Category Archives: EDUCATION

Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves.[1] Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy.

Lagos trains civil servants on sign language communication

 

 

 

 

The Lagos State government in south west Nigeria has trained over 100 people from various professional institutions in the state on sign language to help address issues concerning people living with hearing impairment.

The State government says it will continue to design programmes that will incorporate and cater for the physically challenged individuals in the state.

Speaking at the closing session of a 3-day training workshop to mark its yearly sign language programme, the General Manager, Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs LASODA, Dr. Babatunde Awelenje says the need became imperative for it to bridge the gap of communication between those living with hearing defect and the public.

“By organising this programme, we have been able to mainstream people living with hearing impairment and deafness into our society in Lagos State. In so doing, we have been able to key into one of the visions of the United Nation convention on right of People Living With Disability PLWD, of which Nigeria is a signatory. It is also in congruence with the Lagos State Special People’s Law enacted some years ago”.

There are different types of disabilities which include People with Visual impairment, Intellectual and physical disabilities among others, but for People Living with Hearing Impairment PLWHI or deafness, the only challenge they face is verbal communication with the public. And the more the number of people that can communicate with them non-verbally, the better for them,” Awelenje said.

Complaints
He said that his office had received several complaints from the people with hearing impairment over limited access to public places such as Hospitals, Police Stations among others due to their inability to communicate verbally and that prompted the continuous training workshop on sign language.

Awelenje explained that his Office deliberately chose professional officers such as members of Police Force, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Medical Practitioners, Public Health Workers among others, who usually have daily contact with the people in question.

LASODA general manager however assured that the state would continue in its drive to expand the scope of the programme to allow for more staff in the coming year.

Participants
In a separate interview with one of the participants, a police officer, Elegbede Abiodun commended the gestures by the state government and promised to apply what he has learnt in his line of duty.

Another police officer, Abimbola Williams, who narrated an incident where a girl living with hearing impairment was allegedly defiled by unknown man could not communicate verbally said that such training would assist in that regard.

Reward session
The highlight of the programme was the reward session where those who proved to have learnt and internalised the sign patterns as taught during the training were rewarded handsomely.

At the end of the day, the first prize winner received N150,000 while the second and third position left home with N100,000 and N50,000 respectively. Another N30,000 each were handed to two runners up.

Kastina state earmarks N1.5bn for agric faculty take-off of state university

 

 

 

Katsina state government has earmarked N1.5 billion for the take-off of Faculty of Agriculture at Layin Minista in Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU).

Malam Bishir Ruwan-Godiya, the Special Adviser to Gov. Bello Masari on Higher Education, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.

Ruwan-Godiya said that the amount would cover the construction of lecture theatres, offices, agricultural laboratories, fishery and agronomy departments, among others.

“Already the architectural design of the Faculty has been compiled and handed over to the State Ministry of Works and Housing for ratification by the State Tenders Board for contractual arrangement.

“Other projects to be executed at the Faculty’s site in Layin Minista include; fencing of the area and provision of other infrastructures.

“Plans were underway between the Department of Higher Education and Umaru Musa Yar’adua University to design a master plan for the commencement of academic session in the Faculty.

“The Department has begun consultations to employ professors on agriculture and other staff for the commencement of academic activities in the Faculty,’’ 

Ruwan-Godiya gave the assurance that in the next academic session, the university would admit new intakes of the faculty to begin academic activities.

He said that to ensure the full-take off of the faculty, the governor directed the procurement of two tractors to be used at the faculty’s demonstration farm.

The Special Adviser revealed that already the two acquired tractors had been presented to the Management of the University.

The Faculty of Agriculture was transferred to the Southern part of the state because it has fertile land and 80 per cent of the people in the area are farmers.

The faculty was established to boost food production and guarantee food security in the state and the country at large.

NYSC DG reveals date for 2018 Batch B orientation course, reads riot act to state coordinators

DG reveals date for 2018 Batch B orientation course, reads riot act to state coordinatorsPublished on July 19, 2018 By Chijioke Jannah

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Director-General, Brigadier Suleiman Kazaure, has warned state coordinators against acting in ways that are at variance with the core values of the scheme.

