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Okafor Lauds Uzodinma Over New VC

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The founding Editor-in-Chief of IMSU Star Newspaper and also a solicitor in Imo State, Barr. Daniel Okafor has extolled the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, over the appointment of Prof. Peter Akah as the new Vice-Chancellor of Imo State University Owerri, Imo State.

According to him, Prof. Peter Akah who is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is the best thing that has happened since the history of the institution.

He further said that the erudite scholar will bring his wealth of experience to bear, by transforming the school into a redefined citadel of learning and IMSU will have no option than to bounce back to its lost glory. 

“Indeed Gov. Uzodinma has done very well by appointing a top-notch, respectful professor for the position of VC IMSU. This is a timely intervention; I am calling on all Imo Stars, lecturers, staff of the university to commend our Governor on this New Year gift.” He asserted.

He seized the opportunity to inform all those in Egede Club to stay clear of the Vice Chancellor, stressing that the new VC has come to work not to join any club.

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Doubts Over Imo Free Education

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… 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.

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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.

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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.

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ASUU explains why it hasn’t called off its eight months old strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has said it will not be calling off its eight months old strike until the Federal government pays all withheld salaries and fulfills all of the offers made to the union thus far.

The Federal government, in its latest offers to ASUU leadership, pledged to pay N40 billion as Earned Allowance and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system, bringing the total payment to N70 billion. The government also agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 2020, but after due consultation with the government side.

The Federal government also accepted the demand by ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

In a chat with The Nation, ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said none of the promises have been fulfilled and until they are, the union will not call off the strike that started in March this year.

“We are still consulting but certainly before the end of this week we will report to the minister the findings and feedback from our members. The offers people are talking about are proposals that have timeless and some of these things are expected to have been happening. If those things they promised with the timeline can happen before we conclude our consultation I think the process will go smoother.

A concrete example is the payment of our members’ salaries which have not been paid. If people are not paid I don’t think anybody will be willing to go back to work and other things that have timeline that we expect government to implement.

“You don’t expect people, after eight months, to go back to the classrooms on empty stomach. That is where we are.

“Before the end of this new week we will get back to government but we keep on telling them each time they contact us that they (government) should fulfill their own part of the bargain, things that have timelines.”

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FG to engage 1st class and 2nd Class upper Graduates as teachers

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Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono has announced that the federal government will be engaging First Class and Second Class graduates as teachers. 

Echono who spoke on Saturday November 14 as he monitored the conduct of the 2020 October Diet Batch B Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE), noted that teachers without requisite qualifications, competencies and practicing license are presently migrated out of the Nigerian Teaching Service. 

The permanent secretary maintained that the entry level will be higher and teachers absorbed into the programme will get better remuneration with peculiar allowances.

He disclosed that concerned Education agencies are finalising figures with National Income Salaries and Wages, and further added that the federal government  is more interested in learning outcomes and that a National Implementation Committee on teachers’ revitalization/resuscitation plan will be inaugurated before the end of November 2020.

His report; 

“By 2021, we will not engage teachers if they don’t meet particular threshold, we are now limiting entry point of teaching only to the best who are qualified, we will engage individuals with second class upper and first class divisions.

“We will make arrangements for conversion programmes for people who have these categories of results from other fields, they need to learn pedagogy, methodology, through the NTI and the TRCN, and they will undergo specific programmes that will empower them to teach.

“We must enforce Mr. President’s directive that only qualified teachers will be allowed into our classrooms. The Professional Qualifying Examinations is going on smoothly across 34 states and the feedback has been good.”

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