There is disquiet at the Lagos State University (LASU) following the sacking of eight members of staff, comprising five lecturers and three non-academic staff by the management. ASUU, which is at loggerheads with the Vice-Chancellor, is insisting that the development is persecution and victimisation of its members
- Varsity: They’re sacked for misconduct
- Lecturers: We’re being persecuted
The face-off between lecturers of the Lagos State University (LASU), under their umbrella union, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the authorities of the state university last Thursday deepened following the sacking of five members of the union.
The dismissal of five lecturers and three members of non-teaching staff of the institution, last week, by the management, came when the dust raised by the sacking of two members of executive of the union – the Chairman, Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi and the Vice-Chairman, Dr. Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu respectively, – was yet to settle.
The two union leaders (Oyewunmi and Adeyemi-Suenu) were among the 15 members of staff that were sacked in 2017 by the university Governing Council, led by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo.
According to the university, Oyewunmi was sacked for allegedly demanding N50,000 each from seven students to process their results, while Adeyemi-Suenu, on the other hand, was dismissed for allegedly unilaterally altering the results of 12 students already advised to withdraw from the university by the Senate.
Their sack, which is currently being challenged in court, had resulted to a series of allegations and counter-allegations against the university management and the leadership of the university’s chapter of ASUU, who are accusing each other of wrong doings.
But, the university management, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, while reacting to the last week sack of the staff, had in a statement signed by the institution’s Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ademola Adekoya, insisted that the five academic staff members and three non-teaching staff were fired for misconduct.
The statement released on Friday by the Centre, entitled: LASU Governing Council Approves Promotion of 11 New Professors, 14 Associate Professors; Five Academic and Three Non-Academic Staff Dismissed for Misconduct,” however, noted that the approval for the dismissal of the eight members of staff, comprising five academic and three non-academic staff was ratified by the Governing Council at its 122nd Statutory Meeting held on Thursday, September 12.
The statement further added: “The Lagos State University Governing Council at its 122nd Statutory Meeting held on September 12, 2019, considered the reports of the Joint Council/Senate Disciplinary Committee, and the Joint Council (Administrative and Technical Staff) Disciplinary Committee, respectively, and approved the dismissal of the affected staff members.”
The statement, therefore, listed the affected staff members to include Dr. Anthony Dansu, the Secretary of ASUU and a lecturer at the Department of Human Kinetics, Sports and Health Education, Faculty of Education.
According to Adekoya, every member of staff indicted has been given fair hearing by the appropriate disciplinary committees, because the university takes the rule of law as sacrosanct.
Meanwhile, the university has challenged the union leaders to produce laws authorising them to obtain confidential documents, saying “the peaceful atmosphere on the campus had ensured a stable academic calendar, and that the efforts of the new management to instill discipline and build a culture of sanity is being resisted by some individuals.”
He said: “The Joint Council/Senate (Academic) Disciplinary Committee and the Joint Council (Administrative and Technical Staff) Disciplinary Committee which heard the cases strictly followed all laid down procedures, and duly gave opportunity to the individuals involved to defend themselves. The Lagos State University is poised to continue to ensure quality assurance in its processes.”
Dansu, according to the report, was investigated on allegations of unauthorised removal, retention and dissemination or publication of official confidential documents and infractions arising from the interviews granted to online media platforms levelled against him, and found culpable.
This was as the Council noted that his actions constituted serious misconduct and he was therefore dismissed from the services of the university with immediate effect.
Also, in his case, the university hinted that Aboderin-Shonibare was investigated on allegations of being in possession of confidential documents – Assessor’s Report and Report of Appointments, Promotions and Disciplinary Committee of Council – for which the university found him culpable.
Meanwhile, based on the report, the Council said that her action constitutes serious misconduct, and thus she was therefore dismissed from the services of the university with immediate effect.
For Adeolu Oyeka, the university pointed out that he was investigated on allegations of unauthorised removal, retention and dissemination or publication of official confidential documents and infractions arising from the interviews granted to online media platforms levelled against him, and for which he was found culpable.
“Towards this end, the Council noted that his acts constitute serious misconduct, and he was therefore dismissed from the services of the university with immediate effect,” the statement further added.
The Council also dismissed Dr. Henry Olusegun Gbelee of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Lagos State University College of Medicine, who was investigated on allegation of absence from duty without permission, and found culpable. Following his dismissal, Council directed that he should refund the sum of N1,635,715.50 to the university, being the salaries erroneously paid to him while on a six-month approved Leave of Absence from April 1 to September 30, 2016.
He was given the next two months to pay back, and for which failure to do this the university shall institute legal action against him to recover the amount.
Others, who were fired by the Council, are Mr. Kehinde Olakunle Coker, Department of Religions and Peace Studies, Faculty of Arts, who was sacked on allegations of sales of marks and receipt of financial inducement from students to pass two students of the Department of English levelled against him and for which he found culpable; Mr. Oladapo Shafih Akinyemi, a Pupil Engineer in the Works and Physical Planning Unit was also dismissed on allegation of abandonment of duty and which he was found culpable.
Similarly, Mrs. Alaba Mariam Odu, a lecturer at the Faculty of Science was found culpable and sacked on allegation of falsification of May/June 1990 and 1999 WAEC results, which Council insisted constitutes serious act of misconduct; while Mr. Wasiu Adewale Busari, a staff of the Security Unit, was fired on allegation of bribe to pervert the course of justice and false claims against the Vice-Chancellor.
Reacting to their sack in an interview with New Telegraph on Friday,Dansu, the Secretary of LASU-ASUU, said the action of the university authorities was a deliberate scheme to silence the only voice against the mismanagement and fraudulent activities of the leadership of the institution and to kill ASUU on LASU campus.
According to him, it will now be clear to the whole world that the dismissal of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the union in 2017 in similar circumstances, for which the union has been shouting is an orchestrated case of victimisation and deliberate action to kill the union in LASU, which is now becoming quite obvious.
