The government of Oyo State has disclosed plans to start a new university of technology in the state. The first set of students will be admitted into the new Technical University next September.
The Executive secretary of Nigeria’ National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie has formally presented a letter of recognition of the university to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, charging the governor to “give all it takes to the new institution to survive’’.
Okojie expressed dissatisfaction with the manner with which some state universities were being politicised, which always led to their eventual collapse.
“The most difficult institutions to run are state owned institutions,’’ he noted.
He attributed the problem to change in leadership and politics of ethnicity, adding that, “we cannot play politics with university education’’.
Okojie, who also said universities of technology in Nigeria had lost focus, noted that the system was failing because there were no industries to “translate theory into practice.
He said universities had big roles to play in ensuring the advancement of technology in the country, especially through constant researches and commitment to quality education.
Ajimobi said the university was established to fill the gap in courses that were missing in other universities in the country.
“What makes this university unique is that we are focusing on courses that are not readily available in other technical universities in Nigeria, such as mechatronics, aircraft technology, robotics, cyber space security and others.
“What we are doing is marrying classroom with industries through the curriculum, which will be engineering and technology based,’’ he explained.
He said three local and international companies had already indicated interest to cite their industries on the university campus, which would help in achieving the goal.
The governor said the university was being modelled after other technical universities in Asia and Europe, adding that he hopes to encourage entrepreneurship and engineering studies.
Ajimobi said the establishment of university would not affect the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states. The institution, situated at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, he said, would take-off in Sept. 2013.
Indigenes of Oyo State have commended the governor over the new development but stated their fears the university will lose focus like Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso which Mr Olatunji said lost focus when the university stated offering medical and health science courses.
#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos
The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.
The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.
The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”
This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.
“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”
NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest
The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.
He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.
Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.
He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.
FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.
Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.
In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.
The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.
On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.
The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.
But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.
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