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Outrage As VCs’ Wives Plan To Hold Training In Turkey

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Outrage As VCs' Wives Plan To Hold Training In Turkey

By John Michael Ojo
Heavy criticism on Thursday trailed a plan by the wives of Nigerian universities’ vice- chancellors to attend a five-day training on “Leadership and Management Masterclass, and Fellowship Induction for spouses of vice- chancellors, women academics and higher education leadership in Africa.”

The training is being organised under the auspices of the Committee of Vice-chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

A circular seen by New Times disclosed that the training would help equip the VCs’ wives on the best possible support to accord their husbands in the discharge of their duties.

Each participant will pay N1.5 million for the training.

The circular said: “TO: ALL DISTINGUISHED VICE – CHANCELLORS

INVITATION TO THE ISTANBUL 5-DAY LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT MASTERCLASS,
FELLOWSHIP INDUCTION FOR SPOUSES OF VICE CHANCELLORS, WOMEN IN
ACADEMICS AND HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP.

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“I bring you warm greetings from the Secretariat of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

In this constantly evolving sector, authentic and inspirational leadership are the key to success of individuals, teams and organizations. In order to lead others effectively, it is essential that leaders understand and continue to develop their own capabilities and leadership style. Women in modern times are surpassing social and cultural barriers, making tremendous contributions to the
advancement of education, business and the community. We understand the vital role spouses play in supporting Vice Chancellors as they execute their day- to day administration of universities.

” It is therefore imperative, that capacity building exercises be put in place for the Women in Academics and spouses of Vice-Chancellors in Nigerian Universities .

“In this regard, the Committee’s Secretariat, In Partnership with Win Institute for Gender Studies (WIGS), Nigeria in collaboration with her Turkey-based learning partner, Istanbul Egitimler, have put together a 5-day Leadership & Management Masterclass, and Fellowship Induction for spouses of Vice Chancellors, women academics and higher education leadership in Africa .

“The programme is scheduled to hold from 18th -23rd July, 2022, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Course Fee: The course fee is N 1,500,000 per Participant, covering instructional manual and course materials, visa fees, Accommodation for 5 nights, venue, tea/coffee break, buffet lunch, souvenirs and Certificates. (Concept note is attached for further details)

Payment should be made directly into the following account:
Account Name: C.V.C.N.U Workshop and Conferences
Account No: 1217755695 (Naira)
Bank: Zenith Bank

“Participants are kindly requested to send names and confirmation of payment to the Secretariat’s Senior Projects and Programs Officer, Ms. Olaghere Sylverina.

You may also wish to contact her on 234-8180996500, 08052226887 or by sylverina@cvcnigeria.org, olaghere@gmail.com should you need further clarifications. Deadline for Payment is 6th June, 2022.

Please accept assurances of my highest regards,
Yakubu Aboki Ochefu Ph.D, FHSN, MNAL
Professor and Secretary General.”

Meanwhile, lecturers from various universities in the country and other citizens have condemned the initiative . They have wondered how relevant such a training in Turkey would be especially now that universities in the country have been under lock and key for months over the inability of the federal government to resolve disagreements with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the funding of the tertiary institutions.

Condemning the development, a source said : “Joblessness and an attempt to waste our money. Next will be spouses of principal officers and different categories of university staff viz, DVCs, Bursars, Registrars, DAPs, Deans, HODs, DPGSs, DPPs etc. Yeye dey smell, rubbish, rubbish.”

Another source who was shocked by the information simply replied: “Spouses of VCs? Ok na. Ala first ladies of the universities.”

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Also, a source who does not want her name in print while criticising the planned workshop, questioned where the N1.5 million registration fee for each expected participant would come from and what benefit would the seminar be to VCs’ wives who are not educated or academic.

She added that with this development, the former Pro-Chancelor of the University of Lagos, Dr. Olawale Babalakin, SAN, will be having the joy of a secret laughter.

She wrote: “My God! It’s unfortunate.Very soon, spouses of professors will have their own association.

“I ask: From which savings or salary will a female professor/senior lecturer get N1.5m to pay for this workshop?

“And, what about the unemployed spouses? Who pays for them? University IGR?

“Workshop for what? To enhance teaching and learning? To enhance their spouses’ libido? To curb their spouses’ greed level?

“Mr. Babalakin will surely have the joy of secret laughter on reading this!

“It is the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. Unilag and ALL current VCs are academic disasters in the garb of professors!.”

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However, a text message sent to ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke to get ASUU’s position on the development was not responded to as at the time of filing this report.

The practice of spouses travelling overseas to attend seminars has been going on for a while now.

