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The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to work with government and lecturers to end incessant strike in Nigeria universities.

Abubakar stated this at a youths programme with the theme “Intergenerational Synergy on Government”, organised by PDP to commemorate the 2022 International Youth Day celebration in Abuja on Friday.

Abubakar, who narrated how his father was arrested for never wanting him to go to school, described education as fundamental right of any citizen, especially the children and youths.

He decried the inability of the government to resolve lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying such would not happen under a PDP or his led administration when elected as president.

“I want to pledge that I will work with university authorities and government to make sure we end this incessant strikes by ASUU.

“This is because education is fundamental to your growth. It doesn’t matter whether you are in politics, business or any sector. The fundamental right of every youth or every citizen is to be educated.

“Therefore it is the responsibility of any responsible government to make sure that right is given to every Nigerian, every youth in this country,” Abubakar said.

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The former vice president who reiterated his pledge for youth inclusive government, promised to provide youths with the opportunities to acquire the training and experience to take over from the older generations.

Abubakar urged the youth to support the PDP to take over government in 2023 to rescue the youth and the nation.

“I believe that the PDP provides the best platform for you to actualise your individual’s collective and national aspirations,” he said.

Abubakar encouraged youths who wanted to go into politics, either as part-time or full time career, to be patient and courageous in building their ways to the top.

The PDP National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, said that the party would take care of all when it comes back to power by 2023.

He said that there would be sufficient representation for youths in the government, both in elected or appointed positions.

“PDP is the only party that has done it in the past. I will do it again.

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“We will rebuild this country and you will have a better country. Power belongs to you; power does not belong to we the old generation. We are only rebuilding to hand over to you,” he said.

The Minority Leader of the House, Sen. Ndudi Elumelu, the acting Chairman of the occasion, who passed a vote of confidence on Ayu and his executive, urged members to join the party leaders to rescue it.

Elumelu said those calling for the dissolution of Ayu’s National Working Committee (NWC) did not mean well for the party and the nation.

“What they should be thinking about is how to join us together to unite this party, unite Nigerians that are looking forward to PDP to rescue them and of course, come back to power come 2023.”

Elumelu urged the youth not to be deterred by what they were going through, but work with PDP to return to power.

“Let me charge youth to note that not only the future, but the present belongs to you. It is your time and you must make good use of it,” Ayu said.

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The PDP National Youth Leader, Muhammed Suleiman, advised youths not to see leadership as an entitlement, but a process that involved all stakeholders in every aspect of the society.

Suleiman said that the youth must be prepared to have the right mindset and humility to deal with the challenges that come with leadership.

He said that the PDP NWC, led by Ayu, was fully youth-oriented and ready to support the youth in any endeavour.

“Our presidential candidate Abubakar has shown over the years that he is a true believer in the capacity of the youth.”

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The leadership of the Lagos axis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to disrupt political campaigns and make the coming weeks ugly for Nigerian politicians until the Federal Government puts an end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The chairman of Lagos axis of NANS, Olusesi Tolulope, said on Friday that resolving the strike has already become an ego fight between the Federal Government and ASUU, saying students were the ones paying the price.

He said the students were at the receiving end of their inability to resolve all issues around the seven-month, warning that if the ruling of the National Industrial Court, which ordered the lecturers back to work was not complied with, and the Federal Government also refuses to do the needful, the society would be sitting on a time bomb.

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Tolulope stressed that students could not be rendered ‘useless’ while campaigns for the 2023 general election progress.

“Our lives also count, and we won’t be afraid to make the next few weeks ugly for those politicians too,” he warned.

He pleaded with ASUU to return back to class or at least suspend the strike while negotiations with the Federal Government continue.

“Actually, Nigerian students through NANS have been more supportive of ASUU due to some of their demands, which we found logical enough and appealing to our interest. Nevertheless, there is no agreement between NANS and ASUU on putting an end to the strike,” he said.

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He added that NANS expects ASUU to address Nigerian students and the general public on their position on the court ruling, which has mandated them to return to class.

“We are hoping to hear from them in the next 24 hours,” he noted.

Tolulope appealed to Lagosians to treat the rumoured impending protests on the Third Mainland Bridge and Apapa as fake news, saying NANS does not intend to organise further protests in the state.

He added that “feelings of fear, frustration and resentment should not be created in the minds of Lagos residents out of this volatile information.”

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Tolulope appreciated the Lagos State government for its understanding, tolerance and provision of security during the peaceful protest that was held on Monday, September 19, 2022.

