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Confusion as Queen’s College remains shut



Confusion as Queen’s College remains shut
  • Minister orders resumption of WASCE candidates as ‘day students’

There is palpable confusion over the fate of students who are supposed to commence the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) at Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, this week, following the outbreak of diarrheoa leading to the death of two students

These are not the best of times for the management and students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos. Less than one year after the college was engulfed in crisis over allegation of sexual abuse of one of its pupils by a teacher, the college has again been hit by the outbreak of diarrheoa, which has led to the death of two students, Vivian Osainyi and Bithia Itulua, with others still receiving treatment in hospitals.

The college, which on Wednesday, February 23, embarked on midterm holiday shortly after its interhouse sports competition, and was due to resume on Sunday, February 26, has remained shut indefinitely following the news of the death of the two students.

The news of the epidemic outbreak had necessitated the visit of the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who promptly asked the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Lagos and the Epidemiology Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Health to launch full scale investigation into the outbreak.

Meanwhile, The Lagos State Government last Thursday confirmed that the death of the students was as a result of waterborne disease, calling for delay in the students’ resumption.

Addressing the media, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said the samples collected from 16 water sources in the school premises and analyzed at Drug Quality Control Laboratory of the Lagos State Ministry of Health at LASUTH and the Microbiology Department of LUTH, Idi-Araba, confirmed the development.

Idris said: “The results from the two laboratories showed high bacteria content in the water samples from the kitchen, behind the dining hall and Queens Delight, the school water factory.”

The development had led to the transfer of the College’s Principal, Dr. Lami Amodu, who was asked to swap position with the Principal of the Federal Science and Technical College, Uromi, Edo State, Mrs. Biola Are. Since Are resumed at the Queen’s College, the school has remained shut with major rehabilitation work being carried out on the environment to improve the sanitation of the school compound.

Investigations by New Telegraph also revealed that medical tests conducted for the school indicated that they were infected with bacteria, which made them unqualified to remain as cooks until they are certified to be medically fit. Meanwhile, the school’s Old Girls’ Association had taken up the responsibility of fixing the school’s dining hall and the repair of the water facilities.

However, according to a source in the school, the water has successfully been fixed, but awaiting the result of the laboratory test for final approval. The source said: “The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Prof. Bode Chris, visited the school on Saturday and said the result of the laboratory test would soon be ready. He said till then, the school cannot resume.”

Meanwhile, following the failure of the school to resume yesterday as earlier scheduled, the students who are supposed to write the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) are currently at a loss over what becomes of their fate.

This is as the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has reportedly ordered that both the WASSCE candidates and the Junior Secondary School III students be allowed to resume to school yesterday, Monday, March 20, but only as ‘day students’ since the boarding facilities would not have been opened for use.

The new directive by the Minister may not be unconnected with the pressure from parents of the Final Year students, whose examinations are billed to commence on Friday with Further Mathematics.

However, the Minister’s directive seems to have failed to consider the students outside Lagos and from far distances, whose parents have no places they could sleep in Lagos. In fact, in a message sent to parents on Saturday, March 18, a copy of which was made available to New Telegraph, the college’s new Principal, Mrs. Biola Are, directed both the SSIII and JSS III students to resume on Monday, and that they can only be allowed to be in the school between 7:30am and 2:30pm from Monday to Friday.

The short message reads: “Dear Parents, this is to inform you that having concluded all necessary arrangements and preparation for the resumption tomorrow 19th /03/2017, the Honorable Minister of Education has directed the resumption of the Exam classes (JSS3 and SS3) only as Day students from Monday March 20, 2017 (7:30am-2:30pm Mondays to Fridays).

All other students should check the college portal regularly for their assignments. “Please note that all these Exam classes must come along with their lunch and drinks. We are grateful to God for His Grace.”

But, in an interview with the Chairman of the school governing board, otherwise known as School- Based Management Committee, Alhaji Azeez Amusa, he explained that beyond the examination, the health of the students was paramount and that the school would ensure that the best is achieved.

He noted that he was yet to receive confirmation of the Minister’s directive, and that as soon as the directive is confirmed; the management would ensure full compliance.

