‘Re­cruit­ment Of For­eign Teach­ers Will Boost KUST Pro­file’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Ujunwa Atueyi

FOL­LOW­ING pro­nounce­ment of Vice Chan­cel­lor, Kano Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (KUST), Wudil, Prof. Shehu Al­haji Musa, that the in­sti­tu­tion has re­cruited 15 for­eign pro­fes­sors to join its fac­ulty base, stake­hold­ers have de­scribed the devel­op­ment as a pos­i­tive step ca­pa­ble of im­prov­ing the sta­tus of Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties on the global scale.

The de­ci­sion, they as­serted, would not only im­prove the in­sti­tu­tion’s rank­ing, but also pro­vide them with the ex­pected staff mix needed by ev­ery uni­ver­sity.

Vice Chan­cel­lor of Osun State Uni­ver­sity, Prof. La­bode Popoola said: “So long as they need them, I don’t see any­thing wrong with it. That is what a uni­ver­sity is called. It is a good step. It means that the world is show­ing in­ter­est in Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties. Our uni­ver­si­ties are not very well­rated be­cause our staff mix is too lo­calised. We should cel­e­brate them. It should im­prove their rat­ing.

“In those days at the Uni­ver­sity of Ibadan, there were lec­tur­ers from all over the world. Even in our se­condary schools, we had In­di­ans and Pak­ista­nis teach­ing. I at­tended Gov­ern­ment Col­lege, Ibadan, and my Chem­istry teacher was a Pak­istani. So, hon­estly, it is a credit to the school and don’t also for­get that we have Nige­ri­ans all over the world work­ing in dif­fer­ent places. There is hardly any uni­ver­sity in the world where you do not have Nige­rian.”

Cor­rob­o­rat­ing Popoola’s view, for­mer Vice Chan­cel­lor of Caleb Uni­ver­sity, Prof. Ay­o­deji Olukoju, said in global rank­ing, the more in­ter­na­tional staff you have, the higher your rank­ing, thus it is a good fac­tor to be con­sid­ered.

He said: “KSUT re­cruit­ment of for­eign teach­ers could be in crit­i­cal ar­eas of need. I re­mem­ber as a vice chan­cel­lor, we had prob­lem get­ting peo- ple in some ar­eas like com­puter sci­ence. It was dif­fi­cult get­ting pro­fes­sors, PHD hold­ers in those ar­eas.

“We need to know how they were re­cruited. If they are ex­perts in sub­jects where Nige­ri­ans are com­pe­tent, then it’s some­thing else. We also need to look at the for­eign ex­change com­po­nents. Even if they are paid in naira, will they not do re­mit­tance? You know that Nige­ria is los­ing valu­able money on ex­change through re­mit­tance. We also need to look at re­li­gious and cul­tural com­pat­i­bil­ity and so many other fac­tors, so as to have a bal­anced view of whether they could have been re­placed lo­cally.”

ABIA State Gov­er­nor, Dr. Okezie Ik­peazu and the Abia State Po­lice Com­mand Com­mis­sioner, Mr. An­thony Og­bizi, yes­ter­day vis­ited Fri­day’s petroleum pipe­line ac­ci­dent site at Umuaduru and Umuimo in Osi­sioma Ngwa Lo­cal Coun­cil of the state. The gov­er­nor im­me­di­ately, di­rected the state Petroleum Re­sources Com­mis­sioner, Mr. Chizu­rum Kanu to con­sti­tute a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry to un­ravel the re­mote and im­me­di­ate causes of the in­ci­dent.

He de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “un­for­tu­nate and dis­heart­en­ing,” while com­mis­er­at­ing

THE Nige­rian Army yes­ter­day raised the alarm over fake video clips, al­legedly de­pict­ing mass killings in Plateau State by the ser­vice.

It, there­fore, warned un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to dis­re­gard the news.

Ac­cord­ing to Nige­rian Army twit­ter han­dle on Sat- with the fam­i­lies and re­la­tions of the vic­tims.

Kanu, who vis­ited the site sep­a­rately, dis­closed that 24 peo­ple died in the in­ferno. He said that go­ing by the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered from the NNPC de­pot in Aba, leak­age of fuel from the pipe­line that was un­der­go­ing main­te­nance, caused the ac­ci­dent. “When we vis­ited the two com­mu­ni­ties, we were in­formed that 14 peo­ple died at Umuimo vil­lage and 10 at Umuaduru com­mu­nity,” he said, adding that the po­lice and other se­cu­rity agen­cies in the state were al­ready in­ves­ti­gat­ing what he tag ged “the plau­si­ble cause of the ex­plo­sion.” ur­day, “the video was, how­ever, shot in 2011, 17 years be­fore the re­cur­ring in­se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty in some parts of Plateau.

“The video in cir­cu­la­tion is a fake one,” the Army lamented in its twit­ter han­dle.

“For clar­ity, the said video was orig­i­nally re­leased by #France24 on Jan­uary 14, 2011.”

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