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Prof. Opeyemi Ajewole, Head, Department of  Social and Environmental Forestry, University of Ibadan, has adviced  youths to pursue career in forestry in order to become self reliant.


Ajewole gave the advice on Friday while delivering a lecture titled: “Making the best out of Tertiary Education in Nigeria” at the 2019/2020 matriculation ceremony of the Federal College of Forestry (FCF), Ibadan.

He maintained that the prospects in forestry were enormous, adding that a career in it could make the professional an employer of labour.

The university don noted that the green economy concept of forestry could provide expensive green jobs prospects for foresters.

He cited timber trade as one of the high yielding business potentials in forestry with both local in international prospect.

He therefore advised the students to start thinking of how the profession would be of optimum benefit to them.

“We have several areas you can explore in forestry including wood and energy production, agro-forestry, mountain forestry, social and urban development, forest management energy and planning, biodiversity and ecosystem, among others.

“Forestry can avail you  opportunities in a Zoo, community centers, there are environmental consultants who consult for government and private agencies, animal damage control specialist responsible for providing technical assistance on wildlife behaviours, among others,” he said.

Ajewole urged the students to make the short term goal of completing their studies successfully in flying colours, and a long term goal of displaying the knowledge and skills needed for their development and contribution to national development.

 

Also speaking, Director General of  the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, Prof. Adesola Adepoju said that government was making effort to revive the wood and paper industry, while encouraging the students to give their best.

“The forest sector is experiencing some positive exposition now; every state has realized that it cannot speak even in UN now without agro-forestry.

“Every department is loaded with a lot of employment opportunities, all you need to do as students is to be serious in your own field so that you can come out in flying colours which will make you outstanding in the society,” he said.

Also, the Provost of the College, Dr Funmilayo Aderounmu said the institution has undergone some reforms physically and academically in a bid to meet up with the demands of a modern institution of higher learning.

She said the College runs full and part time programmes for the award of NBTE accredited National Diploma and Higher National Diploma (HND).

“Going round the school, you will notice that our HND classroom block has just been given a full turnaround renovation, before the year ends, the ND classroom block and multipurpose hall will be given same treatment.

“Further down the campus, an entirely new structure is being raised, which will house the college’s fully equipped modern computer laboratory.

“Two new fully automated weather stations have also been acquired with one already installed in the existing meteorological station and functioning well,” she said.

She emphasised that the developments being witnessed at the college had been with  support of the FRIN D-G, Adepoju.

She informed the students that its programmes were practicals-oriented as  students were expected to take their practical sessions seriously.

“It should be noted that without participating in and passing the practical, certificate will not be awarded, as Forestry, agriculture, horticulture and related professionals are never practised in the comfort of an office,” she said.

Also, a Forester, Alhaji Abdulrahman Olayiwola urged the students to always maintain peace in the school in order to have a serene environment suitable for  academic activities .

Similarly, Mr Fola Oyekunle, a member of the Oyo State house of Assembly  representing Ibadan North-east constituency, urged the students to take their studies seriously so as to come out in flying colours.

Oyekunle, an alumnus of the College promised to pay the school fees of students who would make distinctions in their field of study.

“This school is a preparatory ground for you, you can become any personality of your choice including a politician if you are serious,” he said.

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Lockdown: Kaduna govt. introduces radio, TV classes to sustain learning

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The Kaduna State government has introduced radio and television teaching programmes to keep pupils and students learning at home during the lockdown period, occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, who disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna on Sunday, said the that programme would commence on April 6.

Yayi said that the digital lessons programme would focus on Senior Secondary School Students preparing for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) examinations.

She said that the programme was aimed at preventing students from being idle at home while on lockdown, which, she said, might affect their academic performances.

According to her, the programme is designed to keep the students busy with academic activities, which would be delivered through television and radio stations so that they could continue learning, while staying safe at home.

“This is part of the state government’s efforts in deploying digital platforms to improve teaching and learning in public schools.

“You are aware that senior secondary school students will write WAEC and NECO examinations as soon as the Coronavirus crisis is over.

“We are trying as much as we can to ensure that the lockdown does not affect their performances in the examinations,” she said.

The permanent secretary said that the programme would be aired on all major television and radio stations in the state, between 9:00 am. and 11:30 am., adding that it would cover all the subjects.

She said that the lessons would be 20 minutes per period and two times in a week, with the exception of Mathematics and English Language, which would be three times in a week.

She also said that the contacts, names and phone numbers of the teachers would be provided for the students to ask questions.

