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Kogi to overhaul, reposition education sector with relevant laws – Commissioner

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By Friday Idachaba

Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones has said that the state Education sector would soon be overhauled and repositioned for better service delivery with the Education sector law in place.

Jones disclosed this during the celebration of the “2020 World Teachers’ Day” organised by the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) Nigeria on Monday in Lokoja.

He said that for the education sector to witness the required turnaround, a functional law must be in place to provide legal backing for the reforms to take shape, resuscitate and revitalise the sector.

The Commissioner said the State Education bill was recently passed by the state House of Assembly adding that what remained now was for the governor to append his signature and make it a law.

He said that in a society where there was no law there won’t be offence, adding, “We are starting the Education reform in Kogi State by getting our laws together.

“We are in the process of embarking on monumental and fundamental reforms in Kogi State” he said, adding that the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello would turn the challenges in the education sector into opportunities.

Jones said, “No nation can grow beyond the quality of its teachers. Kogi has quality teachers and we are not going to allow those qualities to rust. We are aware of the negative consequences on education if the teacher is not well motivated”, he said.

Ranti Ojo, State chairman of the Union speaking earlier, decried the acute shortage of teachers in Secondary schools in the state and appealed to the State Government to quickly avert possible collapse of the system.

He described the teacher situation in the secondary schools as abysmal adding that the situation had attained a pandemic status as a result of the fallouts of the screening exercise in which many were compulsorily retired.

The union leader drew the attention of the state government to the deplorable condition of most of schools in the state saying that over 90 per cent of secondary schools in the state suffered infrastructures dilapidation, lack of laboratories while the libraries existed without books.

“We are renewing our call on government to, as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency in secondary education in the state to steer it away from the precipice where it is now heading”, he said.

Meanwhile the Gov. Yahaya Bello has congratulated teachers in the state on the occasion of this year’s World Teachers’ Day, restating his administration’s unflinching commitment to their improved welfare and well-being.

Bello who disclosed this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed commended teachers for the critical role they play in moulding and building the society through their quality teachings.

According to him, teachers remain the father of all other professions as nobody could attain any height in his or her professional calling without first of all being taught by a teacher.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a paper on “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by a Leadership expert, Joshua Olorunfemi. (NAN)

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SSANU, NASU suspend 3 weeks old strike

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The three-week-old strike embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has been suspended with effect from midnight of on Friday, February 26.
After holding a meeting with the delegation of Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige the
President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, gave the indication on Thursday night.

On 5th February the leaderdhip of the unions directed all its branches to commence an indefinite strike with a view to pressing home their demands bordering on alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears.

Other contentious issues raised include inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others.

Adeyemi while addressing newsmen after the meeting said the unions agreed to suspend the nationwide strike after extracting some concessions from the government, noting that the union’s demand have been harmonized to the satisfaction of both parties.

He pointed out that they will continue to monitor the agreements that have been reached with a timeline to ensure that FG implements its own side of the bargain.

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, on Monday pledged to ensure attainment of the university’s Stated mission to be one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

Akinwumi disclosed this in his inaugural speech at a ceremony to mark the official take-off of his administration on Monday at the Permanent Site of the institution at Felele area of Lokoja.

He said that the university established along with eight others in 2011 had in 10 years attracted a solid academic, administrative and technical staff and also attracted students from all over the country.

“My primary goal is to add value to the university stated mission which is to be the best among the nine newly-established Federal universities and one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

“I just know what I need to do if Federal University, Lokoja is to move to the top-10. The first part of the vision is relatively more straight-forward. I have personally been to all the Federal Universities established in 2011”, he said.

The new Vice Chancellor revealed that the university currently ranked seventh among the nine Federal Universities established in 2011, 78th in Nigeria, 255th in Africa and 10,600th in the world.

“The university has a unique mission to train employable graduates through competency-based teaching, applied research and practical community service to the catchment area, Africa and the world.

“At the interview that gave me this job, I submitted a vision plan that outlined what I will do if I got the job. Now that I have the job, I have reviewed the plan alongside the university’s strategic plan.

“I will share the plan with an expanded management committee and subsequently with the Senate so that it will be adopted and truly owned by the university”, he said.

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor said that by the first week of next month, he would share his vision plan with an expanded management committee and setup a 120-day agender for the the implementation of the plan.

Governor Yahaya Bello represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones congratulated Akinwumi as the first indigene of Kogi to be Vice Chancellor of the Federal University.

Describing the Vice Chancellor as a “Champion”, he said, “Even before your arrival, we have taken time to find out your antecedents and what and what you have done and we are excited that you are with us in Lokoja at this time.

“I am now convinced that with what you have accomplished, I am just optimist that the Federal University, Lokoja is in the best of hands and shall see glorious development going forward”, he said. (NAN)

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The local council chairman of Wamba, honorable Abubakar Abbas and community leaders in Nunku, Alushi have lauded Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYC) a civil society organisation for the donation of 200 school desks, renovation of four blocks of classrooms in the state.

Honorable Abubakar while receiving the items donated on Friday at the Ta’al model school Wamba, commended the CSO for choosing the local governments and the schools.

“We are very happy and as well challenged by your determination and sacrifices for providing items that create conducive study environments to the vulnerable children in the rural schools” Mr. Abbas stated.

Mr. Abbas urged the school management to maintain the items prudently and the hosts communities to provide security against vandalism of the properties.

Other items donated include 2 first aid boxes, 10 tables and 20 chairs for teachers use.

The proprietor of the Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYCA) Dr. Nawani Aboki while handing over the items to the benefiting schools said the donation include two first aid boxes, 200 desk with 100 each to Ta’al model Islamia secondary school and RCM secondary school all in Wamba loval government respectively.

In the same vain three blocks of classrooms each in government day secondary school, Wamba, pilot science primary school, Nunku, Akwanga, government secondary school, Alushi were renovated and furnished by NACWYCA with support from Institute of Human Virology (IHVNigeria), Center for Disease Control (CDC).

According to the proprietor, the projects cost N5.5million only.

Mr. Aboki added that his organization is focus on identifying and supporting the vulnerable women and children with good nutrition and education in the state through a platform known as OVC–ACHIEVE(orphans and vulnerable Children–Achieving Control of HIV/Aids Epidemic Through Evidence.

The principal of government day secondary school, Wamba Mrs. Regina Dauda in appreciation said that the renovation of the block of three classrooms will create a conducive learning environment for the students.

Community leaders in Wamba, Nunku and Alushi who witnessed the donations, lauded the NGO for reaching out to the vulnerable in their communities and pleaded with the state government and other concerned agencies to emulate the gesture of NACWYCA.

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