Some parents in Oyo State have appealed to the Federal Government and striking unions in Federal Universities to resolve the lingering crisis that has crippled academic activities since its commencement on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of Senior Staff Association of University, and Non Academic Staff Union (SSANU, NASU) on Monday embarked on a three day warning strike to press home their demands.
NAN recalls that top of their grievances are the exclusion of its members from the workings of the National University Pension Company (NUPENCO), solely operated by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Others are the allocation of the 80 per cent of the money released by the federal government as earned allowances to ASUU while the three non academic unions got 20 per cent.
The SSANU and NASU operating under the Joint Action Committee said they were rejecting the 20 per cent earned allowance allocated to them.
They however, called on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, release the N30 billion to the non teaching staff as earned allowances for the period of 2009 and 2016.
Some parents, who reacted to the industrial action, told NAN in separate interviews that government must quickly intervene to resolving the impasse.
A retired principal, Mrs Mutunrayo Adisa, appealed to the Federal government to call for a peace meeting with the leadership of the striking unions.
“I commend several efforts of the federal government in the education sector, but this time, call for a very serious concern because we already have several challenges.
“I want to passionately appeal that all stakeholders get to the round table as soon as possible to resolve this crisis.
“Already, we have security challenges, we cannot afford to let our higher institutions students be out of the academic environment for now; I appeal that we get the unions back to work soon,” she appealed.
Also speaking, an educationist, Mrs Olaide Azeez, appealed for amicable resolution of the crisis.
“I hope this is resolved early, when I hear of strike in our tertiary institutions, I get scared because it could be protracted beyond imagination.
“My appeal goes to the Federal government and the unions, I know they have the right to their demands and the government must also respect agreement but in the middle of all this are the innocent students,” she said.
Edited by Maureen Atuonwu
LASG releases results into model colleges, Upgraded junior secondary schools
Dr Oluwafemi Hassan, Director, Lagos State Examinations, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.
Hassan said the candidates that sat for the Computer Based Test (CBT) had already received their results through messages and email addresses of their parents and guardians.
He added that the steps to check the results were provided in the portal.
Hassan, however, said the admission of the candidates would be determined by the Basic Education Services Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Education after determining the cut – off marks.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that over 11,000 candidates participated in the common entrance examination into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools for 2019 /2020 academic session.
Gov. Zulum reconstitutes Teaching Service Board
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved the reappointment of Prof. Suleiman Bello, as the Chairman of the four-member state’s Teaching Service Board.
Gusau added that Zulum also approved the appointment of the three other members of the board.
Those appointed were Hajiya Hamsatu Laminu, Mr Mohammed Joji and Alhaji Makinta Monguno.
Gusau said that the governor would accord support to the chairman and members of the board while expecting them to uplift the quality of teaching in line with his education agenda.
While congratulating the appointees, Zulum reaffirmed his absolute confidence in them.
Former Cross River first lady advocates girl guiding in more schools
Mrs Onari Duke, Wife of former Governor of Cross River Donald Duke says there is need for schools across the country to embrace girl guiding to further protect the rights of the girl-child.
Duke made the call in her keynote address at the centenary celebration of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association (NGGA) on Tuesday in Lagos.
The theme of the celebration is: ” Years of Inspiring Girls.”
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the association started in Nigeria on Sept. 16, 1919 and became a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in 1966.
According to Duke, the activities of the girl guides remain a sure way of equipping the girls with the requisite knowledge, morals, skills, confidence and leadership needed to take the country to its desired height.
“The fact is, in today’s world, beyond acquiring formal education, there is the need to stand out because the field is already saturated.
“To distinguish yourself, you need to inculcate a culture of service and excellence in your sphere of influence,’’ she said.
According to her, there is therefore the need for citizens to contribute their quota to national development and growth.
This she noted by inspiring and mentoring the younger generation with sincerity of purpose and to serve genuinely.
“True service will impact lives greatly and to impact excellence in service, we must set high standards and strive to keep them.”
Duke urged girls to always strive to acquire skills that would give them the edge over others, make strong and reliable leaders as well as successful and effective entrepreneurs.
She also emphasised the need for the girl-child to acquire planning skills that would tie their vision to practical steps that their chosen endeavours could take to realise that vision.
“This, in itself is a skill and a very important one because without it, your growth will be stagnated.”
