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Imo Man ‘O’ War Command Writes Promotion Exam

The Man ‘O’ War Command Imo State Chapter wrote it’s promotion exam recently at the shell camp, Alvan Ikokwu Federal College of Education Owerri. The essence of the promotion exam is to reorganize and restructure the command to function effectively and have a uniformed rank in all the 36 states of federation including Abuja.
One of the candidates who participated in the promotion exam, Mrs Adizua Camelia, the state secretary of Man ‘O’ War Nigeria, Imo state command, said the promotion exam is to “up grade the level of officers and men in our command. It is the 4th promotion exam conducted by citizens and leadership centre Man ‘O’ War command”, Adizua said.
The state secretary of Man ‘O’ War maintained that the screening exercise would avail the command the opportunity to ascertain the strength of staff of Man ‘O’ War in each of the states which constitutes the command. She urged the members of the command to be steadfast, perseverance to their duties which has been a key factor since Man ‘O’ War was established in 1951 .
Anyanwu Franklin (Imo State Commander), Nkem (Commander from Anambra state, exam supervisor ), Beniface kajar (Commander FCT Abuja, exam supervisor) and Orji Dike Ikenna (Public Relations Officers, state Command) told the federal government to start paying them as they were long over-due for payment.
Man ‘O’ War was founded by Alex Dickson of Cameroon in 1951. the over all commander of Man ‘O’ War is Chidoka Ikenna. Man ‘O’ War is a voluntary organization who indulges in community developmental works. The organization tasks itself to raise money to do in-house activity, but if the government involves the command in any task it pays the command.
Thus, the only major difference between Man ‘O’ War and the Police Fore with the Military is that Ma ‘O’ War does not carry arm.

Imopoly Expels 43 Students Over Forgery, Course Failure

Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Ohaji has expelled no fewer than 43 students on grounds of forgery of O’ level results, 44 students to repeat, while 59 students are to carry over courses. This is due to poor academic performance by the students.
According to the school management, “pursuant to the effecting of the directive of the Academic Board on the above subject during its 141st Emergency Session held this year and with recourse to available records, the under listed students have been notified of their WITHDRWAL from their programmes of study on account of very poor academic performance”, the school management said…….
Campus gist advises parent/guardians to be mindful of their children’s academic activities in order not to continue to waste their hard-earned money on students who are not serous with their studies. Again, the sponsorship on “miracle centres’ for SSCE and JAMB should be jettisoned by parents/ guardians as the aftermath of their gross deeds may spell doom.
However, the school management should also not attach much importance on money before admitting students rather it should conduct a thorough and unbias screening exercise on prospective candidates before accepting them to avoid mediocrity.

