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Kabale University in Uganda fires Nigerian lecturer over sex for marks scandal

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Kabale University in the Western Region of Uganda has sacked a Nigerian lecturer, Dr Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, the Head Department of Economics and Statistics in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences over his alleged involvement in the sexual harassment of female students.

A Ugandan newspaper outlet, Kampala Dispatch reported on Tuesday that the don demanded sex from female students and made those who refused his demands have been forced to retake classes.

The varsity’s board found Abiodun guilty of sexual harassment after investigations and asked him to leave the institution in a letter revealed by the report, a development that was confirmed by the Chancellor, Jay Constance Kwesiga.

The letter partly read, “I regret to inform you that the Appointments Board of Kabale University Under Min.598160/AB/21122 found you guilty of Sexual Harassment, failure to follow examination regulations, and professional negligence. The board, therefore, directed you be severely reprimanded and your interdiction be lifted.”

“The board further resolved not to renew your contract as a Senior Lecturer of Statistics when it expires on 11 November 2022. You are therefore required to hand over all University property in your possession to the dean of the faculty of Economics and Management Science in the presence of the financial auditor.”

Dr Abiodun, a Nigerian national is also the Director of Research at the University. He was banned mid-year to pave way for investigations into complaints that he was demanding sex from female students in exchange for marks.

The report further said, “Our reporter understands that Lukman would give retakes to female students that refuse.

“But his luck run out when some of the female students recorded him demanding sex on phone. Now in a November 11, 2022 letter addressed to Dr Abiodun, the Kabale University Secretary Canon Johnson Munono Byaryantuma, says that investigations found him guilty of sexual harassment, failure to follow examination regulations and professional guidance.

“Kabale University Chancellor Joy Constance Kwesiga, confirmed the development when contacted on Sunday 13, November 2022 but declined to divulge details, saying that they have information that Dr Lukman may petition the court.”

However, Dr Abiodun told this publication that he is yet to receive the letter terminating his services. He dismissed the accusations levelled against him but declined to discuss the details.

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Auchi Poly expels 40 students over result falsification

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The management of Auchi Polytechnic, Edo state, has expelled 40 students over involvement in certificate forgery and result falsification.

According to NAN, Adebola Ogunboyowa, the institution’s head of the information and public relations unit, disclosed this in a bulletin on Wednesday.

According to Ogunboyowa, the students were expelled following the outcome of the regular verification exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The institution’s spokesperson said the affected students were involved in forgery and falsification of their results to gain admission into the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes.

Ogunboyowa said the expelled students cut across different departments in the polytechnic.

She added that Salisu Umar, the rector of Auchi Poly, had proposed 12 new programmes to commence in the 2022/2023 academic session.

The new programmes include Printing Technology, Welding and Fabrication Technology, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Library and Information Science Taxation, Leisure, Tourism Management Technology and Social Development.

Others are Microfinance and Enterprise Development, Computer Engineering Technology, Economics and Development Studies, Agricultural Extension and Management and Crop Production Technology.

According to her, the idea is in line with the rector’s commitment to reposition the polytechnic and make it enviable in the nation and beyond.

“In pursuit of the Rector’s vision, 12 new programmes at both National Diploma and Higher National Diploma are proposed for resource inspection by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE),” she said.

“Ten of the proposed programmes are for the ND level while two are at HND level.”

She added that the institution is set for re-accreditation of all programmes in the polytechnic.

Ogunboyowa disclosed that the management had improved on the existing infrastructure and procured necessary equipment to ensure that no programme is denied accreditation.

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Sanwo-Olu reduces tuition fees for LASUED and LASUSTECH pioneer students by 65%

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It was kudos galore as Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the reduction of tuition fees for the pioneer students of the two newly established universities; Lagos State University of Education, LASUED, Ijanikin/Epe and Lagos State University of Science and Technology, LASUSTECH, Ikorodu, by 65 percent.

The Management of LASUED and LASUSTECH had proposed a tuition fee of N195,000 for their pioneer students billed to resume the current Academic Session before Sanwo -Olu subsidized and slashed it to N68,000.

It was gathered that the decision was in consideration of the present state of the nation’s economy and its impact on parents.

The approval was announced via a statement issued on Wednesday, December 7, by the Special Adviser on Education to the Governor, Tokunbo Wahab.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration would not only continue to give necessary support to the two universities but would work towards making them one of the best in the country.

While commending the governor for the kind gesture, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Abdul Semiu Orimadegun Kasali, noted that the reduction in the proposed tuition by the governor was a big relief as more and more parents from the state would be able to send their children to tertiary institutions to acquire university education.

The monarch, who described the establishment of the two additional state universities for the state as a blessing, commended Sanwo-Olu and his team for bringing a lot of reforms to the state’s education sector, adding that the state government’s continued support and funding of the state-owned institutions have helped them to excel in all fronts.

Also, the Baale of Parafa in Ikorodu LG area, Chief Jamiu Odusanya, described the governor’s gesture as a welcome development.

He thanked the state government for assisting indigent students from humble backgrounds to meet their university aspirations, adding that the reduction would promote the growth of university education in the State.

Also speaking, the Secretary of Ijede Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Semiu Olambinwonu urged parents to take full advantage of the government’s gesture to send their children to either of the Universities to acquire more knowledge.

He noted that history would be kind on Sanwo-Olu administration on various reforms embarked upon to reposition the State education to its present status.

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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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