Rector Wants College Of Dental Technology Revived

Dr John Emaimo, Rector, Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu (FCDTTE) has appealed for support of the Federal Government towards the repositioning of the school.

Emaimo who made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja said that such support would enhance manpower development and also reduce capital flights.

He also expressed concern over the dearth of infrastructure, poor standard library, residence for staff, classrooms, provision of standard equipment and road network in the institution.

He further expressed dissatisfaction on the overwhelming state of decay, extreme poor condition of dental equipment and over dependent on foreign dental materials by the college.

Emaimo said that in spite of the number of the various dental practice centres in the country, “there was no single person that could manufacture or maintain equipment at the various centres.’’

He further said that if the college was upgraded, it would be able to effectively train biomedical engineers that could manufacture and maintain local materials.

Emaimo also added that if the college was repositioned it could fabricate foreign equipment which he said cost the nation huge foreign exchange to import.

He suggested that the college be placed on special intervention in area of healthcare delivery to enable it function optimally and regain its past glory as centre of excellence in the Africa continent.

“Through this measure the college will regain its past glory of Centre of excellence and a hub in African continent for training of quality dental technologists and therapists among others in dental care.

The rector identified the college as the only school in West African region with the mandate of training dental technologists and therapists.

NAN reports that the college was established in 1952 and inaugurated in 1955 as the only institution then in Africa to provide training for dental technologists and therapists.

The Act establishing FCDTTE was passed by the Federal Government on Dec 5, to offer degree and other advance course as against its former task of running two to four years courses.

Dental technologists are saddled with the responsibilities of fabricating artificial teeth, eye, and nose, ear among other bony and fleshy parts of the crannies.

While dental therapists, are specifically trained on cleaning the teeth, maintaining oral hygiene and giving health education to the people.

Obaseki Sets Performance Target For Edo Varsity Management

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has given the management of Ambrose Alli University a four-year deadline to become the best university in Nigeria.

Obaseki gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting at the university in Ekpoma, Edo State.

He told stakeholders at the meeting that his administration was committed to the repositioning of the state-owned university in line with the vision of the founding fathers to be the best university in Nigeria.

He urged the management of the university to attain the set target before it marks its forty-year anniversary in four years’ time.

“In four weeks’ time, we will convey a strategy retreat of key stakeholders to deliberate on the details of each academic programme and faculty to know its relevance and what is required to make the university the best in Nigeria,” the governor said.

He assured that the constitution of the new Governing Council will be done soon and maintained that “The Council will be monitored for two years and if no appreciable impact and improvement is made, the necessary steps will be taken to check the council.”

“AAU is 36 years old but before it turns 40 years, it must be the number one university in Nigeria. If it does not happen, we will hold ourselves responsible as the task is not for the government alone but for all of us present here today. My commitment is to make it happen, but your support is needed to make it happen,” he added.

In his presentation, the Vice-Chancellor of AAU, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, said since assuming office as the VC, the management has adopted the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to cut cost, waste and reduce corruption in the system.

He said the use of ICT has helped the institution in achieving 99 per cent payment of school fees and added that if the 29,255 students in the school pay their school fees, the institution will realise N2.3 billion in a section.

Prof. Onimawo said the school has embarked on agribusiness to generate more revenue internally for the Institution as her funding is from students’ school fees and the monthly subvention from the government.

The chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Ekpoma chapter, Barry. Monday Igbafen, called on the governor to address the issues of salaries, taxes and funding.

The acting president of SUG Ekpoma, Comrade Johnson Oshobugie, said hostel accommodation is a major challenge for students in the institution.

He said less than 30 per cent of the students population stay in the hostel.

The president of AAU Alumni Association, Prof. Omi Ujuanbi, said the body is setting up branches across the world to enable them contribute to the development of the school.

JAMB Remitted N7.8bn To FG In 2016 — Oloyede

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday said it remitted N7.8 billion to Federal Government coffers from 2016 University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

The board’s Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, made this known when a delegation from National Officers Council of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) paid a visit to the board in Bwari, FCT.

Oloyede, who dismissed the speculated N5.2 billion as amount remitted to Federal Government during the period under review, said “the board paid in N7.8 billion to Federal Government and not N5.2 billion.”

He said the board would work to ensure that it met the needs of the sector and strive to sustain education standard in the country.

He called for cooperation from stakeholders in the education sector to further raise standard, saying “let us work together and push government to do the needful so that education would be where it ought to be.

“When we identify obstacles, we could push government to amend some areas to enhance the sector.

“I do not see why we should have more than four credits before one can get into college of education, forgetting that it created an opportunity for people like us in the past.

“I assure you that UTME score does not determine the quality of one’s education; it is the environment that makes the difference obvious by segregating institutions.”

