Since Ebola Virus Disease, EVD was confirmed to have been transmitted to Nigerians who had primary contact with the late Patrick Sawyer and the subsequent death of three of them, the center can no longer hold in obodo Nigeria. The mode of transmission of the virus has made it imperative for people to now take precautionary measures even in areas where Ebola is yet to answer present. Rumours and myths like the bitter kola firewall against EVD and the worst drinking and bathing salt water spread like wild fire via social media and GSM and as a result some have kissed the world goodbye even before dear Ebola reaches their area.
Nigerians are ever willing to do anything to survive and who wouldn’t anyway! So once the Minister of Health warned against unnecessary handshakes, people began to comply and now what is now known as Ebola handshake is being applied by some while others just avoid it totally. This is not funny at alkl as you can imagine reaching out for a handshake with a bosom friend and he either snubs you or make a funny annoying Ebola handshake.
I took my phone to a repairer I know and a dude like me. I offered him a handshake and he turned me down publicly and said ‘Ebola Ebola’. I gave him the phone and he brought out a paper for me to put it on and a friend of it asked to take a picture as I dropped it so he could put it on Facebook. I was visibly dismayed. I asked him then how ws he going to handle and repair the phone thereafter and he just chuckled and collected the phone and he said it was just a joke. A joke!
As Jehovah’s Witnesses Ebola would also pose a big challenge to the loving and exemplary brotherhood we are noted for. When I got to the Kingdom Hall, my longtime friend and brother turned down my handshake and offered what he called Ebola handshake. He noticed my dismay and said, ‘it is even for your own good.’ He had just returned from Abuja. His wife had earlier done same to me. I was allowed however to touch their kids who were very dear to me. I wondered if I got Ebola, wouldn’t they have gotten it from me through the kids?
Throughout that day I wondered what could happen to our friendship and brotherhood. I pondered over what friends could be going through across the country just as I have been thinking of my Christian brothers and sisters and other citizens in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and even Lagos, Nigeria.
This is my conclusion. Nothing should come in between us and our friends, family members and other. What my friend did was borne out of love. If someone avoids the customary handshake, hugs and kisses at this time, it is out of concern for all of you. It would be wrong if all of us fail to take precautionary measures in the light of how fast Ebola can be spread. It would be irrational on our part to develop ill feelings to people who are trying to make us safe for tomorrow. Of what use will the friendship be if we share Ebola and all have to wait to die.
Perhaps Liberians and other hard hit West African countries who share the same culture of friendliness and being nice and hospitable to people no matter the odds, did so and what is the result today? Those countries have practically collapsed. We need to safeguard our society and that’s what matters the most.
We must learn from the case of the nurse who failed to heed medical advice and travelled to Enugu to visit how family. Now her husband has gotten the virus and perhaps others. Ebola is now in Enugu and we pray it does not get to other parts of the East and South. Would you call it love? Now she and her husband transported via a special Ambulance are now on quarantine in Lagos.
Meanwhile, there’s no need for unnecessary panic. Not everyone in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was, is and will be infected with Ebola not to talk of Nigeria where the government responsive has been massive, immediate and declared an emergency as soon as it started. Ebola will be contained if those already under watch follow due directives from health officials. If Ebola has not been reported it isn’t in your area so be cautions how you treat others anyways. Benin is safe for now and I don’t reject handshakes and hugs. The warm handshakes we get regularly at the Kingdom Halls remains.
When we get to the point where we have to be extremely cautious in Benin we will. Should the University of Benin resume next week, it would be a trying times for our returning friends and colleagues.
When the Ebola ends, if it does, many friendships and relationships will end but that shouldn’t be the case for reasonable matured individuals.
Meanwhile do not allow your cell phone to be a medium for spreading rumours and myths about Ebola. Do not be part of those who doubt the existence of EBD.
Live Life, Love Life.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into part-time Degree Programmes for the 2014/2015 academic session.
