The Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, says that there is no place for worship and sex by brands in the institution.
Shugaba said this at a Nigerian News Agency forum on Sunday in Abuja.
The rector said the university is stepping up measures to ensure that cultism and other social vices are properly controlled.
“Our university has all of this while maintaining zero tolerance for cultism and poor exam practice and a few other vices.
“We have never had a cult situation on campus, it is always off campus very close to the university,” he said.
While emphasizing that the institution had recorded success in addressing cult problems, Shugaba said management was nonetheless determined to discipline those involved in nefarious activities.
“Where we had a resemblance of that, we've dealt with it.
“The vice chancellor has that power to suspend students and process them before the Student Disciplinary Committee.
“That committee has been working. Every time we have cases we refer them to them and they do a good job and keep us informed.
“Those who need to be expelled will be expelled, those who need to be rusticated for a semester or two will be given the corresponding sanction.
“There was something that happened involving one of the military on campus, we reported it to military authorities and they took swift action against that officer of theirs.
“That was the only thing that happened on campus, they were trying to initiate someone and I think the guy has been fired from the army; so we don't have much of that problem,” Shugaba said.
The Vice Chancellor, who denounced the rate of poor practice of exams in the educational system, warned students to refrain from doing so and emphasized that the corresponding sanctions await offenders.
According to him, one that is very rampant and is in most universities is the issue of bad practice in exams.
“There isn't a single test we take where we don't have students doing that kind of thing, but when we catch them doing it, we have ways of making them realize their mistakes.
“We have always advised them; we have always embarked on campaigns using billboards, orientation programs and the radio station to inform them of the consequences,'' he said.
Shugaba added that the institution was collaborating with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to control the threat of drug-related vices.
“We bring the NDLEA to campus to counsel students about the effects of drugs.
“So, that has taken it to a minimum, but our biggest headache is the bad practice of the exam where every semester we have reports.
“We bring the students before the committee, examine them and give them the opportunity to defend themselves and those who are found guilty, depending on the level of the offense, will be expelled or suspended for one or two semesters.
“Because we are doing that, it is gradually reducing and in the last two semesters there have not been many cases.
“We've had some that were expelled, but if you consider the total number of students on campus, the number expelled is negligible.
On the subject of branded sex, Shugaba said that “ever since we learned about what is happening at other institutions, we have been working on our own academic staff to make sure these things don't happen.
“There are cases in which we have invited some who were denounced, they have been seriously warned and I can assure you that the situation is now easing,” said Shugaba.Keep reading
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, has called for a national dialogue as a solution to the insecurity and other challenges facing the country.
Shugaba made the call at a Nigerian News Agency forum on Sunday in Abuja.
While denouncing the damage caused by insecurity, the deputy foreign minister emphasized that Nigeria needed peace in order to achieve rapid development.
“I think that the best thing for this country is that we impregnate ourselves with peace; Let's discuss whatever surrounds us. We should be talking to ourselves, not talking about ourselves.
"We should be able to look at ourselves and recognize the fact that we all need each other and through that we should be able to build the nation we want," Shugaba said.
He also stressed the need for Nigeria to harness its diversity to develop.
“An American I once worked with came to my university in my own department to do research on roots and vegetables.
“He told me that if Nigeria could put its own ethnic diversity to positive use, we could certainly become a superpower.
“But whatever we do, we have the population in our favor, we have the ethnic diversity in our favor; Why don't we take advantage of all this and put them to good use instead of going down each other's throats?
“We slaughter a huge number and before we know it we realize that we have done a lot of damage.
“What has happened in this country in so many areas like Kaduna, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Jigawa, Taraba is just destruction.
“If you go southeast, it's the same.
"So, I think peace is what we need to move forward," he said.
However, Shugaba called on young people to avoid being used as tools to destabilize the country.
He emphasized the need for youth to engage in meaningful activities critical to position them to contribute meaningfully to nation building.
According to him, young people should try to educate themselves, when they go to university or other institutions they should try to face their studies.
“They must be developed so that they can contribute to national development.
