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How UI is transforming distance learning – Don

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Prof. Oyesoji Aremu, the Director of University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre, says the disparity between regular mode of study and distance learning is fast disappearing due to the ingenuity and innovation of the university.

Aremu stated that open and distance learning education in Nigeria had helped to provide education for the nation’s teeming youths, especially those who had been unable to get admission into the regular mode of study.

“We are in our 31st year now and the centre has been running as well as adding great value to education in Nigeria.

“We have recorded tremendous achievements, some of which are addition of six programmes to the existing ones, making 15 programmes.

“Learners from the centre can now participate in the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme while the global acceptability of the University of Ibadan distance learning certificate is enviable.

“Also, the centre will have joint matriculation ceremony with the regular mode students on Wednesday, June 26, which is another landmark and first of its kind in the history of University of Ibadan,” Aremu said.

The director further stated that the centre intended to increase the number of programmes on offer.

According to him, this will accommodate more learners and reduce the burden of large number of students seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“The centre will commence Nursing programme before the end of 2019 as approved by Nigeria University Commission (NUC), ” he said.

NAN reports that the centre admitted more than 2,000 learners who would commence an orientation programme on June 25.

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Kwara governor renovates NYSC hostels

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has renovated the decrepit hostels of the state’s National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) camp, barely five months after he described the facilities as not fit for human habitation.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ilorin by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the renovation came barely five months after the state government had supplied some items to the camp to make it more conducive more corps members.

The items included 400 mattresses, 200 double-bunk beds, 100 long benches and consumables.

AbdulRazaq had, on June 20, paid an unscheduled visit to the Yikpata, Edu Local Government area camp of the NYSC, where he lamented the state of the facilities which, he said, typified the deplorable state of things across the state.

He, however, pledged to fix the facilities, especially the hostels, which he described as an eyesore.

“We are really grateful to Mr Governor for keeping his words. I’m happy to inform you that the government has renovated the three main hostels, including the two-in-one Mayflower hostel.

“I don’t think there is any NYSC camp in the country that has the kind of facilities we now have,” the state NYSC Coordinator, Esther Ikupolati was quoted to have said in the state.

Ikupolati said that the camp management had decided to rename the Mayflower hostel as ‘Harmony Hostel’ in recognition of the governor’s efforts.

AbdulRazaq had openly apologised to the corps members for the condition of the facilities, saying that the visit was a challenge to him to do things differently.

“I apologise for the state of your accommodation. After seeing them, it is like a penitentiary. It is not fit for human living.

“The people in charge before should have done better. , I have thrown a challenge at myself and my administration to make things better.” the governor said.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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International Students’ Day: Gov. Akeredolu urges students to shun social vices

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged students in the country to shun all social vices, including internet fraud.

Akeredolu made the appeal in Akure on Sunday during the 2019 celebration of International Students Day tagged: “The Global Compact Under Scrutiny: Implication for Academic Mobility and International Exchange”.

The governor, represented by Special Adviser on Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Juliet Ilawole, said he was delighted to join other world leaders to celebrate students.

Akeredolu noted that the fundamentals, philosophy and objectives of student unionism had been compromised with hooliganism and moral decadence.

“In an attempt to drive our education sector and place it on the path of sustainable development, you will recall that an Ondo State Education Summit was held in 2017.

“In furtherance of our vision and policy objectives on educational development in the state.

“This has given impetus to the realisation of our administration’s educational goals.

“I want to reiterate the commitment of our administration to your education and to reassure you of an appropriate place in the socio-economic trajectory of our state,’’ he said.

According to him, efforts are being intensified to encourage the learning and teaching of science subjects and courses right from the elementary to tertiary institutions in our state.

“To this end, science equipment were recently supplied to schools in the state.

“The ongoing upgrading of infrastructure facilities in the state-owned tertiary institutions is, therefore, a testimony of our administration’s determination to give a holistic overhaul of our education system,” Akeredolu said.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Dotun Owanikin, lauded the giant strides achieved in the educational sector of the state.

Owanikin commended the impact of the government by using sports to curb as many menaces as possible by taking youths off the streets via sports.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth and Student Affairs, Mr Banjo Adewumi, said government would continue to cooperate with students to continue to bring sanity to university environment.

Adewumi said that since the governor came on board, bursary had been regular for all students of the state origin.

Edited by Adeleye Ajayi

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Offa Poly gets new Registrar

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The Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara, has approved the appointment of Mr Adetunji Oni as new Registrar of the institution.