The embattled union leader, who hinted that the national body of the union would take up the matter with the university, said: “The union at the national level will respond to our sack appropriately. It is a matter between the light and darkness; truth and falsehood. It is quite unfortunate that LASU with a motto that stands for the truth and service could resort to this nebulous action.”
He, however, blasted the management-led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun of double standard in this matter, saying the sacking of the union leaders was a calculated action to cover up the many illegalities and fraud that are going on in the university.
Dansu, therefore, added that the union and its members were facing persecution and victimisation from the Council and Vice-Chancellor for daring to raise question about the professorship of the Vice-Chancellor, saying: “We are being victimised by the authority for challenging the illegality in the promotion and professorship of the Vice-Chancellor.”
While reacting to the sacking of members of the union in LASU, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, told New Telegraph in a telephone interview that the union would appropriately wade in into the matter with serious concern.
Ogunyemi, who pledged the readiness of the national body of the union to step into the mater, said: “We are taken some steps already, but we are also still studying the situation and the whole development before ASUU makes a comprehensive response on the matter. We are still trying to gather some additional information. Indeed, we will respond at the appropriate time.”
Also explaining further, Dansu, who described their sack as a shock and mockery of justice, and insisted that though, it was expected, said about three weeks ago, the Lagos State House of Assembly summoned the two parties in the crisis (management and ASUU).
“It was a tripartite meeting of the union, the university and the House of Assembly,” he added, saying the objective or rationale behind the parley was to resolve all the contending issues between the management and the union.
During the intervention or meeting, the House of Assembly appealed that both parties should all “cease fire” and within the next one month the Vice-Chancellor should constitute a committee with the objective of resolving all the contending issues, and that after the one month we will see what is on ground.
But with their sack, he blamed the university, the one who broke the peace accord or cease fire, of not respecting and accepting the spirit of the resolution.
Dansu, who regretted the management’s plans to kill ASUU in LASU, however, said that there were reactionaries in the university working for the interest of the university management to promote the illegalities in the system by destroying the union and its members.
The embattled sacked lecturer, who pointed out that another approach to the matter was that the case was already in court, hinted that they went to court when the management wanted to carry out the sack in August 2018 to stop them from taking the action.
And the court, he said ruled in August that we (ASUU members) have immunity to do what we have done and that we cannot be tried under exigency of any local tribunal on those matters.
However, Dansu added that what the union’s lawyer asked the court to do was the judicial review of the position of the university, but now there are no issues to be reviewed because the issues are premature and therefore the two parties should go back to the university to resolve the matter following the constitution of the land.
He said: “Therefore, all what the university is doing is illegality. What the university is planning is the University of Ilorin model, but which after 19 years, the lecturers in the university are back to the ASUU fold. There are no two ASUU, as there is only on ASUU in the country. What we are seeing in LASU is the work of reactionaries loyal to the management.
“Like I said earlier, the management’s target is the union. Now, there is heavy security all over the campus, even the union secretariat, which they wanted to take over by force for their reactionaries.”
Meanwhile, the university has also announced that promotion of 377 members of staff, comprising 31 academic staff, 346 non-teaching staff as approved by the Governing Council.
The promotion, according to the statement, which was made available to New Telegraph, was approved at the 122nd statutory meeting of the university Governing Council on Thursday.
The statement further noted that of the 31 academic staff promoted, no fewer than 11 lecturers were promoted from Associate Professor to Professor; 14 Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor; five lecturers were elevated from Lecturer I to Senior Lecturer; and one Lecturer II to Lecturer I.
Also, in the senior non-academic staff category, 125 members of staff benefitted from the promotion exercise, while in the junior category, the university promoted 221 members of staff respectively.
Oyo govt’s education reform to the rescue
Piqued by the dwindling fortune of the state education sector, which is characterized by high figure of out-of-school children, the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has put in place reforms that will redirect and refocus the sector for optimal performance
- Parents: Scrapping of N3,000 school fee, a right step
New education reforms and policies that will deliberate rescue the ailing education sector, address the nagging challenges in the school system, reposition and rejig the sector for the overall development of the state, have been initiated by the Oyo State Government.
The reform is to tackle poor school enrolment, charaterised by high figure of out-of-school children; poor budgetary allocation; shortage of facilities, decayed infrastructure, low teacher morale, inadequate qualified teachers, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) crisis, poor attention to technical and vocational education, which are some of the challenges confronting the state’s school system.
However, worried by these challenges and the urgent need to address them headlong if the state is to make any appreciable progress in education, the state government-led by Governor Seyi Makinde has re-enacted the free education policy once enjoyed by the people of the Pace Setter State.
The first major step taken by Governor Makinde in his rescue mission embarked upon to savage the rot in the state’ education, was the scrapping of the N3,000 school fee charged the students in public secondary schools by the immediate past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Announcing the return of free education at primary and secondary school levels in the state during his inauguration on May 29, at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (former Liberty Stadium), and the cancellation of the N3,000 school fees, which had hitherto deprived many children from going to school, stakeholders hailed the action as a welcome development that will go a long way to savage the system.
Meanwhile, the governor’s decision was not unconnected with the abysmal state of education in the state, as revealed last year by a data consulting firm, StatiSense, which reported that Oyo State was the leading state with the highest out-of-school-children figure in the South-West geo-political zone of the federation.
In the report, Oyo State had 463,280 out-of-school children, placing it as the only state among the 16 states in the North with the alarming education standard.
The report, however, painted the rot in the sector, despite the N2.5 billion spent on construction of three model schools, and renovation of 100 secondary schools across state at a total cost of N2 billion by the former administration.
Through the renewed vigour of Governor Makinde-led administration, the government disclosed that the state had returned over 34 per cent of the out-of-school children population to school.
Speaking on the fresh moves, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, who disclosed this, however, added that the government was working towards mopping the rest of the out-of-school children back to classroom before the end of the year.
As part of the state’s rescue mission, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, had during the inauguration of the 11-member ‘Enrolment Drive Committee on Basic Education’ last week, said that the enrolment drive was geared towards addressing the out-of-school children phenomenon in the state.
