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Umahi Lobbies JAMB over Listing of Ebonyi Medical University

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Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has met with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to seek the listing of Ebonyi Medical University, Uburu, ahead of the National Universities Commission’s approval.

Francis Nweze, Umahi’s media assistant, who announced the development in a statement on Friday, said the governor spoke with Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, on Thursday during a visit to the board in Abuja.

The spokesman quoted Umahi as saying that the institution had met JAMB’s preliminary requirements and that the governor urged the board to approve the varsity for placement for prospective students in the next admission year.

The governor said the varsity is “one of the best in West African” with accommodation for students and lecturers.

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He also said it is a “centre of excellence in eye treatment, kidney transplant, surgeries, as well as production of dialyzers.”

According to him, the varsity had the “capacity to end medical tourism in Nigeria, considering its sophistication.”

“Of course, we have dialysis centre, oxygen production centre and so many other centres. Interestingly, there is something we never had in Africa that we are going to have there and that is the production of dialyzers,” he added.

The governor said he hopes the centre will begin to contribute meaningfully to the state coffers in the next three years.

It is understood that the JAMB registrar assured Umahi of the board’s support for the successful take-off of the varsity.

The Ebonyi Medical University had yet to be listed on the NUC’s website as of the time of this report.

But when contacted for clarification, Nweze told TheCable Lifestyle that Umahi’s visit was a precursory one, adding that the NUC will soon be approached.

“Courses and the school need to get listed with JAMB before candidates can gain admission,” the spokesman said.

“That’s what the visit was about. This thing is an ongoing process. Even the VC of the institution, the former VC of AE-FUNAI, accompanied his excellency to see the JAMB registrar for this. The school is not already running.

“NUC will be approached once all is ready. The [governor’s] administration has about two years to go, so this school must get running fully before the administration ends. Recently, the house of assembly approved the name.

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“We’re getting these things ready so when the NUC comes to inspect the varsity, it (accreditation) will be easy.

“You can’t say that because the NUC has not been met, then JAMB should not get involved. We have departmental accreditation; we also have institutional accreditation. These things are all going hand-in-hand. That’s just it.”

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BREAKING: Court Orders ASUU To Suspend Strike

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The National Industrial Court has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend the ongoing strike.

The court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday gave the order following an application for an interlocutory injunction filed by the Nigerian government to force ASUU to suspend the seven-month-old strike.

Recall that the Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige had filed a suit in the National Industrial Court, challenging the action of the university academic union.

The court had in its previous sitting on Monday, after listening to the argument on the application by the counsel to federal government, James Igwe, fixed the ruling on Wednesday (today).

Igwe had argued that it would be proper for the strike to be called off pending the determination of the suit, to enable students to return to school.

Justice Polycarp Hamman, in his ruling, granted the government’s application.

The judge also dismissed the argument by counsel to ASUU, Femi Falana (SAN) that the interlocutory injunction should be dismissed and the court should instead grant an accelerated hearing for the referral earlier filed by Ngige.

ASUU embarked on the nationwide strike on February 14, 2022 over inability of the federal government to meet their demands some of which include release of the University Revitalisation Fund, adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS) payment platform instead of the IPPIS created by the federal government, release of the White Paper on Government Visitation Panel to public universities, and increase of salaries of lecturers.

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Aviation and Aerospace University Commences Admission Soon, says Sirika

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By Elizabeth Okwe

Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika on Friday announced that the African Aviation and Aerospace University will commence registration for the 2022/2023 academic session on 0-18th November 2022.

He made this disclosure during a media interaction on the Aviation University in his office.

According to him, the main objective of the establishment of the Aviation university is the need for the country to go into field research development in the areas of aviation and aerospace.

He, however, said that theAviation university would be a pan-African university, not limiting its intake of students to only Africa, but Nigeria will be the focus centre. The university is supposed to be a high-breed university and will be an on-campus and online university.

“For the start-up, lectures will be done at our temporary headquarters at the Accident Investigative Bureau building at the airport and some of the lectures will be done at Nile university and We will need dormitories, a cafeteria, laboratories.”He added

Sirika noted that for the first academic year which is 2022 the university will be limited to BSc Aviation business and BSc meteorology programmes and students for each course will be between 20-25 each due to the availability of the facility and for maximum efficiency, while in the second academic year masters in air transport management.

“We have been on this project since 2016 because we know it’s a very rigorous exercise we need to put in place all the requirements by the National university commission, they have been very supportive, and guided us through the process.

“We will be partnering with Nile university here in Abuja we have a Memorandum Of Understanding which we will sign.

“We will soon avail the website which is www.aaau.edu.ng, we need other requirements to activate the website.”

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Nasarawa State University to Pull Out of ASUU Strike, says Governor Sule

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Worried by the negative effects of the ongoing Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Nasarawa state governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has said that Nasarawa state university Keffi (NSUK) is set to pull out from the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) after the state government agreed to shoulder the responsibility for the payment of salaries of the staff of the university.

Breifing members of the state executive council, at the fifth state executive council meeting, in Nasarawa on Wednesday, the state government agreed to takeover the payment of salaries at NSUK, thereby meeting one of the key demands by the local chapter of the ASUU.

“One of the conditions they gave to us, the most important condition, is to ensure that we take over the full payment of salaries of all the staff, so that they don’t have to use their IGR.

“As far as we are concerned, we looked at our finances and we strongly believe that, based on the cashflow we have available to us and also because of the importance we attach to education, that we should be able to start that from this month.

“That is what we are looking forward to do. We are also hoping they will compliment by the moment we start the payment hopefully by Thursday or Friday, then we are hoping to see them also returning to their classes,” he stated.

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