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Termination of 135 academic staff in KSU is counter productive says KEEC

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Termination of 135 academic staff in KSU is counter productive says KEEC

The recent draconian policy of Kogi State Government which banned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for which the appointment of 135 lecturers were terminated is unhealthy and inimical to progress and orderly development of the institution, Kogi East Elders’ Council (KEEC) has said.
The statement was contained in a communique at the end of an emergency meeting which was signed by senator Ahmadu Ali as chairman, Arc. Gabriel Aduku deputy chairman and Mr. Alphonsus Alhassan general secretary.
This was linked to the recent visit of architect Gabriel Aduku to Governor Yahaya Bello where the main issue was swept under the carpet and the comment of the former minister on how courageous the Governor had been became the toast of the social media.
The council however expressed concern over the lingering crises between ASUU Kogi State University chapter and the Government of Kogi State.
The council therefore requested that Government immediately review the action by granting an unconditional pardon to the affected staff in order to create a conducive environment for teaching, learning and research.”Council is of the opinion that the proscription of ASUU-KSU chapter was irrational because it would not solve the crises rather it would aggravate it.
It expresses the fear that the institution risk losing accreditation of many of its current academic programs as well as its enviable position as number one among State universities and number seven overall during the 2011 institutional accreditation by the National Universities Commission.
The communique also called for speedy conclusion of the screening exercise that was adjudged the longest in history of Nigeria.
It frowned at the situation whereby civil servants are owed salaries of 12 months and more inspire of the bailout funds and Paris club refund received by the State Government.
“The Kogi East elders council is dissatisfied with the current state of security plaguing the State as political thugery appear to be on the rise tacitly and implicitly orchestrated by the style of administration.
” The KEEC call on the Federal and State Government to look into the current indefinite strike action embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress, Kogi State chapter”
The council called on the APC led Government to prevail on Governor Bello tow the path of industrial peace and and harmony for good governance in Kogi State.
In its reaction through the chief of staff to the Governor Edward Onoja said an industrial crises did indeed engulf the Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba which saw ASUU members refuse to teach for 7 months while Government remained obligate to pay, salaries and did pay for the duration.
He indicated that the plight of the stranded students of KSU degenerated to a point at which Government was ultimately forced to proscribe the activities of ASUU in KSU in order to bring much needed succour to the institution.
According to him, academic staff of KSU who failed to resume normal duties after the proscription came into effect were disengaged by Government and the process of replacing them with other qualified persons was almost concluded.
The Government assured KEEF and all Kogites that KSU can only come our of this process stronger and better positioned to retain her primacy among functional tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

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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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