“I think that is the basic thing that we need in this country, there is a situation of hunger and poverty in some places but if we come together taking advantage of our diversity and population, I think we can achieve a lot. .
“All hunger and poverty will subside.
“So, we have to think creatively; we have to be innovative, we have to be able to engage in critical thinking because good thinking will usually create good products,” said Shugaba. (www.noticias.com)Keep reading
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, says that the institution has recently started a research and innovative program to develop devices to address the challenges of insecurity on campus.
Shugaba revealed this when he appeared on the Nigerian News Agency forum in Abuja.
He said that the institution brought the innovative idea after the devastating effects of insecurity in Borno and its surroundings.
According to him, the university is working with some relevant stakeholders in the area of research and development to provide a conducive environment for effective academic activities in the institution.
“In recent years, we have begun to record successes in research; We have registered about five patents and we have progress in patent registration.
"Now we are looking at the commercialization of them," he said.UNIMAID VC Prof. Aliyu Shugaba with Editor-in-Chief Silas Nwoha during his visit to Abuja
He said that one of the patents was in veterinary medicine; a kind of ointment that could be applied for the treatment of some animal diseases.
“The other is in the telescope area that will allow someone to see certain things from a far distance. Another was in the engineering area.”
He said that the university had received some awards as a result of its research achievements.
On incentives, he said there were no specific incentives to motivate staff to work except "visiting professors who are given 75 percent of their salary by the university."
However, he said that despite the security challenges, people were still accepting jobs in the region, except for those who were not from the region.
According to him, Maiduguri is the safest place in the country regardless of security challenges.
He also encouraged Nigerian students to enter whatever field of study they are passionate about and take advantage of opportunities in the areas, saying that "there is not a single course that one studies and does not find use for."
Shugaba said that all programs at the University of Maiduguri had gained full accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC), except "Civil and Water Resources Engineering".
“But we are trying to remedy it, we have put enough resources; we have injected around N200 million through the appropriations budget and the Borno state government has also injected some facilities.”Keep reading
The University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, says its drive for excellence is paying off, having produced prominent Nigerians, including Senate President Ahmad Lawan and five sitting governors.
The university's vice-chancellor, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, made the revelation when he paid a courtesy visit to the editor-in-chief of the Nigerian News Agency, Silas Nwoha, in Abuja.
Shugaba said the governors, who graduated from UNIMAID, included Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu; Governor of Niger, Abubakar Bello and Governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum.
Others, according to him, are the governor of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed; Adamawa Governor Ahmadu Fintiri among other prominent Nigerians, including former service chiefs.
Mr. Shugaba also revealed that these personalities were from different parts of the country due to the cosmopolitan nature of the school.
“Right now our university has the largest number of students with a student population of about 75,000.
“These students come from all parts of the country, including Lagos, Anambra and many other states, and this gives us that cosmopolitan nature.
“It's a university that has alumni everywhere,” he said.
On whether or not the school is benefiting from its alumni, the vice-chancellor said that although not much had been achieved from the alumni as a body, he nevertheless revealed that the alumni had individually helped the school in various ways, particularly at the departmental level. .
He said that many had provided equipment while others carried out construction work, among others.
The gift encouraged alumni to build their membership spanning the entire country and other countries to have a better impact on society.
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will continue to do its best for the country's development until May 2023, reiterating that it will deliver as stipulated.
The president's spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in a statement said that the president gave the guarantee at the inauguration of Oriental Energies Resource Ltd Hanger, the Muhammadu Indimi Distance Learning Center and an International Conference Center.
The Center was donated to the University of Maiduguri, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, in Maiduguri, Borno, on Thursday.
President Buhari also inaugurated the Tijjani Bolori Memorial High School and the first overflight in Borno State, the custom roundabout (3.5 km) with a 10 km stretch of the government-built Gamboru Ngala Highway.
The president said: “I know I swore and I will leave in 17 months. I pray that the person who replaces us also follows the goals of securing the country and building the economy.
"Without insuring the country, you cannot make the economy grow."
