Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has announced plans to sponsore 100 journalists for capacity building training at the University of Maiduguri.
Zulum disclosed this at the Triennial Delegates Conference of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday in Maiduguri.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Stategy, Malam Isa Gusau, the governor said he requested the University to organise a certificate training programme for the journalists to be funded by the state government.
He urged the council to nominate its members to participate in the programme to enhance their capacities.
While reiterating commitment to run an open door policy, Zulum assured continued support to the journalists to enable them to discharge their duties.
The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, lauded the delegates and contestants for the peaceful conduct of the exercise.
Abba-Jato represented by Baba Shiekh-Lawan, urged the contestants to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship.
Also speaking, the newly elected Chairman of the Council, Mr Dauda Iliya lauded Zulum for the gesture, adding that the training was inline with its capacity building initiative.
He sought the support and cooperation of the members to enable the leadership move the union to greater height.
The inaugurated members included Abdulkareem Haruna – Vice Chairman, Ali Ciroma – Secretary, Hauwa Bata – Treasurer, Babagana Ali – Financial Secretary and Bawagana Liman – Auditor.
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.
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.
No fewer than 10 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the IDP camp in Uhogua, near Benin, have graduated from various tertiary institutions across the country.
The Coordinator of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, disclosed this on Sunday, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Folorunsho explained that the figure represents eight of the IDPs who have completed their courses of studies and graduated earlier and two who recently graduated from the Edo University, Uzairue.
According to him, so far 10 of our IDPs have graduated from various tertiary institutions since the inception of the camp about nine years ago.
Giving a breakdown of the figure, he said two of the graduands graduated with a B.
Sc in from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the Edo University, Uzairue, respectively.
He added that one other graduated with a B.
Sc in Pharmacy, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and another with an M.
Sc in Anatomy from the same institution.
“We also have one who graduated with a B.
Sc in Microbiology from the University of Maiduguri, another one with a B.
Sc Agricultural Science from the same institution and yet another with a B.
Sc Health Education from the same school.
“Then we have one graduate each with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting from the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, HND, Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa state and B.
A, History and International Studies, Edo University, Uzairue.
” He disclosed that presently there were about 158 of the IDPs in various institutions of higher learning across the country, with about 53 of them from the North East. He however added that of the total number of the IDPs in tertiary institutions, 10 were in their final year.
The Coordinator also disclosed that no fewer than 200 of the IDPs would have gained admission for the next academic session if not for the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
He added that in spite of the daunting challenge in footing the education bills of the IDPs, the management of the camp was resolute in ensuring that the dreams of the IDPs with regards to education was not aborted.
“I can assure you that in few years from now we will have several medical doctors, engineers and accountants, from this camp.
“We are not talking about 30 or 40, but several.
That is why in spite of the challenges of footing their educational bills, we are trying our best.
“And we are appealing to the elite and wealthy Nigerians out there to assist us to better the lives of these ones”, Folorunsho said.
Meanwhile some of the graduated IDPs who spoke with NAN via telephone said their motivation to pursue their educational dream was because of their love for education.
Yahaya Gulla told NAN he graduated with a second class upper division in from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
Gulla said he newly got admission to the university when the crisis of Boko Haram insurgency started, and he was displaced as his family members were killed.
“But today I’m a graduate, all thanks to the management of the IDP camp in Uhogua, Edo. “However, I was motivated to study the course I studied, because when I was fleeing to Edo, I saw how people were injured and were bleeding during the insurgency attacks.
“Many would have survived if there were to be any medical attention, but because there were not, many died”, he said.
Similarly, Christiana Jame, a graduate of the University of Maiduguri from the department of Health Education, said her motivation in continuing her education in spite of the challenges of insecurity was her love for education.
She also said that encouragement and support from the management of the IDP camp in Uhogua, helped her achieved her dream in education.
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.
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.
The South African Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the party’s Vice-Presidential Candidate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, as a patriotic Nigerian.
The chapter celebrated Shettima, the immediate past governor of Borno, who turned 56 on Sept. 2. The Chairman of the chapter, Mr Bola Babarinde, in a congratulatory message on Saturday in Lagos, said Shettima had impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians.
Babarinde noted that the former governor had recorded feats in both private and public impressive careers that had contributed immensely to socieconomic and political developments of the country.
“We, as members of APC South Africa Chapter and also active member of APC Diaspora Leaders Forum associate with this patriotic Nigerian and great man.
“We wish him more years in excellent health to steer affairs of our great nation with his Principal, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“Your next birthday will be as Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; we will all be alive to celebrate with you in Aguda House,” Babarinde said.
He said that Shettima as the senator representing Borno Central, had also distinguished himself in the legislative chamber.
He noted that Shettima at 25, had completed his Masters at University of Ibadan in same Agricultural Economics course like his undergraduate degree in University of Maiduguri.
Babarinde recalled that Shettima lectured for two years before becoming a banker and at the age of 41 exited banking as a top executive in Zenith Bank and was appointed as Commissioner for Finance in Borno at same age.