But, the Chairman of the school’s chapter of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Mr. Abiodun Oladejo, noted that its investigation has revealed that some individuals are bent on running down the college as part of plans to make the Federal Government hand over the unity schools to private hands.

He said: “We understand there are issues in the college but we can also let you know that the Federal Government must not dance to the tune of those who are working day and night to ensure that they run down the unity schools as part of their grand plans to suggest their take over by private businesses.”

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Abolition of fees: Oyo’s rescue pill for education



Abolition of fees: Oyo’s rescue pill for education

The policy by Oyo State Government to scrap school fees and other forms of levies in its public primary and secondary schools has been hailed by some stakeholders, including teachers and parents, but some believe it will pamper indolent  parents who do not want to contribute to their children or wards’ education


  • Govt: It’ll boost school enrolment
  • Teachers: Govt’s action, a right step in right direction


Worried by the staggering reality of leading in the South-West with the highest figure of out-of-school children, the Oyo State Government, last week, took a major step to reverse the trend.

The United State Children’s Educational Funds (UNICEF) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), the agency supervising basic education in the country, had last year, listed Oyo as the state with the highest number of out-of-school children in the South-West, the seventh highest in the country, with over 400,000 children out-of-school.

Nigeria, according to UNICEF, presently has more than 13.2 million out-of-school children with the Northern states leading with the highest figure.

But, the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari had last year in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, declared that it launched the “Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA),” as part of efforts to reduce, if not eradicate the raising number of out-of-school children in the country.

The then Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, during the launch of BESDA at House of Chiefs, Governor’s Office in Ibadan, declared that the 13.2 million out-of-school children in the country was unacceptable to the President Buhari’s government and the nation.

To this end, the Minister reiterated that the government had been making frantic efforts towards providing quality basic education structure for all Nigerians, and eradicate illiteracy in the country.

But, miffed by this unsavoury development, Governor Seyi Makinde, had during his inauguration on May 2019 by the state Chief Judge, Justice Munta Abimbola, at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, former Liberty Stadium, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, announced that his administration would take a remarkable step by scrapping schools fees and other forms of levies in the public primary and secondary schools across the state.

To reverse the trend as pledged, the governor announced the cancellation of the N3,000 school fee being paid by children in the state public schools under the administration of the immediate past Governor Abiola Ajimobi, a development many stakeholders criticised and condemned for denying many children, especially from poor socio-economic background the access to education and thereby raising the profile of out-of-school children in the state.

Meanwhile, cognisant of the financial implications of his action on the operations of the state government, Makinde said he would donate his monthly salary to augment the payment of pensions through the Teachers’ Pension Fund to retired primary school teachers in the state.

The governor said he had already discussed with parents of children in public secondary schools, who out of their meager resources still have to scrounge N3,000 so that their children could acquire education and increase their opportunities in life.

“Our region that housed the first university in Nigeria has now become a state with the seventh highest number of out-of-school children in the country, with over 400,000 children in the state that are out of school,” he regretted.

According to the governor, “Effective immediately, the school fees of N3,000 in state-owned secondary schools is hereby abolished.”

Makinde added: “We want enrolment in our schools to go up; and we want our children off the streets and in the classrooms. We are throwing the school doors wide open. Whoever opens school doors, opens opportunity for generations of educated people. We are opening opportunities for a brighter future for our children.”

Meanwhile, on re-election for second term in 2015, Governor Ajimobi had immediately reviewed the educational status of public schools in the state and thus came to the conclusion that if the schools would be properly managed, there was the need for compulsory payment of N3,000 school fees by every student in public secondary schools across the state.

Though, the plan was for the payment of N1,000 per term by every student, the experiences from many other schools showed that several students could not pay the fees due to financial incapacity of their parents and guardians.

Last year, the state government through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), Akure Office had at a two-day intensive policy dialogue with stakeholders at the Kakanfo Inn, Ibadan expressed worry over the increasing rate of out-of-school children in the country, especially in the state.

Part of the objectives of the policy dialogue was to provide a forum for stakeholders to deliberate on what could have been responsible for the gradual decline in interest of parents, guardians and children in formal and basic education, with a view to proffering workable solutions to the problems.

