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Our Institution Has Zero Tolerance For Sexual Harassment – Says Rector

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Cross session of students being matriculated on Saturday

Mr Sunusi Gumau, Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, said the institution has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, examination malpractices, certificate forgery and all forms of misconducts from staff or students.

Gumau stated this in Bauchi on Saturday during the 2020/2021 matriculation for the newly-admitted students of the institution.

Infodaily reports that 5,181 students were matriculated for the 2020/2021 academic session of the institution.

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He said that the institution would not allow any staff or student tarnish the reputation of academic excellence of the institution.

“Our reputation for academic excellence and character molding, which we have built for ourselves over time will not be allowed to be compromised by the actions or inactions of anybody.

“You must have heard that the governing council and the academic board of the Polytechnic have approved the dismissal of two academic staff for sexual harassment and 30 students for examination misconducts and certificate forgery.

“These go to show you that the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, examination misconduct, certificate forgery and all forms of misdemeanor from staff or students of the institution,” he said.

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The Rector also noted that the National Board for Technical Education has approved the accreditation and re-accreditation of 19 programmes as well as approved commencement of nine new National Diploma and Higher National Diploma programmes in the school.

According to him, the new nine programmes include; National Diploma in Computer Engineering; National Diploma in Fisheries Technology; National Diploma in Crime Management; National Diploma in Cooperative Economics and Management and National Diploma in Taxation.

Others, he said, are, Higher National Diploma, Science Laboratory Technology (Microbiology); Higher National Diploma Forestry Technology; Higher National Diploma Crop Production Technology and Higher National Diploma Library and Information Science.

He appealed to the Federal Government to provide adequate security to all federal tertiary institutions in the country.

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“This appeal becomes necessary because, as it were, it has proven to be impossible for federal tertiary institutions to ay for security and cleaning services from their meagre internally generated revenue,” Gumau said.

Hajiya Rakiya Maleka, the registrar, said that the institution considers the students first in everything it does.

Maleka, represented by Deputy Registrar, Academics, Alhaji Hassan Abubakar, urged the students not to run away from any challenge rather, they should seek help.

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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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