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  •   President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the country s agricultural universities to close the food insecurity gap and address the nation s dependence on imported food He said that specialized universities must play their crucial role in cataloging the development of the agricultural sector to help the Federal Government achieve its goal of a sustainable green economy The Nigerian News Agency reports that Buhari said this on Saturday at the 10th convening ceremony of the Michael Okpara Umudike University of Agriculture MOUAU Abia The president who is the visitor to the university was represented by Abubakar Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said the government looked to universities as the main drivers of the agricultural sector Buhari who admitted that Nigeria is currently facing the funding challenge however said its endowments far outweighed the limitations MOUAU Foreign Minister Alhaji Shehu Abubakar praised President Buhari and the university leadership for the smooth running of the institution Abubakar the Emir of Gombe congratulated the graduates and urged them to be ambassadors for the university at any time He congratulated the university s host communities for their cooperation and called on relevant government agencies to reach out to alleviate the problems hampering the school s rapid development Earlier in his address the rector Prof Maduebibisi Iwe revealed that a total of 6 606 students graduate from the university of which 4 115 belong to the 2018 2019 academic year at the undergraduate and graduate levels Iwe who is the sixth vice chancellor in his breakdown said that 5 817 obtained a bachelor s degree 92 with a postgraduate diploma 454 with a master s and 243 with a doctorate Of the 5 817 first grade graduates 92 earned first class honors 1 775 with second class honors in the top division 2 905 had second class honors in the lower division 1 226 with third class and 18 with passing he said We said that the university had made a lot of progress but asked for a significant infusion of funds for the improvement of its physical environment reports that the university awarded honorary degrees to four distinguished Nigerians in recognition of their positive contributions to society The winners are Oba Akeem Ogungbangbe Ajagbusi Ekun VI Owaloko from Iloko Ijesa Osun Alhaji Usman Kansila Founder UYK Nigeria Dr Cosmas Maduka founder and president of Coscharis Group and Mr Chika Ikenga founder and CEO of Eunisell Source NAN
    Buhari charges agric varsities to bridge food insecurity gap
      President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the country s agricultural universities to close the food insecurity gap and address the nation s dependence on imported food He said that specialized universities must play their crucial role in cataloging the development of the agricultural sector to help the Federal Government achieve its goal of a sustainable green economy The Nigerian News Agency reports that Buhari said this on Saturday at the 10th convening ceremony of the Michael Okpara Umudike University of Agriculture MOUAU Abia The president who is the visitor to the university was represented by Abubakar Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said the government looked to universities as the main drivers of the agricultural sector Buhari who admitted that Nigeria is currently facing the funding challenge however said its endowments far outweighed the limitations MOUAU Foreign Minister Alhaji Shehu Abubakar praised President Buhari and the university leadership for the smooth running of the institution Abubakar the Emir of Gombe congratulated the graduates and urged them to be ambassadors for the university at any time He congratulated the university s host communities for their cooperation and called on relevant government agencies to reach out to alleviate the problems hampering the school s rapid development Earlier in his address the rector Prof Maduebibisi Iwe revealed that a total of 6 606 students graduate from the university of which 4 115 belong to the 2018 2019 academic year at the undergraduate and graduate levels Iwe who is the sixth vice chancellor in his breakdown said that 5 817 obtained a bachelor s degree 92 with a postgraduate diploma 454 with a master s and 243 with a doctorate Of the 5 817 first grade graduates 92 earned first class honors 1 775 with second class honors in the top division 2 905 had second class honors in the lower division 1 226 with third class and 18 with passing he said We said that the university had made a lot of progress but asked for a significant infusion of funds for the improvement of its physical environment reports that the university awarded honorary degrees to four distinguished Nigerians in recognition of their positive contributions to society The winners are Oba Akeem Ogungbangbe Ajagbusi Ekun VI Owaloko from Iloko Ijesa Osun Alhaji Usman Kansila Founder UYK Nigeria Dr Cosmas Maduka founder and president of Coscharis Group and Mr Chika Ikenga founder and CEO of Eunisell Source NAN
    Buhari charges agric varsities to bridge food insecurity gap
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    Buhari charges agric varsities to bridge food insecurity gap

    President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the country's agricultural universities to close the food insecurity gap and address the nation's dependence on imported food.

    He said that specialized universities must play their crucial role in cataloging the development of the agricultural sector, to help the Federal Government achieve its goal of a sustainable green economy.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that Buhari said this on Saturday, at the 10th convening ceremony of the Michael Okpara Umudike University of Agriculture (MOUAU), Abia.

    The president, who is the visitor to the university, was represented by Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the government looked to universities as the main drivers of the agricultural sector.

    Buhari, who admitted that Nigeria is currently facing the funding challenge, however, said its endowments far outweighed the limitations.

    MOUAU Foreign Minister Alhaji Shehu Abubakar praised President Buhari and the university leadership for the smooth running of the institution.

    Abubakar, the Emir of Gombe, congratulated the graduates and urged them to be ambassadors for the university at any time.

    He congratulated the university's host communities for their cooperation and called on relevant government agencies to reach out to alleviate the problems hampering the school's rapid development.

    Earlier in his address, the rector, Prof. Maduebibisi Iwe, revealed that a total of 6,606 students graduate from the university, of which 4,115 belong to the 2018/2019 academic year at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    Iwe, who is the sixth vice chancellor, in his breakdown, said that 5,817 obtained a bachelor's degree, 92 with a postgraduate diploma, 454 with a master's and 243 with a doctorate.

    “Of the 5,817 first-grade graduates, 92 earned first-class honors; 1,775 with second-class honors in the top division; 2,905 had second-class honors in the lower division, 1,226 with third class and 18 with passing, ”he said.

    We said that the university had made a lot of progress, but asked for a significant infusion of funds for the improvement of its physical environment.

    reports that the university awarded honorary degrees to four distinguished Nigerians in recognition of their positive contributions to society.

    The winners are: Oba Akeem Ogungbangbe, Ajagbusi-Ekun VI Owaloko from Iloko-Ijesa, Osun; Alhaji Usman Kansila, Founder, UYK Nigeria; Dr. Cosmas Maduka, founder and president of Coscharis Group and Mr. Chika Ikenga, founder and CEO of Eunisell.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Veterinary Council of Nigeria VCN on Thursday inducted 34 doctors from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU in Abia to practice their profession within and outside Nigeria Dr Josiah Kantiyok the Acting Registrar of the council while administering the oath of practice on the inductees urged them to adhere strictly to the code of the profession and avoid ethical misconduct Nigeria News Agency reports that the event which was the seventh oath taking ceremony of the College of Veterinary Medicine of the institution for the 2018 2019 graduands took place at the Sen Pius Anyim Auditorium in the university Kantiyo told the inductees that the VCN licence empowered them to practice as veterinary doctors anywhere in the world He however warned that the council reserved the power to withdraw the licence in the event of any proven case of abuse or misconduct I urge the inductees to be focused and disciplined he said adding that the two virtues would take them to enviable height in the profession The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Francis Otunta said that the management attached great importance to the training of veterinary doctors in the institution Otunta represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration Prof Joy Nwabueze said that the university supported all the programmes and activities of the college geared toward the advancement of research and learning He advised the graduands to put their training in the university into optimal use in the practice of their profession There are various challenges facing animal health and livestock industry in Nigeria You will be expected to use your training and skills to find solutions to them Otunta said Earlier in his remark the Dean of the College Prof Maduike Ezeibe said that the college had continued to produce graduates who had turned out to be job creators instead of job seekers Responding on behalf of other inductees the Best Graduating Student Dr John Ojiako attributed his success to God and hard work and thanked the lecturers for seeing them through their studies Edited By Chinyere Bassey Sam Oditah
    Council inducts 34 veterinary doctors from Michael Okpara varsity
     The Veterinary Council of Nigeria VCN on Thursday inducted 34 doctors from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU in Abia to practice their profession within and outside Nigeria Dr Josiah Kantiyok the Acting Registrar of the council while administering the oath of practice on the inductees urged them to adhere strictly to the code of the profession and avoid ethical misconduct Nigeria News Agency reports that the event which was the seventh oath taking ceremony of the College of Veterinary Medicine of the institution for the 2018 2019 graduands took place at the Sen Pius Anyim Auditorium in the university Kantiyo told the inductees that the VCN licence empowered them to practice as veterinary doctors anywhere in the world He however warned that the council reserved the power to withdraw the licence in the event of any proven case of abuse or misconduct I urge the inductees to be focused and disciplined he said adding that the two virtues would take them to enviable height in the profession The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Francis Otunta said that the management attached great importance to the training of veterinary doctors in the institution Otunta represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration Prof Joy Nwabueze said that the university supported all the programmes and activities of the college geared toward the advancement of research and learning He advised the graduands to put their training in the university into optimal use in the practice of their profession There are various challenges facing animal health and livestock industry in Nigeria You will be expected to use your training and skills to find solutions to them Otunta said Earlier in his remark the Dean of the College Prof Maduike Ezeibe said that the college had continued to produce graduates who had turned out to be job creators instead of job seekers Responding on behalf of other inductees the Best Graduating Student Dr John Ojiako attributed his success to God and hard work and thanked the lecturers for seeing them through their studies Edited By Chinyere Bassey Sam Oditah
    Council inducts 34 veterinary doctors from Michael Okpara varsity
    Education3 years ago

    Council inducts 34 veterinary doctors from Michael Okpara varsity

    The Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) on Thursday inducted 34 doctors from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) in Abia, to practice their profession within and outside Nigeria.

    Dr Josiah Kantiyok, the Acting Registrar of the council, while administering the oath of practice on the inductees, urged them to adhere strictly to the code of the profession and avoid ethical misconduct.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the event, which was the seventh oath-taking ceremony of the College of Veterinary Medicine of the institution for the 2018/2019 graduands, took place at the Sen. Pius Anyim Auditorium in the university.

    Kantiyo told the inductees that the VCN licence empowered them to practice as veterinary doctors anywhere in the world.

    He, however, warned that the council reserved the power to withdraw the licence in the event of any proven case of abuse or misconduct.

    “I urge the inductees to be focused and disciplined,” he said, adding  that the two virtues would take them to enviable height in the profession.

    The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Francis Otunta, said that the management attached great importance to the training of veterinary doctors in the institution.

    Otunta, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Joy Nwabueze, said that the university supported all the programmes and activities of the college geared toward the advancement of research and learning.

    He advised the graduands to put their training in the university into optimal use, in the practice of their profession.

    “There are various challenges facing animal health and livestock industry in Nigeria. You will be expected to use your training and skills to find solutions to them,’’ Otunta said.

    Earlier in his remark, the Dean of the College, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, said that the college had continued to produce graduates, who had turned out to be job creators instead of job seekers.

    Responding on behalf of other inductees, the Best Graduating Student, Dr John Ojiako, attributed his success to God and hard work and thanked the lecturers for seeing them through their studies. 

