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Lagos Police, Education Ministry Partner To Protect Schools Amidst Insecurity

The Lagos Police Command has announced its intention to collaborate with the State Ministry of Education in a bid to provide more security for schools across the metropolis.

This announcement came in the wake of more schools coming under attacks by bandits nationwide.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, revealed this collaboration with the Commissioner of Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisoye.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in Lagos State, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said on Monday, April 5, that the initiative was a proactive measure to protect boarding schools.

“The goal is to protect students, staffers, and their facilities,” the statement explained.

It said that Odumosu recently organised a meeting with the Ministry of Education and stakeholders in the education sector to build confidence towards achieving the goal of improving school security.

“The meeting was to review the security architecture and improve on the safety of all schools by building confidence in the staffers, students, parents, and the Government of Lagos State.

“The police commissioner had intensified efforts toward deploying human and material resources to protect lives and property in the schools.”

It also quoted him as adding that he had shared some security tips with education stakeholders to propel them into actions that would step up general security in schools, both private and public.

The Police CP urged school owners and principals to remain calm and support measures targeted at warding off bandits from the schools.

The statement said that intelligence gathering, patrols, raids on black spots, sensitisation programmes, Town Hall Meetings, and threat analyses were being intensified to boost the proactive measures.

It urged parents and guardians to assist in supervising their children (students), and volunteer information to the police and other security agencies to help the efforts to protect the schools.

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NUC grants full accreditation to 18 programmes at Sokoto State University

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has accredited 18 undergraduate degree programmes at Sokoto State University (SSU).

This announcement was made in a statement by the University’s Public Relations Officer, Malam Zayyanu Shehu, on Friday in Sokoto.

Shehu stated that the full accreditation status was granted to all 18 programmes after a thorough evaluation by the NUC.

The summary of results, signed by the commission’s Acting Director of Accreditation, Mr. Abraham Chundusu, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, was presented to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bashir Garba.

The fully accredited programmes include Computer Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Arabic, Hausa, History, Islamic Studies, Education Computer Science, Education Mathematics, Education Physics, Education Biology, and Education Chemistry.

Prof. Bashir Garba, Vice Chancellor of SSU, expressed the university’s gratitude for the accreditation results and reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to maintaining academic standards and meeting NUC requirements for global ranking.

“This achievement highlights the University’s dedication to academic excellence and adherence to the highest standards set by the NUC,” Garba said, as quoted by Shehu.

He also emphasized the university’s readiness to allocate more resources for the accreditation of 60 other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes scheduled for review soon.

Garba thanked Governor Ahmad Aliyu of Sokoto State and Senator Aliyu Wamakko for their support and commitment to the university’s progress.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the NUC accreditation team visited the university between October and November 2023 to assess the quality and content of the 18 courses up for accreditation, out of the 78 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the institution.

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World bank supports Oyo govt withN3.5b grant to renovate schools

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The World Bank has supported Oyo State Government with N3.5 billion grant for the renovation of selected 105 public primary schools across the state.

The state Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, made the disclosure on Friday in Ibadan during a symbolic presentation of cheques to representatives of some of the beneficiary schools.

Makinde, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Bayo Lawal said the grant was meant for the renovation of primary schools with critical attention.

The governor explained that the works would commence simultaneously in all the 105 schools selected across the three senatorial districts of the state.

He admonished those in charge of the exercise to avoid doing shoddy jobs but to ensure that all the projects were in accordance with the prescriptions.

He said that doing quality jobs would make the essence of the projects realisable and equally make the general public to appreciate government efforts in the education sector.

“A huge amount of money is being put into this project and the beneficiaries must put eyes into what is being done in their respective schools.

“The standard must be in accordance with prescriptions, so that our children will take maximum advantage of the facilities government is putting in place,” Makinde said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education Intervention, Mr Suraj Tiamiyu, said that the renovation of the 105 approved public primary schools mostly in the rural areas was expected to be completed within six weeks.

Tiamiyu said the renovation would include construction of toilets, boreholes drilling among other facilities that would make learning environment more condusive for pupils.

He added that the exercise would be properly monitored for effective delivery to standard and time framework.

The grant support is a World Bank Project under Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) – Additional Funding (AF).

The project is a form of educational grant from the World Bank with Global Partnership for Education (GPE) aiming to increase equitable access for out-of-school children and improvement of literacy in beneficiary states.

Oyo state and two other states, namely; Adamawa and Katsina were beneficiaries of the grant, which is also seeking to strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

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Gov Yusuf to build 300 labs, 1,000 classrooms, employ 10,000 teachers in Kano schools

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State on Saturday declared a state of emergency on education in the state, with a promise to immediately employ 10, 000 teachers across the state.

The declaration took place at the Kano Government House, with the governor emphasizing that the era of educational negligence in the state is over.

The governor said the Kano educational landscape, once a beacon of hope and opportunity for the youth and an example for other states to copy, is now in a state of decadence.

“The problems are multi-faceted; we face a severe shortage of qualified teachers, inadequate teacher training programmes, and a lack of basic amenities such as clean water and sanitation in many of our schools.

“These issues, coupled with the socioeconomic challenges that many of our students face, create an environment where education is not just difficult, but nearly impossible,” he lamented.

The governor said an additional 300 state- of-the-art laboratories in 100 schools across the state will be provided. The provision of these facilities, he said, will provide students with hands-on experience in scientific inquiry, fostering a culture of experimentation and discovery that is essential for their future success.

In order to create a more conducive atmosphere for learning, he announced the construction of 1, 000 classrooms across the state within the next academic session.

“This measure will, no doubt, mitigate classroom congestion that has become a common feature of most of our schools.

We have also directed that all contractors handling inherited abandoned projects in our tertiary institutions go back to site immediately,” he said.

As part of the emergency action, the governor approved the hiring of additional 10,000 teachers, adding that teachers will enjoy periodic training and retraining so as to achieve the vision of making “every teacher, a caring educator. ”

He added:“At least 1,000 Academic and non-academic staff will be employed into tertiary institutions.

“This declaration is not just symbolic; it signifies a commitment to overhaul our education system. We will invest in infrastructure, ensuring that every school has adequate classrooms conducive to teaching and learning.

“We will also prioritise teacher training and welfare, recognising their pivotal role in shaping the minds of tomorrow.”

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