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  •  Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering Presenting the items the state Commissioner for Higher Education Science Technology and Innovation Babagana Malumbe said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation Malumbe said that the Gov Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department Gov Zulum after receiving the request directed the ministry to act We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation He Zulum directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment Malumbe said Recieving the equipment the Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Aliyu Shugaba lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty Shugaba who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department promised to intervene which he now did Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories California Bearing Ratio CBR Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Accreditation: Borno Govt donates N81m equipment to UNIMAID
     Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering Presenting the items the state Commissioner for Higher Education Science Technology and Innovation Babagana Malumbe said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation Malumbe said that the Gov Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department Gov Zulum after receiving the request directed the ministry to act We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation He Zulum directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment Malumbe said Recieving the equipment the Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Aliyu Shugaba lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty Shugaba who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department promised to intervene which he now did Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories California Bearing Ratio CBR Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Accreditation: Borno Govt donates N81m equipment to UNIMAID
    Education2 weeks ago

    Accreditation: Borno Govt donates N81m equipment to UNIMAID

    Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

    The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering.

    Presenting the items, the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Babagana Malumbe, said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation.

    Malumbe said that the Gov. Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state.

    He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department, Gov. Zulum after receiving the request, directed the ministry to act.

    “We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation.

    “He (Zulum) directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment,” Malumbe said.

    Recieving the equipment, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty.

    Shugaba, who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department, promised to intervene which he now did.

    Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories, California Bearing Ratio (CBR), Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  An NGO the Peace Ambassador Centre for Humanitarian and Empowerment PACHE has urged communities in Borno to forgive and accept repentant Boko Haram terrorists President of the PACHE Amb Ahmed Shehu made the call in Maiduguri during an event to mark the 2022 International Day of Peace The day also officially known as World Peace Day is a United Nations sanctioned holiday observed annually on Sept 21 Shehu said the Borno Government has began the process of reintegrating the repentant terrorists in communities and that there is need to use the commemoration of the peace day for people to accept the repentant and move on Borno needs to celebrate the day for obvious reason after facing 13 years of insurgency that led to loss of lives mass destruction and displacement of many in north east We call on the Borno government to ensure that civil society organisations are strongly involved in the process of sensitising the public on the reintegration process We also urge stakeholders to use this occasion to come up way a out to fight racism and build peace in line with the theme of this year s International Day of Peace particularly at this critical time that the nation is going into a general election he said In his opening remarks the Borno Commissioner for Information Alhaji Babakura Abba Jato who spoke on the significance of the day lauded the people of Borno for their resilience and the need to sustain the tempo and reintegration process Also speaking the Borno Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment Alhaji Saina Buba who highlighted the various interventions by the state government to address the issue of poverty called for support for the programme to succeed In his remarks the Borno Team Lead of Managing Conflict in Nigeria MCN programme of British Council Mr Amin Buba who reiterated the commitment of MCN in addressing conflicts in Nigeria stressed the need to implement recommendations of the meeting to add value to peace building in Borno In his remarks on behalf of the military at the occasion Capt B A Amakiri who described the military as agents committed to peace said so far over 80 000 insurgents had surrendered out of which about 16 000 were combatants Amakiri said the successes recorded was 25 per cent through kenetic approach and 75 per through non kenetic approach that involved the public support to the military He called for more support to the military and other security organisations to facilitate the return of lasting peace for more developments In their respective goodwill messages the managements of University of Maiduguri UNIMAID and Borno State University BOSU reiterated the commitment of the institutions to peace pointing out that the established centres for research on peace and conflict resolutions in that direction NAN reports that awards were presented to some youths who distinguished themselves in areas of innovation and peace promotion NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO urges Borno communities to forgive, accept repentant insurgents
     An NGO the Peace Ambassador Centre for Humanitarian and Empowerment PACHE has urged communities in Borno to forgive and accept repentant Boko Haram terrorists President of the PACHE Amb Ahmed Shehu made the call in Maiduguri during an event to mark the 2022 International Day of Peace The day also officially known as World Peace Day is a United Nations sanctioned holiday observed annually on Sept 21 Shehu said the Borno Government has began the process of reintegrating the repentant terrorists in communities and that there is need to use the commemoration of the peace day for people to accept the repentant and move on Borno needs to celebrate the day for obvious reason after facing 13 years of insurgency that led to loss of lives mass destruction and displacement of many in north east We call on the Borno government to ensure that civil society organisations are strongly involved in the process of sensitising the public on the reintegration process We also urge stakeholders to use this occasion to come up way a out to fight racism and build peace in line with the theme of this year s International Day of Peace particularly at this critical time that the nation is going into a general election he said In his opening remarks the Borno Commissioner for Information Alhaji Babakura Abba Jato who spoke on the significance of the day lauded the people of Borno for their resilience and the need to sustain the tempo and reintegration process Also speaking the Borno Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment Alhaji Saina Buba who highlighted the various interventions by the state government to address the issue of poverty called for support for the programme to succeed In his remarks the Borno Team Lead of Managing Conflict in Nigeria MCN programme of British Council Mr Amin Buba who reiterated the commitment of MCN in addressing conflicts in Nigeria stressed the need to implement recommendations of the meeting to add value to peace building in Borno In his remarks on behalf of the military at the occasion Capt B A Amakiri who described the military as agents committed to peace said so far over 80 000 insurgents had surrendered out of which about 16 000 were combatants Amakiri said the successes recorded was 25 per cent through kenetic approach and 75 per through non kenetic approach that involved the public support to the military He called for more support to the military and other security organisations to facilitate the return of lasting peace for more developments In their respective goodwill messages the managements of University of Maiduguri UNIMAID and Borno State University BOSU reiterated the commitment of the institutions to peace pointing out that the established centres for research on peace and conflict resolutions in that direction NAN reports that awards were presented to some youths who distinguished themselves in areas of innovation and peace promotion NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO urges Borno communities to forgive, accept repentant insurgents
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    NGO urges Borno communities to forgive, accept repentant insurgents

    An NGO, the Peace Ambassador Centre for Humanitarian and Empowerment (PACHE) has urged communities in Borno to forgive and accept repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

    President of the PACHE, Amb. Ahmed Shehu made the call in Maiduguri during an event to mark the 2022 International Day of Peace.

    The day, also officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on Sept. 21. Shehu said the Borno Government has began the process of reintegrating the repentant  terrorists in communities and that there is need to use the commemoration of the peace day for people to accept the repentant and move on.

    ”Borno needs  to celebrate the day for obvious reason after facing 13 years of insurgency that led to loss of lives, mass destruction and displacement of many in north east .

