Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Vice Chancellor, Demand N20m Ransom

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A former Vice-Chancellor of the African University in Bayelsa State, Professor Valentine Aleto, has been abducted by gunmen along Elegbeka/Ipele Road in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Professor Aleto also was said to be travelling from Yenagoa in his personal vehicle along the road at about 6:45 am on Thursday.

The suspected kidnappers reportedly appeared on the road and forced him into a shop before he was taken into the bush.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors have demanded N20 million as ransom from the victim’s family to release him.

Sources said by the time the police got the information about the incident, the assailants had escaped with the professor.

However, the security operatives have recovered the former vice chancellor’s vehicle to the Police Station in Ifon.

The police authorities in Ondo State confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, the police have commenced investigations into the incident.

He said “Yes, I can confirm to you that one professor traveling in his personal car was kidnapped along the Elegbeka Area in Ose Local Government Area of the State.”

But Joseph said he would get the details of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in the area.

He explained that as soon as they got the information, the Command dispatched men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad to the scene of the crime.

The Command’s spokesman added that full-scale investigation was ongoing and was hopeful that the professor would soon be rescued.

NYSC Mobilisation: ICPC To Prosecute Any University VC Over Unqualified Candidates

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The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, has revealed plans by the Commission to prosecute any Vice-Chancellor involved in forwarding unqualified candidates for the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.

The ICPC boss made this known during a courtesy visit by the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim.

He stated that the ICPC will act promptly, once a report of illegal mobilization of unqualified candidates for the programme by a Vice-Chancellor was received.

“We are ready to prosecute any university Vice-Chancellor who mobilizes those that should not go for the scheme if you send them to us.”

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The Chairman while lamenting the menace of corruption, urged NYSC to enhance the skill acquisition training being offered to corps members by advocating a skills-based tertiary education curriculum that would prepare youths to become employers of labour instead of depending on the government to create jobs.

“We can kill patterns that lead to corruption where necessary. Many young people think there is a short cut to success, that once you are out there, you just hit millions. That is not the case, there should be a gestation period. NYSC should create a platform to provoke positive consciousness, the activism to challenge things when they go wrong.”

The NYSC DG requested for the re-inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) in NYSC, saying that old members had either retired or been promoted above the schedule.

ICPC Chairman welcomed his request saying that ACTU would be inaugurated as soon as all the formalities were done with.

Austria’s Vice Chancellor Resigns Over Video Scandal

Austria’s Vice-Chancellor and chairman of the Freedom Party FPOe Heinz-Christian Strache gives a press conference in Vienna on May 18/ AFP

 

Austrian far-right Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache resigned Saturday following explosive revelations from a hidden-camera sting.

“I tendered my resignation as vice-chancellor of Austria to Chancellor Kurz, and he accepted this decision,” a visibly emotional Strache said in a televised statement.

NASU Accuses UNIOSUN VC Of Mismanaging N106million

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational (NASU) in Osun State University have accused the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola, of mismanaging over N106million funds of the institution. 

The union in a petition dated October 18, 2017, alleged that Popoola had since the beginning of his tenure in November 2016, syphoned and mismanaged the state-owned institution’s N106,607,592.00.

The petition which was jointly signed by the Chairman and Acting Secretary of NASU, Isaiah Fayemi, and Dada Kunmi, respectively claim that “Popoola had been doing everything in his power to discredit, silence and cripple NASU in Osun State University in order to get away with his financial impropriety.”

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A copy of the petition which was sent to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the UNIOSUN Governing Council, Malam Yusuff Ali and was obtained by Channels Television correspondent was entitled: “Reasons Why The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola is After NASU.”

It reads in part, “Permit us to say that we are worried that the VC, Professor Labode Popoola, has been able to successfully commit all these under your watch as the Governing Council Chairman, going by your antecedents. We are not also surprised because he (VC) has been boasting that he (VC) is in control of the Governing Council under your watch. Sir, his actions so far also confirmed the statement.

