Anti-Snakebite: University Of Jos Makes Major Breakthrough In Medical Research

 

A major breakthrough in medical research has been recorded to enhance snakebite management, with the production of a vaccine that can tackle the effects of snakebites.

The covip-plus vaccine, developed by a research team at the University of Jos, is meant to prevent and neutralise the infusion of snake venom into human and animal tissue or blood.

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Addressing journalists on the achievement, vice-chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastian Maimako asked the Federal Government and pharmaceutical companies to synergise with the institution to produce the vaccine as an indigenous product.

The anti-snake venom vaccine is derived from the seeds of a plant traditionally used by the Rukuba people of Bassa in Plateau state.

Fire Guts University Of Jos Library, Faculty Building

fire, university of Jos, Library, Faculty buildingA three storey building housing the University of Jos library, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Management Studies has been gutted by fire.

The fire incident occurred late Saturday night shortly after the students finished their ongoing examinations on the third floor of the building.

The library complex located in the permanent site of the university was commissioned in 1997.

An eye-witness at the scene confirmed that the entire library complex was totally burnt while all records in the affected faculties were also destroyed.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

More details shortly

 

FG Appoints 13 University Vice Chancellors

Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government has clarified the appointment of the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

A statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and issued in Abuja says President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of the new Vice Chancellors due to the fact that the tenure of the Vice Chancellors being replaced had expired.

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof Kayode Soremekun is the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC. Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University Of Jos (UNIJOS), will now function as VC, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Abu, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, has been appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, while Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, has been elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, will henceforth be the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, is the new VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University Of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎.

FG Sacks 13 University Vice Chancellors

asup sacked Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government of Nigeria has sacked Vice Chancellors (VC) of 12 Federal Universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe.

A statement on Sunday by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, did not give any reason for the sacking of the affected Vice Chancellors but simply said that President Muahammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for the affected universities with effect from February 12, 2016

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe, was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Kayode Soremekun, was made the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC; Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Haruna Abdu Kaita, was named the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Professor Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos (UNIJOS) became the VC of the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Professor Magaji Garba, was appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State while Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, was elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, is now the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, was made the VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎

UNIJOS ASUU Calls Off Strike After Three Months

UnijosThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the University of Jos (UNIJOS) has suspended the three month old industrial action embarked upon to press home their demands from the school authority.

Rising from an emergency congress meeting of the association at the union’s secretariat in Jos, the Branch Chairman, Chris Piwun, expressed satisfaction with the agreement arrived between the union and the school as well as the conduct of the members which resulted in suspending the industrial action.

Students of UNIJOS have been at home for three months, following the strike embarked on by their lecturers over several issues affecting the academic staff of the university.

Issues in contention include payment of deductions from the academic staff union members, post graduate allowance, absorption of the staff of remedial science and Centre for Continuing Education into parent departments.

Others are the inclusion of earned academic allowance in the monthly salaries of staff of the university as well as election of heads of departments instead of selection.

After a truce was brokered by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development between the school authority and the union, a special congress was convened where the industrial action was suspended after an understanding was reached among the concerned parties.

With the suspension of the strike and resumption of academic activities at the institution, all parties are expected to respect the Memorandum of Understanding and adhere strictly to the pact in order to avoid any other industrial action that can jeopardise the learning process of the students.

Students of the university lost a semester in their academic calendar owing to the strike.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung was a lecturer in the university’s Law Department before his appointment as Minister.

University Of Jos Resumes Academic Activities

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University of Jos School Gate

The University of Jos, Plateau State, North-central region of Nigeria, has resumed its academic activities with the commencement of the second semester examinations.

Academic activities were disrupted by students’ demonstration late in 2014 and this resulted in the closure of the institution.

They had protested over increment in developmental charges. The protests became violent leading to destruction of lecture halls, administrative offices as well as hostel facilities.

The Students’ Union Government was also suspended.

Respite, however, came for the University of Jos students after two months of staying at home.

According to the resumption guidelines released by the School Registrar, Jili Dandam, all returning students must pay the sum of 6,000 naira each, as surcharges to cover cost of damages.

The students would as well sign an undertaking under oath, to be of good behaviour during their remaining period in the school.

The intervention of the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and other concerned citizens resulted in the re-opening of the school as well as lifting of the suspension on the Students’ Union Government.

ASUU Strike: UNIJOS Students Eke Out Living By Manual Labour

As the ASUU strike rages on, some students have resorted to manual labour in order to keep themselves gainfully occupied pending the time the Federal Government and the association reach an agreement.

Some students of university of Jos took up jobs to earn some income by working with a construction company, involved in constructing the students’ hostel, within the school premises.

Recently, the National President of ASUU, Nassir Faggae, said that the Federal Government’s committee led by Governor Suswam is unwilling to implement the recommendations of the Needs Assessment Report, adding that the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku contradicted himself by stating that the Federal Government cannot afford ASUU’s allowance despite the fact that the economy of the nation has improved.

None the less, the UniJOS students, Blessing Orji, Emmanuel Abel and Mark Aleyinle, told Channels Television that rather than become additional burden to their parents by staying at home or roam the streets, they would rather take advantage of the ongoing industrial action by ASUU to earn a living while the campuses are under lock and key.

The federal government and ASUU are yet to come to terms as the education body has said that it wouldn’t budge in its demands.

During an interview on Sunrise Daily, Faggae said “we are not interested in negotiating the 2009 agreement yet. What we are interested in doing is getting the 2009 agreement implemented first and then we can commence the process of review.”

Quality Of Policing Is Determined By Government — Criminologist

A professor of criminology from the University of Jos, Etannibi Alemika has said  that the quality of governance in a country is what determines the quality of police and policing available in a society.

Professor  Alemika who has been a member of one of the police reform committee since 2006 said the police cannot be reformed independently without reforming the polity as the security body is derived from the polity

‘The starting point for us should be, we cannot reform the police independent of the polity because the direction for policing is derived from the polity, and the quality of governance determines the quality of policing and police in the society”

 

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