    (
    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Sam Oditah)

  •  The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU on Friday matriculated a total of 3 532 new students Prof Francis Otunta the Vice Chancellor of the university while speaking at the institution s 27th matriculation ceremony advised the students to lay solid foundation for successful careers He said that 3 212 of the students were being inducted into the university s full time undergraduate programmes 204 for part time undergraduate programmes and 116 others for post graduate programmes Otunta explained that the shortfall in the number of students given admission was as a result of the delisting of some courses in some colleges in the institution According to him it is in compliance with the directive of the National Universities Commission NUC that specialised universities should revert to their core mandate He said It was for this reason that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike was constrained not to admit students into management science based courses Unfortunately most of the departments affected in the delisting exercise were those that were highly subscribed for by candidates in the admission exercise moderated by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB Otunta advised the students not to lose sight of the fact that matriculation was only the beginning of a journey that demanded commitment dedication and discipline to attain the ultimate goal of graduating with different degrees He warned them not to engage in cultism extortion examination malpractices sexual harassment and other anti social behaviours saying that the university had zero tolerance for such While enjoining the students to be patriotic citizens he said that the problem of the country had been compounded by those fond of boasting of all kinds of degrees but with no character No country makes progress when such people are in the majority the vice chancellor said Edited By Folasade Adeniran and Wale Sadeeq
    VC tasks students on career devt, as Michael Okpara Varsity matriculates 3,532
     The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU on Friday matriculated a total of 3 532 new students Prof Francis Otunta the Vice Chancellor of the university while speaking at the institution s 27th matriculation ceremony advised the students to lay solid foundation for successful careers He said that 3 212 of the students were being inducted into the university s full time undergraduate programmes 204 for part time undergraduate programmes and 116 others for post graduate programmes Otunta explained that the shortfall in the number of students given admission was as a result of the delisting of some courses in some colleges in the institution According to him it is in compliance with the directive of the National Universities Commission NUC that specialised universities should revert to their core mandate He said It was for this reason that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike was constrained not to admit students into management science based courses Unfortunately most of the departments affected in the delisting exercise were those that were highly subscribed for by candidates in the admission exercise moderated by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB Otunta advised the students not to lose sight of the fact that matriculation was only the beginning of a journey that demanded commitment dedication and discipline to attain the ultimate goal of graduating with different degrees He warned them not to engage in cultism extortion examination malpractices sexual harassment and other anti social behaviours saying that the university had zero tolerance for such While enjoining the students to be patriotic citizens he said that the problem of the country had been compounded by those fond of boasting of all kinds of degrees but with no character No country makes progress when such people are in the majority the vice chancellor said Edited By Folasade Adeniran and Wale Sadeeq
    VC tasks students on career devt, as Michael Okpara Varsity matriculates 3,532
    Education3 years ago

    VC tasks students on career devt, as Michael Okpara Varsity matriculates 3,532

    The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), on Friday, matriculated a total of 3,532 new students.

    Prof. Francis Otunta, the Vice Chancellor of the university, while speaking at the institution’s 27th matriculation ceremony, advised the students to lay solid foundation for successful careers.

    He said that 3,212 of the students were being inducted into the university’s full-time undergraduate programmes, 204 for part-time undergraduate programmes and 116 others for post-graduate programmes.

    Otunta explained that the shortfall in the number of students given admission was as a result of the delisting of some courses in some colleges in the institution.

    According to him, it is in compliance with the directive of the National Universities Commission (NUC) that specialised universities should revert to their core mandate.

    He said, “It was for this reason that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike was constrained not to admit students into management science-based courses.

    “Unfortunately, most of the departments affected in the delisting exercise were those that were highly subscribed for by candidates in the admission exercise moderated by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).”

    Otunta advised the students not to lose sight of the fact that matriculation was only the beginning of a journey that demanded commitment, dedication and discipline to attain the ultimate goal of graduating with different degrees.

    He warned them not to engage in cultism, extortion, examination malpractices, sexual harassment and other anti-social behaviours, saying that the university had zero tolerance for such.

    While enjoining the students to be patriotic citizens, he said that the problem of the country had been compounded by those fond of boasting of all kinds of degrees but with no character.

    “No country makes progress when such people are in the majority,” the vice chancellor said.


    Edited By: Folasade Adeniran and ‘Wale Sadeeq

  •  A renowned Agricultural Economist Prof Christian Onyenweaku has advised lecturers to desist from acts capable of destroying the nation s university education Onyenweaku gave the advice on Wednesday while delivering the second valedictory lecture of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike in Abia He admonished the teachers to discharge their duties responsibly and with the fear of God knowing that one day they would give account of their stewardship to their maker Nigerian News Agency reports that the valedictory lecture was entitled I have fought a good fight and I have finished the race A retrospective look at my university career 1981 2019 Onyenweaku who retired on Nov 28 2019 urged lecturers to desist from any act that would rubish the system He said that he opted for a retrospective look at his career in his valedictory lecture in order to give account of his stewardship in the university system He said the decision was to prove that he had really fought a good fight and finished the race The don said Lecturers should emulate me because I normally ask people to emulate me in all the things I do They should also have the fear of God because they are going to give account of all they have done here on earth He claimed that while in service he discharged all his assignments creditably adding that he taught all his undergraduate and post graduate courses timely Hardly did I miss classes grading of scripts was according to the rules and release of results was also timely Onyenweaku said He expressed joy that he had an eventful and successful teaching career spanning 39 years in four federal universities in the country In a remark Prof Jude Njoku the former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO lauded Onyenweaku for his immense contributions to the growth of higher education in Nigeria Njoku who was the chairman of the occasion said that Onyenweaku was one of the foundation lecturers of Agricultural Economics at FUTO He described him as a highly cerebral person who made First Class in his first degree adding that he had produced a lot of graduates who had distinguished themselves in different spheres of life The Vice Chancellor of MOUAU Prof Francis Otunta thanked the lecturer for his contributions to the progress and development of the university system Otunta who was represented by the VC Academic Prof Maduemesi Iwe said that the university would continue to package valedictory lectures as its professors retire honourably A major highlight of the event was the presentation of three books two of which were written by Onyenweaku and the third by the university s Department of Agricultural Economics Edited by Josephine Obute Sam Oditah
    Don urges lecturers to eschew acts inimical to university education 
     A renowned Agricultural Economist Prof Christian Onyenweaku has advised lecturers to desist from acts capable of destroying the nation s university education Onyenweaku gave the advice on Wednesday while delivering the second valedictory lecture of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike in Abia He admonished the teachers to discharge their duties responsibly and with the fear of God knowing that one day they would give account of their stewardship to their maker Nigerian News Agency reports that the valedictory lecture was entitled I have fought a good fight and I have finished the race A retrospective look at my university career 1981 2019 Onyenweaku who retired on Nov 28 2019 urged lecturers to desist from any act that would rubish the system He said that he opted for a retrospective look at his career in his valedictory lecture in order to give account of his stewardship in the university system He said the decision was to prove that he had really fought a good fight and finished the race The don said Lecturers should emulate me because I normally ask people to emulate me in all the things I do They should also have the fear of God because they are going to give account of all they have done here on earth He claimed that while in service he discharged all his assignments creditably adding that he taught all his undergraduate and post graduate courses timely Hardly did I miss classes grading of scripts was according to the rules and release of results was also timely Onyenweaku said He expressed joy that he had an eventful and successful teaching career spanning 39 years in four federal universities in the country In a remark Prof Jude Njoku the former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO lauded Onyenweaku for his immense contributions to the growth of higher education in Nigeria Njoku who was the chairman of the occasion said that Onyenweaku was one of the foundation lecturers of Agricultural Economics at FUTO He described him as a highly cerebral person who made First Class in his first degree adding that he had produced a lot of graduates who had distinguished themselves in different spheres of life The Vice Chancellor of MOUAU Prof Francis Otunta thanked the lecturer for his contributions to the progress and development of the university system Otunta who was represented by the VC Academic Prof Maduemesi Iwe said that the university would continue to package valedictory lectures as its professors retire honourably A major highlight of the event was the presentation of three books two of which were written by Onyenweaku and the third by the university s Department of Agricultural Economics Edited by Josephine Obute Sam Oditah
    Don urges lecturers to eschew acts inimical to university education 
    Education3 years ago

    Don urges lecturers to eschew acts inimical to university education 

    A renowned Agricultural Economist, Prof. Christian Onyenweaku, has advised lecturers to desist from acts capable of destroying the nation’s university education.Onyenweaku gave the advice on Wednesday, while delivering the second valedictory lecture of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia.He admonished the teachers to discharge their duties responsibly and with the fear of God, knowing that one day they would give account of their stewardship to their maker.Nigerian News Agency reports that the valedictory lecture was entitled, “I have fought a good fight, and I have finished the race: A retrospective look at my university career (1981- 2019).Onyenweaku, who retired on Nov. 28, 2019, urged lecturers to desist from any act that would rubish the system.He said that he opted for a retrospective look at his career in his valedictory lecture in order to give account of his stewardship in the university system.He said the decision was to prove that he had really fought a good fight and finished the race.The don said: “Lecturers should emulate me because I normally ask people to emulate me in all the things I do.“They should also have the fear of God because they are going to give account of all they have done here on earth.”He claimed that while in service, he discharged all his assignments creditably, adding that he taught all his undergraduate and post graduate courses timely.“Hardly did I miss classes, grading of scripts was according to the rules and release of results was also timely,” Onyenweaku said.He expressed joy that he had an eventful and successful teaching career, spanning 39 years in four federal universities in the country.In a remark, Prof. Jude Njoku, the former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO), lauded Onyenweaku for his immense contributions to the growth of higher education in Nigeria.Njoku, who was the chairman of the occasion, said that Onyenweaku was one of the foundation lecturers of Agricultural Economics at FUTO.He described him as a highly cerebral person, who made First Class in his first degree, adding that he had produced a lot of graduates, who had distinguished themselves in different spheres of life.The Vice Chancellor of MOUAU, Prof. Francis Otunta, thanked the lecturer for his contributions to the progress and development of the university system.Otunta, who was represented by the VC (Academic), Prof. Maduemesi Iwe, said that the university would continue to package valedictory lectures as its professors retire honourably.A major highlight of the event was the presentation of three books, two of which were written by Onyenweaku, and the third by the university’s Department of Agricultural Economics.(Edited by: Josephine Obute/Sam Oditah)

  •   A Nigerian researcher Prof Maduike Ezeibe who invented Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum Magnesium Silicate MSAMS for the cure of says the medicine can generate more income than oil for Nigeria when fully harnessed Ezeibe the Dean College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Okpara Universty Umudike MOUAU in Abia said this in his presentation at the university s 48th inaugural lecture on Wednesday In the lecture entitled Cure for Incurable Diseases other viral diseases cancers antimicrobial resistant infections the don said that the drug had the capacity to become another great revenue spinner for the country The professor of Medicine and Clinical Virology said If we use it to pontentiate medicines it is a raw material for all pharmaceutical industries all over the world because it makes medicines work better and at a reduced cost He claimed that the Nigerian medicine now known all over the world was made of Aluminum magnesium silicate AMS He said AMS has been in use as medicine but we are the first to use it to treat systemic diseases including and cancers AMS molecules are made up of Nanoparticle that have both positive and negative charged ends So they mop viruses and cancer cells electrically charged too by electrostatic attraction between them and opposite charges on the pathogens Nigeria News Agency reports that his claim of cure which attracted public attention about three years ago had been a subject of controversy following its disapproval by the National Centre for Control of AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control However Ezeibe has continued to insist on the efficacy of his drug in the treatment of He therefore challenged the relevant authorities to a public hearing about the efficacy of his invention He said I wonder why Nigerians are finding it difficult to believe us Should I call it inferiority complex Why don t we know that our own scientists are as good as any other scientists in other parts of the world There are people who find it difficult to believe that we Nigerians have found cure for incurable diseases but nobody in the world has been able to muster scientific argument s against the mechanisms we have put forward for the breakthrough So Nigerians should be proud to know that we are talking sense nobody anywhere in the world has disproved us he said Ezeibe who thanked the management of the university for all its support said that he required government financial assistance to set up an industry for the mass production of the drug He said that he would be contented if the federal government would collaborate with him to mass produce the drug and pay him royalty In his remarks the Vice Chancellor Prof Francis Otunta commended Ezeibe for his scientific and academic contributions He said The university stood by him because it saw that he was making sense He has done a great job You can see why MOUAU has become important anywhere you go Why should we not call this man a Very Distinguished Professor Edited by Olabisi Akinbode Sam Oditah NAN
    My HIV/AIDS drug greater income spinner than oil, says Researcher
      A Nigerian researcher Prof Maduike Ezeibe who invented Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum Magnesium Silicate MSAMS for the cure of says the medicine can generate more income than oil for Nigeria when fully harnessed Ezeibe the Dean College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Okpara Universty Umudike MOUAU in Abia said this in his presentation at the university s 48th inaugural lecture on Wednesday In the lecture entitled Cure for Incurable Diseases other viral diseases cancers antimicrobial resistant infections the don said that the drug had the capacity to become another great revenue spinner for the country The professor of Medicine and Clinical Virology said If we use it to pontentiate medicines it is a raw material for all pharmaceutical industries all over the world because it makes medicines work better and at a reduced cost He claimed that the Nigerian medicine now known all over the world was made of Aluminum magnesium silicate AMS He said AMS has been in use as medicine but we are the first to use it to treat systemic diseases including and cancers AMS molecules are made up of Nanoparticle that have both positive and negative charged ends So they mop viruses and cancer cells electrically charged too by electrostatic attraction between them and opposite charges on the pathogens Nigeria News Agency reports that his claim of cure which attracted public attention about three years ago had been a subject of controversy following its disapproval by the National Centre for Control of AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control However Ezeibe has continued to insist on the efficacy of his drug in the treatment of He therefore challenged the relevant authorities to a public hearing about the efficacy of his invention He said I wonder why Nigerians are finding it difficult to believe us Should I call it inferiority complex Why don t we know that our own scientists are as good as any other scientists in other parts of the world There are people who find it difficult to believe that we Nigerians have found cure for incurable diseases but nobody in the world has been able to muster scientific argument s against the mechanisms we have put forward for the breakthrough So Nigerians should be proud to know that we are talking sense nobody anywhere in the world has disproved us he said Ezeibe who thanked the management of the university for all its support said that he required government financial assistance to set up an industry for the mass production of the drug He said that he would be contented if the federal government would collaborate with him to mass produce the drug and pay him royalty In his remarks the Vice Chancellor Prof Francis Otunta commended Ezeibe for his scientific and academic contributions He said The university stood by him because it saw that he was making sense He has done a great job You can see why MOUAU has become important anywhere you go Why should we not call this man a Very Distinguished Professor Edited by Olabisi Akinbode Sam Oditah NAN
    My HIV/AIDS drug greater income spinner than oil, says Researcher
    Health3 years ago

