‎JUST IN: OAU suspends Students Union officials who fought over money

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University has suspended two Students’ Union officials over a recent violence.
The Vice President of the Students union, Jacob Tosin, popularly known as Emerald, and the Director of Socials, Adedayo Afolabi, popularly known as Lamba, were suspended indefinitely.
The suspension was confirmed by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Yemi Ogunbodede, in a telephone interview with NEWBUSTER.
“We have procedures of doing things,we have followed the procedure and we have arrived at a decision,the news is true don’t doubt it,” the professor said.

LASU dismisses 17 staff, demotes two others

The Lagos State University has dismissed 15 academic Staff and two non-academic staff for different acts of misconduct.
The school’s governing council also demoted one academic staff and one non-academic staff.
A statement on Friday by LASU’s Acting Head, Centre for Information Press and Public Relations, Ademola Adekoya, said the decision was taken at the governing council’s meeting on Thursday 7 September 2017.
It said the decision was in line with Section 6(1) and (2) of the Lagos State University Law 2004 (as amended), the Council of the Lagos State University as the governing authority of the University, and exercises general oversight over the Institution and its affairs.
The statement said, “Dr. Isaac Akinloye, OYEWUNMI, Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Kinetics, Sports and Health Education, Faculty of Education was established to have demanded the sum of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira only) from 2003 modular year students of Political Science Education on the sandwich Programme to process their results. He was found culpable of attempt to obtain money for himself as an inducement to carry out his duties, and consequently DISMISSED from the service of the University.
“Dr. Adebowale ADEYEMI-SUENU, Senior Lecturer and Acting Head, Department of History and International studies, Faculty of Arts was established to have unilaterally altered the results of 12 (Twelve) students already advised to withdraw by Senate in the Department of History and International Studies in the 2015/2016 academic session, thereby changing their status from “withdrawn” to “good standing”. He also changed the results of some final year students and stragglers outside the scope of the Departmental decision. Dr. ADEYEMI-SUENU also awarded grade point of 2.0 to two (2) students in an examination from which they were absent. This is tantamount to manipulation of Students results in contravention of provisions of the Conditions and Scheme of Service for Senior Staff. He was therefore DISMISSED from the service of the University.
“Mr Olatoye Mubin RAJI, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Religions, (Islamic Studies Unit), Faculty of Arts, was established to have falsified his November /December 2000 WAEC O’Level certificate. He was therefore DISMISSED from the services of University.
“Dr. Olugbenro Bankole ODOFIN, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education Foundation and Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education was established to have altered One Hundred and Eighteen (118) students results and also awarded scores to students who did not sit for the examination in a certain course. He was therefore DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. Adebowale Adebayo ADEMESO, Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre Arts and Music, Faculty of Arts, was established to have altered grades in sixteen (16) courses. He was therefore DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. John Olufemi ADEOGUN, Associate Professor, Department of Human Kinetics, Sports and Health Education, Faculty of Education was found culpable of acts of dishonesty which is tantamount to misconduct. He was therefore DEMOTED from the rank of Associate Professor to Senior Lecturer.
“Dr. Scholastica Ebarefimia UDEGBE, Lecturer 1 Department of Marketing, Faculty of Management Sciences was established to have effected corrections on One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-five (1995) results of students during her tenure as Acting Head, Department of Marketing between August 2012 and July 2016, in breach of laid down procedure for effecting correction on students results. In the circumstance, she was DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. Olufemi Olugbenga SOYEJU, Lecturer ll in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law was established to have defaulted on conditions of his Training Leave bond, and also abandoned his duty post. Consequently, he is to refund the sum of #7,919,972. 