Oni, who, until his appointment, was the Deputy Registrar of the institution, is expected to take over from Alhaji Abdulrahim Raji, whose tenure ends in December.

A statement issued on Sunday by Mr Layinka Iroye, the polytechnic’s Director of Information, Public Relations and Protocols, said Oni would be the fourth substantive registrar of the institution.

An indigene of Osi in Ekiti Local Government area of the state, Oni joined polytechnic in 1992 as a pioneer member of staff and rose through the rank to become a deputy registrar before his present apppointment.

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Girl-Guides  links girl-child education to world peace, development

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The Nigerian Girl Guides Association (NGGA) has identified sound and qualitative education as a critical tool in empowimg the girl-child toward attaining  leadership positions.

The association’s Chief Commissioner, Mrs Maria-Goretti Sule, said in Lagos on Saturday that such empowerment would bring about global peace.

Sule spoke at the opening of the Nigeria Hub of the 2019 Juliet Low Seminar (JLS) on Saturday.

The seminar had the theme: “Lead Out Loud: Tackling Gender Barriers to Leadership”.

The Nigeria News Agency  reports that   JLS is hosted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

According to Sule, the potential of any girl- child may remain untapped if not educated.

She said that education had the key to unlocking the potential.

Sule said that lack of education of the girl-child was a challenge to  achieving purposeful  leadership, national growth and global development, peace and harmony.

“That is the essence of this event.  Today marks a new dawn for us in the NGGA because this happens to be the first time we are hosting our movement’s global event.

“We have been playing host to many national and Africa region events and some others sponsored by the WAGGGS but when Nigeria was granted the hosting rights as one  of the 20 hubs for the seminar, our joy knew no bounds.

“You will agree with me that the girl-child is going through many issues such as gender discrimination, rape, poverty, barriers to education, violence and female genitsl mutilation, among others.

“We must not feign ignorance of these issues if we intend to give our girls the much needed empowerment through education to ensure freedom for them and find the space to develop their potential.
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“The theme for the 2019 JLS is a very timely one;  this is the reason we must call on stakeholders to join forces with  us to break barriers that hinder the girl-child and young women from developing their talents  and becoming who God wants them to be,” she said.

The commissioner  urged that from homes to schools,  workplaces,  markets or political campaign grounds, all barriers to girl-child development must be broken.

She called  for legislation that would destroy barriers working against  females, to achieve accelerated national  transformation.

“We appeal  for legislation that will help young women to gain the confidence to pursue their life dreams and pursue success in whatever field they desire.

“We appeal for appointments for women who have the capacities to lead and make  impacts rather than discriminate against them because of their gender.

“As an association, we are ready to continue equipping our girls and playing our part to ensure they are mentored and polished to be of great service to the world,” Sule said.

Mrs Lilian Damie, the Assistant National Project Commissioner of the NGGA, told NAN on the sidelines of the event that  about 700 members of the association were participating in the JLS in different countries, including Nigeria.

She said that the leadership programme  targetted females between ages of 18 years and 25.

According to her, the purpose is to identify gender barriers to leadership and come up with ways to overcome them.

“It is expected that when these participants and facilitators drawn from 18 countries  return to their local communities, they should be able to transfer skills and impact knowledge  garnered during the JLS experience to at least  100  girls, each.

‘”We strive to deal with  the issues facing the 21st century young women and girls by equipping them with the right education (formal and non formal), and skills that will enable them to discover themselves and unleash their potential for leadership roles.

“For us, education  remains the gateway. It remains the key to preventing all forms of challenge working against women.

“It is, therefore, important that every woman is given the opportunity to learn, lead and grow, ”  Damie said.

Christa Ochocki, a facilitaor from the U.S., said that WAGGGS remained one of the global organisations that had impacted on millions of the girl-child and women.

According to her, JSL which is in honour of Juliet Low,  Founder of the Girl Scouts in the U.S., over a century ago, has given girls, the world over,  opportunities to see themselves as change agents.

“‘This seminar comes up once in three years, and this year’s event is special in the sense that it is the first time it is holding simultaneously in 18 different countries.

“The good thing about the seminar is that it fosters international friendship,  creates better understanding among persons from different cultural backgrounds and different works of life and, therefore, ends up making the world a  better place,” she said.

Miss Ruth Afoko, a student of the Winscosin University, Accra, who participated in the event, urged more women to show interest in  politics and  governance.

