Jos varsity students reject N45,000 fee, urges management to be considerate

Students of the University of Jos have kicked against the N45,000 new school fees, and appealed to management to be “more considerate in view of the hard times”.

The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sabastian Maimako, recently announced the review of the fees, from N27,000 to N45,000, citing dwindling budgetary allocations, rising bills and the need to upgrade some materials.

Maimako said that the figure was endorsed by parents, old students and other stakeholders at a meeting in Jos, where all factors were considered.

But Mr Sydney Daman, President of the institution’s chapter of the Students Union Government (SUG), who briefed newsmen on Friday in Jos, described the new charges as “too harsh”.

“The university attributed the increase to the economic recession, but it is clear that students are worst hit by current realities,” he said.

Daman appealed to the students to “hold-on a bit”.

“No student should be in a hurry to pay the new fees. We are consulting with management and shall communicate the final agreement to everyone,” he said

He said that the students union had met with management “three times”, where it discussed the fee issue and sought for a figure that was favourable for both parties, but that management eventually did as it wished.

“We have not exhausted all the options; we are still appealing and shall continue to meet all stakeholders,” he said.

Daman, however, called on students to be “responsible, mature and peaceful” while supporting the struggle for a downward review of the charges.

The students’ leader faulted management’s claim that parents and guardians had accepted the hike at a stakeholders meeting.

“The university has 18,000 students; less than 100 parents/guardians attended the meeting, while SUG officials who attended the meeting were barred from talking. So, it is not right to claim that there was fair hearing,” he said.

Why we introduced mock exam – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has explained why it introduced mock examination in its plan of action preparatory to the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scheduled for May 20, 2017.

The board said it was worried at the way some candidates, particularly those not conversant with computers, fail the exams, not because they were not studious enough but because they lack the basic knowledge of how the computer-based test (CBT) exam works.

JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the mock exam, though not compulsory, was meant to acquaint interested candidates with the new CBT exam adopted by JAMB a few years ago for the conduct of matriculation exams.

He encouraged candidates to take advantage of the window to familiarise themselves with the workings of CBT, to avoid unnecessary mistakes during the examination, which could affect their chances of securing admission.

“The board will mount a mock examination in all the accredited CBT centres, to prepare and familiarise interested candidates with the CBT environment. Interested candidates are advised to indicate their interest in the mock examination during the registration process.

“The CBT centres are allowed to collect through their CBT centre bank accounts, a separate N700 only for this exercise after noti?cation of centre has been received by the candidate. The payment for mock examination shall be made to the centres to which the candidate is assigned after the noti?cation of assigned centres for the mock examination,” he explained

The board also announced that it would sell the UTME application documents between March 20 and April 19, 2017.

“Upon purchase of the form, candidates would be issued with e-bronchure, video messages, e-syllabus and other easy and self-directory materials that would give candidates step-by-step guide for successful completion of the application form,” the board said.

While warning candidates against registering at centres other than JAMB-accredited CBT centres and state offices, the board maintained that not complying with guidelines would automatically disqualify candidates.

UNILAG Students: Slaves In Love With Their Chains – By Elias Ozikpu

In his 1983 book, The Trouble With Nigeria, Professor Chinua Achebe aptly remarked thus:

“Our inaction or cynical action are a serious betrayal of our education, of our historic mission and of succeeding generations who will have no future unless we save it now for them. To be educated is, after all, to develop the questioning habit…”

It is this questioning habit amongst students of the University of Lagos that constrained me to pen this essay. Education, especially at the university level, is not the ability to accept everything that is pushed down one’s throat. It is rather the ability to develop a critical mindset enabling one to question and disagree with certain things. Being educated creates a striking synonym with the principle of gatekeeping in mass communication – accepting and discarding information presented for publication.

On Monday, the 6th day of March, 2017, I joined in solidarity the “Save UNILAG” protest. The protest was aimed at reinstating the eleven students of that university who were unjustly rusticated for advocating for the general welfare of students at the institution. Beyond the reinstatement of the victimised students, we had aimed to achieve a number of other issues in order to create an environment free and conducive enough for learning in an ideal world. Some of these issues include:

1. An immediate end to all anti-students policies at the institution.

2. The restoration of UNILAG’s students’ union, dissolved in April of 2016 after the union had peacefully protested against the deplorable living conditions at the university.

3. The immediate improvement of students’ welfare on campus.

4. The immediate reversal of all outrageous accommodation fees, including the fee for a fictitious laboratory.

5. To stop the brewing conspiracy aimed at victimising the 40 PhD students who wrote in protest against the hike in accommodation fee, etc.