The dialogue had delegates from the state Ministry of Education, representatives of traditional leaders, religious bodies, as well as corporate and non-government organisations from the three senatorial districts of the state.

The then SUBEB Chairman, Mrs. Aderonke Makanjuola, had in her remarks, noted with dismay that the growing prevalence of child labour, child trafficking, and other forms of child exploitation had become sources of concern to the state government.

This, according to her, informed the policy dialogue meeting with stakeholders in order to evaluate the constraints that keep large number of children out of school, so as to chart a new direction that would bring them back to school.

In fact, the former Executive Secretary of SUBEB, Mrs. Lucy Eniola and the Chief Executive Officer of LUCY Employment Foundation, one the resource persons, attributed the problem of out-of-school children to increasing growth of children of school age without a corresponding increase in school infrastructure development.

Besides, she also linked this to incessant strike by teachers in public schools, poor funding and nonchalance among parents towards the education of their children, among other factors.

However, a teacher at a secondary school in the Ona Ara axis of Ibadan confirmed to New Telegraph how a particular brilliant and diligent female student was disallowed from writing an examination last year.

The teacher recalled: “She is brilliant and diligent, but she could not afford to pay the N3,000. We appealed to our Principal to allow her write the examination so that she could pay later, but he insisted that we should rather pay for her. Having insisted not to allow the student to write the exams without payment, we teachers contributed N200 each. We raised the money and she was able to write the examination.

“Several students, whose parents could not afford the fee, even though it was believe not to be too high, and there are those who are not even serious themselves that had dropped out of school. Many are now apprentices in artisan workshops, while many boys have resorted to work as bus conductors and okada riders. It is that bad because of the general biting economic situation in the country.”

On whether the fees cancellation was well deserving, and indeed a right step in the right direction, the teacher added: “To me and from my experience, it is a good development. Many children, who are willing to come to school but could not afford the fees, now, have a window of opportunity to do so. We have been having some students who had abandoned schools before, but who are now coming back to start all over.”

Speaking about how provision of infrastructural facilities and others such laboratory equipment and reagents, library facilities in the already deplorable schools would be invigorated as school fees meant to be used to augment this had been cancelled, Governor Makinde said that his administration had considered the pros and cons of the policy.

He said that 10 per cent of the state budget would be allocated to education in a bid to meeting the UNESCO standard, adding that the position of Oyo State in the WAEC rating would be improved.

While lamenting the 26th position of the state out of the 36 states of the federation in 2018 rating, the governor noted that the policy would also go a long way in increasing the number of enrolment of candidates for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He said: “This was a promise I made during the campaign and I believe it is a worthy one and I must fulfill it. The state’s education system has been struggling for a while and this must be addressed. We need money for infrastructure and teachers training. I pray that when I present the state’s budget to the House of Assembly, it will be passed quickly.”

Some stakeholders have, however, criticised the new policy considering the fact that the N3,000 per session is meager, saying that it was meant to pamper many indolent and irresponsible parents, whose parenting lifestyle is akin to those who simply give birth and dump their children on the laps of the government, thereby constituting menace to the society.

On the benefits of the policy to the people and Oyo State in general, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, said: “One of the reasons for abolishing the N3,000 levy was that most students go through pains in paying the fee. The previous administration developed an App that limited the number of students that could pay on a daily basis. So, you see students missing classes for a whole week running from one bank to the other in order to pay the levy. So, one of the benefits is to ease that stress.

“For those who could not afford the fee, it is a plus that they now have to redirect their energy and efforts to satisfying other existential issues rather than stressing themselves to pay the levy.

“Above all, it was difficult for us to see the effects of the funds that were accruable from the levy on the state’s education and school system. Due to huge leakage, the money was finding its way to private hands, and the evidence is the N1.3 billion recently discovered in private accounts, which one of the anti-graft agencies is returning to Oyo State.”

