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Makinde Visits Oyetola, Lauds Him Over LAUTECH Dissolution

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The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has commended his counterpart from Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola over the decision to cancel the joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) and Ladoke Akintola College of Health.

Makinde lauded Governor Oyetola during his courtesy visit to Osun State Secretary in Osogbo, on Monday, for the role he played in resolving the LAUTECH issue that had lingered for years.

Oyetola in his remarks charged the Oyo State Government to honour the agreement by ensuring prompt, complete and faithful implementation of every clause in the Memorandum of Understanding.

Recall that the National Universities Commission (NUC) recently handed over ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, to the Oyo State Government while the Osun State Government took over the College of Health Sciences in Osogbo.

They mutually agreed to a dissolution, which was formalised by signing a memorandum of agreement between governors of both states.

Makinde in his address explained that the decision by both governors was in the interest of the students of the University, above politics, partisanship and ego.

“Some people have even started to insinuate that the two states have failed because, in the spirit of regional integration and oneness, we should have been able to jointly manage the institution. My response was that their position was well thought out and lucid but they missed the point.

“The point is, the joint ownership over the years had become challenging in terms of funding and management leading to constant friction and disruptions in the university.

“What was important was to get results, get our children back to school, get the university to a point where it can fulfil its mandate which is to train children who would be instrumental to the development of the State and the nation at large. That, we are now on track to achieving.

“Also, we have had instances when identical parties held sway in Oyo and Osun, yet this issue was not resolved. But here we are today, PDP and APC have worked together and solved the problem. So, we are all winners in this matter.

“I came to thank Governor Oyetola because without him playing the role of a statesman, we could not have solved the problem. Generations yet unborn will continue to value the role you played in resolving this issue.

In his remarks, Oyetola noted that the decision to sign off the institution required him to be statesmanly and rise above political and primordial sentiments.

He added that his administration had considered the overall best interest of the state, the future of the students of the institution who were directly affected by the incessant crises, the welfare of the staff and the unity of the Yoruba nation.

Oyetola, who maintained that Osun had fully discharged its responsibilities towards LAUTECH before its exit, said that in the spirit of the agreement, the state looks forward to the 12-month Transition Arrangement that will attend to all issues, intended or otherwise, which may be thrown up by the separation of ownership.

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ASUU Chairman Under Attack For Saying Private Universities Push Out Graduates With Empty Brains

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Chairman of ASUU for the University of Jos Chapter, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro has been under attack on social media for saying that private universities push out graduates with empty brains. 

Maigoro had tasked the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to ensure that private universities deliver quality and good academic standards in their operations.

He decried the low academic standards in most of the existing private universities in the country, urged the new ones licensed to live up to expectations.

“It is good to have private universities that have standard and quality, unfortunately, most of the existing ones are nothing to write home about. Most of the time, they push out people with empty brains as graduates; these graduates hardly contribute meaningfully to the growth ad development of society.

These graduates become a problem to the society rather than solving the existing problems as intellectuals. So, I want to urge the owners and managers of these newly approved universities to maintain the standard,” he said.

However, the ASUU boss has been called out on social media by some Nigerian youths. 

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Prof. Elom Appointed Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University

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Prof. Sunday Oge Elom has been named the third substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi.

The Governing Council of the institution located at Ndufu-Alike approved the appointment.

Odisa Okeke, Registrar/Secretary of the Council, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Elom, a Medical Biochemist, will assume office on February 11.

He will take over from Prof Chinedum Nwajiuba, whose five years tenure will elapse on February 10.

Okeke said Elom’s selection was based on the recommendation of the joint Council Senate Selection Board in line with the university miscellaneous provision (Amendment) Act 2003.

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BREAKING: NECO Releases Result

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The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the internal Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) results with a two per cent increase of candidates who made five credits and above in all subjects.

The Registrar, Professor Godswill Obioma, announced these at the NECO Headquarters in Minna.

The Council also derecognised 12 schools for their involvement in mass cheating and whole school cases of malpractice.

He said the schools derecignised include four schools in Adamawa, two in kaduna, two in Kastina, Two in Niger, one in Taraba and one in FCT.

He said that 24 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non candidates to write answers on chalkboards.

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