Kazaure gave the warning on Wednesday at a pre-orientation meeting of the NYSC Management with State Coordinators and Camp Commandants in Abuja.

He disclosed that the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream I Orientation course will commence on Tuesday 24th July, 2018.

The Director-General, who said details regarding the conduct of the stream II edition of the Orientation Course would be released in due course urged the Coordinators to communicate policy issues discussed at the meeting to camp officials for effective conduct of the programme.

He expressed delight at the level of success recorded during the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course, adding: “I was impressed with what I saw in some states, especially with regards to the implementation of the skills acquisition programme, feeding of Corps Members, camp sanitation as well as the quality of accommodation’’.

‘‘Notwithstanding the successes recorded, the states faced some challenges which I expect this gathering to discuss with a view to charting ways forward’’, the Director General added.

He further said, ‘‘It is necessary that you take note of the current issues and policies of the Scheme so as to align your operations with the Management’s areas of focus, and to ensure uniformity of programme implementation in orientation camps nationwide’’.

The Director-General said State Coordinators, who make giant strides towards the successful execution of the Orientation course, would be rewarded, while those found to be operating at variance with the Scheme’s core values would be sanctioned.

Kazaure directed the Coordinators to pay adequate attention to issues of security and general welfare of Corps Members, adding that they must ensure strict compliance with the Management’s directives on healthcare, feeding, accommodation and Camp sanitation, amongst others.

He also urged them to step up efforts at sensitizing state Governments and other stakeholders on their statutory responsibilities to NYSC, especially in the provision and upgrading of camp facilities.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs. Victoria Okakwu said the meeting was convened to enable the Scheme strategize and put in place fool-proof mechanism for successful and more effective conduct of the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Orientation course.

Lagos candidates yet to get WASSCE results two weeks after release

Lagos candidates yet to get WASSCE results two weeks after releasePublished on July 19, 2018 By Ifreke Inyang

Students of Lagos State public schools are yet to access their results, two weeks after the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) released results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

A source from the Lagos State Ministry of Education, who pleaded anonymity, told The Nation that the non-release of the result, may not be unconnected to the non-completion of the payment of the examination fees by the Lagos State government.

The Lagos State government pays the WASSCE fees for SS3 pupils of its public schools

“Some public school students have not seen their results because the process to pay the money was incomplete. But they are working on it,” the source said.

However, the Head of Public Affairs, WAEC, Demianus Ojijeogu, insisted the result had been released.

“It has been released. The result is online already. You can quote me,” he said.

Alleged sex scandal case before disciplinary committee — LASU

The Lagos State University on Tuesday said it had issued a query to an Associate Professor in its Department of Economics over the alleged sexual assault of a student , and the case was already before a Joint Action Disciplinary Committee.
Mr Adekoya Martins, the University ’ s spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the management of the institution had zero tolerance for such act .
NAN reports that an Associate Professor of Economics in the Lagos State University was allegedly caught two weeks ago sexually assaulting an unidentified female undergraduate of his department .
Martins said the case, already before the disciplinary committee , would thereafter be forwarded to the University Senate for consideration .

Meanwhile , the University Registrar , Mr Olayinka Amuni, had told NAN in an earlier interview that the sanction for such act once established would be dismissal.
“ Once we are able to establish that a staff engages in an illegal relationship with any student , the person is dismissed from the system because it is the height of academic irresponsibility.
“ We are an institution guided by rules and regulations , and once we have an official report or an allegation of someone indulging in sexual harassment , the first thing we do is to issue query to the person.
“ The query is to get information from the person whether indeed that really happened or not .
“ We would examine whatever response you give with the evidences before us and if the evidences are not genuine , we won ’ t push further .
“ But if we can find element of truth in what is before us , the matter is sent to disciplinary committee and the sanction for such activities is dismissal, ” he said .
Amuni said the university management had continued to encourage its students to confide in them and report any form of harassment from their lecturers or non -academic staff .
NAN reports that the alleged incident in LASU is coming soon after the Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University ( OAU ) , Ile – Ife , dismissed one of its lecturers, Prof . Richard Akindele , who was allegedly involved in a sex – for – marks scandal

