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Don’t resume strike until after exams, students beg ASUU

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Students of Federal University Lokoja (FUL) on Monday pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) not to resume its strike until after their second semester exams.

The students’ plea came on the heels of ASUU’s Congress meeting on Monday, deliberating on Federal Government’s alleged failure to pay its members’ salaries after resuming work on October 14 from its eight months strike.

A cross section of the students, who made the plea while speaking with NAN in Lokoja, said it would be disastrous if their exams scheduled to commence on November 14 would not hold.

Miss Joy Abuh, a Political Science student, said her prayer was that Monday’s ASUU congress would not end up with resumption of the suspended strike.

“We have just settled down after the strike suspension and seriously preparing for our second semester exams starting next Monday.

“It will be disastrous for us in FUL if the exams will not hold as scheduled, considering the eight months we have wasted at home.

“My fervent prayer is that the union will not declare any strike at the end of their meeting today in Abuja,” she said.

Another student, Adeiza Ibrahim, with Department of Education, lamented the effects of any further strike on the Nigerian students and called for a rethink from ASUU to allow academic activities continue while they settled their differences with the government.

“I think much damage has been done to the nation’s education system and there should be due consideration for a turn of new leaf because we’re talking about the our future, the youths of this country.

“If at the end, we won’t be allowed to write this semester exams, then it will be so terrible and devastating,” Ibrahim asserted.

Apeyemi Abubakar, a 100 Level student of Chemistry Education said, “all we are begging for is for ASUU to allow us write this examination without any hindrance”.

“We have stayed home longer than necessary and now that we are back in campus, the Federal Government and ASUU should not allow anything to tamper with our educational pursuits anymore, ” she begged.

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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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