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PMB Chief Of Staff Marvelles With Outstanding Developments At Nasarawa University

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From David Christopher, Lafia

Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Professor Ibrahim Gambari  has said that he was marvelled by the tremendous transformative achievements in all aspects he has been witnessing at the Nasarawa State University,Keffi (NSUK) since he becomes conversant with the university recently.

The  chief of staff who made this known in his address during the official commissioning of the five story Senate building and engineering laboratory of the university in keffi, Nasarawa State on Monday, described the gestures of both the past and present governments of Nasarawa State in the said aspects as second to none.

“I continue to marvel on how each time during my visit to the university I noticed something new on transformative. This speak the commitments of the state governments both in the past and current as well as the management of the university which continue to leaves and bounds.

“I pray that the provisions of this critical infrastructures will further led the university to attend a new hight in a dogged efforts in providing quality education for our citizens. I most admit that I enjoy a very special relationship with this university and this state” he stated.

He commended the management of NSUK for th prudent manner on which it utilises Tetfund allocations disbursed to them at all times.

On his part, the Nasarawa State governor Engineer Abdullahii Alhaji Sule said,” Let me commend Tetfund for the construction of the university’s senate building and other endeavors. It is our hope that those endeavors would be sustain for Goodwill”.

The APC national Chairman, Senator Abdullahii Adamu who was the founder of the university when he was the governor of the state and who doubles as the chairman of the event also said,” I was marvelled by the tremendous achievements that the university has recorded in human capacity, infrastructures, international linkages, research and innovations developments within the short period years”.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of Tetfund Architect Sunny Ochonu said, NSUK was the only university that he visited twice in the country since he came on board, owing to the outstanding commitments of their management, adding that Tetfund have 373 similar projects to that of NSUK which are ready for commissioning across Nigerian universities.

“Tetfund along with the various beneficiaries institutions are working assiduously to ensure that we complete additional 315 projects and commission them before the end of this administration”he stressed.

According to him, from 2011 to 2020 Tetfund has allocated over 10 Billion Naira for infrastructures related interventions to NSUK, adding that the said university was having one of the highest rates of outstanding Tetfund exceeding 80 percent.

On their separate goodwill messages at the event the Emir of Lafia and Keffi Emirates Justice,Sidi Bage and Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa lll commended Tetfund good gestures to the university, advising the beneficiary institute to make judicious uses of them in order to attract more.

In his speech earlier,the Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed thanked the Nasarawa State Government, Tetfund,NASENI and all the university’s stakeholders for always according them with their needfuls, adding that the university is still far from meeting the increasing demands for offices, students hostels, workshops amongst other necessary interventions.

Highlights of the occasion included the commissioning of the University Senate Building, Main Campus,Keffi,Central Engineering Workshop at NSUK Gudi campus, WHO/Unlilinikum of Molecular Diagnostic and Infectious Disease Control, Keffi Center, Building Remodel Senate Building.

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Nasarawa Versity, ASUU Described Pro-Rata Salary Scheme As Unacceptable

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From David Christopher, Lafia

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nasarawa State University, Keffi Chapter Dr. Samuel Alu and other leaders of the union within the university have described the inability of the federal government of Nigeria to comply with the  injunctions of the national industrial court as regards the payments of their salaries as illegal and barbaric and pushing them to the wall.

The Academicians who made their decisions known during a peaceful protest which they embarked upon within the university premises on Friday said, the pro-rata salary scheme been initiated to them by the federal government of Nigeria was unacceptable.

” We are not going to negate the injunctions of the the industrial court for the main time, but it appears the federal government is pushing us high to the wall. We will soon react and we want our innocent students to bear us witness. We have been teaching without salaries and our salaries are not been paid.

” If this prorata payment continues then we would have no choice, but to face the reality which is to tell the federal government with the language that they normally understand. We don’t want to send our innocent students back home again. We want them to graduate to become positive people in the society that can impact to the economy of this nation”Dr. Alu stated.

According to him, the said rally was to protest the continues behaviors of the federal government of Nigeria, adding their also using the opportunity of the rally to let the general public to be acquainted how government was maltreating the colleagues at the federal universities.

His words,” We are calling on the federal government of Nigeria to call the minister of labour Dr. Chris Ngegi to order. He has no right to act as if he is above the federal law of Nigeria.

Answering a question as regards rumors making the rounds that the federal government who are the employee of the academic staff of federal universities may decide to disenge them as a result of the misunderstanding between them. A one time national chairman of ASUU, Professor Fashumu Oladepo said,” Our employee the federal government of Nigeria does not have any right either by the Nigerian constitution or by university law to do whatever the want to do against the lectures.

“No government has a right to cheat or to depraved the right of anyone that he deserves according to the constitution. This government is taking Nigerians for granted, because if they are responsible they would have comply with the agreement they signed with ASUU as regards the said salaries”

Other past ASUU Chairmen who also speaks on the issue and lamented the attitude of federal government over their unpaid salaries which was cursing hardship to them and their families includes, Professor Theophilus Lagi, Comrade Yahaya Muhammed, Comrade Mairiga JP and Comrade Tanimu Yusuf.

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