Future of higher education belongs to private varsities — NUC

The National Universities Commission has called on private universities in Nigeria to sustain efforts towards achieving the vision to become institutions with globally competitive standards for which they were established.
The Executive Secretary of the NUC , Prof . Abubakar Rasheed , made the call while delivering the 14 th convocation lecture of the Benson Idahosa University , Benin City, Edo State .
Rasheed described the establishment of private universities in Nigeria as a reflection of the need to close the gaps created by the challenges facing government – owned tertiary institutions across the country.
He listed some of the problems to include access, resulting in the emergence of degree mills and satellite campuses ; preponderance of social vices , instability of academic calendar , indiscipline of staff and infrastructural decay .
The NUC executive secretary , who was represented by the commission ’ s Director of Accreditation , Dr . Noel Salihu , said , “ In some cases , available facilities are not properly maintained and , therefore , left in a state of disrepair .
“ Though funds from the government may be insufficient to sustain adequate provision of facilities and infrastructure , some of the universities pay lip services to institutionalising maintenance culture in the system . The private universities are not expected to have similar challenges as some operating in the country have state -of- the – art infrastructure and equipment , making them attractive for learning in contemporary times . ”
Rasheed disclosed that no fewer than 75 private universities had been established with Act No . 9 of 1993 , which repealed the Private Universities ( Abolition and Prohibition ) Act of 1984 and allowed individuals, organisations , corporate bodies as well as local governments to establish and run private universities , upon meeting laid down guidelines and , subsequently, obtaining the approval of government .
Speaking on the theme , ‘ Higher Education in Nigeria : The Private Universities Perspective’ , he noted that with the advantages they had over their government – owned counterparts , the future of university education in Nigeria belongs to private universities .
He, however , advised the managers of such universities to shun acts capable of compromising the quality of programmes run by the institutions.
“ Areas where there are loopholes , in relation to quality , must be plugged . Excellence in every facet of the operations of the private universities must be the watchword of the proprietors and the regulatory agencies.
“ It might be argued that the provision of university education is a different ball game from those of the primary and secondary levels as it is more capital intensive and the financial profit derivable is usually not immediate , ” he added .

WAEC: Pidgin, shorthand causes of mass failure in English

The Public Relations Officer of the West African Examination Council in Ghana, Agnes Teye Cudjoe, said the 2018 WASSCE Chief Examiner’s Report attributed the massive failure in English to the use of Pidgin language and short-hand by students.
According to WAEC, 193,882 candidates, representing 61.67% out of the total number who sat for the exams failed to obtain a pass mark to enable them to secure admissions into the university, reports Adomonline.
Provisional results released by WAEC indicated that 99,402 which represents (31%) obtained D7-E8 in the English Language, 94,607 which represents (30.09%) obtained D7-E8 in Mathematics, and 109,069 which represents (34.72%) also obtained D7-E8 in Integrated Science.
68,002, representing 21.61%, obtained F9 in English Language; 99,275 (31.58%), obtained F9 in Mathematics; and 46,367, representing 14.76%, had F9 in Integrated Science.
Speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive Monday, Agnes Teye Cudjoe explained that although 2017 WASSCE saw an increase in the passes in Science compared to 2018, there was a total drop in passes in English and Maths.
She added that the 2018 Chief Examiners Report informed WAEC of a lack of vocabulary in the scripts of most of the candidates.
The 2018 Chief Examiners Report has recommended extensive reading for the students to help students build their vocabulary.
“You would agree with me that these days, our candidates hardly read, everybody is busy doing WhatsApp and all that. If students spend more time reading very good books, textbooks, Literature and English books they will improve and have command of the English Language.
According to Madam Teye Cudjoe, the report also urged teachers to give students more exercises on spelling drills, comprehension and summary to help students improve their Vocabulary.
“With respect to Mathematics, the 2018 Chief Examiners report revealed that the major challenge for the candidates was as a result of their inability to translate story problems into mathematical statements. The report also discovered that the candidates failed to answer questions on trigonometry and geometry”, she added.

How Adeosun, FG ignored Nigerians week after certificate forgery scandal

Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, has refused to comment on the allegation that she skipped the one-year mandatory national youth service but instead she forged an exemption certificate.

