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FUTO Seeks Investigation into Demolition of 5000 Metres Fence

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The management of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) has urged the Federal Government and Federal Ministry of Education to investigate Surveyor Sam Anukam for an alleged destruction and demolition of FUTO parameter fencing.

In a press statement released by the university signed by the Registrar, John U.

Nnabuihe, made available to newsmen in Imo state recently, he disclosed that it is worth of note that efforts by the university to delineate some sections of its boundaries with parameter fence met deadlock as the 5000 meters of the erected fence  was pulled down by some hirelings  and misinformed restive youths from the host communities sponsored by Surveyor Sam Anukam and his collaborators.

Nnabuihe further highlighted that the university was in possession of a document signed between Surveyor Anukam and his cohorts within the host communities wherein it was stated that twenty percent (20%) of any land “recovered” from FUTO would be assigned to Surveyor Anukam to be used as his fees and for sharing to some government officials as compensatory plots  adding that it was therefore, clear that Surveyor Anukam was nothing but a land merchant whose interest in FUTO land was pecuniary.

He also revealed that the acquisition of the FUTO land was consistent with the extant statutory regulations stressing that in line with the provisions of the Land Use Act, formal revocation order was issued by Imo state government divesting the original land owners of the deemed right of the company in respect of the total area acquired for the establishment of FUTO.

Nnabuihe opined that Revocation notice and order duly gazetted was brought to the attention of the various host communities and there was a clear description and delineation order and adequate compensation as recommended by the Estate Valuers and Consultants and approved by the government was duly paid.

Nnabuihe further contended that 99 percent of housing encroachment on FUTO land was by non-indigenes and does not represent village expansion.

“Perhaps it is pertinent to state here that the university has continued to discharge its corporate social responsibility to the host communities by granting employment, concessional admissions and minor contracts to the members of the host communities and allowed vehicular access through its campus for the host communities following the collapse of the bridge linking Obinze and Ihiagwa”, he noted.


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ASUU Holds Peaceful Protest over Non Implementation of Agreement

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Members of the University of Jos Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has organised a peaceful protest over the non implementation of agreement it reached with the Federal Government.

Prof. Jurbe Molwus, Chairperson of the union in the University led the protest on Tuesday in Jos.

Reports says that members of the union took the protest to the office of the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof.

Tanko Ishaya.

Presenting the union’s demands to the vice chancellor, Molwus, represented by his vice, Prof. Kiri Jaryum, said that the protest was in line with the directive of its National Executive Council (NEC).

”This peaceful protest is in line the 14-day ultimatum issued by our NEC, calling on the Federal Government to honour the agreement reached with it a long time ago.

”We are  particularly calling on the federal goverment to pay the balance of the earned academic allowance, unpaid and withheld salaries arrears of our members, which are all captured in the 2023 budget.

”Government should also check the proliferation of universities in the country and remove universities from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), among others.

”As we speak, university lecturers have been on the same salary structure for 15 years and that’s very bad for the university system,”he said.

Molwus called on the vice chancellor to transmit the demands to the federal government for immediate action.

Responding, the vice chancellor commended members of the union for conducting themselves peacefully during the protest.

He particularly thanked them for not disrupting the ongoing examination and other academic activities in the university.

Tanko, who described the demands by the union as genuine, promised to transmit them to the government.

Reports says that a cross section of students of the university, led by the President of the Student Union Government, Sambo Peter, joined the lecturers for the protest.(NAN)

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NBTE Begins Accreditation of New Courses in Federal Polytechnic Wannue

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), has commenced accreditation exrceise for six new courses at the Federal Polytechnic, Wannue, Tarka Local Government Area of Benue.

Mr Ogah Ngbede, NBTE’s Director of Polytechnics Programmes, disclosed this on Thursday during the ongoing exrceise in the institution.

According to Ngbede,  all the courses would be inspected before making a pronouncement.

He said that the exercise would last for two days,  after which its decision would be made known.

He added that the institution secured full accreditation for two out of the five courses it presented to NBTE in 2023.

“We are here to look at the claims made by the institution because they have requested to commence some new programmes.

”We are here to ensure that the right thing is done and ensure that this polytechnic is not regarded or treated as a second grade institution,”he said.

The director, who decried poor funding of polytechnic education in Nigeria, called on goverment at all levels to ensure adequate funds were allocated to the education sector.

“The major problem affecting polytechnic education in this country is finance.

”Let me  use this opportunity to call on the government at all levels to inject more funds into the polytechnic system.

“Technical education is a low hanging fruit from which this country can use to escape poverty; technical education all over the world has become a major currency with which nations are using to escape poverty.

“When we pay adequate attention to our polytechnics, students that graduate from these institutions can hit the ground running because they have the necessary tools to be job providers and not job seekers”, he said

Earlier, the Rector of the institution, Dr Tyover Ashinya, listed the courses presented for accreditation to include, Business Management, Public Administration, Agricultural Technology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science

He said that the institution has the adequate manpower and infrastructures to effectively run the six new courses.

”We are willing to improve on all necessary areas that need improvement to enable these new courses secure full accreditation,”the Rector said.

Reports says that the institution was established by the Federal Government in December 2020. (NAN)

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FG Set to Revolutionise Educational Infrastructure with N98.2 bn – Edun

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By Tony Obiechina,  Abuja 

The Federal Government has announced the ground-breaking ceremony for the building of a 1,600-capacity student hostel in Akwa Ibom State.

This project is part of a N98.2 billion nationwide initiative to enhance educational infrastructure.

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun who disclosed this said the Federal Government, in partnership with states and the private sector, will construct 24 housing facilities across 24 institutions, each with 1,600 bed spaces.

 

According to a statement by Mohammed Manga, Director of Information & Public Relations, the initiative is aimed at addressing a significant student accommodation deficit, enhancing student performance and well-being.

It is also a testament to the sophistication and depth of our local capital markets

Represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Special Duties Mr Okokon Ekanem Udo, the Minister added that

“this initiative invests in our youth and educational infrastructure, ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders have the resources and environment they need to thrive.

“It also demonstrates the private sector’s willingness and capacity to partner with government to deliver critical infrastructure projects across all geopolitical zones, to reduce the housing deficit*, Wale Edun said.

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