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Kogi State University commences recruitment of fresh lecturers to replace striking ones

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Kogi State University commences recruitment of fresh lecturers to replace striking ones

There may be no end in sight on the tussle and show of power between the Kogi State Government, the management of Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba and the striking lecturers who have refused to be cowed by any intimidation over their demands.

The management of the university, yesterday, started recruiting fresh lecturers to replace the striking ones who have refused to call off their ongoing strike anchored by the state chapter of the Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The advertorials of intent to employ fresh lecturers appeared in a number of dailies.

Governor Yahaya Bello remains unyielding about his decision to sack the striking lecturers as they failed to resume work on 24th July, 2017.

While issuing the proclamation proscribing the activities of ASUU- KSU chapter last week Governor Yahaya Bello had, directed the Governing Council, the management of the institution and the Kogi State Ministry of Education to replace any lecturer who failed to resume work immediately.

According to Bello’s directive, “Deem all academic staff of the Institution who do not resume their normal academic activities immediately as having resigned from the employment of the Kogi State Government and the University, and to treat them accordingly.
“Take steps to immediately find and engage suitable replacements for all crucial staff vacancies, including those who have left, or who may wish to leave or who are deemed to have left the service of the Kogi State Government and the University pursuant upon this Proclamation.

“Start the process of employing all categories of academic staff required by the Institution based on need assessment.”

In an advertorial credited to the state-owned institution, the recruitment will cut across its 7 faculties, namely: Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Education, Law, Management Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and College of Health Sciences.

Meanwhile Governor Bello challenged members the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Kogi State University who may have been aggrieved with his recent proscription of the Union to go to court and seek redress.
The Governor who spoke at the flag off ceremony for the construction of GYB Model Primary Schools Across Kogi State at St Luke’s Primary School, Adankolo Lokoja advocated for the development of the laws of the country in the light of incessant ASUU strike so that few people should not be allowed to hold everyone to ransom.
Bello said such judicial interpretation would go a long way to helping in bridging the gap in terms of dysfunctional academic calendar.
He wants the Nigerian judiciary to assist in making pronouncement on the perennial struggle between the Might of unions in institutions providing services Vis-a-vis owners of those institutions and the fate of the beneficiaries of those services.
“In particular we need to have judicial interpretations of some issues; Are we truly and angered species without any legal sanctuary whatsoever under the law any time a union down tools on essential services and we do to genuine constraints, cannot meet all of her demands immediately?
“Furthermore is it true that a Government that has done all it can to reasonably accommodate a union’s demands still remain a sitting dock until those unions willingly feel the need to relent and restore the essential services which they deny a helpless populate?.”
He said for greatness to be achieved a memorable change must be made in the system of education.

“Many commentators have spoken for or against that decision, we believe as an administration that pur students come first, and we will take any bullet for them, and indeed the good people of Kogi State. We will continue to make all financial and ancillary sacrifices in this regards.”
“In my opinion, every other change we make in the educational sector must also speak to security of the academic calendar from whimsical, and often ephemeral, labour issues.
The Governor reiterated the fact that he was convinced before banning ASUU in Kogi State University because the future of the children and youths of the State cannot be for sale.
He said he took the division as a last resort to rescue the students from the game of chess in which the lecturers have turned them into unwilling pawns.

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Gov Bello grieves over death of Adeboye’s son, condoles with family

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye

He extended his cindolence to the Adeboye family and the entire RCCG over the loss of Pastor Dare Adeboye.
The Governor’s condolence message was contained in a statement issyef on Thursday by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Muhammed Onogwu

He noted that the death of the highly revered minister’s son was a deep pain in the heart, which cannot be explained unless by those who have had similar experience.
Bello noted that despite the heaviness of the loss he urged the General Overseer to take the son’s death as the will of God Almighty.

