Vice Chancellor, Taraba state University Professor Vincent Tenebe delivering his speech during the orientation of newly admitted students at the University Hall.
The Vice Chancellor of Taraba state University Jalingo, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe has challenged the newly admitted students who resumed for 2019/2020 academic session of the university to pursue excellence with passion and to remain focused on their academic pursuit in order to achieve greatness and fulfilment in life.
Professor Tenebe who was speaking at the 2020 resumption orientation program organized for newly admitted students of the university, noted with excitement that this is not the first set of students he is receiving as Vice Chancellor and charged them to make him proud.
The Vice Chancellor observed that since his resumption in 2017, he has engaged in various tours of the university facilities and is convinced that Taraba state University is indeed the hub of academic revolution.
He went further to assure the students of the commitment of the University management team, heads of units and all staff of their comfort and welfare throughout their stay on campus.
The VC described the University management team who also were in attendance at the orientation program as the compass the students need to navigate the university environment and encourage the students to feel free at all times to approach any of the officials of the university for guidance and assistance.
Earlier, Professor Tenebe had commended the University management team and staff members who were involved in the resumption and allocation of hostel rooms to the newly admitted students.
The Vice Chancellor had visited the male and female hostels severally to ascertain the level of preparedness of the university to admit and allocate students into various rooms.
He advised the newly admitted students to be watchful and shun anti social activities, that they are the hope of their parents and communities not to be mindful of their stay in the university but to do everything possible not to bring shame to their communities and parents.
Owing to reactions on the social media regards to misleading headline by Premium Times and other sources (both online and otherwise) that Gov. Ishaku has a hand on the plight of one Joseph Israel, a 100 level student who was expelled from Taraba State University for failure to abide by the school rules and regulation, we feel necessary to keep records straight by stating unequivocally that it is an attempt to blackmail, for those online sources to attribute the former student’s dismissal to his constant criticism against Gov. Ishaku led government of Taraba state, leaving his offences which are punishable by expulsion according the rules and regulations guiding the running of the institution, as roughly captured therein.
It suffices to say that the motive of the news item is to drag the Governor’s name in the mud. This is malicious, condemnable and uncalled for.
The Taraba State University is a state owned institution with autonomous power and necessary academic facilities ranging from qualified Vice Chancellor to Lecturers, down to reputable Governing Council composed of eminent personalities from all angles of human development.
Of recent, the management of the Institution embarked on periodic Staff/ Students Verification Exercise under the committee inaugurated by the VC to vet both Staff and Students, rebooked their particulars, ascertain the total number of genuine staff and students, to weed out those who failed to meet the laid down employment/admission requirements such as found wanting in the area of gross misconduct, fake certificates, incomplete registration and other unwholesome character on Campus.
This decision was against the backdrop of the Governor’s call to overhaul the system so as to cushion measures to solving some challenges bedevilling students/staff welfare on campus.
In the process it was discovered that one Joseph Israel, a 100 level student of Chemistry who later changed to Laboratory Science due to poor performance was caught on the web of incomplete registration process within the stipulated period, aside the culpability of staying away from the matriculation ceremony where form to prove his abidance to the rules and regulations of the institution with his signature and subsequent submission to his Head of Department has been deliberately ignored. And these are offences punishable by expulsion.
So what do you expect from the committee saddled with such responsibility? To condone stubbornness and credit activities of rogues? No.
The essence of every institution in Nigeria, with no exception of Taraba State University is to award certificates and plaques to students both on Character and in Learning. And this so called Israel was found no worthy of any!
By the way, why must this boy’s case becomes an issue of news headline amongst other defaulted staff and students, of which some whose letter of admission/employment were withdrawn shares same local government with Gov. Ishaku?
How significant is a non-performing 100 level student to the might of a Governor? Could it be that the boy has been sacrificially pitched on the School by a media runner so as to stampede on rules and regulations, and when dismissed by the authority, he should be staged on the altar of media peak for cheap political scores? So ridiculous and pity!
On his penchant for criticism on Facebook as wrongly spread as the crux of his rustication from the institution, Taraba state government under the leadership of Gov. Ishaku has no time for moral-bankruptcy of his rank.
There are numerous of such eroded characters on Facebook dishing out baseless criticism on the social media and none has ever been intimidated or harassed by agents of the government under the order of Gov. Ishaku.
Gov. Ishaku is urbane and refined, too focused to subscribe to doing undemocratic act as such.
He’s rather too occupied with the execution of his Rescue Agenda, which is gradually putting Tarabans on the pedestal of global indices in growth and development.
So resort to stooping low to fighting a little brat like Israel and his minions who are ranters on Facebook is an attempt to demean the reputability of Gov. Ishaku – Which can’t be tolerated!
