The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) branch, says it has produced 2,000 bottles of sanitisers to be distributed in the state.
Prof. Using Ogar, immediate past South-South Zonal Coordinator of ASUU made the disclosure on Monday in Calabar.
Ogar said the union would donate the 2,000 bottles of the essential item to the state government and hospitals.
He said that the union was determined to contribute its quota toward containing the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
He said that the union was concerned about the negative effects of the pandemic on the economy, hence its determination to contribute to the sustenance of the VID-19-free status of the state.
The former ASUU leader said that universities in Nigeria were not resting on their oars in finding solutions to end the pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.
“As a union, we decided to get into the laboratory to produce the sanitisers for free distribution to hospitals and government agencies in the state.
“I want to encourage government at all levels to make it a priority to fund research so that when disease outbreaks like this occur, researchers can come up with meaningful and acceptable vaccines and results.
“We want to also advice the Federal Government not to bring in the Chinese doctors. From indications, some of the COVICD-19 patients in the country are fast recovering after two rounds of tests”, he said.
Dr Peter Eneji, Head of Department, Chemical Sciences, CRUTECH who conducted newsmen round the laboratory, said the 2,000 bottles of sanitisers were produced within four days.
Eneji said that the production of the essential item was funded by CRUTECH branch of ASUU as a way of contributing to the containment of the pandemic in the state.
Also, Dr Emmanuel Ettah, the Chairman of ASUU in CRUTECH, noted that the sanitisers would enhance personal protection against the virus.
Ettah said he was happy that the state was COVD-19-free, and urged the residents to obey simple health instructions to always live a healthy life.
Dr John Edor, Chairman, ASUU, University of Calabar (Unical) branch, lauded the CRUTECH counterpart for producing the sinisters.
Edor said that the Unical branch of ASUU was also concluding the production and procurement of essential items to be distributed to the public.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ejike Obeta
New NSCDC Commandant assumes duty in Minna
Mr Haruna Zurmi, the new Commandant of the Niger Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assumed duty in Minna.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASCI Nasiru Abdullahi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Minna.
According to him, Zurmi takes over from Mr George Edem who has been redeployed to Edo as Commandant.
He said that the new commandant urged officers and men of the command to be resilient in intelligence gathering and to be committed to their duties.
The spokesman said that the new commandant also reiterated his readiness to work round the clock to tackle crimes in the state.
He also called on officers and men of the command to stand up to their responsibilities.
NEMA distributes relief materials to flood victims in Kebbi
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday, distributed relief materials to victims of flood disaster in some major communities of Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi.
Muhammad, who was represented by the Head of Planning, Research and Forecasting Unit, NEMA Sokoto Operations Office, Tukur Abubakar said the relief materials consists of food stuff, building materials and other household items.
He said the items distributed he said are: 349 bags of beans, 349 bags each of rice and guinea corn, 36 kegs of vegetable oil, 58 cartons of seasoning, 29 cartons of tin tomatoes and 18 bags of salt.
Others, he said, are 698 pieces each of mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and wax prints, 600 bags of cement, 600 bundles of roofing sheets, 70 bags of nails and 140 packets of zinc nails.
Also speaking, the Chairman of SEMA, Alhaji Sani Dododo, attributed this year’s flooding in the state to high rainfall, which led to the discharge of water from Goronyo dam in Sokoto state and Bakolori dam in Zamfara.
Dododo said that the flood resulted to the death of many people and destruction of farmlands and houses in communities along Rima River.
He appealed to the federal government, NGOs and individuals to assist the flood victims. .
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Covenant University appoints Williams as Acting Vice- Chancellor
The Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, has appointed Prof. Akan Williams as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.
Mr Attat Emmanuel, Information Officer of the Institution, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ota.
“The appointment of Williams was approved on Tuesday, following the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero.
“Williams was born on Feb. 16, 1970 in Calabar, Cross River State, he is a native of Itoko, Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom.
“He is a Fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria; a former Chairman, Ogun Chapter, Chemical Society of Nigeria; member, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria; member, Royal Society of Chemistry and a member American Chemical Society among others,” he said.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Ex-CBN director lauds CBN on benchmark interest rate reduction
Okunrounmu made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Ota, Ogun on Wednesday.
Others monetary policy instruments like the Cash Reserve Ratio and Liquidity Ratio are retained at 27.5 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.
“If there is massive investment in the country, economic activities will pick up and boost employment opportunity,’’ he said.
He said that the nation was currently experiencing a huge unemployment.
Okunrounmu adding that the Federal Government needed to address this problem in order to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable economic development.
He remarked that CBN was trying to bring down the nation’s inflation rate as 2020 budget was based on deficit financing, which might likely lead to inflation.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Abdulfatah Babatunde