The Academia are better partners in policy formulation, Says APC Northwest

Education, News, Politics

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The National Vice Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in charge of Northwest zone, Barr. Inuwa Abdulkadir has said that in formulating government policies as well as implementing its programmes, the academia is important.

He said this at the occasion of an interactive session of members of the academic community drawn from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University; Sokoto State University, The Polytechnic of Sokoto State, Sokoto State College of Education, School of Islamic and Legal Studies, etc with the APC governorship candidate, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Sokoto on Tuesday.

According to Abdulkadir, for any society to be developed, there must be synergy between members of the academic circle and policy-makers. “In the formulation of policies, the academia is important,” he said.

Abdulkadir added that the session was organized in order to rub minds with the intelligentsia to suggest ways by which meaningful development could be attained in Sokoto state.

Responding to contributions and questions, Speaker Tambuwal said that if elected as governor, he would ensure that public-trained manpower was put in place by working with the academia in the state.

He assured that his administration would “seek the understanding of bureaucrats to block leakages so that, other than a few individuals, the larger society would benefit from state resources.”

While saying that he would put emphasis on the development of agricultural potentials as a strategy to diversify from oil, Tambuwal further stressed the need to make Sokoto a hub for medical services by way of providing the best medical facilities as well as creating a faculty of medicine at the Sokoto state University.

LASU crisis: ASUU calls for Visitation Panel

Education, News

LASU crisis: ASUU calls for Visitation Panel
By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Following the protracted crisis at the Lagos State University (LASU), the Sokoto zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on Lagos state Governor Babatunde Fashola to set up a visitation panel that would under-study the impasse and proffer solutions that would put a stop to the situation.

ASUU’s Coordinator of the zone, which comprises of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS), Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero (KSUSTA) and Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina (UMYUK), Dr. Lawalli Argungu made the call while addressing news men in Sokoto on Friday.

He said that the decision to make the call for a panel that would investigate the causes of the crises in the university was reached at the Union’s zonal meeting. “This is to enable him to take informed position in bringing the University back to sanity,” Argungu opined.

He however alleged that the maladministration and defective competence of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oladipo Obafuwa had led to the upward review of school fees to as high as N350,000; N300,000 increment on the N50,000 previously paid by students.

“This triggered a reaction from both staff and students, including the general public until a reduction to N25,000 was achieved. The vice chancellor was expected to be remorseful and use the lessons of the concluded popular and successful struggle to put the University on the path of progress in line with the established norms in university governance.

“He instead continued to subject the system to more administrative impunity and primitive witch-hunting creating enabling environment for industrial anarchy,” Argungu observed.

Describing the VC’s behaviour as gross incompetence, meddlesomeness and irresponsibility in handling the affairs of the university, Argungu further alleged acts of impunity by the VC, including subversion of the laws of the University; interdiction of frontline member of the ASUU, Prof. Tunde Fatunde; withdrawal of the PhD degree certificate of the ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr. Adekunle Idris, etc.
He therefore appealed to the Federal government to wade into the crises in order to save the university from anarchy. “Our concern is to better the system and the panel should be allowed to work independently,” Argungu said.