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Parents plan mass withdrawal of children at Madona Varsity



Parents plan mass withdrawal of children at Madona Varsity
  • VC: There’s no such plans by parents, guardians


The dust raised by the arrest and subsequent release of six undergraduates of Madonna University, Okija in Anambra State is yet to settle.

I has, however, been learnt that there were alleged underground plans by some parents and guardians to withdraw their children and wards en masse from the institution.

But, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chuks Ezedum denied such plans of mass withdrawal of students by either the parents or guardians, insisting: “No parent or guardian has requested the withdrawal of any of our students.”

He added that the university community was safe, friendly and accommodating, while he further explained that the arrest of the six students, were carried out by the police and not the university management.

No fewer than six students and a lecturer of the university were accused and arrested by the police on the directive of the university management following alleged allegations said to have tarnished the image of the private university.

New Telegraph, however, learnt that the students were said to have been released having signed an undertaking to be of good behaviour.

But, one of the parents of the affected students, who identified himself simply as Mr. Christopher Onyejekwe, however, carpeted the university management for the inhuman treatment meted out to the students, complaining that the students were treated as criminals even when they were not convicted by the court.

He said: “That institution is a Catholic university and those who run it should behave as Catholic. That university is smearing the image of the Catholic Church of Nigeria and this should not be allowed.

“If the management of Madonna University does not change, we will ensure that our children are withdrawn from the institution at the end of the current academic session.”

Similarly, some parents of students of the institution, who spoke with New Telegraph, said that they had already petitioned the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Association of Catholic Bishops in Nigeria and that the petition should by now be entertained by the organisations.

The petition signed by Mrs. Ifeoma Nnokoye and Mr. Nkemdilim Okolo respectively, reads: “We the parents of the students of the Madonna University, Okija have in the past been constrained to write this petition because we are also Catholic.”

Currently, about 300 signatories were said to have so far been collected by aggrieved parents and guardians ahead of the plan to withdraw their children en mass, while the response of the National Universities Commission is being awaited on the matter.

However, the Vice-Chancellor could not clarify under whose directive the arrest of the students and lecturer was ordered in the first instance.

But, the parents lamented that the students and management relationship had painted a gory picture of what a tertiary institution should be and they wish to state as follows that: “the inhuman treatment of our children in the name of enforcing discipline leaves much to be desired and we have received countless complaint from our children, who by every standard are now adults knowledgeable enough to take care of themselves.

“There is that urgent need to draw a demarcation between a seminary school and the conventional university through the way and manner the institution is being managed.

“The National Universities Commission and the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria should call both the proprietors and Vice-Chancellor of the institution to order before it makes the wrong headlines.”

“That there should be a Memorandum of Understanding or a sort of agreement between parents/guardians, and the university management on how teaching, learning and research would be effected before the beginning of the next academic session, and the rules of engagements should spelled out all that for all and sundry to be on notice.”

“Failure to rectify these grave anomalies shall be met with mass withdrawal of our children from Madonna University and we shall not take it kindly with the university authorities should any of our children be made to face the kind of maltreatment meted out to the six students.”

According to the parents, it is indeed apparent that the six students should have in the past complained to the management over its style of leadership without any positive response for which they resorted to Facebook or social media to make it public.

“We, therefore, urge the relevant bodies to intervene and rectify the anomalies before it is too late,” they further argued.

Since the establishment of the university there has been allegations of molestation and intimidation of students by the university management following trumped up charges of flouting the university’s regulation.

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Mimiko seeks overhaul of History curriculum, training of teachers



Mimiko seeks overhaul of History curriculum, training of teachers

AProfessor of Political Science at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and for Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Prof. Femi Mimko, has described the decision of the Federal Government to re-introduce History into the curriculum of Nigeria’s basic and secondary educational systems is a welcome development.

The government had two weeks ago, through the Federal Ministry of Education, directed that History, which had been long been relegated in the school curriculum, should be returned to the basic education and secondary school level as a stand-alone subject by the next academic session in September.

Mimiko, in a statement, tagged: “The Return of History,” said that was actually one of the key recommendations of his Cohort at the National Institute, of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos in 2015.

He said: “The truth is that, it is difficult to understand how political leaders could come to the conclusion in the first instance that History was of no use. It depicts how narrow-minded, how short-sighted we have tended to be in this country.