This will create the needed awareness on the need to address alarming figure of out-of-school children in the state. This drive would adopt different strategies targeted at communities in the state, so as to increase enrolment in public schools,” he noted.
Adeniran further explained that the enrolment drive would ease the achievement of effective implementation of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in Oyo State, saying: “The government through the committee would embark on intensive mobilisation drive of policy makers, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders for that purpose.”
Poised to reverse the trend and to achieve a viable education system, Makinde had reviewed upward the state 2019 education budget passed by the former governor by jerking up the percentage from the previous reported three per cent of the total budget to 10 per cent.
Piqued by the poor sectoral budgetary allocation, the governor had also promised to raise the allocation to 12 per cent as from the 2020 fiscal budget.
Under education financing of the state by the immediate past administration, the state House of Assembly had reviewed downward the N285 billion proposed by Governor Ajimobi to N182 billion, describing the amount as unrealisable and unduly bogus.
But, to ensure the realisation of better education for the children of the state, Governor Makinde shortly after the distribution of free textbooks to students in his alma mater, Bishop Philips Academy, Ibadan, said that he would take the state to an era where education would be well-planned, structured and well-funded.
“I enjoyed the same gesture from Oyo State Government in 1980. So, what we are doing today is not new. They provided for us chairs, tables, rulers, pencils, and mathematical sets. We need to reclaim the lost glory of Oyo State and reposition it among the comity of states of the country,” the governor pointed out.
On the low performance of the state in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), the governor, however, expressed optimism that the state would have a better rating in next year’s West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) given his administration’s current interventions in the education sector.
Going by the sectoral data of the state, Oyo State presently has about 500,000 pupils and students in the about 3,000 state-owned schools, which include conservatively 324 secondary schools and 1,576 primary schools across the state.
However, New Telegraph learnt that prior to the cancellation of N3,000 school fees in secondary schools across the state, which brought a great relief to many parents, who could not afford to pay the N1,000 per term fee, many children had dropped out of school for apprenticeship training while several of them took into different trades such as bus conducting, and selling in traffic to eke out a living.
As meagre as the N3,000 is, some teachers, who lauded the reform policy of Governor Makinde’s administration in the education sector, recalled that many students were being sent out of school and examination hall due to the inability of their parents to pay.
The teachers added: “But, enrollment of students has, however, increased in the last few months as many of them, who had earlier dropped out, have now returned to school to join their peers at the beginning of this new school session. The alarming figure of out-of-school children has also reduced drastically.
“Apart from scrapping the N3,000 school fees, Governor Makinde has also cancelled the policy of using teachers employed by the Parent Teachers Association (PTA). For long, the teachers were being paid through internal levies on parents in order to assist the government in schools where there are insufficient teachers. Now, the governor has asked the principals of the affected schools to bring the list of PTA teachers for consideration for full employment.”
Over the past years, New Telegraph learnt that sundry charges were levied the students, including N500 some principals collected from students for collection of school certificates, but which Governor Makinde had also stopped forthwith in the system.
However, in order to instill discipline in the students and improve the deplorable rating of the state in WAEC and NECO examination results, the state government has commenced the distribution of free textbooks on all subject areas and between six and seven notebooks to a student.
Besides, the government has also introduced a two-hour extra lesson from 2 to 4p.m for three days a week.
Under the policy, the teachers will teach the students between these hours and on Saturdays between 9a.m and 1p.m, while special lessons will be taught by teachers who will be rotated among the schools.
Also, New Telegraph learnt that teachers who engage in Saturday lessons will be paid a special allowance for the extra job.
Meanwhile, under Governor Makinde’s education reforms, machinery has now been put in motion to ensure that principals receive their schools’ running grants regularly, which were not being released by the past administration, without putting the burden on parents.
Similarly, the governor has donated his salary to the state pensioners’ fund towards making life worthy of living to the pensioners.
Indeed, with this gesture, the governor said that the backlog of pension arrears owed the state pensioners running to billions of naira would be gradually defrayed.
Today, workers in the state, especially in the education receive their salary, as well as pension on the 25th of every month.
This policy of paying salary on 25th of every month has been christened ‘GSM Day Without Network Failure’ and currently the government is not owing any outstanding salary as the two-month salary owed primary school teachers by former administration had been cleared by the present administration to give impetus to teachers’ performance and quality education delivery.
Given the various reforms many parents have continued to withdraw their children and wards in droves from private schools to public school, which are non-fee-paying.
In the tertiary education level, Governor Makinde has promised to leverage on the state-owned higher institutions to midwife the development of the state.
Therefore, the governor has commenced action to review upward the 25 per cent subvention being allocated to the institutions by his predecessor, a development which culminated in series of industrial action in the past.
In the policy considered by stakeholders a burden on students and their parents, as well as the management of the institutions, the immediate past government had ordered mangers of the state-owned tertiary institutions to generate 75 per cent of their funding internally to run the institutions.
While receiving the reviewed 2019 budget, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, however, commended the governor for approving the release of 100 per cent subvention to all state-owned tertiary institutions to pay the workers’ salary and other entitlements.
The state government has also promised to pay the institutions’ subventions in order to raise the bar of higher education in the state, even as the government has banned payment for common entrance and admission forms for students seeking admission into the state technical colleges and schools of science.
On the crisis ridden Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, which has remained a pain in the neck of the state, the governor has promised to address the challenges and return stability to the institution owned jointly by Oyo and Osun States.
Underscoring the critical role of technical and vocational education in the development of the country and to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Governor Makinde’s administration is given the technical colleges, spread across the state proper attention, with a mandate to their Councils to fast-track rapid development of the colleges as well as ensure smooth academic calendar and industrial harmony in the system.
Under Mkinde’s reform, the First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, established by the administration of Senator Ajimobi has continued receive a boost.
He also assured the university management of his administration’s support to make the institution an enviable citadel of excellence in terms of vocational and engineering services.
