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Zulum gives college till November 1 to resume academic activities

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
11 October 2021   |   4:11 am
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has given the staff of Umar Ibn Ibrahim El-Kanemi College of Education, Sciences and Technology (UICEST), Bama, till November 1, 2021 to commence academic activities or risk his hammer.

Governor Babagana Zulum TWITTER/GOVBORNO

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has given the staff of Umar Ibn Ibrahim El-Kanemi College of Education, Sciences and Technology (UICEST), Bama, till November 1, 2021 to commence academic activities or risk his hammer.

The governor gave the ultimatum at the weekend, when he inspected the college, which was renovated with perimeter fencing in 2020.

While addressing a few staff and students, he said: “Today (Friday), I gave you up to November 1, 2021 to begin the academic session in Bama.”

He also gave the students three weeks to either return to Bama for academic session or risk massive transfers to the Mohammed Goni College of Islamic and Legal Studies (MOGOLIS); College of Education, Waka-Biu; or consider themselves withdrawn from UICEST.

Piqued by the teachers and their students to return to Bama, he said: “This is the third time I am directing you to relocate to Bama, but you refused to comply.”

He reiterated that anyone that was ready to teach should go this college, while those that were not willing should leave, as “there are many people out there looking for jobs.”

He added: “If the provost doesn’t have the capacity to run the school, I will change him and bring someone who will run this college better.

“It seems you are not ready to serve your fatherland. I am directing the Commissioner for Education to also conduct verifications of the academic and non-academic staff of the College.”

The governor, a professor, warned that any staff without the requisite qualification was not supposed to teach in any of the Colleges of Education.

Zulum, therefore, directed the registrar of the institution to open an attendance register for the staff to sign every day.

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