    My HIV/AIDS drug greater income spinner than oil, says Researcher

    A Nigerian researcher, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, who invented Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum–Magnesium Silicate (MSAMS) for the cure of says the medicine can generate more income than oil for Nigeria, when fully harnessed.

    Ezeibe, the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michael Okpara Universty, Umudike (MOUAU) in Abia, said this in his presentation at the university’s 48th inaugural lecture on Wednesday.

    In the lecture, entitled “Cure for ‘Incurable Diseases’ (), other viral diseases, cancers, antimicrobial-resistant infections”, the don said that the drug had the capacity to become another great revenue spinner for the country.

    The professor of Medicine and Clinical Virology said, “If we use it to pontentiate medicines, it is a raw material for all pharmaceutical industries all over the world because it makes medicines work better and at a reduced cost.”

    He claimed that the Nigerian medicine, now known all over the world, was made of Aluminum-magnesium silicate (AMS).

    He said: “AMS has been in use as medicine but we are the first to use it to treat systemic diseases, including and cancers.

    “AMS-molecules are made up of Nanoparticle that have both positive and negative charged ends.

    “So they mop viruses and cancer cells (electrically charged too) by electrostatic attraction between them and opposite charges on the pathogens.”

    Nigeria News Agency reports that his claim of cure, which attracted public attention about three years ago, had been a subject of controversy, following its disapproval by the National Centre for Control of AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control.

    However, Ezeibe has continued to insist on the efficacy of his drug in the treatment of.

    He therefore challenged the relevant authorities to a public hearing about the efficacy of his invention.

    He said: “I wonder why Nigerians are finding it difficult to believe us. Should I call it inferiority complex?

    “Why don’t we know that our own scientists are as good as any other scientists in other parts of the world?

    “There are people who find it difficult to believe that we (Nigerians) have found cure for  – incurable diseases, but nobody in the world has been able to muster scientific argument(s) against the mechanisms we have put forward for the breakthrough.

    “So Nigerians should be proud to know that we are talking sense, nobody anywhere in the world has disproved us,” he said.

    Ezeibe, who thanked the management of the university for all its support, said that he required government financial assistance to set up an industry for the mass production of the drug.

    He said that he would be contented if the federal government would collaborate with him to mass produce the drug and pay him royalty.

    In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Otunta, commended Ezeibe for his scientific and academic contributions.

    He said: “The university stood by him because it saw that he was making sense. He has done a great job.

    “You can see why MOUAU has become important anywhere you go.Why should we not call this man a Very Distinguished Professor?”

    (Edited by: Olabisi Akinbode/Sam Oditah)
    (NAN)

  •   Nigerian reseacher flays promotion of bone marrow transplant for cure HIV Umuahia Dec 11 2019 A Nigerian researcher Prof Maduike Ezeibe has frowned at the analytical treatment interruption otherwise known as bone marrow transplant being promoted as cure for Ezeibe who invented Medical Synthetic Aluminum Magnesium Silicate MSAMS for the cure of spoke during his pre inaugural lecture media briefing on Wednesday in Umudike The reseacher who is the Dean College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Okpara Universty Umudike MOUAU said that bone marrow transplant would not guarantee a successful cure for the scourge Nigeria News Agency reports that Ezeibe s claim to have found cure for which attracted public attention about three years ago had been a subject of controversy This was because the National Centre for Control of AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control had earlier disproved the claim Ezeibe however described bone marrow transplant as a high tech and expensive procedure that many hospitals might not be able to perform He said that the level of success of a transplant is too low two cures in almost 10 years of the trial and success of the treatment could hardly be guaranteed between hospitals According to him using transplant as cure for is like saying let us carry out surgery on anybody who has stomach or intestinal worms to wash off the parasites instead of searching for effective worm medicines Using nanoparticles to mop the virus will give results that can be reproduced between patients and between hospitals at much lower cost and zero risk He said that his nanoparticle medicine works by electrostatic attraction and could cure other diseases apart from The don has sustained his claim challenging relevant authorities in the medical field to a public hearing about the efficacy of his drug Ezeibe a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at MOUAU said Apart from being anti viral and anti cancer it potentiates other medicines We have invented electrostatic attraction as a mechanism action of drugs for treatment of diseases caused by agents that are electrically charged viral diseases cancers and other tumours Since the MSAMS is made of nanoparticles it reaches every cell and as a silicate it restores immunity I call it medicinal synthetic because it is not the natural one that we get from the soil It is the one that we get by reacting to what we have in Nigeria Ezeibe who said that he got seven patents from three Nigerian presidents said that he was ready to appear in a television debate against anybody doubting the efficacy of his drug He said that many HIV patients had tested negative after using the drug adding that he had delivered papers on MSAMS in different international conferences and had yet to be contradicted He said that the treatment of required prolonged medication with bio chemical effects and Anti Retroviral Therapies He further said that had the potential to occur at all ages adding that immunity from vaccine against it should be for life The only condition that can make vaccination for control of possible is for the vaccine to confer immunity for life so that once people are vaccinated as babies they become protected forever he said Ezeibe called on the veterinary researchers to guide medical researchers saying that failure to observe this synergy would lead to waste of resources and false hope He said that he required government financial assistance to be able to set up the industry to mass produce the drug He said that he would be content if the Federal Government would collaborate with him to mass produce the drug and pay him royalty Edited by Chinyere Bassey Sam Oditah NAN Related
    Nigerian reseacher flays promotion of bone marrow transplant for HIV/AIDS cure
      Nigerian reseacher flays promotion of bone marrow transplant for cure HIV Umuahia Dec 11 2019 A Nigerian researcher Prof Maduike Ezeibe has frowned at the analytical treatment interruption otherwise known as bone marrow transplant being promoted as cure for Ezeibe who invented Medical Synthetic Aluminum Magnesium Silicate MSAMS for the cure of spoke during his pre inaugural lecture media briefing on Wednesday in Umudike The reseacher who is the Dean College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Okpara Universty Umudike MOUAU said that bone marrow transplant would not guarantee a successful cure for the scourge Nigeria News Agency reports that Ezeibe s claim to have found cure for which attracted public attention about three years ago had been a subject of controversy This was because the National Centre for Control of AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control had earlier disproved the claim Ezeibe however described bone marrow transplant as a high tech and expensive procedure that many hospitals might not be able to perform He said that the level of success of a transplant is too low two cures in almost 10 years of the trial and success of the treatment could hardly be guaranteed between hospitals According to him using transplant as cure for is like saying let us carry out surgery on anybody who has stomach or intestinal worms to wash off the parasites instead of searching for effective worm medicines Using nanoparticles to mop the virus will give results that can be reproduced between patients and between hospitals at much lower cost and zero risk He said that his nanoparticle medicine works by electrostatic attraction and could cure other diseases apart from The don has sustained his claim challenging relevant authorities in the medical field to a public hearing about the efficacy of his drug Ezeibe a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at MOUAU said Apart from being anti viral and anti cancer it potentiates other medicines We have invented electrostatic attraction as a mechanism action of drugs for treatment of diseases caused by agents that are electrically charged viral diseases cancers and other tumours Since the MSAMS is made of nanoparticles it reaches every cell and as a silicate it restores immunity I call it medicinal synthetic because it is not the natural one that we get from the soil It is the one that we get by reacting to what we have in Nigeria Ezeibe who said that he got seven patents from three Nigerian presidents said that he was ready to appear in a television debate against anybody doubting the efficacy of his drug He said that many HIV patients had tested negative after using the drug adding that he had delivered papers on MSAMS in different international conferences and had yet to be contradicted He said that the treatment of required prolonged medication with bio chemical effects and Anti Retroviral Therapies He further said that had the potential to occur at all ages adding that immunity from vaccine against it should be for life The only condition that can make vaccination for control of possible is for the vaccine to confer immunity for life so that once people are vaccinated as babies they become protected forever he said Ezeibe called on the veterinary researchers to guide medical researchers saying that failure to observe this synergy would lead to waste of resources and false hope He said that he required government financial assistance to be able to set up the industry to mass produce the drug He said that he would be content if the Federal Government would collaborate with him to mass produce the drug and pay him royalty Edited by Chinyere Bassey Sam Oditah NAN Related
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    Nigerian reseacher flays promotion of bone marrow transplant for HIV/AIDS cure

    Nigerian reseacher flays promotion of bone marrow transplant for cure

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    Umuahia, Dec. 11,  2019 A Nigerian researcher, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, has frowned at the  analytical treatment interruption, otherwise known as bone marrow transplant, being promoted as cure for.

    Ezeibe, who invented Medical Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate (MSAMS) for the cure of, spoke during his pre-inaugural lecture media briefing on Wednesday in Umudike.

    The reseacher, who is the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michael Okpara Universty, Umudike (MOUAU), said that bone marrow transplant would not guarantee a successful cure for the scourge.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that Ezeibe’s claim to have found cure for, which attracted public attention about three years ago, had been a subject of controversy.

    This was because the National Centre for Control of AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control had earlier disproved the claim.

    Ezeibe, however, described bone marrow transplant as a high-tech and expensive procedure that many hospitals might not be able to perform.

    He said that the level of success of a transplant “is too low (two cures in almost 10 years of the trial) and success of the treatment could hardly be guaranteed between hospitals.”

    According to him, using transplant as cure for “is like saying let us carry out surgery on anybody who has stomach or intestinal worms to wash off the parasites, instead of searching for effective worm medicines.

    “Using nanoparticles to mop the virus will give results that can be reproduced between patients and between hospitals, at much lower cost and zero risk.’’

    He said that his nanoparticle medicine “works by electrostatic attraction” and could cure other diseases, apart from.

    The don has sustained his claim, challenging relevant authorities in the medical field to a public hearing about the efficacy of his drug.

    Ezeibe, a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at MOUAU, said, “Apart from being anti-viral and anti-cancer, it potentiates other medicines.

    “We have invented electrostatic attraction as a mechanism action of drugs for treatment of diseases caused by agents that are electrically charged (viral diseases, cancers and other tumours).

    “Since the MSAMS is made of nanoparticles, it reaches every cell and as a silicate, it restores immunity.

    “I call it medicinal synthetic because it is not the natural one that we get from the soil. It is the one that we get by reacting to what we have in Nigeria’’.

    Ezeibe, who said that he got seven patents from three Nigerian presidents, said that he was ready to appear in a television debate against anybody doubting the efficacy of his drug.

    He said that many HIV patients had tested negative after using the drug, adding that he had delivered papers on MSAMS in different international conferences and had yet to be contradicted.

