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Physically-challenged girl begs Govt, Nigerians for support on university admission

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A 22-year-old physically challenged girl, Miss Maryam Umar, who recently gained admission into Gombe State University has appealed to the state government, Federal Government and Nigerians for support.

Umar, who is a beggar in the state, made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday.

She said her dream of going to school was about to be cut short by paucity of funds.

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She stated that her dream in life was to empower herself through education, become a successful business woman and engage in philanthropic activities to make positive impact in the society.

Umar, who moves from one motor park to another, fuel stations and other public structures to seek for daily bread, said her father was not financially capable of taking care of her education.

According to her, her father and mother are peasant farmers who can barely provide money to feed their eight children.

She said it would be devastating for her if lost the admission and opportunity to go to school.

“I was able to struggle through support from Nigerians and particularly my guardian, Mr Abdon Balanga, who had been doing more than what my father could do and made me to sit for my senior secondary examination in 2022.

“I passed my SSCE papers, sat for JAMB and applied for Accounting but I was given Bsc Economics, which is also fine by me.

“But my hope is about to be shattered by lack of fund.

“I want the Gombe State government and the good people of Nigerians to help me through school and also provide school aids to help me cope in school,’’ she appealed.

Umar, who broke down in tears, said she had been begging for nearly a decade and that her only chance at ending street begging was to become a graduate.

“Once I am well educated and I pursue my dream of becoming a successful business woman like Aliko Dangote, I will never beg.

“It bleeds my heart that I am begging. I am not responsible for the way I am because I was born without arms and I am the only one like this in my family. We are eight and I am the third.

“I will not be happy if I don’t get educated. That is why I have been studying in spite of the fact that I also beg on the streets.

“I have dreams and my being born armless is not going to stop me. I have all the abilities I need in my disability because there is nothing I don’t do by myself.

“I wash my clothes, pick phone calls, dress myself and even cook with my legs,” she said.

Umar said she would surprise Nigerians if she gets the opportunity to enroll into the University as her aim was to graduate with first class honours.

According to her, she is yet to register in spite of being offered admission over one month ago and all efforts to raise money had so far proved abortive.

She said she would be needing nearly N300, 000.00 to help her pay her fees, get accommodation and other materials that would help her as a physically-challenged person.

“Whatever help I can get will be fine by me,” she told NAN.

While appealing to Nigerians to always support girl-child education, especially physically-challenged girls, Umar advised young girls to be determined and pursue their education with all seriousness.

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UniMaid Students uses street light to read over inadequate power supply

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UniMaid Students uses street light to read over inadequate power supply

UniMaid Students using street light to read at night courtesy of solar power. Definitely they are not Lazy youths.

Federal Government need to support alternative energies to ensure 24 hours power supply in all public educational institutions.

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By Funmilayo Adeyemi

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), has announced May 24 as official date for the opening of portal for student loan applications.

The Managing Director of NELFUND, Mr Akintunde Sawyerr, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Fund’s Media and Public Relations Lead, Nasir Ayitogo.

Sawyerr said the opening of the portal marked a significant milestone in the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to foster accessible and inclusive education for all Nigerian students.

According to him, through the portal, students could now access loans to pursue their academic aspirations without financial constraints.

He added that the portal provides a user-friendly interface for students to submit their loan applications conveniently.

“We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in their future and contribute to the growth and development of our nation,” he said.

Sawyerr urged students to access the portal on www.nelf.gov.ng to begin application.

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UniAbuja Strike: CONUA dissociates self, says action baseless

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The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), University of Abuja Chapter has dissociated itself from the ongoing strike by the university branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Chairman, CONUA, University of Abuja Chapter, Prof. Abdul Buba, said this when the group paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah in Abuja on Friday.

Buba said the University system could not be grounded because it had no Governing Council, a decision that informed the industrial actions.

“We believe in stable academic calendar and that’s why we believe that there are other ways of handling labour issues rather than strike actions.

“CONUA addresses issues and not personalities. We also respect opinions of our members and not a predetermined objective of the leadership.

”We address issues without sentiments and meet with the right stakeholders in the pursue of our objectives.

“We are conscious of the negative effects of strikes, and we believe in deploying relevant strategies that will yield positive results in modern age of innovation,” he said.

He added that CONUA would continue to engage relevant stakeholders to pursue legitimate welfare for its members without dabbling with issues not of the concern to its members.

“The ongoing strike in place in the university, CONUA is not part of it because we believe in academic and service delivery.
“All these five points for the strike are baseless.

“Let me start with the issue of advertorial for the position of vice chancellor, initially if it were that the council is in place everything about employment both the employees and the principal officers start and end with the university governing council.

“But in the absence of the university governing council, the law has no provision for the vice chancellor to appoint any successor so it is the responsibility of the government to do that. So, there is no way the VC can be accused.

“This is because even the advertorial, if you watch and other advertorial that were placed by other universities, it was mentioning the ministry representing the government so this is baseless,” he said.

Also, the CONUA Secretary, Prof. Issa Abdulraheem, urged the union to focus on the welfare of its members which was the sole role of establishing a union.

“The union is established to cater for the welfare of its members, all the issues raised by the other union are baseless and have nothing to do with the staff welfare.

“And so we believe that we have ways of handling issues with stakeholders without sentiments of personalising issues. All the points raised by the other unions are not in the interest of its members,”he said.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, appreciated CONUA for its stance in not joining the strike, hoping that academic programme by ASUU would commence soon.

The reports gathered that the University of Abuja ASUU branch had embarked on a total and indefinite strike on May 2 over alleged university’s refusal to conduct elections for the office of the Dean’s of faculties and Provost College of Health Sciences.

The Union also accused the university of carrying out promotion of some staffers without following due process.

Other reasons for the strike, according to the Union include, “Advertorial of the vacancy of the post of the Vice Chancellor without following due process, among others.

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