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FUL to address immediate challenges of host community says VC

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FUL to address immediate challenges of host community says VC

By John Akubo

The Federal University Lokoja, (FUL) has been positioned to bequeath to its host community a system that would address its immediate challenges.

The vice chancellor of the university Professor Angela Freeman Miri
spoke recently while addressing newsmen to mark her one year in office as the Vice Chancellor.
She indicated that the University is lucky to be located in the State which is endowed with numerous natural resources and tourism potentials.
“In line with the primary role of the university, we plan to develop and strengthen more diverse academic programmes that will provide opportunities for young Nigerians to start the journey in diverse specialised areas like exploitation of natural resources as well as tourism.”
She expressed her determination to laying a solid foundation to ensure that the young institution developed to play significant roles in supporting Nigeria’s national goals and for it to also become a world class institution.
“The idea is for it to become a first rate institution that the immediate and wider community would look up to as a place of choice for quality teaching, learning, research and innovation.
However, she said for the university to attain its full potentials it has to move to its permanent site at Felele, Lokoja where space for expansion is not limited as in the temporary site in Adankolo.
She indicated that the lack of Perimeter fencing has remained a major security challenge coupled with the slow pace of work on other infrastructures at the campus.
Professor Miri however explained that it would be irrational to move to the permanent site which is almost located in a forest considering security issues even though their foremost priority is the movement to the Permanent Site.
According to her, during the maiden convocation of the University Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State promised to construct the perimeter fencing as part of the State Government contribution saying when that is done then other issues would be secondary.
“As soon as that is done, we will use the 2017 budget for Municipal facilities like roads, light and reticulation of water. Only one students’ hostel has been completed.”
The vice chancellor indicated that the House committee on education had been on the site adding that they came face to face with the predicament of a forest area with difficult topography.
According to her the temporary site is choked up as teachers are cramped up in the heat of Lokoja adding that the institution cannot establish more faculties due to the challenges.
She explained that since the contracts for the permanent site were awarded from Abuja the management of the university have little or no control over the contractors.
“I sleep and dream the permanent site, I wake up and think the permanent site, How I wish the structures at the temporary campus were at the permanent site, we are in a hurry to move but we must have the necessary facilities before we can move.”
On the prospects for medical courses in the school, the Vice -Chancellor said that apart from structural constraints, the National University Commission (NUC) had stipulated 15 years of existence of any new university before running any health-related discipline.

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#ENDSARSSenate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

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#ENDSARSSenate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has cautioned the Nigerian youths who recently protested demanding for better policing and political governance, to embrace peace at this years Eid-el-Maulud celebration especially as the Government has acceded to their demands.
This was contained in a statement by his special aviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi that was issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
In the statement Lawan
felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, which is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
According to Lawan, the youths, having made their points, in the spirit of the occasion should embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere.
Lawan noted that this year’s celebration comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

“Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace and tolerance which Prophet Mohammed personifies.

“This trying time requires our prayers and supplications to Allah to intervene to restore peace and love of neighbours to our land. “However, it also requires of us introspection as to the roles we are playing as leaders and individual citizens in building the nation that we desire.”

The Senate President reiterated the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to “the entrenchment of processes that will encourage our youths to tap their talents and pursue their dreams for the elevation of our great country.”

Lawan expresses confidence that “the trials we are going through will ultimately strengthen our bonds as citizens of the same nation and propel Nigeria to its great destiny.”



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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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