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Forum urges parents, guardians to counsel wards against social vices

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The forum gave the advice in statement by its Chairperson, Chief Mrs Keziah Agundu and its Secretary, Mr Gabriel Labeh,.

The forum said that counselling children and wards on the dangers of social vices would help prevent negative behaviour in the society.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria Social vices affect the society as a whole and the individual in particular.

The mental, physical, academic, moral aspects of an individual are almost always negatively affected.

 

The forum noted that more and more students of the university were getting involved in cult activities.

It, therefore, urged parents to ensure that they opened their children’s eyes to the negative impact such activities could have on their children and wards.

“This comes up on the heels of the recent drowning of two students of the university in River Benue.

“The forum, therefore, advise parents to make concerted efforts in counseling their children and wards against cultism and other vices.

“The students should as well guard against involvement in cult activities and other unethical behaviours and face their studies,” they said.

The forum appealed to the management of the university and the Benue Government to waste no time in addressing the issues raised by the BSU chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities  for the benefit of the students, staff, and the institution at large.

It said that by so doing all stakeholders would be able to avoid incessant strikes in the university.

“The forum advises the university management to henceforth engage with parents and guardians on issues of payment of fees and not students, as payment of fees is essentially a prerogative of parents and guardians,” it said.

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NECO: Group hails Buhari on Prof. Obioma’s appointment

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A group, African Students Education Support Initiatives (ASESI), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Godswill Obioma the Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO).

In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr Chinonso Obasi, in Abakaliki, ASESI said that the appointment was a right decision.

It described it as putting a round peg in a round hole.

Obasi said that Obioma would bring his wealth of experience in education to reposition the examination body.

He also said that the president would leverage on Obioma’s impressive track record of achievements in the nation’s education sector as well as his anti- corruption lifestyle to improve NECO.

Obasi noted that Obioma was an INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi.

 

According to him, Obioma is a  Professor of Mathematics and has  performed well in his previous assignments.

 He expressed  confidence in his  capacity to move  NECO to the next level.

He noted that  Obioma was a specialist in monitoring, evaluation, curriculum development and education management.

“His choice as NECO boss is one of Buhari’s best decisions.

“We in ASESI believe that the appointment is in order, considering Obioma’s track record in the education sector and his excellent performances in his previous appointments.

“It is on records that Obioma performed creditably well when he served as the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Education Research and Development Council and also as Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of the defunct National Primary Education Commission.

“He showcased his prowess as Director, Research and Statistics National Business and Technical Examinations Board and Director, Monitoring and Evaluation at Universal Basic Education Commission, among others.

 “We recall that in 2019 General Elections when he served as the INEC REC in Ebonyi, ASESI was an independent observer in the elections.

 “We were amazed by the uncompromising actions of Prof. Obioma on issues bordering on complaints before and during the elections.

“He is a strong advocate of anti-corruption and a progressive to the core.’’

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/ Ijeoma Popoola (NAN

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COVID-19: Private school owners seek revolving loan 

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Private School owners have appealed to the Federal Government to facilitate  a revolving loan scheme for them at a reduced interest  rate to cussion the effects of COVID-19.

They made the appeal under the aegis of the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON).

In a letter, APSON urged that the loan should be with  a single-digit interest rate and  provide at least a five -year interest free moratorium.

It also requested for a stimulus package for private school teachers to enable them and their immediate families to survive the economic hardship caused by COVID-19.

The letter addressed to the Minister of Education was  entitled: “Request for Stimulus Package for Private School Owners and Teachers”.

The letter was signed  by Dr Godly E. Opukeme, National President of the association, Alhaji Abdur-rahman Marafa, National Secretary, and Bishop Emmanuel Elakhe, National Director of administration.

The association said that   the appeal became necessary due to disruptions and redundancies caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and indefinite closure of non-essential businesses including private and public schools.

“The plights of teachers in private schools  – secondary, primary and kindergarten – have been exacerbated by the inability of most proprietors to meet their financial obligations.

“Private school owners which are the second largest employer of labour in Nigeria’s private sector remain irrevocably committed to the Nigerian project.

“Private teachers unlike their counterparts in public sector who enjoy seamless allowances and monthly emoluments have been subjected to public ridicule arising from failure to pick up accumulated bills since the outbreak of the pandemic.

