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Ex-minister Cautions VCs Against Wives’ Plan To Hold Training In Turkey



Ex-minister Cautions VCs Against Wives' Plan To Hold Training In Turkey
Professor Tunde Adeniran

By John Michael Ojo
A former Minister of Education and retired educationist, Professor Tunde Adeniran, has cautioned the Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekume, over the plan by the wives of vice-chancellors to hold a five-day training in Turkey.

The registration cost for the training is N1.5million. The training is proposed to provide the spouses adequate support for their husbands in leadership positions.

Adeniran who described the initiative as a misplaced priority noted that if such an association and its activities are accorded priority within the university system, it could be a yardstick for the growth of similar bodies whose economic burdens would be borne by the already overstretched system.

He therefore, pleaded with the vice-chancellors across the nation through their charmain to put on their thinking cap and save the face of public institutions and their position as leaders from being dragged into the mud by fun-seekers who just want to milk the meagre resources available to these universities.

The former minister stated this in a letter he personally signed that was seen by New Timescorrespondent on Thursday.

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He wrote: “Compliment of the season. I came across a forthcoming program of CVCNUS as advertised in the social media and I felt I should convey my opinion to it to you as a colleague and a very concerned citizen.

“I see it as an unnecessary fad springing from Nigeria’s culture of absurdities. It is certainly within the constitutional rights of Nigerians to associate to pursue common interests. It is however, expected that the freedom is exercised with all sense of responsibility and sensibilities.

“I am bewildered that some people could gather under the umbrella of `Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities Spouses’ reminiscent of the sickening military tradition of the wives of officers and with utter insensitivity to the situation in the country to organise a conference which objective is suspect.

“There is no provision in the law establishing Nigerian Universities for the association of Vice- Chancellors’ spouses. The association appears ill-conceived and may inadvertently contribute to depleting the resources of the universities that are presently grossly inadequate.

“With this infatuation, it is logical to expect, very soon, the Association of Spouses of Provosts, Deans and Heads of Departments.

“My dear VC, if some people have forgotten the essence of a university, I am sure that we are aware that the Academic Staff Union of Universities are currently on strike and that negotiation with government has stalled.

“Our children are at home with no assurance that the universities will soon be opened for academic activities. It is also worth noting that the other trade unions within the universities and other tertiary institutions are poised to commence industrial action.

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“Given this situation, where is the sense in anybody organising a conference for spouses with attendant cost that would be invariably borne by the universities?

“I am aware that the long military rule in Nigeria had left a hangover of undemocratic traditions hence we now have some vice-chancellors behaving as military governors and the office has become heavily politicised.

“Certainly, if this association is allowed to stand, the nation must brace up to the sprouting of all manner of spouses’ associations that will feed fat on our lean resources.

“In my considered view, the Committee of Vice – Chancellors has been doing its best to add value to the administration of Nigeria’s university system. I am sure it can only be get better under your able leadership.

“However, the association of their spouses has no value to add and no reason for existence. If anything, it could lower the high esteem in which the Nigerian public holds the Committee of vice- chancellor,” he maintained.


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ASUU Asks Court To Set Aside Industrial Court’s Judgement



ASUU Asks Court To Set Aside Industrial Court's Judgement

University teachers in the country on Friday asked the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja to set aside the judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC) that ordered them to call off their over seven-month-old strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a 14-ground of appeal it lodged through its team of lawyers led by a frontline human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, equally applied for a stay of execution of the judgement.

The NIC had in a judgement that was delivered last Wednesday by Justice Polycarp Hamman, ordered the striking university lecturers to return to the classroom, pending the determination of a suit the Federal Government filed to query the legality of their strike.

READ ALSO: ASUU Strike: How Are Lecturers Surviving?

The interim injunction directing ASUU members to resume work, followed an application FG filed through its lawyer, Mr. James Igwe.

Justine Hamman held that the order was both in national interest and for the sake of undergraduates in the country that have been at home since February 14.

He held that the strike was detrimental to public university students that could not afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.
I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted”, Justice Hamman ruled.


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BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap Over Three Policemen



BREAKING:Gunmen Kidnap Over Three Policemen

Over three policemen have been kidnapped in broad daylight by some unknown gunmen in Ogun State.

It was learnt that the police officers were abducted on Thursday at Wasinmi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The cops were in the state from Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, for an investigation.

They were said to have been duly booked  at the police division in Wasinmi, before they left for their place of primary assignment.

It was learnt that the officers, led by Inspector Oladipo Olayemi, were captured on the road by their abductors, who accosted them at about 2:30 p.m.

READ ALSO: Three Policemen, Others Feared Killed As Gunmen Attack Ifeanyi Ubah’s Convoy

It was also learnt that the commercial driver, who conveyed the cops escaped by a whisker from the kidnappers.

It was further gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in Ewekoro had led his men in search for the missing policemen.

When contacted, the Ogun State Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that “people were kidnapped, but only one policeman is involved.“

Oyeyemi told our correspondent that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers, assuring that the victims would be rescued.

“We are on the trail of the kidnappers. Do you think we are going to keep quiet? We will get them and rescue the victims unhurt,” adding that men of the anti-kidnapping unit were on the trail of the kidnappers.


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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me – Wike



BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me - Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has disclosed how former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ex-army generals and the Chairman of the Peoples’Democratic Party ( PDP) Worked Against him.

Wike said that these people met on the night of the party’s presidential primary and special convention to prevent his emergence as the party’s presidential candidate.

Wike made the allegation on Friday while speaking during a live television interview in Port Harcourt, the State capital.

He said that the meetings were part of what led to the delay in the commencement of the convention on the day of the PDP presidential primary.

“A whole national chairman told some aspirants that if Wike won, he was going to resign. As Chairman of the convention, he allowed Aminu Tambuwal to speak a second time.

READ ALSO: PDP Crisis Deepens As Wike’s Camp Shuns Atiku Campaign, Insists On Ayu’s Removal

“And after everything, he (Ayu) went and hugged Tambuwal that he was the hero of the convention.

“Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down.

“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.

“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.

“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention.

“But I said for peace to reign, let the convention go on. Now a candidate has emerged. And we need to win elections as a party. That is the ultimate, winning elections.

“But the right thing must be done. It was agreed and it has been the practice of the party that if the candidate comes from the North, the national chairman should come from the South.

“The candidate (Atiku) knows all these. He even said it to me when he came to my house in Abuja”, Wike recalled.

Wike and his camp have pulled out of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council over Ayu’s refusal to resign as PDP National Chairman.

The embattled governor earlier hinted that he would expose some rotten details in PDP.


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