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Underfunding major challenge affecting Nigerian varsities’ administrative system – Abubakar

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Registrar, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Sokoto State, Belko Nurudeen Abubakar has described underfunding as the major challenge confronting the Nigerian university system administration.

Abubakar stated this while delivering a paper at the 5th Annual Registrar Lecture of Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna Niger State, with the theme ‘Professionalism and the Challenges of University Administration in Nigeria’.

He explained that the resources that are being channeled to the universities are quite inadequate to cater to their ever-increasing administrative responsibilities, arguing that underfunding makes it difficult to implement many administrative policies geared towards promoting learning.

“The issue of underfunding of Nigerian universities has been a serious bone of contention between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and this has led to many strikes. This has no doubt resulted in the brain drain syndrome confronting our universities.

“Underfunding has also led to weak institutional capacity, understaffing, corruption, inadequate and deteriorating infrastructure, brain drain, poor working conditions, national strikes, societal intolerance, exploitation, and so on,” the Registrar insisted.

He, however, noted the need to increase funding of Nigerian universities substantially which can be done through the implementation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommended 26 percent funding of education in the country.

Speaking, the Vice-Chancellor, FUT Minna, Professor Abdullahi Bala, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Emmanuel Udenzi stated that the modern registry has a higher and more innovative demand on the abilities and competence of its staff.

“A typical registry staff is a perfect administrator, secretary, and organizer that all arms of the university depend on to function effectively and efficiently,” the VC noted.

Earlier, the Registrar of FUT Minna, Mr. Amos Nmadu Kolo, in his address, explained that the institution is presently prominent in the nation in modern technology in the development and application of different software to modern-day challenges in university administration.

He called on sister universities in the country to explore the conducive opportunity created by the University through its innovative Information Technology Services, ITS, Unit and move their institutions to the next level in modern technology like the FUT Minna.

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EPL: Man United abusing Cristiano Ronaldo, making him average player – Michael Owen

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Michael Owen has said that Manchester United’s use of Cristiano Ronaldo borders on ‘abuse’, adding that they want to turn the 5-time ballon d’Or winner into an average player.

Ronaldo was only introduced late into the second half in United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Portugal international has scored ten goals in 15 appearances for the Red Devils so far this season.

And Owen noted that the former Real Madrid forward is often left to run the side’s attack and says the lack of support he gets is ‘abusive’.

Asked whether he’d like to play in United’s team, Owen told Premier League Productions: “No you can’t! We were at Old Trafford for the City game the other day and all of a sudden it’s just exactly the same they leave Cristiano Ronaldo up front on his own. That’s almost abuse!

“Having someone that good in your team and then playing everyone defensively and saying ‘That’s alright we’ll just hope he nicks a goal’ he’ll end up being average.

“If you leave him and all these good players or just two of them playing and everyone else defending they’ll start putting in bad performances because they’ve got nobody to pass to, they’ve got no options, they’re chipping the ball form 50 yards away. They need other players to come up and help them.

“It’s almost abusing the good players they’ve got and that’s the last thing you’ve got to do. If anything, expose the rubbish! Find ways of getting world class players in your team, get Pogba, get Fernandes, get Ronaldo, get them as best as you can.

“If you let a few goals in because Bailly’s not great or Wan-Bissaka or whoever it may be then fine you can replace them but at the minute because they’re nervous and scared they just bulk up with sitting midfielders and more defenders and abuse the great players up front leaving half of them on the bench and one or two to play, they’ve got no chance!”

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Lagos EndSARS panel illegal, can’t probe military, police – Keyamo

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has described the Lagos State EndSARS panel as “illegal”.

Keyamo also claimed it was not within their jurisdiction to investigate Federal Government institutions and officers of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army.

The minister stated this while appearing on Sunday Politics on Channels Television.

The panel had stated in its report that at least nine persons were killed on October 20, 2020, when soldiers and policemen stormed the Lekki tollgate to disperse #EndSARS protesters and described the incident as a “massacre in context.”

However, Keyamo was asked why the President Muhammadu Buhari called for constitution of panels across the states to investigate cases of human rights abuses while the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, would later dismiss the report by the Lagos panel.

He said, “I will not answer this question as a sitting minister. I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria – a member of the Inner Bar, and so I am entitled to my opinion. This is not the Federal Government’s position. From me, that panel was an illegal panel. It was totally illegal.

“All lawyers who are listening to me should go back and read the Tribunals of Enquiry Act of Lagos State. It says that the governor will have the powers to inquire into the conduct of any person – underline any person – and chieftaincy matters and any other matter that will promote the good of the public.

“However, ‘any person’ there was defined in Section 21 to mean public officers of the state. It is defined to mean somebody within the public service of Lagos State or of the local government as the case may be.

“Then, the phrase was used at the end of Section 1 that says ‘any matter’…that they can inquire into any matter. People now think that to inquire into any matter, it means that you can just be at large.

“However, if you look at Section 21 again, it says that it has to be within the legislative competence of Lagos State. In other words, it is only people over whom the Lagos State has control that they can inquire into their conduct. If you don’t have control over me, you cannot inquire into my conduct.

“Policemen, the Armed Forces, military; they are not under or officers of Lagos State, they are officers of the Federal Government. By virtue of the Constitution, it is only the Federal Government that can control the conduct of policemen and the military. Lagos State cannot be in control; they cannot legislate too, regarding police and military matters; they are on the Exclusive Legislative List.”

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EPL: Thomas Tuchel blames Stamford Bridge’s floodlight for Jorginho’s error

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has blamed the Stamford Bridge floodlights for Jorginho’s error that gave Jadon Sancho his first Premier League goal for Manchester United on Sunday.

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home by United with Jorginho scoring a penalty to make amends for his error.

Jorginho found himself as the last line of defence when dealing with a high ball that’d been booted clear by Bruno Fernandes.

He failed to control the ball and Sancho punished him as he raced clear to slot past Edouard Mendy.

But Tuchel reckons the Euro2020 winner was blinded by the lights as the ball came down.

“It’s very unusual a mistake like this and to concede a goal like this for us in general, especially with Jorgi,” he told Sky Sport.

“He misjudged the situation and he was heavily disturbed from the lights so did not see the ball in the end. It happens.

“It takes a lot of courage and personality to not be affected during the match and have the courage to take the penalty for the equaliser in the crucial moment.”

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