Gov. Ishaku says repeatedly in many gatherings of Tarabans that he welcomes constructive criticism, and that doing it in good faith spur him to achieve more in all fronts.
So it is absurd to align the travails of this young unguided element, whom for long bade farewell to decorum and delist attending lectures and studying from his menu to serving as social media thug, to Gov. Ishaku.
It is therefore against the backdrop of the misconception and twisted narrative being peddled by some online media sources that necessitated this rebuttal.
Gov. Ishaku has no link with Taraba State University on her activities which are purely academic, and being handled by Professors and capable governing council manned by eminent personalities.
The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has presented over Seventeen Million Naira in cheques to eleven communities in the State.
The governor made the presentation during the project launch of gender and vulnerable groups components additional finance by the Taraba State Community and Social Development Program.
Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Taraba Motel Jalingo, Governor Darius Ishaku appreciated the CSDP for initiating viable programs for the poor in various communities.
He said his administration had not relented in paying counterpart funds for the CSDP and pledged to always support them to cover more communities.
The Governor remarked that CSDP had reached over One Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighteen people and groups covering water, health, education, electricity, transport and socio economic aspects.
He advised the beneficiaries to sustain the project in their domains tasking the people of the various communities to also act as watchdogs.
Commenting, the General Manager of the CSDP, Irimiya Danjuma revealed that the CSDP had sunk ninety three boreholes, constructed seven health centers, eighteen classrooms, thirteen culverts, eight skills acquisition centers and two electricity projects which have been completed and put to use in six communities in the State.
He stressed that groups from Gassol, Yorro, Gashaka and Takum were yet to benefit from the first tranche of the World Bank assisted program as they await the second approval to accomodate more communities.
On her part, the Chairperson Board of the CSDP, Patricia Kumbo advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money for the betterment of their communities.
There were goodwill messages from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Saleh Kakah and the Coordinator of the Ngada Special Development Area, Joseph Nagombe.
Governor Ishaku, accompanied by his Deputy, Engr. Manu, inspecting some of the structures affected by the rainstorm in the University after visiting the injured students at Specialist Hospital, Jalingo.
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku on Tuesday condoled parents, students, staff and management of the Taraba State University, Jalingo over the sudden death of three of its students who died during an excursion in Cameroon.
Gov. Ishaku conveyed his condolence message at the specialist hospital, jalingo when he visited some of the students involved in the accident who are currently receiving treatment.
While praying for the repose of the souls of the three students who died in the mysterious windstorm and for the quick recovery of the wounded, the Governor also prayed God to grant the parents of the deceased the grace to bear the loss.
It would be recalled that three students of the State University lost their lives when they were hit by falling trees during a rainstorm at the Bouba Njidda National Wild Life Park in Cameroon while on excursion.
The incident which occurred on April 16, involved 400 level students of the Biological Science Department of the University that embarked on a research trip to the neighboring Cameroon.
The governor proceeded to the campus of the State University in Jalingo where he inspected the level of damage caused by the windstorm on structures in the campus.
The Governor who was conducted round the structures affected by the windstorm in the university by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Vincent Tenebe promised to fix the damaged structures to enable staff and students of the institution have a befitting place for teaching, learning and research.
Ishaku who observed some architectural defects on some of the structures affected by the windstorm said the structures would be given professional touch during repair to avoid future occurrence.
Our correspondent reports that most of the structures affected by the windstorm were the ones constructed by the Tertiary Educational Trust Fund (TETFUND) intervention scheme.
Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) a former Minister of Defence on Saturday urged Nigerians to defend themselves from killers across the country instead of depending on the armed forces.
Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.
Danjuma disclosed this at the maiden convocation and 10th anniversary of the Taraba State University, Jalingo. The elder statesman explained that the armed forces of Nigeria at the moment were providing cover and defending the killers.
“You must rise to protect your selves from these people, if you depend on the armed forces for protection, you will all die one by one.
“The ethnic cleansing must stop now, otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s play. “I ask everyone of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your territory, defend your state because you have no where else to go.
“The armed forces are not neutral, they are conniving with the armed bandits that are killing people,” he said.
Danjuma described Taraba as a miniature Nigeria with beautiful cultures which the bandits were doing everything to destroy.
In his comments, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba expressed delight over the growth of the university within 10 years.
Ishaku commended the founders of the institution for their foresight in bringing university education to the door steps of Taraba people. He pledged to continue to support the university to meet a world class status.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vicent Tenebe commended the state government for its continued support for the rapid growth of the university.
Tenebe congratulated the 5, 900 graduands across the first five sets of the university, urging them to be good ambassadors of the institution.
Honorary Doctorate were presented to Gen. T. Y Danjuma, Sen. Jeremiah Useni and Gov. Ishaku.
Others were Dr. Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation and the former Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof. Suleiman Bogoro.