Govt Shut Down Technical College As DPO, Others Critically Injured In Cult War
Akwa Ibom State government has shut down Government Technical College, Ewet, Uyo Metropolis over cult war.
Students of the college reportedly went on rampage on Wednesday after a teacher called the police for the arrest of two students who were on the police wanted list for their involvement in street fighting a week ago week.
Sun learnt that the protest and use of other dangerous weapons by the students led to critical injuries to a divisional police officer in one of the divisions in Uyo, as well as many teachers and students while school property were destroyed wantonly.
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As a result of the fracas, the state government through its Commissioner for Education, Prof Nse Essien, in Uyo on Thursday, announced the indefinite closure of the school citing the unruly behaviour of the students who destroyed school property and caused injuries to police officers, including a DPO who went to quell the riot, and staff of the college.
“Government Technical College, Ewet in Uyo metropolis is hereby shut indefinitely and all the students are advised to vacate the school premises with immediate effect.
“The staff of the college are, however, advised to continue to report for duty,” Essien said.
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It also led to wanton destruction of school property while police and teachers sustained various degrees of injuries.
According to him, 34 students of the college, whose names were compiled through intelligence sources as being masterminds of the incident have been placed on indefinite suspension and would not return to the school, even when the school reopens.
Sun reports that Essien said that students of Ewet Technical College would bear the cost of damages done to the school property on resumption.
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“As I speak, the Divisional Police Officer is in a critical condition in the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an effort to quell the students unrest.
Edo State University Uzairue To Commence Pharmacy Programme, Others – VC
The Vice Chancellor, Edo State University Uzairue, Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, has said that the university is planning to open up to new programmes such as Pharmacy and post graduate programmes in other areas to compliment existing programmes in the university.
The Vice Chancellor who disclosed this at the 7th founder’s day ceremony of the university commended the state government for their continuous support for the university and for creating enabling environment for the university to strive.
Speaking on the lecture, he said: “Over the years, we have had the opportunity to invite Nigerians who occupied high positions in the society to speak to the university community on the achievements and on how they have contributed their quota to the development of Nigeria and humanity”, adding that over the years the lectures have taken us through the paradox inherent in the administration of diverse socio-political disposition in Nigeria and how the country can made a better place”.
Prof. Aluyor said that the lectures over the years have gradually shaped the founder’s day ceremony where both students and parents where issues on how Nigeria can be harness into a country of our collective dreams are delivered.
According to him, “Edo State University Uzairue since inception has been committed to the pursuant of world class goals in teaching, learning and research which is why we are proud of our products.
“Some of our graduates have competed and secured funding for post graduate in foreign universities and national scholarship awards.”
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He further stated that lecturers and researchers of the institution are listed among the first 500 researchers in Nigeria while the Nursing and Medical laboratory students recorded 100% success in their Council’s exams.
He further reiterated that the university has become the first choice of university among the commity of state Universities in Nigeria.
“We want to assure the university community that the university will continue to maintain the highest standard of delivery quality education to the students” he emphasized.
The VC also affirmed that it is possible to get quality of education you get overseas here in Nigeria.
UNIBEN Wins Africa Outstanding Varsity Award
The University of Benin has won the Africa Outstanding University Award of the Year for 2023 in Rwanda.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lilian Salami, was also honoured as Africa Pillar of Education for her impact in education development on the continent.
According to a statement by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire on Saturday in Benin, the awards were presented at the 1st Africa Education Summit, held at the University of Rwanda in Kigali.
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Ehanire said besides her leadership role in the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities, Prof. Salami was also the Vice President of the Association of African Universities with headquarters in Ghana.
This position, the Public Relations Officer said, the vice-chancellor had utilised to project and promote the achievements of many African universities, including the University of Benin.
BREAKING: Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Fires Over 90 Staff
Information reaching INFO DAILY says the management of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, has sacked over ninety (90) staff (mostly senior staff).
INFO DAILY gathered that out of the 90 staff sacked, 20 are academic staff while the other 70 staff are non academic.
No substantive reason was given in one of the disengagement letters sighted by INFO DAILY.
One of the sack letters sighted reads: “In repositioning the University, the Management of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma writes to convey to you the decision of the Special Intervention Team ( S.I.T) of your disengagement from the services of the University with effect from March 10, 2023.
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“You will be paid all your entitlements in line with the provision of the Ambrose Alli
University, Ekpoma Staff Regulations and Scheme of Service.
“By a copy of this letter, the Bursary Department is directed to process your entitlements,
subject to your clearance of any indebtedness to the University.
“You are kindly advised to submit all University property(ies) in your possession to your
Head of Department on the receipt of this letter.
“The Management of the University sincerely thank you for your past services and wish
you success in your future endeavour.”
When contacted, one of the affected staff (name withheld) said: “…it is true that I was given a letter of disengagement in the disguise of repositioning the University.
“The truth is, it is because of the last protest embarked on by ASUU, NASU and SSANU saying I was part of it. This is a true example of a Government under the leadership of a tyrant.
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“The Government of Edo State under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki who refused to pay us for months is coming now to sack us for protesting for our rights. If it is not for the protest, what is our offense?” The victim asked.
Recall that the 11-man Edo State House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Marcus Onobun in 2021 approved Governor Godwin Obaseki’s request to set up Special Intervention Team, but was resisted by the University’s branch of ASUU, NASU and SSANU, saying, the S.I.T. was aimed at sacking “the hardworking staff of the University.”
In one of one of its meeting in 2022, Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), faulted Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on the administration of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma without Governing Council, describing the government’s idea as alien to university administration globally.
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