    ”We call on the Borno government to ensure that civil society organisations are strongly involved in the process of sensitising the public on the reintegration process.

    ”We also urge stakeholders  to use this occasion to come up way a out to fight racism and build peace in line with the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace, particularly at this critical time that the nation is going into a general election,” he said.

    In his opening remarks, the Borno Commissioner for Information,  Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato who spoke on the significance of the day, lauded the people of Borno for their resilience and the need to sustain the tempo and reintegration process.

    Also speaking, the Borno Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment, Alhaji Saina Buba who highlighted the various interventions by the state government to address the issue of poverty,  called for support for the programme to succeed.

    In his remarks, the Borno Team Lead of Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme of British Council, Mr Amin Buba who reiterated the commitment of MCN in addressing conflicts in Nigeria,  stressed the need to implement recommendations of the meeting to add value to peace building in Borno.

    In his remarks on behalf of the military at the occasion, Capt. B.

    A Amakiri who described the military as agents committed to peace, said so far over 80,000 insurgents had surrendered out of which about 16,000 were combatants.

    Amakiri said the successes recorded was 25 per cent through kenetic approach and 75 per through non-kenetic approach that involved the public support to the military.

    He called for more support to the military and other security organisations to facilitate the return of lasting peace for more developments.

    In their respective goodwill messages, the managements of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and Borno State University (BOSU) reiterated the commitment of the institutions to peace, pointing out that the established centres for research on peace and conflict resolutions in that direction.

    NAN reports that awards were presented to some youths who distinguished themselves in areas of innovation and peace promotion.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some stakeholders have continued to react to the pulling out of some state universities from the ongoing indefinite strike by ASUU saying they pulled out due to threats from their employers They made this known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday It would be recalled that some state universities such as the Kaduna State University KASU Ekiti State University EKSU and the Nasarawa State University Keffi have pulled out of the ongoing indefinite strike actions by ASUU While other state universities refused to join the nationwide strike they include Osun Rivers Delta Borno Anambra Kwara Akwa Ibom states and the three universities owned by Lagos State Dr Oluremi Oni a lecturer in the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID said that the pulling out by state universities from the strike would not in any way affect the structure of the union Oni who blamed ASUU for bringing state universities into the issues affecting federal universities said their pulling out was actually proper According to her no matter how many state universities that pulled out of the struggle this will not affect our collective desire to protect the country s educational system Government has shown that they don t like ASUU when a similar thing happened last year ASUU gave the government the presentation and they picked the one they could honour and threw it back at ASUU and ASUU was okay with them at that time So it was because of government s inability to implement the agreement last year that made ASUU to go back to strike Government did not implement what it promised us and now they are expanding the problem and the public does not even know what the problem is and everybody is blaming ASUU she said Oni expressed concern over the action of government s intention to extend the meeting with the union till June 2023 saying that this showed lack of commitment to education On the no work no pay stands by the government on ASUU she blamed the government on this approach saying that the union took the decision on behalf of the generality of Nigerian children to have quality education not minding the fact that their children were also affected The government has forgotten that ASUU members also have children in these universities and so members are also losing The Secretary Workers and Youths Solidarity Network WYSN Mr Damilola Owot called on the leadership of ASUU to re emphasise the benefits of the strike to state workers with a view to giving them reasons to maintain the tempo and not to relax According to him ASUU should pay special attention to specific needs of the state universities too and incorporate them into their future demands We extend our solidarity to the members of the ASUU who are currently on strike The decision of some state universities to pull out of ASUU could largely be linked to threats from their respective employers state governments The demands are clear and vivid honour agreements pay salary arrears and adopt UTAS We believe that both the State and Federal workers stand to benefit from the concessions he said Meanwhile the National Coordinator Congress of University Academics CONUA Dr Niyi Sunmonu insisted that the liberalisation of academic unions was the only way out to end incessant strikes in universities Sunmonu said the liberalisation would engender cross fertilisation of ideas nurture healthy competition and protect the interests of all stakeholders hence there would be no need for strike Freedom of association is enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria And as long as that provision still exists in the constitution Nigerian citizens are freeborn and they can operate under it to freely associate We hope that the freedom of association will continue to help the advancement of learning in our universities he said Also the former National President National Association of Nigerian Students NANS Mr Sunday Asefon had previously called on state owned universities to opt out of the action Asefon said that ASUU had lost the support of Nigerian students given the unpatriotic disposition displayed by them in extending their strike indefinitely Asefon said students would no longer support the union s call for intervention while accusing the body of being self serving We have taken the time to review the decision of ASUU to declare an indefinite strike after the ongoing six month strike We consider the decision as not only unpatriotic unnecessary but wicked and definitely not in the interest of our nation or the tertiary education system in Nigeria We call on state governments to forthwith liaise with Vice Chancellors of state institutions to announce the resumption of academic activities and grant the vice chancellors authority to enforce the resumption State universities should never have joined the strike in the first place he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU: State varsities pull out due to threats from employers – stakeholders
     Some stakeholders have continued to react to the pulling out of some state universities from the ongoing indefinite strike by ASUU saying they pulled out due to threats from their employers They made this known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday It would be recalled that some state universities such as the Kaduna State University KASU Ekiti State University EKSU and the Nasarawa State University Keffi have pulled out of the ongoing indefinite strike actions by ASUU While other state universities refused to join the nationwide strike they include Osun Rivers Delta Borno Anambra Kwara Akwa Ibom states and the three universities owned by Lagos State Dr Oluremi Oni a lecturer in the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID said that the pulling out by state universities from the strike would not in any way affect the structure of the union Oni who blamed ASUU for bringing state universities into the issues affecting federal universities said their pulling out was actually proper According to her no matter how many state universities that pulled out of the struggle this will not affect our collective desire to protect the country s educational system Government has shown that they don t like ASUU when a similar thing happened last year ASUU gave the government the presentation and they picked the one they could honour and threw it back at ASUU and ASUU was okay with them at that time So it was because of government s inability to implement the agreement last year that made ASUU to go back to strike Government did not implement what it promised us and now they are expanding the problem and the public does not even know what the problem is and everybody is blaming ASUU she said Oni expressed concern over the action of government s intention to extend the meeting with the union till June 2023 saying that this showed lack of commitment to education On the no work no pay stands by the government on ASUU she blamed the government on this approach saying that the union took the decision on behalf of the generality of Nigerian children to have quality education not minding the fact that their children were also affected The government has forgotten that ASUU members also have children in these universities and so members are also losing The Secretary Workers and Youths Solidarity Network WYSN Mr Damilola Owot called on the leadership of ASUU to re emphasise the benefits of the strike to state workers with a view to giving them reasons to maintain the tempo and not to relax According to him ASUU should pay special attention to specific needs of the state universities too and incorporate them into their future demands We extend our solidarity to the members of the ASUU who are currently on strike The decision of some state universities to pull out of ASUU could largely be linked to threats from their respective employers state governments The demands are clear and vivid honour agreements pay salary arrears and adopt UTAS We believe that both the State and Federal workers stand to benefit from the concessions he said Meanwhile the National Coordinator Congress of University Academics CONUA Dr Niyi Sunmonu insisted that the liberalisation of academic unions was the only way out to end incessant strikes in universities Sunmonu said the liberalisation would engender cross fertilisation of ideas nurture healthy competition and protect the interests of all stakeholders hence there would be no need for strike Freedom of association is enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria And as long as that provision still exists in the constitution Nigerian citizens are freeborn and they can operate under it to freely associate We hope that the freedom of association will continue to help the advancement of learning in our universities he said Also the former National President National Association of Nigerian Students NANS Mr Sunday Asefon had previously called on state owned universities to opt out of the action Asefon said that ASUU had lost the support of Nigerian students given the unpatriotic disposition displayed by them in extending their strike indefinitely Asefon said students would no longer support the union s call for intervention while accusing the body of being self serving We have taken the time to review the decision of ASUU to declare an indefinite strike after the ongoing six month strike We consider the decision as not only unpatriotic unnecessary but wicked and definitely not in the interest of our nation or the tertiary education system in Nigeria We call on state governments to forthwith liaise with Vice Chancellors of state institutions to announce the resumption of academic activities and grant the vice chancellors authority to enforce the resumption State universities should never have joined the strike in the first place he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU: State varsities pull out due to threats from employers – stakeholders
    General news4 weeks ago

