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A member representing Akoko South/South west Federal Constituency of Ondo State on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) Honorable Adejoro Adeogun has expressed displeasure over the increasing number of out of school children as well as the negative effect of the Almajiri system.

Adejoro who spoke with the NationalIpdate recently cited a recent UNICEF report on the high number of out of school children that constitutes about 20% of the total population of such school children Globaly with majority from the north due to insurgency and the almajiri system.

The lawmaker observed that the record is a slap on Nigeria as a country as the he called on government and the public to assist in eradicating the menace.
He said “The State and Federal Government can begin to provide school infrastructure to enable some children return to school”.
“We need to enlighten people, let people understand the effect of having so many children and sending them to the street. We need to reform the almajiri system, to ensure that no child is an almajiri.
“The whole idea is that when people have children, they should cater for them. If you know you have two children and you can cater for them, do that. If you have children that you can’t cater for, then there should be some form of actions that should discourage you from doing that”.

On his legislative agenda, he indicated that when he was elected to represent his people, one of his campaign promises was that he will have an agenda. “They sent me to represent them and the fact is this; we have some problems in our constituency. The first one is employment. We don’t have jobs, businesses, hence our agenda should be to support something that provides an enabling environment for more people to get jobs.
He also indicated that it beholves on him to also work hard to bring about Bills and motions that will make businesses to thrive for his constituents.
He said that is why he is looking at ways to stimulate jobs in that environment.
“So our legislative agenda is first, security of lives and property, second; job creation and thirdly; business growth, sustainability, ease of doing business in Nigeria”.
On his bills and motion, he said he has actually sponsored some bills and moved some motions saying that one basically was asking for business incubation center to be established in one of the Local Government Areas as giving them loan may not make any differene.
“You may give them loan but they may not know what to do with it. We need to give the people the training; we need to give them the support system. And so the bill is one that will provide support for young people who want to learn how to do business”.
When asked to rate the leadership of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila. He said, “Fantastic, awesome, probably the best we have had since 1999”.

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ASUU dares Buhari, insists on UTAS not IPPS

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***Tackles presidency on lipservice to Local Content


of Universities (ASUU) yesterday insisted it will not be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s threats on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS) as they insisted on on their home grown templateUniversity Transparency and Accountability solution (UTAS)
President Muhammadu Buhari had, during budget presentation last Thursday, said only Federal staff that have been captured on the IPPIS platform will receive salaries. It would also be recalled that ASUU had presented UTAS to the Government five years ago for which it agreed to partner by bringing on board three persons only to backpeddal at the last minute.However, President of ASSU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi while speaking to newsmen said they are not going back on their stand about UTAS which he said the Senate President has appreciated.”We have never shifted from that position, We believe that they are going to create the platform for presenting UTAS to other stakeholdersOn whether they will go back to classroom why the negotiation continues he asked rhetorically what they are taking back to the classroom?According to him, “UTAS is home grown while IPPIS is foreign, we are talking about local content. “We have shown that we are inventors, we are.creators of software and we are also capable of doing what our colleagues are doing in other parts of the world so Nigerian scholars are not inferior why should we be patronising foreigners for what we can do in Nigeria?”

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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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See why Gov Bello says he is committed to improving schools infrastructure in Kogi

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That teaching profession remains the father of all other professions is not contestable as nobody could attain any height in his or her professional calling without first of all being taught by a teacher.
This was how Governor Yahaya Bello rates teachers when he restated his administration’s unflinching commitment to their improved welfare and well-being.
The occasion was the 2020 World’s Teachers Day when Bello congratulated teachers in the state.
This was contained in Statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed.
In the State Governor Bello extolled teachers for the critical role they play in moulding and building the society through their quality teachings.
He said,
“Unarguably, teachers are the fathers of all professions! For anyone to be able to read and write, he or she must have been taught by a teacher or many teachers.

“The teaching profession is what gives birth to other professions and professionals.

“No one becomes a lawyer, doctor, engineer, nurse, pilot, architect, builder, journalist, pharmacist etc without a teacher.

“It therefore means that teachers occupy prominent position in the society and as a government, we ever remain committed to improving on the welfare and well-being of this category of workers to enable them give their best.

“Besides our commitment to improving the welfare of teachers, we are also committed to giving face lifts to our educational infrastructures across the state to engender conducive teaching and learning atmosphere for our teeming teachers and students.

“Once again, I congratulate all our teachers for their dedication and commitment to duties”, he said.

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