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Group urges President Buhari to call retrogressive APC governors to order

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Pan-African Socialist Movement (PSM), a pressure group, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call retrogressive All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, who inflated tertiary institution tuition fees, to order.

The President of PSM in Nigeria, Mr Bestman Okereafor, made the appeal in a statement on Thursday in Enugu.

Okereafor said some APC governors were planning to increase tuition fees even as the Ondo State Government had already gone ahead to take decisions on increase in tuition fees across board in the state-owned institutions.

“The attention of the leadership of PSM has been drawn to the decision of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu to increase school fees in Adekunle Ajasin University Akure (AAUA) from N33,000 to N150,000, and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic (RUGIPO) from N63,000 to N108,000.

Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) from N70,000 to N150,000; stoppage of WAEC fees payment for secondary school students; stopped free transportation for secondary school students as well as leaving University of Medical Sciences and School of Nursing unattended to.

“With the above reasons, PSM is passionately appealing to President Buhari to as a matter of urgency, call Gov. Akeredolu to order, as he is already behaving as a `retrogressive progressive,’’ he said.

The PSM official said that the group has given Akeredolu 72-hour to retract his uncomplimentary statement made against students and students’ bodies that had complained over his latest decision.

“We consider this as un-progressive minded action and stance because it is a known fact that the said governor and others were beneficiaries of the once available free education in Nigeria,’’ he said.

He noted that the group was, however, sending a strict note of warning to other governors planning to emulate the Ondo state government by increasing school fees to shun such thoughts as it would be vehemently resisted by PSM and student bodies in the country.

“PSM will be joining the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the struggle in Ondo state by also relocating our Nigerian secretariat to Ondo state if Gov. Akeredolu increment decision is not reversed in the next 72 hours.

“As progressives, it is unfortunate that this is happening in a progressive controlled state,’’ he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Ondo State Government on April 11, reacted to the continued resistance by students and other stakeholders to the increase in the tuition of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, as unwarranted.

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Buratai donate 1,000 books, remodel primary school in Kaduna

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai has donated 1,000 books to pupils of his alma matter, Unguwar Sarki Musulmi LEA Primary School Kaduna.

The Nigeria News Agency report that Buratai, who began his search for education from the school in 1967, had remodelled and furnished the primary school to enhance teaching and learning.

The LEA primary school was established in 1953, and Buratai said his intervention was to reawaken the reading culture among pupils  of the school.

Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Farouq Yahya, noted that the school was in a deplorable condition before  the renovation.

He said “reading  is very important to students, it is in furtherance of that and as a teacher having known the essence of learning, donated about 1000 copies of this book titled; The Legend of Buratai, to the school.”

He urged other Nigerians to also remember and support the schools they passed through, “so that we can also go and give back to the system which have made us.

Buratai said that the intervention was also “to kick start and reawaken us to the culture of reading.”

The Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Saadatu Umar commended Buratai for renovating the school, furnishing it and providing it with relevant books.

Mrs Umar urged well meaning Nigerians to always give back to the schools that made them, in order to help others to  grow.

She gave the assurance that the school management would maintain the structure and improve on the teaching methodology to make the environment conducive for learning.

“We are assuring you that we shall make judicious use of the books and follow the lessons in it,” Mrs Umar  stressed.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
(NAN)

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Yabatech graduates 8411

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Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos on Thursday said that the college had continued to stand tall among tertiary institution in Nigeria.

He said this at the 33rd Convocation Ceremony of the institution, where 8,411 graduands recieved their certificates, having completed their studies in 2017/2018 academic session.

The rector congratulated the graduands on the successful completion of their studies, urging them to be useful members of the society and a source of pride to their alma mater.

Omokungbe said that 148 students graduated with Distinction, 1055 with Upper Credit, 1781 with Lower Credit, and 418 with Pass at the Higher National Diploma level.

He said that 1009 students graduated with Upper Credit , 2575 with Lower Credit and 1313 with Pass at National Diploma level.

According to him, three students  graduated with Upper Credit,  10 with Lower Credit and two with Pass in Proffessional Diploma Programmes.

Omokungbe said that in 2018, with the support of the Governing Council, a five-year strategic plan which was adopted for the college had continued to bring positive developments.

He congratulated  parents and guardians on success of their children and wards and prayed that their labour of love on them would  not be in vain.

Edited by Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Oyo govt. opens bid for 2018 UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools

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No fewer than 87 local contractors, on Thursday, participated in the bid for the 2018 FGN- SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools in the state.

A statement issued in Ibadan by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, quoted Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, as saying that the exercise was in compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2010.

“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and that the tender should be opened in the presence of the owners,” the SUBEB chairman said.

According to Adeniran, the 198 projects to be executed are to be jointly financed by the state government, through SUBEB and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

He said that the open bid was in line with the present administration’s commitment to transparency, openness and integrity at all times.

The chairman listed the projects to be executed to include construction of five model schools, six early childhood development (ECD) pilot centres, 32 blocks of three-classroom buildings and 15 blocks of four-classroom buildings.

According to him, the contractors are also bidding for renovation of 59 blocks of classrooms, sinking and erection of 40 units of boreholes and tank stands.

Others, he said, were procurement of 36 classroom furniture, sports equipment, 16 motorcycles and one Toyota Hilux pickup van.

Adeniran also disclosed that the board was in the process of accessing the 2019 FGN- SUBEB intervention funds, saying that the state government had approved the release of its counterpart fund.

The SUBEB chairman appealed to successful bidders to ensure they execute thorough jobs and timely completion of the projects.

He said: “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage as far as project execution is concerned”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the exercise was witnessed by representatives of UBEC, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Ministry of Education.