“If our request is considered, such a stimulus package will therefore help private school owners to overcome the challenges and keep their teachers in business, pay annual renewal fees, dues, rates and rent,” APCON said.

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Why I did secretariat toilets project — NYSC member

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A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in the Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State, Miss Ifeanyiwa Momah, said undertook a project of refurbishing some toilets in the NYSC secretariat in the area in order to leave a lasting legacy.

Momah told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday that her donation, to give the toilets a better look, was a thing of joy for her, and for others to emulate.

She also said that as the President of Sustainable Development Group, she wanted to uphold one of its goals which was to make clean water and good hygiene available for everybody.

“I am so delighted to achieve this target which is part of the sustainable developmental goals of my Community Development Service Group.

“As president of the group, it beckons on me to do something which will stand as legacy and befitting gift to the secretariat.

“I am able to achieve the goal with the help of well wishers and private organisers,’’ Momah said.

According to her, good hygiene is important to the development of society and it is good for her to contribute her own quota.

“ I feel fulfilled with what I have done, and know lots are still yet to be done,” the youth corps member said.

The Lagos State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr Eddy Megwa, commended Momah’s efforts in refurbishing the toilets at the secretariat.

“She is a great person with vision for doing something meaningful in her community, indeed it is a well thought out project, we must appreciate her efforts,” Megwa said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Lecturer advises undergraduates to keep learning during lockdown

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Dr Theo Adebowale, a Political Science lecturer, on Friday urged students not to relax, but keep seeking knowledge, as the COVID-19 lockdown continues to keep them out of school.

Adebowale, who lectures at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, told the News Agency of Nigeria that this was important  as undergraduates were sent home at the verge of examinations.

“The lockdown arising from coronavirus pandemic came so suddenly that everyone was caught unawares and the social gathering prohibition worsened the matter, compelling closure of schools and students being sent home compulsorily.

“While they are still observing the stay-at-home order, they should maximise the period to read and study more, rather than playing away at the detriment of their academics.

“The commitment they bring to bear now will keep them academically active and go a long way to prepare them for better performance when the institutions reopen,” Adebowale said.

He said that students should  take skill acquisition opportunities on the social media and  key-in to sources to learn,  as a way to add value to their lives.

According to him, those who already have skills can equally exhibit them through the social media as part of measures of making the best use of the ongoing lockdown.

“Given that they are at home now, bubbling with much energy, it is wise and reasonable they put their time to good use of the social media.

“Some can even learn their parents’ business or career and those that have land can do some gardening in an agrarian community, as farming is recommended to motivate youths,” he said.

The AAU lecturer advised undergraduates to engage in regular physical exercise while they maintain COVID-19 precautionary measures and keep informed on developments through the mass media.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Gov.Matawalle approves construction, renovation of 571 classrooms, others in Zamfara

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Gov.  Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, has approved contracts for the construction and renovation  of 571 classrooms across the state to enhance basic education.

This was contained in a statement signed by Yusuf Idris,  Director-General of Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications to the governor and made available to journalists in Gusau on Friday.

Idris said, the governor had already issued certificates to the benefiting contractors who were selected from within the state as part of the administration’s policy of encouraging home based contractors.

He said the project would comprise the construction of 423 new classrooms and the renovation of  148 existing ones across primary and junior secondary schools in the state.

He also said that the Matawalle-led administration had declared a state of emergency on education  in the state from inception and would not relent in its effort to revamp the sector.

According to the director, the governor had cautioned the contractors against sourcing either labourers or building materials from outside as such resources abound  in the state.

Earlier, Chairman of the state’s Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Abubakar Danmadami said the 423 classrooms project was  under the 2019 matching grant of N3.1 billion.

He explained that apart from the construction of the classrooms, 148 existing structures  would also be renovated as well as sinking of  19 boreholes with overhead water tanks, fencing of 20 schools, construction of 57 cells VIP toilets and three units of VIP latrines.

Danmadami  also disclosed that all the contracts awarded by his board under the 2018 intervention grants  amounting to N5.5 billion had all been completed.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Gov Okowa appoints Imide as Provost

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has approved the appointment of Dr Israel Imide as the Provost, College of Education, Mosogar, for a single tenure of five years with effect from May 21.

The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muohoghare, made this known in a statement in Asaba on Friday.

Until his appointment, Imide was a Chief Lecturer at the College of Education, Agbor.

