Economic Recession: Experts Seek Solution To Challenges

Nigeria-NairaEconomic experts are meeting at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos, north central Nigeria to discuss and proffer solutions to the economic recession with a view on the immediate, short and long time recipes.

The three-day think-tank conference is looking at recession to recovery and growth with discussions on policy options for the Nigerian economy with experts from the organised business and the academia as discussants.

Eminent economists, policy analysts, corporate leaders in the banking and financial sector, the academia, civil society as well as captains of industry and parliamentarians are brainstorming on the theme: ‘From Recession to Recovery and Growth: Policy Options for The Nigerian Economy’.

Setting the tone for discussants at the conference, Chairman, Senate Committee On Governmental Affairs and chairman of the occasion, Senator Tijani Kaura, challenged the gathering to come out with practicable solutions that will take the country out of the economic woods and proffer policies that will make the economy to be buoyant again.

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank, Dr Obadiah Mailafia; the Head of Economics Department at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Stella Madueme and the Executive Director of Capital Markets in the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Haruna Jalo-Waziri also gave recommendations on what should be done in revamping the economy.

The experts appealed to the federal government to harmonise and coordinate various agencies and suggestions being proffered in addressing the economic recession in the country including the outcome of the conference that is ongoing.

Police Parade 75-Year-Old Certificate Forgery Suspect

Forgery Suspect, certificate forgeryThe Anambra State Police Command has paraded two elderly suspects who are specialists in certificate forgery.

Mr Onuzulike Ude, a 75-year-old retired teacher and Mrs Evelyn Nwoke, aged 52, were arrested between May 5 and 6, following information on their documents and certificate forgery business in Awka.

Parading the suspects alongside three other suspects arrested for robbery and production of fake currency, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, decried the evil business of the two elderly suspects.

He said that they have forged several certificates and documents including degree certificates of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, National Youth Service Corps discharge certificates among others.

Other suspects paraded were a robbery suspect, a fake currency manufacturing specialist and a kidnapping suspect known as Jerry Gana, who claims to be an ex-soldier as well as a graduate of Biochemistry.

He was involved in kidnapping in Delta State and ran to Anambra State to hide but was caught by the Police in the state.

He had collected ransom running into millions of Naira from the victims he had kidnapped before his arrest.

The Police boss, Mr Karma, warned criminals to steer clear of Anambra State as the state would remain too hot for them.

He warned that the long arm of the law will catch up with them wherever they are hiding to perpetrate their nefarious activities.

NLNG Constructs Engineering Laboratories In ABU

NLNGThe Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas limited (NLNG) has constructed multi-million Naira engineering laboratories at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

At the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories, the Managing Director (MD) of NLNG, Mr Babs Omotowa, said the project, which cost 340 million Naira, was part of the company’s contribution to complement the various efforts of the government in stimulating the growth of research and science education in Nigeria.

Mr Omotowa also explained that the laboratory, which was equipped with the state of the art facility, would provide the staff and students of the university easy access to world class facilities that would, among other benefits, enhance their academic performance and improve their skills.

The building has six different laboratories – Materials Characterisation Laboratory, Soil Testing Laboratory, Materials Testing Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory, ICT Laboratory and Environmental Laboratory.

The project, which is part of NLNG’s University Support Programme, is driven by the company’s desire to develop engineering education in Nigeria.

The MD also disclosed that the company would spend 340 million Naira on the construction of modern engineering laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technology, in five other universities.

University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Maiduguri and University of Nigeria, Nsukka are the benefiting universities.

He explained that the universities were selected based on rankings by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and their long standing contributions to the development of local capacity in Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ibrahim Garba, told the gathering that the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories was the first of its kind, since the inception of the institution.

He noted that the facility would avail students and lecturers of the institution the opportunity to conduct their research in the field of engineering technology.

He also called on other corporate organisations to emulate NLNG.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, while commending the management of NLNG for the laudable initiative, that the administration of President Buhari was committed to giving the education sector face-lift.

Plateau State Gets New Commissioner Of Police

oladunjoye appoint as Plateau commissioner of policeThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has deployed Mr Adekunle Oladunjoye to Plateau State, as the new Commissioner of Police in the State.

Mr Oladunjoye’s deployment to Plateau State was announced on Friday  following the redeployment of Nasiru Oki to Bayelsa State.

Until his appointment, Adekunle Oladunjoye was the Deputy Force Secretary, Force headquarters, Abuja.

He joined the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1984.

Mr Oladunjoye, who hailed from Ondo State, had served in various capacities and State Command, as a Deputy Commissioner of Police.

He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with a bachelor of science degree in Education/Economics. He graduated in 1983.

NLNG Constructs Laboratory In UNN

NLNGThe Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas limited (NLNG), is constructing a multi-million Naira engineering laboratory at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Inspecting the construction site at the university, the Deputy Managing Director of NLNG, Mr Isa Inuwa said the project which costs about 320 million Naira is part of the company’s contribution to complement the various efforts of government in improving standards.

Mr Inuwa also explained that the laboratory which would be equipped with the state of the art facility is to boost engineering education capacity in the country.