84 (Seven Million Nine Hundred and Nineteen Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Two Naira Eighty Four kobo) within 30 (Thirty) days of this decision of the Council. He was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. OLAWALE Ganiyu RAIMI, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science was established to have defaulted on conditions of his Training Leave bond, and also abandoned his duty post. Consequently, he is to refund the sum of #1,622,727.94 (One Million Six hundred and Twenty Two Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty Seven Naira Ninety Four kobo only) within 30 (Thirty) days of the decision of the Council. He was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Mr Ademola Olusola ADESINA, Lecturer ll, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, was established to have defaulted on conditions of his Training Leave bond, and also abandoned his duty post. Consequently, he is to refund the sum of #6,688,204.74 (Six Million Six Hundred and Eighty Eight Thousand Two Hundred and Four Naira Seventy Four kobo only) within 30 days (Thirty) days of the decision of Council. He was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. Shamisudeen Olusesan BADMUS, Lecturer ll, Department of Accounting, Faculty of Management Sciences, was established to have defaulted on conditions of his Training Leave bond, and also abandoned his duty post. Consequently, he is to refund the sum of #11,124,991. 40 (Eleven Million One Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety One Naira Forty kobo only) within 30 days (Thirty) days of the decision of Council. He was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. Christiana Ibidun OBAGBUWA, Lecturer ll, Department of Computer Science, , Faculty of Science, was established to have defaulted on conditions of her Training Leave bond, and also
abandoned her duty post. Consequently, she is to refund the sum of #8,663,869.04 (Eight Million Six Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Nine Naira Four kobo only) within 30 days (Thirty) days of the decision of Council. She was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. Emmanuel Sesofia ASAPO, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, was established to have defaulted on conditions of his Training Leave bond, and also abandoned his duty post. Consequently, he is to refund the sum of #2,610,269.57 ( Two Million Six Hundred and Ten Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty Nine Naira Fifty Seven kobo only) within 30 days (Thirty) days of the decision of Council. He was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Mr Lateef Babatunde SALAMI, Lecturer ll, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, was established to have defaulted on conditions of his Training Leave bond, and also abandoned his duty post. Consequently, he was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Olubukola Adetoun OYENIYA, Assistant Research Fellow, Center for Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development, was established to have defaulted on conditions of her Training Leave bond, and also abandoned her duty post. Consequently, she is to refund the sum of #6,180,233.04 (Six Million One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Two Hundred and Thirty Three Naira Four kobo only) within 30 (Thirty) days from the date of the decision of Council. She was also DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Dr. Fatimat Oluwatoyin BAKARE, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering was established to have defaulted on conditions of her Training Leave bond, and also abandoned her duty post. Consequently, she is to refund the sum of #9,125,341.29 (Nine Million One Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Three Hundred and Forty One Naira Twenty Nine kobo only) within 30 (Thirty) days of the decision of Council. Council also DISMISSED her from the services of the University.
“Mr Ernest ODILI, Assistant Security Officer was established to have illegally collected the sum of #120,000 (One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira only) with the intention of upgrading the result of a part time B.Sc Computer Science student in 2012. He was accordingly DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Mr Ramon Ajose ALLI (former Head Machine Operator) was established to have collected the sum of #20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira only) from Achilike Kingsley to assist the latter substitute the falsified result in his personal file with another result. He was therefore DISMISSED from the services of the University.
“Mr Emmanuel Baoku BABATUNDE, Senior Security officer, was established to have been engaged in deliberate sabotage of the University security operations. Consequently, he is to be DEMOTED with effect from 13th February, 2015 to the next applicable level below his substantive post.”
According to the statement, the Joint Council /Senate (Academic) Disciplinary Committee and the Joint Council (Administrative and Technical Staff) Disciplinary Committee which heard the cases strictly followed all laid down procedures, and duly gave opportunity to the individuals involved to defend themselves.