While congratulating Imide, the commissioner urged him to use his wealth of experience to bring development to the institution.

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NYSC @47: Ebonyi office celebrates with less privileged

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ebonyi office, on Friday, celebrated its 47th anniversary with the destitute and other less privileged persons.

Mrs Ann Ibe, Ebonyi NYSC Coordinator, said during the visit to St. Vincent De Paul Destitute and Old Peoples Home, in Abakaliki, that the scheme used the occasion to identify with the vulnerable members of the society.

Ibe advised the inmates of the home not to see their condition as irredeemable urging them to have absolute trust and faith in God for redemption.

“We especially urge you to maintain good health to boost your immunity in fighting the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am impressed with the level of physical distancing you maintained during this visit and encourage you to observe other precautionary measures such as regular hand washing, use of sanitisers, wearing of face masks among others.

“This made us present COVID-19 preventive items such as sanitisers and face masks produced by our corps members to supplement foodstuffs and other items we are presenting to you,” she said.

The NYSC state director called on groups and individuals clamouring for the proscription of the scheme to have a rethink as the country needs it most to overcome various social problems confronting it.

“The scheme was established on this day in 1973 by the then Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s administration to cushion the effects of the Nigerian/Biafran civil war.

“The government embarked on policies of rehabilitation, reconciliation and reconstruction to ensure national unity and integration aftermath the war.

“The NYSC played a pivotal role in actualising these polices as budding youths with patriotic zeal were sent to hinterlands across the country for national service.

“There is no part of the country where you will not see youth corps members as the scheme has assisted in achieving the overall objectives of national service,” she said.

She observed that in spite of several challenges confronting the scheme, it had assisted in infusing national integration, chiefly inter-tribal marriages.

“The scheme provides an avenue for corps members across the country to socialise and, in the process,  finding life partners.

“I found my husband as a corps member and, apart from football, the scheme is the highest unifying factor in the county,” she said.

Miss Elizabeth Agbo, Coordinator of the home, thanked the NYSC for the visit, noting that the items would provide succour to the inmates in this pandemic period.

Agbo said that NYSC members had contributed to the upkeep of the home and had taken it as their own entity.

NYSC members in respective batches have been involved in providing for the inmates, reconstruction and renovation of structures either as individuals or groups.

“We will continue praying for you and wish you many years of fruitful service to the country,” she said.

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Igbinedion varsity VC lauds lecturers over online teaching

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Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, Vice-Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada (IUO) Edo,  has commended ongoing efforts of its Lecturers to sustain teaching and learning online,  despite lockdown occasioned by  the Covid-19 pandemic.

Obajide Ilugbo, Public Relations Officer of IUO, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Benin.

The Vice-Chancellor assured parents that his administration remained committed to the continuous wellbeing and welfare of its students and their academic progress.

He expressed regret over the COVID-19 pandemic which started as a long distance story in faraway Wuhan city of China, disrupting all levels of educational institutions .

“There is no doubt that the nation-wide lockdown altered the age long traditional behavioural pattern of doing things in Nigeria. Yet Igbinedion University, Okada, has adapted rather dramatically through the adoption of modern technology,”  he said.

According to him, the institution has deployed its online Learning Management System (OLMS) through which students engage in virtual academic teachings; attending classes and taking continuous assessments from the comfort of their homes.

He noted that the university as part of its Community Social Responsibility (CSR) recently donated its mass-produced face masks and hand sanitisers to its host community – Okada Town,  through its Community Service Programme (CSP).

He advised students to stay safe and concentrate on their e-learning while looking forward to going back to campus.

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Group urges FG to establish College of Education in Osogbo

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The Osogbo Development Action Group (ODAG) has appealed to the Federal Government to establish the proposed Federal College of Education for Osun in Osogbo, the state capital, to enable the community feel the federal presence.

The Secretary of the Group, Mr Oladejo Shuaib, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the federal government recently approved the establishment of six Federal Colleges of Education in the six geo-political zones.

The newly approved institutions would be situated in Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Osun and Sokoto states.

Shuaib commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for approving the new colleges for immediate take-off, in a bid to increase the number of quality teachers in the country.

He said that the establishment was another landmark achievement of the President’s administration in the education sector.

“On behalf of the Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, Larooye II, the good people of Osogbo commend the incorruptible, fearless and objectivity of the President.