Edited by Ijeoma Popoola

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LAUTECH crisis unfortunate but surmountable -Minister

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Mr Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development says crisis rocking Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso in Oyo is unfortunate but surmountable.

He made the disclosure during a courtesy call on Prof. Michael Ologunde, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution on Saturday in Ogbomoso.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the institution co-owned by Oyo and Osun States had been battling with crisis over the ownership.

Dare said that the problem bedeviling the institution were surmountable, assuring them that the university would rise again.

The minister described the recent meeting of Gov. Seyi Makinde and his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola in Abuja as apt.

He said that LAUTECH had consolidated on its leadership position as a University of Technology.

Dare called on stakeholders to collectively work towards returning the institution to the period of uninterrupted academic activities.

The minister promised to play active role in finding lasting solution to the incessant closure of the university, which he described as a `model’.

He said that LAUTECH graduates were exceptionally good in their various chosen fields.

Earlier, Ologunde lauded President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of Dare as a Minister, saying his choice was an indication that government truly believed in the youths.

Ologunde admonished the minister to use his good office to help humanity and assist educational institutions as moulders of the nation’s future leaders to achieve their mandates.

NAN reports that the minister later delivered the 13th annual lecture of the LAUTECH Alumni Association.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

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LASG to focus on technical colleges, values, character-based education- Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government says it is working assiduously to improve education by focussing on the state Government Technical Colleges, values and character-based education.

Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, the state Commissioner for Education, made the assertion at a UNICEF supported youth dialogue in Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the dialogue was part of the activities to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC@30 tagged “#Naija Youth Talk –Lagos Edition”.

The programme gathered 60 children and youths with breakout stations talking about Skill Development & Employability, Education and Health, Challenges and the Nigeria they want to see in these areas.

Adefisayo said: “It will also invest on teachers and repairing of infrastructure in schools.

“The Governor of Lagos State is working assiduously on repairing a lot of schools.

“We know the schools are falling into a state of disrepair and he is taking significant care of that, and giving them the resources they need to run their schools.

“We are going to invest in teachers, because many schools don’t have enough.

“So, we are going to train them and keep on training them; we are also going to look at the curriculum to know what they are learning.

“We are going to focus on our Government Technical Colleges, values and character-based education to ensure schools make sense for the students.

“We know we cannot do it alone with our own resources; what we are going to do is so huge in dimensions that we want to now partner with people.’’

The commissioner said that the state government was concerned about education.

“We have increased the budget and putting in more money to improve education; we are addressing the infrastructure in the schools for education development.

“We are recruiting teachers now and we are also looking at the curriculum to look into what they are learning as regards value,” she said.

The commissioner also advised youths to excel in their endeavour and be encouraged to do so.

“These young people deserve the best we can give them.

“We have to give them the education that will ensure that our future is assured, because the greatness of Nigeria lies in all these children,’’ she said.

Also, Mr Muhammad Okorie, Officer in Charge, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Lagos Field Office, explained that the gathering was to advance the rights of the child.

According to him, it is the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“It has been 30 years since after its adoption.

“The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most ratified UN Treaty and has played a central role to improve the lives of children around the world.

“ In our midst are young people talking about issues affecting them. We have youths across all segments telling us issues facing them.

“Children are very informed; the technology interventions have made children to make decisions.

“They know more than us and they are in best situation to tell us what they want. They discussed on health, education, skill development and employability,’’ Okorie said.

The UNICEF officer said that the ideas generated would be disseminated and tracked.

“All the beautiful ideas that will be generated will be taken further than this place. Technology has made things so easy for us.

“ The children are looking at Sustainable Development Goals themselves and looking at how it affects them; we are going to give additional voice to it.

“We will take notes of their views and ensure they are integrated into the core planning of policies,’’ Okorie said.

One of the participants, Samuel Onche , on behalf of his group, said that most parents in Nigeria do not care and only want to the child to focus on their own decisions or passion.

“The group also identified that the current environment in Nigeria is not conducive for students to learn, especially with inadequate facilities, equipment and teachers,’’ he said.

Onche urged governments to be steadfast and address the issue of quality education in Nigeria.

Also, Nmesoma Okonkwo, who represented her group, said that youths were scared of venturing into skills acquisition because of lack of support and funding.

Okonkwo tasked governments and parents to encourage their children and “raise next generations of creative thinkers providing innovative solutions’’.

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Edited by Vivian Ihechu/Olagoke Olatoye

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