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University of Jos Alumni Association Honours Professors Kimbir, Iorapuu

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Pst Sani Nuhu, UJAA National President at the Dinner

THE University of Jos Alumni Association (UJAA) last weekend organised a Dinner Night in honour of two of its members; Prof Richard Kimbir, current Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (AUM) and Prof. Tor Iorapuu, incumbent Vice Chancellor, Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi.

In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, himself an alumnus of the University of Jos; Prof Agbo Madaki, urged members to get involved in UJAA activities at the Chapter level and also support the Exco to attain lofty heights as the university has honed their innate skills to become men and women of influence in the society.

Prof Iorapuu

Madaki also called on well-to-do UJAA members to assist upcoming members at finding their feet in society, stating that social networking is also key to bridging and levelling social and interpersonal gaps.

UJAA National President, Pastor Sani Nuhu, in his remark said apart from supporting their Alma Mater, their priority was to construct and commission the UJAA Alumni Center. He said about 300 million naira was needed to complete phase 1 of the project. He thanked the Benue branch of UJAA for successfully hosting the event and expressed joy that their expectations were met.

Dr Mrs Clara Daudu, representative of Prof. Richard Kimbir

In his remark, UJAA Chairman, Benue State chapter, Dr David Bauchi, said the essence of the dinner night was to bring together Josites as one family and to celebrate Prof. Richard Kimbir and Prof. Joseph Tor Iorapuu for making UniJos proud through their appointment as Vice Chancellors of UAM and BSU respectively.

He disclosed that apart from the two Vice Chancellors who were honoured, UJAA had also produced another VC at BSU in the past, in the person of Prof. Mrs Charity Angya.

Speaking on the Role Alumni Associations in the Socio-economic Development of Nigeria, Guest Lecturer at the event, J. S. Okutepa SAN, said the responsibility of Alumni Associations in developing Nigeria is higher than that of political leaders as they have to exhibit leadership skills. He urged Josites to be patriotic citizens wherever they find themselves by eschewing ethnicity, nepotism, sectionalism and religious bigotry.

Dr David Bauchi, UJAA state Chairman

On her part, Chairlady of the occasion and former Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University, Prof. Charity Angya, encouraged Josites to take the activities of UJAA seriously to strengthen it. Prof. Angya advised that apart from going to their various places of worship, UJAA should be their next priority.

Other prominent Josites who graced the occasion were Principal Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on Culture and Tourism, Chief Tahav Agerzua, Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Dr Bem Melladu, UJAA PRO, Mr Lubem Tiav, who anchored the event and many others.

Highlights of the event were the decoration of the Honourees and presentation of Awards of Excellence to them. While Prof. Iorapuu received the award himself, Prof. Kimbir was represented by UJAA State Vice Chairman, Dr Mrs Clara Guma, and Okutepa SAN was also decorated as a mark of honour.

(Source: National Record)

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Poly students threaten Abuja airport operations over ASUP strike

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Polytechnic students, under the aegis of the National Association of Polytechnic Students, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to ensure an immediate end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic.

They made the call during a protest they staged in front of the Ministry of Education at the Federal Secretariat Complex in Abuja.

The association’s President, Sunday Asuku, called on both parties to reach a compromise or risk nationwide protest by students.

According to him, ASUP had been on strike for two months and nothing had been done about it.

He said, “We have written to them but they have declined. The Federal Government workers are being paid their salaries and allowances likewise our lecturers, so who is going to pay the students for time wastage?”

Asuku added that the students’ body had reached out to ASUP which had promised to shift ground if the government would yield to their 15 demands.

He added, “As a student body, we are interested in the government paying the lecturers their minimum wage which is accrued to two years.

“Other MDAs have received theirs since November 2019. Why holding our lecturers to ransom? If you can give them this, then we have the right to hold them accountable for not teaching.

“We want the government to call ASUP back to a round table and give them what belongs to them, or else by Monday, we will grind activities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.”

However, the Minister of State for Education, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, while addressing the students said everything that had to do with ASUP had been settled.

According to Nwajiuba, the decision to call off the strike now lies with the union.

