… Uzodinma Adopts Nebo’s Recommendation
… Appoints External Prof. As New IMSU VC
Uncertainty over the continuation of the ongoing free education has become the order of the day in Imo State-owned institutions particularly the Imo State University, following what can best be described as adoption of the recommendation of professor Nebo’s panel on the best way to run Imo State University achieve standard.
Nebo who was appointed the chairman of the panel of investigation to look into the running of the institution both in the areas of admission as well as the on-going free education introduced by the Okorocha’s led administration by the former Ihedioha led administration had towards the end of 2020, submitted the panel’s report to the Uzodinma led administration where part of the recommendations was for the government to scrap the Rocha’s introduced free education which according to him was a total fraud.
Nebo’s panel, however, described the said free education as an avenue through which the resources of the school were siphoned.
However, the said recommendation by the panel to scrap the on-going free education however has become a source of worry to Imo people following Uzodinma’s response that his administration would work in tandem with the outlined recommendations of Nebo.
The said Nebo’s panel further recommended to the Imo State Government to appoint as a new Vice Chancellor for the institution an external lecturer who does not teach in the Imo State University.
However, the fear and concerns of Imo people took a different dimension when the government of Imo State yesterday January 5 announced an external person Prof. Akah to take over Prof. Adaobi Obasi as the new Vice-Chancellor of the citadel of learning.
This appointment by the Imo State Government, therefore, implies that the state government may have adopted the recommendation of the said Nebo’s panel, hence there are doubts over the continued practice of free education in Imo.
Imo State Governor through the secretary to the state government, Cosmos Iwu announces Professor Peter Achunike Akah as the new V.C.
200-level OAU student commits suicide
A level two student by name, Adedeji Emmanuel of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, in the department of Management and Accounting has committed suicide.
Emmanuel, it was said, left a suicide note after he took a poisonous substance which led to his death.
It was not immediately clear why Emmanuel took the decision, as some sources close to him gave different reasons.
A classmate of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, said Emmanuel suffered depression after a failed business deal.
But another source that commented on the matter said the deceased did not look like he was depressed when he was seen near the Conference Centre of the university on Monday.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the death of the student.
Olanrewaju said, “The name of the student is Adedeji Emmanuel, a part two student of the Department of Management and Accounting.
“We appeal to parent and guidance to please let our children know that failure or depression occasioned by whatever, suicide should not be an option.
“We sympathise with the parent and friends of the deceased. He was at his formative stage.
“We heard that he left a suicide note. It pains us that the boy is no more. His action was because of one challenge or the other.”
Hijab Controversy: 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday
Recall that some schools in Kwara and Lagos State, where embroiled in a Hijab Controversy, the Kwara State government has directed 10 secondary schools that were embroiled in the hijab controversy to resume on Monday.
This is contained in a contained in a communique signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for the commencement of the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.
The intent of the resumption, is to enable the students and teachers to cover the lost grounds as other schools in the state will resume for the third term academic session on April 26, 2021.
The Communique reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 Third Term Academic Session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijaab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.
“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.
“The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.
“All the teachers and staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.
“The Monitoring and Inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development will be going round to ascertain compliance.”
Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries
Adding up with the strike actions going on in the nation, the Labour union at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and other issues.
This was signed in a statement Mr. Temidayo Temola, the chairman of the Joint Action Congress (JAC) in Okitipupa.
The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
“The JAC of OAUSTECH arising from an all-important congress on April 6 resolved to commence a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.
“This is a result of the inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.
“Also, non-remittance of over 22 months pension deductions coupled with non-implementation of minimum wage as well as non-payment of earned allowances.
“The unions will not relent on the indefinite strike until our demands are met,” the statement read.
Reacting to the development, the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Ganiyu Saliu, said that the management is aware of the strike, attributing the inability of the government to meet the union’s demand to the shortfall in the government’s subvention which could no longer be managed to meet its obligations.
He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as being responsible for management’s inability to meet its obligations.
“Government is aware of all these issues but all these were due to the dwindling fortunes; the management is working with the unions to resolve all the issues soon,” Saliu said.
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