‘Recruitment Of Foreign Teachers Will Boost KUST Profile’
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.”