Unizik SUG president warns students against partisan politics

Unizik

Awka – Mr Henry Nwabueze, the President, Students’ Union Government (SUG), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has warned students against getting themselves involved in partisan politics.

Nwabueze said on Friday in Awka that the management of the institution had warned students not to be an agent, thug or supporter of any of the candidates in the Nov. 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra.

According to him, an student that gets involved in the election or found to be supporting any candidate in any form would have himself to blame.
“Our mission as students of the institution is to study and not to practice politics; we should not be politically involved in this coming election.
“But any student that has his or her voter’s card can go and vote quietly and return without causing trouble.
“Any student identified or caught acting as a party agent, thug or forcefully wooing voters to their preferred candidate would have themselves to blame.”
Nwabueze, while thanking the school management for the support to his government, solicited more support from wealthy individuals to support the laudable programmes of the SUG.
“We are getting support from the management, but there is this programme to empower 250 students in skill acquisition of various entrepreneurial occupations which is foremost in my administration.
“That is why I am calling on well-to-do sons and daughters of the state to support our vision.
“This is to make more youths self-employed after graduation and also find something meaningful doing without waiting for white collar jobs,” he said. (NAN)

Strike: FG, ASUU agree on some contentious issues

There were indications late on Thursday that the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities had agreed on some demands of the union in the efforts to resolve the strike by the lecturers.
The meeting, which began around 1.30pm, ended around 11pm as both parties were initially adamant to shift grounds on some contentious issues.
Our correspondent learnt as of press time that a memorandum had been signed by both ASUU and the government.
In attendance on the government’s side were the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; the Minister of Education, MallamAdamu Adamu; and the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka.
The ASUU nine-man delegation was led by the union President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi.
Earlier, the education minister, Adamu, identified the contentious issues as earned academic allowances and the revitalisation of public universities.
“Most of the issues between the government and the union have already been dealt with. The two most important and contentious issues are the earned allowances and the revitalisation of university system.
“We have already reached an agreement on one and we hope to reach an agreement on the other,” the minister added.
Also, labour minister, Ngige, said the meeting would “break down the areas of mistrust” between the government and the union.
He said, “We last met on August 17 and we agreed you would get back to your members and you would give us your proposal. Between then and now, a lot of things have happened and some contacts and meetings were held between you and the Minister of Education.
“Some appreciable and tangible results were achieved. We are convening this meeting with this in mind; to smooth the rough edges and enable you to call off this strike, which will be one month in a matter of days. This will not augur well for the academic calendar of universities.
“We want to address and break down the areas of mistrust between us.”
The ASUU President, Ogunyemi, said, “Once we are able to resolve the contentious issues, we are willing to go back to our members in earnest and take the final decision on this action.”
As of the time of fling this report, the communique between the two parties had yet to be released to journalists.

OAU SUG leaders in bloody fight over N3.8m largesse

Sodiq Oyeleke
Two people have been injured in a fight that ensued between Students Union Government leaders of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Tuesday.
During the fight, the Vice President of the union, Miss Jacob Tosin, allegedly broke a bottle and stabbed the Social Director, Adedayo Emmanuel, in the arm.
It was learnt that Tosin, who also received a headbutt from Emmanuel, had been admitted to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile-Ife.
NEWBUSTER .COM gathered that the fight started when a meeting was held on how to spend a sum of N3.8m released to the union by the university management.
The student leaders had earlier been accused of misappropriation when they used a previous disbursement of N3m in June to purchase a bus.
Though the union executive members said the bus was purchased for N2.5m, students of the institution insisted that the bus was bought for N900,000.
During the Tuesday meeting, one of the leaders told NEWBUSTER.COM that the union’s President, Ibukun Edward, asked other executive members for a project that could be financed with the N3.8m.
While the president reportedly suggested the construction of a relaxation centre for the students, the Public Relations Officer, Simon Okediji, reportedly pushed for a library. The Welfare Director, Ajiboye Adekanmi, was said to have asked that a staircase to a major lecture theatre be constructed, among others.
The VP, popularly called Emerald, was said to have proposed that freshmen’s packages should be sponsored with part of the money. Her plan was allegedly rejected.
 According to the executive member, who did not want to be named, Emerald flared up and attempted to leave the meeting, but was persuaded to stay till the end.
He said, “She proposed N1.4m for the freshmen’s packages. We told her that when we get the dues for this session, we would look into her suggestion. She flared up and was about leaving the meeting when Lamba (Emmanuel) jokingly told her not to leave and stood on her way. She slapped him twice and held his shirt.
“We separated them and continued with the meeting, but the VP was still angry. After a while, we just saw her rushing to open the refrigerator of the president; she was looking for a bottle. We thought it was a joke and someone pointed her attention to an empty bottle; she smashed it on the table. When the bottle didn’t break, she smashed it on the floor and took a part of the broken bottle, charged at Lamba and stabbed him in the arm. While we struggled to collect the bottle, Lamba also headbutted her.”
When contacted on the telephone, Emerald’s phone was picked by her friend, one Dayo.
She said, “This is not Emerald. This is her friend. She is not feeling fine at all. She can’t speak right now. When she is okay, she will get back to you.”
Dayo explained that Emerald had been referred to the Seventh Day Adventist for treatment by the OAU Health Centre, where she was initially rushed to.
Attempts to reach Lamba proved abortive as calls put across to his telephone number didn’t go through.
However, the PRO of the OAU SUG confirmed the incident.
He said, “What happened is not something we can keep elaborating on. The breaking of a bottle occurred in a meeting held inside the president’s office is not an issue for public consumption and it has been resolved. Even at home and at the federal level, we have misunderstanding. So, we had one here and it has been settled. This is a human setting and anybody can pick an offence.”
Also, the Head of OAU, Students Affairs Division, Prof. Isiaka Aransi, confirmed that N3.8m was released to the union leaders.
“The money has been disbursed. It is their money and it was approved for disbursement,” he added.

