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Why No Student Has Graduated Since Plateau State University Was Established 10 Years Ago

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Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has decried delay in the graduation of students 10 years after the State University (PLASU) was established.

The governor who made this known when he visited the National Universities Commission in Abuja on Tuesday said the lack of lecturers, incessant interference, lack of facilities and inability to get accreditation of its courses have been the major causes of delayed graduation of two sets of students since its inception in April 2005.

He sought the support of the Commission in the areas of accreditation, recruitment of more lecturers as well as diaspora professors to ensure that the university is on the part of stabilization and undue interference.

“Currently, there are two sets of final years without any of its 17 programmes accredited. However with what has happened to the institution and the crisis of confidence, public perception and spontaneous reaction by the students and parents, there is urgent need for the government to be seen actively involved, in ensuring a repositioning of the university and its programmes,” he said.

The governor said that the university needs laboratories and class rooms, appropriate staff recruitment, offices and office equipment, library and purchase of relevant books> He noted that additional efforts in the areas of stabilization of the institution and general infrastructural development will complement its preparedness for the accreditation exercise.

He further said that “The University will require a grace period of between 4 to 6 months from now to fully accomplish the execution of the above to properly fulfill the accreditation needs”.

Lalong promised to work assiduously to give the university a new leaf adding, however, that he cannot do it alone.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary of  the NUC, Professor Julius Okojie said state governments have been encouraged to establish their own institutions, adding that universities bring development as best of practices comes from the university system.

He noted that a defective governing council and lack of accreditation has left the school in an emergency ward. He explained that a university cannot run without a governing council and therefore gave the school three weeks to put its governing council in place.

He also urged the Plateau State government to ensure that the Vice-Chancellor of PLASU, Professor Doknan Sheni, who was dismissed after a year, be reinstated as soon as possible, adding that he must complete his tenure as the VC.

“I must tell you that those students will graduate, we will ensure that once you put those things in place, the structure on ground, you are ready for us to come for accreditation.”

Okojie promised to get three professors for PLASU that would be paid through TETFund. He, therefore, assured of staff recruitment just as he promised that the students will graduate after ten years but asked that they write a leave of absence letter to the Senate as 10 years is too long a time for a student to stay in a University.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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