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Attack: UI promises to review varsity’s security architecture



Prof. Ademola Aremu, the Chairman,  Council Committee on Security, University of Ibadan (UI), says the university is reviewing its security architecture to forestall future attacks.

Aremu, who visited the female hostel attacked by gunmen on Sunday in company of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, stated that the police were working hard to track the invaders.

According to him, the invaders have shown pattern in their operation by attacking female students during holidays when halls are sparsely populated.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Obafemi Awolowo female hostel in UI was attcked on July 11 by suspected robbers who again invaded Abdulsalam Abubakar Hall of the university in the early hours of Aug. 11.

It would be recalled that the robbers had attacked the Obafemi Awolowo hall on July 11, and injured some female students.

The robbers who attacked only the female wing of the hall,  reportedly tied up the security man on duty to have their way.

Two male students who tried to obstruct their sinister mission received matchet cuts and have been treated at the university health centre.

The thieves made away with phones and other valuables.


Don says infrastructural development key to promotion of excellence





By Chinyere Nwachukwu

Lagos, Aug. 25, 2019 Prof. Mike Adebamowo says consistent infrastructural developments and partnership are part of the  measures adopted by the  University  of Lagos (Unilag) to promote culture of excellence especially in the area of research.


Adebamowo  of the Department of Architecture at Unilag,  disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Lagos.


He was speaking against the backdrop of the  ongoing two key projects : the re-designing of the institution’s ‘main gate at Akoka and the vertical extension of the Faculty of Law.


The Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences added that the university  was also intensifying its  efforts to attract more partnership, funding, scholarship and support, especially in research.


He said that would continue to give it the necessary visibility it deserved.


“Right now,  the work  going on at the university gate is the construction of a canopy over the existing gate, as well as the construction of some lay-bys along the road.


“The entire intention of the  project which, incidentally, I  happen to be the architect is to minimise the level of public activities around the university gate.


“If you are coming into the campus, you will agree with me that there are lots of activities other than the congruent activities to an institution of this class.


University of Lagos is a brand but we believe that those commercial activities like the tricycles, (keke marwa), bikes (okada) and others, passenger drop offs and the rest of that, especially in the evening,  around the gate do not befit our institution as we are to promote excellence.


“So, first and foremost, there is an urgent need to redesign the frontal approach of the institution in order to eliminate the current chaos that is ongoing there,” he said.


According to him, this is being done by applying some simple design measures that will take the lay-bys away from the junction around the entrance of the university.


He explained that the design would create an escape route from the campus to Akoka without necessarily getting to the intersection.


“We have already re-designed the whole of the place and widen the pedestrian walk ways that feeds into the campus.


“While doing that, we have eliminated all those bus stops that we have around the campus and we have moved them slightly away.


“The new extended walk ways that have been widened will now be guided by decorative fence grills.


” That will  prevent any one from accessing the road other than from the inlet point where you can come in from the bus stops,” the dean said.


He noted that having solved these problems, the university would also have a striking canopy over the existing gate.


According to the don, with the striking canopy, the institution will have an imposing character.


He explained that the university was favoured to have this as a Lagos project funded by the state government.


He said that the design of the project started during the tenure of the immediate past Vice- Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Rahaman  Bello and  it is now being executed  under the leadership of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.


“It is a project that the immediate past governor of the state,  Mr Akinwunmi Ambode,  donated to the university and the current administration has keyed-in  into it to ensure  its  completion.


“I believe that with this kind of  gesture coming from the Lagos State Government, coupled with the current administration outlook and vision of the incumben V-C, the university has been able to continunually attract funding, scholarship, support and partnership.


“” These are both in the areas of research which is our major preoccupation  and also infrastructural and physical development,” Adebamowo said.


Similarly, he added that the vertical extention project of the Faculty of Law, sponsored by Mr Femi Okunu,  would further complement the university’s quest for academic excellence and global recognition.


“Currently, we are adding another floor on the existing building of the Faculty of Law, which will accommodate more offices, because right now, the faculty is in dire need of office spaces.


