Protesting Students Ground Activities At OSUSTECH Over Fee Hike

 

Students of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa have protested against the alleged increased tuition fees.

The protesters grounded activities at the institution on Monday over what they described as outrageous school fees introduced by the management.

Carrying placards with various inscriptions, the students blocked the Okitipupa-Igbokoda Road, obstructing the flow of traffic on the route.

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The students demanded the reduction of the fees paid in the university said to be between N150,000 and more than N200,000.00.

The Registrar of the university, Felix Akinlusi, confirmed the protest to Channels Television, noting that it was peaceful.

He added that the management of the institution has directed the students to proceed on a two-week mid-semester break.

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NUC Asks EFCC To Check Activities Of Illegal Universities

NUC Asks EFCC To Check Activities Of Illegal Universities
L-R: NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, and EFCC Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, at the EFCC head office in Abuja on April 10, 2018.

 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has called for the intervention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in checking the activities of fraudsters operating illegal universities in the country.

Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, made the call on Tuesday during a visit to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, at the commission head office in Abuja.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the EFCC Wilson Uwujaren, Professor Rasheed sought the assistance of the anti-graft agency in creating an atmosphere for a corrupt free university system.

As part of a collaborative effort in the fight against corruption, the NUC boss presented a draft curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science to the commission.

He also commended the anti-graft agency for its efforts in riding Nigeria of corruption and urged it not to relent in its drive.

In his response, Mr Magu thanked Professor Rasheed for the draft curriculum on the anti-corruption course and promised that the Commission would study it and make the necessary input for its effective take off.

He also assured the NUC boss that the EFCC would go after fraudsters operating illegal universities in the country.

The EFCC boss lauded the visit saying, “EFCC cannot claim ownership of the achievement recorded; the credit goes to every Nigerian who supports the fight against corruption”.

 

Two People Shot Dead At US University

Michigan State Police cars are on the scene of the shooting at Central Michigan University on March 2, 2018, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Photo: Rachel Woolf/Getty Images/AFP

Two people were shot dead Friday on the campus of a university in the US state of Michigan, setting off a manhunt for the suspected gunman.

Central Michigan University said the two people killed at a campus dormitory were not students or staff, but did not offer further details on their identities.

There were no other casualties.

A university police spokesman said the incident as a “family-type domestic issue” and identified the suspected shooter as 19-year-old James Eric Davis, described as a university student.

The college campus in the city of Mount Pleasant in central Michigan was on lockdown hours after the incident, as an expansive manhunt searched for the suspect.

Davis was known to law enforcement. Police took him to a hospital the night before for what was believed to be a “drug-related type of incident — an overdose or a bad reaction to drugs,” campus police spokesman Larry Klaus told a news conference.

He was then released to hospital staff, Klause said.

The shooting comes amid a renewed debate over pervasive gun violence and law enforcement’s role in stopping potential shooters, which was sparked when a teenage gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school two weeks ago.

The gunman in that shooting had a history of run-ins with law enforcement, which have faced scrutiny over their failure to intervene despite multiple warnings.

It was unclear what kind of weapon the shooter in Michigan used or how he acquired it.

The state of Michigan allows for the concealed carrying of a handgun with a permit, but Central Michigan University does not allow guns on campus.

The reaction to the shooting was swift Friday morning, with multiple alerts going out on social media and mobile phones within minutes of the incident at 8:30 am (1330 GMT), cautioning students and staff to shelter in place.

They remained locked down in classrooms and dormitories hours later. Classes were canceled and visitors urged to stay away from campus.

With one day left before residence halls were scheduled to close for spring break, parents seeking out their children were told to go to a staging area at a nearby hotel.

“The university is taking all precautions. The number one priority right now is safety,” said university spokeswoman Sherry Knight.

In response to the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which gunman Nikolas Cruz used a semi-automatic assault rifle, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have made public appeals for change to permissive US gun laws.

President Donald Trump has called for training and arming some teachers, tougher background checks and a potential increase to the minimum age for rifle purchases.

But the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby said that Trump was opposed to gun control after meeting with him on Thursday.

