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FOUYE’S Council commends VC, plans project inspection visit Feb 11th
By Adeyinka Ademuyiwa
The Governing Council of Federal University, Oye- Ekiti (FUOYE), led by its Chairman and Pro Chancellor, Prof Tunde Samuel rose from its 18th Statutory Meeting of Thursday December 19, 2019 commending the Vice-Chancellor and his lieutenants over the rate of infrastructural development at the institution.
Receiving the report of project development activities, the excited Council Members recalled the starting point and slated Tuesday February 11, 2020 for a comprehensive inspection visit of the campus housing several building facilities and other educational infrastructure which have been erected under the tenure of the Council which coincidental falls largely under the tenure of the Vice Chancellor too.
According to Council Decision Extract made available to FUOYENews, “Council took note of giant strides that the university is making in providing adequate infrastructure and want to formally commend the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kayode Soremekun, his management team and the Director of Physical Planning Unit, Mr Adebowale Ayodele for delivering on the mandate giving to them, for their selfless service and for their meritorious services the development of the university”.
The Pro Chancellor, who is particularly delighted after receiving the progress report on university projects that he his leading so committed team of professionals, has directed that proper documentations of the projects be done since they are all executed during his stewardship.
Some of the projects listed for inspection are: Twin Lecture Theatre for Faculty of Management; The Administrative Building, The University Library; Extension of the main university road to lead to new faculty of Pharmacy and Hostels; New Faculty of Agriculture Building; Faculty of Pharmacy buildings and laboratories; 500 capacity Faculty of Science Large Lecture Theatre; The new road opening the university to Oye-Ikole Road; And stunning feats of Directorates of Top Up and Conversion and the Distance Learning Programme
The Council, comprising Prof Babatunde Samuel (Chairman and Pro Chancellor); Prof Kayode Soremekun, Vice-Chancellor; Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration); Prof Olusola Johnson Ojo, (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic); Mr Abdullahi Salihu Jibrin (Member); Alhaji Alkali Aji Kolo (Member); Engr. Sabo Inuwa (Member); Prof O.Omotola (Member); Prof O.S. Lawal (Member); Prof S. Adejuyigbe (Member), Mrs Bolatito Roseline Akande (Member) and the Ag Registrar, Mr Mufutau Ibrahim which had been tireless in advancing the course of growth of the university also mandated the management to commence preparatory process for reviewing the university master plan.
Our members did not attack Journalists, says FUOYE Union Leaders
….commends management on conversion
By Chris Ukaegbu and Godfrey Bakji.
The leadership of the Joint Action Committee 2- Comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has denied an allegation that journalists who come to cover its university wide Congress held on January 22, 2020 were attacked by some members of the Unions even as they commended the university management on the last conversion exercise.
The duo, Comrade Oyelude Yekeen Oyelowo (SSANU Chairman) and Comrade Ojumola Ayodele (NASU Chairman) debunked the allegations published by an obscure online media that journalists were physically attacked or that their cameras were damaged. They made the clarifications while fielding questions from reporters of FUOYENews and a visiting journalist from Ekiti Standard newspaper, Mr. Emmanuel Onwusoro, on January 27, 2020 at the Directorate of Corporate Services office.
In the words of Comrade Ojumola: “We read the report too, but it is far from the truth. No member of our unions attacked any journalist. The public should note that. There was an argument. Some people complained that a car nearly hit them while reversing. There was no assault. We went and pacified them and they left. There was no assault on any journalist that day. None of our members used anything against any journalists”, he stressed.
Echoing his NASU counterpart, Mr. Oyelude said: “A car nearly hit some people while reversing and the affected staff reacted naturally. We stepped in and order was restored immediately and the Congress continued. There was no incidence of threats or assault on anybody”.
The Union Leaders also commended the University management on the recent Conversion exercise: “You know because we are responsible Unions, we don’t have personal issues against the management. When they do it right, we commend them. We want to give it to them on Conversion last year. They attended to that case last year though not enough”. “But at least they have opened the door that if one has an additional qualification in the institution, you hope that one day you would be considered”, they contended.
Explaining labour’s stand on the lingering agitations, on which management had met with the labour more than five times, the Union leaders submitted that the summary of their demand is to ensure dignity of labour, “pushing management to do the right thing, correcting irregularities we observed in the system, taking care of the welfare of our members etc”, warranted the agitations.
On the specific areas of agitations, the Union Leaders averred that the 2018/2019 Staff Promotions exercise was characterized by abnormalities, accusing the management of reneging on agreements early reached with the Unions.
They debunked the claim in the public domain that the unions were demanding for 2019 Christmas Bonus. This described as far from the truth: “It is a lie. We are not asking for Christmas Bonus. We are responsible leaders, leading responsible unions. We know our limit. We know our boundary. We know what is statutory. We know what is legitimate. Christmas Bonus is discretional. They can pay or not. It did not form basis for our agitation”.
Another reason for the agitation is the non-payment of over time allowance to deserving staff. These according to them, these include members of staff who work with Principal Officers and often close very late as well as drivers, who apart from not having closing time, sometimes work at weekends.
Shift duty allowance should be available for members of staff of the University who run shift duty schedules like those in the Medical Centre, Security, Information and Protocols, Vice Chancellor’s Office, Library and hostels.
FUOYE will excite Mr. President, says NYCN Vice President.
The Vice President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr Olamide Odumosu has declared that Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) is a brand that will excite the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Bukari (GCFR), describing the university as the “fastest growing” in the country.
Odumosu, who led seven others including two from Ekiti State Executives of the organisation, made this declaration on Thursday January 30, 2020 at the Vice Chancellor’s office after completing Public Projects inspection visit.
Thanking the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kayode Soremekun, Odumosu said, “I want to really appreciate you formally. We have come to see for ourselves, what you are doing. We have heard a lot about your activities from our Branch Executives in Ekiti State. What I see today is exactly what Mr President wants from all public office holders”
We want to commend you and appreciate your tireless efforts in mounting several academic programmes in this university within so short a time. Some universities created about the same time with FUOYE have only 12 academic programmes whereas you already have ten faculties, each of which has more than six academic programmes, meaning that you have already about sixty academic programmes. Wonderful!