The minister said, “Every one of us is pained by what is going on in the polytechnic sector of our education. Many of us spoke with ASUP at the time of their warning strike that we are not running an ad hoc government.

“Nothing ends today, even if I die today, Nigeria will continue and there is nothing that will stop Nigeria.

“When ASUP wanted to start this strike, we wrote them and said everything that ASUP requested for has been agreed upon, we do not have one area of disappointment.”

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We can’t raise N160m, parents of abducted Greenfield university students, staff cry out

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Parents of the remaining 16 kidnapped students and three staff of Greenfield University, Kaduna on Friday gathered to pray for the safe release of their children.

This was even as they appealed to the Federal Government to urgently assist them in rescuing their children from the bandits.

According to them, the bandits are demanding N160 million cumulative ransom for them to release the remaining 16 students.

“We are worried about their safety. The innocent students had spent 24 days in the kidnappers’ den.

To this end, speaking on behalf of the parents, the Chairman of the parents’ forum, Marcus Zarmai, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his office to secure the release of the students before something sinister happens to them.

According to him, the kidnappers are demanding a sum of N10 million on each of the 16 students, making N160 million.

“Even after, we the parents have collectively paid them over N60 million ransom for the release of our children and they failed to release them.

Zarmai said, having exhausted all the money they have to pay as ransom, “We, the parents are appealing to the Federal Government to assist us to pay the ransom demanded or find any other way to ensure the safe return of our children.”

Recall, the man behind the abducted students had three weeks ago threatened to kill the 16 students if the ransom is not paid.

However, Sheikh Ahmed Gummi had come out to say they have reached out to the bandits and they have agreed not to kill the remaining students.

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Unity Schools Teachers Groan Over Unpaid Salaries, Appeal To Buhari

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A letter addressed to the President by the affected teachers asks him to weigh-in to have their salary and a 28-day allowance paid to them to meet family needs, saying that they have been enduring a very abject situation for the past two years.

President Muhammadu Buhari with Education Minister Adamu Adamu

Their letter reads in full:

26th April, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari

Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces

Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Your Excellency Sir,

OPEN LETTER ON UNPAID SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES OF NEWLY EMPLOYED TEACHERS OF UNITY

COLLEGES

We thank you for the approval of our employment under the 2018 Presidential Employment Waiver which gave us this rare opportunity to serve our dear country as civil servants (teachers).

We were employed in 2018 under the Ministry of Education as Teachers/Education Officers and deployed to the Unity Schools across the federation. It is really saddening that since our assumption of duty to date, our salaries and allowances have not been paid. We have worked for about 2 years plus without any remuneration whatsoever.

We have been muscled, left hungry and angry for working for our dear country. Our families have become weary of this penury occasioned by the delay in the payment of our salaries and allowances. What have we done wrong to deserve this suffering? We are resourceful, talented, energetic and progressive young Nigerians who want the best for this nation. Instead of being encouraged, we’re being discouraged and given this maltreatment for working hard to make this country great.

It has become so hard for us to keep working without any salary, allowance and accommodation. How can we be effective and productive, when we are left hungry and without resources to take care of ourselves and families?

Mr President, we know you have zero tolerance for any form of corruption and injustice. This is the very reason we write to inform you about this unfairness and wickedness being done to us.

We thus plead for an immediate action towards the payment of our salaries and allowances. A presidential directive to Ministry of Education, Civil Service Commission, Accountant General and others will assuage our distresses and maltreatment. We hold you on a very high esteem and would be very grateful if an urgent action is taken to take us out of this dungeon of suffering and unbearable condition.

We appeal for an immediate payment of our salary and its arrears of two years and first twenty eight days duty allowances. This is our humble plea. We would continue to work hard to support your government and help build this great nation. As teachers, we are known as nation builders and we want to assure you that we would not relent in contributing our quota in making this nation great and peaceful.

Thank you Your Excellency. God bless Nigerian teachers. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yours Faithfully,

Newly Employed Teachers of Unity Schools.

newfgteachers@gmail.com

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