He said only God can console the Adeboye family and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Late Pastor Dare Adeboye was an assistant Pastor at the church’s branch in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
The 42-year-old clergy died in his sleep on Wednesday

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56 days after abduction freed 27 students arrive State Police Command, Kaduna

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After 56 days in the kidnappers den 27 students abducted by bandits from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna have regained their freedom.

The students were released in Kindanda village, Giwa local government area of the state.
The Sheikh Abubakar Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have facilitated theur release was on Wednesday

The students are the remainder of the 39 abducted two months ago as 10 were released earlier after payment of ransom by parents and the school management, two others had escaped from captivity.
Chairman of the parents’ forum, Mallam Abdullahi Usman, commended the roles played by Obasanjo, Sheikh Gumi and other stakeholders, saying “their facilitation was very helpful in the release of the students.”
Asked if additional ransom was paid to the bandits before the release, Usman said: “I cannot confirm whether ransom was paid or not. Our main joy and happiness is that our students are back.”

Recall that Parents of the kidnapped students on Tuesday protested the prolonged abduction of their wards at the National Assembly complex.

The freed students are different from the 16 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, who are yet to be released Their kidnappers are threatening to kill enmass, if ransom is not paid.
The freed students were received at the state Police Command Headquarters.
The students, who were escorted by security agents, arrived in two 18-seater Hiace buses and an ambulance. Most of the students appeared weak and could barely walk, as one of the female students was carried by a security agent on mufti.
It was observed that majority of the students appeared in tattered clothes. Some were in their night wears while others dressed half-clad. Journalists were barred from taking shots of the students as they were led into the conference hall of the police command.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai in a statement by Aruwan, charged the students to view their ordeal as a motivation to put the past behind and work hard towards a happier and successful future ahead.

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Inter faith group to champion campaign on maternal mortality in Nasarawa

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

A group of Muslims and christian clerics in Nasarawa state has expressed their readiness to champion the campaign on Family Planning(FP) and Child Birth Spacing(CBS) to reduce maternal mortality rate.

The group made their intentions known yesterday at a three day workshop organized by The Challenge initiative(TCI), state ministry of health to strengthen the sensitization campaign towards ensuring adequate awareness fot women in remote communities in the state.

Amongst the participants at the 3 day workshop which held at Kini country hotel Akwanga yesterday are pastors, imams, Muslims and christian scholars both men and women.

The director public Health, state ministry of Health, Dr. Hassan Ibrahim in a remark at the workshop noted that FP/CBS has accounted for 30% reduction in maternal mortality in the country.

Dr. Ibrahim however expressed optimism that with religious clerics at the forefront of FP and CBS propagation, more women and men will accept and practice FP to allow for birth spacing which would enhance the health of women.

Ibrahim assured at the end of the three day workshop participants are expected to come up with workable plans to reach out to more women in the communities.

A facilitator and coordinator of Inter Faith Forum plateau chapter, Mr. Umar Faruk, attested that religious clerics command more respect of their congregation more than any political office holder hence the need to carry them along in the campaign.

“If you want to fail in any policy implementation in Nigeria, over look the role of religious and traditional rulers. Nigerians listen to their religious leaders more than any body else. That is why FB, CBS are becoming more and more acceptable even in the most remote communities today”, Faruk stated.

PresentationS at the workshop by both the Muslims and christian clerics, all pointed out that both the Qur’an and the Bible support FM and CBS.

Both faith came to term with the decision of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Christian Association of Nigeria at the national approved FM and CBS.

The various presentations by the groups discussions also acknowledged that child spacing or family planning is not population control as some religious and traditional proponents holds but a way to help a women rest well between child birth to enable both the mother and the child maintain healthy living.

At the end of the worksop leaders of both faith pledged to enhance and widen their reach to women both in rural and urban communities with the message of encouraging both men and women to embrace and practice CBS through the use of FP methods.

The state coordinator of CTI Dr. Deborah Hassan, while responding to question on whether child spacing makes birth difficult for women due to tight vigina, she said medically as soon as a woman delivers the vigina returns to it size except where there are cuts at the point of delivery.

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