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From John Akubo, Lokoja

Following the confusion created at the Kogi state university, Ayingba, (KSU) after the proscription of ASUU and the sack of about 135 lecturers the institution has resorted to filling in the gap with National Youth service Corps members and non teaching staff to take first degree courses and supervise students projects.
It would be recalled the Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello had in a proclamation last July banned all activities of the union in the University.
In a news letter issued over the weekend by the Acting chairman of the proscribed Union Daniel Oluwagbemiga Aina, he drew the attention of the public to the unethical practices currently going on in the institution where “Unqualified persons (Technologists, members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and other non-teaching staff) are being co-opted to teach courses and supervise students’ projects.
“It is pathetic and unfortunate that taking a cursory look at the list of the purportedly sacked lecturers, identifying the courses they teach, the reallocation of such courses and identifying those who are assigned to teach those courses, it is crystal clear that the “one ready to kill has met the one ready to die” while not knowing that there is no one to bury. Stench results!!”
According to him,”KSU, Anyigba has degenerated almost beyond the pre- 2005 era. Unethical practices are done with imminent colossal damage in an effort to create the impression that all is well within the system.”
Aina said that “in several Departments, postgraduate programmes have folded up completely and where there seems to exist, they are being handled by unqualified persons; where a number of Ph.D and Masters Degree Students did their external defenses without the knowledge of their Major Supervisors.”
“Also, completed undergraduate projects hitherto supervised by the purportedly sacked lecturers were re-assigned and graded by lecturers who never took part in the supervision; in some instances, the names of the original supervisors were fraudulently removed and replaced with those who were not part of the supervision process. These are clear cases of plagiarism. There is a need to beware!!. “He said.
He alleged that allegations abound that fraudulent activities like sales of lecture materials are rife as a result of the current situation in the University.
“In some cases, some ‘lecturers’ reportedly instruct students to browse and download lecture materials without teaching in readiness for their end of semester examinations. There are so many courses still left untaught and this cuts across almost all the Departments with far reaching implications on the quality of the University degrees.
“Pitiable is the current states of our colleagues who decided to fall into irrelevance in our struggle to build the KSU, Anyigba of our dream at this point in time. Of course, this is apart from the demons, monsters and sycophants who are manipulating them for their selfish goals. “He said
The press statement which is titled
“Towards Ending Impunity in Kogi State University, Anyigba” stated that despite its efforts aimed at amicable resolution of the crisis, the Kogi state government had instead resorted to intimidations.
“For the past three months, we were being pushed, pressed, oppressed and persecuted. We have prevailed to absorb all in our stride, hoping that the voice of reason, sanity and legalism will prevail across the strata of our tormentors.”
According to the union, “it is common knowledge that proscription of a Trade Union is beyond the jurisprudence of an Executive Governor adding that it had it had given time for this error to be corrected

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

By Aminci Audu

The House committee on custom and excise duty on Thursday mourned the demise of her Chairman Honorable Yuguda Hassan Kila, APC -Jigawa who died in the National Hospital, Abuja today.

The deputy chairman honnorable Abejide Joseph Leke, (ADC -Kogi) communicated the report of his death during the budget defence of the Nigerian Customs Service before the committee.

Honorable Leke in his opening prayer had asked the house to pray for Kila’s quick recovery.

Leke further prayed for the peaceful repose of his colleague and expressed his deep sympathy for Kila’s family.

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has expressed dismay over the epileptic power in the State that has even forced the Govetnment House, Lafia to be on 24hour generator.

This he said is occasioned by avoidable delays in the completion of the 330 KV power sub station in Akurba.
In his words,
“The Government House is on generator for almost 24 hours. It does not make sense, especially at a period like this when people should be saving.

The Governor expressed the displeasure shortly after inspecting progress of work at the site of the project, on Wednesday.

Engineer Sule was particular about the poor handling of the project by contractors, as he vowed to intervene by meeting with all parties concerned to achieve speedy completion of the project.

In a chat with journalists at the site of the project, the Governor lamented over the power situation, especially in Lafia, the state capital, where residents enjoy only 1-2 hours of electricity daily, with residents left to depend on generators for power.

“A state like Nasarawa should be saving money, not wasting money on diesel and then generating power from a source that is even unhealthy even to the human body,” he stated.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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