“Mr Chairman Sir, we are reliably informed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola has written against NASU to the Governing Council for a sole purpose of blackmailing our union, NASU. If the VC is not predetermined to unjustly deal with NASU in order to cover-up his dirt, why is he monitoring our congress? Or, can’t we gather together again as enshrined in Section 40 of Nigerian constitution of 1999 as amended.

“All these against NASU, he (VC) is doing because he must have been informed that NASU is the only union that can expose his financial impropriety. Sir, NASU members have refused to be intimidated, humiliated, and victimised by the Vice Chancellor or anyone in the corridors of power because our union stands for truth, justice, equity and operates with facts and figures.”

The NASU has also called for the immediate probe of the allegations of fraud levelled against Popoola, warning the Governing Council against sweeping the accusations under the carpet.

Upon receipt of this petition calling for Popoola’s probe, it was authoritatively gathered that the university’s Governing Council in its meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, constituted a panel to investigate the allegations.

A three-man panel chaired by a professor of International Relations at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Solomon Akinboye was set up to investigate Popoola.

Other members of the panel include Mr Awe from National Universities Commission and Mr Nurudeen Adeagbo from the Osun State Ministry of Works.

When contacted, Professor Popoola simply described the allegations as a situation of “corruption fighting back in the university.”

“Just do your independent search on Labode Popoola as a person, a scholar and an administrator. Find out how much UNIOSUN is worth in cash, after years of profligacy and sleaze by the current petitioners.

“Find out how a VC has succeeded without government subvention to pay staff salaries in full before the end of the month, for his 12 months in the saddle. Reflect also on what unionism has become in our clime- a tool of cheap blackmail by people who have no business being in the academia. We are dealing with a simple case of corruption fighting back,” he said.

OSUSTECH Labour Unions Suspend Industrial Action

OSUSTECH Labour Unions Suspend Industrial ActionLabour unions in the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), have announced the suspension of their six-week-old strike as the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sunday Ogunduyile assumes duty.

The unions which had directed their members to return to work include the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

They conveyed the suspension of the strike in a communiqué jointly signed by their leaders after a Joint Action Congress meeting.

The communiqué was signed by Peter Akindehinde for NASU, Temola Temisan for SSANU and Bobola Bamigbola for NAAT.

In the communiqué, the unions directed all staff of the institution to resume duties on Monday, March 6, 2017.

“Sequel to the strike embarked upon by the unions on January 25 to press home our demands, we hereby suspend the strike as staff and students are directed to resume on Monday.

“This is because some of our demands were met and to honour the new governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu and the new VC, Prof. Ogunduyile,” the communiqué stated.

The unions began an indefinite strike to press for the resignation of the former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adegoke Adegbite.

They had also demanded adequate funding, urgent facelift of the institution and appointment of a substantive vice chancellor.

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.

UNIOSUN Students Divert School Fees To MMM; Owe School 2b Naira, VC Alleges

Reps To Probe Ponzi Scheme 'MMM' OperationsAuthorities of Osun State University have cried out over the alleged two billion Naira debts being owed the institution by most of their undergraduates who have refused to pay their tuition fees.

According to the university authorities, the students have, since the inceptions of their various degree programmes, refused to balance up the payment of their tuition fees, stressing that they now owe the institution about two billion Naira.

While addressing reporters on the university campus, the school Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Labode Popoola, claimed that a large per cent of the students diverted their school fees to the MMM scheme.

Publishing Their Names

Professor Popoola, who said that the university had allowed part payment of tuition fees in its effort to ensure that payment of fees did not become a huge burden on parents and guardians, expressed regrets that students abused the opportunity by refusing to pay their fees as and at when due.

He, therefore, disclosed that the school authority would expose the students’ debtors by publishing their names and addresses on pages of newspapers stressing that the university would enforce its full rules and regulations on defaulters.

Part of the regulations to serve as punishment to defaulters are that students, who are yet to pay up their school fees, would not be allowed to attend classes and write examinations unless they pay.

The VC expressed worry that parents of most defaulting students had given them their schools fees but maintained that the students had spent the monies while some diverted their fees to the MMM scheme.