    ASUU: State varsities pull out due to threats from employers – stakeholders

    Some stakeholders have continued to react to the pulling out of some state universities from the ongoing indefinite strike by ASUU, saying they pulled out due to threats from their employers.

    They made this known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

    It would be recalled that some state universities such as the Kaduna State University, (KASU), Ekiti State University (EKSU) and the Nasarawa State University, Keffi have pulled out of the ongoing indefinite strike actions by ASUU.

    While other state universities refused to join the nationwide strike, they include Osun, Rivers, Delta, Borno, Anambra, Kwara, Akwa Ibom states and the three universities owned by Lagos State.

    Dr  Oluremi Oni, a lecturer in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) said that the pulling out by state universities from the strike would not in any way affect the structure of the union.

    Oni, who blamed ASUU for bringing state universities into the issues affecting federal universities, said their pulling out was actually proper.

    According to her, no matter how many state universities that pulled out of the struggle, this will not affect our collective desire to protect the country’s educational system.

    “Government has shown that they don’t like ASUU; when a similar thing happened last year, ASUU gave the government the presentation and they picked the one they could honour and threw it back at ASUU and ASUU was okay with them at that time.

    “So it was because of government’s inability to implement the agreement last year that made ASUU to go back to strike.

    “Government did not implement what it promised us and now they are expanding the problem and the public does not even know what the problem is and everybody is blaming ASUU,” she said.

    Oni expressed concern over the action of government’s intention to extend the meeting with the union till June 2023, saying that this showed lack of commitment to education.

    On the ‘no work, no pay’ stands by the government on ASUU, she blamed the government on this approach, saying that the union took the decision on behalf of the generality of Nigerian children to have quality education not minding the fact that their children were also affected.

    “The government has forgotten that ASUU members also have children in these universities and so members are also losing.

    ’’ The Secretary, Workers and Youths Solidarity Network (WYSN), Mr Damilola Owot called on the leadership of ASUU to re-emphasise the benefits of the strike to state workers with a view to giving them reasons to maintain the tempo and not to relax.

    According to him, ASUU should pay special attention to specific needs of the state universities too and incorporate them into their future demands.

    “We extend our solidarity to the members of the ASUU who are currently on strike.

    “The decision of some state universities to pull out of ASUU could largely be linked to threats from their respective employers – state governments.

    “The demands are clear and vivid; honour agreements, pay salary arrears and adopt UTAS.

    “We believe that both the State and Federal workers stand to benefit from the concessions,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the National Coordinator, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Dr Niyi Sunmonu insisted that the liberalisation of academic unions was the only way out to end incessant strikes in universities.

    Sunmonu said the liberalisation would engender cross-fertilisation of ideas, nurture healthy competition and protect the interests of all stakeholders hence there would be no need for strike.

    “Freedom of association is enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “And as long as that provision still exists in the constitution, Nigerian citizens are freeborn and they can operate under it to freely associate.

    “We hope that the freedom of association will continue to help the advancement of learning in our universities,” he said.

    Also, the former National President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Sunday Asefon had previously called on state-owned universities to opt out of the action.

    Asefon said that ASUU had lost the support of Nigerian students given the unpatriotic disposition displayed by them in extending their strike indefinitely.

    Asefon said students would no longer support the union’s call for intervention, while accusing the body of being self-serving.

    “We have taken the time to review the decision of ASUU to declare an indefinite strike after the ongoing six-month strike.

    “We consider the decision as not only unpatriotic, unnecessary but wicked and definitely not in the interest of our nation or the tertiary education system in Nigeria.

    “We call on state governments to forthwith liaise with Vice-Chancellors of state institutions to announce the resumption of academic activities and grant the vice-chancellors authority to enforce the resumption.