To access the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) Matching grants in order to enhancing the development of basic education, the governor had also pledged that his administration was poised to pay the state’s counterpart fund so as to access the sum of N2,724,516,373.70 outstanding with UBEC.
According to Adeniran, “this will go a long way in assisting the Governor Makinde-led administration in its effort at enhancing qualitative education delivery in the state.”
The SUBEB chair, who, however, insisted that the state would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that every grant for the promotion of education in the state was accessed, pointed out that “government will ensure that Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board benefits from every unaccessed fund with UBEC, which would be channeled into the development of education in order to further boost enrollment in public schools across the state.
Another salient aspect of the state government’s education reform is infrastructural development, under which the government has completed some abandoned school structures by the previous government, such as the model schools in Isokun, Oyo and Eruwa, among others, while dilapidated structures are being rebuilt and renovated to give the schools facelift.
On the proliferation of sub-standard private school, the Governor Makinde’s administration has vowed that the system would be washed clean of such shenanigan in the system.
Towards this end, the SUBEB chair said that a Task Force on unregistered and substandard private schools would soon be inaugurated to arrest owners or operators of such schools with a view to restoring sanity into the sector.
“There are many private primary and secondary schools springing up everywhere in the state without the approved and regulated standard,” he noted, saying all these excesses would be curbed in the system.
“The owners or operators of such schools should be ready for our Task Force, which will visit their schools very soon. We are going to reposition the state’s education sector better than it had been over the years,” the former Commissioner said.
Commissioner lauds teachers, school for winning FG education awards
For their excellent performance in the education sector, no fewer than three private school teachers in Lagos and a school, Mrs. Elusaki Agnes Iyabo, Ikuseyidunmi Pius Bababo and Adeniyi Oluwasegun and Government Junior College, Epe have won this year’s edition of the 2019 President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award (PTSEA).
The award, which took place at the Eagle Square, Abuja, was instituted by the Federal Government to reward excellent teachers and schools for their exemplary performance in the education sector.
According to the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, who disclosed this while addressing teachers during the 2019 World Teachers’ Day celebration at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Sports’ Complex, the feat was achieved as a result of priority attention the state government is paying to the development of the sector through provision of facilities.
“We have professionals and qualified teachers to attain greater heights in delivering quality education to our future leaders,” she noted, commending the teachers and school for their dedication and commitment to teaching jobs, as well as to the growth of the sector.
The Commissioner added: “No society can achieve meaningful development in delivering quality education without placing premium value on its teachers. I must confess that only Almighty God can reward your efforts and pray that your labour will not be in vain. Considering your roles, contributions and importance, our teachers must receive and enjoy the rewards for their labour first here on earth, and then in Heaven.”
The Commissioner, however, assured teachers in the state that teaching profession would be made more attractive under the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which has promised to increase budgetary allocation to education, deploy technology driven template to drive the sector, employ more teachers, upscale regular training of teachers, as well as create a conducive teaching and learning environment.
She also lauded the leadership of the state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) for ensuring proper cohesion, solidarity and welfare of teachers in the state.
While reaffirming that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) set aside October 5 every year as the World Teachers’ Day, with the aim to celebrate the invaluable contributions and roles of teachers’ in providing quality education to the children, Mrs. Adefisayo, described the theme of this year’s celebration “Young Teachers, the Future of the Profession” as appropriate and apt, as it addressed the need to take a critical look at the teaching profession from a perspective of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
“This is for the purpose of repositioning the profession for optimal performance in this present age that global attention is being shifted from resource-based economy to knowledge-based economy,” the Commissioner added.
Dignitaries at the event include the Permanent Secretaries/Tutor Generals of the Six Education Districts of the state; the Chairman of Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Mrs. Taiwo Oyemade; Mrs. Bunmi Oteju, who represented the SUBEB Chairman, Mr. Wahab Alawiye King; Chairman Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo; Director, Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Bisola Seriki Ayeni; and the NUT Chairman, Otunba Adedoyin Adesina, among other stakeholders.
Institute advocates ‘change management’ in school curriculum
A call has gone to the Federal Government to rejig the nation’s education curriculum to include the teaching of ‘Change Management’ from basic education level to tertiary institutions.
The call was made by the Registrar of the Institute of Change Management (ICM), Mr. Joseph Anetor during the induction of new members into the institute in Lagos.
According to him, mere ability to read and write has become gross insufficient to navigate the present age of information technology and artificial intelligence, and therefore, it is important for students to hone their skills to become change agents from the early stage of their education.
This was as he noted that change was needed by everyone in order to adapt to the challenges of an ever-changing and complex society, saying the mission of the institute is to build skilled and competent change management specialists, organisations and institutions.
Anetor said: “It is also to create value and make a difference across all sectors of the economy, provide the needed support to individuals and corporate organisations. As the saying goes, the only permanent thing in life is change. The world would never stop evolving and changing.
“Therefore, the institute will continue the search for the best ways to prepare human and institutional capacities to enable us to take advantage of the benefits of the emerging changes to avoid any attendant risk that may accompany them.”
No fewer than a total of 15 new inductees were admitted into the various cadres of membership of the institute.
Meanwhile, in his keynote address, entitled: “Leading in a volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) world: The Change Management Imperatives,” Mr. Tayo Ayoola, a management consultant, said the society today was characterised by its volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
He hinted that contemporary society was moving at nearly the speed of lightening which required today’s professionals to keep a step ahead of the unexpected and react in a timely manner; stay on course despite constant surprises and lack of predictability; steer one’s operations through complexity, chaos and confusion and be able to take decisive actions.
However, Ayoola urged professionals to think global, but act locally, noting that success in a VUCA world would require setting laudable goals, relying on technology and being flexible, as well as to be adaptive, among others.
12,000 Nigerians in U.S. colleges, varsities – Consul General
The United States Consul General, Claire Pierangelo, has said that about 12,000 Nigerians this year alone are studying in the United States.
