The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a special visitation panel to look into the purported removal of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, made the call while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ogunyemi said that it was imperative for the president to set up the special panel to look into the immediate and remote causes of events that led to the removal of the Vice Chancellor.
It will be recalled that Prof Ogundipe was removed by the Wale Babalakin – led governing council over alleged financial infractions among other issues.
According Ogunyemi, the union is shocked not because the vice chancellor is a saint but because his removal did not follow due process.
“The national leadership of ASUU received the news of the purported removal of the vice- chancellor of the University of Lagos by the governing council chaired by Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN) with absolute shock and total disappointment.
“We are shocked not because we regard Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as a saint but for the fact that all available evidence indicates that he was not taken through the due process.
“In spite of Dr Babalakin’s spirited efforts to defend the indefensible, it is now clear to all and sundry that there is more to the story coming from the senior member of the bar.
“We call on Mr President, as visitor to University of Lagos, to immediately constitute a special visitation panel to look into the immediate and remote causes of the events that led to the purported removal of Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as VC of UNILAG with a view to bringing all found culpable to book,” Ogunyemi said.
He, however, called on the National Universities Commission to probe all fraudulent practices allegedly committed by “overzealous vice-chancellors who have compromised academic standards and subverting university ethos in the name of the so-called new normal.”
ASUU president, however, commended the courage and resoluteness of many vice-chancellors who, he said, had stood their ground in preserving whatever was left of the quality of Nigeria’s university education.
He added that the union would not hesitate to expose those sacrificing the system in the name of internally generated revenue.
Ogunyemi, while speaking on the issue of Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS), and University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), an alternative software being recommended by the union, noted that new understanding had been reached with government.
‘Following our engagements with the Federal Government over the issues that eventually led to the declaration of the ongoing strike action on 17th March, 2020, government declared that it accepts in principle UTAS.
“This is being deployed by ASUU and its researchers for the financial administration of the university’s Federal Government staff monthly payroll and accounting processes.
“In addition, the Federal Government pledged that when fully developed UTAS will be subjected to integrity tests in order to verify its efficacy to see whether this final product will pass the necessary technical attributes test as specified by NITDA,” he said.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/unilag-vc-removal-asuu-wants-buhari-to-constitute-visitation-panel/
New NSCDC Commandant assumes duty in Minna
Mr Haruna Zurmi, the new Commandant of the Niger Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assumed duty in Minna.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASCI Nasiru Abdullahi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Minna.
According to him, Zurmi takes over from Mr George Edem who has been redeployed to Edo as Commandant.
He said that the new commandant urged officers and men of the command to be resilient in intelligence gathering and to be committed to their duties.
The spokesman said that the new commandant also reiterated his readiness to work round the clock to tackle crimes in the state.
He also called on officers and men of the command to stand up to their responsibilities.
NEMA distributes relief materials to flood victims in Kebbi
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday, distributed relief materials to victims of flood disaster in some major communities of Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi.
Muhammad, who was represented by the Head of Planning, Research and Forecasting Unit, NEMA Sokoto Operations Office, Tukur Abubakar said the relief materials consists of food stuff, building materials and other household items.
He said the items distributed he said are: 349 bags of beans, 349 bags each of rice and guinea corn, 36 kegs of vegetable oil, 58 cartons of seasoning, 29 cartons of tin tomatoes and 18 bags of salt.
Others, he said, are 698 pieces each of mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and wax prints, 600 bags of cement, 600 bundles of roofing sheets, 70 bags of nails and 140 packets of zinc nails.
Also speaking, the Chairman of SEMA, Alhaji Sani Dododo, attributed this year’s flooding in the state to high rainfall, which led to the discharge of water from Goronyo dam in Sokoto state and Bakolori dam in Zamfara.
Dododo said that the flood resulted to the death of many people and destruction of farmlands and houses in communities along Rima River.
He appealed to the federal government, NGOs and individuals to assist the flood victims. .
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Covenant University appoints Williams as Acting Vice- Chancellor
The Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, has appointed Prof. Akan Williams as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.
Mr Attat Emmanuel, Information Officer of the Institution, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ota.
“The appointment of Williams was approved on Tuesday, following the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero.
“Williams was born on Feb. 16, 1970 in Calabar, Cross River State, he is a native of Itoko, Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom.
“He is a Fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria; a former Chairman, Ogun Chapter, Chemical Society of Nigeria; member, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria; member, Royal Society of Chemistry and a member American Chemical Society among others,” he said.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Ex-CBN director lauds CBN on benchmark interest rate reduction
Okunrounmu made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Ota, Ogun on Wednesday.
Others monetary policy instruments like the Cash Reserve Ratio and Liquidity Ratio are retained at 27.5 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.
“If there is massive investment in the country, economic activities will pick up and boost employment opportunity,’’ he said.
He said that the nation was currently experiencing a huge unemployment.
Okunrounmu adding that the Federal Government needed to address this problem in order to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable economic development.
He remarked that CBN was trying to bring down the nation’s inflation rate as 2020 budget was based on deficit financing, which might likely lead to inflation.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Abdulfatah Babatunde