    “State universities should never have joined the strike in the first place,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU has set up a sustainable peace team to resolve the lingering impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The former Secretary General of CVCNU Prof Michael Faborode and the Co coordinator of the team confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday through The Sustainable Peace Team Working Paper He said that the desire of the team was not to allow the current deadlock in the ASUU strike negotiations to take hold as the toll of the strike on all stakeholders and the nation had been colossal According to him to arrive at the final list no serving vice chancellor or pro chancellor is included and membership was based on record of service as recorded by the CVCNU He said that the team comprised of Prof Jibril Aminu former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri UNIMAID Emeritus Prof Olufemi Bamiro former Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan UI Prof Ekanem Braide President Academy of Science and Dr Nkechi Nwagogu former Pro Chancellor University of Calabar UNICAL Other members of the team are Prof Joe Ahaneku former Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University UNIZIK Prof Fatima Mukhtar former Vice Chancellor Federal University Dutse and Prof Akpan Ekpo former Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo UNIUYO Also in the team are Prof Yakubu Ochefu Secretary General Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU and Prof Michael Faborode former Secretary General CVCNU and former Vice Chancellor OAU We should not fold our hands and watch our house collapse on us as elders So we should speak or act now We do not have any other industry other than the university system Whatever can be done to bring all the actors to reason and broker peace using the Prof Nimi Briggs committee recommendations as the fulcrum will be worth the effort A lot had been done already and such patriotic efforts should not be wasted nor despised he said Faborode said that the Peace Team of Elders would operate under the auspices of the According to him both the Federal Government and ASUU are being reached to accept the intervention of the independent team of elders The Team will liaise with the Prof Nimi Briggs committee to understand the basis of the elements of their proposals and check with both the federal government and ASUU to identify the areas of concern and objection Afterwards the team will brainstorm on how to mitigate the thorny areas and work with all the parties to bring the imbroglio to an amicable end in the interest of all concerned and the nation The meetings and consultations will be mainly online by Zoom and perhaps finally face to face to safe costs once we make progress This is however subject to review as we proceed he explained Faborode said that the team had itemised some preliminary considerations that could shape parties understanding and way forward He said that this was because the deadlock in the crisis seemed to be getting more disturbing with the federal government maintaining a strong stance of no work no pay and ordering ASUU to go back to work He said this had also made ASUU to firmly prolong the strike to become indefinite as both sides were unwilling to proceed with further negotiation or discussions How do we engage with the Nimi Briggs committee I am personally in touch with the chairman and he feels the outstanding issues are not insurmountable These include federal government raising its offer of salary increase from 23 to may be 50 that will ensure a Professor receives up to N800 000 monthly as opposed to the negotiated N1 2 million Also the review of the decision on salaries during strike to a mid position not 0 nor 100 as ASUU wants How can we further this admonition to both sides Fundamentally the following facts should be noted the subsisting condition of Nigerian higher education is unacceptable and inconsistent with the economic development roles envisaged for them Things have been allowed to deteriorate for too long This must be halted by all as we embark on an integrated revitalisation agenda in the education sector in the interest of our economic development Faborode said He therefore called on the National Assembly to play its role in providing a sustainable solution of raising for the effective running of the universities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Committee of VCs constitute sustainable peace team
     The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU has set up a sustainable peace team to resolve the lingering impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The former Secretary General of CVCNU Prof Michael Faborode and the Co coordinator of the team confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday through The Sustainable Peace Team Working Paper He said that the desire of the team was not to allow the current deadlock in the ASUU strike negotiations to take hold as the toll of the strike on all stakeholders and the nation had been colossal According to him to arrive at the final list no serving vice chancellor or pro chancellor is included and membership was based on record of service as recorded by the CVCNU He said that the team comprised of Prof Jibril Aminu former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri UNIMAID Emeritus Prof Olufemi Bamiro former Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan UI Prof Ekanem Braide President Academy of Science and Dr Nkechi Nwagogu former Pro Chancellor University of Calabar UNICAL Other members of the team are Prof Joe Ahaneku former Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University UNIZIK Prof Fatima Mukhtar former Vice Chancellor Federal University Dutse and Prof Akpan Ekpo former Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo UNIUYO Also in the team are Prof Yakubu Ochefu Secretary General Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU and Prof Michael Faborode former Secretary General CVCNU and former Vice Chancellor OAU We should not fold our hands and watch our house collapse on us as elders So we should speak or act now We do not have any other industry other than the university system Whatever can be done to bring all the actors to reason and broker peace using the Prof Nimi Briggs committee recommendations as the fulcrum will be worth the effort A lot had been done already and such patriotic efforts should not be wasted nor despised he said Faborode said that the Peace Team of Elders would operate under the auspices of the According to him both the Federal Government and ASUU are being reached to accept the intervention of the independent team of elders The Team will liaise with the Prof Nimi Briggs committee to understand the basis of the elements of their proposals and check with both the federal government and ASUU to identify the areas of concern and objection Afterwards the team will brainstorm on how to mitigate the thorny areas and work with all the parties to bring the imbroglio to an amicable end in the interest of all concerned and the nation The meetings and consultations will be mainly online by Zoom and perhaps finally face to face to safe costs once we make progress This is however subject to review as we proceed he explained Faborode said that the team had itemised some preliminary considerations that could shape parties understanding and way forward He said that this was because the deadlock in the crisis seemed to be getting more disturbing with the federal government maintaining a strong stance of no work no pay and ordering ASUU to go back to work He said this had also made ASUU to firmly prolong the strike to become indefinite as both sides were unwilling to proceed with further negotiation or discussions How do we engage with the Nimi Briggs committee I am personally in touch with the chairman and he feels the outstanding issues are not insurmountable These include federal government raising its offer of salary increase from 23 to may be 50 that will ensure a Professor receives up to N800 000 monthly as opposed to the negotiated N1 2 million Also the review of the decision on salaries during strike to a mid position not 0 nor 100 as ASUU wants How can we further this admonition to both sides Fundamentally the following facts should be noted the subsisting condition of Nigerian higher education is unacceptable and inconsistent with the economic development roles envisaged for them Things have been allowed to deteriorate for too long This must be halted by all as we embark on an integrated revitalisation agenda in the education sector in the interest of our economic development Faborode said He therefore called on the National Assembly to play its role in providing a sustainable solution of raising for the effective running of the universities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Committee of VCs constitute sustainable peace team
    General news4 weeks ago

    ASUU Strike: Committee of VCs constitute sustainable peace team

    The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has set up a sustainable peace team to resolve the lingering impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    The former Secretary General of CVCNU, Prof. Michael Faborode, and the Co-coordinator of the team, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday, through ‘The Sustainable Peace Team Working Paper’.

    He said that the desire of the team was not to allow the current deadlock in the ASUU strike negotiations to take hold, as the toll of the strike on all stakeholders and the nation had been colossal.

    According to him, to arrive at the final list, no serving vice chancellor or pro-chancellor is included and membership was based on record of service as recorded by the CVCNU.

    He said that the team comprised of Prof. Jibril Aminu, former Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID); Emeritus Prof. Olufemi Bamiro,  former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan (UI); Prof. Ekanem Braide, President, Academy of Science; and Dr Nkechi Nwagogu, former Pro-Chancellor, University of Calabar (UNICAL).

    Other members of the team are Prof. Joe Ahaneku, former Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK); Prof. Fatima Mukhtar, former Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Dutse; and Prof. Akpan Ekpo, former Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo (UNIUYO).

    Also in the team are Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, Secretary General, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), and Prof. Michael Faborode, former Secretary General, CVCNU and former Vice Chancellor, OAU.

    “We should not fold our hands and watch our ‘house’ collapse on us as elders.

    So, we should speak or act now.

    “We do not have any other industry other than the university system.

    “Whatever can be done to bring all the actors to reason and broker peace using the Prof. Nimi Briggs committee recommendations as the fulcrum, will be worth the effort.

