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FUTMinna council appoints Prof Kuta as new VC

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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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UNILAG appoints new bursar

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Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Adekunle has been named the new bursar of the University of Lagos by its Governing Council.

Beginning on November 3, 2022, Adekunle will serve as the institution’s bursar for five years.

This is stated in a statement issued on Thursday by UNILAG’s communication unit.

The statement read, “The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022, approved the appointment of Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Yetunde Adekunle as the new Bursar of the University.

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“Her tenure is for five (5) years with effect from Thursday, November 3, 2022.

“Mrs. Adekunle until her appointment was Deputy Bursar, Treasury. She joined the services of the University in 2005.

“She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Lagos. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

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“Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Yetunde Adekunle takes over from the current Bursar, Dr. Lekan Lawal, whose tenure ends on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.”

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Unilorin disclaims Post UTME screening form

The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has dismissed reports that it released 2022/2023 Post-UTME Screening Form to applicants.

The Director of Corporate Affairs of the university, Kunle Akogun, who disclaimed the speculation in a statement on Thursday in Ilorin, explained that Unilorin was yet to take decision.

Akogun said, “This is to inform all admission applicants to the University of Ilorin that the institution is yet to take any decision on the 2022/2023 Post-UTME screening.

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“They should, therefore, disregard a message currently flying around online platforms to the effect that the University has started the process for the sale of Post-UTME screening registration form.

“This is the handiwork of scammers and admission seekers should disregard it.”

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FG, ASUU out-of-court settlement move fails

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FG ASUU out of court settlement move fails

The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are yet to come to a consensus on addressing the issues that led to the union’s strike.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

After several meetings between ASUU and the federal government ended in stalemate, the federal government went to the national industrial court to challenge the strike.

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, had asked the parties to explore the option of an out-of-court settlement.

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Georgewill Abraham, the judge, had suggested that the federal government and ASUU take 24 hours to dialogue and come up with a resolution that would make Nigerians happy.

But at the hearing on Thursday, James Igwe, counsel to the federal government, and Femi Falana, counsel to ASUU, told the court of appeal that a resolution had not been reached.

Hamma Barka, the presiding judge, thereafter, stepped down the matter for an hour to enable ASUU file a reply to the counter affidavit deposed to by the federal government in opposition to the hearing of the union’s appeal.

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At the resumption of the hearing, Falana said they had begun consultations which would continue at the end of the day’s proceedings.

He also asked that ASUU’s application challenging the ruling of the industrial court be heard by the appeal court.

Both parties agreed that the court should hear the application, as there was no amicable resolution reached as advised.

The next hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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