“It will also be accommodating more classrooms and space for a moot court.


“As the architect handling the project, we intend to also give it an imposing character that will enhance the quality of the building and the environment,” he said.


He assured  the university community  and the public that the two projects would be delivered before the end of the year.

Edited by Peter Dada

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Katsina Govt procures N14m technical, vocational facilities for Secondary Schools



Katsina State Government has spent over N14 million on the purchase of asorted equipments and materials for technical and vocational education, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Hajiya Halima Othman, has said.

Othman made the disclosure in Katsina on Saturday while distributing the facilities to seven secondary schools in the state.

The permanent secretary was represented by the Director Quality Assurance in the Ministry, Alhaji Zayyana Zubairu.

Othman said that the state government would continue to accord priority to education because of its relevance to nation building.

She further said that the administration would continue to boost technical and vocational education in recognition of its importance in creating job opportunities for youths.

The permanent secretary urged the benefiting schools to make judicious use of the facilities for the development of technical education in the state.

Earlier, the Zonal Coordinator, Education Quality Assurance, Katsina, Alhaji Nasiru Kado, appreciated the effort of the state government in providing the equipment and material to the schools.

He said that it would go a long way in assisting students studying technical subjects to acquire technical know-how and learn vocational skills that would assist in making them self reliant in future.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the benefiting schools were Dikko College, Katsina; Government Day Secondary School Kofar Yandaka, Government Unity Secondary School Malumfashi and Sir Usman Nagoggo College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Katsina.

Others were Government Pilot Secondary School Daura, Government Pilot Secondary School Mani, and Government Pilot Secondary School Funtua.

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Kaduna earmarks N1.8bn for foreign, local scholarship



The Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board, Hajiya Jummai Dikko, says the board has earmarked over N1.8 billion for foreign and local scholarship to students  from the state.

She made the disclosure in an interview with Journalists shortly after the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Muslims Refresher Course Programme (MRCP) conducted by Islamic Education Initiative, held in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Dikko said: “The State Government has earmarked over N1 billion for foreign scholarship to indigenes students of the state.

“Currently, the State Government had also appropriated the sum of N800 million for local scholarship to students in this year’s budget.

“Of the N800 million, the board had expended N774 million for local scholarship, each beneficiary enjoys the sum of N100,000.

“This is a drastic shift from the earlier amount of fifteen thousand naira received by students in the state as scholarship in the previous administrations.

“However, since the inception of His Excelency, Gov. Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, the amount skyrocketed to N100,000 per student.”

According to her, the state government is currently sponsoring five MBBS students in Cuba for a six-year programme, hoping that they will graduate and become Medical Doctors.

“The sum of N300 million has already been set aside to cover the duration of their programme.

“This is done to prevent any academic interruption in the event of change of government or leadership in the state.

“The Governor has made this arrangement to enable students complete their studies without any hitch.

“I am also happy to note that one of the students sponsored for the medical training in Cuba was a product of this Muslim Refresher Course Programme.” she said.

A lecturer with the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, ABU Zaria, Dr Kabir Ahmed noted that there was a huge gap between students of Northern extraction and their counterparts from other regions in the country.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ahmed presented a paper titled: Youth of Northern Nigeria: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

He lamented that the sorry condition of schools in the North, lack of proper enlightenment and guidance led to the level of backwardness in performance of students from the region.

The Don urged Northern elites to support the education of younger ones to bridge existing gaps.

reports that the occasion featured unveiling of a Magazine titled “Refresher” and presentation of awards to deserving students and teachers of the programme.


Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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NGO takes ‘Back to School’ campaign to Ibadan



As part of efforts to reduce the rate of out-of-school children and assist parents, an NGO on Saturday took its ‘Back to School’ campaign to Lalupon area of Ibadan in Oyo State.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the NGO, Seun Akinlosotu and Friends, distributed no fewer than 500 brand new school bags and exercise books to the pupils.

recalls that the group founded by Seun Akinlosotu, a philanthropist, commenced its campaign in 2018 in Ondo State where it distributed similar materials to no fewer than 300 pupils.