“The University has decided to call this press conference to educate and enlighten the stakeholders in particular and the public in general about the financial position of the Osun State University.

“Osun State University, being a public institution, is financed from grants from the State government and she also heavily relies on school fees from its students and other Internally Generated Revenues. The State Government under the leadership of Mr Rauf Aregbesola, when he came on board, reduced the school fees.

“I wish to confirm that the University has not increased its school fees despite the economic recession. The University remains one of the few State owned institutions that charge modest fees. In all matters concerning our students, their interests remain our paramount consideration.

“Meanwhile, I wish to let the public know the current amount being charged since 2011: Programmes Amount per session. Freshers: Science 100,000 Naira and 110,000 Naira; Law (including Nursing Science) 125,000 Naira and 135,000 naira; Non-Science, 95,000 Naira and 105,000 Naira; Acceptance fee, 40,000 Naira; Admission Checker, 2,000 Naira; Medical Fee, 15,000 Naira, Matriculation fee, 5,000 Naira and Late registration fee is 10,000 Naira per semester.

“From the breakdown above, it can be seen that the highest school fee for staylite is 125,000 Naira in a session for law and nursing science students; whereas there are some private secondary schools in Osun State that charge about 150,000 Naira and above per term.

“It is, however, disheartening to note that the University has discovered that despite the fact that the University operates an enviable stable academic calendar, mobilises its graduating students Youth Service without delay, many of our students still owe school fees running to two billion Naira.

“If this trend continues, there is no way the University could perform its financial responsibilities.

“Henceforth, Senate at its meeting has approved the implementation of the following guidelines: (i) that all students who fail to register will no longer be allowed into lecture rooms and will not be allowed to write examination; (ii) that only students who fulfil the requirement would be allowed to write examination; (iii) that the policy of 70% attendance at lectures for students will be strictly enforced; (iv) that new students are to pay school fees in full and on time for retention of their studentship; (v) that names of defaulters will be published soon.

“All parents and guardians are hereby advised to warn their children and wards to pay their fees on time and not to divert their school fees to other areas,” Professor Popoola said.

But the students have begged the university management to give them three weeks to pay up their school fees.

Speaking with Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, an undergraduate of the university, Mr Akinlade Boluwatife, asked the management to re-open the students’ portal that had been closed, stressing that students should be given the chance to pay their school fees within the next three weeks.

The MMM ponzi scheme had frozen confirmed funds provided as help by members, promising to lift the measure on January 14, which is three days away.

It has continued to reassure members that their funds were safe and that they would Get Help once the measure was lifted.

FUNAAB Recalls 23 Sacked Members of Staff

FUNAAB Recalls 23 Sacked Members of StaffThe Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, has approved the recall of the 23 members of staff that were disengaged from the University.

This according to the institution, is part of efforts to resolve its recent unrest.

In a press statement issued by the Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Mrs Emi Alawode, the decision was taken at the 92nd meeting of the Council, held on Thursday, December 22, 2016, and chaired by Mrs Susan Oludiya, a member of the Council, in line with the agreement that the Chairmanship be rotated, till the reconstitution of a new one.

The unconditional letters of re-absorption, were signed by the Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr Obafemi Oginni and all the 23 staff, who were re-called, have resumed at their duty posts.

It will be recalled that the Governing Council, at its 90th statutory meeting, approved the disengagement of some staff from the services of the University for various offences.

However, to ensure that the University enjoys permanent respite, a Council Committee to investigate the Lingering Industrial Unrest and Tension in the University was constituted, to look into the immediate and remote causes of the unrest.

The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has however enjoined all members of staff to continue to contribute positively to the development of the University, while normal academic and administrative activities have continued unabated.

President Buhari Congratulates James Ayatse As Tor Tiv

President Buhari Congratulates James Ayatse As Tor TivPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Professor James Ortese Ayatse on his election as Tor Tiv, the paramount ruler of the Tiv people.

Professor Ayatse, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, is also the pioneer and immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State.

The President believes that the academic’s emergence as the paramount ruler of the Tiv people is an affirmation of his strength of character, integrity and moral authority, garnered over the years as a lecturer, erudite scholar and administrator.