NAISS EXCO Refutes Election Nullification

Sets August 24 as Inauguration Date

The newly elected Executives of the National Association of Imo State Students (NAISS) has refuted a purported nullification of their election which took place on August 7 at the Imo state Polytechnic, Umuagwo.
According to a release made available to campus gist, the newly elected executives expressed a high level of dissatisfaction over the obnoxious and nefarious activity of the past convention planning committee Chairman, Ezinne Ken Arinze who unilaterally declared NAISS Convention/Election Null and void on the 13th of August, 2013.
Ezinne on August 13 was reported to have declared the election Null and void which brought Bright Ahamefula as NAISS president promising to refund all the money she collected for Election forms by September 3.
But the Executives citing the NAISS constitution and Election directives stated that no body has the single right under the constitution to cancel or declare concluded NAISS election Null and void.
The release went further to state that the convention planning committee Chairman, Ezinne helped to buttressed the fact that she was acting alone as she did not use any of NAISS secretariat address, rather she selfishly used his house address, No. 21 Ironsi street, Owerri, meaning she was aware her job officially ended on August 7 (after the Convention).
Meanwhile, in a reconciliatory and corrective move, NAISS executives through a communiqué said it had already forgiven Miss Ezinne for the above stated criminal act which has been countered by our constitution. It also expressed NAISS gratitude to the police, the State Security Service (SSS) and His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha for their anticipated respect of NAISS constitution and cautioned the immediate past president Madunezim Chukwuma Lugard and Celestine who claims to be the acting National president (an unconstitutional act) and their cohorts to allow the sleeping dog lie as the election was successful, transparent and peaceful.
The NAISS Executives also wishes to use this medium to inform the entire Imo state students that a seven man inauguration committee has already been set up to ensure a peaceful and successful inauguration of the New EXCO which has been slated to hold at Rokview Hotel, Owerri on August 24.
The aptitude test conducted by Imo State University last week, for candidates who chose the institution, witnessed heavy presence of Police Men within the university.
However, the presence of police men at the institution did not actually do much in controlling the candidates who came for the examination, as most of them clustered the road, making it difficult for vechular movement.
Speaking to Campus Gist, a candidate who came to write the exam and gave his name as Kingsley Adawuofor stated that they were thoroughly searched, adding that everything went smoothly. “I came down to Owerri from Aba to write my post UTME exam at IMSU, on getting to the school gate, we were asked to present our photo card, which we got after our registration to confirm that we came for the exam and to avoid impersonation, inside the school, I was directed to my hall, and there we were instructed on how to fill the OMR form, which took about 10 mins.
He further stated that there was strict supervision adding that the hall contained everyone who came for the examination.
However, other candidates who spoke also commended the school authority for a hitch free exam and cautioned for diplomacy in the making of the script.
Efforts by this newspaper to get the IMSU PRO, Nze Njokuobi for comments proved abortive, because the examination was still on-going ashen we visited.
The aptitude test conducted by Imo State University last week, for candidates who chose the institution, witnessed heavy presence of Police Men within the university.
However, the presence of police men at the institution did not actually do much in controlling the candidates who came for the examination, as most of them clustered the road, making it difficult for vechular movement.
Speaking to Campus Gist, a candidate who came to write the exam and gave his name as Kingsley Adawuofor stated that they were thoroughly searched, adding that everything went smoothly. “I came down to Owerri from Aba to write my post UTME exam at IMSU, on getting to the school gate, we were asked to present our photo card, which we got after our registration to confirm that we came for the exam and to avoid impersonation, inside the school, I was directed to my hall, and there we were instructed on how to fill the OMR form, which took about 10 mins.
He further stated that there was strict supervision adding that the hall contained everyone who came for the examination.
However, other candidates who spoke also commended the school authority for a hitch free exam and cautioned for diplomacy in the making of the script.
Efforts by this newspaper to get the IMSU PRO, Nze Njokuobi for comments proved abortive, because the examination was still on-going ashen we visited.
ASUU Strike May Soon Be Called Off
President Jonathan Approves N400Billion To End Strike
The latest news update on ASUU strike in Nigeria as of today August 20, 2013 is that President Jonathan has approved a total sum of 400 billion naira for the infrastructural development of Nigerian universities.
The end of this long ASUU strike is very near as the document was made available yesterday at the meeting of the presidential committee on implementation of the NEEDS assessment in the universities with the leaders of the four university-based unions the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, made the revelation while addressing his union members at the SSANU National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the weekend at the University of Abuja.
Ugwoke, briefing the SSANU members on the activities of the NEEDS assesment implementation committee, led by Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam. He noted that the fund was different from the N100 billion Governor Suswam had raised from donor agencies and big companies to tackle the problems of Nigerian universities in 2013.
The labour leader said: “Let me give you a tip on what the NEEDS assessment committee is doing. The president has approved that within the next four years; N400 billion would be expended in infrastructural development of Nigerian universities, to transform the universities to international standard.
“N100 billion has already been raised by Suswam committee out of which 61 universities have been pencilled down, as contained in the NEEDS assessement committee. The N100 billion is expected to address needs of the universities in the areas which include re-furbishing and renovation of lecture theatres and lecture halls, re-furbishing and renovation of laboratories/libraries and the renovation of hostels.