    He said that the treatment of required prolonged medication “with bio-chemical-effects and Anti Retroviral Therapies”.

    He further said that had the potential to occur at all ages, adding that immunity from vaccine against it should be for life.

    “The only condition that can make vaccination for control of possible is for the vaccine to confer immunity for life so that once people are vaccinated as babies they become protected forever,” he said.

    Ezeibe called on the veterinary-researchers to guide medical-researchers’, saying that failure to observe this synergy would lead to waste of resources and false hope. He said that he required government financial assistance to be able to set up the industry to mass produce the drug. He said that he would be content if the Federal Government would collaborate with him to mass produce the drug and pay him royalty.

    (Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Sam Oditah)
    (NAN)
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  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU in the South East has insisted that enrollment of its members into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS will erode autonomy of universities The ASUU leaders who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews said they were in total support of the position of the national leadership of the union Dr Egwu Ogugua ASUU chairman of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo AE FUNAI Ebonyi pointed out that members of the union were committed to the collective struggle We have recorded 100 per cent compliance to ASUU National Executive Council NEC and the ASUU AE FUNAI Congress resolution to reject the forceful migration to IPPIS We are committed to the struggle and no member of the branch has shown up to be enrolled The university is an autonomous entity and enrolling lecturers into the IPPIS will erode and violate this autonomy with attendant ugly effect on the standard of university education in Nigeria It violates existing laws and autonomy of the universities and also IPPIS does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion study leave allowance and responsibility allowance among others Ogugua said Dr Gilbert Ekuma a university lecturer and human rights activist urged the Federal Government to toe the path of dialogue with ASUU to avert disruption of academic activities in the nation s federal universities We have had enough of strikes which continue to lower standard of university education and make products from our ivory towers look inferior before their foreign counterparts Incessant strikes have led to brain drain as most of the nation s best brains are leaving for European America and even other African countries to look for greener pasture The federal government has threatened to stop salaries of the university teachers for refusing to enroll into IPPIS while lecturers have responded by threatening a nationwide showdown with the government Any nationwide strike by ASUU will further worsen situation in our universities and this will not be in the best interest of the nation and our students in particular Ekuma said The union said that in place of the IPPIS it had offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU in Owerri Zone Comrade Uzo Onyebinama also maintained that IPPIS violated university autonomy and agreement and did not address the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities Specifically IPPIS violates and erodes university autonomy inherent in the extent provisions of section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provision Amendment Act 2003 he said The ASUU zonal coordinator noted that academic activities teaching research and community service in universities had specific milestones with timeliness Universities are structured to be independent and free from civil service bureaucracy As a result university establishment is not only flexible and dynamic but also pragmatic with the primary objectives of rapid response to critical exigencies IPPIS negates this The union views the claim by the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF that ASUU s position against IPPIS as an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail ASUU cannot be blackmailed into shirking her sacred responsibility of defending the autonomy of the universities ASUU s zero tolerance for corruption individual and institutional is widely acclaimed The union has offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS he said Onyebinama explained that the union had been clamouring for the constitution of statutory visitation panels to federal universities that was long overdue adding that visitation panels provided the platform for inquiry into the conduct of the affairs of universities He said that the failure of the Federal Government to inquire into the conduct of the affairs of universities through the instrument of visitation panels was the real endorsement of corruption On the 2009 Agreement he said that the attempt at the renegotiation which ought to have been done in 2012 had failed due to what he called the high handedness of a team formed by government He alleged that the team acted out of a script deliberately designed to frustrate the renegotiation exercise For 10 years the salaries and allowance of staff members have remained constant double digit inflation and the devaluation of the naira notwithstanding We are therefore using this opportunity and the medium of the press to call on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the FG to rescind the forceful and compulsory enrollment of universities into IPPIS It should also ensure that the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement is concluded without further delay A stitch in time clearly saves nine Our universities surely need a break from incessant industrial crisis caused by government insensitivity he said Meanwhile in Enugu State Mrs Jacinta Ani IPPIS Coordinator in the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said over 400 academic staff had so far been captured in the ongoing enrollment for public universities in the country The exercise is going on smoothly our problem is managing of crowd as both non academic and academic staff are struggling to be registered From my record no fewer than 400 academics staff have enrolled in IPPIS since the exercise started she said Ani said that due to the crowd the exercise had been extended till December 12 Initially the deadline for the enrollment is Dec 7 but it has been extended to 12 to enable the IPPIS team capture every staff she said Efforts to get comment from Dr Christian Opata the Chairman of ASUU UNN proved abortive as he was said to be on his way to Minna the capital of Niger State for ASUU National Executive Council meeting However the immediate past Chairman of ASUU in UNN Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada said he had not enrolled in IPPIS and would not unless ASUU National body approved it Adada described the number of lecturers said to have registered by UNN IPPIS coordinator as propaganda and unrealistic One or two lecturers who are not ASUU members may have enrolled but the coordinator is exaggerating to say that no fewer than 400 lecturers have enrolled he said A lecturer who pleaded anonymity told NAN that he decided to register because some of his friends told him that they have registered because they did not want the Federal Government to sack them I have five children two are in tertiary institutions so if I am sacked from UNN where will I get money to take care of my family as well as pay school fees of my children he said Mr Paul Aruah Chairman UNN Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU said he had enrolled in IPPIS describing IPPIS as one of the best things that had happened in Nigeria public universities in recent time With IPPIS the salary of staff in public universities will be harmonised so that the salary of every grade level will be the same This scheme makes it possible for all public university staff to receive their monthly salary the same date Those that are afraid of IPPIS to me have skeleton in their cupboard he said Speaking Mr Peter Eze a former official Non academic Staff Unions NASU commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing IPPIS scheme which he said would fight corruption and ghost worker syndrome in public universities IPPIS will fight corruption and eradicate ghost workers in Nigeria public universities I am happy the exercise has been extended to Dec 12 so that every staff will be captured in IPPIS he said When contacted the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration in UNN Prof Pat Okpoko said the exercise had been going smoothly and would also end smoothly in UNN It is a Federal Government directive to all public universities and UNN has put adequate measures in place to ensure the exercise is successful he said In Abia ASUU branch of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU said that its members were not involved in the ongoing registration into the IPPIS Prof Chinyere Echendu the Chairperson of the Echendu told NAN that the members would not enroll because they were not core civil servants She said We are not enrolling into IPPIS because we are not civil servants Again the IPPIS enrollment will erode the university autonomy On ASUU members who were allegedly enrolling she said We heard that some people said that they belonged to the Congress of University Academics CONUA but they denied any involvement So I can tell you that nobody among us has come up to say he or she participated or is participating in the exercise Meanwhile a reliable source who is a member of staff of the university told NAN that many ASUU members especially the younger ones had already enrolled into the IPPIS The source queried why some ASUU members would claim that they were not part of the exercise but would allow their wives who were equally staff of the university to participate in it I can tell you reliably that over 70 per cent of ASUU members of this university have enrolled since the commencement of this exercise the source said Also Mr Tochukwu Ekwomadu the Secretary Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other related institutions NASU MOUAU chapter said that NASU was among the unions that supported the Federal Government for the initiative Ekwomadu who disclosed that there were over 2 000 non academic staff of the university said that over 50 per cent of the university staff had been captured so far He commended the five personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the manner they were conducting the exercise on campus He however expressed concern over the delay in the biometric capturing which he attributed to bad network Meanwhile the Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium of the university the venue of the registration was busy as many staff whose turn it was to register according to the university timetable were seen either filling the IPPIS form or waiting to be captured A memo by the Registrar Mrs Jacinta Ogwo informing the staff about the exercise dated Nov 22 was posted on different notice boards in the school Reporters MNA Edited amp Vetted By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    IPPIS: ASUU South East insists it will erode university autonomy
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU in the South East has insisted that enrollment of its members into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS will erode autonomy of universities The ASUU leaders who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews said they were in total support of the position of the national leadership of the union Dr Egwu Ogugua ASUU chairman of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo AE FUNAI Ebonyi pointed out that members of the union were committed to the collective struggle We have recorded 100 per cent compliance to ASUU National Executive Council NEC and the ASUU AE FUNAI Congress resolution to reject the forceful migration to IPPIS We are committed to the struggle and no member of the branch has shown up to be enrolled The university is an autonomous entity and enrolling lecturers into the IPPIS will erode and violate this autonomy with attendant ugly effect on the standard of university education in Nigeria It violates existing laws and autonomy of the universities and also IPPIS does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion study leave allowance and responsibility allowance among others Ogugua said Dr Gilbert Ekuma a university lecturer and human rights activist urged the Federal Government to toe the path of dialogue with ASUU to avert disruption of academic activities in the nation s federal universities We have had enough of strikes which continue to lower standard of university education and make products from our ivory towers look inferior before their foreign counterparts Incessant strikes have led to brain drain as most of the nation s best brains are leaving for European America and even other African countries to look for greener pasture The federal government has threatened to stop salaries of the university teachers for refusing to enroll into IPPIS while lecturers have responded by threatening a nationwide showdown with the government Any nationwide strike by ASUU will further worsen situation in our universities and this will not be in the best interest of the nation and our students in particular Ekuma said The union said that in place of the IPPIS it had offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU in Owerri Zone Comrade Uzo Onyebinama also maintained that IPPIS violated university autonomy and agreement and did not address the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities Specifically IPPIS violates and erodes university autonomy inherent in the extent provisions of section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provision Amendment Act 2003 he said The ASUU zonal coordinator noted that academic activities teaching research and community service in universities had specific milestones with timeliness Universities are structured to be independent and free from civil service bureaucracy As a result university establishment is not only flexible and dynamic but also pragmatic with the primary objectives of rapid response to critical exigencies IPPIS negates this The union views the claim by the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF that ASUU s position against IPPIS as an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail ASUU cannot be blackmailed into shirking her sacred responsibility of defending the autonomy of the universities ASUU s zero tolerance for corruption individual and institutional is widely acclaimed The union has offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS he said Onyebinama explained that the union had been clamouring for the constitution of statutory visitation panels to federal universities that was long overdue adding that visitation panels provided the platform for inquiry into the conduct of the affairs of universities He said that the failure of the Federal Government to inquire into the conduct of the affairs of universities through the instrument of visitation panels was the real endorsement of corruption On the 2009 Agreement he said that the attempt at the renegotiation which ought to have been done in 2012 had failed due to what he called the high handedness of a team formed by government He alleged that the team acted out of a script deliberately designed to frustrate the renegotiation exercise For 10 years the salaries and allowance of staff members have remained constant double digit inflation and the devaluation of the naira notwithstanding We are therefore using this opportunity and the medium of the press to call on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the FG to rescind the forceful and compulsory enrollment of universities into IPPIS It should also ensure that the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement is concluded without further delay A stitch in time clearly saves nine Our universities surely need a break from incessant industrial crisis caused by government insensitivity he said Meanwhile in Enugu State Mrs Jacinta Ani IPPIS Coordinator in the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said over 400 academic staff had so far been captured in the ongoing enrollment for public universities in the country The exercise is going on smoothly our problem is managing of crowd as both non academic and academic staff are struggling to be registered From my record no fewer than 400 academics staff have enrolled in IPPIS since the exercise started she said Ani said that due to the crowd the exercise had been extended till December 12 Initially the deadline for the enrollment is Dec 7 but it has been extended to 12 to enable the IPPIS team capture every staff she said Efforts to get comment from Dr Christian Opata the Chairman of ASUU UNN proved abortive as he was said to be on his way to Minna the capital of Niger State for ASUU National Executive Council meeting However the immediate past Chairman of ASUU in UNN Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada said he had not enrolled in IPPIS and would not unless ASUU National body approved it Adada described the number of lecturers said to have registered by UNN IPPIS coordinator as propaganda and unrealistic One or two lecturers who are not ASUU members may have enrolled but the coordinator is exaggerating to say that no fewer than 400 lecturers have enrolled he said A lecturer who pleaded anonymity told NAN that he decided to register because some of his friends told him that they have registered because they did not want the Federal Government to sack them I have five children two are in tertiary institutions so if I am sacked from UNN where will I get money to take care of my family as well as pay school fees of my children he said Mr Paul Aruah Chairman UNN Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU said he had enrolled in IPPIS describing IPPIS as one of the best things that had happened in Nigeria public universities in recent time With IPPIS the salary of staff in public universities will be harmonised so that the salary of every grade level will be the same This scheme makes it possible for all public university staff to receive their monthly salary the same date Those that are afraid of IPPIS to me have skeleton in their cupboard he said Speaking Mr Peter Eze a former official Non academic Staff Unions NASU commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing IPPIS scheme which he said would fight corruption and ghost worker syndrome in public universities IPPIS will fight corruption and eradicate ghost workers in Nigeria public universities I am happy the exercise has been extended to Dec 12 so that every staff will be captured in IPPIS he said When contacted the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration in UNN Prof Pat Okpoko said the exercise had been going smoothly and would also end smoothly in UNN It is a Federal Government directive to all public universities and UNN has put adequate measures in place to ensure the exercise is successful he said In Abia ASUU branch of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU said that its members were not involved in the ongoing registration into the IPPIS Prof Chinyere Echendu the Chairperson of the Echendu told NAN that the members would not enroll because they were not core civil servants She said We are not enrolling into IPPIS because we are not civil servants Again the IPPIS enrollment will erode the university autonomy On ASUU members who were allegedly enrolling she said We heard that some people said that they belonged to the Congress of University Academics CONUA but they denied any involvement So I can tell you that nobody among us has come up to say he or she participated or is participating in the exercise Meanwhile a reliable source who is a member of staff of the university told NAN that many ASUU members especially the younger ones had already enrolled into the IPPIS The source queried why some ASUU members would claim that they were not part of the exercise but would allow their wives who were equally staff of the university to participate in it I can tell you reliably that over 70 per cent of ASUU members of this university have enrolled since the commencement of this exercise the source said Also Mr Tochukwu Ekwomadu the Secretary Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other related institutions NASU MOUAU chapter said that NASU was among the unions that supported the Federal Government for the initiative Ekwomadu who disclosed that there were over 2 000 non academic staff of the university said that over 50 per cent of the university staff had been captured so far He commended the five personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the manner they were conducting the exercise on campus He however expressed concern over the delay in the biometric capturing which he attributed to bad network Meanwhile the Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium of the university the venue of the registration was busy as many staff whose turn it was to register according to the university timetable were seen either filling the IPPIS form or waiting to be captured A memo by the Registrar Mrs Jacinta Ogwo informing the staff about the exercise dated Nov 22 was posted on different notice boards in the school Reporters MNA Edited amp Vetted By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    IPPIS: ASUU South East insists it will erode university autonomy
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    IPPIS: ASUU South East insists it will erode university autonomy