Also, the federal government has kept silent on the matter – one week after the story broke.

The ICIR contacted Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, to find out why the President has chosen to remain silent on such weighty allegation against a high profile cabinet member.

“Go and ask the minister if you have any question, please,” Adesina said on the phone after cautioning the reporter that he should not have mentioned ‘scandal’ because according to him, it is a subjective word.

Adesina’s colleague, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Buhari, has not replied a text message by the ICIR and several dials of his phone number did not go through.

Yinka Akintunde, Special Adviser to Adeosun on Media, neither answered the phone calls nor replied the text message.

After the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, refused to comment on the allegation of certificate forgery against Adeosun and passed the buck to the National Youth Service Corps
“The government has spoken. NYSC is part of government and I have nothing to add to what the NYSC has said,” Mohammed said.
Meanwhile, the NYSC said that Adeosun applied for an exemption certificate but refused to say when the application was made and whether it was granted.

“Our attention has been drawn to the issue of the alleged forgery of an NYSC Exemption Certificate by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun,” Adeyemi Adenike, NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, said in a statement on Monday.

“Checking our records, Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate. We shall investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.”

Since Monday, the NYSC has not released the outcome of the investigation.

Itse Sagay, Professor of law and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) said Adeosun did not have any question to answer, at least for now, over the allegation of forgery against her.

Sagay insisted that it was only when the NYSC had spoken on the matter that Adeosun could be asked to defend herself if necessary.

“But, I think the onus should be on the NYSC since she applied and got a certificate. If that is not contradicted, they should just leave her alone but if it is contradicted, then there would be an issue to consider,” Sagay said.

Itse Sagay
Itse Sagay
“So, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing against her right now. Yes, the NYSC should come clean since they have all the records. Let them come out with what they have so that the lady would be able to defend herself if necessary.”

FOOLPROOF INVESTIGATION
Premium Times broke the story on July 7, stating that Adeosun graduated at the age of 22 and was not entitled to an exemption from the mandatory one-year national service.

She, however, fraudulently procured an exemption certificate, purportedly signed by Yusuf Bomoi, a former Director General of the NYSC.

While Bomoi left the NYSC in January 2009, Adeosun’s certificate was dated September 2009, and therefore could not have been signed by him.

Maharazu Tsiga, former NYSC DG, who took over from Bomoi, said Adeosun’s certificate could not have been issued by the NYSC.

Forgery is a criminal offence in Nigeria, punishable under section 467 of the Criminal Code Act, which states thus: “Any person who forges any document, writing, or seal, is guilty of an offence which, unless otherwise stated, is a felony, and he is liable, if no other punishment is provided, to imprisonment for three years.”

Dapo Olorunyomi, the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Premium Times, had challenged Adeosun to go to court if she considers the allegation false.

Dapo Olorunyomi
Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher/Chief Executive Officer of Premium Times
“Adeosun forged her exemption certificate. The story is real. We did a water-tight investigation that took us three months before we came out with the story. We encourage her to go to court if she will like to prove us wrong,” he said.

Olorunyomi reaffirmed the allegation against Adeosun on Thursday when he delivered a speech at the 9th Annual Lecture organised by the Mass Communication Department of the University in memory of Doyin Mahmoud, the Pioneer Head of the department who died in 2009.

UNEASY SILENT
The silence by both Adeosun and the federal government over the forgery scandal appear disdainful and contemptuous of Nigerians who have been asking for either denial or admittance of guilt.

Several Nigerians have called for the resignation of Adeosun and also urged the government to prosecute her.

Nigeria’s main opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), called for the immediate sack, arrest, and arraignment of Adeosun for criminal forgery of her NYSC certificate.

“The world can now see how the Buhari Presidency has been concealing sharp practices under it,” Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of PDP said in a statement shortly after the story broke.

“We can now see why there is humongous corruption under President Buhari’s watch and why Mr. President has refused to take any concrete steps to check the sleazes in his administrations,” he said.

Farooq Kperogi, the US-based Nigerian lecturer and public affairs analyst, said the silence over Adeosun’s scandal had exposed the hypocrisy of Buhari administration in the much-talked-about fight against corruption.

