciences, Professor Isaiah Ibeh, that a new drug which was capable of wiping out the virus from a patient in 30 days has been discovered.

Prof. Ibeh, who is the Dean of the School’s Basic Medical Sciences, said he has conducted trials on five HIV patients, and the outcome showed the drug, Deconcuction X (DX)–Liquid or Bioclean 11, has the potency to destroy the virus.

The school’s Provost, College of Medical Science, Vincent Iyawe, said on Wednesday the school was not “consulted’ or “carried along” in the research, and said protocols for such studies were also not followed.

“The school will like to take credit for a breakthrough, but the school cannot align with the breakthrough because the university college was not consulted, Mr. Iyawe, a Professor, was quoted as saying.

He said the findings needed to be presented to the federal ministry of health and exposed to more comprehensive clinical trials.

“We are going to take it (drug) to the clinical laboratory; we are going to take it to the Federal Ministry of Health because they have a procedure there,” he said. “We’ll probably take it to NAFDAC because it is a unit or department of the ministry.

“We’ll take it for clinical trial, and many things we’ll have to do before we can announce that we discovered something. In fact, we have to take it to the World Health Organization. So these are the things we are discussing.”

Professor Ibeh, had earlier told reporters in Benin that the herbal drug had undergone “series of successful tests”.

He said more volunteers were undergoing treatment and that the efficacy of the medication, a herbal product, has been reviewed by US Toxicologists.

Mr. Ibeh’s announcement that the drug developed by his team could cure AIDS with guarded optimism, and outright rejection.