Lagos, April 20,2019 Caleb International School Lagos, has dissociated itself from Lizzy, a drug abused teenager, whose story was circulated on the social media and currently at the Freedom Foundation Rehabilitation, Lekki.
Lizzy had claimed to have attended the school, but Mr Elvis Otobo, the School Spokesman, said in a statement on Saturday that Lizzy was never a former student of the school .
“Our attention has been drawn to a viral video on social media about Lizzy, currently at the Freedom Foundation Rehabilitation facility undertaking drug rehabilitation and alleged to have attended Caleb Nursery and Primary School.
” We are highly concerned with the unfortunate and misleading information, as our primary investigation and record proved that she was not a former student of our school, ” he said.
Otobo reiterated the commitment of caleb schools to raising Godly children who would achieve a consistent record of moral and academic excellence.
He said the school’s Proprietor, Dr Oladega Adebogun as a parent and concerned Nigerian, was however interested in the full rehabilitation and re-integration of Lizzy into the society.
According to him, a representative of the school was sent to the rehabilitation centre to extend financial support to the abused teenager on a compassionate and humanitarian ground on April 19.
“The financial support was received by Adeshola Bello of Freedom Foundation on behalf of Lizzy, as she was undergoing de-toxification .
” Bello thanked the proprietor, Dr Adebogun for his philanthropic gesture , especially after ascertaining that Lizzy was never a former student of Caleb school.
“The foundation representative notes that many youths are suffering from drug addiction and the problem is enormous, that it calls for coordinated efforts from men and women of goodwill and government to pay more attention to resolving this menace.
“The financial support would go a long way to giving Lizzy hope that there was life after rehabilitation and reintegrate her into the society, ” he said.
According to the spokesman, the foundation has promised to pay a courtesy visit to the proprietor along with Lizzy after her detoxification to appreciate his generosity.
Otobo, on behalf of the proprietor, however advised parents to know their teen’s friends, pay attention to their whereabouts, provide support and set a godly example for them at all times.
He also urged the youths to always spend quality time with trusted friends only, and advised them that drugs was never a solution to personal problems .
LASG approves establishment of 173 private schools
The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Education, has given approval for the establishment of 173 private schools across the state’s five divisions.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, made this known while issuing letters of approval to the beneficiaries in Ikeja.
Adefisayo said in a statement released on Tuesday that the approval for the private schools was part of efforts to entrench inclusiveness in the education sector.
She said that the present administration was willing to partner with critical stakeholders in the Private Education Sector, as a catalyst to take education in the state to the next level.
“Despite the fact that the number of schools in Lagos, especially in the private sector, has increased tremendously, the yawning gap between demand and supply clearly shows that more schools are needed to meet our educational target.
“We need more private schools to come on board for us to be able to cater to the ever-increasing educational needs of a fast-growing metropolis like ours,” the commissioner said.
Adefisayo urged all school owners to reflect excellence in their service delivery, integrate 21st century skills into their teaching methods and to make provision for special students.
She urged school owners to employ only qualified teachers, emphasise digital literacy and adhere to the recommended curriculum for teaching.
The Director, Private Education and Special Programmes, Mrs Adetutu Adebowale, said that there was the need for school owners to maintain the standard that earned them the approval of the state government.
Adebowale said that private school operators could not afford to fail in their complementary role needed to move the sector to greater heights.
Responding on behalf of the private nursery and primary schools, Mrs Chinyelu Anidebe, a school proprietor, urged the ministry to always make the new curriculum available on time.
Anidebe called on the ministry to update the current curriculum and initiate enlightenment programmes aimed at dissuading parents from encouraging their children to skip primary six.
In the same vein, another proprietor, Capt. Femi Olaiya, representing the secondary school subsector, encouraged the ministry to utilise all available media to disseminate information on the criteria for approval to school owners and to also hasten the process.
Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Oluwole Sogunle
NPDC donates science books, e-library to 10 public schools in Edo
Benin, Nov. 19, 2019 The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC on Tuesday donated science books, e-library, chairs and desks to 10 public schools in its host communities in Edo
Mr Mansur Sambo, Managing Director of NPDC, while presenting the items on Tuesday to principals of the selected schools, said the gesture was part of the company’s cooperate social responsibility to its host communities.
The Nigeria News Agency NAN reports that Itohan Girls Grammar School, Oko Secondary School, Ohen primary school, lyekogba Secondary and Anglican Girls Grammar School were among beneficiaries of the items.
Sambo, represented by Mr Ugo Atugbokoh, the General Manager, Community Relations and Security, said the donation of the items was to encourage and support the students’ quest to acquire quality education.
“We have here chairs, desks, e-library and science books worth millions of naira to present to you, please allow the students to take advantage of them to enrich their knowledge.
“The science books were written by Nigerians and are domesticated and prescribed for schools. We know they are not enough, but we will still do more,” he promised.
Mr Dahiru Abubakar, the Manager Community Relations Department, said NPDC had a complete package to rehabilitate and donate the items to the selected schools.
“Because of the bureaucratic nature of government activities, we could not carry along the rehabilitation of the schools with the presentation of the items.
“Be rest assured that we will liaise with the selected schools to ensure that we carry out rehabilitation of the schools, to safeguard the books and the e-library presented to you,’’ Abubakar said.
Mr Paul Omorogbe, the Principal of Ozula Grammar School, commended the management of NPDC for the laudable initiative.
“Last year, we were here to collect our gift, it shows that NPDC’s generosity is progressive, thank you for what you are doing,” he said.
Omorogbe appealed to the management of NPDC to always get in touch with selected schools, to know areas of their priorities.
“I want to plead with you to help provide security in the schools.