“The moral outrage over Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun’s obviously forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate, which the Nigerian presidency has chosen to strategically ignore in hopes that it will peter out, dramatizes, in more ways than one, the spuriousness of President Muhammadu Buhari’s self-serving claims to embodying ‘integrity,’” Kperogi wrote.

Olusegun Adeniyi , Chairman of the Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspapers and former Presidential Spokesman for the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, said that what most people find rather disturbing about the Buhari administration is its selective approach to morality.

“Unfortunately, when a government allows its friends and allies to make justifications for their wrongdoings, bend rules to suit predetermined ends and excuse egregious unethical behaviour from those who ordinarily should be held to the highest standards, any claim to fighting corruption is but a big joke,” Adeniyi wrote.

He said, “If the Finance Minister of a country could forge a certificate, as being alleged, what else would she not forge?”

Other Nigerians have also wondered why Adeosun has ignored the allegation while still keeping her job as the finance minister.

African development relies on education and literacy

 

 

Key to a successful education, literacy remains one of sub-Saharan Africa’s top public priorities, now more than ever. Thanks to the progress achieved in recent years, book publishing is gaining more and more traction in African economies and cultures.

To underestimate the role of books, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, would be to disregard the many issues surrounding this commonplace yet valuable item. Literacy not only allows children and adults to develop their imagination, but also facilitates learning in other areas of the educational system. By extension, literacy plays a role in expanding education, in training youth, in reducing inequality, and ultimately, in developing a nation.

These aspects sit at the heart of the Children of Africa Foundation, which I created in 1998 and preside over to this day. The foundation has worked tirelessly for 20 years to promote literacy and reading among our children. Today more than ever, amidst a rapidly growing population, it is crucial that we rely on books and all they offer to craft a better future. Towards this end, our ivorian and international partners provide an essential and valuable service. On May 2nd of this year, at the Embassy of the United States in Côte d’Ivoire, I received 1,500 books destined to expand the Foundation’s Bibliobus collection. Several months earlier, the village of Smallburgh in Great Britain presented the Foundation with a new bus as part of a humanitarian project, baptized “Smallburgh 2 Abidjan”. This new, very typically English bus is a great attraction for young and old alike, and a unique library resource centre for introducing our youth to the English language. I look forward to the benefits it will provide, as the english language has become an essential part of the professional world in this day and age.

The Foundation’s Bibliobuses, today numbering nine, will serve to advance both reading and computer literacy even further throughout the Ivory Coast. To this end, we can also count on the support of players in the publishing industry, who came together for an international conference in Abidjan on January 25th of this year. This unprecedented event was held for the purpose of identifying solutions to promote a love of literacy among students, improve the quality of books, and ensure their availability to students.

In this way, going forward, the African publishing industry will be able to adapt to the different languages, cultures, and educational tools used throughout the continent. I commend the initiative of this gathering put together by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Over twenty African countries were in attendance to rethink the role books can play in order to support education.

Quality education, a profitable investment

Education through reading is a challenge I’ve personally adopted. According to the most recent report by the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD) on sub-Saharan education, the number of students facing severe difficulties has significantly decreased over the last ten years in French-speaking African countries. From 1999 to 2016, the rate of literacy among 15-24-year-olds has actually increased from 67.6% to 75.5%, and that of adults from 54% to 60%. But there is much work still to be done for the majority of students to achieve a mastery of the basic reading and math skills crucial to pursuing a quality education.

Make no mistake; education has positive impacts on health, employment, social involvement and well being. The return on investment of higher literacy rates can also be seen in the social and economic development of countries through technical progress and innovation, corporate investment, health and safety, trust in public policies and institutions, and civil engagement. Numerous studies have shown that improved education goes hand-in-hand with economic growth.

But the impact literacy rates can have on economic growth relies more on a quality education than on the number of years spent receiving it. Guaranteeing the development of students’ basic skills is one of the indisputable benefits of literacy, key to a successful education and starting life on the right foot. The Children of Africa Foundation endeavours to make this ambition possible through its educational programs. The more our children read, the more they will benefit from their studies, enabling them to become economically, socially and culturally well-rounded adults. And with them, in the long run, so will society at large.