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the South East has insisted that enrollment of its members into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) will erode autonomy of universities.

     

    The ASUU leaders, who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency , in separate interviews, said they were in total support of the position of the national leadership of the union.

     

    Dr Egwu Ogugua, ASUU chairman of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), Ebonyi pointed out that members of the union were committed to the collective struggle.

     

    “We have recorded 100 per cent compliance to ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) and the ASUU AE-FUNAI Congress resolution to reject the forceful migration to IPPIS.

     

    “We are committed to the struggle and no member of the branch has shown up to be enrolled.

     

    “The university is an autonomous entity and enrolling lecturers into the IPPIS will erode and violate this autonomy with attendant ugly effect on the standard of university education in Nigeria.

     

    “It violates existing laws and autonomy of the universities and also IPPIS does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion, study leave allowance and responsibility allowance among others,” Ogugua said.

     

    Dr Gilbert Ekuma, a university lecturer and human rights activist urged the Federal Government to toe the path of dialogue with ASUU to avert disruption of academic activities in the nation’s federal universities.

     

    “We have had enough of strikes which continue to lower standard of university education and make products from our ivory towers look inferior before their foreign counterparts.

     

    “Incessant strikes have led to brain drain as most of the nation’s best brains are leaving for European, America and even other African countries to look for greener pasture.

     

    “The federal government has threatened to stop salaries of the university teachers for refusing to enroll into IPPIS while lecturers have responded by threatening a nationwide showdown with the government.

     

    “Any nationwide strike by ASUU will further worsen situation in our universities and this will not be in the best interest of the nation and our students in particular,” Ekuma said.

     

    The union said that in place of the IPPIS, it had offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS.

     

    The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU in Owerri Zone, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama also maintained that IPPIS violated university autonomy and agreement and did not address the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities.

     

    “Specifically, IPPIS violates and erodes university autonomy inherent in the extent provisions of section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment) Act 2003,” he said.

     

    The ASUU zonal coordinator noted that academic activities (teaching, research and community service) in universities had specific milestones with timeliness.

     

    “Universities are structured to be independent and free from civil service bureaucracy. As a result, university establishment is not only flexible and dynamic but also pragmatic with the primary objectives of rapid response to critical exigencies.

     

    “IPPIS negates this. The union views the claim by the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) that ASUU’s position against IPPIS as an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail.

     

    “ASUU cannot be blackmailed into shirking her sacred responsibility of defending the autonomy of the universities.

     

    “ASUU’s zero tolerance for corruption (individual and institutional) is widely acclaimed. The union has offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS,” he said.

     

    Onyebinama explained that the union had been clamouring for the constitution of statutory visitation panels to federal universities that was long overdue adding that visitation panels provided the platform for inquiry into the conduct of the affairs of universities.

     

    He said that the failure of the Federal Government to inquire into the conduct of the affairs of universities through the instrument of visitation panels was the real endorsement of corruption.

     

    On the 2009 Agreement, he said that the attempt at the renegotiation which ought to have been done in 2012 had failed due to what he called the high handedness of a team formed by government.

     

    He alleged that the team acted out of a script deliberately designed to frustrate the renegotiation exercise.

     

    “For 10 years, the salaries and allowance of staff members have remained constant, double digit inflation and the devaluation of the naira notwithstanding.

     

    “We are, therefore, using this opportunity and the medium of the press to call on well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the FG to rescind the forceful and compulsory enrollment of universities into IPPIS.

     

    “It should also ensure that the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement is concluded without further delay. A stitch in time clearly saves nine.

     

    “Our universities surely need a break from incessant industrial crisis caused by government insensitivity,” he said.

     

    Meanwhile, in Enugu State, Mrs Jacinta Ani, IPPIS Coordinator in the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), said over 400 academic staff had so far been captured in the ongoing enrollment for public universities in the country.

     

    “The exercise is going on smoothly, our problem is managing of crowd as both non-academic and academic staff are struggling to be registered.

     

    “From my record, no fewer than 400 academics staff have enrolled in IPPIS, since the exercise started,” she said.

     

    Ani said that due to the crowd, the exercise had been extended till December 12.

     

    “Initially the deadline for the enrollment is Dec 7 but it has been extended to 12 to enable the IPPIS team capture every staff,” she said.

     

    Efforts to get comment from Dr Christian Opata, the Chairman of ASUU-UNN proved abortive as he was said to be on his way to Minna the capital of Niger State for ASUU National Executive Council meeting.

     

    However, the immediate past Chairman of ASUU in UNN, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, said he had not enrolled in IPPIS and would not unless ASUU National body approved it.

     

    Adada described the number of lecturers said to have registered by UNN -IPPIS coordinator as `propaganda and unrealistic’.

     

    “One or two lecturers who are not ASUU members may have enrolled but the coordinator is exaggerating to say that no fewer than 400 lecturers have enrolled,” he said.

     

    A lecturer, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that he decided to register because some of his friends told him that they have registered because they did not want the Federal Government to sack them.

     

    “I have five children, two are in tertiary institutions so if I am sacked from UNN where will I get money to take care of my family as well as pay school fees of my children,” he said.

     

    Mr Paul Aruah, Chairman UNN Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said he had enrolled in IPPIS, describing IPPIS as one of the best things that had happened in Nigeria public universities in recent time.

     

    “With IPPIS, the salary of staff in public universities will be harmonised, so that the salary of every grade level will be the same.

     

    “This scheme makes it possible for all public university staff to receive their monthly salary the same date.

     

    “Those that are afraid of IPPIS, to me, have skeleton in their cupboard, “he said.

     

    Speaking, Mr Peter Eze, a former official, Non-academic Staff Unions (NASU) commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing IPPIS scheme which he said would fight corruption and ‘ghost worker’ syndrome in public universities.

     

    “IPPIS will fight corruption and eradicate ghost workers in Nigeria public universities.

     

    “I am happy the exercise has been extended to Dec 12 so that every staff will be captured in IPPIS,” he said.

     

    When contacted, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration in UNN, Prof Pat Okpoko, said the exercise had been going smoothly and would also end smoothly in UNN.

     

    “It is a Federal Government directive to all public universities and UNN has put adequate measures in place to ensure the exercise is successful,” he said.

     

    In Abia, ASUU branch of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) said that its members were not involved in the ongoing registration into the IPPIS.

     

    Prof. Chinyere Echendu, the Chairperson of the Echendu, told NAN that the members would not enroll because they were not core civil servants.

     

    She said,” We are not enrolling into IPPIS because we are not civil servants.

     

    “Again, the IPPIS enrollment will erode the university autonomy.”

     

    On ASUU members who were allegedly enrolling, she said,  “We heard that some people said that they belonged to the Congress of University Academics (CONUA), but they denied any involvement.

     

    “So I can tell you that nobody among us has come up to say he or she participated or is participating in the exercise.”

     

    Meanwhile, a reliable source, who is a member of staff of the university told NAN that many ASUU members, especially the younger ones, had already enrolled into the IPPIS.

     

    The source queried why some ASUU members would claim that they were not part of the exercise, but would allow their wives who were equally staff of the university to participate in it.

     

    “I can tell you reliably that over 70 per cent of ASUU members of this university have enrolled since the commencement of this exercise,” the source said.

     

    Also, Mr Tochukwu Ekwomadu, the Secretary, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other related institutions (NASU), MOUAU chapter said that NASU was among the unions that supported the Federal Government for the initiative.

     

    Ekwomadu, who disclosed that there were over 2,000 non academic staff of the university, said that over 50 per cent of the university staff had been captured so far.

     

    He commended the five personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the manner they were conducting the exercise on campus.

     

    He however, expressed concern over the delay in the biometric capturing, which he attributed to bad network.

     

    Meanwhile, the Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium of the university, the venue of the registration was busy as many staff whose turn it was to register according to the university timetable, were seen either filling the IPPIS form or waiting to be captured.

     

    A memo by the Registrar, Mrs Jacinta Ogwo, informing the staff about the exercise, dated Nov. 22, was posted on different notice boards in the school.

