Just while we were drowned in the ocean of melancholy and buried in the sands of uncertainty as a result of the nine month old ASUU strike; there comes glad tidings: “The strike is suspended”.
This news is one that has made it to the headlines of various news medium, perhaps due to its significance to students. The news could be said to be one good news in this month of December after the terrible and horrible news which overwhelmed the mainstream and online media since the beginning of the month.
The suspension of the strike did not only bring vivacious smile to the faces of students, but the story is so to everyone who has direct or indirect connection with the university.
As heart soothing as the news may sound, however, the ASUU Boss, Prof. Ogunyemi was quoted to have said “the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers”.
The above statement of the ASUU chairman, I think is worthy of note. It simply means the suspension of the strike is conditional and it may resume if by any chance the government reneges on its promises.
Should this give us hope or hopelessness?
If that is the case, I must without reservations plead with the Federal Government to redeem its promises made to ASUU so as to enable the child of the common man have a future.
It was evident, the strike only added fuel to the fire of youth restiveness, increased rate of vices among others.
One must commend both parties (FG & ASUU) for resolving to settle the matter once and for all. Perhaps the struggles of ASUU for the improvement of public universities have not been in vain.
We hope this will mark the end of incessant strike which the ASUU is notorious for and usher in a new dawn where students will have undisrupted prescribed period of study.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) is considering a new date for the commencement of the 2020 admissions processes from the earlier announced date of 22nd August 2020.
The Board would accordingly meet all the tertiary institutions today, 10th August 2020, to brainstorm on the possibility of shifting the commencement of admissions to a date that would better accommodate the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic.
JAMB made this known in its Weekly Bulletin made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday night.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday inaugurated a technical committee that will work towards the establishment of a medical college and a teaching hospital in order for Borno State University, established 2016, to begin programmes in medicine and surgery.
The inauguration took place at the council chambers of the Government House in Maiduguri.
Othman Kyari, a healthcare professor and former chief medical director of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital is to chair the technical team that has other medical professionals and engineers. The team is to develop a blueprint that will include advise feasibility, cost and staffing, and to liaise with all stakeholders including the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the National Universities Commission amongst others, towards take-off of medicine and surgery at Borno’s university.
The Governor gave the team three months to submit its implementable recommendations.
Zulum had in November 2019, while inaugurating the state university’s senate to mark formal academic take-off, promised to work towards the commencement of medicine at the university located along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.
The Governor said while inaugurating the team, that doctors and other medical professionals are still inadequate especially in local government areas.
By establishing a medical college and a new teaching hospital, it is hoped that in the near future, the gap in the ratio of doctors to the citizens would be reduced, Zulum noted.
The Governor also said that when medicine is offered at the State University, funds used in sponsoring citizens for medical courses abroad and in other places, would remain in Borno and help improve the University and other aspects of education.
Zulum readout 13 terms of reference on which the inaugurated technical team would work and gave a deadline of three months for submission of report.
The terms of reference are as follows:
To examine and advise on the feasibility of establishing Borno State College of Medicine and Borno State University Teaching Hospital.
To produce a blueprint for speedy realization of establishing Borno State College of Medicine and Borno State University Teaching Hospital, including appropriate timelines for the commencement of the two projects.
To produce all relevant technical documents, including appropriate designs, and likely costs implications for the two (2) projects.
To identity and advise on the appropriate sites for the two projects bearing in mind post assignment COVID-19 challenges.
To advise on the best strategies of getting qualified academic staff for all the departments in the Borno State College of Medicine.
To advise on minimum staff requirements for the smooth take-off of the Borno State University Teaching Hospital.
To advise on appropriate state-of-the-art equipment required for the two projects.
To consider and advise on the possibility of working out strong collaboration with University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and University of Maiduguri towards the success of the two (2) projects.
To consider and advise on the possibility of securing support nationally and internationally towards the realization of the two (2) projects.
To liaise with all relevant regulatory bodies, including the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and National University Commission (NUC) to facilitate the smooth and timely takeoff of the two (2) projects.
To consider any other matter relevant to its assignment.
To co-opt any other person or persons the committee deems useful for the success of its assignment.
To submit comprehensive report to the Executive Governor of Borno State His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum) FSNE, mni, within three (3) months of its inauguration by the Governor.
ASUU Saw No Basis For The Reopening Schools At The Moment – Daily Watch Press
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi, has faulted the move to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reopening of schools nationwide.
But Prof Ogunyemi is not in support of the move, saying the Federal Government has not put in place safety measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
According to him, every strata of government has to be carried along in the move to reopen the learning centres.