He added that Nigerians should assess the administration's performance based on the security, economic and corruption situation prior to arrival, and where it is now.
“We have a great country,” he said, “and we thank God for giving us so many resources. But we need to develop our resources. "
The president pointed out that people's development would be more sustainable.
On security in the Northwest, he said it was sad that people who lived together, sharing the same culture and perspective for a long time, started robbing, kidnapping and killing each other.
According to him, the military will harshly attack the Northwest to stabilize the situation, having acquired more hardware.
“I am very impressed with what I have seen in this state-of-the-art Distance Learning Center and Auditorium located here, the University of Maiduguri. I am told that this international conference room has 1,300 seats.
”The high quality standard of this building is a great contribution from Indimi. This intervention will benefit not only students from Borno and the Northeast, but also students from all over Nigeria.
"For the Hangar Oriental Energy Resources that I commissioned, it will welcome and offer support services to the aircraft and pilots involved with Humanitarian Air Services," said the president.
Buhari also praised Borno Governor Professor Babagana Zulum for the work he had done in two years, noting that he was in the state in early June to commission development projects.
In his comments, Zulum thanked the president for honoring the state, adding that Indimi's contributions to the development of the state showed that he loved his people.
"Words cannot convey our gratitude for political ability," he said.
The governor said the state had recognized the contributions of Alhaji Indimi Damboa Road after him, now Alhajji Muhammadu Indimi Road.
In his comments, Indimi said he was motivated to build the Distance Education Center and the International Conference Center to further education in the state.
"I think the center will help provide training and skills, as well as encourage those who will take lessons from remote locations," he said.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, thanked President Buhari for honoring the invitation and Alhaji Indimi for the contribution.
The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr Buki Ponle, has expressed optimism over the agency’s proposed additional budget to operate foreign offices that had been closed over the years.
Ponle made this known in an interview on Thursday, shortly after the Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
The managing director noted with concern that seven out of the agency’s 10 foreign offices had remained closed due to paucity of funds.
“We solicit for additional budget to be provided. If we are given enough we will know what to do and we will know the areas to concentrate on as our needs arise.
“With the President’s fatherly disposition, I am optimistic that he will assist in ensuring that we open those offices that were closed a long time ago,” he said.
Ponle disclosed that the only three offices currently operational were in New York, South Africa and Cote D’Ivoire.
According to him, in view of the credibility that had built over time, it is important to have reporters on ground in other countries to report issues first hand.
“We need the offices opened for effective performance to expand our coverage of international activities. When you are there, what you see is different from what you read.
“When you are on ground you judge for yourself and report from all relevant angles, instead of relying on what somebody has reported, which may have colouration.
“When you are there, you remove all forms of colouration,” he said.
He gave assurance that the agency under his leadership would continue to strive to ensure objective, balanced and credible reportage.
is a news reporting agency owned and run Government.
The agency, which commenced operation in 1978, provides General News Service to subscribers.
It disseminates news using multiple media platforms and it has network of reporters covering all states of the federation and some foreign offices.
By Cecilia Ijuo
Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, the Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), says the reduction in insurgent activities in Borno has made Maiduguri one of the most peaceful state capitals it was once known for.
The vice chancellor made this known when he led a delegation of the school management on a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the busy activities that Maiduguri was once known for had returned, adding that even the university had recorded tremendous achievement with visitors thronging it for one engagement or the other.
Shugaba disclosed that in spite of the harrowing experience in the last 12 years, the university remained resilient.
He added that the institution remained open to academic activities in spite of the challenges, making it easy to bounce back to what it was known for.
“As a university, we have remained open.
“We have not closed for a single day and today, we thank God almighty that this whole thing has subsided and Maiduguri has opened up.
“I dare say now that if you want the most peaceful place in whole of this country then Maiduguri is one.
“Having realised this, we have started taking stock of those friends of ours who remained with us in the face of those difficult years,” he said.
The VC commended for its balanced reportage of the university’s activities and that of the state in the peak of the insurgency.
“We are here to express our appreciation to the News Agency of Nigeria.