The NUC has approved that the University of Benin can run the following degree programmes:
1 B. Agric (Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science);
2 B. Agric. (Fisheries)
3. B. Agric. (Forestry and Wildlife)
4 B.A. (English and Literature)
5. B A. (International Studies and Diplomacy)
6. B A. (Linguistics)
7. B. A. (Linguistics and Edo language)
8. B A. (Mass Communication)
9. B. A. (Ed) (Adult Education)
10. B. A. (Ed) (Adult Education/English & Literature)
11. B. A. (Ed) (Adult Education/Fine Arts)
12 B. Sc. (Ed) (Adult Education/Economics and Statistics)
13. B. Sc. (Ed) (Adult Education/Political Science)
14. B. Sc. (Ed) (Adult Education/English language and Literature)
15. B. A. (Ed) (History)
16. B. A. (Ed) (French)
17. B. A. (Ed) (Fine Arts)
18 B. A. (Ed) (Edo Language)
19. B. A. (Ed) (Religious Studies)
20. B. Sc. (Ed) (Economics & Statistics)
21. B. Sc. (Ed) (Geography & Regional Planning)
22. B. Sc. (Ed) (Political Science & Public Administration);
23. B. Sc. (Ed) (Biology);
24. B. Sc (Ed) (Chemistry);
25. B. Sc (Ed) (Mathematics);
26. B. Sc. (Ed) (Physics)
27 B. Sc. (Ed) (Computer Science)
28. B. Sc (Ed) (Integrated Science)
29 B. Sc. (Ed) (Social Studies)
30. B. Sc. (Ed) (Human Kinetics)
31 B. Sc. (Ed) (Health Education)
32. B. Sc. (Ed) (Environmental Education)
33 B. Sc (Ed) (Agriculture Education)
34. B Sc. (Ed) (Business Education)
34. B Sc. (Ed) (Business Education)
35 B Sc (Ed) (Home Economics Education)
36 BSc (Ed) (Industrial Technical Education)
37 B Sc (Accounting)
38 BSc. (Banking and Finance)
39 BSc. (Computer Science)
40 BSc (Physics)
41 BSc. (Public Administration)
The General University Admission Requirements that apply uniformly across the Faculties as well as the Specific Faculty Admission Requirements are displayed on the University websites: https://uniben.waeup.org or uniben.edu
To qualify for the entrance examinations into the various part-time degree programmes, candidates must satisfy the stated general and specific requirements for admission
METHOD OF APPLICATION
All applications should be done between Monday 11m August 2014 and 1s* October 2014 (12 Midnight).
The procedure for the application is as follows:
1. Visit http://www.uniben.edu and click on WAEUP Portal
2. Candidates are advised to have a valid e-mail account before starting the application process (not the cyber-cafe’s mail).
3. Click on “PART-TIME ADMISSION, 2014″.
4. Click on Register for Application’ at the top left of the displayed page to proceed.
5. Provide all necessary information. Note that * means compulsory fields.
6. An immediate mail will be sent to the provided e-mai address.
7. Open your mail to get your system generated ID and Password that you will use to login.
8. On the https//uniben. waeup.org, click on ‘Login (top right of front page)
9. Enter your user name and the password from the mail to login
10. To start the application process, click on” Application record; provide all; required information and upload your passport photograph.
11 Upload a RECENT and CLEAR “1 x 1″ COLOUR PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH WITH RED BACKGROUND IN JPEG FORMAT ONLY.
**NOTE that the photograph uploaded will be the only vaild ID for all admitted canadidates throughout their stay in the University of benin.FAILURE TO UPLOAD THE SPECIFIED PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH WILL LEAD TO DISQUAILIFICATION AND FAILURE/FORFEITURE OF ADMISSION.
12. To pay for the application,click on “ADD ONLINE PAYMENT TICKET” at the bottom of the page,then click on “COLLEGE PAY”.on the top left corner of the page.follow the instruction to pay the application fee of 10,500.00 wiyh an ATM enabled verve or master card from any commercial bank.
13. PREVIEW AND CONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE.(NO correction will be accepted after the closing date).
14. Print out the application slip.
Admission into various programmes shall be throught entrance examination to be conducted on 14th of October,2014 by 9 am at ugbowo campus.
However,there will be no Entrace Examinatiotn for some programmes.Addmission into such programmes will be based on the general requirements approved by the senate.
**Note that past Question for praticing are available for purchase by willing candidates at a moderate cost of one thousand Naira (1,000;00) only in the central Entrace Examination committee(CEEC)office,MAIN Auditorium,University of Benin.
The university of Benin,Benin city,has a centre for maritime studies,information and communication technology (ICT).This centre, runs a two -year Full time diploma in maritime studies,information and communication Technology(ICT).The course has adequate professional and academic content, to produce manpower for the promotion of staff proficiency,capacity building and performance in the Sea Ports,Shipping,oiland ICT sectors of the economy for middle and top management positions.