“We have no doubt in your efforts toward moving Nigeria to enviable heights in the comity of nations, especially in the Africa continent.

“We pray that the Almighty God, will continue to enrich you with strength and wisdom in your relentless strives to move Nigeria to its next level,’’ the group prayed.

Giving credence to its request to have the institution located in Osogbo, the group said the town was made the capital of Osun, which was created on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1991.

The state was created alongside Abia, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Kebbi, Taraba, Kogi and Yobe states, in the same year.

“Among all the state capitals in Nigeria, Osogbo is the most deprived and neglected state capital in all ramifications, especially in term of federal presence.

“Since the president’s approval for the establishment of a Federal College of Education in Osun became known to the public, our hope was rekindled that our dream to host a federal institution has finally become a reality.

“Osogbo people are sincerely thankful to you and we are glad to inform you that Osogbo has reserved a site for immediate take-off of the institution.’’

The group, therefore, appeal to the President to consider locating the college in Osogbo.

It pointed out that six cities – Lafia, Gombe, Gusau, Ado-Ekiti, Yenagoa and Abakaliki that are five years younger than Osogbo as state capitals enjoy the presence of federal institutions located there.

“Bayelsa has its Federal Polytechnic and FMC in Yenogoa, Ebonyi has its Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki while Ado-Ekiti had already been blessed with Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti even before the state came into being in October 1996,’’ the group stated.

It added that the federal intuitions in Nigeria were located in the state capitals, while some state capitals had three or more federal tertiary institutions such as Owerri with FUTO, Federal Polytechnic and Federal College of Education all in Owerri; Ibadan with UI, UCH, Federal office of statistics all in Ibadan.

Other states had at least two tertiary intuitions such as Akure with FUTA and College of Agriculture; Abeokuta hosts the Federal University of Agriculture and a Federal College of Education.

“We, however, pleaded with President Buhari, being an advocate of fairness, equity and justice to allow the natural law of equity and fairness take its cause in his choice of location of the Federal College of Education in Osogbo.

“The people of Osogbo would forever be grateful to Buhari’s administration if their hope is restored as they await the declaration of citing of college in Osogbo.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Zamfara Gov. earmarks N60m annually for Islamic quiz competition

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has announced an annual provision of N60 million as prizes to be won by participants of an Islamic quiz competition in the state.

The announcement is contained in a statement issued by Zailani Bappa, Special Adviser to the governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications in Gusau on Thursday.

According to the statement, the quiz competition is to be organised by the state radio station.

The governor was quoted as making the announcement when he presented prizes to those won the annual Ramadan quiz competition at the premises of Zamfara Radio Station.

Matawalle of expressed happiness over the performance of the winners, who took part in the quiz conducted via telephone in a live programme transmission.

He directed that the annual competition should now hold monthly.

The governor pledged to release N5 million monthly for the programme, which would be competed for by the phone callers under his personal supervision.

Matawalle gave a standing order that the programme should hold unfailingly every month.

He said that if he happened to be out of the state, the competition should be supervised by either his deputy or the secretary to the state government.

The governor, who chaired one of the sessions at the radio station last week, gave out cash and material prizes, including cars, tricycles, sewing machines and cash between N150,000 and N300,000.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programmes, which started about eight years ago, was first organised jointly by the state’s branches of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Radio Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Participation is by phone calls where callers within the station’s area of coverage would call, pick a number which is attached to a question and attempt to answer the question in order to win different prizes.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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COVID-19: Unilag-produced ventilator game changer  – LASG

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The Lagos State Government has described as a game changer,  the AmbuVent – ventilator –  produced  by a team of researchers from the University of Lagos.

The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Hakeem Fahm, made the observation at the presentation of the AmbuVent to the government by the researchers. 

The project, known as the University of Lagos/Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council AmbuVent, was sponsored the Lagos State Government.

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reports that  the project was aimed at tackling the spread  of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 The project is aimed at proffering solution to respiratory challenges associated with COVID-19  and other respiratory issues.

Fahm said at the presentation that

the device was a highly specialised equipment that cost millions of naira or dollars.

He noted that its availability was limited worldwide.

”And here, we have a team of engineers, medical professionals and scientists working together to come up with a locally-sourced product that works.

”This is going to be a ‘game changer’ in Nigeria because we no longer have to wait to place orders for something like this, when it can actually be manufactured locally. It is also available on scale.

” You can have a big one as well as a miniature one that can be carried any where, which can be very useful for rural areas.

”Because it is made in Nigeria, the researchers are cognisant of the fact  that there are challenges of electricity; so, this device can operate with the regular power supply, battery and also can be solar-powered.  It is a plus,” he said.

The commissioner hailed the team  for the feat.

” This is great, and we are indeed proud of this Unilag team.

“Please extend this to other universities for collaboration,” he said.

Fahm  gave the assurance that the equipment would be applicable to hospitals and any other place that a respirator would be needed.

He hoped  that the ventilator production would spark  new ideas and  add value in tackling challenges of people with respiratory problems, caused by COVID-19 or other health  challenges.

”It is important for us to understand the fact that we will continue to invest in laudable projects like this for our country,  because, if we make it here, it is ours.

” If we need to fix it, we do that locally, and we can always improve on it,” Fahm  said.

Mr Olatunbosun Alake, Special Assistant to  Lagos Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Innovation and Technology, said he was not surprised that the scholars came up with the device.

”I have always known that we have a deep level of intelligence and ingenuity in Nigeria, especially in Lagos State.

“Like it has always been said, necessity is the mother of invention; this is a testament of that.

”This is going to add tremendous value to our healthcare system because, for starters, it brings down the cost of production of this kind of life-saving equipment, and once we are able to successfully commercialise it, it will become a good example of other things that we can do,” he said.

He commended the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe for championing this cause.

“I also know that the Lagos State Government is passionate about driving value creation.

”We are going to work as fast as possible to get this project fly, as we all understand the unique situation facing the country,” he said.

Responding, Dr Uzoma Oduah, one of the brains behind the project, said he was excited at the feat, which he described as materialisation of a dream.

Oduah, who is in the Department of Physics, University of Lagos,  said:  I inspired the project.

“My thought when I started was to achieve reliability, efficiency, affordability, over 80 per cent local content, mass production ability and simple device.

 “All those are embedded in the the project.

I am most excited.”

The university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services), Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, described AmbuVent as a ventilator in a bag.

She said that the idea was to ensure that it could be easily moved to any part of the country.

According to her, a professional can stay in any part of the country and give instructions to another person elsewhere on how to manipulate or operate the device.

”We can deploy it anywhere. More importantly, it has a global implication because even rich countries are looking for small portable things that are not costly.

”It has shown that when we start to do things, we will get things of low cost, because we necessarily have to think like that.

” I am sure, this project has market value and also impact for healthcare,” Ogunsola said.

NAN reports that the team of researchers

had last week carried out ‘demonstration of concept’ of the AmbuVent to the instution’s management.

The team Lead,  AbdulHakeem Amuda, an Associate Professor in  Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Lagos, told NAN at the demonstration that the project provided  an opportunity for scholars to prove their mettle.

According to Amuda, the ventilator has met basic requirements as specified by  the World Health Organisation.

He said that one of the unique features of the ventilator was its ability to work in villages not connected to the national grid, as it used battery that could last for 13 hours, and a trolley for easy movement.

 

Amuda said that the  ventilator was designed to  use 90 watts motor, adding that it was  made in such a way that the motor must not be  needed for 24 hours daily.

He said that a critical component of the ventilator was that of delivering compression that would inflate the lungs as well as the micro controller system.

”The journey of the development of  this Ambuvent started on March 27 when a colleague of mine,  Dr Uzoma Oduah, walked up to me and muted that as a result of the global shortage of standard ventilators at this period of global health crisis,  it would be good if Nigeria could start thinking ahead on what to do.”

Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Parents, pupils gradually adapting to e-learning reality in Enugu

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The Enugu State Government’s extension of the lockdown by two weeks, to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, has forced parents and pupils in the state to adopt e-learning.

Some parents, in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Enugu, said they were trying to cope with the online learning of their children.

According to them, this system of learning is now necessary as the children have stayed for too long without any formal learning.

They stated that parents were required by most private schools in the state to download Zoom app, WhatsApp, video conferencing apps among others, to ensure effective online classes for their children.

Mrs Uju Nwafor, a mother of three, said the e-learning process was too stressful, trying to put her children through, as she was new to the process.

“As a mother, I make sure they get prepared for their e-learning activities, so that they don’t miss  out of the day’s lesson, by joining their mates on virtual classroom learning with the help of video conferencing app.”

