SSANU Members Block UNIBEN Junction Protest Poor Welfare

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The members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University and Non-Academic Staff Union (SSANU) University of Benin chapter are protesting over poor welfare.

The protesting members blocked a section of the Benin-Lagos Expressway to vent their displeasure.

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They were seen carrying placards with inscriptions written “A worker must be paid his dues.

“Reinstate staff school teachers now”!.

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UNIBEN Seeks Better Funding As FG Delegation Inspects Projects

UNIBEN Postgraduate Students Reject Increased Thesis Defence Fees

The management of the University of Benin has appealed to the Federal Government to release funds for the completion of abandoned projects in the institution.

Top UNIBEN officials made the appeal on Tuesday when a Federal Government delegation inspected projects being executed by the FG in the institution.

The officials told Channels Television that projects under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) receive better funding, and that some of those funded directly from Federal Government allocation to the school had been abandoned due to poor funding.

A deputy director in the Ministry of Education, Charity Ogah, who represented the Minister of Education, gave the assurance that the Federal Government would continue to do the needful to improve the country’s educational sector.

“Government is doing its best, the ministry is making all necessary effort to ensure that we have peace and ensure that teaching and learning go on very well in our institutions of learning,” she said.

“Government has the interest of every citizen at heart and we are doing our best, with time you will begin to see the result. Government is listening.”

Work is ongoing at the projects the team inspected. They include the postgraduate hostel, female hostel as well as a lecture hall for the faculty of education all of which are funded by the TETFUND.

But for others like the faculty of agriculture building and the college of medical sciences, this is not the case as funding has been a major challenge.

The Director of Physical Planning, UNIBEN, Timi Ikhiesemoje, said, “The ones by the Federal government is actually epileptic in the sense that the funding is inadequate.

“Every year, we wait for allocation, the money allocated is not enough to even complete the number of projects that they are meant for, so we have to focus on few ones to be able to have something reasonable to get out from the funding.”

On his part, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Yisa Muhammad said, “The situation in Nigeria is the sort that we have to manage what we have; the resources are limited and we cannot satisfy everybody, but definitely education is underfunded and we will do whatever is humanly possible as a government supplement, that is through the intervention projects like the TETFUND.”

UNIBEN Murder: Police Arrest Three Suspects

Public Relations Officer, Edo State Police Command, Moses Nkombe

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a senior lecturer in the University of Benin, Professor Paul Otasowie.

Otasowie was shot dead by the armed men in front of his residence on Ekehuan Road in Oredo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday evening.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Police Command, Moses Nkombe, told Channels Television that the suspects are helping the police in their investigation of the matter.

He said the police had received a distress call about the incident after which operatives were sent to the scene.

The professor was, however, shot dead before they arrived.

“In the course of trying to unravel the cause of the incident, three suspects were arrested and the Nissan Primera that was used in tracing the victim to his house was recovered by the police,” he said.

“The suspects are helping the police currently to unravel the cause of that incident.”

Otasowie’s murder is a latest in string of crime in the state and follows the abduction of a popular musician, Mr Joseph Osayomore, and the head of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, Mr. Andrew Ehanire, and a Catholic priest, Fr. Lawrence Adorolo.

The security situation in the state has led the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to engage each other in a war of words.

UNIBEN Postgraduate Students Reject Increased Thesis Defence Fees

UNIBEN Postgraduate Students Reject Increased Thesis Defence Fees

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) says it is looking into a complaint about fees charged postgraduate students as a prerequisite to defending their thesis.

The students who staged a protest at the office of the Vice Chancellor of the university on Monday said they cannot afford to pay the N30,000 charged postgraduate diploma students; N60,000 for masters and N90,000 for Ph.D. students allegedly demanded by the institution.

The Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN, Michael Osasuyi said the fees were as a result of the decision of the University Council in 2016.

He said: “In a university, things are done accordingly. Nobody wakes up to take a decision without the Council’s approval and there is a Council decision on all of these matters as it concerns the postgraduate students. When you go elsewhere outside the University of Benin, you will come to appreciate the University of Benin’s position that we are very considerate when it comes to whatever we are doing here”.

“So I want to assure the students that the matter is being looked into. The University of Benin has not increased fees. Whatever ever the students are talking about was a Council’s decision in October 2016 and not even the school fees or the tuition as the case may be. It takes a lot to train postgraduate students and the University of Benin is poised at doing that which is very important and relevant,” Osasuyi added.

UNIBEN Students Shelve Planned Protest

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President, University of Benin, Student Union Government, Ifidon Ikhide

Students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have shelved their planned protest in which they said they were going to shut down activities in the entire state today.

The President of the UNIBEN Student Union Government, Ifidon Ikhide, told Channels Television that this follows the intervention of the management of the school.

Meanwhile the Edo State Police Command mobilised hundreds of policemen to the gate of the university this morning.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Folorunso Adebanjo, had told Channels Television that though the students have a right to protest, the police would not condone the break down of law and order.

Mr Adebanjo  had earlier on Tuesday said they were not worried about the students conducting a peaceful protest but thugs hijacking the event and unleashing mayhem on the people of the state.

“What we are concerned about is the violent one, because we will not allow any break down of law and order in the state,” he said via a telephone interview on Sunrise Daily.