Prior to the protest, some of our comrades had visited the university campus to sensitise the students ahead of March 6th – the day of the protest. The sensitisation included the distribution of leaflets and other relevant materials. But rather than joining a peaceful protest staged to liberate them from the shackles of oppression and tyranny, oppressed students of the University of Lagos streamed out in their numbers only to look from a distance with arms folded across their chests. But their problems were quite weightier than mere looking. A good number of them were riled, with the risible claim that we had come to disturb them.

For the past one month or thereabouts, we have been on the street telling our oppressors in clear terms that “our mumu don do”. But in what appeared to be a striking contrast, the gullible students of the University of Lagos told us unequivocally that: “our own mumu never do”, leaving the protesters with no alternative but to re-christened the institution “MUMULAG”. It occurred to me at a later time that these gullible students needed a group of well-trained psychologists to subject them under the Augean task of returning their mindsets to normalcy, for it seemed quite obvious that their oppressors had not only robbed them of their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the law, they also disarmed them of their psyche. It is a terrible state to be in, and one must commiserate with these students. I hereby commiserate with them.

A disturbing problem prevalent amongst the current group of students at the University of Lagos is that they often live under the self-delusion that they are a special breed of Nigerian students, studying at the world’s most prestigious institution and as such consider themselves too important to engage in any revolt against anti-students policies on their campus. They are so irritated by protests that they see it as a thing meant for charlatans only.

The result is that their oppressors have capitalised on the deceptive mindset of their victims, and have introduced a myriad of anti-democratic policies to prevent these victims from speaking up when oppressed. The so-called indemnity forms hurriedly accepted and signed by these “special students” is one of such policies.

At this time, reference must be made to Chinua’s remark, which had been used at the start of this essay:

“…To be educated is, after all, to develop the questioning habit.”

From the foregoing, we are left to wonder whether or not a student who hurriedly embraces and signs an indemnity form aimed at silencing him and to robbing him of his fundamental human rights can be said to have developed a questioning habit. We are further left to wonder whether or not a student at the university level who cannot protest in the face of a full-blown oppression can indeed be said to have developed a questioning habit.

It is my sustained argument that if at degree level a student remains ignorant of his inherent rights as a human being, then he CANNOT claim to be more enlightened than the illiterates.

Elias Ozikpu is an activist and author. 

Oyo State Government Partners Google To Train 30,000 Students On ICT.

The Oyo State Government, has collaborated with Google to train 30,000 secondary school students on digital media across the 33 Local Government Areas and the 35 Local Development Council Areas (LCDAs) of the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, said on Wednesday, that the initiative was in line with the OYSG Digital Advocacy Drive.

Consequently, he reiterated the vision of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the bedrock of learning.

He stated that the pilot sessions of the programme commenced on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. Patrick Grammar School, Basorun, Immanuel College, UI and Loyola College, Ibadan.

He also added that another round of sessions would hold on Thursday March 2, 2017 at Ibadan Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan, Oba Abass Alesiloye Secondary School, Eleyele and Lagelu Grammar School, Agugu, Ibadan.

Arulogun further stated that subsequent training of secondary school students will continue across eight zones of the state which include: Ibadan City, Oyo, Ogbomoso, Irepo, Saki, Kajola and Ibarapa after assessment and evaluation of the pilot sessions.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on ICT, Mr Niyi Ajao, in his remarks at the pilot session explained that the governor considered ICT as a prerequisite skill for students in an increasingly competitive digital economy.

He also noted that the office of the Special Adviser (ICT) and the Ministry of Education have identified centers for the training of the 30,000 secondary school students.

In a related development, Mr Arulogun said that digital technology has a lot of potentials and that the future of the country is bright with the increasing trend of internet connectivity.

The commissioner, while speaking at the launch of a free wireless service by Flobyt Nigeria in Lagos recently, had urged the founders of the initiative not to relent in their efforts to democratise internet usage in the country.


Source: Channels TV

4,000 Osun varsity students risk expulsion over non-payment of fees.

About 4,000 students of Osun State University may be expelled for failing to pay their school fees before the February 28, 2017 deadline set by the authorities of the institution.

The affected students may also miss the first semester examination scheduled to begin on March 6.

The management of the university disclosed this in a statement by the Corporate Affairs Unit yesterday.

The institution’s management set a deadline for payment of school fees when it discovered that many students had not done this, adding that the development has affected the smooth running of the system.

The Guardian learnt that many of the affected students owe the university school fees between two and more semesters. Some of them were alleged to have collected the money from their parents and “invested” it in the failed MMM Ponzi scheme or diverted same to other purposes.

