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Lawan Decries Incessant Abduction Of Students, Says It Threatens Education In The North

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has decried the persistent attacks and abductions of students by bandits in the north, saying the acts will ultimately deprive school children in the north of education, particularly the girl-child.

Lawan, who spoke in Abuja on Sunday at the first solo exhibition of paintings and photographs by the son of Adamawa State Senator, Binos Dauda Yaroe, Stephen, noted that a number of schools in the northern region have been attacked by bandits with hundreds of students kidnapped and that could lead to more out of school children.

Reacting to the latest abduction of students and teachers from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, Lawan said that education in the north is getting seriously affected.

“In northern Nigeria, education has always been a problem and it is making it worse with this kind of abduction of students either in Islamiya school or normal secondary school or even in tertiary institutions like it happened in Afaka in Kaduna State.

“I believe we should continue to fight this kind of insurgency and banditry for us to restore normalcy in our country for our country to make progress.”

He added that the insecurity plaguing the country was a challenge that must be prioritised and tackled jointly by all tiers of government for results to be realised.

“I want to assure everyone that this administration, the Muhammadu Buhari APC administration, will continue to work hard to bring back security to this country.

“It is a challenge, but I believe that it is for all of us – the Federal, States and, of course, the Local Government and all the communities and ethnic groups across the country.

“This is a situation that needs all hands on deck regardless of what you believe in. We all need to survive first before we achieve any excellence and I believe we can do so well.

“We can reverse the current trend of insecurity in our country. It is a very sad development that our education is suffering especially with so much kidnapping of school children especially the girl child.”

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FUOYE Clears Air On Death of Final Year Student

By Wole Balogun

Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has cleared the air on the death of a final-year student of the institution’s Department of Geology, Ola Opeyemi Benjamin, who died in his room after leaving the examination hall where he sat for one of his papers.
Recall that on Sunday, the Ivory Tower’s management had debunked a rumour that went around that some students collapsed and later died during their examinations on the campus.
In a press release signed by Wole Balogun, Special Adviser on Media Matters to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Management had debunked the fake news, as totally unfounded.
However, in a related development, the Acting Head of Department of Geology, Dr. A Oyelami, on Monday afternoon, brought it to the notice of the Management that a student of the institution, Ola Opeyemi Benjamin, died in his room on Saturday, November, 26, 2022 after leaving the examination hall hale and hearty.
In the letter made available to the University media team, and entitled: “Notification of the Demise of Ola Opeyemi Benjamin (GLY/2017/1059)”, the department disclosed that the incident of the death of the final year student had nothing to do with students allegedly collapsing in the exam hall, as the death of the deceased happened in his own room.
The memo from the Geology Department reads in part: “With grief, l write to inform you that we lost one of our final year students, Ola Opeyemi Benjamin, with matric no: GLY/2017/2059, who died shortly after the afternoon examination held at the new faculty of science auditorium on Saturday 26th, November 2022. I wish to inform you that the late student finished the said examination quite early and he was hale and hearty as at the time he left the examination hall.
The news of his sudden demise filtered in early Sunday morning and the circumstances surrounding the death was sketchy even as l write this letter. The department is proposing to send delegates on a condolence visit to the family after work today.”.
The University Management registers its condolences to the family and the University community.

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HND Graduates To Start Teaching In Polytechnics- NBTE

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) said on Monday that holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) would soon be employed as Assistant Lecturers in Polytechnics and Monotechnics.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Prof. Idris Bugaje, disclosed this while speaking in Kaduna on Sunday.

Bugaje revealed that currently only degree holders were being employed in polytechnics as assistant lecturers.

He lamented that HND holders were relegated as technicians and technologists in laboratories and workshops in the polytechnic sector, which he described as “gross injustice”.

“Why should somebody from the university system come and midwife over a different system and become lords over them?

“The highest product in the polytechnics is the HND, as such, the best of these graduates should be employed as assistant lecturers and grow within the systems to have their Master’s degree.

“They can rise through the ranks to become Chief Lecturers and eventually become Rectors of their respective institutions.

The NBTE boss said that the scenario would change with the new Scheme of Service for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.

He said that the scheme of service was awaiting approval by the Head of Service hopefully by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

He commended the Federal Ministry of Education for the support in ensuring the new scheme of service was developed and submitted to the Head of Service for approval.

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Uniabuja ASUU Protest ‘Half Salary’

The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU), University of Abuja branch, on Friday staged a peaceful protest at the institution’s Mini Campus over withheld salaries.

The union members staged the protest following the ‘No Work No Pay’ policy and court order that mandated the lecturers back to classes.

Dr Kassim Umaru,  ASUU branch Chairman, during the protest said that decision reached immediately after its congress called on well meaning Nigerians to urge the Federal Government to honour the union’s demands.

Umaru said that university lecturers were not casual staffers and could not be paid half salary, adding that the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU would decide on an action if the government failed to address the issues.

He called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, to honour agreement reached with the union, adding that the union was forced to the classroom through a court injunction.

“We are here this afternoon to show our displeasure to the Federal Government that it is not all over by forcing us through court injunction ànd intimidating us by holding our salaries.

“We are not going to give up untill the Federal Government do the needful by paying our withdrew salaries and also honouring the agreement signed in 2020.

“The government has signed several agreements with our union, not once, not twice, not three times, but refused to honour the agreement.

“We are telling the public, traditional rulers, religious leaders, well meaning Nigerians, students and parents that all is not well in the Nigerian universities,” he said.

The chairman said that the people should pressure the government to do the needful by honouring the agreement and paying their salaries.

He stressed that lecturers were not casual workers and should be paid.

”We are frustrated and we can no longer take it, enough is enough and we are not going to give up.

“We are not going to take it and we are registering our displeasure that Nigerians should know that anything that happens, ASUU should not be called for anything.

“The speaker has intervened and we have given him the honour, but the Federal Government should do what it has said.

“If the Federal Government is adamant, the NEC of the union will go back to drawing board, access all the issues and we will take the necessary action,” he threatened.

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