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Idogbo School: Edo Govt Retires Perm Secs, Principals Over Fracas

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Following students rampage at Idogbo Secondary School, Benin, on the school on December 3, 2021, Edo State Government has directed the immediate retirement of the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Education and the Post-Primary Education Board as well as the two principals of the school.

A statement by Special Adviser to the Edo State governor, Mr Crusoe Osagie indicates that decision was reached during an Executive Council (EXCO) meeting chaired by the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House, Benin City, on Wednesday.

According to Osagie’s statement, after the meeting, Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, said EXCO reached the decision after it considered the report of a committee empaneled by the council and chaired by the Deputy Governor to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the fracas and make recommendations to the government.

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According to him, “Following the students’ rampage at Idogbo Secondary School on December 3rd, 2021, which led to attacks on the school principals and teachers as well as destruction of the school’s property, the Executive Council (EXCO) empaneled a Committee headed by the Deputy Governor to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the unrest at the school and make recommendations to government.

“The Committee’s interventions covered academics, policy, accountability, personnel, co-curricular activities, students’ support and community engagement.

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“The report of the committee was submitted today at the EXCO and deliberated extensively.

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“Flowing from the findings and recommendations of the committee’s report, the EXCO approved that the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Education and that of Edo State Post Primary Education Board be retired from service. Also affected by this decision are the Principals of the Junior and Senior Schools of Idogbo Secondary School.

“The EXCO also approved the rehabilitation of the school, which is now to operate as a Junior Secondary School,” Emwanta noted.

He said that the council directed that Idogbo Secondary School reopen on February 1, 2022, and that all students are to go through re-admission and pay a levy before they will be readmitted, to repair the damage wrought on the school.

The Commissioner further stated: “All secondary schools’ heads in the state are informed not to admit any students effectively immediately if they cannot produce a transfer certificate from the Ministry or its branch offices in the LGAs.

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“The EXCO also directed the decongestion of schools to enforce less than 50 students to a class. All Principals are warned to desist from the usual practice of admitting students without recourse to existing admissions policy.

“In line with the Universal Basic Education Act of 2004 that stipulates basic education as the first nine years of schooling plus one year of early childhood education, Edo State Government will now embark on disarticulation of junior from senior schools.”

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Killing Of 5-year-old Pupil: Kano Govt Shuts Down, Withdraws Licences Of Indicted Schools

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Following the abduction and subsequent murder of a five-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar, a pupil of Noble Kids Academy, Kwanar Dakata by her school teacher, Kano State Government has ordered for an indefinite closure of the affected institution.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Kano State Ministry of Education, Aliyu Yusuf , Friday, disclosed that the government has equally withdrawn the operational license of the. deceased primary schoo nd the school where her remains was buried by her abductor.

The directives for both tge closure and withdrawal of the opearationsl licences of the two schools are with immediate effects, said the statement.

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This statement quoted the the state Commissioner of Education, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru as expressing deep shock and sadness over the unfortunate incidence.

The Commissioner also revealed that in addition to the police investigation, a ministerial Committee has been constituted by the ministry with a view to assisting in digging the matter for justice to take it’s cause.

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While consoling and condoling the family of late Hanifa Abubakar on behalf of the ministry and the state government, he called on parents/ guardians to desist from taking their wards to that closed schools and theit likes.

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He further stated that the ministry would do all it takes to facilitate the work of the constituted committee to come with actionable suggestions that would prevent future occurrence of such tragic incidence.

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Nigerian Universities On Suicidal Path – Ex-VC Warns

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A University Don, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, has said Nigerian universities could only be among the best in the world if they comply with the cardinal principle of attracting staff from diverse places.

The former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, said “the simple solution is to go to the time honoured process of advertising vacant positions and processing through rigorous interview pathways.”

Delivering the fourth valedictory lecture of the University of Ilorin, Faculty of Science, titled ‘Suicide is Cheap’ Professor Akanji, said ” it may also be necessary in the short run to disqualify applicants who are from the states where institutions are sited from applying as chief executive (Vice-Chancellor for universities).

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He explained that after about 10 years, such restrictions could be lifted, as people would have become used to the idea of non-locals heading institutions as it was in the past.

Such politics played out at the premier University of Ibadan recently where the local community association published advertisement that an indigene of Ibadan must be appointed for the university. The university could not appoint a Vice-Chancellor for about a year.“

Professor Akanji, warned that “If the current situation persists, it will lead to self immolation of our universities which will consequently result in non competitiveness with its counterparts from other regions of the world.

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“It would amount to our universities committing suicide. The nation will be poorer for it,” he stated.

The former VC, traced the suicidal path which Nigerian universities are now threading, to the military regime when all aspects of life in the nation, including the universities, were affected.

In fact there were cases of members of university Governing councils who were illiterates, who attend meetings just for the sitting allowances that will accrue to them,” he further disclosed.

He said the situation has degenerated to the extent that it is easier for Nigerians to be appointed into faculties and even leadership positions in universities in other parts of the world than in universities located outside their local communities in Nigeria.

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Corp Member Executes N360,000 CDS Project In Bauchi

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Oluwafolaranmi Salami, a Corp Member posted to the department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, has completed a Community Development Service (CDS) Project worth N360,000 in Gwallameji Nursery and Primary School, Bauchi.

The projects by the corp member with batch number BA/21/0674 included; construction of 20 pieces of three seater desks, renovation and painting of a dilapidated school library, purchase of two white marker boards, provision of markers, among others.

Speaking during the inauguration of the personal project by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), state coordinator, Salami said he developed the idea when he was posted to the school as an enumerator officer in 2021 for the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

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He explained that on his arrival to the school, he discovered that some pupils were sitting on a bare floor while being taught by their teachers in the classroom.

The Batch A Corp Member said he was touched on sighting the pupils in that condition and promised to take it upon himself to embark on a project that would have direct impact on the academic endeavours of the pupils.

“When I came to the school to conduct the programme, I realised that they lacked chairs and the pupils were sitting on the floor.

“The state of the school was in a bad condition. So, I took it upon myself to make a difference and do something tangible for the pupils of the school.

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“I spent nothing less than N360,000 thousand on this project. I thank God for the success of it and I feel fulfilled because my mind was not at rest after sighting those pupils sitting on the floor,” Salami said.

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He urged the students to face their studies squarely so as to become corpers in the future.

He also called on other corps members to contribute their quota in their respective place of primary assignment.

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In his address, the state Coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar who was represented by Mr Onyike Ochi, Assistant Director, Deployment and Relocation, NYSC, Bauchi, applauded the Corp member for his contribution while serving his father land.

He said that history would never forget the wonderful gesture he had shown the school.

Also speaking with our reporter, Mrs Gbemisola Salami, Assistant Director, CDS, NYSC, Bauchi, also said that the NYSC was very proud and appreciated him as the corps had always encouraged corps members to do personal meaningful projects beneficial to their host communities.

Also, Mr Ahmad Garba, the Headmaster of the school, who appreciated the Corp member for providing the school with the facilities, promised to handle them with care.

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