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Ezeonwuka Finally Shuts Tansian Varsity Take-Off Campus At Oba Over N60m Debt

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By Chuks Eke

The owner of Ranent Industries Company Limited, which is based in Oba in the Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has sealed the company’s premises, which he gave to Tansian University’s administration in Umunya, Anambra State, to serve as the university’s take-off campus.

This comes in response to a recent court ruling that gave Ezeonwuka the right to close the campus and sell both moveable and immovable assets to recoup the approximately N60 million in unpaid rent or honoraria that the university owed him for giving the Ranent property to the administration as a take-off campus.

The university’s security personnel were driven out by Ezeonwuka, who broke through the entrance gate with some sandbags yesterday along with court representatives and the management of Ranent Industries.

To verify the seal’s authenticity, the court bailiffs altered the signposts with some text and affixed copies of the court rulings everywhere on the entry gates. Welcome to Oba’s Take-Off Campus of Tansian University. Moreover, they affixed signs reading “No Trespassing” to various signposts.

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After several years of unpaid honoraria, Ezeonwuka and Renant Industries successfully sued Tansian University in court, winning millions of naira. Before Akam’s passing approximately two years ago, Ezeonwuka and the late Monsignor John Bosco Akam, the university’s founder, agreed on an honorarium of N10 million annually.

To obtain a consent judgment that the university authorities should pay Ezeonwuka N10 million annually as rent for donating the Ranent property with structures to the university for use as a take-off campus approximately ten years ago, Ezeonwuka and Monsignor Akam jointly signed the honorarium agreement with their witnesses.

When approving the university’s establishment, the National Universities Commission (NUC) instructed that Ezeonwuka’s yearly payment from the university’s authorities be referred to as honorarium rather than house rent or property rent because a university cannot be located in a rented flat.

The University’s moveable and immovable properties may be seized to satisfy Ezeonwuka’s outstanding debt, according to a ruling made by His Lordship Hon. Justice Arinze Akabua of the High Court of Anambra State, held in Ogidi.

Additionally, Judge Akabua directed the judgment debtors/respondents (Tansian university authorities) to immediately leave their take-off campus, or temporary site, located in Umuogali Village Oba, from the grounds owned by the judgment creditors/applicants (Ezeonwuka/Ranent Industries Limited).

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Shortly after regaining possession of his belongings, Ezeonwuka, the company’s chairman, spoke to the media. He thanked the court for providing the last chance for the average person and lamented the numerous fortunes he had lost due to the ordeal.

The decaying state of university campuses disgusted him, and he questioned how students could study in such an unclean atmosphere.

“This institution may not be synonymous with cleanliness—the two hostels are revolting, the surroundings are nauseating, and the university is uninhabitable and filthy, with mountains of trash and a poor sewage system so vile that it guarantees nightmares,” Ezeonwuka said.

Following his property recovery, he revealed that he had finalised plans to bring his Chinese partners to Nigeria by the end of the first quarter of 2024 to revitalize the shuttered Ranent Industries Company Ltd. and provide jobs for more than 5,000 Anambrarians.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit BUK As Management Eulogises Senator Barau

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Ibraḥima, ECOWAS Parliamentarian Speaker

The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) welcomed members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to the institution’s new campus on Thursday.

The parliamentarians’ visit to the university was one of the activities planned for the Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature of the Parliament, which is being held in Kano.

Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, the university’s Vice Chancellor, and other institution officials welcomed the parliamentarians at the Abubakar Rasheed Senate Building.

During the visit, Professor Abbas thanked the parliamentarians, saying, “This is the first time that we will be receiving the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

Senator Barau was described as a politician par excellence, and he listed the lawmaker’s numerous interventions at the university, adding that he has made significant contributions to the institution’s development.

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“He has made enormous contributions to the development of BUK. He is an excellent politician. To my knowledge, he has had a positive impact on the lives of those he represents. Aside from paying for students’ school fees, he has brought projects to the school,” he stated.

He listed several projects, including a four-story building, over 20 kilometres of road, streetlights, and a laboratory.

He urged parliamentarians to facilitate subregional university collaboration in addressing the member states’ developmental challenges.

“We need political intervention to collaborate with other universities in the subregion on research for member state development,” he said.

Senator Barau Jibrin, the First Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, explained that the ECOWAS Parliament’s second extraordinary session was held in Kano to bring the assembly closer to the people.