    “A lot had been done already and such patriotic efforts should not be wasted nor despised,” he said.

    Faborode said that the “Peace Team of Elders” would operate under the auspices of the .

    According to him, both the Federal Government and ASUU are being reached to accept the intervention of the independent team of elders.

    “The Team will liaise with the Prof. Nimi Briggs committee to understand the basis of the elements of their proposals, and check with both the federal government and ASUU to identify the areas of concern and objection.

    “Afterwards the team will brainstorm on how to mitigate the thorny areas and work with all the parties to bring the imbroglio to an amicable end in the interest of all concerned and the nation.

    “The meetings and consultations will be mainly online by Zoom and perhaps finally face-to-face to safe costs once we make progress.

    This is however subject to review as we proceed,” he explained.

    Faborode said that the team had itemised some preliminary considerations that could shape parties understanding and way forward.

    He said that this was because the deadlock in the crisis seemed to be getting more disturbing with the federal government maintaining a strong stance of “no-work, no-pay” and ordering ASUU to go back to work.

    He said this had also made ASUU to firmly prolong the strike to become indefinite as both sides were unwilling to proceed with further negotiation or discussions.

    “How do we engage with the Nimi Briggs committee?

    I am personally in touch with the chairman, and he feels the outstanding issues are not insurmountable.

    “These include federal government raising its offer of salary increase from 23% to may be 50% that will ensure a Professor receives up to N800,000 monthly as opposed to the negotiated N1.2 million.

    “Also, the review of the decision on salaries during strike to a mid-position, not 0% nor 100% as ASUU wants.

    How can we further this admonition to both sides?

    “Fundamentally, the following facts should be noted: the subsisting condition of Nigerian higher education is unacceptable and inconsistent with the economic development roles envisaged for them.

    “Things have been allowed to deteriorate for too long, This, must be halted by all as we embark on an integrated revitalisation agenda in the education sector, in the interest of our economic development,” Faborode said.

    He, therefore, called on the National Assembly to play its role in providing a sustainable solution of raising for the effective running of the universities.


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  •  The University of Maiduguri UNIMAID Alumni Association is spending N120 million on a 200 KVA solar power project in the university Chairman the association Mr Baba Shettima Kukawa has said The chairman made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja He said that the first phase of the project a 10 KVA solar power for the university s main library had been completed while the second phase of 20 KVA for the library would be inaugurated on Sept 7 Shettima Kukawa said that the initiative was to provide alternative source of energy to the university which had been without electricity for 19 months He said that the disruption of power supply from the national grid to Maiduguri followed attacks on power facilities by insurgents This has made the institution to be in dire need of an alternative source of electricity Considering the rising cost of electricity supply in the country this will further provide comfort for students The project is very realistic as the cost estimate for 200 KVA is about N120 million We have thousands of graduates from University of Maiduguri and if we get 5 000 members to contribute N25 000 each we will get there he said The chairman said that the association was coming up with many programmes to enhance interaction among members and deepen support for the university Shettima Kukawa called on members to imbibe the culture of giving back to the society not just the institution Interest is quite low largely because we have a poor culture of giving back to the society The alumni association is coming up with so many programmes to develop interaction among members and encourage participation We all must collaborate and provide support to the University of Maiduguri and its students he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alumni takes N120m solar power project to UNIMAID
     The University of Maiduguri UNIMAID Alumni Association is spending N120 million on a 200 KVA solar power project in the university Chairman the association Mr Baba Shettima Kukawa has said The chairman made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja He said that the first phase of the project a 10 KVA solar power for the university s main library had been completed while the second phase of 20 KVA for the library would be inaugurated on Sept 7 Shettima Kukawa said that the initiative was to provide alternative source of energy to the university which had been without electricity for 19 months He said that the disruption of power supply from the national grid to Maiduguri followed attacks on power facilities by insurgents This has made the institution to be in dire need of an alternative source of electricity Considering the rising cost of electricity supply in the country this will further provide comfort for students The project is very realistic as the cost estimate for 200 KVA is about N120 million We have thousands of graduates from University of Maiduguri and if we get 5 000 members to contribute N25 000 each we will get there he said The chairman said that the association was coming up with many programmes to enhance interaction among members and deepen support for the university Shettima Kukawa called on members to imbibe the culture of giving back to the society not just the institution Interest is quite low largely because we have a poor culture of giving back to the society The alumni association is coming up with so many programmes to develop interaction among members and encourage participation We all must collaborate and provide support to the University of Maiduguri and its students he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alumni takes N120m solar power project to UNIMAID
    General news2 months ago

    Alumni takes N120m solar power project to UNIMAID

    The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) Alumni Association is spending N120 million on a 200 KVA solar power project in the university, Chairman the association, Mr Baba Shettima-Kukawa, has said.

    The chairman made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

    He said that the first phase of the project, a 10 KVA solar power for the university’s main library, had been completed, while the second phase of 20 KVA for the library would be inaugurated on Sept. 7. Shettima-Kukawa said that the initiative was to provide alternative source of energy to the university which had been without electricity for 19 months.

    He said that the disruption of power supply from the national grid to Maiduguri, followed attacks on power facilities by insurgents.

    “This has made the institution to be in dire need of an alternative source of electricity.

    “Considering the rising cost of electricity supply in the country, this will further provide comfort for students.

    “The project is very realistic as the cost estimate for 200 KVA is about N120 million.

    “We have thousands of graduates from University of Maiduguri and if we get 5,000 members to contribute N25,000 each we will get there,” he said.

    The chairman said that the association was coming up with many programmes to enhance interaction among members and deepen support for the university.

    Shettima-Kukawa called on members to imbibe the culture of giving back to the society, not just the institution.

    “Interest is quite low largely because we have a poor culture of giving back to the society.

    “The alumni association is coming up with so many programmes to develop interaction among members and encourage participation.

    “We all must collaborate and provide support to the University of Maiduguri and its students,” he said.