Application are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into thr FULL-TIME Two YEAR Diploma in Maritime Studies, information and communication Technology (ICT).
* Graduates from the centre shall acquire both academic and pratical knowlegde to be employed directly into sea ports,shipping,Oil,Custom Service, and other Agencies in maritime and ICT industries.
*The diploma in Maritime studies and ICT is recognized has a direct entry qualification in the university of Benin into 200 level for all Engineering programmes and degree programme in the faculty of sciences(computer science,Mathematics(pure and Applied), industrial Mathematics,Mathematics with physics,Mathematics with chemistry,Statistics with computer science,Physics,Geology and industrial Physics),Faculty of education (Department of vocational and techanical Education)and library studies and similar institution in the country.
*Programme would also serve as caopacity building for the academic and professional enhancement of persons with innate maritime culture and tradition.
Lectures shall take place from monday to friday between the hours of 2.00 and 6.00pm.
Students must undertake and pass a three-month industrial training period between the first and second years of the programme.
*Credit in Mathematics,English Language and three other subjects(Physics,Chemistry,Technical Drawing , Biology/Agricultural science and Geography) at GCE/WASE/SSCE/NABTEB/NECO.
*City and Guilds(PART 1) in any area of engineering.
*A qualification equivalent to any of the above.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Candidates should vist the website http://www.uniben-kofa,waeup.org and click on Application to initiate their online application pocess by printing application fee slip of the sum of $10,000.00(ten thousand Naira) and then proceed to any commercial Bank of their choice to make the payment throught inter switch platform.Therefore candidates are expected to go back to the same website to complete their application online.
Candidates should ensure that forms are clearly filled with all information required on or before 30 th NOvember,2013.Any application form not properly filled will not be treated.
Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, Health Minister
Rules out sending trial drug
Two new persons in Lagos, one in Kaduna placed under watch
WHO: All outbound travellers must be screened
Paul Obi , Gboyega Aknisanmi, Linda Eroke , James Sowole and Bassey Inyang with agency report
The US government has commended the Nigerian government and its health authorities for their handling of the Ebola virus since it broke in Lagos last month.
The US’ commendation came on the back of more good news yesterday that four more patients who had contracted the disease had been discharged and declared free of the infectious disease.
With their discharge, this brings the total number of people who have been given the all clear to five.
A total of 12 people were struck with the virus in Nigeria, including the index case Patrick Sawyer, of which four have died, five have been discharged while three remain in the isolation ward at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
However, all hopes that the US would send the ZMapp experimental drug to Nigeria were dimmed yesterday when the US government ruled out the possibility, saying there were insufficient quantities of the drug available.
Making this known when he visited the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in Abuja, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, informed reporters that what was needed was to focus primarily on isolation and the screening of patients or those suspected to have contracted the virus.
According to Entwistle: “We’ll see down the road what is possible. But there are no huge quantities now. And we think the focus now needs to be on exactly what you are doing: the isolation wards, screening, and especially important that now your government is doing a very good job on this, that is contact tracing.”
The envoy said he just came back from the US late last week, adding, “I was in Washington, of course, for the US-African Leaders Summit and I came over to see the minister right away as soon as I got back into town to discuss our anti-Ebola cooperation.
“I was in the room in Washington when Vice President (Joe) Biden and President (Goodluck) Jonathan talked about the Ebola crisis, talked about our partnership, and pledged the total cooperation between your government and my government on this issue.
“So I just came over to see the minister this morning to talk to him about that and you’ve all seen the headlines over the weekend. This is an issue where we have to keep working hard. It may last for a while but there are some encouraging signs.
“The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), I understand, is working well. The isolation ward, I understand, is working well. So this is an example we have, as part of the broad partnership between our two countries, just keep collaborating and cooperating and keep working hard.”
While commending Nigeria for effectively curtailing the spread of the Ebola virus, Entwistle stated: “I noticed that when I flew back on Thursday night into this country, before I left the plane, I filled out a questionnaire.
“I was very impressed because I even had to put my seat number which is a very good idea. So if you ever have to trace the guy sitting next to me you know where I am. So I have been impressed by these things and I encourage the government of Nigeria to keep at it as I know they will.
“I always say we have a broad partnership between our two countries which means we do things together as equals to make the world a better place. I can’t think of a more important example today than our Ebola cooperation.”
Chukwu, on his part, said the visit came at the right time considering the need for collaboration between the two countries, specifically on the Ebola virus.
