Federal Government supported Katsina State with N3 billion to construct the Faculty of Agriculture buildings at the state-owned university, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU), at Layin Minista in Malumfashi Local Government Area. UMYU’s vice-chancellor, Prof. Sunusi Mamman, disclosed this to newsmen on Saturday in Katsina.
He said Gov. Aminu Masari solicited for N3 billion from the Federal Government through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and that the state government added N1billion to execute the project.
Mamman commended Masari for sourcing the fund from the Federal Government and for releasing the N1 billion counterpart fund for the project.
He said the buildings comprised lecture theatres, administration block, laboratories, ranching area and animal breeding spots, among others.
The vice-chancellor explained that the buildings had been handed over to the university for its Use.
Katsina State House of Assembly has given the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU) chapter, three weeks ultimatum starting from Sept. 5, to resume work.
The Chairman of the house Committee on Higher Education, and member representing Danja constituency, Alhaji Shamsudeen Dabai, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Katsina.
According to him, failure to resume work by the lecturers at the end of the three weeks, the assembly will order the state government to stop their salaries.
He explained that the assembly took the decision following a report presented before it by the committee during its plenary.
According to Dabai, “We had a series of discussions with the UMYU chapter of the ASUU, their zonal and the national leadership on this issue.
“After the meetings, we presented our report before the assembly, where some of our suggestions were agreed on, and some were not approved.
“Out of what the assembly agreed on was the three weeks ultimatum to resume work or their salaries should be stopped by the government or something similar to that.
“During our meeting with the ASUU and the Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Masari on Higher Education, Alhaji Bashir Ruwangodiya, they presented their complaints.
“Therefore, we agreed that they should write their complaints to the state government, and the government will look at it within two weeks.
” He explained that the prolonged ASUU strike was causing a lot of setback to the education sector, particularly on the students.
According to Dabai, the strike has made most of the students redundant, leading them to commiting crimes and other social vices.
“When the students are going to school, it keeps them busy and also keeps them away from negative thinking.
Like you know, an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.
” he said.
Don charges APC to guard against losing governorship election in Katsina State
By Abdullahi Shugaba
Katsina June 13, 2023 A varsity teacher at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, (UMYU), Katsina, Dr Kabir Yandaki, on Monday charged the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Katsina State to address lingering crises between stakeholders and supporters.
He warned that if the crises were not addressed, the APC risked losing the 2023 governorship election in the state.
The lecturer called on Gov. Aminu Masari as leader of the party in the state to act urgently to avoid the collapse of the party.
“If the crises persist and APC Katsina chapter fails to carefully handle the problems, the party may lose the 2023 governorship election.
“What is expected is unity among members to face the bigger challenge ahead of them in 2023
“Opposition parties in the state have presented popular candidates for the 2023 election. They are carefully watching to benefit from the crisis in the state’s APC,’’ he said.
Yandaki said that it was unfortunate that some APC stakeholders in Katsina State were attacking the personalities of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of Gov. Masari
“The President, in view of his position and age, deserves to be respected by all party faithful and Nigerians at large,’’ he stressed.
Yandaki, Head of Department of Political Science, UMYU, urged APC’s gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Umar Radda, to extend his hand of love and fellowship to his opponents at the primary election and their supporters.
He observed that after the primary election, some party chieftains vowed not to work with Radda.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Katsina, Dr.Suleiman Muhammad said the Federal Government has approved the conversion of the centre to a Teaching Hospital.Muhammad told newsmen in Katsina on Monday that the development followed singing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Federal and Katsina State Government.He said that efforts to covert the Centre as a clinical training point for medical students of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU), Katsina has been on for long, adding that it has became a reality.According to him, the conversion is sequel to the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari that sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the FG and Katsina State Government.The CMD said the MoU clearly stipulated that the Teaching Hospital would be used as clinical training site for medical students of UMYU, Katsina.“The MoU was signed on 8th December, 2020 by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Katsina State on behalf of the Katsina State Government”“While the the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire signed on belf of the Federal Government of Nigeria”“The occasion was witnessed by the management of UMYU and Federal Teaching Hospital Katsina (FTHK) as well as Katsina State Elders Forum.He commended Gov. Aminu Masari, Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari, the board of management of the hospital and the Katsina Elders Forum among others for the feat achieved.(NAN)