She said that the development had forced her to learn with the children.

Another parent, Mrs Amaka Ezeora, said her daughter’s school only used WhatsApp app, to send classwork to their pupils.

Ezeora noted that it was difficult for her to cope, as she had to copy out the work in a book, before her daughter could start writing.

“It has not been easy for me trying to help my daughter to catch up with her classwork.

“Oftentimes, I copy out the work for her from WhatsApp, to save my mobile phone’s battery,” she said.

Mrs Eucharia Nebo expressed worry over the inability of her son’s school to send their daily classwork to pupils on time.

“The new learning initiated by some private schools is a good development, though they hardly send their daily lessons early.

“Since I use my mobile phone to receive my son’s daily classwork through WhatsApp, it has not been easy for me as my business also needs my attention, especially in the morning.

“I am appealing to schools using whatsapp for e-learning to send their pupils’ class work between 7.00 a.m. and 7.30 a.m., so that parents can have time for their businesses,” Nebo said.

Mr Chuks Ibe, a father of two, stated that it was difficult for his children to adapt to e-learning, as it was a new way of learning to them.

“My children do not enjoy viewing and writing at the same time, as they complained about the fastness of the teaching from a television channel.

“With my experience as a lecturer, I usually allow them to pay attention to the lessons while I do the writing, which they copy into their own books at the end of the lessons,” the lecturer said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Don thanks Buhari for new Iwo College of Education

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Prof. Razaq Abubakre, a former Vice-Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing a Federal College of Education at Iwo, Osun State.

Abubakre, the immediate past Federal Commissioner of Public Complaints Commission for Osun State, expressed his gratitude in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

The statement was signed by Mr Sulayman El-Mavericky on behalf of Ileri-Oluwa Group in Iwoland, a group led by Abubakre.

The don also thanked the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and Gov. Isiaka Oyetola of Osun for considering Iwo as the host city of one of the new federal colleges.

Besides, Abubakre appreciated the Chairman, BOT of TETFUND, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam.

He congratulated sons and friends of Iwoland for making the dream of the people come true, noting that the new college will contribute to the educational, economic and social development of the town, state and indeed the nation.

Among those congratulated are the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi; Dr Oluremi Atanda; Mr Gbadegesin Adedeji; Alhaji Liad Tella, Mr Yunusa Amobi; the Executive Secretary, NEITI, Mr Waziri Adio; and Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

Others are Prof. Lai Olurode; Sen. Adelere Oriolowo; Dr Amidu Raheem, the state Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy; Mr Adam Adedimeji; Associate Professor Mahfouz Adedimeji, and Alhaji Semiu Okanlawon.

Abubakre also appreciated the contributions of other individuals and organisations for their efforts in extricating Iwo from the grips of non-governmental presence that seems to be greatly challenging the ancient city.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Federal Government on Monday announced the establishment and locations of six new colleges of education in the six geopolitical zones of the country, with Iwo, Osun chosen for the south-west.

Other states where similar institutions had been approved are Edo, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Bauchi and Benue.

At present, there are 152 colleges of education in Nigeria made up of 21 owned by the federal government, 82 by state governments and 49 owned by private individuals or institutions.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Buhari approves sack of NECO registrar, four management staff

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of the appointment of Prof. Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council.

Also, Four Management Staff of the Council were dismissed from Service for various offences.

Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division of the Council made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said Uwakwe was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act (2007) and pursuant to PSR 030402 and part 1 schedule 4 (i) of NECO Establishment Act in a Letter dated May 11 May, 2020 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono on behalf of the Education Minister.

He said, “Part of the letter reads: “after due consideration of the investigative panel on the allegation of unsatisfactory conduct levelled against you and some Management Staff of the Council, Mr President in exercise of his powers, has approved your removal as Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of National Examinations Council with effect from the date of your suspension from duty”.

He added that the former registrar was directed to hand over all government property in his custody to the Acting Registrar of the Council.

He also said another letter with reference NO: /1419/C.3/T/98, dated May11, 2020, and signed by Echono, disclosed that Buhari has approved the dismissal from service of four Management Staff for various offences.

He listed the affected officers to include: Mr Bamidele Olure, Acting Director (Finance and Accounts), Dr. Shina Adetona, Head of Procurement Division, Mr. Tayo Odukoya, Deputy Director and Mr Babatunde Aina, Head of Legal/Board matters.