Chukwu said as the representative of the US government, the envoy will assist in various ways in the prevention of the virus from spreading further.
The minister referred to the US ambassador as the spokesperson for the US government in Nigeria, adding, “So he came to me as the chief public health officer of the country, because that is what the Minister of Health is, to exchange views with me on the collaboration with America.
Four Patients Discharged
The minister also disclosed that four additional patients were yesterday discharged and declared free of the infectious disease.
In a statement in Abuja, Chukwu said the development was a good omen for Nigeria, taking into cognisance the devastation the virus had caused in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media and Communication, Dan Nwomeh, stated that the “Minister of Health has announced that four additional confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which have been managed successfully, and are now disease-free and have been discharged to go home today (yesterday)”.
It added that the discharged patients included two male medical doctors and one female nurse.
“The three participated in the treatment of the index case while the fourth person was a female patient at the time the index case was on admission.
“This brings to five the total number of patients diagnosed with the Ebola Virus Disease who have now been discharged from hospital,” it explained.
Three under Surveillance
Also, giving an update, the Lagos State Government yesterday confirmed the discharge of the four patients, but revealed that three more persons had been placed under surveillance to ascertain whether they would show symptoms of the disease.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, made the disclosure last night at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, stating: “We have four more patients that are ready to be discharged today (yesterday).
“They have gone through the same protocol. The protocol is that before we release anyone or certify him or her negative, he or she has to be symptom-free for a period of over three weeks.
“We also had to test their blood samples and the result was negative. They will be released today after they have completed their counseling being conducted by our psychosocial team. But they will come periodically for check-ups, though they are okay.
“The other three patients are still being monitored at the isolation centre. Once they get better, they will be released. The lady who ran to Enugu is still under isolation and she has tested positive to the virus.”
On those under surveillance, Idris said the new cases had been discovered. “One of them is a blood sample from Kaduna while two others are from Lagos. They are primary contacts. On the Kaduna case, the reason for this is that they do not have the laboratory to test for the virus.
“Four persons have died already, including the index case, Mr. Patrick Sawyer. We had eight in the isolation ward before Saturday when we released the doctor. This doctor was released after testing negative and going through the WHO and CDC procedures for discharge.”
Idris maintained that there have been 12 confirmed cases, which he said included the index case, noting that all the cases that had been confirmed positive and those who had died were linked to the index case.
He also disclosed that more medical personnel had shown interest “to care for the patients. We have eight doctors and nine nurses and some health workers who have gone through training.
“We have also been joined by infectious disease experts from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). All these people have gone through training. Though the number is not enough as we need more”.
NLC Opposes Doctors’ Dismissal
But as Nigeria made inroads in its fight against the virus, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) criticised the federal government’s dismissal of resident doctors in federal hospitals.
NLC, in a statement yesterday by its president, Abdulwaheed Omar, said it was ill-advised and urged government to reconsider its stand in view of the prevailing health challenges in the coutry.
The union pointed out that no country could afford to neglect its health sector, including the personnel that work there during trying times.
It emphasised that what the country needed urgently was the recruitment of more health professionals, well equipped public hospitals, and a well organised health system capable of responding to the health concerns of Nigeria’s growing population.
“We believe the federal government was misadvised and also misled by this action. It is clearly unwarranted to sack doctors just as we are collectively faced with the challenge of the Ebola virus. It is even more dangerous to sack medical personnel in a country of over 170 million people with a ratio of one doctor to over five thousand patients.
“What the country needs urgently is recruitment of more health professionals, well equipped public hospitals, and a well organised health system, and not sacking of any category of health personnel,” the NLC said.
It urged the federal government to carry out an urgent audit of the public health sector to determine the state of the sector in terms of equipment, personnel and funding.
“While workers and indeed all Nigerians are at great risk and require adequate protection, those in the medical sector should particularly be sufficiently equipped and given incentives to guarantee their safety and boost morale.
“No country can afford, especially in these trying times, to neglect its health sector, including the personnel that work there,” the statement added.
The NLC’s position was given fillip by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Lagos and Ondo States whose members embarked on peaceful protests against the government’s sack of the resident doctors.
Lagos State NMA chairman, Dr. Tope Ojo, who led his colleagues on the protest at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said a reversal of the mass sacking was the only thing that could make discussions with government continue on the strike.
He said this was an important step for NMA to continue to dialogue with the government, adding that doctors should not feel threatened by the sack.