Earlier in the year, the wives of Nigerian governors on the platform of the Nigerian Governors Wives Forum, led by the wife of the Ekiti State Governor Dr, Bisi Fayemi, were in Dubai for an undisclosed seminar as well. Their activities only became known when Nigerians back at home spotted the first ladies with a cake while celebrating the birthday of Aisha Buhari, the wife of the Nigerian president who was in Dubai at that time.

 

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BREAKING: Ex-VC Of University Of Ibadan Ayo Banjo Dies

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Emeritus Prof.Ayo Banjo.

A former vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, has died at the age of 90 years.

The don died early morning, Friday, May 24.

The top academic celebrated his 90th birthday on May 2nd.

Renowned for his contributions to the development of the English Language curriculum in Nigeria and the promotion of Nigerian varieties of English, Banjo was a former Chairman of the Board of the National Universities Commission

He was Pro-Chancellor of the Universities of Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and Ajayi Crowther.

Banjo’s scholarly contributions include over 50 publications and widely used textbooks in primary and secondary education.

He was born into the family of the late Pa. Reverend Samuel Ayodele Banjo, a graduate, an educationist and a teacher at St. Andrew Primary School, Oyo, a period when Professor Ayodeji Banjo was born. He was a native of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

He started his education career at the St. Andrew Anglican Primary School where he did standard One (1) to three (3). On the transfer of his father to Christ Cathedral Primary School in Lagos on the same mission, he completed his Standard Four (4) and Five (5) at St. Aroloya and Christ Cathedral Primary Schools both in Lagos.

He attended Igbobi College, Lagos from 1947 to 1952 for his secondary education.

Following his sound academic background and excellent performance at ‘A’ Level Class at the Nigeria College of Arts Science and Technology, Ibadan, on the nomination, Professor Ayodeji Banjo was awarded the British Council Scholarship in 1959 to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He thereafter proceeded to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PG in education) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Studies at the University of Leeds in England and came out, with distinction.

In 1966, he was awarded a scholarship by the American State Department to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in Linguistics, at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America (U. S. A.). He got his Ph.D with a specialization in English Language at the University Ibadan, Ibadan in 1969. Professor Banjo’s work experience was garnered across several countries of the world.

During summer, he was consistently travelling to the Oxford University press, England, to write English Course Books and Oxford Dictionaries at primary and 4 secondary levels. This work, he did from early 70’s until he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan in 1981.

Professor Ayodeji Banjo had to his credit, over 55 publications (books, chapters in books and articles in learned journals).

Professor Ayodeji Banjo spent ten (10) Years, consistently in the University of Ibadan, managing the affairs of the University; two (2) years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, one (1) year as Acting Vice-Chancellor and seven (7) years as Vice-Chancellor respectively. Records have shown that Professor Ayodeji Banjo is the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in the history of the University of Ibadan, to date!

On successful completion of his term of office as Vice-Chancellor in 1991, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, humbly displayed a beauty in the academics by returning to the classroom to lecture. In 1994, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, clocked sixty (60) years of age in service and consequently retired from the service of the university.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir of Kano State

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By John Michael Ojo

Former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano State four years after he was humiliated and dethroned by the then Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

This was made known on Thursday by the state governor, Alhaji Abba Yusuf moments after he abolished the five emirates earlier created by Ganduje while signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

While making the announcement, Governor Yesuf said “With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,”

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In addition to Kano Emirate, in December 2019, Ganduje created the emirates of  Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya. Thereafter, he dethroned Sanusi on March 9 2020 after a prolonged power tussel.

 

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House Of Reps Passes Bill To Revert To Old National Anthem

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By John Michael Ojo

Despite opposition from some lawmakers, a bill seeking to adopt Nigeria’s former national anthem ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’, was on Thursday passed by members of the House of Representive after a third reading.

The bill sponsored by Majority Leader, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, was also debated upon by the Senate in an executive/closed door session.

While there are currently no official comments from the National Assembly on the proposed bill, the bill has however been greeted with criticism by the public.

The House Minority Leader, kingsley Chinda, who opposed the bill, stated that the old anthem has a colonial tag which was the reason for the new anthem.

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‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’ was the nation’s first national anthem used at independence in 1960 but was replaced by the current anthem “Arise, O Compatriots,” in 1978.

Composed by Frances Berda, a British in 1959, it has the lyrics.

Nigeria we hail thee

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongue may differ

In brotherhood we stand

Nigerians all, are proud to serve

Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol

That truth and justice reign

In peace or battle honour’d,

And this we count as gain,

To hand on to our children

A banner without stain.

O God of all creation

Grant this our one request.

Help us to build a nation

Where no man is oppressed

And so with peace and plenty

Nigeria may be blessed.

 

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