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Dangote pledges infrastructure dev’t at Aliko Dangote varsity

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Last Updated on July 11, 2024 by Fellow Press

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chancellor of Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, has pledged to construct a Senate building and 10 senior academic staff residences at the institution.

This is contained in a statement issued by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Musa Yakasai, in Kano on Thursday.

The university has been plunged into darkness following the disconnection of power supply by KEDCO over a N248 million debt.

The firm took the action in spite of the payment of N20 million out of the N60 million monthly bill by the state-owned university.

Dangote foundation paid about N100 million before KEDCO restored power supply to the institution.

This commitment comes after a formal request by the university’s management team during a courtesy visit to his Lagos office.

The interventions included the construction of three additional students’ hostels, and 10 senior academic staff residences.

Dangote also offered to upgrade the university’s water treatment plant, bankroll the 5th convocation ceremony, provide a sustainable energy solution to its electricity supply problem and provide official vehicles to the principal officers.

Yakasai expressed appreciation for Dangote’s support, which includes the recent payment of N100 million to settle the university’s electricity bill.
He said, ”The university management, state government, and community have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for Dangote’s philanthropy, acknowledging his significant contributions to the institution’s development.”

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ASUU decries decay in Kano varsity

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Last Updated on June 22, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), YUSUF MAITAMA SULE University Kano (YUMSUK), has expressed concern over the decayed infrastructure in the university.

The Chairman of the union in the university, Dr Mansur Sa’id stated this at a news conference on Friday in Kano.

He decried the inability of the state governments to address lingering issues bedeviling the development of the university education system.

Sa’id condemned the under funding and the dissolution of the Governing Councils of the two state-owned universities, adding that the state government released only 30.3 per cent and 46.2 per cent of the 2023 estimate for the Kano University of Technology (KUST) and YUMSUK, respectively,.

“ASUU-YUMSUK, therefore, calls on both the Federal and Kano State Government to adequately fund the universities to save them from imminent collapse.

“We also call on all patriots in the media, civil society, labour movements and student groups to support our altruistic struggle to reposition the Nigerian public universities.

“The union condemns the government’s antics as they continue to fail in fulfilling the promises they took with a view to addressing the issues in contention, leading to erosion of trust, displeasure and skepticism,” he said

The union, he said, urged the Federal Government to expedite action to facilitate renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, and resume payment of salary arrears and academic allowances to its members.

The chairman said the union was also concerned about the insecurity, poverty and rising cost of living in the country.

“We call on the President Bola Tinubu and Gov. Abba Kabir-Yusuf, and all relevant stakeholders to work towards reconstituting the committee with a view towards reviewing, signing and implementing the Nimi Briggs-led renegotiated draft agreement,” Sa’id said.

On his part, Dr Aliyu Ahmad, the Chairman of the union, KUST, urged well meaning Nigerians to intervene towards addressing the impasse and avoid strike by its members.

“Government’s action to ignore ASUU on the contending issues confirmed the fact that they were not moved by the several clarion calls and efforts the union has made to get it attended,” he said.

While dismissing the dissolution or absence of Governing Councils in some federal and state universities, Ahmad urged Nigerians to support the union in its campaign to reinvigorate the university education in the country.

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Why we didn’t join strike– Private school proprietors

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Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Fellow Press

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Lagos State Chapter, says its members did not join the indefinite labour strike because they believe that strike is not the way to get a solution.

The President of the chapter, Mr Alaka Yusuf, told journalists on Tuesday in Lagos that strike would also disrupt learning and students’ progress.

He said that NAPPS operated on a planned academic calendar and could not afford to lose any day.

While public primary and secondary schools were under lock on Monday and Tuesday due to labour strike, private schools were open for operations.

The nationwide strike was called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The unions protested inclusiveness of negotiations with the Federal Government on a new minimum wage.

NLC and TUC have, however, suspended the strike for a week to give room for continued negotiations on a new minimum wage.

The suspension followed a meeting of the unions with Federal Government representatives on Monday.

Alaka said, “I want to say NAPPS has been advised by our president not go on strike but to be watchful during strike.

“Our schools are not affected, and we must ensure that our students learn adequately.

“We believe we are helping government to bridge the gap in education. When a child is not educated or loses a day to be educated, that child has lost a lot in his or her development.

“For us, going on strike is not a way to get solution to the nation’s problem,” he said.

Alaka said that NAPPS would prefer that NLC and TUC should continue to engage the Federal Government in dialogue for resolution of any conflict.

“However, we expect the government, too, to reason with the citizenry and see that everything that we are doing, especially now that inflation has risen, is commensurate,” Alaka said.

Mrs Adebola Olubodun, Principal of Grimes International College, a private school in Suberu Oje, Alagbado, Lagos State, also told NAN that the school did not go on strike.

”We are in school, teaching and learning are ongoing, students will be having their test this week.

“For us, there is no strike,” Olubodun said.

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