The Kaduna State University on Monday announced the promotion of three academic staff to the rank of professors.
This is contained in a statement on Monday in Kaduna, by Mr Adamu Bargo, Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the institution.
Bargo said that the promotion was approved by the University’s Governing Council with effect from Oct. 1, 2021, based on the recommendations of external assessors.
Those promoted were Dr Ayodele Joseph as Professor of Mass Communication and Dr Sani Bello, Professor of Journalism and Media Studies.
Dr Funke Ayokunnumi was also promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology.
“The University Management wishes to congratulate the promoted academics.
“It is hoped that in reciprocation, this will motivate the promoted academic staff to work harder and be more productive in the discharge of their duties,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the university had earlier in August announced the promotion of six academic staff to professors and seven others to associate professors.
The acting Vice-Chancellor, Kaduna State University (KASU), Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, has constituted a University Community Consultative Committee (UCCC) to promote dialogue and harmonious relationship.
The university Public Relations Officer, Mr Adamu Bargo, said this in a statement in Kaduna.
Bargo explained that the aim was to bring KASU communities in all its campuses together for dialogue and consultation on matters affecting their welfare and peaceful coexistence.
According to him, the initiative is also to create harmony, mutual understanding and strengthen unity in diversity.
He said part of the mandate of the committee was to serve as advisory body to the Vice-Chancellor and deal with reconciliatory matters.
“The committee is also expected to help the management and leadership of the university in the realisation of the institution’s mission, vision, objectives, and strategic plan.
“The committee will provide opportunities for members of KASU community to make input in the development of the university, governance and matters that affect every stakeholder,” he said.
He said the committee had Prof. Ahmed Babajo and Prof. Ibrahim Sodangi as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively while Mrs Sadiya Jimen would serve as Secretary.
Other members of the committee, according to him, include representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
Others are representatives of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Student Union Government (SUG), Muslim Students Society, Christian Students Society and representative of Christian and Muslim communities. (
The Christian Community on Campus (CCC), Kaduna State University (KASU), has called for the intervention of concerned authorities, over the demolition of its worship chapel under construction, in the interest of peace and tranquility.
The Christian community made the call in a statement, jointly signed by its Coordinator, Dr Ishaya Auta, and Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Monday, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, on Monday.
The CCC expressed displeasure that in the 17 years of existence of the university, the large Christian community does not have a place of worship, while the Muslim community has five mosques.
Describing the development as “disheartening”, the CCC called on the management of KASU and the State Government to come clear on whether they want or do not want a Christian worship place in the main campus.
“This will put to rest their seemingly dilly-dallying attitude on the matter.
“As an umbrella body of all Christians on campus, CCC will always follow the path of peace and dialogue to amicably resolve the issue.
“But we consider the issue as a sensitive matter that, if not properly handled, could lead to break down of law and order,” they said.
They explained that the Governing Council of the University had in its 49th meeting on April 14, 2014, allocated and approved a space of land to the Christian community to build a worship chapel.
They said that after securing permission from the university’s Directorate of Physical Planning and Development to commence construction in 2016, and they mobilised to site only to be directed to halt the construction.
The community added that in 2020, the university allocated another land for the construction of the worship centre which they accepted and mobilised to site in 2021, but again they were asked to stop work.
“On Nov. 22, 2021, we wrote a petition to the Kaduna State University Visitation Panel, over the lingering issue and the panel recognised the newly allocated site.
“Again, after mobilising to site, we received a stop work notice on Jan. 7, 2022, from the Registrar of the university and we complied.
“On March 29, 2022, we wrote to the school management seeking permission to resume construction, but no response and the building committee eventually resumed work on site, on May 16, 2022.
“While work was in progress, Mr Ismail Dikko, Director General, Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KASUPDA), visited the site and stopped the ongoing construction on the grounds that it lacked the required permit,” they said.
The CCC added that on June 6, KASUPDA officials in company of security personnel came to the campus and demolished the foundation of the chapel under construction.
They claimed that KASUPDA did not officially write to them on the matter but went ahead to demolish a structure yet to be marked for demolition based on its procedure.
According to them, KASUPDA has no business as a regulatory body of physical structures in government-owned institutions, adding that KASU has a Directorate of Physical planning that oversees the construction of all structures.
“The university has over a hundred structures without a building permit from KASUPDA, why is the case of the KASU Chapel different?”
When contacted, the Public Relation Officer of the University, Mr Adamu Bargo, confirmed that the structure was demolished because due process was not followed.
Dikko confirmed Bargo’s claim in a statement in Kaduna on Friday, that the demolished structure violated extant laws.
He explained that the State Executive Council had earlier given a clear directive that all public buildings and institutions must submit relevant documents before erecting new structures within their premises.
“KASU partially complied with the directive by submitting its master plan but without an application seeking permission for further development.