“As a university that has been bedevilled of insurgency, we want to identify with those who have stood all of these period to keep the university standing.
“Over the years that this madness started in Maiduguri and the entire North-East, has been reporting the affairs and checking with us to come out with balanced news,” he said.
Shugaba solicited for the agency’s continued support while the university continued with its academic activities.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of , Mr Buki Ponle, reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to ensuring the objective, balanced and credible reportage that it was known for within and outside the country.
While commiserating with those who lost loved ones and property to insurgency over the years, the managing director expressed satisfaction with the progress so far made in tackling insecurity in the area.
He expressed optimism that the university would continue to live its name as the Centre of Excellence in spite of all that had happened.
“I remember when I was in the university in 2006, when had partnership with the university.
“I was coordinating some projects in partnership with UN on human trafficking and how to ensure that child labour reduced in the country.
“We worked to ensure that children are given a better place not only in Nigeria but all over the world.
“We took many stories of your breakthroughs in science particularly the successful kidney transplant then and we were always the first to break the news whenever such happened.’’
Ponle assured of the agency’s continued support for the university, particularly in the area of news reportage.
On activities of the agency, Ponle said has offices spread across the 36 states of the federation as well as some foreign offices.
He also disclosed that the agency had reinvented itself over time to meet up with modern trend, particularly in the area of technology.
According to him, has multimedia platforms that serve its different clients who cut across television, radio, newspaper and corporate organisations among others.
He assured that would continue to explore avenues to maintain the credibility “that it is known for.”
“’We cannot afford to make mistakes because credibility is our strength and when you talk to , you have talked to the whole world.”
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, has disclosed how the University managed to remain in operation despite the presence of Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state.
The VC said a combination of resilience on the part of the school management and the support of all security agencies, hunters and vigilante groups managed to keep the school premises relatively safe.
Speaking on Thursday afternoon in Abuja when he paid a courtesy call on Image Merchants Promotions Limited, IMPR, publishers of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential, Mr Shugaba said the management of the University had sensitized all the staff and students on security measures, while beefing up the protection of its perimeter fences to ward off attacks from the insurgents.Prof Aliyu Shugaba VC Unimaid present a plaque of honour to Yushau A Shuaib at PRNigeria Centre Abuja
The Professor of Bio-chemistry added that even when a Professor of Veterinary Medicine was killed in 2017 by suicide bomber, rather than giving up and shutting the school, he and his management staff opted to be more proactive on the issue of security.
The VC noted that the security situation was so tense that there was a time the Minister of Education visited Maiduguri with the aim of closing the school but he and his staff and students resisted it and chose to defy the challenges.
“We had about 40,000 student population that time and all the roads leading out of the city had either been shut for fear of Boko Haram or taken over by Boko Haram elements.
“Even the only one working that time, the Maiduguri-Yobe-Kano road still contained a lot of Boko Haram threats.
“So where and to whom are we releasing these 40000 students if we chose to shut the school? If we did, the insurgents could have either harmed them or taken them and turned them to terrorists.
“So we decided to stay in school to protect them and continued our activities of teaching, learning and research,” the VC said.
He added that: “Right now, we have so much inculcated resistance into our students that if they hear bomb blasts, they laugh it off and call it to ring tunes.”
“We are not afraid of Boko Haram at all. We have now instituted a smooth transition process in the School in such a way that if the present VC is killed, there is an immediate successor who also has an immediate successor who will take over the mantle of leadership if he is also killed,” he noted.
The renowned academic also informed the gathering that the University has turned the Boko Haram challenge into an opportunity to improve its services in significant ways, adding that the University now has the best department for studying violent extremism and also a massive Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
He thanked the IMPR management and staff for being professional in terms of credibility, authority and balance in news writing and reporting.
Reacting to the VC’s partnership offer, the IMPR boss, Yushau Shuaib, pledged to reciprocate in that regard.
Thanking the VC and his management team for the visit, Mr Shuaib commended the delegation for the great job they are doing in keeping the University afloat in the face of life-threatening dangers.
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