“We also want to congratulate your Theatre and Media Arts Department for winning the National Arts and Media Contest. All that we have seen, we will document sir”, he further said.
Responding the Vice Chancellor thanked the visiting youths. “You have been able to break the mould of the cantankerous and destructive nature of Nigerian youths”, he said pointing out that the youths recognised value and that means they are people of value too. “Only the deep can call to the deep”, he stressed quoting the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“We we started, and my visiting associate pointed my attention to the enormity of the work that has to be done, I was very frightened” he recalled thanking GOD for the marvelous work HE has done at FUOYE.
As we stand here, Prof Soremekun continued, there is still a lot to be done. We already have 20,000 students. We need to build more capacity and put in place facilities to match our growth and expansion”, he stressed adding that it is possible to retrieve Nigeria from the dark inglorious past and put it on the path of glory.
FUOYE, with a rally, joins others to observe NTDs day
By Ukaegbu Chris
The Faculty of Science, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), joined the rest of the world to observe the World Neglected Diseases (NTDs) Day with a road show on Wednesday January 29, 2020. The theme of the day is: “Raising Awareness to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)”.
The awareness rally, which was part of a two-day programme of events started from the University gate with a three minute stopover at Ifaki Junction. It then moved on to Adebayo road/First Bank area and then to Ijigbo roundabout. Another team, which covered the State Secretariat and ABUAD joined the FUOYE team at Ijigbo where all the teams converged before embarking on a road walk to Oke Iyinmi.
Earlier in the awareness Campaign, the team led by Dr. Mogaji Hammed and other co-organisers like Dr. S. I. Oyedeji, Dr. H. I. Okoh, Dr. M. I. Odoh, had live Radio Programme at Radio Nigeria, Progress FM, 100.5 where they interacted with live audience who participated actively in question and answer session on the essence of the Day.
It would be recalled that Dr. Mogaji Hammed of the Department of Animal and Environmental Biology in the Faculty of Science won a micro-grant of two thousand five hundred ($2,500) USD provided by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi through the Global Health Strategies to host the first World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Day event in FUOYE.
Speaking on the importance of this grant, the Dean, Faculty of Science of the university, Professor Olaide Samuel Lawal said, “In the Faculty of Science, we have always equipped our staff intellectually and prepared them sufficiently to compete for grants. You will recall that few months ago we had a Grantsmanship Workshop and we invited distinguished scholars from many universities. Some eminent scholars were here. The Workshop was to equip our staff, to train them, on how to write grant-winning proposals. This one that was won by one of our staff, Dr. Hammed Mogaji, was as a result of his ability to key into the Workshop.”
The Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi micro grant is meant to raise awareness to fight all neglected diseases in the tropics. In doing this the Dean said, “We need to know what these neglected tropical diseases are. You will agree with me that there are some tropical diseases that are already in the limelight of World Health Organizations such as malaria, Tuberculosis, etc, Those ones are already attracting a lot of attention globally, whereas there are other diseases in the tropics that are peculiar to us and they are killing people and people are suffering a lot from them.”
So the grant is to raise awareness about the neglected diseases in the tropics, identify the things can be done for prevention and even if somebody is affected, specify where they can get treatment. We also want to work out strategies on how to prevent continuous infection.
Some of the NTDs identified in the grant-winning proposal were diseases like Guinea worm (Sobia in Yoruba), Human African trypanosomiasis, Leprosy, Elephantiasis, River blindness, Schistosomiasis, Soil-transmitted helminthiases (worms transmitted diseases), Onochocerciasis, Scabies and other ectoparasites. However, wareness would be focused specifically on the diseases that are affecting Ekiti State like Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), Onochocerciasis or River blindness, Schistosomiasis or Atosi aja and Soil-transmitted helminthiases or worms infection. These are the ones affecting Ekiti State as captured in the award-winning proposal.
FRSC officials were on hand to direct traffic on all the routes where the awareness campaign took place.
Radiographers excited about FUOYE programme
By Chinedu Okafor.
The National President, Association of Radiographers of Nigeria (ARN), Dr. Joseph D. Zira has expressed joy and satisfaction with the plans of Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), to mount radiography degree programme in the university.
The Professor of Radiography from Bayero University Kano, who led a delegation of his professionals on a courtesy call to the FUOYE Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun on Monday January 20, 2020, said “One of the mandate of this Association is to promote the establishment of Radiography schools all over Nigeria”.
The Ace Radiographer expressed readiness to collaborate with the University for the purpose of facilitating the establishment of Radiography program stressing that as Radiographers representing Radiography profession, they had come specifically to key into the university’s developmental policies most especially in the latter’s efforts at establishing Basic Medical disciplines.
He described the difference between Radiology and Radiography indicating that the former deals with Medical doctors that are specialists in the practice of medicine using radiation technology while Radiography simply meant the profession itself. He corroborated the statement by adding that both bodies work as a team to ensure efficient health care services delivery to patients.
Stressing the importance of establishing the Radiography program into the young university, Dr. Zira noted that the introduction would have a future positive impact on the health care delivery system of the people in Ekiti State and South West region at large.
According to him, “based on statistics available, only the University of Lagos(UNILAG), amongst the Universities domiciled in South West states, offers Radiography program.“In the whole of Ekiti State, no General Hospital aside from EKSUTH and FETHI has a single radiographer”.
“The risk behind it, is that if the real Radiographers who have the license to dispense radiation are not allowed to practice due to paucity of professionals, it will pose health challenges when quacks dabble into the practice without the adequate training”, he added.
The Radiographer President further reiterated the Association’s willingness to support the University in ensuring the smooth take off of the program. “We also have some able Radiographers within the South West region so that the selection of workforce will not be much a problem. We are going to advice properly so that the right things will be put in place. So we are here to key into the vision and also encourage the university to adopt the policy of starting Radiography program”, he further said.
Responding, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun, expressed delight with the Association adding that the visit could not come at no better time other than now that the university had just began its process of launching various Medical programs.
“At the moment, we are actively establishing synergy with Federal Teaching Hospital IdoEkiti (FETHI), which has offered us a platform for our clinical activities even before starting”, he further disclosed.
The University Administrator further decried the paucity of funds made available to Universities by the Federal Government adding that his administration would look into the cost implication involved in floating the Radiography program more so that a few other programs like Anatomy and Physiology were also in the offing.