NLNG is jointly owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49%), Shell (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15%) and ENI (10.4%).

It was incorporated as a limited liability company on May 17, 1989, to harness Nigeria’s vast natural gas resources and produce Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for export.

Buhari Approves Appointment of New Provost For FCE

BuhariThe Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Professor Kamoru Olayiwola Usman, as Provost of the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo.

According to a statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, the appointment of the 51-year-old Oyo-born Professor is for an initial term of four years.

His academic qualifications includes a Bachelors Degree in Science Education, a Masters Degree in Education (Mathematics) and a Doctorate Degree in Education (Mathematics).

Until his new appointment, Professor Usman was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Fashola Condoles With Kano Government, People Over Bayero’s Passage

Gov FasholaaThe Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Friday condoled with the government and people of Kano State and all Nigerians on the death of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero.

In a letter of condolence to the family of the late respected Emir, the Governor said that his death would leave a vacuum in the country, as the late king did his best to uphold the unity of Nigeria.

He added that for the over 51 years he spent as the traditional ruler of Kano, he made his mark as a worthy trailblazer who was concerned about the welfare and progress of not just his people but the entire nation.

The Governor noted that Bayero, apart from being a revered traditional ruler, also contributed his quota to the development of Nigeria in his role as Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, and subsequently, of the University of Ibadan.

“Nigerians will not forget his impact as one of the greatest leaders produced by our country and he will forever live on in our hearts,” he said.

He said that the late Emir’s name was synonymous with royalty, dedication and good leadership, the virtues that distinguished him among his equals and urged the family to take comfort in the legacy left behind which, he said, would stand the test of time.

The Governor prayed Almighty Allah to grant him Al Jannah Firdaus.

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, passed on peacefully on Friday morning at the age of 83.

Emir Of Kano, Ado Bayero Dies At 83

emir_of_kano_alhaji_ado_bayeroOne of Nigeria’s foremost Traditional Rulers, the Emir of Kano has died at the age of 83.

Alhaji Ado Bayero died as a result of long illness, at about 12 midnight.

On many occasion, the Emir was rushed abroad for treatment and was some time ago attacked by suspected Boko Haram members but escaped unhurt, a source at the Kano palace said.

He is to be buried in Kano today (Friday) according Islamic rites.

Alhaji Ado Bayero is one of the longest serving rulers in the Emitrates history.

Following his father’s death, he ascended the throne on October 22nd 1963 at the age of 33.

Alhaji Ado Bayero is the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano and the 56th ruler of the Kano kingdom.

Apart from his Emir ship, Alhaji Ado Bayero also served in other capacities.

He was a former Nigerian ambassador to Senegal, former chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the present Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

UNN Pro-Chancellor’s Removal: Senior Lecturer, Alumnus Disagree

A Senior Lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Dr. Tony Nwaezeigwe has claimed that the removal of the university Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Emeka Enejere, is indeed justified.

Speaking on Channels Television during the breakfast programme, Sunrise, he alleged that the UNN Pro-Chancellor led the clamour for the instalment of an indigene as Vice-Chancellor thereby destroying the prestigious image of the institution with his political inclination.

He also alleged that Dr. Emeka Enejere, lied that the Minister of Education instructed him not to confirm the appointment of 2 deputy VCs. In addition, Nwaezeigwe also claimed that the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Emeka Enejere, suspended the University Bursar because he refused to approve the release of 5 million Naira to him.

However, an ex-student of the school and Legal Adviser to UNN Alumni in Lagos, Malachy Ugwumadu would not be bought by Dr. Nwaezeigwe’s arguments, which he referred to as lacking depth and facts.

He claimed that the removal of the Pro-Chancellor is not only unwarranted but the manner in which it was done is also irregular. He argued that the position of the Pro-Chancellor is not administrative and the allegation against him seems to be more of politics than facts.

He insisted that only the President can appoint and remove the Pro-Chancellor of a university.

He also claimed that there are many within the university system that are not happy that the Pro-Chancellor was removed, because he has been seen as someone on a rescue mission who is committed to changing the fortunes of his beloved university.

These views are however contrary to those expressed by Dr. Nwaezeigwe, who claimed that the Pro-Chancellor constantly attacked the good reforms that had been embarked on by previous administration of the school.

In a twist, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, UNN Chapter, Ifeanyichukwu Abada, who joined the discussion via telephone, stated that the allegations against the Pro-Chancellor which led to his removal are not known to them, and as far as they (ASUU) are concerned, there are no basis for his removal.

The argument at a point became heated when the Alumnus tried to question the authenticity of Dr. Nwaezeigwe’s claims since he has no direct dealing with the school’s governing council, but Dr. Nwaezeigwe threw counter accusations at him for “sitting in Lagos” and claiming to know more about the school.

Shouting Ugwumadu down on several occasions, he would ask him “when last did you visit the school?”

Both guests refused to agree on most issues raised and as the year 2014 goes by, students, lecturers and other stakeholders can only wait to see if there would be a resolution to the matter.