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FUL to priortize on students support and welfare

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FUL to priortize on students support and welfare

By John Akubo,

The Federal University Lokoja (FUL has vowed to make support and welfare services for students its priority.
The vice chancellor of the university professor Angela Freeman Miri who spoke during a press briefing recently said students are the lifeblood of any university hence the institution working hard to attract and developed the most talented students.
She said the university would continue to support the personal and professional success of the students with diverse services to enrich their stay.
“Guidance and counselling services will be an integral part of the academic programs in the university. Students would have at their disposal at all times, guidance from academic and professional counsellors.
” The University, as part of a student-centered education enterprise will prepare students to perform better in their future endeavours.”
Miri indicated that work study scheme and related apprenticeship and mentorship programs will be repositioned and incorporated into academic programs to support the drive to enrich the quality of learning among students
She said they will enhance leadership potentials of students through students support programs that would integrated into their academic programs saying that it would be achieved in liaison with student groups.
Miri said the institution would encourage students that arebyet to enroll in the Tertiary Institutions Studens’ Health Insurance Scheme (TISHIP) to do so in addition to the services provided through university medical facilities.
She explained further that it will ensure adequate coverage.
The vice chancellor also indicated that the university has been positioned to bequeath to its host community a system that would address its immediate challenges.

She indicated that the University is blessed 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.”
According to her, she is keen to lay 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.

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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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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions.
The president in a recorded national broadcast told the youths that their voice has been heard loud and clear and his administration is responding.
He therefore called for calm amidst the arsons and clashes that have ended the peaceful street protests of young Nigerians protesting against police brutality.
“I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,”
The President however, downplayed the attack on protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos as he failed to mention the episode in his speech.
The government security forces, including the army, alledgelly fired live ammunition on protesters in Lekki toll-gate on Tuesday with fatalities.

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