Oloyede challenged the officers on the need to officially make a case for National Council of Education, which he said was made up of commissioners of education, to review the number of credits to be attained by intending candidates of colleges of education.

He said the board would not hesitate to work with unions to set up a Task Force that would check irregularities that may cripple the sub-sector.

Earlier, the President of COEASU, Mr Nuhu Ogirima, said that the challenge had been an obstacle to admission status of colleges nationwide.

He called for review of the current application process into colleges of education, saying “a review is imperative, given the fact that the current application process predisposes candidates toward university education.

“Notwithstanding the overwhelming preference for admission into university, the provision for college of education as third choice in JAMB sought to obscure the system from others.

“After the selection of the very best from the first choice list, colleges of education are left with no choice in JAMB but the low performing candidates and this does not augur well for the teacher education system.

“The union would, therefore, appreciate if JAMB, without prejudice to her establishment law, explore the possibility of collaborating with stakeholders in colleges of education.

“The collaboration would provide enabling environment that could improve the admission status of the colleges nationwide.”

He announced that the council would soon set up a committee that would come up with memorandum to tackle the issues before the necessary quarters.

The meeting was attended by directors of the board. (NAN)

Striking University Staff Demand's Fully Met — Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government has fulfilled its part of an agreement reached with the striking non-academic staff of federal universities on Sept. 20.

In a statement signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry on Tuesday, Ngige said the government had also fully complied with the implementation timelines of the agreement.

The university workers began the strike on Monday under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC) made up of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

They are protesting the sharing formula of the N23 billion released by the Federal Government for the settlement of earned allowances.

In the sharing formula, non-academic staff were allocated 11 per cent of the N23 billion as against 89 per cent for academic staff in the universities.

The minister asked them to call off the strike and make a fresh case in respect of their reservation concerning the disbursement of the N23 billion, which he said was the first item on the Sept. 20 agreement.

Ngige said it was important for Nigerians to be informed that the federal government had fully fulfiled its part of the agreement.

He stated that the government could not be blamed for what the unions term “skewed disbursement formula” for the money.

“As I speak, the Federal Government has fully implemented the major contemporary issues such as payment of shortfalls, registration with PENCOM, among others, in the agreement.

“The only grievance the unions have today is that the modality for the disbursement of the N23 billion released by the Federal Government for the settlement of earned allowances is skewed against them.

“But I advised them during the negotiation to call off their strike when it entered the fifth day and quickly forward their own template for accessing the N23 billion meant for the academic and non-academic staff of the universities, since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had already submitted theirs.

“They bluntly refused and dragged the strike for weeks,” Ngige said.

He, however, said nothing had been lost, and urged the unions to make fresh case for inclusion in the 2018 budget, adding that the government was willing to address the issue.

The minister faulted the unions’ argument that they only resumed an old strike, saying the strike had been conciliated, called off and the terms of agreement implemented.

“If the unions under JAC are embarking on a fresh strike, they are yet to comply with the relevant sections of the labour laws”, he added.

He warned them to stop misguiding their members and avoid pushing the government to a point where it would invoke ‘No Work No Pay’ in line with labour laws.(NAN)

Senator Sponsors Free Medical Outreach Program For Constituents

Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, the Senator representing Imo North senatorial district in the National Assembly, has sponsored a 4 days medical outreach program for the people of Okigwe zone.

The program which is in collaboration with Hope Foundation International, will take off in two phases, as phase 1 of the program is scheduled to start on the 29th of November 2017,at St Cyprian's Anglican Church Premises, Ihitte-Uboma by 7 am.

According to a release by Senator Uwajumogu's media office on Tuesday in Abuja, the second phase of the medical outreach program will commence by 7am on the 11th December 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Umuna, Onuimo local government area.

Senator Uwajumogu maintained that the program was one of his health intervention initiatives to complement the state government health programs in his constituency, particularly as it concerns senior citizens and those who cannot afford to pay medical bills.

“As a representative of the people, am always working hard to bring programs that will benefit my people and improve their wellbeing. I am working to bring other healthcare programmes particularly for women and people with eye defects after this programme.

“in this phase, we mobilized to treat more than 3,000 people across the six local governments of Okigwe zone'. He said

Varsity VC Quits Over Jumbo Pay

The vice-chancellor of the University of Bath, facing accusations of excessive pay, has stepped down.

Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell, the UK's highest paid vice-chancellor with a salary of £468,000, had become the focus of criticisms of rising pay among university leaders.

Lecturers had complained that her pay had risen much more rapidly than the salaries of university staff.

Dame Glynis will step down at the end of the summer term.

Dame Glynis said she had "served the university to the best of my ability" and would now take a sabbatical before formally retiring in 2019.

She will stay on full pay through her sabbatical and a car loan worth about £31,000 will be written off - but the university says there will be no financial payment attached to stepping down.