The former cross river first lady further stressed the need for the girls and even young women to be innovative and acquire communication skills, which would be evident in all of their entrepreneurial activities.
This she said was necessary, adding that professional advancement was usually enhanced by innovation.
The Chairperson, Africa Region of the World Association of the Girl Guides Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Mrs Larissa Cataria, from the Republic of Benin said there was more to be done in the area of advocacy, on the right and welfare of the girl -child in Africa.
“So as a guide, my take will be encouraging associations around the continent to keep sensitising our people in Africa, beginning from Nigeria.
“I believe the girl-child has the power to take up leadership positions, to be the voice of Africa and to be the change agent we all desire in our dear continent.
“These leadership qualities, start from the home, through to the larger society and therefore these girls must also be given the same opportunity as the boys, given that they do have the potential.
“It is not about going to school alone, but also being exposed to the same opportunity as the boys. We need to support them. “They need to be supported in order to perform better in school and outside school.
“The major challenge facing the development of the girl- child in Africa has always been the issues of the mindset and as parents, the issue is, how we see the girl-child matters in determining how far we want them to go.
“Therefore, I think for me, it starts from there.
So, once we change our perception about them, once we understand the importance of sending them to school, I think it will help get the change that we want to see,’’ she said.
The Chief Commissioner of the NGGA, Mrs Maria Sule, in her address of Wellcome said that the association had contributed immensely toward nation building,
This she said was through its numerous guiding and mentoring activities of the girl-child in the country through the years and still standing strong.
According to her, the association’s non formal training programmes are thriving, adding that girls in the country are becoming bold advocates of their rights wherever they find themselves.
“We, therefore, wish to call on the Federal Government and State Governments, and the National Assemblies at both the Federal and State levels to assist us in coming up with laws that will liberate the girl-child and women generally to fulfill their potential.
“We also want to appeal to them to assist us in completing our training centre in Abuja designed for the development and well being of the girl-child,’’ Sule said
Edited by Dada Ahmed
Ondo govt. promises to reposition Unity, Special Schools
The Ondo State Government has promised to reposition the five unity schools and four special schools in the state.
Mr Femi Agagu, the state Commissioner for Education, said this during a meeting with the principals and head teachers of the schools on Tuesday in Akure.
The commissioner said that the meeting was to deliberate on the various challenges facing the schools in order to proffer solutions.
He recalled that the schools were established to serve as models to others , adding that the state must maintain their status.
Agagu urged the head teachers to be responsible in the discharge of their duties and monitor the teachers and students under them to ensure better academic performance.
The commissioner also said that the government was deeply concerned about the welfare of the students in the special schools.
He admonished the head teachers to be proactive in their bid to make the students relevant in the society, adding that ” there is ability in disability.”
Speaking on security in the schools, the commissioner urged the head teachers to be more vigilant, noting that security guards must be alert always.
Responding, Mr Oyedeji Adegbenro, the Principal of Unity Secondary School, Epinmi Akoko, said inspite of the various challenges facing the schools, the principals’ efforts were yielding good results.
According to Adegbenro, beside improvement in internal examinations, the good results in the last West Africa Senor School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results was a testimony of the principals’ efficiency and government’s commitment to the sector.
Mrs Tolani Olaitan, who spoke on behalf of head teachers of the special schools, said efforts were being made to discover the talents of each student with a view to making them useful to themselves, their families and the society at large.
The meeting had in attendance the principals of Unity Secondary School Epinmi Akoko; St.John’s Mary Unity Secondary School, Owo; St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure; St. Helen’s Unity Secondary School, Ondo and Unity Secondary School, Ode Aye.
Also present were the head teachers of the Physically-Challenged School, Ikare-Akoko, Visually Impaired School, Owo, Hearing Impaired School, Akure and Mentally Impaired School, Okeigbo.
Ekiti varsity gets new VC
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Olanipekun was a former Dean of the School of Post Graduate Studies of the university.
The appointment of the 53-year-old don, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, takes immediatel effect.
Olanipekun, a native of Ado-Ekiti and former Chairman, Ilorin Zone of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), replaced Prof. Olubunmi Ajayi who had been in acting capacity since December 2018.
Ajayi acted as the vice chancellor following the sack of a professor of Educational Evaluation, Sam Bandele, by the governor following the recommendations of a visitation panel.
Olanipekun studied Chemistry at the first degree level and Industrial Chemistry at both the Masters and PhD levels.