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KWASU council seeks alternative funding to pay salary

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The Governing Council, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has appealed to the state government to allow it seek alternative sources of salary funding.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, KWASU, Prof. Kpotun Baba made the plea on Friday at the 8th and 9th Combined Convocation Ceremony of the institution.

Prof. Baba said that one of the major challenges to the university was its inability to pay staff salaries without resort to loans since the discontinuation of subvention to it by the previous administration.

”The proposals are to make alternative salary funding arrangements which may be less costly to the government and the university,” he said.

Baba appealed for the state government’s urgent financial support to realise the initial full accreditation of its programme on aeronautical engineering.

”This course is about the first of its kind in a Nigerian university and could easily bring the university to limelight, but, the problem is that we are acutely short of the right personnel and facilities to bring the programme to the required standard.

”On its part, the University has been taking advantage of the TETFund overseas training arrangement to produce additional relevant personnel.

”However, while we continue to search for alternative funding model for this programme, we solicit governments’ financial support,” he said.

He thanked the state government for the continued assistance to the university, adding that the council and university management would continue to justify the confidence reposed in them.

Earlier in his address, the institution’s Chancellor, Dr Johnson Adewumi said KWASU had not only satisfied some of the indices of a world-class university through teaching, research and community service, but had also established collaboration with renowned world-class institutions.

”Through such collaborations, the university has continued, despite all odds, to improve it’s teaching, learning and research activities to be a reference among universities locally and internationally.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Mustapha Akanbi, disclosed that the university had started the Smart City Student Hostel Project consisting of 10 mega hostels, each providing 1,120 bed spaces.
He said that the project would go a long way in solving students’ accommodation problems and facilitating the inculcation of the fast eroding culture of university life in the students.
”A major factor that fuels anti-social and immoral acts such as illicit use of drugs, cyber crimes and cultism in universities is the fact that majority of students live off campus.
”This act has denied today’s university student the culture of university life which would have been embedded in him or her.
”When students are not within university facilities, it is difficult for the authorities to exercise control or full-fledged guidance over them,” Prof. Akanbi said.

Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara, said work would soon resume in the satellite campuses in Osi and Ilesha Baruba as his administration was committed to invest more in the education to reform the sector.

Abdulrahman, who was represented by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Mr Senior Suleiman, said his administration would leave no stone unturned in sustaining the tempo of academic and infrastructure development in the institution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of 6,620 graduands consisting of 3,864 for the 2019/2020 session and 2,756 for the 2020/2021 session were awarded degrees at the convocation with 98 receiving First Class Honours degrees.

The best graduating student for the 2019/2020 session was Christiana Abolarin while Olufunmilayo Oyetunde of the Department of Geology was the best graduating student for the 2020/2021 session.

NAN also reports that Oyetunde was offered automatic employment by KWASU management.

She however told NAN that she would have to reconsider the employment as she would love to further her education.
Oyetunde said that determination and support from her parents contributed to her excellent performance in her studies.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash

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Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Governors have no business with removal of fuel subsidy, says Fayemi

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Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, stated on Thursday that state governors had no say in whether or not to keep the fuel subsidy.

During a news conference following a meeting of the Governors, Mr Fayemi made the remark.

The group “concluded to engage the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress on how best to address this issue without causing any dissension but with a view to recovering the Nigerian economy for the Nigerian people,” according to the Ekiti State Governor.

However, he argued that the decision wasn’t one for the Governors to make.

“For us at the forum, it is a matter that is a going concern. We don’t have a definite issue on it because it is left to the Petroleum Industry Act. It is not for us. NNPC is now a private company and the company should decide what it wants to do with the price of its products. It shouldn’t really be the business of Governors.

“It is not up to sub-nationals to decide on what happens to PMS pricing. It is an entirely exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government.

“However, we are critical stakeholders and we are members of the National Economic Council, so we contribute to debates in the Council.”

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Fuel subsidy removal will cause more hardship for Nigerians, says Abdulsalami

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Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.) has warned that the proposed fuel subsidy removal will cause further harm to Nigerians.

Abdulsalami spoke on Thursday at the 19th Daily Trust Summit in Abuja, pointing out that the country is already facing challenges on multiple fronts.

The Buhari administration has made public its plan to stop the payment of fuel subsidy by June 2022.

However, many stakeholders, including the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, feel the move is insensitive and wrongly timed as the citizens are already going through untold hardship.

“Unemployment or underemployment remain at record levels,” General Abdulsalami said, adding “and over 80 million Nigerians are still caught up in needless poverty.

“All of these tend to have negative effects on security.

“In fact, Nigeria now faces a food security crisis that is compounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the banditry in many States in Northern Nigeria.

“All of these have disrupted the fragile value chains across the country, and negatively impacted the ability of Nigerians to produce, process and distribute food.

“The result is a continued rise in the prices of food items, beyond the reach of many Nigerian families.

“On top of all these, fuel prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months as announced last November by the NNPC.

“We all know when this happens, as the government has planned, it will push many millions deeper into poverty.”

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