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NECO Withholds Result Of Over 80,000 Kano Students

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The post secondary school future of over 80,000 students in Kano state, hangs in the balance, a BBC Hausa report has alleged, because the state government could not pay their NECO examination fees amounting to over N 500 million.

According to the report, 70% of the students who sat for the NECO examination in 2021,were sponsored by their parents, but till date there is no news of when the examination body will release their results.

This development has made rights organisations to put pressure on the government so that the chances of going to higher institutions of these students during this session,is not jeopardised.

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Kano state is among states such as Adamawa, Niger and Zamfara that are owing NECO millions of Naira as a result of their inability to pay their students exams fee,the report said.

An affected student told the BBC Hausa that they are in a dilemma because post secondary institutions are about to close the admission exercise for the session.

He said he was awaiting the release of the NECO result so as to get admission into the university of his choice, but he may lose the chance if the problem persists.

” We tried and contacted our school, but we were told to continue being patient ,and time is moving, I don’t know what will happen next,” he said.

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Already, some rights groups have written to the State government, notifying it of the plight of the students and urged the government to take the necessary action.

Effort to reach the Commissioner for Education in Kano state, Sanusi Saidu Kiru ,over the matter and hear from his side, was not possible.

However, leader of an NGO in Kano, Comrade Umar Ibrahim Umar,said the complaints they got from students at a time tertiary institutions are about closing admission intake,made them to intensify the call for government to solve the problem.

Comrade Umar said they will take the necessary measures to see that the results are released to the students, because majority paid the exams fees themselves.

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According to reports, NECO is being owed over N500m by the Kano State Government, despite the fact that last week, the state government said it has reduced the debt by paying N100 million.

The Kano state government has attributed the mounting debt to economic recession and inadequate flow of IGR.

However, there are reports that this is not the first time the Kano state government found itself in such situation,because every year there are complaints from students of the withholding of their results due to uncleared debts .

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In April,over 20 thousand students who sat for their final year exams in Arabic and humanities, have their results withheld due to unsettled debts.

Last year, over 70 thousands students from the state could not get their NECO results until the state government paid the examination body over N640 million,according to the report.

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AAU Sacks Lecturers Over Alleged Misconduct

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The authorities of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State has sacked four lecturers from the institution over alleged misconduct.

The university, it was gathered, acted upon the recommendation of a Special Intervention Team (SIT) who considered a report of the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC).

It was further gathered that the team at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, recommended that the lecturers should be sacked from offering services to the institution.

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Edward Aihevba, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the sack of the lecturers, said “Yes, the four lecturers were dismissed for gross misconduct.

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Auchi Poly Rectorship: ASUP Chairman Under Fire Over Alleged Endorsement Of Candidate

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Chairman, Auchi Polytechnic chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Mr Lawani Jimoh, has reportedly tendered an apology for not consulting members of the union before his endorsement of a particular candidate for the vacant position of rector of the nation’s polytechnic.

Jiomh was said to have regretted his action during a congress of the union which took place on Friday at the Polytechnic New Auditorium, Campus 1

In the tension soaked congress, members of the union reportedly questioned motive of the ASUP chairman for the endorsement without the congress approval and demanded for a retraction of the purported endorsement.

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The members subsequently demanded for an outright apology from the chairman on the matter and cautioned him on future occurrence.

Without argument, Jimoh rose and tendered unreserved apology to the congress.

Recall that position of the polytechnic rector had been vacant following the demise of the rector, Dr Sunny Jimah, in November 2020.

It was gathered that following the advertisement on the vacant position, six persons were shortlisted (four internal and two external) for interview that had since been conducted to fill the vacant position.

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However, it was alleged that the chairman of the union took side with one of the internal candidates and wrote a letter of endorsement in favour of the particular candidate to President Muhammadu Buhari.

This triggered some form of protest from other candidates, who are also members of the institution’s chapter of the ASUP.

It would also be recalled that a group under the aegis of Alliance for the Advancement of Auchi Polytechnic, had on several occasions, harped on the need for due process to be followed in the appointment of a substantive rector for the polytechnic.

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The convener of the group, Alhaji Oshiobugie Danjuma, had stated that this would help to avoid taking the polytechnic back to the “dark days.”

Danjuma had explained that the appointment of a rector with the right requisite would place the first generation polytechnic in a pole position for its planned upgrade to a University.

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UNIBEN’s VC Reveals How She Made Up Shortage Of Lecturers

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Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has disclosed that in order to make up for the shortages of teaching staff in the institution, 300 non teaching staff were trained and converted into teaching staff.

She made the disclosure during a media parley with Journalists in Benin City.

Prof. Salami who said part of the challenges confronting the institution is lack of manpower, noted that the Federal Government has not lifted the embargo on employment but that the school has been able to train and convert 300 of its non teaching staff to teaching staff to augument the shortfall.

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While speaking on the alleged rape case of a female student in the institution, she said the case has been reported to the police and that it is left for them to come out with their findings.

She, however, noted that the management of the institution was particular about the aspect of forcefully locking up the female student by the lecturer.

She vowed that when the police are done with their findings and the result is out, actions taken against the lecturer would be made public.

Also on the gully erosion ravaging the institution, she said if urgent action was not taken, in the next rainy season, the institution might loss some of its buildings to it.

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She said the state government and the World Bank had officiallyvisited the site, just as she said that plans are on top gear to also bring the issue before the presidency.

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On the issue of powering the university with light, she said the university is working on its power plant to produce electricity for the institution.

She said the project supposed to have been completed but that the contractor provided already used transformer as new one to installed in the Institution but was rejected by the institution.

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