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Appointment of VC’s wife as professor followed due process – FUTO

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Authorities of  the Federal University of Technology, Owerri has clarified that the appointment of Mrs Ihuoma Asiabaka, the wife of the vice chancellor, as a professor followed due process.

The Registrar of the university, Mr Orje Isheghnor, told a news conference in Owerri on Friday that the Senate observed all the rules in her promotion and those of the others.

He said that in addition to the internal processes, Asiabaka also went through external assessment before was elevated to the position.

Isheghnor said that the professorial appointment was neither induced nor influenced as she was promoted alongside five other qualified persons.

“The university system is the most democratic in the country because you have people that are well read, very knowledgeable, very critical and independent minded.

“The university is run through committee system; it is a structured society where everything you do has to conform to the law establishing the place.

“Prof. Mrs Asiabaka was subjected to external assessment and at the end of it, the council was satisfied that due process was followed,” he said.

Isheghnor further said that Asiabaka had been a senior lecturer for many years at the Imo State University and was eligible for a readership or associate professor position for about three years before joining the university in 2011.

“Mrs Asiabaka was already eligible for a post as an associate professor when she joined FUTO in 2011.

“She was assessed and offered that position, having served as a reader or associate professor for three years which is our qualified period of assessment to the next rank.

“She was due and her name was put forward by the department and school at the central appraisal committee for professorial assessment where we established a prima facie.

“Her papers were sent for external assessment like every other person whose papers were sent for professorial appointment,” he said.

The registrar urged anyone who still had doubts to come forth to verify her papers.

“We are satisfied with the procedure we put forward for the appointment and promotion in this university and it can stand under the most stringent scrutiny,” he said

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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