Ojo said doctors were not asking for an increment in their salary but a better healthcare delivery system.
“The country’s universal health coverage is inadequate as it only covers 30 per cent of the people. We want this for everybody, irrespective of age and class in the society,” he added.
The NMA chair also urged the government to lift the ban on residency training so that medical education can continue to grow like those of the United Kingdom and the US.
Also speaking, the Second Vice President, Lagos State branch of NMA, Dr. Olusegun Akinwotu, said resident doctors constituted about 60 per cent of the medical workforce, adding that sacking them would mean killing the patients who require their services.
“Also government’s handling of the issue is not encouraging as resident doctors join consultants during surgery. They also impart knowledge on to house officers,” he said.
Speaking to the protesters, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH, Prof Akin Osibogun, represented by the hospital’s Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Prof Chris Bode, said they should go about their complaints peacefully.
He said the situation called for sober reflection and moderation. “We are doctors and it is expected of us to be of high moral conduct. We must not constitute a danger to the public,” Osibogun said.
NMA presented a letter stating their demands to the CMD for onward transmission to the health minister.
Similarly, doctors in Ondo State under the auspices of NMA demanded the recall 16,000 resident doctors sacked by the federal government before they could return to the negotiating table with the government to end their strike.
The chairman of the state chapter, Dr. Bamidele Betiku, said the decision of the federal government would make the country lack specialised doctors and make adequate healthcare delivery elusive to the masses.
The doctors, who marched from the NMA secretariat along Igbatoro Road to the governor’s office in Alagbaka, Akure, sang solidarity songs while the protest lasted.
Also, the Cross River State chapter of NMA equated the sack of the resident doctors with the closure of all federal medical institutions in the country.
NMA in the state said the sacking of the resident doctors, by implication, was the consequential sack of about 64,000 of its members.
Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr. Calistus Enyuma, a consultant pediatrician, at a press briefing in Calabar, said: “As it stands, the federal government suspended the training of resident doctors; that means the government has closed down teaching hospitals, closed down medical schools, and the implication is that you have sacked over 64,000 doctors throughout Nigeria.
“It happened during the (Muhammadu) Burari regime in 1984 and we had the brain drain and you can guess what will happen in the next few months.”
On the current strike embarked on by the NMA, he said: “Our appeal to the federal government is to negotiate with the NMA to bring sanity to the health sector.”
EU Border Agency Suspends Migrant Flights
In a related incident, the European Union (EU) border agency, Frontex, said yesterday it had suspended flights taking migrants back to Nigeria.
“We have decided to indefinitely suspend those flights that we coordinate and co-finance to Nigeria,” Frontex spokeswoman, Ewa Moncure told AFP.
The Warsaw-based agency only handles around two per cent of all flights carrying migrants who have crossed into the EU back home. The EU countries in question handle the rest.
Last year, 160,000 such migrants were sent back to their home countries, mainly to Albania, India, Pakistan and Russia.
“Certain countries, notably Austria, have taken a similar decision” to suspend flights to countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus, Moncure said.
The current Ebola outbreak, the worst since the virus first appeared in 1976, has claimed 1,145 lives including four in Nigeria.
WHO: All Outbound Travellers Must be Screened
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised authorities in countries struck with Ebola to screen all travellers departing at international airports, seaports and major border crossings.
A statement issued by the UN health agency recommended that people with any sign of the virus should be stopped from travelling.
The agency reiterated that the risk of getting infected with Ebola on an aircraft was small and said there was no need for wider travel or trade restrictions, reported the Reuters news agency.
“Affected countries are requested to conduct exit screening of all persons at international airports, seaports and major land crossings, for unexplained febrile illness consistent with potential Ebola infection.
“Any person with an illness consistent with EVD should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation,” the statement said.
Nigeria’s health minister had on August 7 announced that all outbound passengers from the country would be screened.
The precautionary measure was taken after the disease was imported into Nigeria from Liberia on July 20. – THISDAY REPORT
The attention of the authorities of the University of Benin has been drawn to page 13 of the Guardian Newspapers of Monday, 11th August 2014, and Vanguard Newspapers of 13th August. Contained therein on are write – ups to the effect that the absence of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin is now a source of anxiety to members of staff of the University. It speculates further that the absence is hampering the day-to-day running of the University.
It must be stated categorically that there is no element of truth whatsoever in the said write-up neither can it bear any examination in the light of reality. Indeed, it is a figment of the imagination of the author and persons to whom the author stands proxy.