    Reporters/MNA

    Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu
    (NAN)

  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU in the South East has insisted that enrollment of its members into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS will erode autonomy of universities The ASUU leaders who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews said they were in total support of the position of the national leadership of the union Dr Egwu Ogugua ASUU chairman of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo AE FUNAI Ebonyi pointed out that members of the union were committed to the collective struggle We have recorded 100 per cent compliance to ASUU National Executive Council NEC and the ASUU AE FUNAI Congress resolution to reject the forceful migration to IPPIS We are committed to the struggle and no member of the branch has shown up to be enrolled The university is an autonomous entity and enrolling lecturers into the IPPIS will erode and violate this autonomy with attendant ugly effect on the standard of university education in Nigeria It violates existing laws and autonomy of the universities and also IPPIS does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion study leave allowance and responsibility allowance among others Ogugua said Dr Gilbert Ekuma a university lecturer and human rights activist urged the Federal Government to toe the path of dialogue with ASUU to avert disruption of academic activities in the nation s federal universities We have had enough of strikes which continue to lower standard of university education and make products from our ivory towers look inferior before their foreign counterparts Incessant strikes have led to brain drain as most of the nation s best brains are leaving for European America and even other African countries to look for greener pasture The federal government has threatened to stop salaries of the university teachers for refusing to enroll into IPPIS while lecturers have responded by threatening a nationwide showdown with the government Any nationwide strike by ASUU will further worsen situation in our universities and this will not be in the best interest of the nation and our students in particular Ekuma said The union said that in place of the IPPIS it had offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU in Owerri Zone Comrade Uzo Onyebinama also maintained that IPPIS violated university autonomy and agreement and did not address the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities Specifically IPPIS violates and erodes university autonomy inherent in the extent provisions of section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provision Amendment Act 2003 he said The ASUU zonal coordinator noted that academic activities teaching research and community service in universities had specific milestones with timeliness Universities are structured to be independent and free from civil service bureaucracy As a result university establishment is not only flexible and dynamic but also pragmatic with the primary objectives of rapid response to critical exigencies IPPIS negates this The union views the claim by the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF that ASUU s position against IPPIS as an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail ASUU cannot be blackmailed into shirking her sacred responsibility of defending the autonomy of the universities ASUU s zero tolerance for corruption individual and institutional is widely acclaimed The union has offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS he said Onyebinama explained that the union had been clamouring for the constitution of statutory visitation panels to federal universities that was long overdue adding that visitation panels provided the platform for inquiry into the conduct of the affairs of universities He said that the failure of the Federal Government to inquire into the conduct of the affairs of universities through the instrument of visitation panels was the real endorsement of corruption On the 2009 Agreement he said that the attempt at the renegotiation which ought to have been done in 2012 had failed due to what he called the high handedness of a team formed by government He alleged that the team acted out of a script deliberately designed to frustrate the renegotiation exercise For 10 years the salaries and allowance of staff members have remained constant double digit inflation and the devaluation of the naira notwithstanding We are therefore using this opportunity and the medium of the press to call on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the FG to rescind the forceful and compulsory enrollment of universities into IPPIS It should also ensure that the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement is concluded without further delay A stitch in time clearly saves nine Our universities surely need a break from incessant industrial crisis caused by government insensitivity he said Meanwhile in Enugu State Mrs Jacinta Ani IPPIS Coordinator in the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said over 400 academic staff had so far been captured in the ongoing enrollment for public universities in the country The exercise is going on smoothly our problem is managing of crowd as both non academic and academic staff are struggling to be registered From my record no fewer than 400 academics staff have enrolled in IPPIS since the exercise started she said Ani said that due to the crowd the exercise had been extended till December 12 Initially the deadline for the enrollment is Dec 7 but it has been extended to 12 to enable the IPPIS team capture every staff she said Efforts to get comment from Dr Christian Opata the Chairman of ASUU UNN proved abortive as he was said to be on his way to Minna the capital of Niger State for ASUU National Executive Council meeting However the immediate past Chairman of ASUU in UNN Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada said he had not enrolled in IPPIS and would not unless ASUU National body approved it Adada described the number of lecturers said to have registered by UNN IPPIS coordinator as propaganda and unrealistic One or two lecturers who are not ASUU members may have enrolled but the coordinator is exaggerating to say that no fewer than 400 lecturers have enrolled he said A lecturer who pleaded anonymity told NAN that he decided to register because some of his friends told him that they have registered because they did not want the Federal Government to sack them I have five children two are in tertiary institutions so if I am sacked from UNN where will I get money to take care of my family as well as pay school fees of my children he said Mr Paul Aruah Chairman UNN Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU said he had enrolled in IPPIS describing IPPIS as one of the best things that had happened in Nigeria public universities in recent time With IPPIS the salary of staff in public universities will be harmonised so that the salary of every grade level will be the same This scheme makes it possible for all public university staff to receive their monthly salary the same date Those that are afraid of IPPIS to me have skeleton in their cupboard he said Speaking Mr Peter Eze a former official Non academic Staff Unions NASU commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing IPPIS scheme which he said would fight corruption and ghost worker syndrome in public universities IPPIS will fight corruption and eradicate ghost workers in Nigeria public universities I am happy the exercise has been extended to Dec 12 so that every staff will be captured in IPPIS he said When contacted the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration in UNN Prof Pat Okpoko said the exercise had been going smoothly and would also end smoothly in UNN It is a Federal Government directive to all public universities and UNN has put adequate measures in place to ensure the exercise is successful he said In Abia ASUU branch of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU said that its members were not involved in the ongoing registration into the IPPIS Prof Chinyere Echendu the Chairperson of the Echendu told NAN that the members would not enroll because they were not core civil servants She said We are not enrolling into IPPIS because we are not civil servants Again the IPPIS enrollment will erode the university autonomy On ASUU members who were allegedly enrolling she said We heard that some people said that they belonged to the Congress of University Academics CONUA but they denied any involvement So I can tell you that nobody among us has come up to say he or she participated or is participating in the exercise Meanwhile a reliable source who is a member of staff of the university told NAN that many ASUU members especially the younger ones had already enrolled into the IPPIS The source queried why some ASUU members would claim that they were not part of the exercise but would allow their wives who were equally staff of the university to participate in it I can tell you reliably that over 70 per cent of ASUU members of this university have enrolled since the commencement of this exercise the source said Also Mr Tochukwu Ekwomadu the Secretary Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other related institutions NASU MOUAU chapter said that NASU was among the unions that supported the Federal Government for the initiative Ekwomadu who disclosed that there were over 2 000 non academic staff of the university said that over 50 per cent of the university staff had been captured so far He commended the five personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the manner they were conducting the exercise on campus He however expressed concern over the delay in the biometric capturing which he attributed to bad network Meanwhile the Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium of the university the venue of the registration was busy as many staff whose turn it was to register according to the university timetable were seen either filling the IPPIS form or waiting to be captured A memo by the Registrar Mrs Jacinta Ogwo informing the staff about the exercise dated Nov 22 was posted on different notice boards in the school Reporters MNA Edited amp Vetted By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    ASUU in South East rejects IPPIS, says it will erode university autonomy
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU in the South East has insisted that enrollment of its members into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS will erode autonomy of universities The ASUU leaders who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews said they were in total support of the position of the national leadership of the union Dr Egwu Ogugua ASUU chairman of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo AE FUNAI Ebonyi pointed out that members of the union were committed to the collective struggle We have recorded 100 per cent compliance to ASUU National Executive Council NEC and the ASUU AE FUNAI Congress resolution to reject the forceful migration to IPPIS We are committed to the struggle and no member of the branch has shown up to be enrolled The university is an autonomous entity and enrolling lecturers into the IPPIS will erode and violate this autonomy with attendant ugly effect on the standard of university education in Nigeria It violates existing laws and autonomy of the universities and also IPPIS does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion study leave allowance and responsibility allowance among others Ogugua said Dr Gilbert Ekuma a university lecturer and human rights activist urged the Federal Government to toe the path of dialogue with ASUU to avert disruption of academic activities in the nation s federal universities We have had enough of strikes which continue to lower standard of university education and make products from our ivory towers look inferior before their foreign counterparts Incessant strikes have led to brain drain as most of the nation s best brains are leaving for European America and even other African countries to look for greener pasture The federal government has threatened to stop salaries of the university teachers for refusing to enroll into IPPIS while lecturers have responded by threatening a nationwide showdown with the government Any nationwide strike by ASUU will further worsen situation in our universities and this will not be in the best interest of the nation and our students in particular Ekuma said The union said that in place of the IPPIS it had offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU in Owerri Zone Comrade Uzo Onyebinama also maintained that IPPIS violated university autonomy and agreement and did not address the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities Specifically IPPIS violates and erodes university autonomy inherent in the extent provisions of section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provision Amendment Act 2003 he said The ASUU zonal coordinator noted that academic activities teaching research and community service in universities had specific milestones with timeliness Universities are structured to be independent and free from civil service bureaucracy As a result university establishment is not only flexible and dynamic but also pragmatic with the primary objectives of rapid response to critical exigencies IPPIS negates this The union views the claim by the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF that ASUU s position against IPPIS as an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail ASUU cannot be blackmailed into shirking her sacred responsibility of defending the autonomy of the universities ASUU s zero tolerance for corruption individual and institutional is widely acclaimed The union has offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS he said Onyebinama explained that the union had been clamouring for the constitution of statutory visitation panels to federal universities that was long overdue adding that visitation panels provided the platform for inquiry into the conduct of the affairs of universities He said that the failure of the Federal Government to inquire into the conduct of the affairs of universities through the instrument of visitation panels was the real endorsement of corruption On the 2009 Agreement he said that the attempt at the renegotiation which ought to have been done in 2012 had failed due to what he called the high handedness of a team formed by government He alleged that the team acted out of a script deliberately designed to frustrate the renegotiation exercise For 10 years the salaries and allowance of staff members have remained constant double digit inflation and the devaluation of the naira notwithstanding We are therefore using this opportunity and the medium of the press to call on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the FG to rescind the forceful and compulsory enrollment of universities into IPPIS It should also ensure that the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement is concluded without further delay A stitch in time clearly saves nine Our universities surely need a break from incessant industrial crisis caused by government insensitivity he said Meanwhile in Enugu State Mrs Jacinta Ani IPPIS Coordinator in the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said over 400 academic staff had so far been captured in the ongoing enrollment for public universities in the country The exercise is going on smoothly our problem is managing of crowd as both non academic and academic staff are struggling to be registered From my record no fewer than 400 academics staff have enrolled in IPPIS since the exercise started she said Ani said that due to the crowd the exercise had been extended till December 12 Initially the deadline for the enrollment is Dec 7 but it has been extended to 12 to enable the IPPIS team capture every staff she said Efforts to get comment from Dr Christian Opata the Chairman of ASUU UNN proved abortive as he was said to be on his way to Minna the capital of Niger State for ASUU National Executive Council meeting However the immediate past Chairman of ASUU in UNN Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada said he had not enrolled in IPPIS and would not unless ASUU National body approved it Adada described the number of lecturers said to have registered by UNN IPPIS coordinator as propaganda and unrealistic One or two lecturers who are not ASUU members may have enrolled but the coordinator is exaggerating to say that no fewer than 400 lecturers have enrolled he said A lecturer who pleaded anonymity told NAN that he decided to register because some of his friends told him that they have registered because they did not want the Federal Government to sack them I have five children two are in tertiary institutions so if I am sacked from UNN where will I get money to take care of my family as well as pay school fees of my children he said Mr Paul Aruah Chairman UNN Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU said he had enrolled in IPPIS describing IPPIS as one of the best things that had happened in Nigeria public universities in recent time With IPPIS the salary of staff in public universities will be harmonised so that the salary of every grade level will be the same This scheme makes it possible for all public university staff to receive their monthly salary the same date Those that are afraid of IPPIS to me have skeleton in their cupboard he said Speaking Mr Peter Eze a former official Non academic Staff Unions NASU commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing IPPIS scheme which he said would fight corruption and ghost worker syndrome in public universities IPPIS will fight corruption and eradicate ghost workers in Nigeria public universities I am happy the exercise has been extended to Dec 12 so that every staff will be captured in IPPIS he said When contacted the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration in UNN Prof Pat Okpoko said the exercise had been going smoothly and would also end smoothly in UNN It is a Federal Government directive to all public universities and UNN has put adequate measures in place to ensure the exercise is successful he said In Abia ASUU branch of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU said that its members were not involved in the ongoing registration into the IPPIS Prof Chinyere Echendu the Chairperson of the Echendu told NAN that the members would not enroll because they were not core civil servants She said We are not enrolling into IPPIS because we are not civil servants Again the IPPIS enrollment will erode the university autonomy On ASUU members who were allegedly enrolling she said We heard that some people said that they belonged to the Congress of University Academics CONUA but they denied any involvement So I can tell you that nobody among us has come up to say he or she participated or is participating in the exercise Meanwhile a reliable source who is a member of staff of the university told NAN that many ASUU members especially the younger ones had already enrolled into the IPPIS The source queried why some ASUU members would claim that they were not part of the exercise but would allow their wives who were equally staff of the university to participate in it I can tell you reliably that over 70 per cent of ASUU members of this university have enrolled since the commencement of this exercise the source said Also Mr Tochukwu Ekwomadu the Secretary Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other related institutions NASU MOUAU chapter said that NASU was among the unions that supported the Federal Government for the initiative Ekwomadu who disclosed that there were over 2 000 non academic staff of the university said that over 50 per cent of the university staff had been captured so far He commended the five personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the manner they were conducting the exercise on campus He however expressed concern over the delay in the biometric capturing which he attributed to bad network Meanwhile the Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium of the university the venue of the registration was busy as many staff whose turn it was to register according to the university timetable were seen either filling the IPPIS form or waiting to be captured A memo by the Registrar Mrs Jacinta Ogwo informing the staff about the exercise dated Nov 22 was posted on different notice boards in the school Reporters MNA Edited amp Vetted By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    ASUU in South East rejects IPPIS, says it will erode university autonomy
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    ASUU in South East rejects IPPIS, says it will erode university autonomy

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the South East has insisted that enrollment of its members into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) will erode autonomy of universities.

