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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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Why We Can’t End Strike Now, ASUU Reveals

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has reprimanded the Federal Government for disappointing all endeavors to determine issues that caused the continuous strike the teachers set out on.

Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, expressed this when he was a visitor at Channels Television program, Politics Today.

Ogunyemi expressed that the Federal Government has would not make any move to address the issue that caused the strike.

He stated, “The strike is still on because of the FG not making the essential strides. We allowed them fourteen days to address our five focuses requests.

“We drew in the administration, however they were not approaching. They had an entire year to address those issues. They gave us places that were not satisfactory to our individuals.

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“During our first gathering, we thought they were nearly settling the issues.

“What intensified the issue is the issue of IPPIS. We have said that it is an interruption. There is no college on the planet that utilizes IPPIS.

“We have completed three introductions of UTAS to the Minister of Education and his group, the authority of the Senate and Office of the Accountant-General.

They just concurred that UTAS is acknowledged in standards.

“We are nearly getting UTAS affirmed, yet the administration is stating that our individuals should initially relocate to IPPIS prior to getting back to UTAS. That bodes well. The administration has made it hard for smooth exchange. They said our individuals will be paid when they move to IPPIS

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Gov Sule Expresses Commitment To Renovate, Equip Assakio Technical School

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has made a commitment to renovate and fully equip the Government Technical School Assakio, in line with the determination of his administration to promote science and technical education in the state.

Engineer Sule made the commitment shortly after conducting an assessment tour of the school, on Wednesday.

The Governor compared the GTS Assakio with such famous technical schools as Government Technical School Bukuru, Government Technical School Makurdi and Government Technical School Kano, which have produced the best technicians and engineers in the country.

Engineer Sule however lamented the present level of dilapidation and decay in the school, stressing that his administration will revamp the school, fully equip it and make Government Technical School Assakio conducive for learning.

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The Governor disclosed that with his administration about to equip the Lafia Technical Institute, he thought it wise to also assess the situation at GTS Assakio, so that government can equip the two institutions at the same time.

“The essence my rushing here is to see things for myself. Now that we are going to equip Lafia, can we equip to two of them at the same time? Before I equip any school like that, I needed to see things for myself,” he stated.

Engineer Sule stated further that the visit was also in fulfilment of his campaign promise to the people.

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“I made a promise to the people of Assakio, during the campaigns, that because of my love for technical education, if elected, I will do everything possible that I can, to ensure that I equip the school.

“But it looks like the school requires more than equipment, because it needs to be renovated, the hostels are in bad condition, the whole environment is actually in a terrible condition, from what I have seen,” the Governor said.

He noted that even though he didn’t enquire into the aspects of academics, especially on the kinds of teachers in the school and their various qualifications, Engineer Sule said his administration will ensure that GTS Assakio has the right teachers and management to be able to run the school effectively and efficiently.

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FG Slams ASUU, Describes Its Body Condition As Unreasonable, Absurd

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has come under attack as the federal government described the condition set by the body before it can end its strike as “unreasonable.”

It would be recalled that ASUU said it would end the strike action after its home-grown University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) has passed the federal government’s integrity test.

Speaking in an interview with the Punch, the national leader and president of the association, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, gave assurance of questions arising when lecturers are going to return to classrooms.

On Wednesday, October 21, after reaching a unilateral agreement with the representatives of the federal government, ASUU was supposed to call off its strike and mandate lecturers to return to lecture rooms.

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But Ogunyemi said UTAS, which is an ASUU-developed payment system instead of the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), is still going through an NITDA-managed honesty test.

Ben Goong, spokesman for the Ministry of Education, reacting to the status of the ASUU, said that the demand for ASUU is absurd because varsity lecturers can not decide how their employers, the federal government, should pay them.

“I don’t know whether you know how many groups, organisations and associations receiving a salary from the federal account. So, if everybody is doing their own platform, imagine how many payment platforms government will have to deal with it.”

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