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  •   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID has acquired the digital capability to allow its students to interact and take lessons from anywhere in the world Osinbajo said this on Thursday at the formal handover of the Muhammadu Indimi International Learning Center and International Conference Center to the UNIMAID leadership in Maiduguri The facility that was built and donated to university philanthropist Muhammadu Indimi was inaugurated in Buhari in December 2021 The vice president praised Indimi for the gesture adding that over the years the institution has made progress in developing human capacity in the country UNIMAID has trained many great Nigerians including the current President of the Senate the CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd group and ours Professor Babagana Zulum Governor of Borno For UNIMAID to keep up with the rapid pace of development in the world it needs more investment that investment cannot come only from the government The vision of the future and the innovation to imagine conceiving and building a hub that allows Maiduguri students to interact and take lessons from Shanghai Houston or Paris is exactly what is needed for this institution to keep pace with and in some ways lead the ongoing educational innovation we are experiencing This hub will also allow students to enroll in UNIMAID from Abuja Lagos or even Johannesburg expanding the University s enrollment base and providing more options for students to learn and interact Osinbajo said that the Federal Government will also continue to invest in universities According to him UNIMAID is in phase 2 of the Energizing Education Program financed through the Rural Electrification Agency The Federal Government through REA in partnership with the World Bank is in advanced stages of establishing a 12MW Hybrid Solar Power Plant to power UNIMAID and its Teaching Hospital The project will also include a training center and builds on similar projects that have already been completed at Bayero Kano University BUK Makurdi Federal University of Agriculture FUAM Usman Danfodio Sokoto University UDUS and the Alex Federal Ekwueme Ndufu Alike University FUNAI Furthermore I am pleased to announce that through the approved Economic Sustainability Plan NNPC REA and Yola DISCO are partnering with my office and the Borno Governor s Office to implement 30MW of solar power in critical areas of Maiduguri There will be six solar plants of 5MW each to increase the supply of the network and protect against energy sabotage Let me also say that the efforts of the federal government and private individuals can only be truly useful when the state government is serious about development He said that Zulum had demonstrated the benefits inherent in partnering the government with the private sector Osinbajo said the governor had built several mega schools massive shopping malls more than 8 000 housing units and the first overpass in Borno The Vice President said that it was moving and commendable that all of Zulum s achievements were at such a low cost According to the vice president education is the spark behind each girl and boy to maximize their individual potential He said that Indimi s work through his foundation has continued to focus on education as a core area Let me again commend and congratulate Indimi on the completion of this historic project and the successful delivery of the International Learning Center he said In his speech Zulum said he was particularly pleased with the vice president s presence as the projects were another milestone in the state The governor said that Indimi s humanitarian and philanthropic efforts have had a great impact on the lives of the people of the state In her remarks Indimi thanked the vice president for honoring the occasion She said her gesture was born out of her passion for education and empowerment Earlier in his speech UNIMAID Vice Chancellor Prof Aliyu Shugaba expressed the deep gratitude of the Borno people and government to Indimi He said Indimi s gesture was the first of its kind in Nigeria The event attracted members of the National Assembly members of the Federal Executive Council state officials traditional rulers among others
    UNIMAID has digital capacity for global interactions – Osinbajo
      Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID has acquired the digital capability to allow its students to interact and take lessons from anywhere in the world Osinbajo said this on Thursday at the formal handover of the Muhammadu Indimi International Learning Center and International Conference Center to the UNIMAID leadership in Maiduguri The facility that was built and donated to university philanthropist Muhammadu Indimi was inaugurated in Buhari in December 2021 The vice president praised Indimi for the gesture adding that over the years the institution has made progress in developing human capacity in the country UNIMAID has trained many great Nigerians including the current President of the Senate the CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd group and ours Professor Babagana Zulum Governor of Borno For UNIMAID to keep up with the rapid pace of development in the world it needs more investment that investment cannot come only from the government The vision of the future and the innovation to imagine conceiving and building a hub that allows Maiduguri students to interact and take lessons from Shanghai Houston or Paris is exactly what is needed for this institution to keep pace with and in some ways lead the ongoing educational innovation we are experiencing This hub will also allow students to enroll in UNIMAID from Abuja Lagos or even Johannesburg expanding the University s enrollment base and providing more options for students to learn and interact Osinbajo said that the Federal Government will also continue to invest in universities According to him UNIMAID is in phase 2 of the Energizing Education Program financed through the Rural Electrification Agency The Federal Government through REA in partnership with the World Bank is in advanced stages of establishing a 12MW Hybrid Solar Power Plant to power UNIMAID and its Teaching Hospital The project will also include a training center and builds on similar projects that have already been completed at Bayero Kano University BUK Makurdi Federal University of Agriculture FUAM Usman Danfodio Sokoto University UDUS and the Alex Federal Ekwueme Ndufu Alike University FUNAI Furthermore I am pleased to announce that through the approved Economic Sustainability Plan NNPC REA and Yola DISCO are partnering with my office and the Borno Governor s Office to implement 30MW of solar power in critical areas of Maiduguri There will be six solar plants of 5MW each to increase the supply of the network and protect against energy sabotage Let me also say that the efforts of the federal government and private individuals can only be truly useful when the state government is serious about development He said that Zulum had demonstrated the benefits inherent in partnering the government with the private sector Osinbajo said the governor had built several mega schools massive shopping malls more than 8 000 housing units and the first overpass in Borno The Vice President said that it was moving and commendable that all of Zulum s achievements were at such a low cost According to the vice president education is the spark behind each girl and boy to maximize their individual potential He said that Indimi s work through his foundation has continued to focus on education as a core area Let me again commend and congratulate Indimi on the completion of this historic project and the successful delivery of the International Learning Center he said In his speech Zulum said he was particularly pleased with the vice president s presence as the projects were another milestone in the state The governor said that Indimi s humanitarian and philanthropic efforts have had a great impact on the lives of the people of the state In her remarks Indimi thanked the vice president for honoring the occasion She said her gesture was born out of her passion for education and empowerment Earlier in his speech UNIMAID Vice Chancellor Prof Aliyu Shugaba expressed the deep gratitude of the Borno people and government to Indimi He said Indimi s gesture was the first of its kind in Nigeria The event attracted members of the National Assembly members of the Federal Executive Council state officials traditional rulers among others
    UNIMAID has digital capacity for global interactions – Osinbajo
    Education6 months ago

    UNIMAID has digital capacity for global interactions – Osinbajo

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) has acquired the digital capability to allow its students to interact and take lessons from anywhere in the world.

    Osinbajo said this on Thursday at the formal handover of the Muhammadu Indimi International Learning Center and International Conference Center to the UNIMAID leadership in Maiduguri.

    The facility that was built and donated to university philanthropist Muhammadu Indimi was inaugurated in Buhari in December 2021.

    The vice president praised Indimi for the gesture, adding that, over the years, the institution has made progress in developing human capacity in the country.

    “UNIMAID has trained many great Nigerians, including the current President of the Senate, the CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd. group and ours, Professor Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno.

    “ For UNIMAID to keep up with the rapid pace of development in the world, it needs more investment; that investment cannot come only from the government.

    “The vision of the future and the innovation to imagine; conceiving and building a hub that allows Maiduguri students to interact and take lessons from Shanghai, Houston or Paris is exactly what is needed for this institution to keep pace with and in some ways lead the ongoing educational innovation we are experiencing.