According to him, the letter stated that “after due consideration of the Financial report of the Review Committee, Mr President has approved the recommendations as follows”.

“Mr. Bamidele Amos Olure, Acting Director (Finance and Accounts), dismissal from the service with effect from the date of his suspension from office having been found guilty of financial impropriety and not qualified to Head the Finance and Accounts Department”.

“The letter also stated that Dr. Shina Adetona was dismissed from service with effect from the date he was suspended from office for acts tantamount to fraudulent practices, sabotage and suppression of official records pursuant to PSR 030402 (b & t).

“He is also to be prosecuted in line with Section 58 (5) (a & b) of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) (2007) for flagrant violation of PPA 2007 as Head of Procurement and misleading Management on Procurement.

“Also, Mr. Tayo Odukoya was dismissed from service for acts of serious misconduct which violates PSR 030301 and PSR 030402 (q) (t) (w). He is to be prosecuted in line with Section 58 (5) (a) and (b) of the Public Procurement Act (2007) for flagrant violation of the Act.

He added that the letter directed the Management of NECO to commence the process of recovering ill-gotten benefits/gains from Odukoya who acted as Director of a company (I-web Solutions) while in service of government.

“Barrister Babatunde Aina was dismissed from service for falsification of records and dishonesty in the sale of NECO Guest House, which violates Section 2609 (a) of the Financial Regulations (FR) and PPA (2007) part X section 55 (2) – (4) and Section 56 which tantamount to serious misconduct pursuant to PSR 030301 (g), PSR 030402 (a) and PSR 030402 (m).

He said that the letter indicated that the dismissal of Aina from service was without prejudice to the investigation being carried out by EFCC on the sale of the NECO Guest House.

It could be recalled that Uwakwe and two of the dismissed Management Staff were on May 10, 2018 placed on suspension while an investigative panel was constituted to probe the allegations of unsatisfactory conduct levelled against them.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

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Oyo govt. issues ultimatum to occupants of illegal structures

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The Oyo State Government has issued a seven-day ultimatum to occupants of illegal structures and shanties adjoined to UMC Demonstration School, Molete, Ibadan, to vacate the premises.

Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB),  disclosed this in a release made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ibadan.

Adeniran, who visited the school’s premises on Tuesday, urged occupants to immediately vacate the entire area within the stipulated period.

“This school belongs to the Oyo State government and it has an approved plan.

” This government would not tolerate any form of impunity because these adjoined structures were never part of the plan.

“The Oyo State Government under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde is determined to ensure strict compliance with the masterplan for our schools.

“This is aimed at ensuring the development of a clean and safe environment for our pupils,” he said.

The governor also said the board would soon embark on a clean-up exercise in the area and a clampdown on any recalcitrant occupant.

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Edited By: Benson Iziama /Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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FG approves N2b for building FUDMA’s medical school

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The Federal Government has approved N2 billion for the establishment of a medical school at the Federal University, Dutsin-ma (FUDMA), Katsina State.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Amarya’u Bichi, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria shortly after assuming office.
Bichi said that the building of the medical school had commenced and would be completed within four months.
According to him, the university will admit candidates for medicine and other medical courses in 2021.
He also appealed to the federal government to provide additional funds for the institution to build its teaching hospital, where the students would do practical and internships.
The vice chancellor said that plans were under way to establish Faculties of Engineering, Law and Agriculture in the institution.
Bichi, who acted as vice chancellor between 2017 and 2019, pledged to carry everybody along in the growth and development of the university.
“I want the academic and non-academic staff members to cooperate and work together for our own interests and that of the university.
“As for me, I don’t think anybody had offended me during my tenure as acting vice chancellor twice.
“However, let me use this opportunity to appeal to those who I might have offended and not known to me to please forgive me”, he said.
Bichi thanked the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for recommending him to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment as the university’s vice chancellor.
The vice chancellor, who holds the traditional title of “Wazirin Malaman Katsina”, appealed for the support of the traditional rulers and the people of the state to enable him take the university to greater heights.

Edited By: Angela Okisor and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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OAU secures NUC’s full accreditation for Law, Dentistry, others

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given full accreditation to all the academic programmes in the Faculties of Law, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences and Social Sciences of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.
He said that the NUC, with the statutory mandate to accredit academic programmes in all Nigerian universities, had fully accredited all the programmes.
Reacting to the accreditation, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, lauded the patriotic zeal of the Professor Abubakar Rasheed-led NUC.
Ogunbodede praised NUC for giving in its best to ensure that all academic programmes being run by the universities in the country were of international standards.
He also appreciated what he called the institutional spirit of the institution’s Governing Council, led by Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Senate as well as all the departments, faculties and alumni associations.
The vice chancellor said that their commitment had assisted, in much greater measure, in putting all the necessary facilities in place, which eventually culminated in the accreditation of all the courses, particularly those with initial outright denial or partial accreditation.
“With the latest accreditation of 42 undergraduate programmes, all the 107 programmes in the university are now accredited,” he said.
Ogunbodede pledged that his administration would put in more efforts at ensuring the sustenance of the high moral, academic and cultural standards which the university was noted for.
He called on stakeholders in the education sector to do all within their powers to assist the university in putting in place more structures and infrastructure.
According to him, such support will enhance the full realisation of the dream of the founding fathers of the institution.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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ESUT Governing Council appoints Prof Charles Eze as Ag Vice Chancellor

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The Governing Council of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) on Wednesday appointed Prof Charles Eze as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university.

The Director, Public Relations Department of the university, Mr Ossy Ugwuoti made the disclosure in a statement issued in Enugu.

Ugwuoti said that Eze, a professor of Science Education, was until his appointment, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university.

Eze replaces the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Luke Anike, who bowed out after completing his five year tenure.

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NDA postpones screening test for 72 Regular Course

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The Nigerian Defence Academy {NDA} says it has postponed the screening test for its 72 Regular Course schedule to hold on May 30, adding that a new date will be communicated.

The Academy’s Registrar, Brig- Gen Ayoola Aboaba, announced the postponement in a statement he signed and issued on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Aboaba said the screening test was earlier scheduled to hold on May 30 as indicated on the application portal of the NDA.

”However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent measures put in place by the Federal Government to prevent further spread through interstate lockdown and restrictions on travels, the screening test is hereby postponed.

“A new date for the test will be communicated in due course when the current situation improves.

”Candidates are hereby advised to check the portal regularly for updates. Inconveniences caused by this new development is highly regretted,” Aboaba said.

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COVID-19: PTA wants schools sustain  e-learning beyond COVID-19 era

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Queen’s College, Lagos, Parent Teacher Association has called on the federal and state governments to sustain electronic learning they  introduced in  schools in the face of novel coronavirus, to further preserve knowledge.

The association’s Chairman, Mr Damola Adewuyi, who made the call during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos, noted that knowledge was priceless.

”The current electronic means of teaching and learning is beautiful and innovative in the face of the pandemic ravaging the world.

”This should be sustained. Recorded knowledge is priceless, and we have come to appreciate this with the COVID-19 pandemic.

”Every negative situation comes with its merit. For us in Queen’s College, Lagos, it is an opportunity to bring our teachers closer to our students, leveraging on technology.

”We have built user-friendly, customised access-controlled e-platforms for learning, to minimise the impact of mental idleness or boredom, which is one of the perils of this lockdown of schools,” he said.

According to him, teachers of the college have adopted new ways of teaching through the Interactive Boards and Simulated Recorded Class Environment. (IBSRC).

”I can tell you that our students feel excited with the advent of the e-learning, initiated by the director/principal of the college.

”Another advantage of this new dawn is the emergence of an e-library that will serve as a resource now and in the future,” he said.

Adewuyi added that the development  opened an avenue for  parents of students of the college to be in the same chat room with their daughters.

”Those who are resourceful among us can now be in the same chat room with our Queens and share professional lessons in diverse fields.

”These are handled by renowned professionals in their respective fields,” he said.

 

He said that lockdown of schools also provided an opportunity for students of the college to connect with the school’s Old Girls Association.

”Through the association’s Youth Initiative and Technical Committee, plans for machine learning and artificial intelligence training are underway.

”Various other mentoring projects in diverse areas are being put together for the educational growth and psychological wellbeing of our girls.

”Our teachers have, with great zeal and optimism, adopted new technological approach to teaching and have become familiar with technological tools through the use of Zoom, Edomodo, Google Classroom, Telegram, Whatsapp, Webex, Freeconference and other online avenues for teaching,” he said.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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