Friday, 4 October 2019

NSUK Declares War Against Unethical Conducts; Unveil Whistle Blowing Policy

Nasarawa State University Keffi has declared war against unethical conducts perpetrated by staff and students in the university.

Consequently, it has constituted a ten-man committee to identify perpetrators of the menace and bring them to justice.

Vice Chancellor of the university - Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed set up the committee while flagging off a whistle-blowing-policy against unethical practices in the institution in Keffi on Wednesday October 2, 2019.

The Committee Against Unethical Conducts headed by Dr Suleiman Inchi, has the Dean of Students Affairs - Dr Abdullahi Salau Modibo, Barrister Jennifer Ibi, representatives of Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union NASU, NAT, Students' Union Government SUG and Security Unit of the university as members while Dr Yahaya Noma is to serve as Secretary.

The Committee is mandated to investigate all issues bothering on unethical activities involving both teaching and non-teaching staff as well students of the university and report directly to the office of the Vice Chancellor for prompt action.

Areas to be investigated and take decisive action by the committee include cultism, examination malpractice, sexual harassment, prostitution, drug abuse,  sale of grades, stealing, fighting, appointment with students on unholy hours, kickbacks and unnecessary delay before collection of transcripts, as well as all forms of bribery and corruption.

Announcing membership of the committee, the Vice Chancellor - Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, said for Nasarawa State University to join the league of best universities in the world, all hands must be on deck to rid the university of unacceptable practices on campus.

While declaring amnesty for perpetrators of unethical practices willing to renounce their acts, Suleiman Bala Mohammed, renewed his administration's commitment to prosecute the war against unethical conducts without fear or favour.

In doing that, the Vice Chancellor, noted, his administration will be firm, fair and just to all, calling on members of the university community especially students to take advantage of the dedicated lines provided to assist the committee with credible information that will help sanitize the system.

In a goodwill message, the Dean of Students Affairs - Dr Abdullahi Salau Modibo - who welcomed the whistle-blowing-policy, charged students to be objective in blowing the whistle, stressing that no act of vindictiveness will be tolerated.

On their part, Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities at the institution - Dr Tanimu Yusuf, his counterpart from the Joint Action Committee - Comrade Zubairu Adamu and the President of Students' Union Government at the institution - Comrade Victor Affiku Tsaku, all declared their total support to the whistle-blowing-policy which they believe will sanitize the system.

They however called for due process in prosecuting the war against unethical activities, adding that the best way of fighting the menace is to give priority to the welfare of both staff and students of the university.

During the flagging off of the whistle-blowing-policy tagged; "See it, say it", two dedicated lines were presented to members of the public to report any unethical practice that will help authorities of the University take decisive action to reposition the institution.

The hotlines are: 08138930004 and 08054300007.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed the same day flagged off free HIV/Hepatitis screening, counseling and distribution of condoms to members of the university community especially students of the Department of Mass Communication as part of activities marking the 2019 MACOSA Week.

The free medical outreach was organized by the 2018/2019 exco of the Mass Communication Students' Association  (MACOSA) in collaboration with the Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency (NASACA) and the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria operating in Nasarawa State.

Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed commended the laudable initiative of the MACOSA exco which he described as timely, saying it will go a long way in reducing the incidences of sexually transmitted diseases and curtail the spread of HIV Aids as well as other deadly viruses among young people.

While declaring his support to the effort by MACOSA leadership, the Vice Chancellor stressed the need for students to always support leaders with good initiatives such as the ones exhibited by the 2018/2019 MACOSA leaders.

Earlier in a welcome address, the President - Mass Communication Students' Association (MACOSA) - Chief Servant Moses John Jatau, said the medical outreach which is the first in the Faculty of Social Sciences, was targeted at screening, counseling and distributing condoms free of charge to about 5000 members of the university community particularly students of the Department of Mass Communication.

According to the MACOSA Chief Servant, "the essence of the free medical outreach is to ensure that students know their status with a view to living a life that will contribute to national development and curtail the spread of both HIV and Hepatitis viruses in the society."

He appreciated the Vice Chancellor, who despite his tight schedules, found time to flag off the free medical exercise.

Also in attendance during the flagging off ceremony were the Dean - Faculty of Social Sciences - Professor Theophilus Lagi, representative of the Head of Department - Mass Communication - Dr Anthony Igyuve, some senior lecturers of the Department and large number of students.

Reported by:
Moses John Jatau
MACOSA President and,

For: #TeamNSUKGuide



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