COVID-19: Senator Eyakenyi warns of imminent collapse in education if pupils continue to stay at home
The Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education Senator Akon Eyakenyi has warned of imminent total collapse of the education system if the country does not devise a strategy for schools to resume.
Presiding over a stakeholders meeting organised by the senate panel, she said third term is almost running out, and the long vacation is at the corner, “by September the school session is supposed to resume, if the children lose a session, how do we make up.”
She said the country can not just stay aloof and do nothing because of COVID-19 and let the children remain at home without going to school as that would be a recipe for the education system to totally collapse.
According to her, there must be a modality just as churches and mosques can go back with guidelines of distance spacing what stops the school from doing so?
“A classroom that can take 40 students for example why don’t we cut it in to half for 20 students to have spacing, they can go in two sets, what it takes is determination and commitment.
“Like we agreed we cannot send all the children back to school at the same time, there is a strategy that the ministry and stakeholders are trying to put up to ensure they are taken care of when they go back to school.”
On the almajiri system, he queried the parents that would go ahead to born children they cannot Carter for.
“Like you heard the Almajiri issue is a socio-Religious problem that needs to be tackled by the stakeholders themselves, because I cannot see why someone will bring forth children he is not able to take care of.
She said parents should do good projection according to their income to give birth to the children they can care for.
“You should have 2 or 3 that your income should be able to handle, but you want to have 10 or 20 and have more than you can care for and the next thing is to send them to start begging.
On the part of the State Government she challenged them to be ashamed of sending such children in trucks from one State to the other.
” Where are sending them, who are those in those states you are sending them to go and beg? you should be in a position to take care of your own children.”
“The State Government should be able to control the children, get them enrolled in school.
She cautioned the parents to at least give their wards a meal, breakfast and allow them to go to school.
“Maybe in the school there is provision for food the child will eat and learn and then go back to school and when they come out they will be better citizens when they graduate either from primary school or secondary school.
“Unlike allowing them go round begging and they are not the ones making use of this money as they beg, gather the money and make returns, that is slavery. It is another form of slavery in Nigeria so it should be stopped.
“The way forward is the State Government to be involved, the stakeholders to be involved and the parents and the children themselves have to be debriefed of that mentality that they have to beg to survive.
She said the almajerai must be debriefed to make good use of the life that God gave to them.
Council speaker donates uniforms to 100 orphans in Jigawa
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The speaker of Dutse Local Government Council Malam Gambo Muhammad Dayyanu has brought succor to 100 orphans with a donation of a set of school’s uniform to 100 opharns in the State.
Presenting the set of uniforms to the beneficiaries at the Dutse local Government Secretariat, the speaker of the council said the gesture is aimed at giving support and encouragement to the orphans for them to be able to access universal basic education.
Malam Dayyanu who is the councillor representing Limawa ward in Dutse local government area, noted that “The children were carefully selected among the pupils in the primary and junior secondary schools under Limawa ward where he represents.
According to him “The aim is also to put smiles on their faces and give them courage to enhance their performance in their classes”.
“As you can see the uniforms are for both males and females whom lost their parents”.
The speaker also donated 20 cartons of chalk to the primary schools under Limawa ward.
Dayyanu maintained that “Apart from supporting the government in improving education, I also own it as a duty to render my contribution towards the development of my people and the children in particular being the bedrock of any development of the society.
Pro-Chancellor solicits enhanced FG support for FUL
By Friday Idachaba
To be able to carry out infrastructural development at the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), the Pro-Chancellor of the institution Sen. Chris Adighije, has solicited the support of the Federal Government and corporate bodies .
Adighije made the call at the 5th Convocation Ceremony and Award of Degrees of the University at the institution’s Felele Campus on Saturday in Lokoja.
He said that the university’s permanent site had vast land without perimeter fencing hence security remained a challenge, adding that the place also lacked power supply and potable water.
Adighije who is also the Chairman of the Governing Council of the university said that with the assistance of some philanthropists, the university authorities was able to open some roads and cleared the bushes around the core areas of academic activities.
He indicated that the faculties of Arts, Education, Management Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Institute of Education were fully operational at the permanent site.
“This will enable the university cater for the new demands of students’ enrollment which is one cardinal reason for which the Federal University Lokoja was established.
“But regrettably, Council lacks the financial resources to bring to reality the necessary infrastructural needs of the university
“I therefore call on all those who in good faith, had made pledges to assist the university in one form or the other, to redeem their pledges.
“And I invite well-meaning Nigerians to come and support this great institution whose tremendous prospect is limitless,’’ Adighije said.
The pro-chancellor congratulated the 804 graduating students and charged them to be courageous, steadfast, passionate, strategic, to work hard and pursue their goals and watch amazing things happen.
“We are comforted that with the well-structured programmess of this university which are designed to prepare you for the industry, self-reliance and motivation will see you through the vicissitudes of life outside the confines of the university campus”, he said.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, the Vice Chancellor of the University, said the institution was graduating a total of 804 students found worthy in character and learning.
He said that 14 of the students graduated with First Class Honours degree; 188, Second Class Upper Division, 441 in Second Class Lower and 95, Third Class.
Akinwumi said that the students who obtained First Class were from the departments of Economics, 4; Geography, 1; Biological Sciences, 1; Chemistry, 2; Computer Science, 1; Mathematical Sciences, 2; Physics, 1 and Statistics, 2.
“Incidentally, this is my first convocation ceremony as the third substantive Vice Chancellor of the university and the first in the School of Post Graduate Studies where a total number of 66 Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) students in 10 various programmes will be graduating”, he added.
Coalition commends VC for instilling moral discipline in Dutse Varsity
The National President, Youth and Civil Society Coalition for Development, (YCSCD) Comrade Aminu Aminu, has commended the effort of the vice Chancellor of the Federal University Dutse (FUD) Professor Abdulkareem Sabo Muhammad in fighting moral degradation among students in the institution.
The president indicated out that in less than one year of appointment as VC of the University Muhammad has sanitized the institution from all forms of immorality involving students and members of the general public.
In a press statement issued in Abuja, Comrade Aminu said the VC is working to reposition the institution on the path of righteousness where learning would be in character and academic excellence.
The president described as impressive, measures put in place at the University to checkmate unhealthy activities and behaviors within the University Community.
According to the statement, the Vice Chancellor, conducts night patrol within the University Campus frequently to ascertain the level of compliance with the laid down rules as it affects the well being of the students in the University campus.
Some of the guiding rules the statement said included restriction on night visit to the University by people from outside in tinted cars to fetch girls for outing thereby puting their lives at risk.
Apart from the measures, the statement also noted the giant developmental strides being put in place under the leadership of Professor Muhammad, at the University which he said is turning round the academic activities in the University for excellence.
According to Aminu, Provision of water and electricity at the University campus has help greatly in making life easy for both students and other members of the University Community.
While commending the VC’s unprecedented efforts in putting the University on the path where it can earn public trust, the YCSCD’S president, Comrade Aminu Aminu, urged the management staff of the institution to rally support for the VC to succeed.
Comrade Aminu equally called on the general public within the vicinity of the University to take the students as their brothers and sisters and complement the effort of the University, particularly the VC, in guarding their morality and behaviors.
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