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Alleged Mismanagement Of N208 Billion Tetfund Nigerians Students Embark On Peaceful Protest In Abuja

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NAUS Senate President, I M Lawal leading a peaceful protest in Abuja

By Our Reporter, Abuja

The National Association of University Students, (NAUS) is the Apex body saddled with the responsibility of making premier decisions and protecting the interest of all Nigerian students studying in Universities with over 40 million members in Nigeria and in diaspora.

NAUS is an affiliate of the International Union of Students (IUS), All Africa Students Union (AASU), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), West African Students Union (WASU), European Students Union (ESU) and other international students Union organizations.

The Nigerians students through their leader has enlist some problems affecting the campuses which include: Poor welfare conditions, decayed infrastructure, lack of consumables for laboratory practicals, inadequate amenities and convenience, lack of recreational facilities, inadequate offices and furniture, poor hostels, abandoned building and other projects among others things.

According to him, over the years, most of the Universities have been reduced to the same level with vocational centres due to lack of infrastructure and amenities.

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There was tremendous increments of tuition fees, acceptance fees and other unrecognized fees over the years in the public universities, which he however, described the development as barbaric and disheartening.

These above mentioned problems have led to high rate of school drop out and recruitment of hooligans in the society.

“When we confronted them with the fact that we are aware of the recent N208 billion approved for tertiary institutions of which each University is to get about 800 billion, and asked what they did with it, they claimed they have not been given a dine.”

We immediately requested for a courtesy visit with Professor Suleiman Bagoro TETFUND led administration to discuss some issues bothering Nigerian University Students on adequate analysis of how N208 billion disbursed to State and Federal Universities was spent, no positive responds after several efforts and believed they are both part of the conspiracy”.

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While marching their words with action, the NAUS issued Seven days ultimatum to TETFUND on February 10, 2020 to either explain how the money was utilized or face mass action but failed to comply with our demands.”

After thorough appeal to see that they effect change failed hence the peaceful protest, where NAUS members across the country converged at TETFUND Complex, maitama on February 20, 2020 for a peaceful protest to press home their demands.

During the protest the leadership of NAUS ably led by Comrade Felix Ijegalu, was ushered in by some TETFUND staff for an official meeting.

Speaking further on abandoned TETFUND projects in Nigeria institution, Arc. Wogbo Uche, who introduced himself as the director of public affairs, said that the funds released to public universities are usually released in three tiers, and that the following tier is given after proper justification of the first tier.

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He went further to say that some abandoned projects in our institutions are as a result of some institutions failing to justified the first or second tiers of Money disbursed to them for a particular project

The agency further stressed that they have agreed to intervene and sponsor building of hostels on campuses to add to the CBN intervention.

While expressing their grievances, the Executive Secretary, Professor Suleiman represented by the director of public Affairs, Mr Wogbo Uche asserted that the whooping sum of N208 billion we have been agitating for has been approved by the Federal government but yet to be allocated to the body for direct disbursement.

On conclusion of the meeting with the students urging the representatives to build a bond with NAUS so they can work in synergy for the betterment of higher institutions. They further restates their commitment for more findings and as well revisit the agency for onward actions.

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Zulum Declines Naming Orchard After Himself, Honours Former Governor Shettima

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Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday declined the naming of an orchard after him by the Ministry of Environment. He however, directed the orchard located at the Borno State University to be named after his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima.

“The Commissioner had just announced naming of the University orchard after me, instead, I have directed the orchard to be named after my predecessor. He established this University and therefore, in recognition of his tremendous achievements, I personally want to name this orchard after His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima”, Zulum said.

Governor Zulum was speaking during a flag off of 1,000,000 tree planting campaign across the state in response to changing ecosystem and climate conditions.

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This year’s tree planting campaign which is the first of its kind in the last ten years become necessary due to pressures from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion, poverty, and insecurity, Zulum noted.

The Governor added that human activities like bush burning, illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on the already fragile ecosystem thereby threatening food security.

Governor Zulum expressed concern on the desertification facing Borno State, stating that his administration is committed to reversing the scenario.

The Governor further said, “Government has already commenced raising of some seedlings, with the annual one kilometre desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of Environment.

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Zulum also announced a policy under which all construction should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impacts of such developmental projects.

Besides, the governor also made a symbolic presentation of an alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers and wood-efficient stoves.

The campaign which kicked off at the Borno State University premises after more than 10 years was attended by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, Chief of Staff, Government House, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, Head of Service Barr. Simon Malgwi among other top government officials.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Lawan Buba Walama said one million assorted trees including those with commercial values will be planted in nine Local Government Areas.

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TETFUND Commends Gov. Bello On Confluence Science & Tech Varsity, Promises Support

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The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof Elias Bogoro has commended the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State.

Prof Bogoro who received Governor Bello who was on a working visit to his office, stated that the effort of the state governor in establishing a specialised university in the state was a laudable one, assuring that the agency will give maximum support to the new university.

Prof Bogoro said TETFUND has core objective of providing funding for educational facilities and infrastructural developments across the country.

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He said the mandate of TETFUND also include promoting creative and innovative approach to educational learning and services and to stimulate, support and enhance improvement activities in the educational foundation areas, like teachers’ education, teaching practice, library development and special education programmes.

He noted the Confluence Univeristy of Science and Techmology which is a specialised tertiary institution will enjoy the support of the agency just like all other tertiary institutions in the country.

Prof Bogoro said the idea of setting up a university of science and technology by the state government was a well-thought out one, noting that it will bridge the human capacity gap in the nation’s industries.

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Earlier, the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello stated that the aim of his visit was to brief the Executive Secretary of the agency on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, and to as well seek supports for the rapid development of the institution. The Governor disclosed that funds necessary for the takeoff of the school project have been earmarked but stressed that agency such as TETFUND and relevant international organisations are called upon to assist in the development of the new institution. He said in an era where almost everything are done with technology, an institutions like the Confluence University of Science and Technology will provide the needed manpower for the country in her technological advancement.

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It will be recalled that governor Bello had in August 2020 assented to the bill for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology earlier passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly.

 

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Education: Nasarawa State To Benefit From FG Education Project For Out Of School Women.

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Gov Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the state has all its takes to benefit from a Universal Basic Education project of the Federal Government for out of school women.

Sule revealed this when he received in audience wives of legislators of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, under the auspices of legislators wives association, LEWA in Lafia today.

He said that the project would enable the out of school women to acquired knowledge and skills for self reliance and societal development.

Appreciating the visit of the wives of members of the state Assembly, the governor said as a government that is committed towards ensuring an inclusive society, the activities of the association is in line with the focus of meeting the needs of downtrodden members of the society.

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“My administration  is committed to inclusive society to enable citizens contribute their quota to the development of the state,” he said.

Affirming that his administration enjoys cordial relationship with members of the state assembly, the governor urged the wives of the legislators to continue to play supportive roles to their husbands.

He used the medium to inform them on the inclusion of Nasarawa State among States that would benefit from the Universal Basic Education Project, captioned “Second Chance School Initiative” designed to cater for the education needs of out of school women.

Leading the delegation, wife of the speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Balarabe explained that they were at the Government house in solidarity with the governor’s commitment to the development of the state as well as the attention accorded the development of women and children.

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She said the association is registered and is aimed at pursuing issues that affect the welbeing of women and children.

The wife of the speaker of the state assembly also commended the cordial  relationship between the executive and legislative arms of Government in the state and called for its sustenance.

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