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There was excitement and joy by staff and students of the Department of Music, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, as the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebola Ekanola, officially inaugurated the rehabilitated building, procurement of furniture and equipment for the Department at the former Central Cafeteria in the Students’ Union Building (SUB) complex on Monday, 26 April, 2021.

At the event, the Acting VC said the need for the renovated building arose because the current building was no longer able to cope with the ever-increasing student population, teaching, research and practical activities of the Department in a statement by the University’s Director of Public Communication, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo.

Prof. Ekanola, a former Dean of the Faculty was elated at the successful completion of the building and thanked all those who were involved in making the project a reality, especially the immediate Past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka and one-time Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Ademola Dasylva.

“The immediate Past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, clarified the issue of ownership when contention against the project arose and secured the place for the Department because the place was under-utilised. For Prof. Dasylva, he was so much committed to ensuring that the Department had a conducive place for its academic activities.”

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With the building, Professor Ekanola stated that the Department “which has been in dire need of the building will now be able to expand the horizon of the students because of ample space that is now made available.”

“I am sure that this will go a long way in assisting the Department to meeting the needs of the students. Because of the peculiarity of the Department, the location of the building is good for the students practical applications in the studio”.

Acknowledging the provision of the new building, the current Acting Head, Dr. Toyin Ajose was full of gratitude for the provision of the spacious building that is handed over for use, thanking the University management for the great achievement.

In his remarks, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Afis Oladosu was delighted at the completion of the building and appreciated God for the successful completion.

He appreciated the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ekanola, for his great commitment to achieving the great height and promised that the building will be put to good use.

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The pioneer Acting Head of the Department, Dr. Tolu Owoaje said: ” I have to appreciate God that the work comes into completion.”

“The location is strategic for smooth operation for the fact that the building is beside the previous Department of Music building and very close to Department of Theatre Arts and the Faculty of Arts.”

The accommodation/ office space challenge confronting the Department of Music led to the award of contract for the rehabilitation and furnishing of the old cafeteria building for the Department.

It was awarded in November 2019 under the NEEDS Intervention to Messrs Amec Consult Nig. Ltd at the sum of #100, 984, 702.00 with a duration of 12 weeks.

The project commencement was delayed because Tantalizer did not evacuate the building in good time apparently due to COVID-19 lockdown. Execution was also affected by the COVID-19 lockdown and the staff unions’ strike.

The project which was eventually handed over about two weeks ago has the following features: 9 offices; HoD and secretary offices; computer and server rooms; library; class rooms; concert and practice rooms as well as furniture and equipment.

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Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Kayode Adebowale; Acting Bursar, Mr. Olayiwola Abimbola; University Librarian, Dr. Helen Komolafe-Opadeji; Member of the Governing Council of the University, Mr. Taiwo Semowo; Prof. Ademola Dasylva, Former Dean, Faculty of Arts; Director of Works, Engr. Olufemi Adetolu; Director, Physical Planning, Surv. Sam Olaniyan; Director of Procurement, Engr. J.K. Ajibola; Director, University Advancement Centre, Mr. ‘Debo Adeosun; Deputy Registrar, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mr. Oluwole Dada; Deputy Director of Works, Engr. Jimoh Bello and the Faculty Officer, Faculty of Arts, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dibosa.

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Uzodinma begs ASUU to end strike

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Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to allow students return back to school. He said all hands must be on deck, so as to achieve this laudable objective.

The governor made this appeal during an audience with members of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) at Government House, Owerri.

Governor Uzodinma pleaded specifically with the FUTO branch of ASUU to allow students studying in the university to go back to school and urged all parties in the ASUU/Federal Government saga to sheathe their swords and allow normalcy return to the institutions.

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He said, “Education is the key ingredient for national development, so it is the responsibility of leaders in the country to resolve issues and controversies that tend to impede the academic progress of her youths.

“What the leaders of Nigeria owe our future generation is to ensure that they are given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and be better citizens in future.”

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The governor who acknowledged that education is an expensive project to acquire said that “when the foundation is laid and infrastructure like that of FUTO is put on ground as a platform, it is the civic responsibility of the leaders to support the institution to maximize their potentials.”

On the controversies surrounding land allocation in FUTO, the governor noted that the administration has gone extra miles to investigate the problems and related matters, noting that the problems could be resolved amicably.

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FG begs ASUU to accept IPPIS

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FG begs ASUU to accept IPPIS

The federal government has begged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to accept the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) with the promise of improving the payment platform to fit the needs of the lecturers.

The Accountant General of the Federation, Sylvia Okolieaboh, made the plea on Thursday during the meeting between the union and the federal government at the House of Representatives.

Recall that the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila had last week called for an extended meeting of all stakeholders in the education sector to resolve the over seven months strike.

The Accountant General said the government will accommodate the union on the issue of salaries in a bid to end the strike.

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He insisted that the government is concerned over the ripple effect of allowing ASUU to have a separate payment platform from others.

“If there are peculiarities in the university salaries system, what we need to do is to sit down with ASUU and identify them and address them in IPPIS. We are willing to accept.”

This is the third meeting brokered by the House of Representatives, like many others, the meeting did not yield any agreement.

Others at the meeting included the head of service, Folashade Esan, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke.

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In his closing remarks, Mr Gbajabiamila said will compile all recommendations and submit them to President Muhammadu Buhari as a single report.

He stated that “We are appealing to you, the Judiciary has spoken, the Executive has spoken, the Legislature is about to speak together with the Executive; everybody cannot be wrong and only one person is right. For me I’m happy with the solution on UTAS, no victor, no vanquished, everybody is being carried along.

“For the sake of emphasis, the House is pleading with you, let’s put all interest aside and look at the interest of our children.”

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TRCN reveals number of teachers that have been killed since North East insurgency

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The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has announced that due to the poor state of basic education in the North East, approximately 1,500 schools have been forced to close.

Professor Olusegun Ajiboye, TRCN’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, made these revelation while delivering a speech in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He stated that terrorism-related insecurity forced the schools to close.
He spoke during the NUT National Delegates Conference in Ibadan.

Ajiboye also disclosed that over 910 schools have either been damaged or destroyed while about 2, 295 teachers have been killed in the insurgency between 2009 and 2022.

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Ajiboye asked the Federal Government to review its security architecture, insisting there is a need to address the security situation in the region.

He said, “Over 1,500 schools have been forced to close in North eastern Nigeria due to terrorism and insurgency.

“Over 910 schools have either been damaged or destroyed while 2, 295 teachers have been killed in the northeast between 2009 and 2022.

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“Federal Government should review its security architecture to address the “deteriorating security situation because of its effect on education

“Government should implement fully the safe schools’ declaration guidelines endorsed by Nigeria in 2015 and ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

“The presence of armed forces in and near schools can make it a target of retaliatory attacks increasing the risk to children and teachers as well as the likelihood that education will be disrupted”.

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