He disclosed this during the 20th EducationUSA College and Career Fair 2019, which is being organised by the EducationUSA Nigeria since 19 years ago to introduce Nigerians to U.S. colleges and universities.
With over 4,000 accredited higher education institutions and over 600 courses of study in the United States, the Consul General, who said that truly there was something for everyone, however, added also that the college fairs had directly contributed to an increase in the number of highly qualified Nigerian applicants to U.S. institutions.
“When you study in the United States, you will receive a quality education and be competitive in the job market. The U.S. higher education institutions go beyond theory to offer international students practical training and jobs on campus while studying,” he said.
He further explained that graduates of U.S. institutions were in high demand because of the experience they acquired through internships, jobs, and volunteering, saying that education is a great catalyst, one of the main ingredients in fulfilling people’s dreams.
Pierangelo, who lauded parents, educators, and students who were at the fair to learn about the many higher education opportunities existing in the United States, promised that they would not be disappointed.
He said: “Today, you will have direct access to admissions representatives from a diverse group of colleges and universities in the United States. You also have two of the most passionate EducationUSA Advisers on the continent.”
Nigeria, the Consul General noted, has most of the foreign students in the United States from Africa, saying the U.S. Department of State supports EducationUSA fairs around the world.
He listed some notable alumni of the U.S. colleges and universities to include Chimamanda Adichie, who obtained a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in African Studies from Yale University; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who received a PhD in Regional Economics and Development from MIT; Obiageli Ezekwesili obtained a MPA from Harvard University; Liyel Imoke received a LLM from American University; Ndidi Nwuneli received a MBA from Harvard Business School; Onyeka Onwenu earned a Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School; and Banky W, who obtained a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
I’m leaving behind a healthy council – WAEC registrar
After seven years in the saddled as the Registrar of Council of the Wes African Examinations Council (WAEC) at the Headquarters of the regional examination body in Ghana, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae last week gave his scorecard as the 12th Registrar to Council.
Uwadiae, who was appointed the Registrar in 2012 for a fiveyear tenure, and was granted a two-year extension at the expiration of his tenure in September 2017, will bow out of the Council last month. Giving the stewardship of his seven years tenure in the Council during a teleconference media interactive session at the WAEC International Office, Lagos, he expressed conviction that he was leaving a healthy Council in terms of policies that will reposition the system, deployment of technology for the council operations, as well as in the areas of infrastructural development and the fight against examination malpractice. But, despite, the Registrar said the Council had been working hard and fighting a good fight to eliminate and deal with the menace of examination malpractice, he, however, regretted that it had not been easy in terms of resources by member countries.
“We are fighting the fight and we have done a good job in arresting examination cheats, and deploying mechanism to curb malpractice, but in has not been easy in terms of resources to use by member states,” Uwadiae said. While highlighting some of the major activities of the Council, including the development projects initiated, advanced or completed in the various member countries during his tenure, he attributed the success of the Council to other dedicated principal officers that formed the formidable team which has continually moved the Council’s wheel of progress forward.
“Together, we constantly pursued the course of better performance in all existing operations and broke new grounds where we found it expedient to do so,” the Registrar recalled, adding that they took up the challenge of terminating the seemingly endless sojourn of the Headquarters in the premises of the Ghana National Office and boldly implemented some difficult initiatives, which saw to the completion of the 15-year-old Headquarters Office Complex project in December 2016.
On the Council’s strategic plan, he hinted that efforts were put in place to intensify effective communication and interactions with all stakeholders across the sub-region, even as he added that such efforts, paid off as the relationships between the Council and the various member governments and their functionaries improved tremendously, giving room for stronger ties among the nations, better cooperation with relevant ministries, departments, agencies, wider collaborations on diverse educational matters and excellent service delivery to the stakeholders. According to him, to satisfy the educational aspirations of stakeholders in the member countries, the Secretariat successfully introduced additional diets of WASSCE and BECE for private candidates.
Uwadiae said: “We introduced in the private candidates’ examinations a facility for admitting onthe- spot candidates, who were unable to enrol within the designated registration period. We also created Attestation of Results, which is a replacement as good as the original, to alleviate the challenges faced by former candidates whose original certificates are missing or destroyed. “We remained focused on full migration into digital administration of examinations and the march towards this ultimate goal progressed significantly.
To this end, WAEC-owned CBT installations have continued to spring up for use by the Council and public/private institutions/organisations while emarking software and equipment have been deployed for the marking of selected subject papers.”
Uwadiae joined WAEC Nigeria in 1985, and was promoted to Deputy Registrar in 2003, and subsequently appointed the Head of Nigeria National Office (HNO) of the Council in 2008 for over four years, before he was named the Registrar of the Council, with Headquarters in Ghana in 2012. The Registrar, however, hinted that WAEC had come out with indicators that could be used by relevant organisations or bodies to determine the quality and standard of the education system or otherwise, saying such data could be used to judge whether the quality of education is high or not.
He also called on member countries to pay their dues regularly to the Council in order to meet its obligations, saying in order to satisfy the educational aspirations of some stakeholders in the member countries, the Council successfully introduced additional diets of WASSCE and BECE for private candidates. Uwadiae added: “We were relentless in the deployment of technology in the Council’s operations and activities. With the use of technology, we built tighter security around our examination materials and conduct, as various gadgets and software were deployed for identification of candidates, capturing of data and detection of irregularities at examination centres.
“Constrained papers were also introduced to stifle cheating at our examinations. We successfully reduced the period for the processing of the results of WASSCE for School Candidates from an average of 84 days in the past to barely 45 days, and the compression is still on going.”
UNN VC restates commitment to lift varsity, sets stage for growth
Barely 100 hundred days in the saddle as the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Charles Igwe, has laid the foundation for the regeneration of the university to be technologically driven and academically robust, as an institution which is capable of promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship. This was as he re-echoed his inauguration speech that his leadership strategy would be an integrated development model anchored on the sustainable development goals.