“Indeed, the removal of History from the curriculum, in a way, is a metaphor on how badly we have done in relation to choice of policy measures directed at the ends of development.

“We see the effects of that strategic error on undergraduates that we relate with at the higher educational level every day. You often encounter undergraduates, who have no idea whatsoever of the pattern of evolution of their society, elementary things that should have come with an encounter with History at their basic and secondary education levels.”

Mimiko, who noted that the nation now have a generation of people that were merely literally floating, with little or no knowledge of the exploits of their forebears, including their contribution to human civilization.

According to him, such people could hardly situate themselves appropriately in the broader political economy of their country.

He said: “It should have been obvious to Nigeria’s educational policy makers that a people whose history is lost can never find purpose. What is more, the technological advancement that we are so fixated with, which made our leaders to yank off History from the curriculum, can only flourish in the context of culture, to which history is a core component.”

As an element in development, and in the formation of the total human being, the former Vice-Chancellor stressed that History was as powerful, if not more powerful than language.

“That is why you must study American History at all levels of education in the United States because they appreciate the centrality of it to the overall development of the people and country in general,” Mimiko added.

To make this return agenda meaningful, he, however, recommended that a complete overhaul of the History curriculum had to be undertaken, while more History teachers needed to be trained.

“I just hope government would move in these directions so that the so-called return of History to the curriculum would not just end up as a mere lip service,” the don added.

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FUOYE restates commitment to science-based research



FUOYE restates commitment to science-based research

Professor of Chemistry at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), South Africa, Prof. Eliazer Bobby Niadoo has called on the Federal Government to perish its thoughts in the proposed clean up exercise of the massively polluted Niger Delta region, describing such exercise as rues.

This was as he categorically said that no chemical could effectively clean up the polluted waters to the extent that they would return to their hitherto natural form and as such the exercise would only amount to efforts in futility.

However, the don cautioned that precautionary steps should rather be taken to ensure that a natural environment is not polluted instead of making fruitless efforts to bring such polluted environment or natural ambience back to normal.

Meanwhile, a Professor of Industrial and Macromolecular Chemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Olayide Lawal has urged the Federal Government to be more committed to funding science-based research and procurement of facilities in universities so as to develop the nation’s  science and technological sectors.

Similarly, a Professor of Dance and Performance Aesthetics, Prof. Bakare Ojo Rasaki has charged scientists to be more committed to serving humanity rather than working towards self-successes.

The dons spoke during the FUOYE 2019 International Science Conference, which took place at the institution’s Lecture Theatre of Faculty of Sciences. 

The theme of the conference was: “Innovation and Advancement in Nanonscience and Nanotechnology.”

Prof. Naidoo, whose lecture was entitled: “Nano-Science: Application and Techniques,” decried that industrial activities had led to the continuous shrinking of clean water, signaling a gradual extinction of the human race, if not checked.

The don, who further described the application of nanoscience as elixir to the environmental challenge, lamented that the Niger Delta region waters had been largely ravaged by industrial pollutions from oil firms.

He said: “We must be frank with ourselves that the Niger Delta environmental hazard has gone beyond repair. And as long as there are continued industrial activities in the areas, we are merely marking time for the extinction of the natural environment and its endowment. 

We should rather concentrate on preventing our existing natural environment from being further depleted or polluted by industrial activities. African political leaders have not really helped in salvaging and saving many African natural environments.”

But, while speaking about the international conference, Prof. Lawal, who noted that the Faculty could now boast of 10 academic departments, added that efforts were in top gear towards increasing the number by three additional departments.

The don, who pointed out that the conference, would by the fourth in its series since the maiden edition in 2016, said: “A glance through the list of presentations, however, indicated the amazing diversity and multi-disciplinary perspectives of the conference.”

He added: “Nanoscience is science, engineering and technology conducted synthetic non-scale, which is about one to 100 Nanometers. It is the study and application of extremely small materials that can be used across several fields such as material science, medicine and biomedical engineering, biotechnology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), energy agriculture, and the industry. It is our target to make FUOYE, a centre of

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Cast down your bucket where you are



Cast down your bucket where you are

These days, many young people, students and graduates alike, are disillusioned about the true meaning of success. Due to this disillusionment, success has been narrowed down to travelling out of Nigeria to Europe and America especially.