     

    The ASUU leaders, who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency , in separate interviews, said they were in total support of the position of the national leadership of the union.

     

    Dr Egwu Ogugua, ASUU chairman of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), Ebonyi pointed out that members of the union were committed to the collective struggle.

     

    “We have recorded 100 per cent compliance to ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) and the ASUU AE-FUNAI Congress resolution to reject the forceful migration to IPPIS.

     

    “We are committed to the struggle and no member of the branch has shown up to be enrolled.

     

    “The university is an autonomous entity and enrolling lecturers into the IPPIS will erode and violate this autonomy with attendant ugly effect on the standard of university education in Nigeria.

     

    “It violates existing laws and autonomy of the universities and also IPPIS does not make provisions for payment of arrears of promotion, study leave allowance and responsibility allowance among others,” Ogugua said.

     

    Dr Gilbert Ekuma, a university lecturer and human rights activist urged the Federal Government to toe the path of dialogue with ASUU to avert disruption of academic activities in the nation’s federal universities.

     

    “We have had enough of strikes which continue to lower standard of university education and make products from our ivory towers look inferior before their foreign counterparts.

     

    “Incessant strikes have led to brain drain as most of the nation’s best brains are leaving for European, America and even other African countries to look for greener pasture.

     

    “The federal government has threatened to stop salaries of the university teachers for refusing to enroll into IPPIS while lecturers have responded by threatening a nationwide showdown with the government.

     

    “Any nationwide strike by ASUU will further worsen situation in our universities and this will not be in the best interest of the nation and our students in particular,” Ekuma said.

     

    The union said that in place of the IPPIS, it had offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS.

     

    The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU in Owerri Zone, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama also maintained that IPPIS violated university autonomy and agreement and did not address the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities.

     

    “Specifically, IPPIS violates and erodes university autonomy inherent in the extent provisions of section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment) Act 2003,” he said.

     

    The ASUU zonal coordinator noted that academic activities (teaching, research and community service) in universities had specific milestones with timeliness.

     

    “Universities are structured to be independent and free from civil service bureaucracy. As a result, university establishment is not only flexible and dynamic but also pragmatic with the primary objectives of rapid response to critical exigencies.

     

    “IPPIS negates this. The union views the claim by the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) that ASUU’s position against IPPIS as an endorsement of corruption as cheap blackmail.

     

    “ASUU cannot be blackmailed into shirking her sacred responsibility of defending the autonomy of the universities.

     

    “ASUU’s zero tolerance for corruption (individual and institutional) is widely acclaimed. The union has offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS,” he said.

     

    Onyebinama explained that the union had been clamouring for the constitution of statutory visitation panels to federal universities that was long overdue adding that visitation panels provided the platform for inquiry into the conduct of the affairs of universities.

     

    He said that the failure of the Federal Government to inquire into the conduct of the affairs of universities through the instrument of visitation panels was the real endorsement of corruption.

     

    On the 2009 Agreement, he said that the attempt at the renegotiation which ought to have been done in 2012 had failed due to what he called the high handedness of a team formed by government.

     

    He alleged that the team acted out of a script deliberately designed to frustrate the renegotiation exercise.

     

    “For 10 years, the salaries and allowance of staff members have remained constant, double digit inflation and the devaluation of the naira notwithstanding.

     

    “We are, therefore, using this opportunity and the medium of the press to call on well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the FG to rescind the forceful and compulsory enrollment of universities into IPPIS.

     

    “It should also ensure that the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement is concluded without further delay. A stitch in time clearly saves nine.

     

    “Our universities surely need a break from incessant industrial crisis caused by government insensitivity,” he said.

     

    Meanwhile, in Enugu State, Mrs Jacinta Ani, IPPIS Coordinator in the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), said over 400 academic staff had so far been captured in the ongoing enrollment for public universities in the country.

     

    “The exercise is going on smoothly, our problem is managing of crowd as both non-academic and academic staff are struggling to be registered.

     

    “From my record, no fewer than 400 academics staff have enrolled in IPPIS, since the exercise started,” she said.

     

    Ani said that due to the crowd, the exercise had been extended till December 12.

     

    “Initially the deadline for the enrollment is Dec 7 but it has been extended to 12 to enable the IPPIS team capture every staff,” she said.

     

    Efforts to get comment from Dr Christian Opata, the Chairman of ASUU-UNN proved abortive as he was said to be on his way to Minna the capital of Niger State for ASUU National Executive Council meeting.

     

    However, the immediate past Chairman of ASUU in UNN, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, said he had not enrolled in IPPIS and would not unless ASUU National body approved it.

     

    Adada described the number of lecturers said to have registered by UNN -IPPIS coordinator as `propaganda and unrealistic’.

     

    “One or two lecturers who are not ASUU members may have enrolled but the coordinator is exaggerating to say that no fewer than 400 lecturers have enrolled,” he said.

     

    A lecturer, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that he decided to register because some of his friends told him that they have registered because they did not want the Federal Government to sack them.

     

    “I have five children, two are in tertiary institutions so if I am sacked from UNN where will I get money to take care of my family as well as pay school fees of my children,” he said.

     

    Mr Paul Aruah, Chairman UNN Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said he had enrolled in IPPIS, describing IPPIS as one of the best things that had happened in Nigeria public universities in recent time.

     

    “With IPPIS, the salary of staff in public universities will be harmonised, so that the salary of every grade level will be the same.

     

    “This scheme makes it possible for all public university staff to receive their monthly salary the same date.

     

    “Those that are afraid of IPPIS, to me, have skeleton in their cupboard, “he said.

     

    Speaking, Mr Peter Eze, a former official, Non-academic Staff Unions (NASU) commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing IPPIS scheme which he said would fight corruption and ‘ghost worker’ syndrome in public universities.

     

    “IPPIS will fight corruption and eradicate ghost workers in Nigeria public universities.

     

    “I am happy the exercise has been extended to Dec 12 so that every staff will be captured in IPPIS,” he said.

     

    When contacted, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration in UNN, Prof Pat Okpoko, said the exercise had been going smoothly and would also end smoothly in UNN.

     

    “It is a Federal Government directive to all public universities and UNN has put adequate measures in place to ensure the exercise is successful,” he said.

     

    In Abia, ASUU branch of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) said that its members were not involved in the ongoing registration into the IPPIS.

     

    Prof. Chinyere Echendu, the Chairperson of the Echendu, told NAN that the members would not enroll because they were not core civil servants.

     

    She said,” We are not enrolling into IPPIS because we are not civil servants.

     

    “Again, the IPPIS enrollment will erode the university autonomy.”

     

    On ASUU members who were allegedly enrolling, she said,  “We heard that some people said that they belonged to the Congress of University Academics (CONUA), but they denied any involvement.

     

    “So I can tell you that nobody among us has come up to say he or she participated or is participating in the exercise.”

     

    Meanwhile, a reliable source, who is a member of staff of the university told NAN that many ASUU members, especially the younger ones, had already enrolled into the IPPIS.

     

    The source queried why some ASUU members would claim that they were not part of the exercise, but would allow their wives who were equally staff of the university to participate in it.

     

    “I can tell you reliably that over 70 per cent of ASUU members of this university have enrolled since the commencement of this exercise,” the source said.

     

    Also, Mr Tochukwu Ekwomadu, the Secretary, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and other related institutions (NASU), MOUAU chapter said that NASU was among the unions that supported the Federal Government for the initiative.

     

    Ekwomadu, who disclosed that there were over 2,000 non academic staff of the university, said that over 50 per cent of the university staff had been captured so far.

     

    He commended the five personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the manner they were conducting the exercise on campus.

     

    He however, expressed concern over the delay in the biometric capturing, which he attributed to bad network.

     

    Meanwhile, the Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium of the university, the venue of the registration was busy as many staff whose turn it was to register according to the university timetable, were seen either filling the IPPIS form or waiting to be captured.

     

    A memo by the Registrar, Mrs Jacinta Ogwo, informing the staff about the exercise, dated Nov. 22, was posted on different notice boards in the school.

    Reporters/MNA

    Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu
    (NAN)

  •  Ex Chief of Army staff urges women girls to acquire skillsFormer Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika rtd has called on women and girls to take advantage of various skills acquisition programmes in the country to empower themselves economically He gave the advice on Saturday in Umuahia during the fundraising luncheon for completion of Skill Acquisition Centre by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Women Association MOUAUWA Ihejirika who was the Chairman of the occasion also advised women and girls to strive to acquire skills irrespective of their fields of endeavours so as to make them less dependent on their male partners There is dignity in labour Those who apply their energy toward skills acquisition are better off he said He commended members of the MOUAUWA for their commitment in making women and girls empowerment their primary target He described the MOUAUWA Skills Acquisition Centre to empower women and girls in Nigeria as a laudable project adding that it would create an enabling environment for the empowerment and better future for Nigerian girls Nigeria News Agency reports that MOUAUWA is an association comprising the female staff of MOUAU which unites and protects the interests of women and girls within and around the university s host communities and the larger society In her address Mrs Bertha Otunta the President of MOUAUWA expressed delight that efforts to build an utra modern skills acquisition centre to empower women and girls had been yielding fruit According to her the MOUAUWA Women Girls Empowerment building has been roofed and plastared She said Let me remind us that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike is the only agriculture specialised university in the whole of the South East and South South geopolitical regions It is our university and it therefore behooves on us all to play strong role in empowering women girls boys and even men in agriculture and other self empowering skills In addition the Skills Acquisition Centre we are building will help us generate income some of which we can set aside to help the less privileged who abound around us NAN reports that the week long event which started on Tuesday with an awareness walk also include vovelty match and welfare visit to St Vincent De Paul Centre for Mentally and Physically Challenged in Umuahia Edited amp Vetted By Dada Ahmed NAN
    Ex-Chief of Army staff urges women, girls to acquire skills
     Ex Chief of Army staff urges women girls to acquire skillsFormer Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika rtd has called on women and girls to take advantage of various skills acquisition programmes in the country to empower themselves economically He gave the advice on Saturday in Umuahia during the fundraising luncheon for completion of Skill Acquisition Centre by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Women Association MOUAUWA Ihejirika who was the Chairman of the occasion also advised women and girls to strive to acquire skills irrespective of their fields of endeavours so as to make them less dependent on their male partners There is dignity in labour Those who apply their energy toward skills acquisition are better off he said He commended members of the MOUAUWA for their commitment in making women and girls empowerment their primary target He described the MOUAUWA Skills Acquisition Centre to empower women and girls in Nigeria as a laudable project adding that it would create an enabling environment for the empowerment and better future for Nigerian girls Nigeria News Agency reports that MOUAUWA is an association comprising the female staff of MOUAU which unites and protects the interests of women and girls within and around the university s host communities and the larger society In her address Mrs Bertha Otunta the President of MOUAUWA expressed delight that efforts to build an utra modern skills acquisition centre to empower women and girls had been yielding fruit According to her the MOUAUWA Women Girls Empowerment building has been roofed and plastared She said Let me remind us that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike is the only agriculture specialised university in the whole of the South East and South South geopolitical regions It is our university and it therefore behooves on us all to play strong role in empowering women girls boys and even men in agriculture and other self empowering skills In addition the Skills Acquisition Centre we are building will help us generate income some of which we can set aside to help the less privileged who abound around us NAN reports that the week long event which started on Tuesday with an awareness walk also include vovelty match and welfare visit to St Vincent De Paul Centre for Mentally and Physically Challenged in Umuahia Edited amp Vetted By Dada Ahmed NAN
    Ex-Chief of Army staff urges women, girls to acquire skills
    Economy3 years ago

    Ex-Chief of Army staff urges women, girls to acquire skills

    Ex-Chief of Army staff urges women, girls to acquire skills

    Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), has called on women and girls to take advantage of various skills acquisition programmes in the country to empower themselves economically.He gave the advice on Saturday in Umuahia during the fundraising/ luncheon for completion of Skill Acquisition Centre by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Women Association (MOUAUWA).Ihejirika, who was the Chairman of the occasion, also advised women and girls to strive to acquire skills, irrespective of their fields of endeavours, so as to make them less dependent on their male partners.“There is dignity in labour.Those who apply their energy toward skills acquisition are better off,” he said.He commended members of the MOUAUWA for their commitment in making women and girls empowerment their primary target.He described the MOUAUWA Skills Acquisition Centre, to empower women and girls in Nigeria, as a laudable project, adding that it would create an enabling environment for the empowerment and better future for Nigerian girls.Nigeria News Agency reports that MOUAUWA is an association comprising the female staff of MOUAU which unites and protects the interests of women and girls within and around the university’s host communities and the larger society.