‘’I do not know if the proposed structure would have been a church or just a building. The developers contravened the law and KASUPDA merely performed its statutory duty by removing it,” he said.
Bargo, in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, said that the university management had earlier issued a directive for the stoppage of any construction work on the temporary christian worship centre in 2021.
He explained that the directive followed the controversy surrounding the site, pending government’s intervention.
He added that university’s Governing Council and the state government have been called upon to intervene.
“All submissions have been made through the Ministry of Education and other relevant authorities on the Master Plan for the main campus indicating places of worship.
“Members of the Christian community and the general public are hereby called upon to maintain calm pending the decision of Government, the Governing Council and KASU Management,” he said. (
The Kaduna State University said on Monday it would disqualify students with less than 75 per cent attendance from writing its second semester examination.
The varsity’s management gave the warning in a statement by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Adamu Bargo, made available to newsmen in Kaduna.
The varsity’s management had on April 26, announced that academic activities would resume on May 9 for the continuation of the Second Semester 20202021 academic session.
Responding, KASU branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), had countered the statement, saying academic activities would not resume as it had not pulled out of the on-going strike by the parent union.
Following the negligible number of students that resumed due to the lingering strike by ASUU, the management in its statement, notified students of the continuation of lectures.
“Any student that does not meet up with the 75 per cent attendance will automatically be disqualified for the 2nd Semester examinations,” the management said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2020, ASUU went on a nine-month strike, which was the longest since 1999.
On Feb. 14, about two years later, it went on a four-week warning strike to press its demands.
ASUU extended the strike by eight weeks, saying it was giving the government more time to attend to its demands.
Upon the expiration of the eight weeks, it announced an additional 12-week roll-over with effect from May 9, to end in August.
The union had explained that the strike was in the best interest of the university system and no amount of threat would intimidate the branch to withdraw from the current struggle. (
The leadership of Kaduna State University (KASU) and the university branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are concerned about the resumption of academic activities.
Varsity management reiterated its April 26 announcement on Thursday that academic activities would resume on Monday, May 9 for the continuation of the 2020-2021 second semester academic session.
However, the ASUU varsity branch responded that academic activities would not resume as it had not withdrawn from the parent union's ongoing strike.
“The leadership of Kaduna State University wishes to reassure parents, students and the general public that academic activities at the university will continue on Monday, May 9, 2022.
“This is in line with the university's academic calendar,” management stated in a statement released Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Adamu Bargo.
Management issued Thursday's statement despite a statement issued by ASUU's university branch on May 1 that it had not withdrawn from the ongoing national strike.
The union, in its statement, disassociated itself from the circular issued by the university on April 26 in which it asked students and professors to resume academic activities on May 9.
The union statement was signed by its president, Dr. Peter Adamu, and deputy secretary, Dr. Akos Ibrahim.
The union stated that the April 26 and May 5 management directives violated its position in the current struggle.
“The union's attention was drawn to an alleged circular trend on social media platforms indicating that KASU management has withdrawn from the current strike action declared by ASUU.
“Specifically, the memorandum dated April 26, 2022 directed all staff members and students to resume academic activities by Monday, May 9, 2022.
“It is imperative at this point to clarify this and properly inform and educate the public that ASUU-KASU disassociates itself from the alleged circular issued by the university leadership.
“It purely violates the position of the union in the current fight,” the union stated.
The union described the management circular as a “layering” to misinform and blackmail the public, parents and guardians.
According to him, the university management has the right to open the university, while the union members also have the right to continue the ongoing strike.
“It is important to note that the university leadership is not the spokesperson for the union and cannot speak on behalf of the union.
"Therefore, the union advises parents and guardians not to allow their children to resume for now until the current strike action is called off," he charged.
The union explained that the ongoing strike is in the best interest of the university system and that no threat would intimidate the branch into withdrawing from the current fight.
The Management of Kaduna State University (KASU), says the Kaduna State Government has nothing to do with its decision to pull out of the ongoing trike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Management of the University stated this in a statement, signed by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Adamu Bargo, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday.
The management was reacting to a report by some sections of the media that the Gov. Nasir El-Rufai-led administration has coerced the university’s Management into resuming academic activities.
“The management of the university will like to reiterate and take responsibility on the decision to pull out of the ASUU strike. The Kaduna State Government is not involved in this decision.
“The report that management was forced to resume academic activities is fake news, a handiwork of mischief makers.
According to the university management, the recent announcement on the resumption of academic activities is in line with the Academic Calendar that stipulates continuation of lectures effective from May 9, 2022.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the management of the university, on April 26, announced that academic activities will resume on May 9 for the second semester of the 20202021 academic session.ASUU began an industrial action in February to press home its demand for the implementation of its 2009 renegotiated agreement with the Federal Government. (