The statement claimed that some concerned parents and guardians of the defaulting students have been making calls to the university’s phone numbers to report that they had given the money to their children.

The university, however, advised students who cannot meet up with the deadline and do not want their admissions terminated to apply to the school authorities to grant them leave of absence for the current semester with a sworn affidavit, pledging to pay before resumption.

The new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Labode Popoola raised the alarm over the issue recently. He said the institution was being owed a backlog of school fees of about N2 billion by students

In a bid to save the institution from financial crisis, the management warned all returning students upon resumption of 2016/2017 academic session that it would no longer tolerate non-adherence to the deadline for payment of fees and course registration as contained in the university calendar and students handbook.


Source: The Guardian

JUST IN: UniAbuja students protest colleague’s death, block major highway

Students of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) have blocked a major highway in protest of the death of their colleague.

The front of the university where the students are protesting is a few kilometres to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

It is an access road for travellers going to the southern part of the country from the Abuja metropolis.

Simi Love, a 200 level student of history department, was reportedly knocked down on Sunday by a vehicle while fleeing from suspected armed bandits.

The incident occurred in front of the gate of the main campus.

“They have been robbing students in front of the school for some time now. She was knocked down by a car while trying to escape armed robbers” a student who simply identified herself as Pamilerin told TheCable.

“The person that knocked her down brought the girl into school immediately for treatment but she did not survive it because they are no facilities in the school clinic.”

Late last night, Okoye Abdulazeez, the student union government (SUG) president, in a statement said the chief security officer of the school “must go” since he could no longer protect the students.

“Our university clinic must be adequately staffed and equipped,” the statement by Abdulazeez read.

“We thereby jingle the solidarity bell to all the students. Come 6:00 am today (Monday), we are converging at the front of main campus of University of Abuja. And our prayers to the vice-chancellor must be honoured.”


Source: The Cable

Chaos in FUTO as students destroy facilities over school fees hike [Videos]

Emerging reports suggests that all is not well at the Federal University of Technology in Owerri (FUTO).

According to reports, students are protesting in a very violent fashion, against an increase in school fees.

Below are videos that affirm the protest.

Proper investigation into the cause of the riot, have shown that the school fees schedule for 2015/2016 academic session and that of 2016/2017 academic session.

FUTO School fees schedule for 2015/2016 Academic Session:

FUTO Year one (100L) School fees

Geology = (School fees) N50,800 + N40,000 (Acceptance Fees)

Total= N90,800

Other Departments = (School fees) N48,300+ N40,000 (Acceptance fees)

Total= N88,300

FUTO Year two & three (200l-300l) School fees

Geology = #35,800

Other Departments = #33,300

FUTO Year IV & V(400l-500l) School fees

Geology = #30,800

Other Departments = #28,300

FUTO School fees schedule for 2016/2017 Academic Session:

We got information that Fresh (100 Level) Students still pay an additional acceptance fee of NGN 42,500 making a total of NGN 124,000.

Students still have to pay huge amounts for accommodation and course registration. A student claimed that fresh students pay more than NGN 20,000 for various course registration apart from school fees and acceptance fees.

There was heavy police presence on campus to ensure that the students do not vandalize the school property or create any havoc during the protest.

The students decided they will go on a protest when the school management gave them an ultimatum to pay up today or pay a fine of additional NGN 10,000. recently reported that there was commotion at the Federal university of technology, Minna, Niger state after some students of the institution reportedly set ablaze the clinic on Bossom campus.

The students were said to have gone berserk after a 300l Chemistry Option student, Yeye, died due to lack of the health centre.

Yeye was said to have collapsed on field during training, around 5:08pm, and was rushed to the school clinic for treatment, but the members of staff at the clinic refused to do anything on him until his school ID card be provided.

When DSS makes teachers’ discipline of pupils go wrong – By Iyabo Lawal and Ujunwa Atueyi

It is often stated that teachers’ rewards are in heaven but a recent attack on some of them in a school in Calabar by security agents indicates that there are dire consequences for those who discipline errant pupils, report IYABO LAWAL and UJUNWA ATUEYI

By all accounts, it was surreal. A well-scripted movie would not even have offered more drama. The Department of State Services (DSS) officials stormed a school and beat up teachers for the offence of disciplining a pupil who flouted a teacher’s instruction.

Trouble began when a civic education teacher, Mr. Owai Owai punished the entire senior students of a class in the Federal Government Girls’ College, FGGC, Calabar on February 2, for flouting his instructions not to force junior pupils to sweep their class.

An aggrieved student, who had a DSS official as an aunt, allegedly put a call across to her mother and she mobilised a horde of DSS officials, guns blazing to mow everything in their paths.