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“The parliament of West Africa is now in Kano and at BUK because the institution is important not only to Kano but to the entire country,” he stated.

He described education as the bedrock of society, claiming that any society without a strong educational system is doomed.

Senator Barau, while commending the university’s management for the institution’s transformation, stated that the ECOWAS Parliament will assist the university in addressing some of its challenges.

Billay Tunkara, the Fourth Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, praised Senator Barau and thanked the university for bestowing an honorary doctorate on the Senate’s Deputy President recently.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit Kano Schools, Barau Donates Buses, Uniforms To 856 Students

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Members of the Sixth Legislature of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament paid sensitization visits to two schools in Kano State on Wednesday as part of activities planned for the regional legislative arm’s Second Extraordinary Session, which is taking place in the North West Nigeria town.

Senator Barau Jibrin, a prominent son of Kano State, led the delegation to Aliyu Saidu Bebeji Government Arabic Secondary School and Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria.

The second extraordinary session of the parliament in the ancient town is being attended by parliamentarians from 12 countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Republic of Togo.

The parliamentarians were greeted by jubilant crowds who were delighted that the town was hosting the historic meeting and that their son had touched their lives through impactful projects.

Senator Barau explained the importance of ECOWAS in subregional integration at the secondary school, stating that they are there to bring Parliament closer to the people and to allow students to benefit from their wealth of experience.

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He stated: “We are here today to inform the members of the ECOWAS Parliament about our educational system and to meet our students, as well as for you, the students, to learn more about the ECOWAS Parliament.

“This school is similar to my school. I am a member of this community. In 1999, I was the first member of the House of Representatives from this federal constituency (Tarauni).

“As a result, I am donating uniforms to all of the school’s students, one set per student. I will send tailors to take your measurements for the new uniform. I will also provide a new Sharon vehicle for the school and N1 million to the teachers.”

Similarly, another member of Parliament, Paschal Agbodike, who represents Anambra State’s Ihiala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, donated N1 million to the school.

Earlier, Umar Doguwa, the state commissioner of education, thanked the parliamentarians for their visit, calling it the first in history.

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Represented by the Ministry’s Director of Schools, Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi, the commissioner praised Senator Barau for bringing the ECOWAS delegation to Kano, stating that it would benefit the entire state.

The school’s principal, Yusuf Atiku, stated: “I am not surprised by what Senator Barau did to us because of his generosity. That is why he is known as Maliya.

“We appreciate your kind gesture and support for us. We will never forget what you did to us. We appreciate you and the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

At MAAUN, lawmakers spoke with students about the importance of ECOWAS.

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TEDA School Celebrates 19 Students Who Excelled In 2024 JAMB Examination, Had Best Result In 2020 WASCE

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The 19 students

Nineteen students from TEDA School in rural Eke-Owerri, Obingwa Local Government, Abia State, scored between 250 and 345 points on the 2024 JAMB examination. Their results confirmed the school’s top-tier profile in the Nigerian school community.

TEDA has a consistent track record of academic success. In 2023, TEDA represented Nigeria at the 55th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Switzerland.  Grandville Chukure, who scored 345 in the 2024 JAMB, represented TEDA and Nigeria in that contest.

Furthermore, TEDA students were the only Abia State representatives in the finals of the International Olympiad Competition in Senior Chemistry and Maths.

Furthermore, TEDA students finished first, second, and fourth place in the 2022/2023 secondary school Junior Science competition. This comes after TEDA was named the Best School in Junior Science in 2020/2021, finishing first, second, fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth in the competition. That year, their student won the award for Best Boy in Junior Chemistry.

The Abia State Ministry of Education named TEDA the Best Government-Approved Private Junior Secondary School and the Second-Best Government-Approved Senior Secondary School for the academic year 2021/22.

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In response, TEDA founder Dr. Godson Dinneya congratulated the students and their tutors in their outstanding JAMB results. He stated that the school would continue to invest in creating an enabling environment in order to achieve consistently outstanding results.

The school has recently invested in a 1000-seat auditorium with platforms for artistic productions, laboratories for all science and technical subjects, and workshops for mechanical, electrical/electronics, and woodwork.

Dinneya stated, “We began with a vision of comprehensive and holistic education and will continue to do so.” We provide comprehensive education for the entire man. Students work hard at their studies and extracurricular activities, and those seeds produce good results in external examinations while preparing them for the

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