Ordinarily, the authorities of University of Benin would have considered it wholly irrelevant to react to this malicious write-up which strives, not only to incite the reading public but also serves the interest of a disgruntled few.
Nonetheless, the ever increasing readership of these time-honoured newspapers is entitled to be fed with the State of facts as they currently exist in the University since the Guardian and Vanguard Newspapers failed to investigate the true state of affairs in the University.
The incumbent Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN has been away overseas for medical check-up and he is expected to resume fully any time now. In his absence, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) have, at different times before August 5th 2014, performed the functions of the Vice Chancellor after due consultation with the Vice Chancellor as necessary. They have neither left the management nor the Governing Council in doubt as to their ability to steer the affairs of the University to the full satisfaction of both staff and students.
The appointment of the incumbent Vice Chancellor, like others before him, is for a fixed term of 5 years which terminates on 30th November, 2014. Section 4 of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1993 as amended by the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2007, clearly specifies that the Vice Chancellor shall, during his one term of 5 years, have Deputy Vice Chancellors to work with him in view of the enormous task associated with the office. The said statute specifies that a Deputy Vice Chancellor shall be elected by the Senate of the University for a term of two (2) years in the first instance and can be re-elected for another two years during the tenure of a Vice Chancellor. Any such election shall be approved by the Governing Council. This is precisely what has happened.
Between 4th August 2010 and 5th August 2014, the two terms of 4 years had come and gone in respect of the Deputy Vice Chancellors. Consequently, it became necessary for the incumbent Vice Chancellor, to enlist the co-operation of the Senate of University of Benin in his desire to appoint two (2) Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellors (Administration and Academic) to assist him up till the point of final dis-engagement on November 30th 2014 ( a period of almost 4 months).
Furthermore, regulations, practice and precedents support the appointment of Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor by an incumbent Vice Chancellor whose term would normally end several months after the expiration of the terms of the Deputies he presented to Senate for appointment following his assumption of duty. This is to prevent his successor inheriting two substantive Deputy Vice Chancellors who have been duly appointed by Senate for a 2 year term following prescribed elections.
The two most recent precedents are as follows:-
(i) Senate at its 208th regular meeting of 31st July 2008 approved the re-appointment of the two sitting Deputy Vice Chancellors in acting capacity with effect from 4th August 2008 (the expiration date of their tenures) until the Vice Chancellor’s tenure expired on 10th February 2009.
(ii) Senate at its special meeting of 21st August 2003 ratified the appointment of two Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellors appointed by the Vice Chancellor to serve out the remainder of his tenure with him i.e. from 21st August 2003 to 10th February 2004.
From the above it is clear that the Senate of the University which is vested with the responsibility of appointment of Deputy Vice Chancellors, acted in line with regulations at its meeting of 22nd July 2014 when it approved the request of the Vice Chancellor to appoint two Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellors who will serve out the remainder to his tenure (which expires on 30th November 2014) with him.
As to the reference made to a memo which was “unsigned, undated and without name” this is an obvious attempt to discredit a perfectly legitimate process. For the avoidance of doubt all memoranda from the Chairman and Secretary to Senate are simply signed “Vice Chancellor and Chairman of Senate” or “Registrar & Secretary to Senate”. The names of the sitting Vice Chancellor or Registrar are never included and all such memos are effective from the date of Senate meeting and approval.
On the issue of the Federal Public Service Rules (2009) cited by the sponsors of the publication, this states as follows: “the maximum aggregate sick leave which can be allowed an officer, who is not hospitalized, during any period of twelve months shall be forty-two (42) calendar days. Where such an officer has been absent from duty on the ground of ill-health for an aggregate period in excess of forty-two (42) calendar days within twelve calendar months, the officer should be made to appear before a Medical Board with a view to its being ascertained whether he/she should be invalidated from service. Any period of absence on ground of ill-health in excess of the prescribed aggregate will be without pay and will not be reckoned for purpose of increment for pension”.
First of all, this rule does not apply to the situation of the Vice Chancellor who was actually hospitalized. Secondly, the extant regulations of the University of Benin, provides for a staff to be on sick leave for a total of 6 months in any one year before invalidation from service becomes an issue.
In brandishing extraneous Section 070316 of the Rules of Practical convenience, the authors of the write-up at issue – failed to avert their minds to Sections 2AA & 2AAA of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2007, which says;
2AA – The power of the Council shall be exercised, as in the Law and statutes of each University and to that extent establishment circulars that are inconsistent with the laws and statutes of the University shall not apply to the Universities.