For the avoidance of doubt, the DSS, Nigeria’s primary domestic intelligence agency, is tasked with intelligence gathering and protection of senior government officials. But this was a day not much intelligence seemed to be at play.

However, this is by no means a remote or even a distant occurrence, as cases of parents overreacting to a child being disciplined by a teacher has been occurring from time to time. In November last year, the parents of 14-year-old Onyinye Nwakaeme, a pupil of Great Esteem Private Secondary School in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state, had Mr. Sunday Adeshina arrested for flogging their daughter.

Adeshina was charged to court for assault and when he could not meet the bail condition of N70, 000, he was transferred to Kirikiri prisons.

While some parents have been known to overreact to teachers’ disciplining their children, there are some teachers as well whose understanding and application of corporal punishment qualifies them for mandatory psychological evaluation.

In October 2015, a secondary school teacher with the Ibadan Municipal Government (IMG) in Ibadan in Oyo State, was arrested for allegedly flogging a teenage pupil to death. The pupil had arrived late to school.

In the case of 14-year-old, Ogechi Anyalewechi, a senior secondary school two pupil of Bishop Philips Academy, Ibadan, a slap from the school principal’s secretary denied the promising young girl the use of one of her eyes. The action has left many people wondering the kind of spite the secretary must have invested in the slap that left the child partially blind.

Findings reveal that corporal punishment is common in public schools where there is often inadequate supervision and far too many pupils than a teacher can handle. Hence, misdemeanors by students would always be met with a cane every now and then.

Fear factor
What does this portend for teachers whose job is to inculcate knowledge into children who sometimes act as if their pituitary glands were coming on with weed? Already teachers seem like endangered species, they feel insecure claiming that schools are no longer places of safety and order.

For teachers battling to make ends meet, the recent DSS operation does little to boost their morale. Many now report feeling apprehensive; worrying more about appropriate mode of discipline rather than the objective of the action. To forestall incidences like these, some schools especially private schools have completely outlawed corporal punishment.

Some teachers while expressing their fears said there are at least two effects of lack of discipline on them. The first one is insecurity; schools are no longer places of safety and order. Besides, some students allegedly carry dangerous weapons, and teachers are not free to teach in such an environment.

A research paper recently published by the Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, cited a four-year study which concluded that 30.3 per cent of all eye injuries, presented at that hospital, by children aged between five and 15 years old, were directly attributed to caning or whipping attacks that went horribly wrong, either in schools or at home.

Some educators swore by the efficacy of discipline but called for restraint. One of them, Mrs. Kikelomo Olawumi, said parents and teachers must find the right balance in enforcing discipline in children. She said that this is significant especially in a religious, multi-ethnic and traditional society like Nigeria, where many believe that the best way to discipline a child is through physical punishment.

Olawunmi attributed this belief to a harsh culture that centered on the fact that a child has to be battered before moulding him or her into a fine character; social-economic pressure on teachers which compels them to transfer aggression on innocent children; and the culture of impunity, especially in public schools where teachers feel they can get away with such.

In 2011, the Lagos state government under the administration of Babatunde Fashola passed a legislation abolishing caning, beating or physical torture of school pupils and of workplace apprentices, declaring the action criminal. Fashola, then, said that the move was in recognition of basic human rights of children in the state. Lagos has also domesticated the Child Rights Act of 2003 also to protect children.

However, teachers who engage in corporal punishment do not feel they are violating the law and some of them say they genuinely care for their pupils.

A teacher in a public school in Lagos who pleaded anonymity said flogging is a corrective measure, which experienced teachers know how to apply with good results.

She said: “Even though we flog, many of us have experience in doing that. Caning students is not punishment but corrective measure. You do not help anybody when a parent invites law enforcement authorities in a gestapo-style raid on a school simply because their child or ward was punished, that is just plain silly.”

Similarly, the Proprietress of New Life Private School, Ikotun, Mrs. Gbemisola Emiebor frowned at the use of cane by teachers saying it is capable of causing serious problems.

But are there regulations guiding child discipline in schools? President, National Parents Teachers Association (NAPTAN), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, said each school has its rules and regulations concerning learning, discipline and morals. Danjuma stated that article 3(3) (e) (f) of the constitution of NAPTAN is in support of discipline but said such must be done with a human face.

“What we are against is corporal punishment, it is not allowed, it is believed that every teacher knows how to handle a student when he does something wrong, once a student goes against the rules and regulations of the school, such a student must be punished accordingly.”

A legal practitioner, Uju Okeke while shedding more light on the issue of child discipline in schools stated that Section 11 of Childs Right Act allows punishment that is not inhuman and degrading while Section 28 further buttress the point that instilling discipline is part of a child all round development.

