The National President of Wushishi Old Students Association, Dr Zubairu Tswachi on Friday, congratulated Prof. Faruk Kuta over his appointment as the new Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna.
A statement by the national president made available to newsmen, said that the members of the association were thrilled to hear that Kuta, “a compatriot of the association and a Prof. of Microbiology, was appointed as the eighth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the university.
“The emergence of Kuta in a highly comparative process was a testament to his long years of academic excellence, hard work and demonstration of great leadership skills.
“As a thorough-bred academic and versatile administrator, the association has no doubt that the new vice-chancellor will bring his wealth of experience to bear, knowledge and leadership qualities in the discharge of his responsibilities”.
He said that members of association were so proud of him and wished him success in his new assignment.
The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike.The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr. Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process.He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school.“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers.“It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight.“This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike, nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing.“The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose.” Even when the strike would have been called off, so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit.“So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration,” he said.Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses, prostitution, and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge.He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities.and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits.He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education, issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts – ASUU.He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike.” We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability.” For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” Also, the SUG president of the university of Jos, Mr. Danladi Adankala, recalled an incident that happened to a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom.” In LAUTECH yesterday, a 500-level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered.” She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike, she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom.” This is one of the many we know.Students can also be killed during a protest, so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school,” he said.In the same vein, the SUG President, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS, funds for therevitalization of public universities.Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, among others.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
A Kwara High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday convicted a student of Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger, one Mohammed Bello, over offences bordering on cheating by impersonation.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Adenike Akinpelu, said that she was convinced that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and pronounced Bello guilty of the offence.
Akinpelu sentenced the defendant to six months in prison, with N150,000 as option of fine, on count one and another six months in prison, with N100,000 as option of fine on count two.
The court also ordered the forfeiture of the iPhone Xr, which was used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of $25 that the convict benefited from the unlawful activities to the Federal Government.
Bello, an indigene of Ilorin West Local Government Area, allegedly posed as a white female with intent to defraud unsuspecting victims.
On April 22, EFCC while acting on credible intelligence, arrested Bello alongside other suspected fraudsters at Agric Estate, Sango Area of Ilorin.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge, upon arraignment in court.
The Prosecutor, Andrew Akoja, reviewed the facts of the case through a witness who is an operative of the commission.
Akoja tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant, one iPhone Xr and fraudulent messages printed from his device as exhibits.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, has commenced series of workshops to keep its members abreast of contemporary issues during the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19.
The Secretary of the union and anchor at the sessions, Dr Gbolahan Bolarin, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on the sidelines of one of the sessions that the virtual fora were being held in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols outlined by government.
The don, who scored the sessions high in terms of the number of participants and scholarly discussions, said they would help provide solutions to the myriads of problems confronting the education sector, particularly tertiary institutions.
Bolarin, a first class graduate of the institution, also urged federal and state governments to improve budgetary allocation to the education sector in line with the 26 percent UNESCO Declaration.
Speaking at one the sessions, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, Coordinator of ASUU’s Lagos Zone, said the COVID-19 had necessitated the need to seek an alternative to conventional teaching and learning methods in form of virtual learning.
Sowande’s lecture was entitled:” Virtual Learning in Nigerian Universities: A facade or Reality. ”
The don said e-learning was designed to create an online communication between the teacher and the student, adding it could complement classroom learning.
“A virtual classroom is where people meet live in order to learn. The software platform allows people in different locations to interact with each other and the facilitator as well as engage in learning activities,” he said.
Other speakers at the sessions were Prof. Clement Chup, a former Chairman of the University of Abuja branch of ASUU, Dr Stella-Maris Okey, National Welfare Officer of ASUU and Prof. Job Nmadu, the President of Nigeria Society of Agricultural Economists among others.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
The Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Emerging Technology Studies and Governance.
It was with the Global Network for Cyber Solution (GNC) for a world class Regional Center of Excellence and Resources Center.
Mr Olusegun Olugbile, GNC President, who said that the process started in 2019, explained that the initiative was to build a strong International Center for Emerging Technology (ICET) with Governance, Expert and Administrative and Business Unit Supports.
“The ICET will transform into African Regional Center of Excellence by Dec. 2023.
“It will also increase and boost the university’s revenue stream through professional development, aids and research/innovation programmes by 2023.
“It will transform public and global image of the FUT through record achievement in emerging technology research and development. Transform into number one fusion Center for ET Research and Development in Africa,” he said.
Olugbile mentioned some of the researches to be carried out to include; Artificial Intelligence System, Blockchain Technology, Big Data Analytics, Robotics Studies, Cyberspace Security, Cyberspace Governance and Geospatial Studies.
Responding, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, Vice-Chancellor of FUT Minna, commended GNCS for its interest and passion for the university.
He pledged to give the needed support for the realisation of the project.
He advised the organisation to hasten with work to ensure that the project was completed by 2021 rather than the 2023 timeline.
“There must be a collaboration between academia, industries and governance. To get students to be embedded in industries for experiment, faculties need to be embedded to keep abreast with new ideas to address contemporary challenges the industry will be faced with.
“The University is looking for a center that will be working with the interest in artificial intelligence, cyber intelligence, and security, ” he said.
Bala added that faculties and students in the university would leverage on the opportunity to carry out quality research and new technology in order to attract funds to the parties involved.
Nigeria News Agency reports that GNC is a frontline organisation working with government, civil society organisations, private sector, technical community, academia and other institutional in Africa and United Nations.
It specialises in cyber security intervention, digital cooperation, cybercrime laws implementation, Internet Governance strategy and emerging technology for development in Africa.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz