Education

ASUU: Vice Chancellors manipulating processes of appointments, promotions

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The Calabar Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has accused Vice Chancellors (VCs) of public Universities of manipulating the processes of appointments and promotions in the system.


Its Chairman, Dr Aniekan Brown, at a media briefing on Monday in Uyo, specifically accused the University administrators of “rigging the processes”.

“It will shock you to know that in the face of the ongoing industrial dispute by ASUU, COVID-19 lockdown and closure of schools, particularly Universitie, some VCs are rigging the processes of apppointments and promotions.

“In some cases, these illegalities are carried out with the active connivance of staff of IPPIS. Our union will expose these actions and work toward invalidating products of any rigged process.

“There are procedures for appointments and promotions in the University system. But these VCs are conniving with IPPIS staff to raise new sets of apppointments. The qualifications of some of those promoted are in doubt,” Brown claimed.

Brown claimed that the VCs were conniving with the staff of the IPPIS, taking advantage of the closure of Universities and the COVID-19 lockdown, to achieve their plans.

“We will expose the fraud and invalidate products of any rigged process in the Nigeria University system,” he declared.

Brown, a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Uyo, cautioned such VCs against clamouring for the reopening of Universities, saying that their intentions were to exploit Nigerians via high school fees.

According to him, there is no evidence that COVID-19 protocols and adversaries will be abhered to, when such schools reopen.

Brown spoke further: “Some Universities serving as cash cows to government are clamouring for reopening of Universities. The very impetus for this is to continually exploit Nigerians via school fees.

“Regrettably, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 protocols and adversories will be enforced.

“One thing is obvious, they do not care about the safety and lives of Nigerians; all they care is how to exploit the system for their personal benefits. They are capitalists. They are given to cupidity. With this, we have blown the whistle.”

He said that despite the non-payment of salaries, lecturers had resolved to go ahead with the struggle for betterment of public Universities.

ASUU has come up with the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) as an alternative to the IPPIS. Education managers should subject it to integrity test.

“The ball is in the court of government. We want them to subject UTAS to requisite integrity tests as objectively as possible,” Brown said.

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Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience,  mental acuity – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians are gifted with exceptional attributes of confidence, resilience and mental acuity.


He said that the attributes were best demonstrated in how Nigerians exceled even in other countries in sciences, medicine and politics.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president delivered the keynote address at the 111th Founders’ Day Lecture of King’s College, Lagos.

According to Osinbajo, teaching young people Integrity, innovation and hard work is the foundation of a good society.

“Teaching young people that there are huge rewards from creativity, innovation with a culture of integrity in business and personal life, coupled with hardwork and diligence, is the foundation of a good and prosperous society.

“When people are nurtured in the notion that rent-seeking or the prebendal capture of wealth or benefit by access to power is the path to success, then the society will not prosper.

“A few will capture all the resources, everyone else will be poor or on their way there.”

Citing Edward Banfield, American Political Scientist, Osinabjo explained that the exceptional attributes did not free people from the moral basis of a backward society, which was the self-interested, family-centric society where often the public good was sacrificed.

He said that while receiving an education, the mind of a young person must be lifted up beyond self as education must teach the primacy of community, of the good and the well-being of the collective over self.

The Vice President said that the educational design and content must take into account, the current moral and social circumstances, as well as the physical and mental constraints we face as a people.

“There must be, as a rule, a prevailing moral standard, corruption or deviance must be the exception, not the rule.

“Concerns faced at the lower levels of our society; the problems of out-of-school children and the huge deficit in the education of girls,” he said.

For her part, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was the guest speaker, commended the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 through the Economic Sustainability Plan.

Mohammed said that scaling up infrastructure for connectivity will be crucial as well as access to digitalised curricula, digital skills training for teachers and students, and methods to protect privacy.

Other dignitaries at the event included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who virtually-delivered a goodwill message from President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.–General Babagana Monguno.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II, among others also featured.

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Youth hold key to sustainable democracy – Ekiti APC chieftain 

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Captain Sunday Adebomi, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday said that the youth are critical toward achieving the desired democracy in the country.


Adebomi, an an ex-governorship aspirant in Ekiti, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.

He urged the youth to be more interested in active politics, remain focused, determined and ready to sacrifice to take their rightful positions politically.

Adebomi, who said that he joined politics to promote active youth involvement, noted that it was high time Nigeria youth shunned being blind followers to politicians.

“I found myself in politics and what really motivated me to go into politics was about the youth, our generation.

“Like I said, I have tasted a lot of things but to me, it’s like our youth can’t see clearly beyond their nose.

“They have been following politicians blindly without asking for what rightfully belong to them.

“Instead, they are praise singing politicians all because of little money they are getting from them.

“The younger generation should know that this is the time to stand up, time to be actively involved in politics.

“Time to prove that they can do better than our leaders if given the  opportunity to serve.

“Our media houses misquoted President Mohammadu Bihari when he said that Nigerian youths are lazy.

“What he was only trying to say was that the youth were not standing up for their right.

“They are not fighting for what rightly belongs to them. He was trying to tell them that when he was like they he knew what he had done.

“All they need is courage, motivation, determination and prayers,” he said.

The Ise-Ekiti born APC Chieftain, urged the people of Ekiti to give Gov Kayode Fayemi-led administration the necessary support in order to consolidate on the achievements recorded and to further entrench good governance in the state.

He called on the aggrieved party members in the state to calm down, sheath their swords and reconcile their differences for future benefits.

“The only thing I am planning now is for Governor Fayemi and our Party, APC to succeed and the party to stabilise

“This is because it is only when the party stabilises, and the government succeeds, that anybody can plan anything.

“The only plan I have is to plead to whoever that is aggrieved, that feels ignored, to calm down,” Adebomi pleaded.

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Fiorentina snatch late win in Serie A opener

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Fiorentina grabbed a late goal through Gaetano Castrovilli to beat visiting Torino 1-0 in the opening match of the new Serie A season on Saturday.


The season kicked off without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Castrovilli tapped the ball home in the 78th minute at the far post to hand Torino’s new coach Marco Giampaolo a losing debut.

Fiorentina gave midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura his debut following his move from AC Milan and Karol Linetty started for Torino after his move from Sampdoria.

Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu twice foiled Christian Kouame in the first half, blocking a header on the line before denying him again with an even better save.

Fiore’s Cristiano Biraghi had a goal disallowed at the start of the season half before the home side, who finished 10th last season, finally broke through.

Andrea Belotti had the ball in the net for Torino deep into stoppage time with an acrobatic effort but it was disallowed for offside.

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Dortmund young guns sparkle in opening win over Gladbach

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Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland scored twice and teenager Giovanni Reyna added another as they cruised past Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-0 in their season opener on Saturday.


The 20-year-old Haaland scored a 54th minute penalty, awarded for a foul on Reyna, and bagged another with a sensationally quick counter-attack and a Jadon Sancho assist as Dortmund utilised their fearsome youthful attacking weapons.

Reyna opened the scoring, after combining perfectly with his fellow 17-year-old Jude Bellingham in the 35th minute.

His first league goal made him the second youngest American to score in the league after Christian Pulisic.

The hosts, playing in front of a crowd limited to 9,300 fans in their 80,000-capacity stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions, also hit the crossbar with a Sancho header.

Champions Bayern Munich launched their title defence with an impressive 8-0 demolition of Schalke 04 on Friday.

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