    “This hub will also allow students to enroll in UNIMAID from Abuja, Lagos or even Johannesburg, expanding the University's enrollment base and providing more options for students to learn and interact.”

    Osinbajo said that the Federal Government will also continue to invest in universities.

    According to him, UNIMAID is in phase 2 of the Energizing Education Program financed through the Rural Electrification Agency.

    “The Federal Government through REA, in partnership with the World Bank, is in advanced stages of establishing a 12MW Hybrid Solar Power Plant to power UNIMAID and its Teaching Hospital.

    “The project will also include a training center and builds on similar projects that have already been completed at Bayero Kano University (BUK), Makurdi Federal University of Agriculture (FUAM), Usman Danfodio Sokoto University (UDUS) and the Alex Federal Ekwueme. Ndufu-Alike University (FUNAI).

    “Furthermore, I am pleased to announce that through the approved Economic Sustainability Plan, NNPC, REA and Yola DISCO are partnering with my office and the Borno Governor's Office to implement 30MW of solar power in critical areas of Maiduguri.

    “There will be six solar plants of 5MW each to increase the supply of the network and protect against energy sabotage.

    "Let me also say that the efforts of the federal government and private individuals can only be truly useful when the state government is serious about development."

    He said that Zulum had demonstrated the benefits inherent in partnering the government with the private sector,

    Osinbajo said the governor had built several mega-schools, massive shopping malls, more than 8,000 housing units, and the first overpass in Borno.

    The Vice President said that it was moving and commendable that all of Zulum's achievements were at such a low cost.

    According to the vice president, education is the spark behind each girl and boy to maximize their individual potential.

    He said that Indimi's work through his foundation has continued to focus on education as a core area.

    “Let me again commend and congratulate Indimi on the completion of this historic project and the successful delivery of the International Learning Center,” he said.

    In his speech, Zulum said he was particularly pleased with the vice president's presence as the projects were another milestone in the state.

    The governor said that Indimi's humanitarian and philanthropic efforts have had a great impact on the lives of the people of the state.

    In her remarks, Indimi thanked the vice president for honoring the occasion.

    She said her gesture was born out of her passion for education and empowerment.

    Earlier in his speech, UNIMAID Vice-Chancellor Prof. Aliyu Shugaba expressed the deep gratitude of the Borno people and government to Indimi.

    He said Indimi's gesture was the first of its kind in Nigeria.

    The event attracted members of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council, state officials, traditional rulers, among others.

  •   A former Governor of Borno Senator Kashim Shettima urged the federal government to harness its resources and grow the nation s economy Shettima made the appeal at the 2022 Maiduguri University Alumni Association UNIMAID Annual General Conference in Abuja on Monday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the event was Alumni Association as a Vehicle for National Development Shetima in her comment explained that opportunities can only be created when resources are used properly to provide jobs to the population The most important thing for us as a nation is to come together and take advantage of our resources and grow our economy Opportunities abound when properly harnessed to provide jobs for millions of Nigerians she said He also added that college alumni associations should be actively involved at various levels of character building and socioeconomics He said that alumni associations play a vital role in building and improving the image of institutions Dr Mohammed Dikwa founder of Al Ansar Foundation a Non Governmental Institution NGO made a presentation on the theme Entrepreneurship and SMEs as a Panacea for National Development Dikwa explained that the main objective of the presentation was to show the significant effect of entrepreneurship towards economic prosperity and national development He explained how entrepreneurs could be instrumental in promoting national growth in new and existing industries strengthening regional economic expansion in both developed and developing countries However he said that some of the challenges faced by entrepreneurship in Nigeria are lack of easy access to finance inadequate documentation of business proposals and lack of appropriate and adequate collateral The high cost of administration and management of small loans the high interest rates the discrimination of banks which are risk averse to lend to SMEs especially start ups are also responsible There is also competition for import tariffs which sometimes favor imported finished products he said Earlier the president of the UNIMAID Alumni Association Mr Baba Shettima Kukawa said that the recently launched Entrepreneurship Development Center as well as the UNIMAID Alumni Market aimed to promote entrepreneurial skills among its members He added that various engagements focused on building partnerships between the association and some government agencies were underway while calling for support for UNIMAID as it is currently facing some difficulties made worse by the insurgency and the COVID 19 pandemic Prof Aliyu Shugaba Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri who was represented by Prof Mohammed Musa Coordinator of Alumni Affairs said that the University has always supported all its alumni chapters across the country Shugaba also praised the chapters at home and abroad for making the institution proud The highlight of the event was the launch of the association s Business Development Center and a Secretariat for UNIMAID Alumni FCT Chapter and the celebration of the day with the market exhibition
    Shettima calls for harnessing resources for economic growth
      A former Governor of Borno Senator Kashim Shettima urged the federal government to harness its resources and grow the nation s economy Shettima made the appeal at the 2022 Maiduguri University Alumni Association UNIMAID Annual General Conference in Abuja on Monday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the event was Alumni Association as a Vehicle for National Development Shetima in her comment explained that opportunities can only be created when resources are used properly to provide jobs to the population The most important thing for us as a nation is to come together and take advantage of our resources and grow our economy Opportunities abound when properly harnessed to provide jobs for millions of Nigerians she said He also added that college alumni associations should be actively involved at various levels of character building and socioeconomics He said that alumni associations play a vital role in building and improving the image of institutions Dr Mohammed Dikwa founder of Al Ansar Foundation a Non Governmental Institution NGO made a presentation on the theme Entrepreneurship and SMEs as a Panacea for National Development Dikwa explained that the main objective of the presentation was to show the significant effect of entrepreneurship towards economic prosperity and national development He explained how entrepreneurs could be instrumental in promoting national growth in new and existing industries strengthening regional economic expansion in both developed and developing countries However he said that some of the challenges faced by entrepreneurship in Nigeria are lack of easy access to finance inadequate documentation of business proposals and lack of appropriate and adequate collateral The high cost of administration and management of small loans the high interest rates the discrimination of banks which are risk averse to lend to SMEs especially start ups are also responsible There is also competition for import tariffs which sometimes favor imported finished products he said Earlier the president of the UNIMAID Alumni Association Mr Baba Shettima Kukawa said that the recently launched Entrepreneurship Development Center as well as the UNIMAID Alumni Market aimed to promote entrepreneurial skills among its members He added that various engagements focused on building partnerships between the association and some government agencies were underway while calling for support for UNIMAID as it is currently facing some difficulties made worse by the insurgency and the COVID 19 pandemic Prof Aliyu Shugaba Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri who was represented by Prof Mohammed Musa Coordinator of Alumni Affairs said that the University has always supported all its alumni chapters across the country Shugaba also praised the chapters at home and abroad for making the institution proud The highlight of the event was the launch of the association s Business Development Center and a Secretariat for UNIMAID Alumni FCT Chapter and the celebration of the day with the market exhibition
    Shettima calls for harnessing resources for economic growth
    Education7 months ago

    Shettima calls for harnessing resources for economic growth

    A former Governor of Borno, Senator Kashim Shettima, urged the federal government to harness its resources and grow the nation's economy.