2AAA – (1) The Governing Council of a University shall be free in the discharge of its functions and exercise of its responsibilities for the good management, growth and development of the University.
It is true that the Governing Council of the University met on Monday 21st July 2014, but its agenda at that meeting was to select the Chairman of the Search Team for the appointment of a Vice Chancellor. The mandate of the council at that meeting was not to appoint an Ag. Vice Chancellor since the position was not vacant.
Finally since the Vice Chancellor left for medical treatment abroad on 8th May 2014 ( barely 3 months ago) lectures have continued uninterrupted in the Faculties/Schools/Institutes, as confirmed by the successful conclusion of the Senate approved academic Calendar for the 1st semester of the 2013/2014 session, on 26th July 2014. The Students have just returned from a two week break and 2nd semester lectures accordingly commenced on Monday 11th August 2014. Other activities carried out in the University include matriculation of fresh students on 13th June 2014; Approval of results of students by the Senate of the University at its meetings 12th May 2014, 11th June 2014 and 30th June 2014; election of new student Union Executive on June 5th & 27th 2014, mobilization of graduating students for National Youth Service Corps.
NaijaSpleen Comment: The above statement from the University is absolutely true. I have spent almost a year in and around the University and except you are told, you wouldn’t notice the absence of the VC as things have been running smoothly. WhaT I HAVE OBSERVED IN uniben IS THAT THE INSTITUITION DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND A PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL AS ALL HANDS ARE ALWAYS ON DECK AS A TEAM TO ENSURE THINGS MOVE SMOOTHLY. yOU CAN DO YOUR OWN INVESTIGATION ON GROUND AND NOT FROM FALSE REPORTS.
This is one topic I will not write many lines as I usually do but will just go straight to the point. Over 70 percent of Nigerian homes are cheating the government on power consumption bills. We want light constantly but we are not prepared to pay for it even if it is N1 per unit.
The rechargeable meters are bypassed by users. The bypass has been a practice long before the introduction of the rechargeable meters. Same was done on the analogue meters. The bypassing was done by those who fix the meters (NEPA/PHCN officials). The NEPA officials as they are popularly known collect inducement from members of the public and do the bypassing so that only a few home equipments and appliances will read and the others connected directly to the supply source. They have gone as far as training electricians who pay them huge some of money for the services and whenever a house is discovered to have bypassed, these same electricians know who to contact.
The privatisation of PHCN has not made it any better as the practice is increasing and homes are taught her not to be caught. The bypass is removed in the day and fixed at night when officials of the Power companies are not on the door to door checking of meter bypass. This amounts to daily loss of revenues probably worth billions of Naira in a year.
People are quick to point to the deficiency of the power companies in terms of poor service delivery but the question is are they even paying for the one they receive at the moment? Funny enough the cheats occurs highly in areas where power supply is at its best supply and delivery.
This is immoral, dishonest, wicked and amounts to a rape of the economy. How would you feel if your salesperson or anyone handling your business colludes with others to bypass payments for services rendered by your firm hence making you not only losing profit but unable to perform well?
Many will be quick to say ‘after all it’s government money. It’s only our share of the National Cake.’ Should we have a share of the National Cake through dishonest means? This is corruption and there is no difference between you and the thieving politicians, merchants and religious leaders.
Do not fail to ask yourself if your offerings and contributions would be acceptable to God in this circumstance. Such a practice amounts to robbing the companies and the government and God hates such. We must strive to be Holy just as God is Holy. Hence our conducts and dealings must be clean in all aspect. It is understandable when someone who is god fearing is struggling with weaknesses relating to sex, drinking, smoking but not stealing from God and men.
Jesus Christ enjoins us to give God’s things to God and Caesar’s things to Caesar and paying our light bills and taxes are things we must pay back to Caesar to gain God’s approval. Let’s play our roles first before questioning the morality of those in power. If thy too do not leave to their obligations and responsibility they too will someday be answerable to God but for today we know they lie in the power of the Devil but somehow anyhow God could use them to carry out certain purposes. (Matthew 14:15-21;1 John 5:19; Daniel 2:44)
Even if we have abundance of crude oil reserve, we must pay our bills for government to meet up its responsibility of providing good roads, hospitals, markets, quality education, metchetera metchetera, abi no be so Zebrudaya talk am?