In his words, “we are looking at some sources of funds with which to prosecute Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences with a view to providing more laboratories, classrooms and teachers. That is the lesson because when you are thinking of establishing a program, you also have to think of corresponding facilities”.
He commended the regulatory body governing Radiography practice, for maintaining peace since its formation stating that the Association had prevented what he referred to as perennial conflicts. “I have never heard about problems between Radiographers on one hand and Radiologists on other hand. The struggle for hegemony and privileges which characterises most struggles in a profession often times removes the focus of efficient health care service which is primarily the well being of patients”.
Speaking at the meeting, the Director of Academic Planning Unit, Prof. Cecilia Akintayo, disclosed that the Management of the University had already approved the commencement of five disciplines under the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, thus; Anatomy, Medical laboratory Science, Physiology, Radiography and Nursing while reiterating the need to expedite action in inviting the National Universities Commission (NUC) at the Resource Verification level for the approval of the programs.
“We hope that moving forward, we will begin to put concrete plans in place so as to consummate our collective and individual aspirations between FUOYE and your Association”, Professor Akintayo said.
FUOYE, Ekiti State Government collaborate on yellow fever vaccination.
By Godfrey Barji
The Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) and the Ekiti State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ESPHCD) recently collaborated to vaccinate students and staff of the university against the yellow fever virus.
The mobile vaccination campaign which takes officials of the University Health Centre led by the Acting Director, Dr. Musbau O. Olawale to faculties, administrative buildings and other centers lasted from January 24th to February 2nd 2020.
Speaking with FUOYENews on Tuesday, January 27, 2020, Dr, Olawale described the turn out as very impressive saying many of those expected, that is the staff and students between the ages of 9months to 44years, turned up. It was done between 8am -4pm daily.
In separate memos to mobilize workers and students, Mrs Bukola Faluyi of the ESPHCDA wrote on November 14, last year that “yellow fever is a viral infection spread by a particular species of mosquitoes and it is completely vaccine preventive disease”.
“Since September, 2017 till date, Nigeria has recorded suspected cases of yellow fever in all states of the Federation”, she said and added that “in July 2019 alone, 78 cases have been laboratory confirmed in Nigeria. This therefore calls for concern to keep the populace protected against this disease which could cause death,” she further explained.
“In view of the above, I am directed to inform you that the health workers will be visiting your educational and religious institutions to vaccinate people within the target age group,” she further said and begged that “with your good office, kindly ensure that the campaign is given wide publicity as a key stakeholder in the making of the programme a success”.
FUOYE, on the directive of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun through memos of January 15, 2020 and January 21, 2020 from the University Health Centre and the Registry moblised target participants for the campaign.
Mandatory wearing of University Identity Cards
This is to inform the entire of members of staff that the university management has directed the mandatory wearing of the university identity card while on campuses.
Consequently, all members of staff are expected to comply with this directive.
Wuraola R. AYEDERO
For: Ag. Registrar
The Registry is in the process of compiling the names of Non-Teaching Staff who have not been enrolled into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Consequently, all affected Non-Teaching Staff should visit the Personnel Affairs Division to put down their names with reasons for their inability to enroll in December, 2019 on or before the close of work on Friday, 31st January 2020.
This memo supersedes the earlier one dated 27th January, 2020, on this subject.
Omolara R. Abe (Mrs)
For: Ag Registrar.
University’s Assets Inscription Committee (UAIC)
This is to inform the entire members of staff of the University that a Committee has been constituted by the University Management to identify and label all University assets within the time frame of six weeks.
Accordingly, for this to be carried out effectively, the Committee hereby requests that all the Head of Departments/Units of the University should list out all University Assets in their care in accordance with the template attached therein.
It will be appreciated if the lists of items are submitted to the Secretary of the University Assets Inscription Committee (UAIC), Bursar’s Office On or Before Friday, 10th January, 2020.
Olanrewaju T. Ojo
For: Chairman, UAIC
University Health Centre
What you should know about lassa fever
1. MODE OF TRANSMISSION
· Food contaminated with rat urine and feces
· Contact with body fluid of infected person
· Muscle pain
· Sore throat
· Chest pain
· Bleeding for orifices
· Protect food from rat contamination, using strong container with cover
· Keep house and surroundings clean to discourage rat access
· Avoid contact with secretions from infected person by means of protective clothing: mask, gloves, gowns, goggles.
· Let a sick person go to health facility if
– Fever is not responding to anti malaria
– Fever is taking too long to subside or
– Bleeding is noticed
Locating the Mid-point.
By Ademuyiwa Adeyinka
For weeks now the Joint Action Committee (JAC2) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) FUOYE Branch and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the same University had been at logger heads with the University Management over allowances, overtime claims and last year promotion exercise. Even after five meetings, all invited by the Management and running to hours there is no mid-point or resolution of the disagreements. Already the labour had given a seven day ultimatum that had lapsed and another one lapsed last Friday January 31, 2020.
While, the labour leaders remain adamant on their four point demand, pretending to negotiate but not yielding an inch even in the face of contradictory financial regulations that makes their demands very difficult to accede to, the management had been offering the olive branch, initiating moves that could lead to resolution of the crisis.
In Physics, a mid point is a fulcrum on which can rest a pole to balance forces either to the right or to the left. It is a fault line to crystallographers which holds an object in shape. To economics, mid point is a form of equilibrium point that equates aggregate demand and aggregate supplies. It describes a state of complete agreement between sellers and buyers of a commodity. It is that agreement point in negotiation that we are seeking for after several hours and five meetings. It should not be elusive.
In a recent interview with FUOYENews duo of Godfrey Bakji and Chris Ukaegbu, the Union leaders talked with so much heat and passion that one wonders if meetings of all these weeks and explanations at various meetings had any effect.
While labour wants all staff recommended for promotion, promoted, Management is saying promotion is an individual thing and those who did not make the cut will not be promoted. Looking for a mid-point, the Vice-chancellor, who had repeatedly asked for what is wrong in the last exercise and promising his readiness to revisit genuine errors, again formed a Committee comprising the Ag Registrar, the Director of Administration and the two Chairmen of JAC 2 to look into the matter. That committee, according to Prof Soremekun, will even be a standing committee to accommodate genuine concerns of Union Leaders at every promotion exercise. To me, for now, that appears the best. However, statements of Union Leaders are after that meeting and their body language do not suggest they appreciate this gesture.