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Obey court ruling first – FG tells lecturers

The federal government has told the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to obey the National Industrial Court ruling and call off its seven-month strike.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, gave the advice while fielding questions from journalists on the margins of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, and the Official Launch of the Nigeria Integrated National Financing Framework Report (NIFF).

The industrial court on Wednesday, ordered ASUU to call off its ongoing nationwide strike, pending the determination of a suit filed by the Federal Government.

The federal government had dragged the lecturers to court in a bid to end the strike.

“I’m not ASUU but the maximum in law is that when there is a court judgment or ruling or order you must first obey and then we can apply for an appeal if you so desire or apply for stay that is stay of execution.

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“So the maximum in law, jurisprudence and everything about the law, is that you obey the court’s ruling, judgment or order, no matter how bad. The qualifying thing is that no matter how bad and no matter how you disagree with it, you first obey. Like the military people say, obey before complain.

“So we expect them to get back to the classrooms but that doesn’t foreclose negotiations, the negotiations should be on as a matter of fact, it will be on officially and non officially.

“For example, the House of Representatives had invited us to come and brief them. And together, they are stakeholders. You heard Mr President said to the committee of Pro-Chancellors when they visited him, that he would do consultation as per the two request on putting an icing on the cake on the government offer to ASUU members and the issue of resettlement fund to cushion the effect of the “no work no pay” situation they found themselves in.

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“So, President will look at it, the House of Reps are stakeholders, Ministers we are not only stakeholders, we are advisers to Mr. President by the provisions of the Constitution, Section 5 of the Constitution and 147, that appoints ministers one from each state of the Federation, and we hold regular meetings with him, so we are his chief advisers.

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“So, we will interface with the House of Representatives and all of us collectively will advise Mr. President,” Ngige said.

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FUTMinna council appoints Prof Kuta as new VC

The governing council of the Federal University of Technology, (FUT) Minna has announced the appointment of Professor Faruk Adamu Kuta, a professor of microbiology as the 8th substantive vice-chancellor of the Institution.

Professor Kuta whose appointment was announced on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 by the chairman of council, Prof. Olu Obafemi, NMON, was born on the 26th October 1972 at Kuta in Shiroro local government area of Niger State.

He attended Government Science Teachers College Wushishi, in Wushishi LGA of Niger State from 1981 to 1986, the Federal College of Education, Kontangora, from 1989 to 1993 before proceeding to the prestigious Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in 1994 from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc. Honours) in microbiology in 1998.

At the end of the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in the year 2000, he enrolled on a master of technology (MTech) degree programme in pharmaceutical microbiology at F.U.T Minna and he successfully completed the programme in 2004 with outstanding grades in all courses taken.

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Thereafter in 2005, he was offered a teaching position as lecturer II in the Department of Microbiology at FUT, Minna from where he pursued a PhD research programme in medical microbiology at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU)Bauchi, in Bauchi State which he completed in 2012.

He thereafter moved gradually through the academic ranks to the position of professor of microbiology in October 2018. Prof. Faruk Adamu Kuta finally capped the attainment of the status of a full professor in FUTMinna on the 14th of April, 2021 when he delivered the 77th Inaugural lecture of the University titled “Knowing the Molecular Heterogeneity of Human Pathogenic Viruses: My Concern and Your Hope”.

A thoroughbred professional through and through, Prof. Faruk Adamu Kuta has a vast range of administrative and managerial experience within and outside the university system.

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He has held varied executive positions in clubs, societies and local community associations in Niger State, and has served the university in various capacities, including membership in over 30 committees and as chair of over 10 of them.

He has also served as deputy dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, deputy dean of the School of Life Sciences, deputy director, Academic Planning Unit of the university, Head of Department of Microbiology, director, Academic Planning Unit before he became the deputy vice-chancellor (Academic); a position he held before his appointment as vice-chancellor.

Prof. Kuta is well exposed internationally having attended a number of international conferences and published in reputable international Journals. He has supervised and mentored a wide array of MTech and PhD students to date. He has also demonstrated over the years, the ability to attract research grants and other resources to the university.

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He is a member of some professional and civil society organisations including the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN) and the Nigerian Society of Microbiology (NSM)

Professor Faruk Adamu Kuta who succeeds Professor Abdullahi Bala as vice-chancellor is expected to assume office officially effective from Saturday, the 3rd of December, 2022.

The appointment is for a single term of five years.

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