Igwe, who spoke of his administration’s commitment to keep his doors open to ideas, suggestions and the sharing of the university challenges, however, demonstrated the determination to pursue the development of the university; accord priority to the welfare of staff and students; build on the achievements of his predecessors and to entrench a regime of consensus where members of staff of the university would be encouraged to re-dedicate themselves anew and contribute to the progress of the university.
This, the Vice-Chancellor said, was being done with a view to taking the university to the next level of development. Igwe, the first alumnus to be appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the university has undertaken actions that not only showed the compass of his roadmap and proved constructive in the daunting tasks ahead, but also accentuated the events of his first hundred days in office.
“Though, hundred days is a fleeting time in a five-year administration, it is also a good time to start looking at the direction an administration is headed,” he noted, saying: “We shall ensure and sustain infrastructural development and foster healthy private public partnership, attend to ongoing and abandoned projects, as well as enthrone maintenance culture and environmental cleanliness.”
To many stakeholders in the university project, especially Mr. Charles Anekwe, the President of Odenigbo General Assembly, Nsukka, Prof. Igwe has also demonstrated a spark of enthusiasm in his careful assessments of projects and programmes in the university, and their reorganisation for greater impacts as launching pads and clear indications of sustainable future for the ivory tower.They, however, added that Prof. Igwe had brought his administrative acumen and wealth of experience to secure additional revenue streams for the university by ensuring that the university’s economy is supported by private sector.
Intrigues, as race for AAUA VC hots up
There are hues over the selection of a new Vice-Chancellor for Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) as the race for who becomes the next Vice-Chancellor has reached a peak. But, some stakeholders are insinuating that the state Governor and Visitor to the university, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) is planning to appoint his brother.
- Group: We’ll resist governor’s plans to appoint his brother
- SSANU: No one should play politics with selection process
- ASUU: It is mere speculation
With less than four months to the expiration of the five-year single tenure of the Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), the race for who becomes the next Vice-Chancellor of the state university, has reached a crescendo.
Following the deadline for the submission of applications for the position, which had since closed on August 4, 2019, no fewer than 25 professors are aspiring to take over the leadership of the ivory tower from Prof. Igbekele Ajigbefun, whose tenure is expected expire on January 3, next year.
But, hues and intrigues have continued to trail the selection process, as stakeholders have rued the plan by the state Governor and Visitor to the university, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) to appoint his younger brother, Prof. Kayode Akeredolu, as the next Vice-Chancellor of the university.
Meanwhile, going by the criteria or requirements set by the Governing Council for the Vice-Chancellor position, the would-be applicants to fill the position as specified in the advertisement for the job, must hold a PhD and be a renowned Professor with at least five years post professorial qualification from a recognised and acclaimed university anywhere in the world.
Besides, such candidate, based on the criteria, must also have the capacity to provide leadership in all aspects of university life; as well as possess a distinguished record of scholarship as evidenced by publications in top ranking journals, local and international; must have international reputation as an academic; a team-leadership style of management and a commitment to work as constructive team-player.
Part of the conditions set by the council are that the candidate must show proven ability and capacity to attract grants and funding for the university and as well must have occupied sensitive academic and administrative positions in the university system.
Also for utmost consideration is that, the university would prefer a Vice-Chancellor, who will push and sustain the tempo of its soaring heights as the best state university in the country, a position it has maintained for the third consecutive time, and which ranked as the ninth best university in Nigeria and 3048 in the world, based on current Webometric Ranking of World Universities table.
However, on the five-year post professorial requirement, some stakeholders wondered why an institution like Adekunle Ajasin University should come down as low as demanding five years post professorial qualification for would-be Vice-Chancellor, when many other universities set 10 years for a candidate before they could occupy the coveted position.
Meanwhile, of the 25 applicants vying for the plump job, seven are currently in the institution. Among them are the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige; the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic, Prof. Yemisi Adebowale; Prof. V. O. Olumekun from Faculty of Sciences; Prof. C. L. Daramola; Dean, Post Graduate Studies, Prof. Afolabi Ayenigbara; and Prof. Bayo Oludoro from Faculty of Law.
Others in the race from other institutions are Prof. Temiloluwa Ologunorisa, a Professor of Climatology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and a graduate of Harvard University, who had also served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Osogbo; Prof. Adetula from the United States of America, who is also among the applicants.
Another applicant vying for the position include Prof. Kayode Akeredolu from the Department of Physical Education, Lagos State University (LASU), who is currently on Sabbatical at the Adekunle Ajasin University, is also the younger brother to the Ondo State Governor and Visitor to the university, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
Specifically, the emergence of Prof. Akeredolu as one of the applicants has continued to raise questions among some stakeholders in the university project, who have cast doubt on the integrity and transparency of the selection process.
Following this, there have been claims and counter-claims by stakeholders and members of the university community, who alleged that the governor was planning to favour or foist his brother on the university as the next Vice-Chancellor.
According to them, “All this is being done to ensure that the governor’s younger brother gets the university’s plum job considering the political cloak and interests attached.”
Worried by this development, a socio-political group, under the aegis of the Ondo Youths Assembly, who described such move as unacceptable, has also warned against any alleged ploy by the governor to appoint his younger brother as the Vice-Chancellor of the university, insisting that such move would be vehemently rebuffed.
However, piqued by the development, the group in a statement had also vowed to work against the governor for his second term ambition, if he insisted on imposing his younger brother, Prof. Kayode Akeredolu on the system as the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, named after the Second Republic Governor of the defunct Ondo State, the Late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin.
The group, in a statement signed by its Chairman and the Secretary, Kolawole Ogunruku and David Orimisan respectively, frowned at the governor’s plans to install his brother at all cost as the next Vice-Chancellor, a move which they described as an attempt to make a mediocre of a glowing ivory tower that can boast of competent and brilliant academia and scholars.
The statement reads in part: “We have it on good authority that Prof. Akeredolu was the fifth on the list of scholars who have shown interest in the position. We will, however, not fold our hands and allow what happened during the administration of his friend and predecessor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who appointed his younger brother, Prof. Femi Mimiko as the Vice-Chancellor of the university to repeat itself.