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KWASU VC: Professors’ forum rejects appointment, says process not fair

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”In the statement referred to, the Commissioner alluded to the fact that the governor, in making the appointment, relied on the recommendation of the Governing Council of the institution headed by Professor Saka Nuru.


”We want to state from onset that Prof. Akanbi, SAN, is ordinarily qualified for the position of Vice- Chancellor of the Institution.

”It would be recollected that during the Selection process in 2019, the OPF raised the issue that the Selection Board ( a committee of Council) was skewed in favour of Ilorin Central Senatorial zone (where they constituted 4 out of 5 members, including the chairman).

” The exercise went on never the less and three (3) Professors were recommended in the following order of merit:1st Professor Mahmud Sakah (from Kwara North), 2nd Professor Gana (from Kwara North) and 3rd Professor M. M. Akanbi (from Kwara Central)

”This was the state of affairs by the time the present government came in May, 2019.

”The then in- coming government set up a Transition Committee preparatory to its taking over government and it was advised, concerning KWASU, that the selection process for VC was faulty and that the Council should be dissolved (for so many other reasons also), a new council constituted and the position of VC re- advertised.

”When the government took office, it ordered a Visitation to KWASU, which was overdue and also recommended by the Transition Committee.

”It is noteworthy to state that the Visitation Panel was chaired by somebody from Kwara Central. The Visitation Panel also recommended the dissolution of the University Governing Council.

”The government thereafter constituted a panel, also headed by somebody from Kwara Central, to draft a white paper on the Visitation Panel Report.

”The OPF did not encourage its members to apply for the position of VC of KWASU because it felt that the then Deputy VC, Professor Mahood Sakah, who is from Kwara North is eminently qualified and that it was high time the North be encouraged to occupy the position, in the spirit of fairness and inclusiveness,” the statement said.

According to the forum, KWASU is owned and jointly funded by all the three zones and the situation where the Chancellor, Pro- Chancellor, Vice- Chancellor and Acting Registrar are all from only Kwara Central is ” repulsive.”

The statement added that the argument being put forward that Sakah is 67-years-old does not hold water.

”The Council saw his age before he was short- listed, interviewed and ranked first in the selection process carried out by a panel of five consisting of four members from Kwara Central.

”To now use his age to disqualify him is a ploy to perpetrate over-lordship of a zone over the two other zones.

”Ilorin is reputed to be a centre of Islamic scholarship which is looked onto to practicalise all what Islam preaches.

”Definitely the way KWASU Vice- Chancellorship is handled cannot be said to be in the spirit of justice and fairness,” it said.

The forum told the governor that he was not properly advised on the appointment of the vice- chancellor of KWASU.

”This is not in tandem with what you promised Kwarans to be fair to all sections and be just.

”The candidate that came first in the interview should be appointed in line with the dictates of Allah which enjoins justice, even if the other party is your relative.

”We pray for the success of your administration and pledge our support in ensuring a just Kwara state,” it said.

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Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
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Lockdown: Educationist advises parents to engage children in informal learning

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An Educationist and National Consultant for Accelerated Christian Education in Nigeria, Mr Muyiwa Okunlola, has advised parents to engage their children in informal learning during the current lockdown imposed to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Okunlola, who gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Jos said informal learning was a form of learning that occurred away from a structured formal classroom setting.

He said informal learning was in various forms that entailed coaching sessions by parents, viewing videos and making use of the internet to conduct researches and have a better understanding of a particular field.

“Parents can guide their kids in having a better perspective of a certain field in various subjects, such as science.

“The kids are left to study a certain plant and the parent helps the child to have a better understanding via the use of the internet to have a better insight and understanding of such plant,’’ the expert said.

He said this form of learning was used before the advent of the western education, as most of the learning acquired in the pre-colonial time was from the home setting.

He said the lockdown was an opportunity for parents to expand the educational horizon of their children which would enable them to have a robust educational experience outside the formal learning structure.

Okunola also urged parents to think of creative ways to engage their kids, saying that children could learn various things such as cooking, practicing musical instruments, recitals and learning their dialects.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Abdullahi Yusuf
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Yobe SUBEB unveils maiden strategic plan

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Yobe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says it has prepared a pioneer Strategic Plan to improve quality at basic and post basic level of education in the state.


Prof. Musa Alabi, Executive Secretary of the Board, told newsmen on Saturday in Damaturu that there was no strategic plan guiding its operations since inception in the state.

Alabi said the maiden strategic plan was initiated under the administration of Gov. Mai Mala Buni.

He said: “I want to use this opportunity to inform the public that we have already commenced and about to complete our strategic plan to improve primary and junior secondary education in the state.

“This is the first time that the Board is coming up with a strategic plan which will be launch soon.