“As we speak now, there are no doors and burglary proof to protect the gifts we are getting from you. The items you donated to us last year have been vandalised,’’ he said.
Mrs Matilda Temofeh, the Principal of Oba Eware Senior Secondary School, also lauded the management and staff of NPDC for the gesture.
“When things like this happen, we need to say thank you, so that more will come. We assure you that the students will gain a lot from the donation,” she said.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Dada Ahmed
Fire guts 12 bodies in OAU’s morgue
Ile-Ife (Osun), Nov 19, 2019 (Osun) No fewer than 12 corpses at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, were on early hours of Tuesday gutted by a midnight fire.
The incident which could have wreaked havoc at the department was averted by the combined efforts of the security and fire services unit of the institution.
Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University made the disclosure in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency , on Tuesday in Ile-Ife.
Olarewaju said that the fire, which broke out around 3:00 am, was allegedly caused by electricity surge which affected a section of the morgue where corpses are kept.
According to it, out of the 102 bodies that are kept in the morgue, 12 were affected by the fire outbreak.
“The department has made detailed arrangements to duly and adequately inform those who have kept bodies (corpses) in the morgue,” it stated.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede led other principal officers to the scene of the incident to assess the level of damage and instructed immediate repairs to the affected areas.
The vice chancellor had also constituted a three-member committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that normalcy of academic and administrative activities have since returned to the area.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maureen Atuonwu
Yabatech’s products remain worthy ambassadors – ICAN
President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chief Nnamdi Okwuadigbo, on Monday, congratulated Yaba College of Technology on its 33rd convocation, saying that its products had remained worthy ambassadors.
Okwuadigbo said that the leadership of the institute had done greatly in sustaining the institution’s legacy as the first higher college in the country.
According to him, the history of education and human capital development in the country will be grossly deficient without reference to Yabatech.
”Undeniably, this college has produced men and women of note, who are contributing to economic and social growth processes in the country.
”The products of this college have remained worthy ambassadors beyond the shores of the country,” Okwuadigbo said.
He added that his emergence as the 55th President of ICAN would not have been possible but for the foresight of one of the products of the old Yaba Higher College, Pa Akintola Williams.
”He is the doyen of Accounting in Nigeria; he co-founded ICAN with other visionary leaders.
”It is, therefore, a great delight for me to be part of this occasion, as I have benefitted, albeit indirectly, from Yabatech’s 72 years of making leaders.
According to the ICAN president, the theme of the convocation lecture, ‘Ethical Values, Good Governance and Nation Building’, speaks directly about the yearnings of Nigerians and other stakeholders in the economy.
”Even though the subject is global, the peculiarities of our political, social and economic structures make it particularly germane to us as a nation.
”Legitimate questions have been asked on why the challenges of the country remain intractable.
‘The theme of the convocation lecture is not just well-timed, but the organisers could not have chosen a better lecturer.
He enumerated the economic and infrastructural problems currently facing the country and questioned the leaders’ ethical disposition to governance as well as the roles of the followers in the entire situation.
Edited by Jane-Frances Oraka and ‘Wale Sadeeq
LAUTECH lecturers boycott lectures, other academic activities
Lecturers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), on Monday, carried out their threat by declaring total boycott of lectures and other academic activities.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the decision was reached at the congress of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LAUTECH chapter, held at the campus of the institution.
This was contained in a statement issued by the institution’s ASUU Chairman, Dr Biodun Olaniran, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
Olaniran said that the decision to boycott academic activities was reached after reviewing the situation regarding the non-payment of three months salaries to the lecturers.
He said that ASUU had earlier issued an ultimatum to the university management to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries or face industrial action.
According to the ASUU chairman, apart from boycott of lectures, results of rain semester will be withheld, while the project defence by final year students will be put on hold.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Govt.-private sector partnership has raised bar of education in Nigeria – Expert
An Educationist, Mrs Olajumoke Akere, has said hailed the partnership between government and private education sector, saying it has helped in raising the bar of education in Nigeria.
Akere stated this while speaking at the Valedictory Service of JSAY Prevarsity in Ibadan, on Monday.
She lauded the partnership of the private sector with government in ensuring that candidates aspiring to gain admission into tertiary institutions were able to do so.
“Considering the large number of students who fail JAMB every year, and by so doing, are denied the opportunity of attaining tertiary education, the private sector has been able to bridge this gap by tutoring them, and the result is there to show.
“We have helped many students to effectively manage the transition from secondary school to higher institutions,” she said.
According to her, the private education sector is helping secondary school leavers to attain requisite knowledge that will help them pass various local and international qualifying examinations.
Akere also said that social vices could be reduced to the barest minimum, if the education sector was made to function at optimum capacity.
“Government cannot do it all, hence the need for more collaboration from the private sector in ensuring that our youths are educated.
“They form the largest percentage of our population; so it is paramount that they are fully engaged to secure the future of this nation,” she said.
Akere, who spoke on the theme: ‘Press Forward’, urged the graduands to strive for excellence in the next phase of their academic pursuits.
“You have to continue in the culture of excellence which you have learnt here. Nothing comes on a platter of gold; so read your books and work hard to be the best in life.
“I am certain that you have the capacity to be the best, as you pursue your dreams and goals of making your parents and the country proud,” she said.
In his address, Mr Ayoade Olayiwola, the Programme Officer of the school, enjoined the graduands to continue to being a blessing to others.
“Keep your dreams and goals right before you; fully harness your potentials; be the very best of yourselves, knowing that you are uniquely made and gifted by God.
“Watch your associations too; steer clear of friends with no value and sense of direction and those with no morals to emulate.
“Remember, man is a product of influence; ensure you keep the right influence around you,” Olayiwola said.
Edited by Moses Solanke
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