Again on balance of 2016 Promotion Arrears, Management’s statement of January 15, 2020 explained the starting position. “The management wishes to state emphatically that the Federal Government and the University Governing Council have stopped payment of promotion Arrears,” the Ag Registrar said, adding that what management did by paying previously was a concession to buy peace which has not been reciprocated.
However, in the meeting following that release, the Vice-Chancellor again directed the Bursar , Mrs B.R Akande, to look into the cost implication of this request and the financial regulations. This is another sign of readiness of the management to take a second look at the issue. Unfortunately, again, the Unions just won’t bulge.
As you read this, the second ultimatum would have lapsed. Perhaps another Congress will come today or tomorrow. And the threats to our academic calendar remain.
Comrade Yekeen Oyelude and Comrade Ojumola Ayodele carry on their shoulders heavy duties to navigate the University from crisis and the still get the demands of their members.
As leaders, they need to appreciate the olive branch of management in that last meeting and the plea that with some patience and understanding, things will get better.
More importantly, our labour leaders need to show commitment to academic peace and deploy alternative approaches to resolving issues. They need to come to the table to negotiate and be prepared to trade off some things. Our Comrades needs to trust their members in information dissemination business and refrain from hobnobbing with renowned people of questionable character within Correspondent Corps. May God guide your path.
FUOYE VC never authorised changes in school fees
The attention of the management of Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) has been drawn to a published story on an online news media www.opr.news titled, “FUOYE’s VC orders a substantial decrease in School fees”
The story, to say the least is very “unprofessional”. No byline, no attribution of any sort. The writer did a very poor job because the story has no source of any kind. No interview with any university official, no authority from any university document, nothing.
As if that is not poor enough, the website has no visible contact, no vision, no mission statement.
As the webpage is fictitious, so is the news. It’s just a fabrication, a figment of writer’s imagination and a tissue of lies.
For instance, Prof Soremekun is 67 years old this year and not 59 as the story fictitiously imagined.
Again the fees rates quoted had no official backing and does not represent the official school fees in the Federal University, Oye Ekiti.
No serious organisation takes fictitious online media seriously, www.opr.news inclusive.
However, when such shadowy outfit tries to mislead the public, one will have no choice but to correct such lies, hence this rebuttal.
If operators of www.opr.news are interested in news about FUOYE, they should do it professionally by asking for relevant information from the right sources. It is a disservice to the university, and the students to do otherwise.
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Be wary of disrupting campus peace, VC tells Union Leaders
By Adeyinka Ademuyiwa
Following threats to the peace on campus and stable academic calendar occasioned by the Congress of Monday January 13, 2020 by some non-academic staff unions of the university, the management of Federal University Oye Ekiti has cautioned union leaders to be wary of actions that can jeopardise the smooth operations of the school in 2019/2020 academic session.
Speaking on behalf of the management, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, who represented the Vice Chancellor in a responsive meeting between the management and the union leaders held hours after the Congress of Monday January 13, 2020, told the union leaders that: “Patience and understanding are two required variables to sort out things unless some of us have made up their minds to foment troubles”.
This summed up the management’s response to the four-point resolution of the Joint Action Committee 2 (JAC2) Congress of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), FUOYE branch and its counterpart, the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU).
At the Congress, held on the very first day of resumption of academic calendar for 2019/2020 session, Staff had tabled the following complaints: (a) 2019 Promotion Exercise, (b) Balance of 2016 Promotion Arrears, (c) 2019 Hazard Allowance Arrears and (d) Over time claims, before the management.
According to the resolutions which were presented in a letter dated Monday January 13, 2020, and distributed at the meeting, the union gave a 7 day ultimatum to attend to these demands, and threatened that: “we will not be able to guarantee the industrial peace currently enjoyed on campus”.
The ultimatum, according to the Union`s letter, which was co-signed by Comrade Oyelude Yekeen (SSANU Chairman), Comrade Ojumoola Ayodele (NASU Chairman), Comrade Faleye Benjamin (SSANU Secretary) and Comrade Ayeni Abraham (NASU Secretary), is to lapse on Tuesday January 21, 2020.
In a swift response however, management replied through a letter dated January 15, 2020, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr Mufutau Ibrahim, expressing displeasure at the timing and location of the Unions’ Congress saying it does not portray the university’s good image to resuming students and parents and does not speak well of the Unions itself.
Management then addressed the four issues saying “the 2019 Promotion exercise was all inclusive as the management engaged the Union Leaders throughout the processes involved”.
“Extant practice in public service does not give room for mass promotion without recourse to individual’s performance on the job and available vacancies”, the management pointed out in response to Unions demand that all those recommended for promotion be promoted even after Council had met and concluded the matter.
Management also challenged the Unions to bring out concrete errors of the exercise promising to correct same quickly and advised individuals to write through appropriate channels, any of their grievances.
Secondly, on 2016 Promotion Arrears, “management wishes to state categorically that the Federal Government and University Governing Council have stopped payment of promotion arrears. What was paid earlier was a concession to buy peace which is not appreciated.
On the hazard allowances arrears, management noted that hazard allowances are components of Earned Allowances agreed to by the Unions and the Federal Government in 2009. Government in 2019 released funds for the payment of academic earned allowance in ratio 80:20 to ASUU and other Unions respectively. So payment of these allowances is solely the responsibility of Federal Government.
And on the fourth point, the Overtime Allowances, management rejected the idea of payment of overtime allowances for all staff, stressing that it is not practicable.
However, management had earlier constituted a Committee to look into it and come up with appropriate recommendations in line with Federal Government Regulations.
In addition, management is planning to see how those staff whose schedules warrant working late will be motivated and encouraged, adding that the Vice-Chancellor has resolved to meet with the unions on Friday January 17, 2020.
At the end, Union leaders promised to go back to the unions at the expiry of the ultimatum on Tuesday January 21, 2020 and convey management explanations to the Congress.
The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) Chairman and Secretary, Comrade Abioye James and Babafemi Oluwasola respectively joined the meeting before it closes.