The vice-chancellor had faced a wave of challenges over her pay.

Former Education Minister Lord Adonis had called her pay "shameless and outrageous".

And in response to her departure, Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers' union, said her "position had become untenable".

Last week Dame Glynis had narrowly survived a motion of no confidence in the university's senate, but more than 300 staff had called for her resignation.

But there were more protests and censures planned for later this week - with criticism from staff and students that her pay was unreasonably high.

Dame Glynis's pay had come into sharper focus in the debates over tuition fees and value for money for students.

When tuition fees in England were increased to £9,250, there were accusations that universities were spending too much on their own senior leaders.

The Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, had highlighted concerns about the "upward spiral" of vice-chancellors' pay and had warned them that they needed to show more restraint.

But Dame Glynis said she had raised the size and status of the university during her time in charge.

"Since 2001 the university has changed dramatically," said Dame Glynis, as she announced stepping down.

"It has almost tripled in size and is now among the top universities in the UK.

"It has had many great achievements in its first 51 years and it will go on to be even greater."

Thomas Sheppard, chair of the university's council, said: "Dame Glynis Breakwell has given outstanding service to the University of Bath, which has seen the university's national and international profile grow enormously under her leadership."

UCU leader, Ms Hunt, said: "This whole episode has shone an important light on the murky world of senior pay in our universities and it would be wrong to think a change at the top of one institution solves that problem."

3 Female Writers For The Ebedi Writers Residency Session

Three female Nigerian Writers have arrived Iseyin, Oyo State for the November/December 2017 Ebedi Writers Residency Session. They are; MurjanatuSadiq Al Kassim, Kemi Falodun and Gertrude Uzor.

Murjanatu who is from Kano State studied Mass Communication at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State and has worked variously as a Presenter at Dala FM Kano, and later as a Journalist at the Daily Trust Newspaper Office in Kano. A published author (The Morgue, 2017), Murjanatu’s hobbies include Reading, Writing, and Singing. She hopes to spend her time in Ebedi to complete her new Collection of Short Stories and also to mentor secondary school students in Iseyin and environ in the art of Hausa songs and poetry.  

The second writer, KemiFalodun from Ondo State is a graduate of Microbiology from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. She was the Associate Digital Editor of Sarabamagazinefrom where she moved to OYA magazine in 2015 as the Editor. A lover of Fiction, Poetry and Opinion pieces, Kemi hopes to use her time in Ebedi Residency to complete her Poetry Collection. She will also interact with secondary school students in Iseyin in the areas of Drama and Poetry. 

Gertrude Uzor, the third writer is an Ebedi Fellow having previously attended the Residency in 2014. A native of  Anambra State,  Gertrude is a graduate of Computer Science from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Apart from writing, Gertrude is also a Singer and an Actress. She has appeared in a Nollywood film and given various performances as a singer. In 2012, she published her first novel; ‘’One Love, Many Tears’’ a 250-page Thriller Romance. She hopes to spend her time in Ebedi to complete work on a collection of Short Stories as well as Poetry Collection. She will mentor Iseyin students in the arts of Singing and Acting.

 

The Ebedi International Writers Residency is a private initiative for writers willing to complete their ongoing works in a conducive environment at no cost. Since its inception, eight years ago, the facility has hosted about 90 writers from 10 different African countries.Italso offers publishing opportunities to its Fellows through the Literamed Publishers, Oregun Lagos.

Osun Govt Denies Increment In Tuition Fee

The State Government of Osun has called on students in the state owned higher institutions to handle their reservations for increase in some fees payable in their institutions with maturity, sense of responsibility and reality of the situation at hand.
Government put it on record that it has not authorized any increment in the tuition fees in all the state owned tertiary institutions and that only ancillary fees were increased by institutions authorities based on some considerations.
As at today, the tuition fees of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and the College of Technology, Esa-Oke remain N25, 000 while that of Osun state College of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun is still N20, 000.
It is pertinent to remind the people that the Aregbesola government, at its inception and without being persuaded in 2011 reduced the tuition fees of all the state owned tertiary institutions from N45, 000 to N25, 000. Since the reduction in 2011, the government has not put a penny on the tuition fees.
Government wishes to state that the managements of the tertiary institutions are at liberty to fix extraneous fees and are responsible for its regulations; it insists that tuition fees are yet to be increased.
Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola reiterates its commitment to promoting functional and affordable education, the manifestation of which is the improvement in the standard of education in the state.
The government called on the students to be peaceful and orderly on their protest. It is true that protest is legitimate but they should not be allowed to be hijacked by miscreants and political jobbers who were always looking for such avenue to unleash unpleasant experiences on the people. They should be informed that the rights of other people start from there theirs end.

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