He noted that Shettima was elected as governor of Borno at 45 and Senator at 53, while becoming APC vice-presidential candidate at 56. “Birthdays are special dates set aside to celebrate life and the milestones achieved, it is also necessary to celebrate to remind ourselves that as we are advance in life.
“We should not waste time to give our best to the society and avoid procrastination on any good deed on our minds,” he said.
He prayed for God to continue to bless and grant the Shettima long life and wisdom to serve Nigeria better.
The Governing Council of the Federal University, Kashere (FUK) in Gombe State has approved the appointment of Malam Umar Bayu as the Acting Registrar.
This is contained in a statement issued in Gombe on Saturday by Malam Malami Ahmed, its Public Relations Officer.
He stated that Bayu’s appointment followed the expiration of the six-year tenure of the outgoing Registrar, Alhaji Kabiru Garba.
Ahmed added that the acting registrar would hold office from Aug. 15 till a substantive registrar would be appointed.
Speaking at the handover, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Mustapha Muhamman, charged the Bayu to discharge his duty diligently and in accordance with laid-down procedures.
Wishing the outgoing registrar well in his future endeavours, Muhamman acknowledged Garba’s humility, hard work and patriotism.
Presenting the handover notes, the outgoing registrar congratulated the acting registrar for the opportunity given to him to serve the university on that capacity.
He appreciated the vice-chancellor, Prof. Umaru Pate and other members of the university community for their cooperation and support throughout his tenure.
Responding, Bayu expressed gratitude to the governing council and the vice-chancellor for finding him worthy of the appointment and promised to justify the trust reposed in him.
Bayu obtained National Certificate of Education, Business Education at the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe State in 1991 and B.
Sc. Business Administration from University of Maiduguri in 1997. He obtained a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, in April 2013. He is a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management.
He began his career at the defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Plc. in 1999 as Officer II (Marketing) and rose to the rank of Senior Officer II (Marketing) in 2003. Bayu later transferred his services to the National Universities Commission (NUC) in July, 2010 as Senior Personnel Officer.
He joined the services of FUK as one of its pioneer staff in October, 2010 as Senior Assistant Registrar and rose through the ranks to the position of the Deputy Registrar in January, 2021. Until his acting appointment, Bayu was the Deputy Registrar, Senior Staff, Establishment.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.
Buhari made the call on Friday in Maiduguri at the maiden Special Convocation Ceremony and conferment of Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Maiduguri on Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, Chairman, Oriental Energy Resources Ltd. The president was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari.
“Its more appropriate that we say something about this ASUU strike because we are celebrating Alhaji Indimi who is celebrated hugely for advancement of quality education not only in this country.
“In this regard, I want to convey President Muhammadu Buhari call for ASUU to call off thier strike and return to classroom”.
The president said negotiations had gone far, and for ASUU to continue the strike under such condition was counter productive.
Accorcing to him, such prolong interruption of education is undermining the nation’s development of human capital.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba said the maiden special convocation was to give honour to Indimi for his contribution to educational development at home and abroad.
He urged the Federal Government, ASUU and other unions in the university to resolve the lingering strike to save the education sector.
Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo lauded the peaceful atmosphere in Maiduguri, adding that, “what I saw is contrary to the picture being painted outside”.
Obasanjo lauded the effort of Borno government and other stakeholders for the relative peace in the state and urged them to sustain the tempo.
He congratulated Indimi for the honour bestowed on him, describing him as “a self made man as shown by his struggled to greatness in life”.
For his part, Indimi expressed gratitude to God for the honour done to him and reiterated commitment to selfless service to humanity.
Prof. Saliba James, who read the citation of the celebrant, said that Indimi had distinguished himself in promoting educational development within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
“Indimi has been providing remarkable help to the vulnerable and downtrodden people in the society irrespective of where they come from.
“He has supported many indigent students in Borno, his home state and even in far away states like Akwa Ibom. “It is on record that Alhaji (Dr.) Indimi has provided vital education infrastructure in International University of Africa (IUA), Sudan; in far away Lynn University, Florida, USA, and of course not forgetting to mention this multi-billion Naira magnificent edifice where we are right now seated and holding this Special Convocation today in this University.
“I believe that his best is yet to come”, James said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, on his conferment with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the University of Maiduguri and his 75th Birthday.
The president said this in a congratulatory letter to the celebrant, which was made available to newsmen by the Malam Garba Shehu, on Thursday in Abuja.
“It is with great joy that I write to congratulate you on your conferment with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the University of Maiduguri on a day that also coincides with your 75th Birthday.
“It is undoubtedly in recognition of your commitment as a son of Borno, and a conscientious philanthropist who has supported education as the sure pathway for the upliftment of his people towards a better life that such an award is bestowed on you.
“I join your family and friends across the breadth of our dear nation in celebrating this auspicious moment.
“It is my prayer that Almighty Allah keeps you in good health so that our nation continues to benefit from your deep compassion and service to humanity.
“Again, congratulations and Happy Birthday,” Buhari said.