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Southwest youths celebrate deposed Emir as KDSG names Sanusi KASU Chancellor



Southwest youths celebrate deposed Emir as KDSG names Sanusi KASU Chancellor

 …Buhari says: Count me out of Kano Emirate saga***

Dethroning former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi may have truly exposed his worth and engendered greater glory, as the Kaduna State Government Wednesday named Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU).

The honour which is coming barely 24 hours after he was made the Vice Chairman of Kaduna State Investment and Promotion Agency (KADIPA), comes on the heel of explosive support of the South Western Nigerian youths, many of which pleaded that Sanusi should come back in 2023 as a Presidential flag bearer, under any party of his choice.

Already, a few have vowed to contribute to a fund to fight what they described as an ‘illegal dethroning’, even as a group already pledged N3million as a starter fund, for the legal battle.

The social media is also awashed with different versions of supports, for a man many belief would likely save the North from genders-gap and poverty; even as national newspaper publishes a story of an Islamic focused professor, who said the Northern elites sidelined the deposed Emir, because he campaigned against gender inequality, particularly the beating of women!

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has already congratulated the deposed Emir, praying for divine strength to continue in his desired social activities. 

In the meantime, the Kaduna State Government says the new appointment which is contained in a statement signed by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication,  on Wednesday in Kaduna, says Sanusi II succeeds the pioneer Chancellor, His Highness, Malam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a, who was appointed to the role in 2005.

“In public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education,’’ he said.

Adekeye further said that “Kaduna State Government has no doubt that as Chancellor, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi, would provide symbolic and substantive leadership in raising the profile of KASU as an emerging centre of learning on the national and global level’’, a statement which most Nigerian youth have hailed.

The Special Adviser pointed out that the “appointment of the new chancellor comes at an exciting moment for KASU which is transiting to a multi-campus structure with presence across the state.’’

The statement further said that Gov. El-Rufai has conveyed the profound appreciation of the government to HRH Malam Tagwai Sambo, for the long years of distinguished service to KASU and the state.

According to the statement, “Nasir El-Rufai welcomes with gratitude the consent of Muhammadu Sanusi to serve as Chancellor of KASU and as Vice-Chairman of the board of KADIPA.

Also read:  Gov. El-Rufai appoints deposed Kano Emir into KADIPA board

“The Kaduna State Government is grateful that Muhammadu Sanusi II continues to support and assist the realisation of the governance objectives of the Kaduna State Government,’’ it added.

The Kano State Government had on Tuesday, March 9, dethroned Sanusi for alleged “outright disregard for the state government and Kano Emirate’s traditional norms.” If the gesture was meant to dent Sanusi’s shinning armour, the direct opposite may have actually been achieved.

In the meantime, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that he has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano. 

According to Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, all such insinuations should therefore be seen as untrue, malicious and politically motivated.

He said: ”The President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country, unless the issue at hand is of national consequence.

”On such matters which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.”

According to Shehu, as outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments.

He, therefore, stated that it was unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the federal government and the Nigerian President.

”Although a retired General and former Military Head of State, President Buhari clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation.

”They all have their powers specified under the Constitution.”

Shehu however quoted the president to have commended the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement.

”He prays that the will of Allah will be done at all times, and that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne.”





NOUN introduces e-ticketing to ease students’ challenges, marks 20th anniversary



NOUN introduces e-ticketing to ease students challenges, marks 20th anniversary

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has introduced an e-ticketing platform ahead of its 20th anniversary slated for March 25.

The Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said in Abuja that the platform was introduced to resolve challenges encountered by students in real time.

“This helps us track the students’ challenges,” he said.

Peters noted that the institution had achieved so much in ensuring that Nigerians irrespective of their tight schedule, obtain quality education.

He said that 28,740 students would be graduating on Saturday as part of activities for the anniversary.

“The university wants to use the opportunity to showcase what it has achieved especially its exploits during the COVID-19 era.

“We have 21,339 undergraduates and 7,101 postgraduate students graduating.

“Among this number are 58 inmates out of which seven are postgraduate graduands.

“We have 14 centres in our prisons and we have been mandated to expand it.

“In all, we have 28,740 students graduating during our 12th convocation,” Peters said.

He disclosed that the graduating inmates were under scholarship adding that there were criteria to be among the beneficiaries.

Peters said the gesture was NOUN’s own way of discharging its corporate social responsibility to help the inmates lead a normal life after leaving the correctional centres.

He added that the first female Vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), Prof. Puleng LenkaBula, would be attending the convocation as the guest lecturer.

“Students of the five study centres in Abuja, first class and Masters students will come to the headquarters for the convocation, while others outside Abuja will join from the study centres in their various states.

“We have 141,000 active students and about 250,000 when you combine active and inactive students with 118 study centres nationwide.”

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Bumper Harvest: 2 Unilorin researchers win over N788m Innovate UK agric Award



Bumper Harvest: 2 Unilorin researchers win over N788m Innovate UK agric Award

Two researchers in the Department of Food Engineering, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Prof. Joshua Olaoye and Dr. Musliu Sunmonu, have won over a N788 million grant from Innovate UK.

The two researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology won the grant for the 2022/2023 Africa AgriFood Knowledge Transfer Partnership (AAKTP)

The award was granted to Unilorin in partnership with De Montfort University, UK, and Microscale Embedded Limited, Abuja.

In his remark to the Unilorin Bulletin released on Monday, Olaoye, who is the Academic Lead for the project, explained that the grant award is agricultural based.

He said that the three groups, through their representatives, had earlier put up a collective proposal with major work done by Sunmonu of Unilorin as the Academic Supervisor.

“The lead supervisor is to create an enabling environment while the academic supervisor is the brain behind the project with the guidance of the lead supervisor. We must give kudos to Dr. Sunmonu for his resilience in this particular award,” he said.

According to him, the project has to be conducted in Nigeria and Unilorin is the only university to carry out the project under the ‘Innovate UK’ supervision.

“This is to ensure that we are doing the right thing in accordance with the demand of the granting body of the award.

“The company has to come again because it is not just paperwork alone; it transcends that. The focus is on how we can mitigate agricultural loss.

“Doing that involves coming out with the concept of putting all stakeholders within the agricultural value chain of multiple crops on the same page, such that we have producers.

“This particular research work will assist the farmers in doing the right thing at the right time to get the best productivity from the work they are carrying out,” he said.

Olaoye stated that this milestone would enhance the university’s Webometric ranking, and also give Unilorin opportunity for alumni to be employed in the project.

“When it starts, we hope that we will get a Laboratory where we will be training our students on Global Information Services,” he said.

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UNILAG postpones resumption of academic activities to March 21



UNILAG postpones resumption of academic activities to March 21

The University of Lagos has announced the postponement of the resumption of academic activities from March 14 to March 21.

This is contained in a statement by the institution’s Head, Communication Unit, Mrs Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, on Friday in Lagos.

The Federal Government had directed that students of higher institutions across the country should vacate their schools ahead of the 2023 general election.

Alaga-Ibraheem said the shift in resumption date was due to the re-scheduling of the governorship and House of Assembly elections from March 11 to March 18, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“On behalf of the University Senate, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, has approved that the resumption of academic activities in the institution be postponed to Tuesday, March 21.

“However, all other activities of the university, including inaugural lectures and meetings (excluding teaching) should continue as scheduled.

“Once again, members of the university community are implored to remain safe and security conscious, as well as orderly, civil and responsible in utterances and engagements online and offline.

“Further updates would be provided as the need arises in the coming days,” she said.

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