The extent to which this trend has been ingrained hit me when I met a friend some years back who devoted five years after graduation to the career of seeking to obtain the American visa. Though he eventually got it, I couldn’t help but wonder how one would be on such venture for five years while putting life on hold.

Not many others are as lucky as he is. Young Nigerians travel through perilous journeys along the perilous Sahara Desert in a bid to get to Europe. Those who survive the Libyan concentration camps end up in the belly of the seas or perish on the way if not kidnapped by various factions of gunmen. Many Nigerians are today going through unspeakable trials and tribulations in foreign countries based on the fixation that travelling out of the country at all cost is the almighty formula to a life of success and prosperity.

For the purpose of clarity, travelling out of the country is not a problem. Journeying and sojourneying elsewhere are part of necessary education. The problem is being obsessive or desperate about it as well as believing that there are no opportunities in Nigeria. If there were no opportunities, the Chinese and other nationals would not be coming to Nigeria in droves to explore her various opportunities.

A foremost African American activist and scholar, Booker T. Washington, however, stressed this much in the allegory of the ‘Ship on the High Seas Seeking Water.’ In his Atlanta Compromise Speech delivered in 1895, Mr. Washington noted that a ship that was lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. There was a signal at the mast of that unlucky vessel: “Water, water. We die of thirst.”

In the words of Washington, “The answer from the friendly vessel at once came back: “Cast down your bucket where you are.” A second time, the signal, ‘Water, send us water!’ came up from the distressed vessel. And was answered: ‘Cast down your bucket where you are.’ A third and fourth signal for water was answered: ‘Cast down your bucket where you are.’ The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River.” 

There are at least three inferences that can be drawn from this story. First, many people do not realize that the solution to their problem lies within their reach. Rather than being thoughtful enough to solve their problem, they continue to beg for assistance whereas they have the resources to change their situation.

The second inference is that no matter how clear or obvious an issue is, people may not see it because they have been classically conditioned to view things in a particular way. This is why despite saying the same thing, “cast down your bucket where you are” three times, each time, the vessel in distress still begged for water. The vessel had not been conditioned to believe that solution lied outside through tokenisms from a foreign land or a friendly vessel. This is why until we change our thinking; we are liable to see black as white and blue as green including the security and sociopolitical situation in Nigeria. Mind your mind!

The third inference is that rather than give people pittances of fish, it is much better to teach them how to fish. Rather than given tokens, it is better to enhance people’s capacity so that they would be self-reliant. The friendly vessel had to keep on repeating the same instruction until the message sank in the distressed vessel. This means that even when people think that they need help, it is more helpful to help them to help themselves.

Thinking that success lies only in travelling to America, Europe, Asia or other places smacks of poor thinking. Being desperate to travel abroad at all cost is an affliction. The earlier you look around you and think of the opportunities, the better.

In spite of all our problems and challenges, opportunities still abound in Nigeria but only the sighted would see them, not the blind. Remove desperation and excessive fixation from your mind. Rather embark on a perilous journey, open your eyes and cast down your bucket where you are.

You shall succeed. 

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Chancellor advocates govt subvention for private varsities



The Chancellor of De-World University, Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Rev. Kelvin Eze, has appealed to the federal and state government to provide financial support to private universities in the country.

This was as he said the financial support such grants and subventions would enable private educational institutions deliver optimum services to the country, in view of the fact that education is capital intensive.

Eze said the government through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and other similar interventionist agencies could provide regular financial assistance to the private universities as they do to public universities.

The Chancellor, who spoke while conducting journalists on a facility tour of the private university, billed to commence academic programmes before the end of the year, cited the examples of the tradition in developed countries of the world where government assists private universities, because the institutions are recognised as playing important and complementary role to government in providing quality education to the citizens.

Eze said: “So, what we are doing is to complement what the government is doing, and if they recognise that we are putting in a good helping hand they should give us assistance and we shall appreciate it. 