“The strategic plan is for us to chat our own course”.

Alabi noted that it was part of new strategic plan to recruit enough and qualified teachers into the system to fill the existing gaps and replace the unqualified ones.

“We have plans to redeploy unqualified teachers to other sections of the civil service and recruit new and qualified ones to fill in those positions.

“Unless we do that there is no way we can have a system running the way we want it.

“We will surely do the recruitment and we hope that will be the turning point,” he said.

Abali disclosed that the Board would construct mega schools in various local government areas in addition to the existing model schools in the state.

He said that the mega schools would be established at Potiskum, Nguru, Damaturu, Gashua and Buni Yadi, among others.

The chairman explained that the mega schools were designed with bigger size and capacity to change the face of education in the state.

“We hope before the lifespan of this administration to have three to four of these mega schools in each local government area, to solve the problem of congestion in schools”.

Alabi revealed that various school development projects were so far executed under Universal Basic Education (UBE) interventions such as construction over 200 classroom blocks, 42 offices and stores as well as 33 x 2 bed rooms and 75 x 3 bed rooms staff quarters.

He lsited other projects to include construction of fencing and barb wiring in 13 schools; provision of 17 boreholes, procurement of 14, 317 classroom furniture and 619 units of teachers’ furniture, among others.

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I’ll prioritise students, staff welfare, attract research funding – New KWASU VC

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Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, the new Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, says his priorities will include students and staff welfare, attracting research funding and usage of ICT for development.


Prof. Akanbi told newsmen on Friday in Ilorin that he would strive to help academic staff attend local and international conferences to widen their horizon and secure grants for them for research and innovations.

He added that he would also focus on adequate motivation of members of staff to enable them deliver optimally.

The professor of law said that he would also ensure that the university focused on its students, stressing that the essence of a university was to primarily teach students and, in turn, help the society.

”I will also be looking at funding, because in a state university, we need funding. Without adequate funding, we will not be in a position to deliver much.

”I also intend to look into Information Technology (IT), because we live in an IT world.

”The school already has a solid foundation for IT. So we intend to improve on it.

”As you can see, with the Coronavirus challenge that we are having, students are not in school but we can’t sit down.

”We will have a vibrant and robust ICT learning resource centre and we can, from our homes, do teaching and research.

“Of course, the people that will support me to achieve this mission are the members of staff, both academic and nonacademic. So I intend to invest in their welfare.

”We are going to ensure that they are well motivated so as to be able to deliver”, Akanbi said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the state government had, on Wednesday, accepted the recommendation of KWASU’s governing council to appoint Akanbi as the new Vice Chancellor.

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LASU-ACEITSE set to begin 6 higher degree courses virtually

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The Lagos State University (LASU)-Africa Centre for Excellence in Innovative and Transformative STEM Education (ACEITSE) has concluded  arrangements to carry out interactive delivery of six courses.


The Leader of the Centre, Prof. Peter Okebukola,  gave the assurance in a statement he issued on Friday in Lagos.

He said that  the project would be hosted by LASU.

According to him, the LASU-ACEITSE is one of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact). 

 

”Based on the success of the Africa Centre for  Excellence (ACE) Phase One project, the World Bank and the French Development Agency, in collaboration with African governments and the Association of African Universities (AAU), launched the ACE Impact Project in 2018,” he said.

 

He said that the launch was to  strengthen post-graduate training and applied research in existing fields, and support new fields essential for Africa’s economic growth.

 Okebukola said that following advice

by the World Bank and AAU, he started  setting up the interactive online delivery of six courses expected to begin on April 6..

 

”Human and web resources are being mobilised to enable LASU-ACEITSE  to take off effectively on Monday, April 6,” he said.

Okebukola said that  online registration opened on April 1, adding that the entire process would be documented and published as a case study of a practical response to the coronavirus lockdown. 

”LASU-ACEITSE is deploying the virtual courses using customised moodle and zoom for all interactive video presentations,” he said.

 

The don gave a breakdown of master’s courses to be offered virtually by the LASU-ACEITSE as Educational Research Methods and Statistics,

Trends in STEM Education and Graduate Seminar and the Culturo-Techno-Contextual Approach  to STEM Education and Research.

 

According to him, PhD courses to  be offered virtually  include  Advanced Educational Research Methods and Statistics, Advanced Trends in STEM Education and Graduate Seminar, and Culturo-Techno-Contextual Approach to STEM Education and Research.

 

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Lagos govt. partners radio station on lessons for JSS students  

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, says another radio lesson programme is being organised for Junior Secondary Schools.


Mr Kayode Abayomi, the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Lagos Ministry of Education, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Friday.