Civil Society Groups honour Soremekun.
By Godfrey Bakji.
An Abuja based Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria (COCSON) has bestowed Good Governance Excellence Award on the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Professor Kayode Soremekun on Thursday January 9, 2020 in the institution.
The Award, which is in recognition of his track records in public service and selfless service to humanity was received on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina.
Speaking on behalf the delegation, the National Chairman of the Coalition, Comrade Olanrewaju Peter said many Civil Societies within his coalition have kept track of the achievements of Professor Kayode Soremekun since his days in the journalism industry through to his current responsibility as Vice Chancellor where he has recorded unequaled strides.
“We know when Prof Soremekun was at The Compass Newspapers, The Guardian, The Sun. We know what he achieved. We know what he can do. We appreciate his efforts at National Open University (NOUN), at Unilag, at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), at Covenant University (CU) and now at Federal University Oye Ekiti, (FUOYE). We want to showcase him as a role model”, he further said
COCSON is coalition of over 60 Non Governmental Organisations including Centre for Sustenance of Civil Rule in Africa; Nigeria Progressive Women and Youths Development Initiative, Centre for Transparency Advocacy; Advocacy for Quality Leadership and Health Awareness Foundation; Citizen Rights for Peace and Good Leadership Initiative; Patriotic Women Foundation and many more.
According to Mr. Peter, the responsibility of Civil Societies is not only to recognize diligence and hard work or even to criticize bad leadership, but to also encourage and appreciate high performing leaders in public sphere hence the decision to single out Professor Kayode Soremekun for this distinguished Good Governance Excellence Award.
Continuing, he added that, “the unprecedented achievements of the Vice Chancellor remain a reference to other public servants and we need to encourage him not to relent even after his stewardship as Vice Chancellor at FUOYE expired
Responding, the Deputy Vice Chancellor expressed delight over this award, stressing that he is not surprise that people are recognizing the Vice-Chancellor because “our Captain has really done much for FUOYE, for academic, for education for youths of this nation and for Nigeria at large adding that all that Prof Soremekun had been able to achieve in life and as a Vice Chancellor in particular are products of prudence, hard work, team work and the courage to take the right decision against all odds.
Prof Fasina, who received the delegates in the company of the Bursar, Mrs Bolatito Rosaline Akande, the Director of Administration, Mr Olatunbosun Odusanya, the Director of Top Up and Conversion Centre, Dr A.A. Adekunle and the Deputy Director Information and Corporate Services, Mr Adeyinka Ademuyiwa further noted that, it is not often easy for civil society organizations being watch dogs of the society, to recognize diligence and hard work especially in the public service.
The VC representative was overwhelmed by the decision to honour his boss and expressed the belief that the gesture will spur Prof Soremekun to work harder saying during the administration of the Vice-Chancellor, the university, FUOYE, has moved to 13th position out of 160 universities in Nigeria in the current universities ranking in Nigeria
Prof Fasina also said, FUOYE now have eight functional faculties and a Post Graduate School and that very soon, two additional faculties will become operational while efforts to make the university a Centre of Excellence in food Security is being intensified.
FUOYE ranked 13th best University in Nigeria
The Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has been ranked the 13th best University in Nigeria for the year 2020-2021.
According to the National Universities Commissions (NUC) ranking list which was released in December 2019, FUOYE, as the 13th best out of 160 universities in the country outshined all universities established about the same time.
Not only that, FUOYE outshined many older universities like University of Calabar (Unical, 56th) , University of Jos, (UniJos, 16th) University of Port Harcourt, (UniPort, 20th) University of Maiduguri (UniMaid , 34th)and several States owned universities like Lagos State University (LASU, 18th) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH, 17th), Ekiti State University (EKSU, 26th) and so on.
Also, FUOYE outshined several private universities like Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD, 38th), Lead City University, Ibadan (81st), Bowen University Iwo, (47th); Al Hikmah University, Ilorin, (30th) , Babcock University, Ilisan Remo (15th) etc.
FUOYE, which was established in 2011, also performed best among its peers like Federal University Otueke, (59th), Federal University Lokoja (74th), Federal University Kashere (99th), and others.
University of Lagos, University of Ilorin and Ahmadu Bello University were ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively and Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology was ranked 160th position.
Universities are always been ranked every year after the assessment of each University. The criteria for selection includes: being chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate Nigerian higher education related organization, offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees or post graduate degrees, delivering courses predominantly a traditional, face to face, non-distance education format, infrastructures and conducive environment.
Reacting, many University leaders have been congratulating the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kayode Soremekun for this wonderful achievement noting that, this is a result of years of coordinated efforts to improve and develop the University.
For instance, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof A.S Fasina said, “great news for us in FUOYE. I am excited to put in more efforts so that FUOYE can come first. Thank you sir, for this”.
The DVC (Academic) in his own reaction said, “WOW! Starting the New Year and new session on a positive note and with good news. Glory be to God. Congratulations sir and I celebrate with the entire FUOYE family”.
The Ag Registrar, Mr Mufutau Ibrahim, was brief and direct, “Glory be to God for this great achievement” while the Medical Director, Dr Musbau Olawale was even more brief but equally joyous, “Wow! Thank God sir”, he said.
Responding to this, the Vice Chancellor expressed delight over this achievement. He also, appreciated the management team and the entire University for their unflinching support which has hallmarked this achievement and promised to ensure FUOYE keeps growing.
Oyarekua replaces Bakare as Dean PG School
By Chris Ukaegbu
A new Dean has been appointed to manage the School of Postgraduate Studies of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE). She is Prof Mojisola Adenike Oyarekua from the faculty of Agriculture in the university, following the appointment of Prof Rasak Bakare as a Commissioner in the cabinet of Governor Kayode Fayemi
In a letter dated January 14, 2020, conveying the approval of the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Kayode Soremekun, to the new Dean, Prof Oyarekua will be “responsible to the Vice Chancellor in supervising all postgraduate programmes of the University and providing effective academic and administrative leadership in the Postgraduate School”.
“You are also expected to be a team builder and therefore a rallying force for both academic and administrative staff and all initiatives to be undertaken by you, by ensuring their full participation”, the letter, from the Ag Registrar, Mr Mufutau Ibrahim stressed adding that she is expected to show “quality leadership, lead by example and serve as mentor” to all staff of the postgraduate school.
