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

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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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BREAKING: Peter Obi Resigns From PDP

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BREAKING: Peter Obi Resigns From PDP

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi on Wednesday dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obi announced his resignation in a letter dated 20 May, addressed to the National Chairman of the party.

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In the letter seen by New Times, Obi gave reasons for his withdrawal from the presidential race.

 

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Security Forces’ll Deal With Killings In South-East, Others – Buhari

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Security Forces'll Deal With Killings In South-East, Others - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that perpetrators of killings in the South-East and other parts of the country would be dealt with by security forces.

“I strongly condemn the wild, barbarous and wanton killings of innocent people in the South-East, as well as in other parts of Nigeria, Buhari wrote on his official Twitter handle.

“The perpetrators of these deeply distressing attacks should expect the toughest possible response from the security forces.”

The president was reacting to the recent gruesome killing of a mother – Fatima – and her four children in Anambra State.

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Several quarters have accused the proscribed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as the mastermind of the gruesome killings.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna chapter, has also condemned the killing urging that IPOB terrorism needs to be stopped.

“This unfortunate act is getting out of hand. IPOB members are murderers, cowards and subhumans who oppress the innocent and kill children. FG should treat them the same way as Boko Haram,” CAN said.

Unknown assailants have continued to wreak havoc around the South-East since the incarceration of IPOB’s leader Nnamdi Kanu. The separatist group has repeatedly distanced itself from attacks on state assets and government functionaries.

Attacks in Anambra have become vicious in recent days, with gruesome killings of politicians and arson on police and other statement establishments on the upswing.

 

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AfAW Lauds Church Of Scotland For Acknowledging Harm Linked To Witchcraft Accusations

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AfAW Lauds Church Of Scotland For l Harm Linked To Witchcraft Accusations

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has lauded the Church of Scotland for taking steps to acknowledge inked to Scotland`s historic witchcraft laws centuries ago. At its 2022 General Assembly, the church accepted the motion brought by Rev Prof Susan Hardman that regrets the terrible harm caused to alleged witches in Scotland.

“AfAW received this news of the Church of Scotland`s acknowledgment with much excitement and hope for the future of its campaign to end witch-hunting in Africa”, a statement by Dr Leo Igwe, a leader of the group in Nigeria, said.

It continued : “This development marks a significant step in the efforts by Witches of Scotland to win justice, legal pardon, apology, and national monument for thousands of people mostly women who were convicted of witchcraft and executed between 1563 and 1736. AfAW is delighted by the progress that the campaign by Witches of Scotland has made. On March 8, 2022, the International Women`s Day, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Surgeon, offered a formal apology to people accused of witchcraft in the 16th and 18th centuries.

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Incidentally, this campaign has elicited criticisms from some segments of the Scottish population who think that the initiative is unnecessary because these are wrongs committed centuries ago. Some people say that such a campaign is an anachronism to the current generation of Scottish people. But these critics are greatly mistaken. They have forgotten that injustice is injustice no matter how long in the past it was committed. And it is never too late to say: ‘I am sorry.’ It is never too late to acknowledge mistakes and wrongdoings. It is never too late to remedy past injustices, especially when these injustices are still meted out to people in some parts of the world.

“More importantly, this campaign has so much contemporary relevance and resonance. Tens of thousands of people, including women, children, and elderly persons, still suffer harm linked to witchcraft accusations and prosecution in many African countries. And churches with a direct and indirect link to the Church of Scotland often perpetuate these abuses. Churches in Africa are part of the problem of witch-hunting in the region. Churchmen and women are modern-day witch hunters, witchcraft accusers and witch persecutors. This acknowledgment by the Church of Scotland sends a clear and powerful message to its counterparts and affiliates in Africa. This regret provides the moral leadership that has been missing in this campaign. This development in Scotland will help persuade and mobilize African churches to become part of the efforts to end abuses linked to witchcraft beliefs in the region.”

 

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