Others were the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Ogun State wins 2019 NNPC science quiz competition

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Ogun State has  won the 2019 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) Science Quiz Competition for secondary school students across the country.

Ogun state emerged as the winner at the grand finale of the completion held at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Thursday.

Ojo Oluwatobi from APT. Scholars Universal College, Ota, won the first price for Ogun State with 80 points while Mbazu Justice from CSMT Staff Secondary School, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, took the second position with 70+points.

Nwachukwu Ugochukwu of Dority International School Aba, Abia State took the third position with 70 points.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, said that the corporation as an enabler company would continue to contribute to education to ensure a greater Nigeria.

He said that the competition was one aspect of the corporation’s effort in supporting nation building.

“Building a successful nation has to deal with talent management and as a corporation we try to recognise them young and help them to development it well.

Also, President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, urged the students to put in their best in whatever they did in life as leaders of tomorrow.

He commended the NNPC for the initiative adding that it had helped to develop a lot of scientists in the country.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, the 2019 winner, Oluwatobi commended the NNPC for the initiative and thanked all his teachers and parents for their support.

“I am very grateful to the NNPC for the opportunity and the initiatives such as this.

“This competition has made me to read so hard, I am happy to emerge as the winner.

“I am grateful to my teachers, parents and all the oraginsers.

“With this competition, I am very sure to pass all my exams very well,’’ he said.

The corporation, also in its report, said that  the competition  started at the grassroots level in each of 774 local government areas and best three student proceeded to the state level.

“At the state level, the best student in each state emerges and proceeds to the zonal level and each winner at this level is entitled to a one-off educational grant of N100.000,’’ it said.

It further noted that the states at the geopolitical zones meet at different times to compete among themselves and then determine the best three states to compete at the national grand finale.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the first position got N300,000 scholarship per session as an undergraduate, while the second position got N250.000 and  third position N200.000 respectively.

Eighteen states participated in the grand finale with three states representing each of the geopolitical zones.

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IMT Enugu begins award of degrees, says Rector

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The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu says it has commenced the award of degrees in some disciplines, in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), beginning from the current academic session.

The Rector of the institute, Prof. Augustine Nweze, said this in Enugu on Thursday, when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education visited the place as part of its oversight.

Nweze said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had given approval for the award of the degrees by the institute.

He said that the NUC approval followed the ratification of the affiliation by the UNN Senate and Council of the institute.

He said: “It is the desire of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to give IMT a university status in the shortest possible time.

“To give life to that dream, we have on our own gone into affiliation with one of Nigeria’s foremost universities, the UNN, to award degrees in many disciplines.

“I sincerely hope that the new students will be some of the earliest beneficiaries of this partnership.”

The rector said that IMT was established in 1973 and modeled after the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A. and currently had nine schools and 40 departments.

“Management is working assiduously to improve lecture halls, laboratories and studios to make them fit for learning.

“We are immensely thankful to the governor for giving us the opportunity to serve our people in our different capacities in IMT,” he said.

In a remark, the Chairman of the committee, Mr James Akadu, pledged that the state government would do its best to ensure that IMT regained its past glory.

Akadu said that the plan to award degrees by the institute was due, pointing out that the school had churned out prominent Nigerians in different professions.

He commended the management, staff and students of the institute for their efforts in taking the school to greater height.

(Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Sam Oditah) (NAN)

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NYSC set aside N26m to replace Corps member’s amputated limbs

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has set aside N26 million to replace a Corps member’s amputated limbs in Kano state.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Malam Ladan Baba disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday when he led other officials of the scheme to visit the corps member, Nuruddeen Tahir at his family house in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state.

Baba sai the corps member, who already had his left hand amputated when he was 12 years old, had also lost the other one in an accident on his way to his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) in Taraba State where he attended orientation course for 2019 Batch ‘B’, Stream l.

He said, “The DG, when he heard the information was so concerned about the condition of the Corps member, therefore, he made adequate arrangements to replace the two hands with artificial ones.

The coordinator explained that the courage and endurance of the 27 year old corps member to continue with his education after the amputation of the first hand prompted the DG to offer him the lifetime succor.

He said, “Tahir is presently stable after spending over two months on admission at Dala Orthopaedic Hospital in Kano, and the NYSC had settled all his medical bills and had since been posted to teach in a secondary school in his hometown.

“After he managed to complete his primary education, he had the zeal and determination to continue with his education up to degree level where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from Yusuf Maitama-Sule University, Kano”.

“In order to give this patriotic young man hope of life, the DG made adequate arrangements to replace the two limbs with artificial ones worth N26 million in order to give him relief and succor,” the coordinator added”.

He said that the replacement process is ongoing as the doctors had made steady progress for completion of the implanting of the limbs.

In his remarks, the doctor who would administer the implant, Dr Rufus Arumugam, said they had already placed the order for the artificial limbs in Scotland, adding that they would be delivered in 45 days from now.

He explained that the customised prosthetic limbs, which would be built using bionic technology, would enable the patient to move his hands normal.

According to him, the limbs would come with a remote control which would be used to move the hands based on the action the patient wants to perform.

Also speaking to newsmen, the father of the corps member, Alhaji Dahiru Dalhatu expressed happiness and gratitude for the gesture.

He said that, “Tahir was grinding grains when he was 12 years, the grinding machine grabbed up his cloth and severely injured him which eventually led to the amputation of his left limb at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

My son is not lazy and wants to continue with his life struggles even with the loss of his limbs.”

But now with this gesture by the NYSC, my son will be able to continue to run his normal life. I thank the Director General. I am highly grateful to him and the Kano State Coordinator for standing with us”, he said.

Edited by Tukur Muntari. (NAN)

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