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Teacher Suspended For Defiling 14 Female Pupils In Niger State

Teacher Suspended For Defiling 14 Female Pupils In Niger State

Teacher Suspended For Defiling 14 Female Pupils In Niger State

The Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has suspended a Grade Two teacher of the Central Primary School, Karabonde, in Borgu Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Usman Galadima, for allegedly defiling 14 female pupils of the school.

Galadima was accused of sexually assaulting the pupils and threatening to kill them if they ever revealed the abuses to anyone, but some of the pupils reportedly mustered courage and narrated the incident to their school’s Head Mistress, Maimunat Tanko, who reported the matter to the Head Master, Mallam Abdullahi Toure, leading to an investigation into the cases.

The activities of the randy teacher were then reported to the social welfare department of Borgu LGA and an investigation was launched as ordered by the Education Secretary of the council.

The Education Secretary was said to have visited the school to ascertain the true position of the report and afterwards, set up a committee to investigate the matter, even as more girls opened up on being sexually assaulted by the same teacher.

It was gathered that Galadima appeared before the committee and confessed to the crime, during its meeting.

The Education Board through its Public Relations Officer, Idirs Kolo, who announced the suspension of Galadima on Wednesday, stated that the accuse has been handed over to the State Child Protection Agency for prosecution.

Kolo explained that before any further action would be taken against him, the teacher must be suspended first from work.

“The accused is presently with Child Right Protection Agency. We have to move him from Borgu to Minna to save his life from mob action by parents and families of the victims. They are all furious over what he did to their daughters.

“The management of SUBEB has suspended him because what he did cannot be swept under the carpet by anyone. The state Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello, is not happy with the development.”

The Director of the Niger State Child Right Protection Agency, Barrister Maryam Kolo, also confirmed the development, explaining that the Agency has facilitated the transfer of the case from Borgu LGA to Minna, so that it can be thoroughly investigated.

Also confirming incident, the State Poice spokesman, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said the Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Bala Kuryas, has ordered for a thorough investigation into case.

“The social welfare unit of Borgu LGA reported an incident of defilement of 3 girls of central primary school, Karabonde to the police on 27th Aug, 2021. The Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Bala Kuryas has ordered a thorough investigation into the case and the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” Abiodun said.

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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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