N40,000 tuition not adequate for varsities– Garba, FUGUS VC

In this interview with ADENIYI OLUGBEMI, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau, Prof. Magaji Garba, bares his mind on the on-going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other related issues.

Criticism has continued to trail the lowering of the minimum cut-off mark for universities by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to 120. What is your reaction to this?

I am aware that a lot of comments, from diverse perspectives, both in favour and against, greeted the minimum cut-off mark announced by JAMB for admission this year and I think the JAMB registrar explained how the board arrived at this decision. It should be enough to douse any misgivings that people may have. We should not forget that the decision on the cut-off mark was the summation of the aggregate submissions of heads of universities and not the sole decision of JAMB, as being erroneously portrayed in some quarters.

The 120 cut-off mark is not sacrosanct and if you have been following the trend, I am not sure any university has pegged the minimum admission score at 120. At the Federal University, Gusau, after exhaustive deliberations by the university management, we set 170 as the cut-off mark for admission. This is after getting the statistics on the candidates who applied for admission into the university to fill the 1,500 admission quota through the UTME and Direct Entry for the 2017/2018 academic session.

ASUU strike has once again embarked on an industrial action. How can this be resolved?

Let me state here that whatever I will be saying here is my personal opinion and it is not to be mis-represented as speaking for the Federal Government. Since ASUU and the present administration are already into dialogue on the implementation of the 2009 agreement, I think ASUU should have exercised some restraint, and see the dialogue to its end before embarking on strike.

If this dispute degenerates to the FG seeking interpretation from the Industrial Court, ASUU will be ordered back to class because you don’t declare a strike when negotiation has not broken down. Again, ASUU should invest more in lobbying to get their benefits from the government, instead of resorting to strike, which is mostly counterproductive.

But ASUU says that negotiations started in 2009 and the present administration has not honoured the agreement it signed.

What we need to get right here and which ASUU must appreciate is that in all its years of agitations and negotiations, it is this administration that has given it a listening ear. The FG team had met with the ASUU team and discussion had not been concluded or broken down, only for ASUU to declare strike. I think this is not acceptable in labour laws, this is highhandedness from ASUU.

Be that as it may, I am not totally against ASUU going on strike because, without them, our university system would have collapsed. However, going on strike should be the last resort for a justifiable means.

Universities are complaining of static tuition and limited funding, how do you intend to generate fund to develop the university?

Funding from the Federal Government will not be sufficient, especially in a peculiar case like ours, a young university. You will agree with me that the tuition paid by students is a far cry from what is needed to run and develop a university like ours. What we have done in this regard is to inaugurate a business committee, which will evolve into an entrepreneurship unit to drive investment and raise our internal generated revenue.

With all sincerity, how do you justify university tuition at N40,000, when some nursery/primary school pupils pay between N50,000 and N150,00 as school fees? I am of the opinion that tuition must be commensurate to the cost of learning.

How would you describe your relationship with the host community?

There is no better word to describe our relationship with our host than cordial. The state government and the traditional institution always respond to our calls and invitation and they are always eager to participate in our activities, when called upon. Let me use this opportunity to thank them and re-emphasise that this university belongs to them. Most of us who are here today will go back to our different places and the university will remain with them. They should not relent in seeing to its growth.

Aside teaching, universities are meant to proffer solutions to societal challenges through research, how have you impacted your community?

I wish you had taken this question to our host community; you would have appreciated the university more from their response. But let me state that our contribution and involvement in the education sector are of huge significance in improving the curriculum of primary and secondary schools through researches carried out here and implemented.

We are making tremendous contributions in the state geology and mining sectors, knowing full well that there are mineral deposits in Zamfara State.