    In her address, Mrs Bertha Otunta, the President of MOUAUWA, expressed delight that efforts to build an utra modern skills acquisition centre, to empower women and girls, had been yielding fruit.

    According to her, the MOUAUWA Women/Girls Empowerment building has been roofed and plastared.

    She said, “Let me remind us that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike is the only agriculture specialised university in the whole of the South-East and South-South geopolitical regions.“It is our university and it therefore behooves on us all to play strong role in empowering women, girls, boys and even men in agriculture and other self-empowering skills.“In addition, the Skills Acquisition Centre we are building will help us generate income, some of which we can set aside to help the less privileged who abound around us.NAN reports that the week-long event which started on Tuesday, with an awareness walk,  also include vovelty match and welfare visit to St. Vincent De Paul Centre for Mentally and Physically Challenged in Umuahia.Edited & Vetted By: Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •  The President Biotechnology Society of Nigeria Prof Benjamin Ubi has advised the Federal Government to invest massively in biotechnology to achieve food security and avert the impending food crisis across the globe Ubi gave the advice at the biotechnology awareness week and capacity building workshop organised by the Centre for Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology Michael Okpara university of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU in Umuahia Abia He said that the rising global population and the growing impact of global warming and climate change posed serious adverse effect on agriculture production all over the world He therefore urged the Federal Government to harness the huge potential of biotechnology to avert the looming global food crisis Ubi a professor of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Ebonyi State University said that sub Sahara Africa is highly threatened by hunger and malnutrition He said that although Nigeria was not yet in the danger zone the country is presently at moderately high hunger level hence the need for urgent measures to develop the nation s diverse food crops through biotechnology Nigeria is lucky because it has a diversity of food crops but we should not be lazy rather we should find ways to develop and harness the crops for greater economic benefits and nutritional value He said that with biotechnology Nigeria could achieve improved crop variety with the resultant high agricultural yield The Acting Director of the institute Dr Emmanuel Ekundayo said that Biotechnology is changing the world of science and the way of life of human beings around the world Modern biotechnology is creating breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases feed the hungry reduce environmental footprint use less and cleaner energy and have safer cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes Ekundayo He said that at least 13 3million farmers around the world use agricultural biotechnology to increase yields prevent damage from insects and pests and reduce farming impact on the environment He said that there were more than 250 biotechnology health care products and vaccines in developed countries Ekundayo however regretted that the level of knowledge and capacity to achieve breakthrough in producing biotechnology is pitifully low in Nigeria He listed the challenges limiting progress in biotechnology in the country to include intellectual apathy paucity of facilities to do research in biotechnology and the low level of awareness of the potential of biotechnology He called for investment in biotechnology especially in the establishment of functional centres of excellence in biotechnology in the universities and research institutes across the country Ekundayo said that forward looking nations of the world were investing massively in biotechnology and charged the government to take a cue from such countries toward the development of modern Biotechnology According to him capability in modern biotechnology will be a major factor for economic competitiveness in the 21st Century He said that the workshop was designed to stimulate interest and promote knowledge about biotechnology in MOUAU and its environs in line with the mandate of the centre Prof Joseph Ukpabi the Acting Executive Director National Root Crop Research Institute Umudike described the potential of biotechnology as enormous Ukpabi who was represented by a director in the institute Dr Ifeoma Ukwuonu said that the institute had acquired decades of experience in the application of modern biotechnology tools in breeding seed multiplication disease diagnosis food chemistry and industrial applications He said that the institute was ready to collaborate with MOUAU and other institutions in research on biotechnology that would be of mutual interest and for the nation s economic viability The Vice Chancellor of MOUAU Prof Francis Otunta represented by the Deputy VC Academic Prof Madu Iwe expressed the hope that the workshop would come up with recommendations that would help the development of biotechnology in the university The Director MOUAU Extension Centre Prof Ike Nwachukwu commended the centre for organising the programme saying that the recommendations would be beneficial to farmers Nigeria and humanity in general Nwachukwu described the theme of the workshop Biotechnology key to sustain able food security as apt in view of the current challenges facing agriculture and the environment Edited by Grace Yussuf
    Don urges FG to develop biotechnology to avert food crisis
     The President Biotechnology Society of Nigeria Prof Benjamin Ubi has advised the Federal Government to invest massively in biotechnology to achieve food security and avert the impending food crisis across the globe Ubi gave the advice at the biotechnology awareness week and capacity building workshop organised by the Centre for Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology Michael Okpara university of Agriculture Umudike MOUAU in Umuahia Abia He said that the rising global population and the growing impact of global warming and climate change posed serious adverse effect on agriculture production all over the world He therefore urged the Federal Government to harness the huge potential of biotechnology to avert the looming global food crisis Ubi a professor of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Ebonyi State University said that sub Sahara Africa is highly threatened by hunger and malnutrition He said that although Nigeria was not yet in the danger zone the country is presently at moderately high hunger level hence the need for urgent measures to develop the nation s diverse food crops through biotechnology Nigeria is lucky because it has a diversity of food crops but we should not be lazy rather we should find ways to develop and harness the crops for greater economic benefits and nutritional value He said that with biotechnology Nigeria could achieve improved crop variety with the resultant high agricultural yield The Acting Director of the institute Dr Emmanuel Ekundayo said that Biotechnology is changing the world of science and the way of life of human beings around the world Modern biotechnology is creating breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases feed the hungry reduce environmental footprint use less and cleaner energy and have safer cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes Ekundayo He said that at least 13 3million farmers around the world use agricultural biotechnology to increase yields prevent damage from insects and pests and reduce farming impact on the environment He said that there were more than 250 biotechnology health care products and vaccines in developed countries Ekundayo however regretted that the level of knowledge and capacity to achieve breakthrough in producing biotechnology is pitifully low in Nigeria He listed the challenges limiting progress in biotechnology in the country to include intellectual apathy paucity of facilities to do research in biotechnology and the low level of awareness of the potential of biotechnology He called for investment in biotechnology especially in the establishment of functional centres of excellence in biotechnology in the universities and research institutes across the country Ekundayo said that forward looking nations of the world were investing massively in biotechnology and charged the government to take a cue from such countries toward the development of modern Biotechnology According to him capability in modern biotechnology will be a major factor for economic competitiveness in the 21st Century He said that the workshop was designed to stimulate interest and promote knowledge about biotechnology in MOUAU and its environs in line with the mandate of the centre Prof Joseph Ukpabi the Acting Executive Director National Root Crop Research Institute Umudike described the potential of biotechnology as enormous Ukpabi who was represented by a director in the institute Dr Ifeoma Ukwuonu said that the institute had acquired decades of experience in the application of modern biotechnology tools in breeding seed multiplication disease diagnosis food chemistry and industrial applications He said that the institute was ready to collaborate with MOUAU and other institutions in research on biotechnology that would be of mutual interest and for the nation s economic viability The Vice Chancellor of MOUAU Prof Francis Otunta represented by the Deputy VC Academic Prof Madu Iwe expressed the hope that the workshop would come up with recommendations that would help the development of biotechnology in the university The Director MOUAU Extension Centre Prof Ike Nwachukwu commended the centre for organising the programme saying that the recommendations would be beneficial to farmers Nigeria and humanity in general Nwachukwu described the theme of the workshop Biotechnology key to sustain able food security as apt in view of the current challenges facing agriculture and the environment Edited by Grace Yussuf
    Don urges FG to develop biotechnology to avert food crisis
    Science & Technology5 years ago

    Don urges FG to develop biotechnology to avert food crisis

    The President, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, Prof. Benjamin Ubi, has advised the Federal Government to invest massively in biotechnology to achieve food security and avert the impending food crisis across the globe.

    Ubi gave the advice at the biotechnology awareness week and capacity building workshop organised by the Centre for Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, Michael Okpara university of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) in Umuahia, Abia.

    He said that the rising global population and the growing impact of global warming and climate change posed serious adverse effect on agriculture production all over the world.

    He therefore urged the Federal Government to harness the huge potential of biotechnology to avert the looming global food crisis.

    Ubi, a professor of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, Ebonyi State University, said that sub-Sahara Africa “is highly threatened by hunger and malnutrition”.

    He said that although Nigeria was not yet in the danger zone, “the country is presently at moderately high hunger level,” hence the need for urgent measures to develop the nation’s diverse food crops through biotechnology.

    “Nigeria is lucky because it has a diversity of food crops but we should not be lazy, rather we should find ways to develop and harness the crops for greater economic benefits and nutritional value.”

    He said that with biotechnology, Nigeria could achieve improved crop variety with the resultant high agricultural yield.

    The Acting Director of the institute, Dr Emmanuel Ekundayo, said that “Biotechnology is changing the world of science and the way of life of human beings around the world.”

    “Modern biotechnology is creating breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases, feed the hungry, reduce environmental footprint, use less and cleaner energy and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes,” Ekundayo.

    He said that at least 13.3million farmers around the world use agricultural biotechnology to increase yields, prevent damage from insects and pests and reduce farming impact on the environment.

    He said that there were more than 250 biotechnology health care products and vaccines in developed countries.

    Ekundayo however regretted that the level of knowledge and capacity to achieve breakthrough in producing biotechnology `is pitifully low in Nigeria’’.

    He listed the challenges limiting progress in biotechnology in the country to include intellectual apathy, paucity of facilities to do research in biotechnology and the low level of awareness of the potential of biotechnology.

    He called for investment in biotechnology, especially in the establishment of functional centres of excellence in biotechnology in the universities and research institutes across the country.

    Ekundayo said that forward-looking nations of the world were investing massively in biotechnology and charged the government to take a cue from such countries toward the development of modern Biotechnology.

    According to him, capability in modern biotechnology will be a major factor for economic competitiveness in the 21st Century.”

    He said that the workshop was designed to stimulate interest and promote knowledge about biotechnology in MOUAU and its environs in line with the mandate of the centre.

    Prof. Joseph Ukpabi, the Acting Executive Director, National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, described the potential of biotechnology as enormous.

    Ukpabi, who was represented by a director in the institute, Dr Ifeoma Ukwuonu, said that the institute had acquired decades of experience in the application of modern biotechnology tools in breeding, seed multiplication, disease diagnosis, food chemistry and industrial applications.

    He said that the institute was ready to collaborate with MOUAU and other institutions in research on biotechnology that would be of mutual interest and for the nation’s economic viability.

    The Vice Chancellor of MOUAU, Prof. Francis Otunta, represented by the Deputy VC (Academic), Prof. Madu Iwe, expressed the hope that the workshop would come up with recommendations that would help the development of biotechnology in the university.

    The Director, MOUAU Extension Centre, Prof. Ike Nwachukwu, commended the centre for organising the programme, saying that the recommendations would be beneficial to farmers, Nigeria and humanity in general.

    Nwachukwu described the theme of the workshop, “Biotechnology: key to sustain able food security’’ as apt in view of the current challenges facing agriculture and the environment.

    Edited by: Grace Yussuf

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