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Zulum Begin Constructions Of Teaching Hospital, College Of Medical Sciences For Borno’s University

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In his determination and commitment to fulfill his campaign promises, Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Thursday, began the construction of a teaching hospital and a college of medical sciences to enable Borno State University which will eventually put Borno on the award of degree in medicine, surgery and as well as other medical programmes.

At Zulum’s honorary request, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Dr Osagie Ehanire, who is in Maiduguri for a function at the UMTH, laid foundation stone for the Borno State University Teaching Hospital and College of Medical Sciences at Njimtilo, near the university’s campus along Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

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In his address, Governor Zulum said: “ In fulfillment of the criteria for the establishment of medical colleges, we are here to witness a foundation laying ceremony for the two important projects. We want to start medical courses especially medicine etc in the state university so that we can produce healthcare providers and undertake research as well. but aside academic purposes, we know that there is increasing population in Maiduguri and we have only one teaching hospital, and Maiduguri has population of over 3 million inhabitants. A new teaching hospital will serve the increasing population, and this is also in line with our development plan. Just five days ago we have launched our 25 year Development Plan, the state university teaching hospital and college of medical sciences are part of that plan we are implementing” Zulum said.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum

Chairman of a high powered committee for the establishment of Borno State University Teaching Hospital/Medical College, Prof. Othman Kyari said the project flagged off was the first phase.

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“This is the first phase of this teaching hospital, in coming up with this, we looked for the best of the best of our existing teaching hospitals and other teaching hospitals outside the country. The requirements of all the regulatory bodies (medicine and surgery, dentists, radiologists, pharmacists etc) were put into consideration, we believe that by the time this complex is completed, I think it will probably be one of the best in the country” Kyari said.

The project is being carried out through the ministry for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, whose commissioner, Dr. Babagana Mustapha Malumbe, received Governor Zulum and the Health minister on arrival at the groundbreaking ceremony. The state’s Ministry of health and relevant government establishments are expected to play vital role as the project passes through developmental stages.

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ASUU Denied Knowledge Of Any Agreement To Call Off The Ongoing Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has denied a news report that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday.

The Federal Government at the meeting at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances EA to university based unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion.

There was news report that ASUU has given an indication that the meeting, the strike which started since March would soon be called off after a meeting with the leadership of union and its organs.

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According to report in the Vanguard News Nigeria, the university teachers agreed to call off the strike after the government pledged to pay N40 billion for Earned Allowances and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.

It was further reported that the Government agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.

The report also noted that ASUU was expected to report the agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government after which a date for the calling off of the strike would be announced.

But ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike, stressing that at the meeting, it was only agreed that union should convey Government message to their organs and get back to Government.

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Prof. Ogunyemi, said : ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of strike.”

However, a source in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said that after the meeting, the Minister, Senator Ngige, who described the meeting as “fruitful,” added that the government made a proposal to ASUU which it would take back to its members.

Ngige told reporters after the meeting that, “Many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalization of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”

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Friday’s meeting was about the seventh time both sides have met to resolve the issues in contention since the university union embarked on strike on March 23.

After the meeting of last Friday November 20, Government agreed to exempt ASUU members who had not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and put them on the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS) pending when ASUU’S preferred payment platform- the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) will be approved.

ASUU had consistently rejected IPPIS, stressing that it will erode the autonomy of the university system.

 

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Dausu Ward Councilor, Hon. Giwa Palasa Hails Appointment Of Prof. Rahman As Brand New VC Fulafia

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Yahaya Idris, Lafia.

Honourable councilor representing Dausu ward in Toto Local Government Council, Hon Samuel Hulegi Giwa Palasa, has congratulated the newly appointed Professor of Agricultural Economics and extension as Vice Chancellor Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State.

Hon. Palasa in statement made available to www.globaltimesnigeria.com on Thursday described Prof Shehu Abdur-Rahman as a right peg in the right hole.

Dausu Ward Councilor, Hon. Giwa Palasa

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Dausu Ward Councilor, Hon. Giwa Palasa Hails Appointment Of Prof. Rahman As Brand New VC Fulafia

on the appointment, “The Dausu councilor said, “I am humbled and honoured to have you been appointed as VC Fulafia. I am excited by the opportunity given to you to serve in this new phase of task. I am greatly looking forward to see you working with our people in area of securing admissions and employment opportunities among others.”

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The councilor pray God to grant the new VC long life, sound health and success of his new office. He said.

The Professor of Agricultural Economics and extension hails from Umaisha district in Toto LGA of the State.

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NYCN Toto LG Council Felicitates With Prof Abdulrahman On His Brand New Appointment As VC FULafia.

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Yahaya Idris, Toto.

The entire leadership of National Youths Council of Nigeria, Toto Local Government Council under the pragmatic leadership of Comrade Mansir Bashir Musa has joined Nasarawa populace in congratulating the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Federal University Lafia, Prof Shehu Abdur-Rahman.

Chairman and Secretary of the council, Comrade Mansir Bashir Musa and Yahaya Idris Ahmed, made the disclosure in a statement at Toto Youth House on Thursday, the administrative headquarters of Toto LGC.

The Toto Youth described his appointment as timely and well deserved considering his vast experienced in education circle.

The statement also said, “we pray God to give you the zeal, strength, prerequisite wisdom to pilot your new office”.

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“It is our utmost fervent prayer that you won’t let us down and we are optimistic that you will never be found wanton in your new office”.

According to the statement, Prof Shehu Abdur-Rahman is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and extension.

He is a native of Umaisha district in Toto LGA of Nasarawa State.

 

 

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