Obama recommends famous Nigerian authors books for summer reading

 

 

Former U.S President, Barack Obama has recommended Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ and Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ among six books for the 2018 Summer reading list.

Obama took to his Twitter handle to announce the six all-African authored books ahead of his first visit to Africa since leaving office as the U.S president.

The visit would take him to Kenya and South Africa.

Obama wrote: “Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a true classic of world literature…This novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism.

“A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa and around the world.”

“Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora and the search for identity and a home,’’ Obama stated.

Other suggestion
The other books suggested by the former U.S leader included; “A Grain of Wheat” by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela.

The first Black U.S President born to a Kenyan father, described Africa as “a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture and remarkable stories’’.

Civic leadership programme
He also announced the launch of a civic leadership programme by the Obama Foundation after selecting 200 rising leaders from 44 African countries, holding on July 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“This week, I’m travelling to Africa for the first time since I left office, a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture and remarkable stories.

“I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and I’ll return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa,’‘ Obama explained.

”In South Africa, the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent and I’ll deliver a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

“Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home.I visited for the first time when I was in my twenties and I was profoundly influenced by my experiences, a journey I wrote about in my first book, ‘Dreams from My Father’.

“Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition…As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers, each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways,’’ the former president said.

The 44th U.S. president, Obama left office on January 20, 2017.

Exemption certificate: Come clean on Adeosun, Sagay tells NYSC

 

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The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has called on the NYSC to immediately release its findings on the status of Adeosun.

Sagay said this during an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday.

A former Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.Gen Maharazu Tsiga (retd.), and a former Director of Mobilisation, Anthony Ani, had said there was no way the agency could have issued a certificate of exemption to the minister since she was not qualified for it having graduated below the age of 30.

The NYSC had said it was investigating the matter but has kept mum for nearly a week.

In his reaction, however, Sagay said the NYSC would need to clear the air as soon as possible to prevent speculations and further distractions.

He said, “To start with, without expressing an opinion on the validity of the exemption certificate or not, we have been preaching transparency in government operations since the time we came to power.

“As far as I know, Mrs. Adeosun is one of the best ministers we have ever had in terms of skills, transparency and accountability. She has excelled and she is a very valuable member of this government.

“But, I think the onus should be on the NYSC since she applied and got a certificate. If that is not contradicted, they should just leave her alone but if it is contradicted, then there would be an issue to consider. So, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing against her right now.

“Yes, the NYSC should come clean since they have all the records. Let them come out with what they have so that the lady would be able to defend herself if necessary.”

In a related development, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has urged Buhari to sack from his cabinet anyone found to have forged certificates.

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Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, made the appeal on behalf of the group in an interview in Abuja, on Friday.

According to him, members of the group are worried about the damage being done to Nigeria’s image at home and abroad by the President’s continued silence on cases of certificate forgeries which is slowly becoming a norm rather than the exception among his appointees.

Onwubiko expressed sadness that the situation was beginning to give Nigeria a negative image.

He said Buhari administration’s tendency to accommodate persons with questionable academic credentials if left unchecked, would rubbish the national policy on education which as constitutionally enshrined (Section 18 (1)) in the Constitution.

The human rights activist said, “President Buhari has the task of relieving persons such as his Senior Special Assistant on Prosecution, Mr. Obono Obla, who has been indicted for using a fake West African Examination Certificate as confirmed by the issuing authority which appeared before the House of Representatives recently.

“We recall that the West African Examinations Council on June 5, 2018, described as ‘altered and invalid’ the results and certificate it allegedly issued to the Chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla.

“WAEC, whilst testifying before the House of Representatives ad hoc Panel investigating Mr. Obono-Obla’s alleged forgery, WAEC Registrar, represented by the Deputy Registrar, Mr. Femi Ola, said available evidence indicated that the results were ‘altered’ and thus ‘invalid’.

“The current administration must desist from polluting the international image of Nigeria by tolerating many persons of questionable academic credentials who are working in the Federal Government of Nigeria when there are millions of highly qualified Nigerians from diverse fields searching frantically for employments.

“The silence of the current government to the cacophony of allegations of certificate forgery involving top rated government officials shows that the corporate image of the country is imperiled and if this silence and failure to act persists, then the rest of the world will see Nigeria as a country of certificate forgers.”