Similarly, another Deputy Dean for the Post Graduate School has been appointed. He is Dr Olaide S. Hammed of the Department of Physics.
According to his appointment letter, also dated January 14, 2020, from the Ag Registrar, a copy of which was made available to FUOYENews, Dr Hammed will “be responsible to the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies in supervising all postgraduate programmes of the University and providing effective academic and administrative leadership in the Postgraduate School.”
Professor Oyarekua is a graduate of University of Ibadan and a distinguished Professor of Food Science and Technology in the Faculty of Agriculture. Until recently, she was Provost, Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti. She is a proven administrator and a consummate writer. She has won many academic laurels and Fellow of many institutes and bodies, both locally and internationally.
On his part, the new Deputy Dean of School of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Hammed, is a Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science in this university. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan and had been in the employment of FUOYE since 2015. He is member of many academic and professional bodies and has served in many administrative positions in FUOYE.
FUOYEJET invites articles for coming editions
The Editorial Board of Federal University Oye Ekiti Journal of Engineering and Technology (FUOYEJET) has written to request for manuscripts for publication in the coming editions of the Journal in March and September 2020.
According to a memo from the Managing Editor of the journal Dr I.A Adeyanju, dated December 20, 2019, a copy of which was made available to FUOYENews, academia in the field of Engineering and Technology across the country, West Africa, Africa and beyond are encouraged to send in articles.
“Kindly encourage your friends home and especially abroad (West Africa, Africa and beyond) to submit their manuscripts for review towards the next two issues to be published at the end of March and September 2020 respectively” he said. He also referred readers to current articles in the September 2019 edition which he said is available at http://engineering.fuoye.edu.ng/journal.
The Managing Editor further expressed gratitude to partners of the Journal who, in the past, had in one way or the other assisted, adding that: “We are grateful to God, the University Management, the ICT unit, the Faculty of Engineering Board, Advisory Board members, reviewers, authors with affiliations across 26 institutions/agencies in Nigeria and 3 other countries – United Kingdom, South Africa and Ivory coast”.
Dr. Adeyanju also invites feedback on published articles from the current or previous editions of the journal which according to him, are available at http://engineering.fuoye.edu.ng/journal
Fasina makes wearing of ID card compulsory in Ikole.
By Bunmi Dada
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Professor A. S. Fasina, has directed all staff and students of Ikole Campus of the university to always put on their identity cards while on campus.
In a memo from his office addressed to all staff, a copy of which is available to FUOYENews, it is now an offence for any staff or student to be seen on Ikole campus without the official University identity card, effective Monday, January 13, 2020.
Prof Fasina gave this directive at a stakeholders meeting of all heads of departments and units in the Ikole Campus of the University. The meeting, which was held in his Conference Room recently resolved that every staff and student must wear their Identify card while on campus.
Enforcement of this order after the commencement date will attract severe sanctions against any who would violate it.
Though the memo was silent on the reason behind the resuscitation of this policy, informed observers saw this policy as being consistent with the common corporate practices and the need to be sensitive to security matters.
For the records, there are presently two faculties in Ikole Campus; Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Engineering. Other Faculties are in view. There are some other departments and Units there also like Medical Centre, Research Farm, Bursary, Audit, etc.
It should be that this is not the first time this issue of wearing of ID card is attracting management attention. At the height of insecurity and threats of attacks by hoodlums on our high institutions some years back, the need for proper identification gave rise to the directive that all staff and students must wear their official means of identification while on Campus. However, improved security situation relaxed continued enforcement of the order.
DLI’s staff for Commonwealth sponsored meeting in Abuja
Three members of staff of the Federal University Oye Ekiti’s Distant Learning Institute (FUOYE-DLI) were at a meeting of Regional Training and Research for Open and Distant Learning (RETRIDOL), an organ of Commonwealth of Learning, at Abuja on Thursday January 16 to Friday January 17, 2020
According to a memo dated January 14, 2020, written to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kayode Soremekun, a copy of which is available to FUOYENews,all the three went on Commonwealth of Learning sponsorship.
The Vice-Chancellor has approved their travelling plans and report of their activities at the meeting will be published when they arrive
Follow due process to access imprest, Usman counsels unit heads
By Kareemah Badmus-Lawal
The Deputy Director for Internal Audit at Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Mr S.O. Usman has stressed the need to observe prescribed procedures in accessing imprest fund for proper record and financial control.
Mr Usman, in a memo dated December 20, 2019 to all departmental heads, added that failure to retire initial imprest appropriately by end of a financial year, that is December 31st, may mean denial from getting another one in the new year until the proper retirement is done.
He listed the conditions thus: (a) All imprest holders should endeavour to procure Imprest Register for the recording of their imprest transactions saying it has been observed that people are confused about use of the term Retirement as Reimbursement; (b) All memos requesting for Imprest in January of every year should be titled “Initial Imprest Request” subsequently and every Imprest during the year should read Imprest Reimbursement till December when it will read Imprest Retirement.
The Auditor further said that, “Henceforth, Imprest Retirement is only for December which is the end of financial year” and that “Any Faculty, Department or Unit that fails to retire their initial imprest by the end of financial year i.e. December 31st will not be able to access new Imprest until initial imprest is retired”.
“All concerned parties’ cooperation in this regard is highly necessary”, he added.
FUOYE releases new academic calendar
By Kareemah Badmus-Lawal
The 2019/2020 provisional academic calendar has been released.
According to the release, from the Office of the Registrar, the first Semester which commences from Monday January 13, 2020 will last for 19 weeks to end on Saturday June 13, 2020.
Similarly, the second Semester which will start on Monday June 29, 2020 following about two weeks break, will last for seventeen weeks to end on Thursday November 26, 2020.
Details of the event show that resumption, screening and registration of fresh student will last for Two weeks Monday 13 – Friday January 24, 2020. While, late registration of fresh students will be between Monday, January 27 and Monday, February 3, 2020, First Semester lectures will start on February 10 for returning Students. Late payment of school fees will attract additional #5,000 from February 17 -24, 2020.
Matriculation of new students is on Friday March 20, 2020 and by May 25, 2020 all students will start first semester examinations.