Governor Uduaghan Commissions NDDC Hostel In UNIBEN

r. Emmanuel UduaghanThe Delta State Governor and the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has commissioned a 696-bed state-of-the art hostel built by the Commission and handed it over to the authorities of the University of Benin, UNIBEN.

The UNIBEN hostel project is one out of the 19 hostels built across the Niger Delta Region.

At the commissioning ceremony, Uduaghan said he was impressed with the efforts of the new board and management and assured them of the continued support of the governors of the nine Niger Delta states. The structure, he said, would improve the living condition of students in the university and take UNIBEN back to its days of glory.

He also counseled the students to shun cultism and other vices on campus and advised them to stay focused on doing well in academics to equip themselves for the challenges of life outside the university campus.

Access To Decent Accommodation

On his part, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Bassey Dan-Abia, promised that the Commission would, in line with President Jonathan’s directive, consistently complete and deliver more projects for the benefit of the people of the Niger Delta region in the coming months and years

“Many more hostels will be handed over for the benefit of students in universities across the region,” Mr Dan-Abia said.

He told the crowd that NDDC was determined to complement the infrastructural development efforts of other organs of the Federal Government and the organised private sector in the nation’s education sub-sector, so as to ease the over-crowding of students and increase access to decent accommodation, as he gave a comprehensive account of the commissions projects in the education sector.

The Pro-Chancellor of UNIBEN, Senator Effiong Wilson Bob, said that the NDDC had succeeded in fulfilling its mandate in intervening in the education sector.

The new hostel built by the commission is a world class facility that has helped in lifting the image of UNIBEN. He appealed to the commission to assist the university to renovate its old hostels to bring them somewhere close to the standard of the new hostel.

The prototype hostel, one out of the 19 university hostel projects embarked upon across the nine states of the Niger Delta, is the third to be commissioned by the NDDC and the second by this present board. The first being the NDDC prototype hostel at the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, which was commissioned on February 5, 2014.

The NDDC has so provided 7 hostels about 10% of the 8,283 rooms already existing. The commission had contributed immensely to easing the over-crowding of hostels witnessed by students of the university and increased their access to decent accommodation within the campuses across the Niger Delta Region.

He said that in addition to infrastructural development, the NDDC had in recent times provided science equipment to numerous secondary schools; retrained 500 science teachers and 225 principals and vice principals, for capacity enhancement in schools’ management and administration. “The NDDC also provided 3,600 sets of computers to all the polytechnics in the region; awarded 610 overseas scholarships for Masters Degrees and PHD programmes in engineering and sciences, including medicine, in the best universities across the world. This is to enable them to participate effectively in the oil and gas sub-sector of the Nigerian economy,” the MD said.

ASUU UNIBEN Protests, Says No Going Back On Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Benin Chapter has called on the Federal Government to honour the agreement it reached with the union in 2009.

Members of ASUU UNIBEN who took their protest to the NUJ Press Centre in Benin City said they were on a sensitization as to the reason why they must continue in their strike to press home their demand.

The Union Members in their various speeches said the Federal Government convinced them with promises of sincerity and determination to fulfil the agreement before they called off their strike in 2009.

They however said there was no going back on the strike until all the demands have been met.

ASUU’s  decision to embark on the strike which commenced on July 1st, 2013 was reached at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye.

Nigerian Professor Discovers Possible Cure For HIV/AIDS

A Professor in the University of Benin, Isaiah Ibeh on Tuesday announced the development of a new drug that can allegedly ‘cure’ HIV and AIDS.
Professor Ibeh, who is the Dean of the School of Basic Medical Sciences of the university, told reporters in Benin that the herbal drug had undergone “series of successful tests”.

He said “We are at the threshold of making history, in the sense that we seem to have with us something that will permanently take care of what over time seems to have defied all solutions. “We are talking about the latest discovery of an oral drug made from plants extraction in Nigeria for the possible cure of the pandemic, HIV and AIDS virus.’’

He said the research on the project started in 2010 and culminated in the development of “Deconcotion X (DX)–Liquid or Bioclean 11 for the cure of HIV and AIDS”.

“The existing retroviral drugs are intervention drugs for the management of AIDS but our new discovery is a possible cure.

“We have tried to look at the product first; its toxicological analysis and discovered that it has a large safety margin. “This means that if animals or human beings are exposed to it, they will not suffer any serious harm at all from the exposure. “It also helped us to know the quantity we can conveniently give to animals and will feel secure that nothing untoward will happen.

“We have also done the bacteriological analysis on it, after which we looked at its effect on the virus and the result was quite revealing and refreshing.” Ibeh also said that the drug had been exposed to series of medical examination both in Nigeria and in the USA. He added that the drug had performed well on patients with the HIV virus and had shown evidence of total restoration of damaged tissues.

“The result showed an increase in the body weight of the individual administered with DX. “The body weight was statistically significant when compared with the control group.” He said that further tests were being conducted to determine “at what point will a patient become negative after being administered the drug?”.

“This verification is necessary because it is what is used to measure whether infection is still there or not. So we need to know the siro-convention time. “But preliminary results showed that of the five latest patients orally administered with the drugs, our findings is that up to seven months , three of them were siro negative while two were sill faintly positive.’’

Professor Ibeh appealed for support from the Federal Government and relevant bodies to assist the university with relevant equipment to sustain the research.