Lecturers’ Abduction: Kaduna Poly Rector Seeks Joint Action Against Kidnappers

Umar Chinoko                                                                                                                        Adamu Chinoko

 

 

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje, has called for a joint action to tackle the rate of kidnapping in the state.

Professor Bugaje made the call in a statement by his special adviser on media, Bala Aliyu, following the abduction and subsequent release of two lecturers in the state.

The two lecturers, Dr Umar Chinoko and  Adamu Chinoko, both brothers from Kebbi state, regained their freedom on Sunday, six days after they were abducted in the Mahuta area of Kaduna metropolis.

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Professor Bugaje stressed the need for synergy and inter-agency cooperation among institutions, security agencies, and the public in the fight against criminality.

He also appealed to the security agencies to redouble their efforts to rid the society of all forms of criminal elements.

The rector commended the security agencies in the state for their roles in ensuring the release of two abducted lecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He acknowledged the pressure of security operatives against the kidnappers that eventually led to the release of the lecturers.

Professor Bugaje also commended the state government and the Federal Government for putting mechanisms in place to check the menace of kidnapping and banditry in Kaduna and other parts of the country.

Poly Sacks Acting Rector For Using Allegedly Forged PhD Certificates

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A polytechnic in Igbajo, Osun State, has sacked its acting rector, Akinola Olaolu, for allegedly using a fraudulent PhD certificate to get the job.

The Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the institution, Inaolaji Aboaba, said this on Saturday while addressing journalists in the town.

He explained that the decision to relieve the acting rector of his position was reached following the confirmation from the University of Ibadan that the embattled Olaolu did not obtain any PhD certificate from the school where he had claimed to have bagged the PhD.

Akinola Olaolu who joined the Igbajo Polytechnic as a deputy rector in December 2015 had claimed he had a PhD Certificate in Economics from the University of Ibadan until recently when he could not produce the original documents of the said certificate.

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His claim to have a PhD in Economics from UI on his arrival led to the exit of the former rector Tanimowo Oke, who had a master’s degree at the time.

But in the latest development, Aboaba noted that having confirmed that the certificate did not emanate from the University of Ibadan, the governing council of the Polytechnic decided to sack the rector.

According to him, the institution has zero tolerance for such fraudulent acts, capable of jeopardizing the integrity.

Lecturers At Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti Declare Indefinite Strike

The unions want the rector investigated
The unions want the rector investigated

Academic and non academic labour unions at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti have declared an indefinite strike over non-remittance of cooperative deductions and other grievances by the school management.

The unions during a peaceful protest in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, also demanded for the immediate removal of the rector, Dr Taiwo Akande.

Some of the issues raised by the unions include the irregulation demotion of staff from CONTISS 12 and below against a government circular; deduction of pension from contract and casual workers and the non-remittance of staff contributions of the cooperative society among others.

Fed Poly Ado 2The unions also alleged that the rector of the institution is corrupt and called on the anti-graft agencies to investigate the administration of the institution.

The rector while reacting to the allegations says the actions of the unions against her was uncalled for.

Committee Begins Investigation Into Crisis In Ekiti Polytechnic

Polytechnic Ado EkitiA committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Education to investigate the cause of the crisis in the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, has started work.

The management of the polytechnic led by the Rector, Taiwo Akande, has been at loggerhead with the unions of the institution over corruption, financial reckless, nepotism and some other illegalities.

The crisis has led to the closure of the institution, with the unions calling for the removal of the rector.

At a press conference, the committee led by Olu Nipede promised to get to the root of the matter without fear or favour.

In another press briefing the Academic Staff Union, the Senior Staff Association and the non-Academic Staff Union of the polytechnic have called on the panel to ensure they do their job objectively and come out with recommendations that would not be bias.

Reacting to some issues, the Rector told reporters in Ado Ekiti that she would be vindicated in the end of the probe.

EFCC Urges Institutions Heads To Be Transparent In Spending

efccThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Polytechnic Rectors and Provosts of Colleges of Education in the country to ensure prudent and transparent management of funds, especially Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the development of their institutions.   

At an interactive session on anti-corruption between the commission and Rectors of Polytechnics and Provosts of Specialised institutions organised by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in Kaduna, the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, represented by the Head of Public Enlightenment, Osita Nwajah, noted that there had been complaints of mismanagement of IGR by heads of some educational institutions.

He also warned them to desist from such corrupt practices or face arrest and prosecution.

According to the NBTE, the regulatory body for polytechnics and specialised institutions, the number of petitions to the EFCC and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) on corruption against heads of such institutions had grown to an alarming proportion, and consequently affect the education sector.

This interactive session with EFCC officials was organised to sensitise the insitutions’ heads about the activities of the commission and how they can overcome

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr Macjohn Nwaobiala, stressed the need to strengthen and reform institutions Procurement and Financial Management Systems and capacity development for anti-corruption units in institutions.

Some of the Rectors pointed out that fighting corruption does not just end only on money or finances, stressing the need for the government to take adequate care of retired public servants in order to ensure they would not embezzl public fungs. They also recommended effectively fund technical and vocational education in Nigeria.

The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated its determination to effectively fight corruption and recover all stolen public funds from corrupt public officials.

One of such strategies is to first of all educate public officials on how to be transparent and prudent.

Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti Workers Call For Rector’s Removal

Polytechnic Ado EkitiThe workers of the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, in a peaceful protest, stormed the office of the Rector alleging illegal deductions from their salaries amounting to the sum of 250million naira by the management.

The protest was led by the leaders of the three unions of the institution; the Non Academic Staff Union, the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnic, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, as well as the members.

Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian polytechnics, Dr. Ayeni Oluwole, said that the school management must ensure total payment of all the money deducted so far from the workers’ salaries with immediate effect.

Also, the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union, Adekunle Adeniyi, also stressed the urgent need for a change in the leadership of the institution.

The Rector, Taiwo Akande, appealed to the unions to be patient, as their demands would be met as soon as it is approved by the Federal Government.

She further stressed that the lecturers should also consider the students as the strike already embarked on by the unions would not in anyway do them good.

With the indefinite strike embarked on by the unions, academic activities in the institution have been shut down. They said that the situation would remain till their demands are met.