“Ondo State belongs to all and every one of us. A situation where a governor uses his fiat and position to appoint members of his immediate family into position of authority, using his position, will not augur well for the overall interest and development of the state, and this will no longer be accepted and tolerated.
“We are not unaware that there have been a plethora of complaints about the way and manner in which Mr. Governor has been administering the state in the last three and half years. He was the first governor of the state that will increase students’ school fees by more than 500 per cent; stopped payment of the WAEC registration fees for senior secondary school students; imposed heavy tax regime on hapless people of the state; and lately the forceful retirement of Permanent Secretaries to pave way for his kinsman to become the Head of Service (HoS) of the state.
“His latest resolve to impose his brother as the Vice-Chancellor will be resisted by all means by the good people of the state. The governor should know that this state belongs to all of us. We are also stakeholders not only in the state, but also in the party. The era of pushing everybody out of the party is over. He should do the right thing without being compelled or forced to do it.”
According to the statement, Governor Akeredolu has directed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council the institution, Dr. Tunji Abayomi to commission a consultant that will conduct interview and screening for the aspirants, and has directed him that the consultant must ensure that his brother’s name should be among the three names to be recommended to him for appointment as the Vice-Chancellor, as the Governor and Visitor, for final approval.
The group further expressed the conviction that it would not be too late for Governor Akeredolu to see the reason he should not appoint his brother as the vice-chancellor, adding that the institution could not afford another crisis it witnessed during the administration of Prof. Femi Mimiko as the Vice-Chancellor.
“We recall that Prof. Femi Mimiko not only suspended at will, but he also sacked some of the lecturers on flimsy excuses. Throughout his tenure in the institution, he was always in conflict with one union or the other. He was able to do this because his brother was the governor of the state and Visitor to the university. Now, a repeat of this is in the offing; Mr. Akeredolu is already following that footstep of his friend and predecessor in office.
“He has appointed the Head of Service (HoS) from Owo, his town, who is his friend and now he also wants to appoint his younger brother as the Vice-Chancellor, if care is not taken. This we will resist with all that we have at our disposal,” they threatened.
But, the university lecturers, under their umbrella union, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), AAUA’s chapter, has described such claim as a mere speculation and allegation that could not presently be substantiated.
The Chairman of the union, Dr. Simeon Ehiabhi, said: “As a matter of principle, ASUU as a union does not struggle or interfere to know who should be the Vice-Chancellor. We, as a union, are ready to work and support whoever is appointed, provided he or she is ready to work with the union.”
However, since the Council has neither screened or shortlisted any of the candidates for the position, the allegation that the governor wanted to appoint his younger brother as the Vice-Chancellor of the university, he hinted, was still a mere speculation which ASUU would not have anything to do with, because the union do not work on speculation or imagination.
“Everything is still a speculation and not until the fact emerged the union cannot say anything on it, because those who are claiming this are only speculating. The Council, to our knowledge has not even commenced the screening or interviewing of the candidates. So, how do they come about this, in the first instance? And, since that has not been done, ASUU will not act on speculation or impulse,” Ehiabhi added.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogo, while reacting to the development, stated that the “immediate past governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko did it when he appointed his younger brother, a Professor and a very brilliant scholar as Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University.
“Some of us never found that offensive because we do not believe that Prof. Femi Mimiko, one of the best brains you can find in this clime should be excluded from a process because he is a younger brother of a governor.
“Now, because the incumbent governor also has a younger brother, who is a professor, they expect him as the proprietor of the university to issue a statement banning or disqualifying Prof. Kayode Akeredolu from showing interest or applying for the position of Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University. The governor will not do that and we don’t believe anyone will want to do that.
“But, if they think the governor will impose his younger brother, the governor is not like them. It will be preposterous for the governor to say his younger brother is not qualified. If the man (Prof Akeredolu) is interested and qualified, who is going to stop him?”
Like his ASUU counterpart, the Chairman of the university’s chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mr. Tope Famuti, said he did not see anything wrong in appointing Prof. Akeredolu, if he is qualified and met the requirements for the position.
He, however, insisted that though the appointment of Vice-Chancellor was not the unions’ matter, but strictly that of the Governing Council, adding that it is not a political issue.
The SSANU leader said: “There are procedures in every university concerning the appointment of Vice-Chancellor. There is a process and it is strictly the Council’s matter. In fact, anyone can be appointed a Vice-Chancellor provided the extant rules of that particular university for such appointment are met and followed, as well as the due process for selection of Vice-Chancellor is followed.
“The governor has the prerogative as the Visitor to the university to choose one of the three candidates, whose names are submitted to him by the Council after the screening and interview by the panel saddled with such responsibility.”
On the claim that the governor is planning to foist his younger brother on the university community as the next Vice-Chancellor, Famuti said the union was not aware of such and that there has not been any crisis in the institution over the appointment of Vice-Chancellor in the institution.
“No one or group should bring sentiment or undue politicking into the selection process,” he stressed, insisting: “Appointment of Vice-Chancellor is not a union matter, and there is nothing like crisis or controversy in the university under the guise of selection or appointment of the next helmsman for the ivory tower.”
Group accuses management over UNILAG library project
…UNILAG: award of contract followed due process
A group of alumni of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), under the aegis of the Concerned Stakeholders of University of Lagos, have appealed to anti-corruption agencies and Minister of Education to intervene in the corruption rocking the university.
This was as the concerned stakeholders insisted that the corruption allegations trailing the collapsed billion-naira multi-storey New Library Building project under construction at the centre of the crisis should not swept under the carpet.
While addressing journalists at a press conference held at Ikeja, Lagos, tagged: “Allegations of Fraud in an Acclaimed Citadel of Learning,” Messrs Ayowole Akintayo and Charles Onyeaku, however, said they would not tolerate impunity in the university, but to sustain and promote the UNILAG brand.