According to the commissioner, the programme is in line with the state government’s commitment to ensure that students keep learning while at home during the present lockdown and schools’ closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

She noted that the radio teaching programme was an initiative of the state government through the Ministry of Education in partnership with Naija FM 102.7 and `South Saharan’.

She said that the radio lessons would cover four subjects: English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Civic Education.

Adefisayo noted that the teachings would commence from Monday, April 6, 2020, running from 12 noon to 1p.m. daily.

The commissioner said that the aim of the radio teaching programme was to keep the students engaged while at home during the lockdown.

She urged parents and guardians to inform and ensure that their children/wards tune in to Naija FM 102.7 and make the best use of the quality teachings and educative programme.

“A similar programme, also an initiative of the ministry which is meant for Senior Secondary School students is currently ongoing on WAZOBIA radio and television stations.

“The programmes commenced on March 30 while that of radio is being aired from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. daily.

“That of TV is being aired between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily,” Adefisayo said.

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Anambra online teaching, a wakeup call for students – Physics teacher

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Mr Kenneth Nweke, a Senior Physics Teacher at Kenneth Dike Memorial Secondary School, Awka, has called on students in Anambra to take the Radio Online Teaching initiated by the government seriously.


Nweke said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency shortly after delivering one of his online teachings at the ABS FM 88.5 in Awka.

He said that the radio online teaching was initiated by the Ministry of Basic Education, under the watch of Prof. Kate Omenugha, and described the initiative as highly commendable.

Nweke urged the students to ask their parents to buy a radio set for them, to enable them to tune to the station at 11a.m on days of the teaching, to boost their knowledge pending when schools would resume.

“Every SS3 student preparing for the external examination should see the online teaching as a wakeup call to meet up with the challenges in their academic pursuit caused by COVID-19.

“The lockdown period is not meant for the students to stay back home to sleep, watch television or idle away, the government has done noble by initiating the idea,” he said.

Nweke, who had lectured on alternating current circuit, said it was an advanced topic in physics adding that he preferred to start with advanced topics to make it easier for the students to understand.

“Most teachers teach their student the easier part of physics and when these students go for external exams they are faced with advanced topics and they perform below average.

“I decided to teach this advanced topic because that is what they meet in their external examination and once equipped with rudiments of the subjects they will excel,” he said

He urged parents to key into the initiative of the government and empower their children to learn, rather than encourage them to engage in acts of malpractice.

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COVID-19: Ibadan residents commend DSTV for home studies channel

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Some residents of Ibadan on Friday commended DSTV for the mindset pop up channel dedicated to keeping children abreast of their studies during the stay at home order imposed over COVID-19 epidemic.


The parents, in separate interviews, told the Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan that the children could now be kept busy with school work aside fromcartoon channels.

NAN reports that the channel covers all primary school programmes with focus on grades four to nine curriculum.

Some of the subjects being taught are literacy, numeracy skills, mathematics, natural sciences, english, life orientation, arts and physical education activities.

The channel also made provisions for worksheet and information sheets for home tutoring.

Mrs Mobola Adebayo, an Ibadan resident, said that the channel cuts across all subjects, thus keeping the children engrossed in learning.

Adebayo also said that the channel was keeping them away from cartoon.

“Watching cartoon is no more a priority but secondary for the learning channel. They know cartoon is now allowed after learning a few new things daily.

“This channel is indeed helpful in this era of lockdown due to the COVID-19. It’s keeping their memories fresh from what they have been taught earlier.

“You know children tend to forget things easily when it’s not constantly in their faces and this channel will keep refreshing their memories,” he said.

Another resident, Mr Oludayo Alonge,  said that the channel came into existence just at the right time.

Alonge said that before the channel came about, he was teaching his three children using their books as guide.

“Now the three of them have their time to study via the television. Their mother is now involved as we take turns to supervise them when being taught  on television.

“DSTV really did well with this, the teaching programme is a well-detailed one and the teachers are doing a good job. I like the fact that they are teaching them almost everything,” he said.

Also, Mrs Omolola Onanuga, said that cartoon channels were not banned in the house.

Onanuga said that the learning channel was the only channel her children were now entitled to.

“We had a meeting with the children and we agreed that once they resume back in school they will switch back to cartoon channels.

“We made them understand that they still have to keep learning even though they are not in school.

“They also observe all breaks they do in school and enjoy all the meals and snacks they normally take to school so as not to make it boring for them.

“This channel is the best thing happening right now for both parents and their children. It’s helping to keep them busy and striking a balance between their schooling and play,” she said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Wale Ojetimi
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