Nigerian Economy Difficult But Encouraging – Tinubu

tinubuA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Bola Tinubu, has described the state of the nation as difficult but encouraging.

He said this at the combined convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja, where he spoke on behalf of the recipients of the university’s honorary degrees.

Honorary degrees were awarded to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi; former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar; former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former Vice President, Dr. Alex Exwueme who was represented by his daughter.

Asiwaju Tinubu thanked the university for the honour and encouraged everyone to see the convocation as the chance for a new beginning in the task of nation building.

The APC leader was of the view that the present situation facing the country requires all Nigerians to make sacrifices and persevere.

Similarly, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Micheal Adikwu, encouraged the graduates to take active roles in pulling the country out of its present economic downturn.

The occasion was to formally give awards to graduate and postgraduate students from 2009/2010 session to the 2014/2015 session in the University of Abuja.

Over 25,000 persons bagged various degrees, with eight students completing their courses with first class honours and 2,324 students with second class upper division.

Traditional rulers, federal ministers, federal lawmakers, and captains of industry, all gathered for the combined convocation ceremony.

UNIABUJA Lecturers Begin Warning Strike

It appears the drama at the University of Abuja has taken a twist, as the Chairman of ASUU of the university; Dr. Clement Chup with the support of the National Executive Council announced the commencement of a warning strike.

The lecturers at the university commenced the two weeks warning strike so as to drive home their demand,that is the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the university and the implementation of the 2012 presidential panel report by the Federal Government.

According to Dr. Clement Chup during a news conference in Abuja, the implementation of the report would save the university from total collapse.

Meanwhile the Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Adelabu denies any plan by the university lecturers to embark on a strike action, as a splinter group called ASUU Integrity asked its members to shun the directive and commence normal academic and administrative duties for the 2012/2013 academic calendar as new intakes of the university resumed to start registration for the 2012/2013 academic session today the 29th of April 2013, while lecturers converge to hold a meeting to embark the planned two-week warning strike outside the school premises.

Now, many of the returning students who were forced to stay at home for five months when the school was forcefully closed may resume on the 5th of May 2013, to face new crisis. The uncertainty surrounding the future of the students has never been more profound, unless the Federal Government intervenes as quickly as possible.

UniAbuja Students Disrupt Examinations

Examinations at the University of Abuja have been disrupted following protests by students against non-accreditation of some courses at the university.

The school consequently announced postponement of examinations till Monday, the 18th of February.

But the students who were dispersed by security operatives threatened to continue if the issue is not resolved.

Hundreds of students were at the gates of the University of Abuja main campus.

The students embarked on a protest to disrupt examinations fixed by the school.

They vowed to prevent examinations until all pending issues of non-accreditation of courses are immediately resolved.

In April 2012, the Federal Government had approved N2 billion for the school to resolve all issues of non-accreditation but the Vice-Chancellor said he only accessed the money last month. The students are however angry over the seemingly unending promises.

The students proceeded to the mini-campus were there was heavy security presence to prevent any violence but in spite of this, they made desperate attempt to seal up the premises to drive home their grievance.

Some lecturers in solidarity with the students revealed that the vice-chancellor has done more harm than good with the failed assurances to the students. They ask the Federal Government not to keep silent over the white paper report submitted to it.

In the meantime the students have vowed to continue disrupting examinations fixed by the school until there is a concrete solution to resolve their plight.

Jonathan orders expulsion of unqualified UNIABUJA students

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday ordered the Minister of Education, Ruqqayat Rufai, to ensure the expulsion of unqualified students from the University of Abuja.
Giving the order while swearing in a new minister, Inuwa Abdulkadir and the chairman and members of the Federal Civil Service Commission at the State House, Abuja, Mr Jonathan directed the minister to set up a committee to compile the list of unqualified students and flush them out.
He accused unnamed politicians of forcing the students on the institution, which was a major reason for the crisis in the institution.

Education Minister reaffirms suspension of Uni Abuja courses

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai on Thursday reaffirmed the suspension of four courses in the University of Abuja until the required facilities necessary for its smooth operation is put in place.

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai

Mrs Rufai disclosed this at a meeting between the Federal government and representatives of the students’ union government and teachers from the University of Abuja.

The Minister had last month announced the suspension of courses in four faculties, namely; Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and Agriculture for non-accreditation, but later reversed its decision on Agriculture.

She criticised the Vice-Chancellor of the university, James Adelabu, over mismanagement leading to the academic crisis, three years after assuming office.

According to Mrs Rufai, a taskforce would be constituted to work with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the management of the university to ensure the accreditation of the suspended courses.

Students accept government’s term

The student representatives were led by the President of University of Abuja Medical Students’ Association (UAMSA), Uchenna Anyanwu.

“After widespread consultations with our parents, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Management, University of Abuja Management and senior colleagues in the medical profession on the two options:

Firstly, that the students wait for the six months proposed by the Vice-Chancellor to provide all the necessary accreditation of the courses and secondly, those students who want transfer to other accredited medical schools put up their names. “

Mr Anyanwu said if the management of the University could put the necessary requirements in place within six months as proposed by the Vice Chancellor, the best option for the students was to wait.

He said the students were aware that the process for inter-university transfers could take some time and urged the Minister to give the Vice Chancellor the necessary support to ensure the accreditation of the courses within the time frame.

The President said if in six months the University was unable to get accreditation, “the entire medical students wish to be transferred to other accredited medical schools as consultations and negotiations would have been completed by then”.

The Vice Chancellor however, said the school would ensure that all the issues were sorted out and the necessary infrastructure put in place in three months (less than the six months) to enable the accreditation of the courses.