Furthermore, second Semester lectures begin for all students on Monday June 29, 2020 and registration will last for one week (Monday June 29 – Monday July 26, 2020) while Students Union Week will be between Monday August 10 and Friday 14, August 2020. Also, lectures end on Friday October 2, 2020 and revision starts on Monday October 5, through Friday October, 2020.
Finally, the second semester examination begins on Monday October 12 and ends on Saturday October 31, 2020. While the 2019/2020 academic session ends on Thursday November 26,2020 the 2020/2021 academic session will start January4, 2021.
Ojokheta delivers 483rd Inaugural Lecture at U.I
The Dean faculty of Education, Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) Prof Kester Osegha Ojokheta in slated to deliver the 483rd Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ibadan on Thursday 6, February 2020 at the Trenched Hall by 5:00pm.
According to the invitation card for the occasion a copy of which was made available to FUOYENews, Prof Ojokheta will speak to the topic, “promote it and the dividends shall manifest”
Friends of the Dean and other association are encouraged to be there.
FUOYE signs MoU with Federal Polytechnic Ilaro
By Godfrey Bakji
The management of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Federal Polytechnic Ilaro for the adoption of the former’s Top Up and Conversion Programme, on Thursday January 16, 2020 in the Vice-Chancellor Conference Room. The programme aims at helping Higher National Diploma holders undergo more training to get a degree.
While welcoming his guests, the Vice chancellor of FUOYE Professor Kayode Soremekun described the collaboration as very important. He said the institution derive for such collaborations was part of its community service to bridge the gap between University and Polytechnic education in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor also said he was particularly delighted with the visiting team with what he described as a positive chemistry going in the administration of the Polytechnic where a former Rector of the institution Dr. R.A Oloyo operates as Director of Linkages and Collaboration. A circumstance he described as very rare which if emulated across the country will surely bring positive change in the education sector. Adding his institution strives to be in charge assuring FUOYE will never fail the collaborating institution, asserting the program will be a win-win for the two institutions.
Speaking further, the Vice- Chancellor revealed that FUOYE has witnessed exponential growth under his stewardship which earned the institution 13th position out of 160 public and private Universities operating in the country. “This growth the Vice-Chancellor can also be replicated in the Polytechnic through collaborations such as this”, he stressed.
Leading the delegates from Federal Polytechnic Ilaro is the Institution`s Rector, Dr. Olusegun Aluko who also expressed delight with the collaboration assuring also that his institution is ready to play its part to ensure the success of the progamme.
Other dignitaries who spoke at event include FUOYE Director of Top Up and Conversion Programme, Dr A.A Adekunle who hinted that the collaboration has already taken off on a sound ground because 200 candidates already have purchased forms for the programme with more hoping to enroll.
He appreciated the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun for creating an enabling environment for the successes recorded on the programme since commencement.
The signing of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro MoU brings to six the numbers of institutions in partnership with FUOYE for its Top Up and Conversion Programme. Others who have already signed are the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Best Solutions Polytechnic, Akure, Lagos Polytechnic, Ikorodu and the Polytechnic, Ibadan and two others.
Nearly 500 students jostle for admission into FUOYE Law programme
By Godfrey Bakji and Bunmi Dada
Four hundred and ninety eight (498) candidates have subscribed for admission into the newly approved law programme of the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) for the year 2019/2020 academic session.
This was disclosed to FUOYENews by Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of the university, Mr Adeboyejo Moses Adeyinka in a message on Wednesday January 8, 2020.
Responding to questions from FUOYENews, Mr Adeboyejo said, “Thank you sir….We received 498 applications…”
In his own reaction, the Dean, Faculty of Law, Professor Andrew Adetokunbo Borokini, whose faculty is the beneficiary of the screening, noted that: these 500 students would have been denied admissions but for the doggedness of the management who offered this opportunity.
Prof Borokini, was at the Prometric Centre, the venue for computer based test (CBT) organized for the candidates to supervise proceedings, said about fifty (50) of the candidates will be offered admission.
The Dean further said that only candidates who sat for the last Joint Admission Matriculation Board Examination and scored a minimum of 230 points were eligible to seek for the admission.
On the modalities for selecting the fifty (50) candidates, the Dean assured that merit will strictly be adhered to by the admission committee. He also revealed that candidates’ JAMB’s score, Ordinary level results from West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or National Examinations Council (NECO) and the score of the computer based test will be used to select qualified candidates.
It would be recalled that the National University Commission (NUC) had earlier approved the law programme for the university since last year after a thorough resource verification exercise.
Akande is FUOYE’s new Bursar
This is to announce the appointment of Mrs. Bolatito Roseline Akande as the Second Substantive Bursar of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) following the University Governing Council’s decision of December 19, 2019 at its 18th Statutory Meeting.
According to a letter dated December 31, 2019 to the new financial czar, by the Acting Registrar who took minutes of the Council, Mr Muftau Ibrahim, “the appointment is for a single term of five (5) years with effect from January 6, 2020”.
The letter of appointment reads in part: “The terms and conditions of service, including remunerations and fringe benefits shall be as approved for the Bursar of Federal Universities in Nigeria”. It also reminded her that she will be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day administration of all financial activities of the University.
It will be recalled that Mrs Akande, who is a member of fourteen (14) professional and accounting bodies including Association of Forensic Accountants of Nigeria (AFAR), Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX), International Professional Managers Association (IPMA) (UK), International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professional (IICFIP) among others was employed as Deputy Bursar of this University sometimes in June 2016.
She became Acting Bursar in September 2017 when the then Bursar Alhaji Bashir Oyeniyi Badmus passed on in office.
By this appointment, Mrs Akande, who holds two Masters of Science degrees in Accounting from Afe Babalola University (2017-2019) and European American University, Commonwealth Dominica in 2011-2013, edged out twenty six (26) other candidates including Substantive Bursars of Federal Universities in Nigeria.
Born on July 2, 1970 in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, and married with three children, the new Bursar began her education at Saint Mary Catholic School and Sacred Heart Convent School both at Ibadan for Primary School Education before proceeding to Federal Government College, Ogbomosho for her Secondary Education, where she made credits in 8 subjects including English and Mathematics.