FG Research Grant: 11 Tertiary Institutions Get N84m for Geo-sciences

 

                Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari

 

A total of 11 tertiary institutions in the country have benefitted from the federal government research grant of N84 million meant for research and development in the areas of geo-sciences.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa Bwari who presented letters of participation for research and development, recently to representatives of some of the universities on behalf of the government , said the move will go a long way in enhancing the fountain of knowledge of geo-science data available for investors, adding that such assistance to the institutions will not be the last.

“We hope that it will impact the students and lecturers that will be involved in the fieldwork so that the quality of learning in our schools will be improved upon. We have seen so many graduates of Geology and Mining who cannot identify basic mineral types.”

The minister, who lamented the of lack adequate bankable data in the country, said, “As you know, without geo-science data, there can be no mining and Nigeria suffers from lack of adequate data, especially the kind of bankable data that major mining companies need in order to invest in the sector.

“Few months ago, we finally secured the electromagnetic data that had been in the hands of the contractor for about a decade. This has further made the Nigerian mining jurisdiction more attractive for investors who requires as much information as they could get to make decisions.

“This administration has therefore made data generation, retrieval and storage a priority and has continued to invest hugely in this area. As our source of funding improves, we intend to continuously increase the amount of money we spend on this critical component of mining.”

Bwari said the universities won the grants based on the merits of their research proposals and potential value to the growth and development of the sector.

“In order to ensure professional probity, five eminent professors, including the former President of Nigeria Mining and Geoscience Society, Professor Olugbenga Okunlola, evaluated the research methodology for the steering committee on research collaboration with Nigeria tertiary institutions.

While appealing to the recipients to stick to their terms of reference and ensure that they deliver within six months, the minister said, “with the signing of the 2018 budget, the second phase of this collaboration will commence soon.”

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Abdulkadir Mu’azu, noted that one of the key impediments to the development of the sector is the issue of talents and human resources saying, “We are also aware of knowledge gaps and there is need to do research and invest in it, as well as seek knowledge so that the sector can grow using it as one of the vehicle to diversify our calling.”

Similarly, the President of the Committee on Research collaboration with Nigeria tertiary institutions, Professor Olugbenga Okunlola described mining as knowledge based sector.

“We got applications from about 15 universities in an open advert that was allowed to run for three weeks and the steering committee of eminent professors looked at the proposals one after another without bias and we awarded marks to those that were relevant with the roadmap and agreeing with what we want to do in the sector, ” he said

FCT NUT meets ALGON over teachers’ promotion arrears

The chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Stephen Knabayi, has met with the leadership of the FCT chapter of the  Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) over non-payment of and implementation of primary school teachers promotion across the six area councils.

Knabayi, while speaking when he led some executives of the union to meet with the chairman of the FCT ALGON, Joseph K. Shazin, in Kwali on Friday, said teachers under the Local Education Authority (LEA) from the six area councils were yet to receive their promotion arrears across the councils.

He added that upgrading of teachers with higher qualification as well as implementation of teachers professional allowance were all not taken care of by the council authorities.

He explained that the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, promotion arrears of five months and annual increment for four months and six months, respectively, among other entitlements for teachers of Bwari Area Council, have also not been paid by the present administration of the council.

He said Gwagwalada Area Council was also yet to clear the teachers’ 2013 promotion arrears of seven months, adding that the 2018 annual increment arrears of January and February were also pending.

Knabayi, further noted that there was also the 2017 annual increment arrears of 10 months – January to October – for the teachers of AMAC, which he said had not been cleared by the council authorities.

He added that the 2015 teachers promotion arrears of three months for grade level 07 to 13 and promotion arrears of eight months for grade level 14 and 16 as well as 15 were also not implemented by the council.

“It would also interest the ALGON to note that there are other annual increment arrears from 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, 2017 for our teachers in Rubochi which are also yet to be implemented, while Kwali Area Council teachers are also yet to get their promotion arrears of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017  and 2018 as well as 40 percent rent allowance,” he said.

Responding, the FCT ALGON chairman, Mr. Joseph K. Shazin, said teachers welfare was a priority for the association.