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Zimbabwe Varsity Posts Grace Mugabe’s Suspect Ph. D. Thesis

(FILES) Zimbabwe former President’s wife Grace Mugabe 
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Zimbabwe’s leading university has published the thesis submitted by former first lady Grace Mugabe, who was controversially awarded a doctorate which is now the subject of a fraud investigation.

Grace, whose apparent desire to succeed her 93-year-old husband prompted last year’s army takeover that eventually saw Robert Mugabe resign, was awarded a PhD by the University of Zimbabwe in 2014 after just months of study.

Doctorates typically require several years of full-time research and writing.

“We saw the thesis on the website (late Wednesday)… the question is why it took four years to publish,” said Ashley Munetsi, secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union.

Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators said last month they are probing whether Grace fraudulently obtained the degree.

“This is an obvious cover-up and we are not going to rest until the matter is settled. We are calling on the vice-chancellor to account for the degree,” said Munetsi.

“If it’s found out that the degree was fraudulently awarded, it should be revoked to protect the integrity of the university.”

AFP has seen a copy of the 226-page doctoral thesis, titled “The Changing Social Structure and Functions of the Family”.

‘My brain child’ 

The work, submitted under Grace’s maiden name, was dedicated to “the President of Zimbabwe Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe because of his dedication and commitment to the well-being of Zimbabweans”.

In the 80,000-word submission, Grace goes into detail about a children’s home that bears her name.

“The home was my brain child. The main objective was to provide care for the abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable children,” she wrote.

Robert Mugabe resigned as president on November 21, a few days after the military took control of the country.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as president days later and both Robert and Grace have kept low profiles since their spectacular reversal of fortune.

During the height of the upheaval, students at UZ boycotted their end of term exams to call for Grace to be stripped of her PhD and Robert to be stripped of the presidency.

Grace was routinely accused of extravagant spending on luxury clothes and international travel, and of involvement in corrupt land deals. She is popularly known as “Gucci Grace”, “The First Shopper” or even “DisGrace”.

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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.”

OAU Suspends Students Over Alleged Criminal Activities

OAU Lecturers Divided Over ASUU Strike, Faction Boycotts

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State has suspended four of its students allegedly said to have engaged in criminal activities.

It was gathered that the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, approved their immediate suspension, following the investigation of the police and pending its outcome.

The affected students include Omole Ibukun Ayodele, studying Civil Engineering, Jacob Tosin Grace, in the Faculty of Law.

Others are Udeh John, a student in the department of Arts and Social Sciences and one Oluwalade Babatunde, said to be studying English.

Confirming the development, OAU Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, in a statement, said the students led some other persons in protest and violently disrupted academic and extra-curricular activities of the University by forcefully chasing other students out of the lecture halls under the guise of demonstrating against an alleged unsatisfactory power supply to the campus.

“The students, together with other persons, vandalised commercial transport vehicles of the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ile-Ife, and drove two other vehicles to more police stations where other students being interrogated by the police were forcefully released by their group.

“The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, upon careful review of the facts and circumstances of the matter, has come to the inevitable conclusion that the students involved be suspended from the University in the interim, pending police investigation and until such time as the situation shall have been reviewed and resolved,” Olarewaju said.

Following their alleged misconducts, the students were further ordered “to vacate the campus and are accordingly forbidden to participate in any activity of the University, either within or outside the campus.

“The University management has, therefore, advised law-abiding students to concentrate on their studies and shun any act or utterance that is capable of elongating the academic calendar beyond the stipulated period,” the statement read.

Gunmen Kill Two University Employees, Injure Policemen In Kenya Attack

Two university employees were killed and two police officers and a driver injured Tuesday morning when unknown gunmen fired on a vehicle close to Diani, a popular coastal tourist resort in Kenya.

The car was transporting officers and staff members from Diani to the Technical University of Mombasa’s nearby Kwale campus when gunmen opened fire on Tuesday morning.

“The officers were escorting university staff members when they were ambushed by the gunmen who killed two and wounded three including two officers,” said regional police chief Larry Kieng.

Kieng said the two university workers died at the scene while the wounded have been taken to the hospital.

After the attack, a silver sedan car was left riddled with bullet holes and abandoned on the side of a narrow dirt road about two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the university.

No students were reported injured in the attack.