“The ministry (Federal), state ministries, have responsibilities; state education boards have responsibilities, local education boards have responsibilities; the thing has to trickle down,” he said on Wednesday during Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“You don’t put something on nothing, and that is what we have been saying.
“The basis for reopening schools is not there yet. The government must go back to the drawing board. They have to put what they have to put in place before they open our schools.”
The ASUU leader claimed that “nobody is talking about tertiary institutions,” but admitted that “one way or the other, we will come to talk about it.”
He also lamented that classes at all levels in public schools are congested and wondered how social distancing will be observed.
“We are saying they need to go back to the drawing board.” The President restated.
Umaru Shehu is the first professor emeritus in the history of KANEM-BORNU Empire.
He was the Vice Chancellor University of Nigeria Nnsuka (UNN) from 1978 to 1980.
He was a former Sole Administrator University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
He is a fellow Institute of Cancer Research and the Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal.
Professor Umaru Shehu is a Nigerian Professor of Medicine and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a Professor Emeritus, Community health, University of Maiduguri and former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science. Professor Umaru received a Bachelor of Medicine degree, MBBS from the University of London. He also received a fellowship of the Institute of Cancer Research and he is the editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal.
Professor Umaru Shehu was born on December 8, 1930 in Maiduguri, Nigeria. He attended Elementary School, Maiduguri 1935-1940; Middle School, Maiduguri 1941-1943; Kaduna College, Kaduna 1944-1947; University College Ibadan 1948-1953; and was at the University of Liverpool between 1953-1956, and 1966-1967. Professor Shehu holds MBBS (London), IRCF (London), MRCS (England), DPH (Liverpool), FMCPH, MFCM, FFCM (UK), FFCM (Nigeria), FAS, FWACP, DFMC (Nigeria).
Professor Shehu started working as a Pre-registration House Surgeon, Southport Infirmary, United Kingdom in 1957. He came back to the Government of Northern Nigeria as Pre-registration House Physician that same year, and was promoted Medical Officer 1957-1963; Senior Medical Officer 1963-1965; Principal Medical Officer 1965-1966; Assistant Chief Medical Officer 1966-1967; Chief Medical Officer (Preventive Services Division) 1967-1968.
Professor Shehu was then redeployed to North-Eastern State as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Chief Medical Officer, an offer he declined only to move on to Ahmadu Bello University to take up appointment as Reader and Acting Head of Department of Community Medicine 1968-1970; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine 1968-1970; Acting Director, Institute of Health 1969-1970; Professor of Community Medicine 1970; Head of Department of Community Medicine 1970-1978; Director, Institute of Health 1970-1977; Deputy Vice Chancellor 1975-1976; Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) 1977-1978.Professor Shehu held visiting professorships in various universities, including the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 1976-1977.
He was appointed Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1978-1980. He also worked with the World Health Organization as Short Term Consultant (Working Group on Health Services and Manpower Development Mechanism) in Geneva, September 1970; Appointed Temporary Adviser, October 1970; Short Term Consultant, 1971-1973; Consultant (Technical Discussions), 24th WHO Regional Committee for Africa 1974; National WHO Program Coordinator/Representative in Nigeria 1980-1985; Director, WHO Sub-Regional Health Development Office 111, 1985-1989; WHO Representative to Ethiopia, 1990.At the University of Maiduguri, Professor Shehu was appointed Honorary Consultant Physician since 1991 to date, and became Professor Emeritus in 2000.
He was also the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences 1991-1993; and Sole Administrator of the University of Maiduguri 1993-1994. At the University College Hospital Ibadan, he was the Chairman, Board of Management 1991-1994. At Bayero University, Kano, he was Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council 1993-1996, and also Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University of Lagos 1996-1999.He has held memberships and offices in several committees, councils, panels and commissions at both national and international levels.
He was President of Medical Schools in Africa 1973-1975; and External Examiner in Public Health at the University of Ghana Medical School. He is the current Chairman Board of Governors of the STOPAIDS organization; Chairman Governing Board of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA); Patron Guild of Medical Directors; Patron Nationwide Network for Health; Patron Nigerian Medical Forum of Great Britain and Ireland; Patron Nigerian Institute of Stress; Trustee National Foundation on VVF; Member Board of Trustees, Nigerian Tuberculosis and Leprosy Association; Member Editorial Board, West African Medical Journal; Consulting Editor, the Nigerian Medical Practitioner; Editorial Adviser, the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal; Joint Editor-in-Chief, British Medical Journal (West Africa) Edition.
Apart from holding active memberships of Professional bodies as the Nigerian Medical Association, The Society of Health (Nigeria), Science Association of Nigeria, Association of Community Physicians of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Shehu is also a Foundation Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria; Foundation Fellow of the West African College of Physicians; Foundation Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science; and Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Community Medicine (Nigeria).
Professor Umaru Shehu is mentioned in Who is Who in the world; Men of Achievement; Dictionary of International Biography; Africa Year Book 1977—Who is Who in Africa; Who is Who in Nigeria; and A Dictionary of African Biography.
He holds Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 1979, the Government of Nigeria awarded him the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), and in 2000 he was awarded the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).
I am Comrade Omokhagbor Sixtus, a 2007 graduate of Business Administration from the premier University, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. While in school, I learnt the Northern man kind of politics of inclusiveness. I was the Class Representative from 100 Level to 400L, I was an active Unionist.
PRO National Universities Association of Management and Business Students (NUAMBS)
Secretary, Editorial Board of Akugbe Magazine of Edo State Students’ Association EDSSA
Secretary, Edo State Students Association, ABU Zaria
Senator, National Association of Nigerian Students NANS
National Secretary, National Association of Okpekpe Students
PRO 1 ABU Zaria Students’ Union Government 7.Vice President 11 ABU Zaria Students’ Union Government
Member, ABU Zaria Management Committee on Direct Drugs purchase for the University clinic
Member, ABU Zaria hostel accommodation allocation committee Won the Most Popular Student on Campus Award amongst other too numerous to mention.
During my NYSC year, I was elected as the President of the UNICEF Peer Educators Trainers (PET)Zamfara State and Secretary General, The Redeemed Christian Corpers Fellowship (RCCF)
My stint into circular politics in 2012, I contested the Ward 10 Councillorship though I was the most popular candidate, I was rigged out for a 56 years old man. My little contributions to my people
Over the years from 2013 when I was a Senior Special Assistant to the Edo State Governor on Sports; I was able over the years given admission to our people over 102 students into AAU Ekpoma, Auchi Polytechnic and University of Benin.
Made free school uniforms for 202 pupils in Edokha Primary School, Ukhomedokha and Ikpeli Primary School, Ikpeli both in Okpekpe.
Scholarship to 65 pupils and students who are orphans in my school and other schools
Free WAEC Enrolment to 4 indigent students in 2020 academic year.
An employer of labour.
Community service over the past 15 years in Okpekpe.
Avail Okpekpe people employment opportunities when ever available in Edo State and outside.
Occasional free food stuffs for old and vulnerable people in my community.
Free tutorials to students of my community schools.
Provision of sporting materials for all schools in Okpekpe and the village football teams free jerseys.
In this short period, I have been able to impart on my people.
In 2009, I established a Private school meant for the poor in my community Great Union Academy Group of Schools, Ebelle and Okpekpe. The school fee is N1,200 for pupils in Nursery and Primary Sections while the secondary school students pay N1,800. The school is a Government,WAEC and NECO accredited in its permanent site with modern structures and facilities.
Special thanks goes to God who has been merciful and my wife who had stood by me. My Late Mother who never seized pray for me while she was alive.
Mike Itemuagbor my Boss, Barr. Sylvester Imhanobe, Hon. Benedicta Ebuehi, current Chairman Etsako East who always call me Ambassador, Ede Donaldson Eshilamah, HRH Onwueweko of Okpekpe, the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki,Edo State Deputy Governor Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, Edo State SSG Barr. Osarodion Ogie and Head of Service Anthony Okungbowa,Prof. Julius Ihonvbere former SSG Edo State,Comrade Adam’s Oshiomhole who I served as SSA, my colleagues in the office Mrs Sabina Chikere, Emma Akhaba, Charles Olubayo and a host of others.
I am advocate of good governance and people oriented personality.
I am resident with my people in Okpekpe. I am happily married to the wife of my youth Pastor Mrs Sarah Omokhagbor and blessed with 4 children.
Long Live Okpekpe, Long Live Etsako East, God bless Edo State, God bless Nigeria.
The former Chairman, Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) and former Vice Chancellor (VC) Bayero University Kano, and as well as a major stakeholder in the ranks of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Prof. Attahiru M. Jega, calls for action within the rank of the party, where he said:
“I have joined the PRP as an ordinary member, trying to contribute in any way possible to make it a credible alternative party for governance throughout the Nigerian federation.”
The Professor Jega further said:
“The party is being reorganized and strengthened, in terms of structures and ideological clarity, to meet the challenges of the contemporary era.
Efforts have also commenced for membership recruitment to ensure effective national presence. As many people as possible, who have integrity, patriotism and competence and who are currently sitting on the fence, or doing “siddon look”, or burying their heads in the relatively cozy environment of the Ivory Towers, need to come on board to galvanize this effort towards success.”