Shazin, assured the union executives that he would discussed the issue with his colleagues at their meeting.

“But I will also suggest that you table this matter before the education secretary  and the FCT permanent secretary so that they will present it at our JAAC meeting,” he said.

 

History curriculum ready for distribution to states —NERDC

 

THE Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) says the new History curriculum is ready for delivery to all the ministries of education in the 36 states of the Federation.

Dr Moses Salau, Director of Research. NERDC told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that the curriculum was completed and printed.

Salau recalled that the introduction of History into primary and junior secondary schools was approved by the National Education Council (NEC).

He said the curriculum would be delivered to all ministries of education and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB) across the 36 states any moment from now.

According to the director, NERDC has instructed the publishers of the curriculum to deliver them to all state ministries and SUBEB any moment from now.

“We are set for the introduction of History in the 2018/2019 academic session.

“We have printed the curriculum and any moment from now, they will be delivered to various states.

“By God’s grace, the teaching of history will start by September 2018,” he said.

Salau said that NERDC would start the training of teachers on the new curriculum simultaneously in the 36 states as soon as the curriculum was distributed.

He said it was the responsibility of state governments to employ teachers to teach the subject.

NAN reports that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu had said teaching of history in schools would be used as an instrument of national integration and nation building.

Adamu also said teaching of history would also enable pupils to appreciate the basis of the unity of Nigeria.

He explained that the initiative to reintroduce the teaching of history in primary and junior secondary schools was approved by the National Council on Education during its 61st Ministerial session in September 2016.

The NCE directed NERDC to carry out the disarticulation of history from the Social Studies curriculum.

The NERDC Executive Secretary, Prof Ismail Junaidu had said some of the concepts captured in the new curriculum include origins of history and people, heroes and heroines in Nigeria, political developments in Nigeria.

Other concepts listed include geography and environment, economics and trade, cultures and custom of Nigeria.

The curriculum is divided into three levels; Primary 1 to 3 (lower basic), Primary 4 to 6 (middle basic) and Junior Secondary School 1 to 3 (Upper basic).

WAEC releases 2018 May/June WASSCE result, says there’s decline in pass rate

The West African Examinations Council said on Wednesday that only 49.98 per cent of candidates who wrote its 2018 school certificate examination obtained credit passes and above.

The council’s Head of National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, said the credit passes included English Language and Mathematics.

Adenipekun gave this information at a news conference to announce the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Lagos.

According to him, the performance of candidates for its examinations in the last three years has been fluctuating in view of the outcome of the just released 2018 examination.

The HNO, who gave a breakdown of the statistics candidates’ performance in the examination, said that a total of 1,578,846 registered for the examination in Nigeria.

According to him, out of the number, 1,572,396 of them sat for the examination.

Adenipekun said a total of 786,016 candidates, representing 49.98 per cent who sat for the examination, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics.

He said the performance, when compared to what obtained in the same examination in 2016 and 2017, showed a decline.

“If we should compare the performance of candidates for this year’s examination under this category with that of 2016, which was 52.97 and in 2017; 59.22, we are safe to say it is fluctuating, just as it is declining.

“These statistics are clear for you to see and make your judgment,” he said

Adenipekun added that of the total number of candidates, who wrote the examination, 1,470,338 of them had their results fully processed and released.

He noted that a total of 102,058 other candidates had a few of their subjects still being processed, due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or while writing the examination.

The HNO assured that such errors were being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.

He also said that a total of 1,213,244 candidates obtained credits and above in a minimum of any five subjects, with or without English Language and or Mathematics.

The WAEC official added that 858,424 other candidates obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language but without Mathematics.

Further, Adenipekun acknowledged that there were cases of malpractice but it was minimal.

“For cases that are established as in other previous examinations, the council is already looking at them,” he said.

He added that this year’s examination witnessed the participation of a total of 1,328 candidates with varying degrees of special needs.

According to him, out of the number, 251 candidates are visually challenged, 783 with impaired hearing; 123 others have low vision while 88 others are spastic cum mentally challenged.

He added that 83 of them were physically challenged.

The HNO said that the candidates, who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the council were free to check the details if their performance on the council’s result website.