– AK47 rifles used –

Kieng said an investigation was underway with police searching for the assailants, who used AK47 rifles, and that Islamic militants, as well as bandits, were among the suspects.

A month ago suspected Islamic militants attacked a church in the area killing two police officers and stealing their rifles.

Kenya’s coast attracts foreign and domestic tourists but has been affected in recent years by fears of radicalisation of the predominately poor Muslim residents by militants linked to Somalia’s Shabaab.

A series of attacks have also hit visitor numbers with some foreign governments warning their citizens against travelling to Kenya’s coast.

However, most terror attacks on Kenya’s coast have occurred much further north, towards the border with Somalia.

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Army Acquires 500 Hectares Of Land For University In Borno

Army Acquires 500 Hectares Of Land For University In BornoThe Nigerian Army has been allocated 500 hectares of land by the Borno State Government, for the establishment of a military university.

The university would be an upgraded version of the Army’s already existing Institute of Technology and Environmental study in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said this at the opening ceremony of the Quarterly Chief of Army Staff Workshop in Maiduguri, the state’s capital.

General Buratai noted that year 2017 in perspective, is lined up with activities tailored towards capacity building of personnel and implementation of the Nigerian Army’s reviewed Order of Battle 2016.

He added that the Army intends to invest in research and development, in order to encourage personnel to come up with indigenous ideas and innovations.

“The NA Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies is being upgraded to NA University. The university is being conceived as a unique university that would be different from other conventional universities in Nigeria.

“The concept is to make it a solution provider and a centre of excellence for a variety of technical related ventures, such as power generation and armament production.

“Pursuant to this, the Borno State Government has approved 500 hectares of land located at Biu for this,” the Army Chief said.

The workshop centres on the activities carried out in the first quarter, and further briefing for the second quarter in the Nigerian Army forecast for the year 2017.

The event, which took place at the newly constructed Command Guest House along Baga road in Maiduguri, had in attendance Brigade Commanders and General Officers Commanding.

FG To Set New Policy Direction In Universities

Nigeria Needs More Private Universities - NUC Exec SecretaryThe Federal Government says that the incessant face-off between the governing councils of universities and the institutions’ authorities over the running of the day-to-day activities in the universities will no longer be tolerated.

The warning was handed down by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, during the 31st convocation ceremony of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers State.

The Minister who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the occasion also stated some new policy direction in the university system across the country.

“We must stop housing those who are adventurers, who have no business being in the universities to be in the university. In that wise, it’s being proposed and it will fly that at the end of this academic year, any student that fails to get up to 0.5 GPA should seize being a student of the university.

“The universities will continue from now on to house people who are serious with what they have come here to do. If you score less than 0.5 in your GPA, you are out and out for good.

“Secondly, Mr Vice Chancellor, starting from this year, JAMB has been advised to stop sending students to our professional universities with unrelated disciplines.

“If you are a University of Agriculture, your business should be agriculture; not in medicine, not in law, not in accountancy. Science and technology must remain University of Science and Technology.

“If states wish to have conventional universities, then they must speak to the Federal Government and such schools will be given to such states,” Professor Anwuka said.

A Dangerous Trend

The Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, Professor Ndowa Lale, on his part, lamented the rate at which student unionism degenerates into what he described as a dangerous trend for the university authorities.

Professor Lale called on the Federal Government to regulate the operational structure of Students’ Union Government, adding that they pose threat to the statutory administration of the universities.

“Union leaders ascribe to themselves funny sounding titles as executive president and commander-in-chief of Aluta forces, secretary general and head of service, chief judge, senate president, honourable speaker of parliament, special advisers, woman leader, chief whip, stakeholders and so on.

“All these high sounding offices operate under the auspices of a Students’ Union Government which now operates at parallel point with the appointed authority of the institution,” he claimed.

The convocation ceremony was witnessed by dignitaries such as the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Ipalebo Banigo, who represented Governor Nyesom Wike; Vice Chancellors from other universities and top government officials among other guests.

 

UNICAL Holds 30th Convocation, Tasks Graduands On Innovation

unicalThe University of Calabar (UNICAL) has urged it’s graduands to be innovative by taking advantage of every available opportunity in life.

Vice Chancellor of UNICAL, Professor Zana Akpagu, who made the call, commended the travails of the young graduates in the current economic environment.