They allegedly accused the management of the university, led by it Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe of spending without approval of the university Governing Council, led by Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN).
Also, the Concerned Stakeholders accused the management of exceeding approval limit set by the Council; payment without contract document records and agreement; as well as excessive spending on the renovation of the quarters of the principal officers.
Similarly, they alleged excessive payment to staff on overseas trip of about N60 million; splitting of contract that ran into billions of naira; payment of monthly security grant to the Dean Students’ Affairs since May 2017.
But, while reacting to the allegations, the spokesperson for the university, Mrs. Oloyede said all the allegations had been debunked by the Report of the House of Representatives, which absolved the management of the University of Lagos of the allegations mentioned above.“The report as we all know is in the public domain,” she further said.
Besides, the Concerned Stakeholders also blamed the management for allowing the contractor handling the library project to return to site, against the wish of the council, saying: “Our interest as stakeholders is that the truth must prevail no amount of vituperation and character assassination of the person of Council and UNILAG Council Committee Chairmen and that of Collapse Building Chairman should deter the effort to get at the root of the matter.”
However, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, had accused the UNILAG management of involving in financial recklessness to the chagrin of the Council and had grossly abused the Public Procurement System in the award of the new University Library Project and other projects, resulting in huge financial losses.
But, the management had since denied the Council’s allegations, saying due process was followed in the award of the library contract.
Piqued by the development, the Federal Ministry of Education and the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement had to wade in into the crisis.
Therefore, the House Committee on Public Procurement, in its observations/findings on the crisis, said of the Ogundipe-led management: “That there was compliance with the requirements of due process as contained in the Public Procurement Act and Regulations as evidenced by the ‘Certificate of No Objection’ issued by the Bureau of Public Procurement.”
The House Committee, then recommended, among others that: “The Committee found no infractions and breach of the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007 in the award of contracts, particularly the University New Library Project awarded to Messrs Dutum Construction Limited.
“In view of the above and to avoid further damage to the ongoing University New Library Project, the contractor should go back to site with immediate effect and backfill the foundation and remove the debris of the collapsed framework under the strict supervision of competent experts.”
The Committee further appealed to the university management, the Federal Ministry of Education and others to make additional funds available for the project so that it would not be abandoned.
Don counsels govt on prevalent corporate crimes
A Professor of Public Law and don at the Faculty of Law, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Prof. Olubayo Oluduro, has counselled the government to pay adequate attention to curbing corporate and environmental crimes perpetrated by multinational corporations through exploration and exploitation of natural resources, especially in the Niger Delta region.
This was part of the main thrusts of his inaugural lecture, entitled: “Surviving the Armageddon: The Law as Elixir for Environmental Crimes in Nigeria’s Oil Industry.”
Oluduro, who delivered the 14th inaugural lecture of the university, however, described environmental crime as “a serious problem within the global community because of the severe and horrific consequences of its impact to human and the environment.”
The don, while berating the government for not fulfilling the deterrence and punishment objectives of its environmental legislation, said: “The rare prosecution of the multinational corporations for environmental crimes committed downplays government’s seriousness and suggests that this type of crime is of less importance, despite the severe harm caused to the environment and human health arising from their business activities and operations.
“While street crime is given more political and enforcement attention, white-collar or corporate crime is largely ignored, except the consequences of such corporate actions result in several deaths, affect hundreds or thousands of lives, and cost several hundred millions of Dollars in terms of losses.
“It is no wonder the public perceives environmental crime as less serious when compared to street crime, despite the fact that environmental crime is responsible for more illnesses, diseases, and deaths, than street crimes.”
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, who chaired the lecture, congratulated the inaugural lecturer, being the first in the Faculty of Law of the institution, and described the lecture as “stimulating and apt.
According to him, inaugural lecture offers the university the opportunity to acknowledge and showcase its numerous academic achievements, research, innovations through its academics who have attained professorial cadre.
We’re yet to be informed about cult killings – LASPOTECH
Following the killing of some students alleged to be students of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) suspected to be members of cult groups, the management has said that the polytechnic was yet to be informed as the institution is on break.
According to the polytechnic’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Lanre Kuye, since the polytechnic is not in session, and the case had not been reported to the institution, it would be difficult for the management to comment on the issue or determined whether those involved were students or cult members.
Kuye, a Deputy Registrar Information and protocol said: “I am just hearing about the killing and that the institution is not in session. The students are on semester holiday enjoying their private life and the management knows nothing about it, expect the parents of the student inform or report to the incident, but the only thing I heard that it was a cult affair which we cannot prove since the polytechnic is not in session.
“Also, we cannot confirm the identity of the man killed whether he was our student or not; as his studentship cannot be determined. But, if he was our student, we shall wait for the parent to come and inform the management so as to know if the person killed was actually our student and what to do.”
Kuye, who insisted that cultism was no longer a problem of the institution and which is at its lowest ebb, said that cultism these days were no longer perpetrated on campus, as the cultists mostly carry out their nefarious activities outside campus.
While stressing that any student caught involving in cultism or cult activities would be rusticated from the polytechnic immediately without second chance, he, however, insisted that the institution had zero tolerance for cultism and cult-related activities.
It would be recalled that some suspected cult members, who were alleged to be students of LASPOTECH and mostly in their final year were killed recently in Ikorodu.
Due to the killings and persistent activities of cult members or gunmen, marketers and other residents of Odogunyan area of Ikorodu have not been able to sleep with their two eyes closed, while normal business activities have also been stalled.
Investigations by New Telegraph further revealed that market women only go to their shops or stalls early in the morning for business and close by 2p.m or 4p.m for fear of gunmen prowling the neighbourhood.
According to findings, most of those killed were said to be students of LASPOTECH, while other innocent people were hit by stray bullets from the hoodlums.
One of the residents of the area, who confirmed the incidents, however, told New Telegraph he was not sure if those killed were students, but added that the local vigilante group, called “Oyabo” in the area was already doing everything within their power to stop the activities of the cult groups in the community.
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