“In other countries, government funds private universities, private schools and they give them subventions, because the private schools are doing the job of the government for them. It is the job of the government to open schools and run the schools free like hospitals. But, then I am not thinking about the government, if they come in, we receive and appreciate them.”

According to the Chancellor, who also runs a group of schools, including nursery, primary and secondary schools in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the proposed university has fulfilled all the requirements and guidelines of the National Universities Commission (NUC), and is only putting finishing touches to few things before it begins recruitment of staff, experienced and seasoned lecturers as well as admission of students.

He said the university had already completed and equipped the Faculty of Basic Studies, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Management Studies and Faculty of Law in addition to completion of three hostels that will accommodate no fewer than 205 students each, as well as an ultra-modern laboratory and well equipped library with more than 30,000 books, journals and periodicals.

He listed other projects that are ongoing to include perimeter fencing and landscaping of the university, as well as painting of external walls of some of the faculty buildings.

Eze, a philanthropist, who has impacted on more than 38 graduates from his scholarship programme, noted that De-World University, on take-off would run boarding system, while indigent students would be given the opportunity to receive free education provided they sign a bond to work in the university on graduation for the institution to make little deduction from their salaries to pay for their education.

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Falola, others harp on varsities as critical to nation’s transformation



Ascholar and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, Prof. Toyin Falola has said that for Nigeria to be competitive in the global economy there was the need to cultivate the habit of productivity through appropriate use of technology.

In doing this, he noted that as a nation, Nigeria should therefore begin to consider how it can maximise the knowledge of technology to drive more economic growth by marketing the country’s cultural resources to the global buyers.

This was as the Governor of Oyo State and Visitor to the First Technical University (TECH-U), Ibadan, Seyi Makinde said that there was a need for the recalibration of the university system to meet with the demands of a fast-paced knowledge-driven economy.

The duo, who spoke during the maiden Annual Distinguished Lecture Series of the university, however, lauded the spate of growth of the budding university, which they pointed out, is critical to the nation’s overall transformation.

Makinde, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Rauf Olaniyan, lauded the university for its unique brand of education and for blazing the trail in bridging the skills gap of young people in the country.

“I commend the university for its unwavering devotion to functional education through emphasis on technology, entrepreneurship and technical skills,” the governor said, even as he challenged the management of the institution to continually think out of the box.

On his part, Prof. Falola, The guest lecturer, also extolled the university’s developmental strides since its establishment two years ago, saying certainly the institution would play a critical role in the transformation of the state in particular, and the country as a whole.

In his lecture entitled: “Technology, Culture and Society,” Falola noted that “apparently, a tertiary institution such as the First Technical University in the country is long overdue in a nation as big as Nigeria.”

He added: “However, saddled with the responsibility to develop the youths by preparing them to meet up with the prevailing challenges of the society, the university holds enough promises in grooming brilliant youths as a way to anchor the country’s journey to technological revolution that will fill the spaces that were plagued with neglect, which catapult us to position of envy where we would enjoy the privilege of global competitions in solving problems.

“I must concede that the courses offered in the First Technical University spelt out clearly their social and educational mandates and the roads to achieving these goals have been cleverly mapped out.

“Courses such as Mechatronics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Food Sciences and Technology, Cyber Security, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Physics with Electronics, Petroleum Engineering, Industrial Chemistry and Statistics indicate exclusively that the university’s planners are in tune with the educational currency of the global community.

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Race for 2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year hots up, as deadline extended



Race for 2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year hots up, as deadline extended

As part of moves to give Nigerian teachers more ample chance to participate in this year’s edition of the 2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year, the Nigerian Breweries Plc., manufacturer of Maltina brand and sponsor of the programme has extended by two weeks the deadline for submission of entries for the competition.

The submission of entries, which initially was to close on July 12, according to the organisers, has now been extended to July 26 in order to allow more teachers to participate.

The Maltina Teacher of the Year, which is being sponsored under the auspices of Nigerian Breweries Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, is designed to identify, showcase and reward outstanding teachers across Nigerian public schools.

Speaking on the decision to extend the deadline, the Corporate Affairs Director of Nigerian Breweries, Mrs. Sade Morgan, however, noted that the extension of the deadline for the submission of entries was borne out in response to calls by teachers and other stakeholders to allow for additional time in order for more teachers to turn in their entries.

Morgan, who further explained that teachers should take advantage of the new window of extension by filling directly or downloading the application forms from the Maltina website, said the teachers, could also collect their forms at their states’ Ministry of Education, the Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Nigerian Breweries offices nationwide.

“We have received so many enquiries and there are pressure from teachers and other well-meaning stakeholders for the possibility to extend the entry deadline for this year’s edition of the programme. This has further revealed to us that the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative is highly regarded by our key stakeholders,” she added.

Morgan further charged prospective applicants, who are yet to complete the application process to take advantage of the two-week extension, saying there would be no further shift in the deadline.

The overall best teacher in the competition, who will be crowned as the 2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year, will receive a total cash prize of N6.5 million, a capacity training overseas and a block of classrooms to be built for the school of the winning teacher.

Also, the first and second runners up will get a cash prize of N1 million and N750, 000 respectively, while each state champion of the initiative will receive a cash reward of N500,000.

Since its inception five years ago, the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative has produced four grand winners, who are Rose Nkemdilim Obi from Anambra in 2015, Imoh Essien (Akwa Ibom in 2016), Felix Ariguzo (Delta State in 2017) and Olasunkanmi Opeifa from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who was crowned as the overall winner for 2018 edition of the initiative.

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Sex scandal video: ADOPOLY denies lecturer’s involvement



Sex scandal video: ADOPOLY denies lecturer’s involvement

The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti (Ado Poly) has refuted the allegation that one of its lecturers was involved in sex for marks scandal, which video has gone viral on social media.

According to the management, in a statement by the Director, Protocol, Information and Public Relations for the polytechnic, Mr. Adeyemi-Adejolu, ordinarily the polytechnic authorities would not have responded to the scandalous video, which was purported to have involved one of its lecturers by some mischievous and unscrupulous elements, but doing so, having investigated the allegation thoroughly wishes to set the record straight.

The statement reads in part: “We wish to state categorically that the said sex for marks video has nothing to do whatsoever with any lecturer/staff or vicinity of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti.

“The purported incident never happened anywhere near the polytechnic campus or its facilities as none of the polytechnic’s staff was involved as the dramatis personae in the scammed video which has gone viral.

“However, our intelligence gathering suggested that the alleged scandal was a scammed set up inflicted on a staff of a sister tertiary institution.

“We also wish to state that the institution has extant rules and regulations to nip in the bud or deal with such incidence if it ever rears its head and staffers of the polytechnic know that the institution has zero tolerance for such inglorious act and the consequence if they are ever involved in it and when caught, hence would not dare indulge.”

The statement in which a copy was made available to New Telegraph added: “We, therefore, want to implore all right thinking members of the general public to ignore the viral video as it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti facilities or any of its staff or student.”

The management, however, added that anyone in doubt of the fact of its position might conduct further investigations on the matter and dramatis personae in the viral video and the actual place of its occurrence.

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Ogun West stakeholders want MAUSTECH relocated to Ipokia



Ogun West stakeholders want MAUSTECH relocated to Ipokia

Stakeholders in the Ogun West axis of Ogun State have urged the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration to site the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state.

They averred that the siting of MAUSTECH in Ipokia will not only give the Yewa-Awori extraction of the state more sense of belonging but will also address the gap in university education for the people of the area and the state at large.

The stakeholders’ demands were contained in their different position papers submitted to the panel set up by the state government to review the status, operations, funding and viability of MAUSTECH and the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.

The immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had established MAUSTECH and the Ipokia polytechnic following the “upgrading” of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta but the two new institutions had been bogged down by controversy and failed to take off.

But sequel to the setting up of a review panel by Abiodun, the Ogun West stakeholders have requested that the relocation of the university of science and technology to Ipokia will incubate science-related innovators and technopreneurs for the overall growth and development of the state


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