The financial guru of today cut her teeth in accounting at Lagos State Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology for foundational Diplomas in Accounting and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) for Masters in Business Administration before M.Sc. Accounting in two Prestigious Schools earlier mentioned. She speaks English and Yoruba very fluently and has authored three academic papers apart from exposures to thirty one (31) local and overseas seminars and workshops.
Mrs Akande has served within twenty one (21) committees of this University prior to her appointment and received University commendation “on diligence and professionalism in the discharge of her responsibilities and ensuring adequate accountability and for display of high level of competence and commitment in the service of the University. She had earlier bagged similar commendation at National Open University (NOUN) twice.
It is this varied experience and wide exposure of the new Bursar that FUOYE hopes to enjoy in the years ahead. Congrats to all.
FUOYE MANAGEMENT PAYS HAZARD TO ALL STAFF
Against the practice hazard allowance was only paid to a particular category of staff in the university, the Professor Kayode Soremekun administration has effected the payment of the hazard to all categories covering both senior and junior. Th i s magnanimity came in spite of the mounting responsibilities of the administration owing to the unprecedented increase in student population pursuant to the introduction of nineteen new academic programs by the administration.
VC SPURS FRESH STUDENTS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Friday March 3, 2017 witnessed the 6 th Matriculation Ceremony of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti. The students, adorned in their flowing academic gowns, expectantly awaited the solemn and formal induction into their various fields of study.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun, clearly elated at conducting the first matriculation as vice chancellor, advised the new students against social activities that were capable of endangering their academic career.
In his keynote address, the Vice Chancellor hinted that it had been the highest number of admission since the inception of the University, and disclosed that the University was making all efforts to increase and improve the academic facilities in the University. He urged the students to face their studies promptly and begin at this level to build up their grade.
The ebullient don advised the students not to disappoint their parents who had laboured to bring them thus far in life. The highlight of the occasion was the formal induction, by the Registrar of the University, Mr. D. A. Adeyemo, of the students in order of their faculties. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor R. A. Omolehin, deans of faculties, and other principal officers were also present. Parents, guardians, and friends and well-wishers of the matriculating students were on ground to observe the induction and rejoice with their loved ones.
A cross section of the new students, in an interview, expressed delight at seeing their dream of becoming undergraduates come true. Jegede Oluwatobi, a student of Civil Engineering, affirmed that the matriculation had been the first step of a journey of a thousand miles and prayed for strength to pull through. On her part, Omoola Joy- Goodness, a student of Mechatronic Engineering, said she was proud to be a bona fide student of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti.
About three thousand students admitted across the eight faculties of the university matriculated.
PRE-DEGREE STUDENTS ADVISED TO WORK HARD
The Pre-degree students of Federal University Oye-Ekiti have been given conditions for securing admission into the University. The admitted Pre- degree students for the 2017/2018 academic session had their orientation programme at Ikechukwu Ifeanacho ICT Centre, on Wednesday, 22 February, 2017.
The Chairman Board of Pre-degree, Dr. R. B. Akindola, advised the students to take their academic work seriously, set goals for themselves and pursue these goals to completion.
He urged the students to be assiduous in order to get a reasonable mark that could fetch them admission, reminding them that their enrolment in the Pre-degree programme did not guarantee them automatic admission into the university.
The students were also advised to ensure that their subject combination was proper to avoid frustrations that might arise from improper combinations. They were, therefore, urged to approach staff of Pre-pegree for clarification on questions of subject combination.
A total of three hundred and sixty students had been admitted into various faculties making it the highest number of admission since inception. Highlight of the exercise were lectures delivered by members of the Board of Pre-degree.
FUOYE TO COMMENCE MICRO-FINANCE BANK
Arrangements have reached advanced stage to establish a micro- finance bank at Federal University Oye-Ekiti. According to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun, this Management decision to create the bank amongst other things, is to restructure and reposition the inherited heavy workforce. Professor Soremekun said one of the ways to tackle the problem was to create more academic programmes, create a micro finance bank, start a post- graduate, and other ancillaries to absorb the already existing workforce.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed this while responding to questions from journalists recently at his lodge. Corroborating the Vice Chancellor’s position, the Bursar of the institution, Mr. Bashir Badmus, dropped the same hint during an expanded management meeting held recently. According to Mr. Badmus, plans have been concluded by the university management to establish a micro-finance bank which would offer financial services to the FUOYE community as well as serve as a source of internally generated revenue for the young university.
TUITION-FREE VARSITY EDUCATION UNREALISTIC- Vcs
The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities has said it was no longer realistic to have tuition-free university education in the country and wants the policy changed. The committee stated this in a communiqué that a change in policy would enable parents, guardians and government equitably share the financial burden of education.
According to Committee’s Secretary General, Mr. Michael Faborode, he stated that such policy would enable students pay revised fees commensurate with the true value of university education. “The current inclination towards free tuition or free university education is unrealistic to the national vision for practical and qualitative education and perceived as not been sustainable. In his words, “To account and provide for poor and indigent students, government is encouraged to set up and re-establish an Education Bank to provide loans and access to finance.”
The committee, however, urged university managements to “think out of the box” to exploit all alternative and additional means of funding universities, including payment of tuition fees. The communiqué also called for a holistic overhaul of the education sector to tackle the decay reflected from the primary to the tertiary levels. It also urged universities to work out fresh strategies to build linkages with industries and partnerships with the private sector.
The committee equally urged the Federal Government to ensure sustainable funding of universities and other tertiary institutions to make them relevant, globally competitive and be properly positioned to spearhead sustainable development. The committee also advised government to increase scholarships, bursaries and other aids for students desirous of pursuing tertiary and postgraduate education. It called on the government to ensure that full university autonomy was attained and sustained in Nigerian universities. “In this regard, and as captured in the laws of the various universities, Councils should be given unfettered leeway to deal with all matters in their respective universities. “Such that the task of university governance should be wholesomely formulated by the Governing Council, on paper and in practice, including determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the institutional mission is achieved. “As independent arbiters, Councils are central to industrial harmony, peace and stability on campuses and indeed the entire Nigerian university system,” it said. The communiqué further said that proprietors of private universities should adhere strictly to guidelines and templates for appointing chairmen and members of the councils.