While urging all his subjects to rally round the new monarch to make his reign a resounding success, President Buhari urged the fifth Tor Tiv to use his revered office as a veritable platform for conflict prevention, peace building and development in the grassroots.

He commended the transparent process which led to the emergence of the royal father after the demise of his predecessor in 2015, HRH Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV.

The President offered his best wishes to the new monarch, as he prepares to ascend the throne of his ancestors.

He pledged that his administration would continue to recognise traditional institutions as key partners in progress, so as to find lasting solutions to sensitive issues in Nigeria.

Alleged 800m Naira Fraud: Ogunlewe Questions Court’s Jurisdiction

Court Dismisses Appeal Against Market Association In AbujaA former Minister of Works, Mr Adeseye Ogunlewe, is questioning the jurisdiction of an Ogun State High Court to hear a case bordering on financial misappropriation brought against him.

The lead counsel to the first accused, Wale Adesokan, had filed the application, saying it was made to put an end to the trial at the court.

He asked the court to quash the case brought against his client.

The former Minister, who is the Chairman Governing Council of the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta,  was charged to the court in Abeokuta alongside the Vice-Chancellor, Babatunde Oyewole and Moses Ilesanmi (bursar) over the alleged fraud.

However, the lead counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ben Ubi, kicked against the application, insisting that Mr Ogunlewe and others have a case to answer.

He said the anti-graft agency would further study the application before commencement of hearing in court.

”We are opposing the application. They have case to answer and the accused should face the trial, rather than dancing round.

“We have acted strictly based on the law and we have not offended the law,” he said

After hearing the argument from both parties, the judge, Olatokunbo Majekodunmi, said there was need to progress on the case and adjourned hearing on the application brought by the first accused person to January 27, February 9 and 10, 2017.

Non-Teaching Staff, ASUU Clash Over Appointment Of V.C.

ASUU, ANAMBRA, COOU, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversitySome members of the non-teaching staff and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, in the East Local Government Area of Anambra State, are in disagreement over the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for the University.

A new situation, however, developed as members of the Non-Teaching Staff Association of the institution took a swipe on the leader of the branch, Mr Emeka Nwabunnia, for announcing that the seat of the Vice chancellor was vacant when none existed.

In a press conference, the leader of the association, Mr Vincent Asoegwu, refered to a letter written by the branch ASUU leadership to the Governor of Anambra State while on his visit to the University for the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor.

He maintained that that ASUU was unnecessarily creating tension, as the Law that established the institution from the Anambra State University of Science and Technology over to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, (COOU), was signed by the Governor on November 12, 2014.

Mr Asoegwu further stated that a retrospective commencement of the law affected every affair of the university, including that of the Vice Chancellor, whose tenure began from the date of the commencement of the law.

The Association appealed to the Governor during his visit to the institution to disregard the July 25 letter from the branch ASUU as well as any other petition, as it was a distraction to the proper administration of the University.

They also asked him to instruct the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University ASUU to maintain decorum in the conduct of their affairs and understand that vacancy could exist only in 2019 when the incumbent must have served his single non-renewable tenure of five years.

OAU Gets New Vice Chancellor

OAU, OAU VC, ASUUA new Vice Chancellor, albeit in acting capacity, has emerged for the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.

He is Professor Anthony Elujoba of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

His emergence comes barely 24 hours after the Federal Government ordered the Senate of the school to use its internal mechanism in selecting a new Vice Chancellor.

There has been series of protests against the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole, who has been accused of mismanaging resources of the institution.

In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, President Buhari directed the Senate not to consider any of the candidates who earlier contested for the position.

The Senate of the institution approved the appointment of Professor Anthony Elujoba as the acting VC.

Workers and students of the institution recently trooped out in jubilation following the dissolution of the school’s governing council and the suspension of the selection of the vice chancellor by the federal government.

According to the staff and students, the federal government’s decision was a step towards the redemption and integrity of the institution, which for weeks had been hit by crisis after the exit of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole.