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Court order is major reason we suspended strike, says ASUU president

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Emmanuel Osodeke, president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says the main reason lecturers decided to resume is because of a court order asking them to do so.

ASUU had been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

On October 7, the court of appeal sitting in Abuja ordered the union to call off its strike.

On Friday, the national executive council (NEC) of ASUU announced a suspension of the industrial action.

The union, however, had said some of its issues remain unresolved.

Speaking on Sunday when he featured on Channels TV’s ‘Sunday Politics’, Osodeke said the union hopes that the government will do the needful now the strike has been suspended.

He added that although there were interventions by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, “the major reason we are resuming is because we are obeying the court order”.

“The issues have not been fully resolved and no agreement has been signed. So, we are resuming because we are a law abiding body and we don’t want to break the law.

We are also hoping that the intervention of the speaker, as promised by him, we’ll resolve these problems in a very short time,” he added.

When asked if this means the lecturers are not happy to be resuming, Osodeke said: “Definitely”.

“In trade dispute, especially one involving university academics, the best option is negotiation and then you end it within a very short time,” he said.

“But the minister of labour believes that the best way is to force them to class. It’s so sad but because of the interest of the Nigerian students, their parents, and the speaker, our members will teach.

“Any country that plays with education creates room for insecurity. We want the next administration to follow the trend of neighboyring countries and allocate not less than 16 percent of the budget to education.

When this is done, these problems will be sorted out. Our children will go to school effortlessly.”

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Uniosun 500-level nursing student, Popoola Zainab, declared missing

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A 500-level nursing student of Osun State University, Osogbo, Popoola Zainab, has been declared missing.

It was gathered that the student was discovered missing on Sunday by the University authority and efforts to know her whereabouts have proved futile.

The School Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji, who confirmed the incident on Monday, disclosed that the issue has been reported to the University security department and investigation launched into the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

“We have reported the case. We got the information late yesterday and it was reported that she said she was going out and as soon as we got the information, we informed the Chief Security Officer of the University and he commenced an investigation.

“The report he sent to us is that they discovered that she dropped a note and we are trying to evaluate the note for now but we’ve reported the case to the police and DSS and they are currently investigating the matter”.

When asked about the content of the note, Ademola said, “I’ve not been able to see the note. So, I will not be able to talk about the content.

“She was staying outside the campus. We got the information when we discovered she didn’t attend class and some of her friends were posting some information about her online.

“The Student Affairs Officer tried to ask her friends some questions and that was how we were able to know of her disappearance. The chief security officer in conjunction with the Student Affair Officer commenced the investigation. It was their report that we used in informing the police and the DSS”.

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FUT Minna laments shortage of hostels, says ‘We can house only 3,304 of 26,000 students’

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Faruk-Adamu Kuta, the vice-chancellor (VC) of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, has expressed concern over the shortage of student hostels in the institution.

NAN reports that the newly selected VC described the shortage as a major challenge during his inaugural speech.

Kuta said since the inception of FUT Minna, the varsity has been able to provide hostels for only 3,304 out of 26,000 of its student population.

He also expressed worry about security and social challenges facing its students living off campus.

The VC sought the intervention of stakeholders, asking them to take advantage of the gap to build in the school.

“I am using this forum to request and appeal to FUT alumni, friends, and stakeholders that have the means at their disposal to take advantage of the offer,” Kuta said.

“Stakeholders should come to our aid through public-private partnership arrangements to provide hostels accommodation for the teeming students to ease their hardship.”

On internally generated revenue, Kuta vowed to ensure proper usage of the university’s income.

“Every loophole through which leakages and wastages are perpetrated will be properly blocked so that we can augment whatever comes from the federal government for the maximum benefit of FUT,” he added.

Kuta was appointed as the eighth substantive VC of the varsity on September 22.

Prior to his appointment, he was a deputy director of the university’s academic planning unit, head of the Department of Microbiology, director of the academic planning unit, and deputy vice-chancellor (academics).

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Ex-Federal University of Gusau VC, Magaji Garba, bags 35-year jail term over N260m fraud

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Magaji Garba, an ex-VC of the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS) has been sentenced to 35 years imprisonment over N260 million fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction on Wednesday in Abuja.

Maryam Hassan Aliyu, a judge of the FCT high court in Garki found the former vice-chancellor guilty of a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and forgery.

Garba was arraigned by the EFCC on October 12, 2021, for allegedly extorting various sums from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a N3 billion contract for the perimeter wall fencing of the university.

The offense is contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Professor Magaji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 15th of May, 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contractor executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square of the Federal University, Gusau under the false pretense of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira) which representation/pretense you knew to be false”.

Count three reads: “That you, Professor Magji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 1st [of ] August 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and fifty Million Naira from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contract executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square at the Federal University, Gusau under the false presence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira), which representation/ pretense you knew to be false”.

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