“We must remove bandits and kleptocrats from the sphere of governance at federal and state levels to reposition Nigeria for desirable democratic development.” Jega concluded.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced 160 as the 2020 cut-off mark for admission into Nigerian universities for the 2019/2020 academic session.
JAMB said the cut-off mark for Polytechnic is 120 while that of Colleges of Education and other innovative institutions stands at 100.
Speaking at the 2020 policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions on Tuesday, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said 612, 557 candidates were offered admission in 2019 out of the 1.8 Million that wrote the examination.
He said about 510,957 admission spaces were unused by tertiary institutions in 2019.
He said candidates waiting for their results will only be considered when they are uploaded on its website.
In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu directed JAMB and tertiary institutions to proceed with the conduct of 2020/2021 admissions.
He said admission processes are expected to commence in August based on the guidelines released by JAMB.
The minister who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, appealed to JAMB and tertiary institutions to consider candidates with previous years’ Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results for the admission process.
This is against the backdrop of the senior secondary school examination calendar by the Covid-19 health crisis.
He said the government will make an arrangement to accommodate applicants who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out.
“As major stakeholders, we must jointly come up with reactions that would realign our programmes to these new realities. While these reactions are being fine-tuned to check their capacities and capabilities to withstand the new reality,” he said.
According to him, JAMB and the tertiary institutions could take advantage of the current situation and consider candidates with previous years’ Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results, to proceed on with the admission process.
“Whatever arrangement that the country comes up in the long run, will surely accommodate those who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out.”
The JAMB cut-off marks are coming at a time when must students are at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
I started developing my writing skills in Class IV in Secondary School, OMGS Nnewi in 1978 when I became the President of the Current Affairs Society. We produced the School Magazine then called ‘The Third Eye’ When I got to the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1980 to read Mechanical Engineering, the zeal and the flair for writing continued. I used this skill to mirror the problems students face on a daily basis and also to promote our culture In Mbanefo Hall during the cultural week. My Hall Mbanefo complex was very popular then for its disposition to Igbo culture and tradition.
UNN also exposed me further in the art of writing via General Studies( GS 101 and GS 105) Engineering Students take Courses Humanities and Social Sciences in order to make them all rounders anywhere they find themselves. You are bound to write what is called Term Paper or call it Thesis on both Courses. I have remained eternally grateful to the University of Nigeria for unequalled exposure to Social Sciences, Humanities and Engineering.
In the NYSC Orientation Camp In Shagamu In 1985 the urge to continue to develop my writing skills continued. I started writing letters to the Editors of Magazines and Newspapers. This made me very popular in the media houses in Nigeria. In 1995 I wrote my first Book: Igbo: 25 YEARS AFTER BIAFRA. In 1999 when we chased the Military away I celebrated heroes of democracy and wrote HEROES OF DEMOCRACY. It was followed with another book I wrote with a friend, Peter Claver in 2004 titled 2007: THE IBB OPTION.
Between 1985 and now I have written thousands of articles and essays that have brought applause as well as hate. I have also made Hundreds of appearances on TV and Radio Stations to deepen the debate on project Nigeria. Since 2007 I have been the Spokesperson of AC, ACN and APC Lagos State.
I have also been a publisher of National Vision Newspapers for close 17 years. I have also read countless number of books that helped to build my diction and public speaking . All these works have in no uncertain terms improved further my skills in writing and publications.
I have been doing all this because I read about how Voltaire and Rousseau caused the French Revolution through writings and publications. I also read about Thomas Paine who wrote a 50 page Book called COMMON SENSE that kick started the American Independence.
I have also followed wonderful writers in Nigeria and the world to improve my power of elocution and expression. It has paid handsomely all these years and I appreciate God for all this.
Today I write to make people pay attention, i write to contribute to national debate and I write to educate others. I write to deepen the debate in the land, I write to remind us about our history and I write to make a point. I write to teach, I write to share ideas and I write to indict and to correct others. I write because I know that when a writer is silent he is lying, I write because I know that a story that must be told never forgives silence and I write because evil triumph in any society when good men do nothing.
I write because I know that the hottest part of hell will reserved for those who maintain neutrality in times of great moral crisis and I write because history will forgive us for taking wrong decisions but history will not forgive us for not taking decisions at all. I write because If you do not know your history you know nothing.
Finally let me leave you with this unputdownable from my leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu: “I set my goals and objectives in accordance with my vision. I study them and strategically execute them, my detractors discuss my successes and failure because they have nothing to execute. I am in the news more because I’m working, Nigerians discuss active men in the field. Mentoring any negative news about me will double the wealth of any news media that published it.
My name today is a financial market for journalists, not even elected politicians get the publicity l am enjoying. Go and work till mentioning your name becomes a source of increased wealth for someone. Even my weakness create wealth for vendors…”