    Shettima made the appeal at the 2022 Maiduguri University Alumni Association (UNIMAID) Annual General Conference, in Abuja on Monday.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the event was: “Alumni Association as a Vehicle for National Development”.

    Shetima in her comment explained that opportunities can only be created when resources are used properly to provide jobs to the population.

    “The most important thing for us as a nation is to come together and take advantage of our resources and grow our economy. Opportunities abound when properly harnessed to provide jobs for millions of Nigerians,” she said.

    He also added that college alumni associations should be actively involved at various levels of character building and socioeconomics.

    He said that alumni associations play a vital role in building and improving the image of institutions.

    Dr. Mohammed Dikwa, founder of Al Ansar Foundation, a Non-Governmental Institution (NGO), made a presentation on the theme: “Entrepreneurship and SMEs as a Panacea for National Development”.

    Dikwa explained that the main objective of the presentation was to show the significant effect of entrepreneurship towards economic prosperity and national development.

    He explained how entrepreneurs could be instrumental in promoting national growth in new and existing industries, strengthening regional economic expansion in both developed and developing countries.

    However, he said that some of the challenges faced by entrepreneurship in Nigeria are lack of easy access to finance, inadequate documentation of business proposals, and lack of appropriate and adequate collateral.

    “The high cost of administration and management of small loans, the high interest rates, the discrimination of banks, which are risk averse to lend to SMEs, especially start-ups, are also responsible.

    “There is also competition for import tariffs, which sometimes favor imported finished products,” he said.

    Earlier, the president of the UNIMAID Alumni Association, Mr. Baba Shettima-Kukawa, said that the recently launched Entrepreneurship Development Center as well as the UNIMAID Alumni Market aimed to promote entrepreneurial skills among its members.

    He added that various engagements focused on building partnerships between the association and some government agencies were underway, while calling for support for UNIMAID as it is currently facing some difficulties, made worse by the insurgency and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, who was represented by Prof. Mohammed Musa, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, said that the University has always supported all its alumni chapters across the country.

    Shugaba also praised the chapters at home and abroad for making the institution proud.

    The highlight of the event was the launch of the association's Business Development Center and a Secretariat for UNIMAID Alumni, FCT Chapter and the celebration of the day with the market exhibition.

  •   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 AbujaHe 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 Source NAN
    We are developing devices to tackle insecurity, says VC UNIMAID
      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 AbujaHe 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 Source NAN
    We are developing devices to tackle insecurity, says VC UNIMAID
    Defence/Security8 months ago

    We are developing devices to tackle insecurity, says VC UNIMAID

    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.”

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  •   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 YAYA
    UNIMAID prides self for producing Senate President, 5 governors, others
      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 YAYA
    UNIMAID prides self for producing Senate President, 5 governors, others
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    UNIMAID prides self for producing Senate President, 5 governors, others

    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.

    YAYA

  •  Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno on Thursday paid unscheduled visit to the Covid 19 Isolation and Trauma Centres in the Brig Gen Abba Kyari Memorial Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital UMTH Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor paid the unscheduled visit in a small motorcade in the midst of cancellation of activities involving crowd due to the COVID 19 Zulum also inspected the over 1000 capacity auditorium project which is part of his administration intervention in the hospital The governor visited the 50 units of one bedroom project at the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID which was awarded to assist the institution address the problem of staff accommodation Other projects visited by the governor included the 48 bed Maternity Hospital in Abbaganaram Ward and 30 bed expansion work at Yerwa Maternity Hospital in Shehuri Ward The governor also visited the construction site of the new blocks of classrooms at Gwange 2 Primary School in Gwange Ward and the 60 classrooms in Mega School at Shehuri Ward He also assessed the extension work at the Borno State Library Board designed to accommodate more readers and researchers Speaking at the respective site of the projects Zulum expressed satisfaction with the level of work and urged the contractors to abide by the terms of the contracts Edited By Johnson Eyiangho Sadiya Hamza NAN
    COVID-19: Gov. Zulum tours critical projects
     Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno on Thursday paid unscheduled visit to the Covid 19 Isolation and Trauma Centres in the Brig Gen Abba Kyari Memorial Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital UMTH Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor paid the unscheduled visit in a small motorcade in the midst of cancellation of activities involving crowd due to the COVID 19 Zulum also inspected the over 1000 capacity auditorium project which is part of his administration intervention in the hospital The governor visited the 50 units of one bedroom project at the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID which was awarded to assist the institution address the problem of staff accommodation Other projects visited by the governor included the 48 bed Maternity Hospital in Abbaganaram Ward and 30 bed expansion work at Yerwa Maternity Hospital in Shehuri Ward The governor also visited the construction site of the new blocks of classrooms at Gwange 2 Primary School in Gwange Ward and the 60 classrooms in Mega School at Shehuri Ward He also assessed the extension work at the Borno State Library Board designed to accommodate more readers and researchers Speaking at the respective site of the projects Zulum expressed satisfaction with the level of work and urged the contractors to abide by the terms of the contracts Edited By Johnson Eyiangho Sadiya Hamza NAN
    COVID-19: Gov. Zulum tours critical projects
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    COVID-19: Gov. Zulum tours critical projects

    Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Thursday paid unscheduled visit to the Covid-19 Isolation and Trauma Centres in the Brig.-Gen. Abba Kyari Memorial Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH)

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor paid the unscheduled visit in a small motorcade in the midst of cancellation of activities involving crowd due to the COVID-19.

    Zulum also inspected the over 1000 capacity auditorium project which is part of his administration intervention in the hospital.

    The governor visited the 50 units of one-bedroom project at the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, which was awarded to assist the institution address the problem of staff accommodation.

    Other projects visited by the governor included the 48-bed Maternity Hospital in Abbaganaram Ward and 30-bed expansion work at Yerwa Maternity Hospital in Shehuri Ward.

    The governor also visited the construction site of the new blocks of classrooms at Gwange 2 Primary School in Gwange Ward and the 60-classrooms in Mega School at Shehuri Ward.

    He also assessed the extension work at the Borno State Library Board, designed to accommodate more readers and researchers.

    Speaking at the respective site of the projects, Zulum expressed satisfaction with the level of work and urged the contractors to abide by the terms of the contracts.


    Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)