Professor Akpagu made the remarks during the institution’s 30th convocation ceremony held on Saturday at the Abraham Stadium at the University premises in Cross River State, south-south Nigeria.

The event was attended by traditional rulers, stakeholders in the education sector and politicians from within and outside the state, as well as well-wishers of the graduands.

Addressing the graduands, the Vice Chancellor urged them not to be defined by their present educational attainment, but by how they survived adversity following the present economic state.

He also tasked the graduands to put to practice the entrepreneur training they have acquired while in school.

Highlighting the achievements of his administration since he took over, Professor Zana said the University has within his first tenure worked hard to ensure strict adherence to academic calendar, lectures schedules and reopening dates.

He added that his administration created a Quality Assurance/ Control Unit and domiciled it under the Directorate of Research and Quality Assurance, saying the unit was empowered with full inspectorate powers to ensure compliance with NUC benchmark minimum academic standard among others.

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“We have made strides in the area of curricular expansion and establishment of new faculties, departments and courses.

“As young as this administration is, it has already established the faculties of Dentistry, Engineering and Pharmacy.

“These three facilities are capital intensive and require enormous resources in terms of human capacity and infrastructure for effective take off.

“New departments have also been created, they are: Music, Fine and Applied Arts, Mass Communication, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Food Science and Technology,” the Vice Chancellor noted.

UNICAL’s Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, said he is proud that the institution has attained the status of a highly rated world class University and to pursue collaborations with renewed Universities that have track record of excellence and achievements.

“At this juncture, I want to salute the alumni of this great University. They are scattered all over the world and wherever they are, they are making indelible footprints on the path of success, peace and development,” he said.

Some of the awardees commended the University authorities for instilling knowledge in the graduands which they said was the best assets that can be given to any society.

The University of Calabar successfully graduated a total of 13,347 graduates which include 1,437 were awarded post graduate certificates while 11,910 bagged first degree certificates in different classes out of which 22 earned first class honours degrees.

High point of the ceremony was the award of honorary degrees and the foundation stone laying of the proposed site for an ultra-modern medical centre which is estimated at five billion Naira.

UNILORIN Suspends Union Leaders For Whistle Blowing

Kwara LG Pensioners Begin Seven-Day Prayer, Fasting SessionThe management and governing council of the University of Ilorin have suspended and issued suspension letters to two of its lecturers, on the basis of insubordination.

The lecturers, Kayode Afolayan and Dr Solomon Oyelekan who are the Factional Chairman and Secretary of the University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), were alleged of insubordination and causing disaffection within the university.

The affected lecturers on their part alleged that they are being victimized for exposing corruption in the institution.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali while noting that the suspension was necessary distanced his office from the action.

One of the affected lecturer, Afolayan noted that though the reason for their suspension was not known but believed it has to do with their blowing of whistle of alleged impunity and corruption in the institution.

However, the Factional Vice Chairman of ASUU, Dr Bode Olumorin has called on the federal government to come to their aid, adding that since the government advised people to point out corrupt practices, they should not be abandoned.

The period for the suspension was not mentioned in the letter and the suspended lecturers had petitioned their national body for redress.

With both parties sticking to their positions, interest groups in the university are looking forward to a compromise.

Plateau State University To Hold First Convocation

Plateau State University, ConvocationThe management of the Plateau State University has disclosed plans to hold the first convocation ceremony of the institution.

Twelve years after it was established, the institution revealed that it would graduate 344 students, out of which three are graduating with first class honours.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Danjuma Sheni, disclosed this while briefing reporters on activities preceding the first and second combined convocation ceremony.

Professor Sheni said that the school has gone through turbulent moments since its establishment, particularly with the suspension of academic activities in 2007 which he said impacted negatively on the growth and development of the institution.

He highlighted some challenges facing the institution, stressing the funding of the university as one of the major challenges.

The academic, however, noted that the government has been coming to their aid in the area of accreditation of courses by the National University Commission (NUC).

“Finance has been a major concern since funding of education is on the concurrent list but government has been supportive to meet accreditation requirements as well as payment of salary,” he said.

Two courses – Management Studies and Accounting – were fully accredited while 17 remaining courses were partially accredited by the NUC.