Akinlosotu told on the sidelines of the exercise that the campaign was to encourage pupils to return to school.

“This initiative is devoid of any personal gain. I believe thoroughly in the quotes of Robert F Kennedy which says that the purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.

“The effort is to contribute significantly to the society and take off part of the burden of parents in sending their children to school. We believe this will also encourage the pupils to return to school.

“This campaign is funded by donations from friends and family members across the world,” she said.

She said that millions of naira was expended in acquiring the 500 brand new school bags as well as exercise books  distributed to the pupils in Ibadan.

Akinlosotu expressed joy that the pupils would return to school with bags that would last them for between three and four years, promising that the campaign would keep improving.

“Our target is to keep increasing the distribution annually. Last year, we distributed 300 and now 500. May be we are going to do 1,000 in other states.

“We have been able to create a platform for everybody to come together, contribute the little they have and accomplish something big,” she said.

Akinlosotu also expressed fulfillment with the response and happiness displayed by both the parents as well as the pupils, promising more of such initiatives.

She said that the group was in Ibadan because the Oyo capital had the highest number of votes on its online platform.

Adelanke Adeola, who spoke on behalf of the parents, commended the group for extending the gesture to them, praying God would bless them the more.

“Some of the parents here told me they are widows and can’t afford to buy bags for their children.

” This is indeed a good gesture. I pray the Lord will help them to continue doing this,” she said.

reports that several other parents and pupils at the event expressed joy at the gesture from the group.

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Kaduna Govt. to train 6,828 Primary 1 teachers to improve literacy, numeracy



  Kaduna State Government said on Saturday that it would train 6,828 Primary One teachers on how to improve literacy and numeracy among primary one pupils in public primary schools.

Malam Habib Alhassan, Acting Director, School Inspection and Monitoring, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna.

Alhassan said the training would be conducted under the World Bank-supported Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) designed to improve enrolment and learning outcomes in public schools.

He said the process had begun with the selection of 321 master trainers and teacher facilitators for Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA).

He added that the RANA initiative would be carried out across the over 4,226 primary schools in the state under Result Area Two of the BESDA programme, which sought  to improve literacy.

He explained that the master trainers and the teacher facilitators would train the 6,828 primary one teachers and monitor their performance and efficiency in improving literacy among primary one pupils.

“We have received over 500 applications from Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Ministry of Education, SUBEB and others from Local Government Education Authorities.

“We are currently conducting examination and interview for the selection and appointment of the 321 master trainers and teacher facilitators out of over 500 applicants.

“After the selection exercise, 107 will be appointed as Master Trainers and 214 as Teacher Facilitators.

“Hopefully by next week, the master trainers will be trained, who would then train the 214 teacher facilitators.

“The teacher facilitators will then step down the training to the 6,828 primary one teachers in the state,” he said.

The director added that the master trainers and teacher facilitators would closely monitor teachers’ delivery in classrooms to ensure improved literacy, including the use of Hausa language.

The director explained that the board had begun mobilisation of 2,000 influencers across relevant stakeholders for massive enrolment campaign to enroll about 145,000 out-of-school children by end of the year.

He said the enrolment campaign was the Result Area One of the BESDA programme that focused on increasing access to equitable and quality education for the 727,764 out-of-school children in the state.

“The Result Area Two will then ensure that after the successful enrolment of the out-of-school children, the teachers are well equipped to teach the children how to read, write and manipulate numbers and figures.

“We will then follow the teachers to the classrooms and monitor their activities to ensure that the expected result of improved learning outcome is achieved,” alhassan said.

reports that the Federal Government had in 2018 secured a 611 million dollars World Bank grant for the BESDA programme in 17 states with highest number of out-of-school children.

The programme was  to support the Universal Basic Education Commission in addressing Pillar One of the Ministerial Strategic Plan that seeks to address the problem of out-of-school children in the country.

The specific objectives are  to increase equitable access to education for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus states and strengthen accountability for results through system strengthening.

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