“Thus section 19 of Child Rights Act, Article 29 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right, Article 31 of the African Charter on the Rights and welfare of the Child and article 26 of the African Youth Charter all impose on the child, duty to respect parents, elders and superiors.

An official of the federal ministry of education who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the rules of education concerning discipline states that students must be corrected in love and understanding which is basically what the holy books propagate. He revealed that punishment of any kind must be documented in a punishment register; regrettably, he said many educationists forget this rule as soon as they start teaching.

He further said that in the ethics of the profession, teachers were not permitted to discipline students as it was only the principal or head teacher who had the right to do so and whenever punishment was to be administered especially if a cane was involved, the hand of the principal or head teacher must not be above arms length.

By and large, he was of the opinion that counseling most of the time provided and yielded better results than corporal punishment which if not properly administered could lead to low self esteem in the student which may invariably affect the performance of such a student.

NANS condemns expulsion of 29 college students

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has rejected the expulsion of 29 students of the Federal College of Education, FCE, Gombe over their alleged roles in a protest in June 2016.

The association also rejected the institution’s withdrawal of the admission of 34 students and a directive for yet another 11 students to repeat one academic session over the said protest.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NA), reports that the June protest was over the lack of water and other basic amenities on campus.

Already, the punitive measures, announced by the institution’s Provost, Adamu Abbas, have been approved by the state ministry of education.

But NANS, in a reaction contained in a statement by Akolo Eggon, the Senior Special Adviser to the NANS President on Media, said that the institution’s action had negated the principle of fundamental human rights and fair trial.

The statement, which was made available to journalists in Maiduguri on Wednesday, described the action as “political victimisation,” and asked that it be reversed “within 14 days”.

“We are rejecting the resolution because the investigative committee set-up by the college’s management refused to involve NANS in its activities.

“NANS is the mother union of all Nigerian students and should be involved when serious decisions affecting members are being taken,” he said.

He declared that “this grave error has denied the affected students their fundamental human rights to fair trial”.

The NANS official expressed surprise that the school took such severe measures even after the affected students complied with the directive to pay N5,000 as fine, and secure undertakings and the endorsements from their respective district heads that that they would not be involved in such acts in future.

“The students have also paid accommodation charges and have been registered for the new academic session after paying all the necessary fees.

“By expelling them in spite of the aforementioned, the school is directly hampering the efforts of the Buhari-led Federal Government to restore lasting peace in the north-east region,” he said.

The statement said that NANS’ President, Aruna Kadiri, has set-up an 8- member committee to ensure that the actions were reversed within 14 days.

“The committee shall work with management of the institution and all relevant agencies to ensure that the rights and liberties of the affected students are fully restored without conditions,” he said.

NANS declared that failure to meet the demands within the 14-days ultimatum would be viewed by the association as “a direct confrontation and a deliberate attempt to test our might”.


Source: NAN

Ogun university students to protest school fees hike

A coalition of students’ organisations under the Save TASUED and Fund Education Coalition (STAFEC) has fixed February 6 to stage a mass protest in Abeokuta, Ogun State, against what they described as the continued neglect of education, and particularly tertiary education subsector in the state.

The organisations comprise Tai Solarin Students’ Union, National Universities Education Students’ Association (NUESA), Alliance of Nigerian Students against Neoliberal Attacks (ANSA), among others.

In a statement issued at the weekend jointly signed by Sanni Ramon, Ewetola AbdulRamon, Sanyaolu Juwon, and Tomi Aina on behalf of Tai Solarin Students’ Union, NUESA, ANSA and Students’ and Youth Activists Support Initiative respectively; the students condemned the fee hike at the Tai Solarin University of Education, and other higher institutions across the state.

The statement reads in part; “The Save TASUED and Fund Education Coalition (STAFEC) wishes to seize this medium to inform the mass of the Nigerian populace its resolve to stage a mass action against the anti-student/anti-poor policies of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led Government of Ogun State on the 6th of February 2017.

“The mass action is aimed at showing our displeasure towards the premeditated neglect of public education especially TASUED. We take exception to the illegal and arbitrary tax of N10, 000 imposed on students and we reject in totality, the increment in acceptance fee from N30,000 to N40,000.

“The coalition maintains an outright rejection of the introduction of N25,000 registration fee; we consider it as fraudulent, thoughtless and unacceptable especially at the time the same students and their unpaid parents barely manage to pay the exorbitant N76, 500 school fees, astronomical acceptance fee and many other ridiculous charges.”

The students’ decision to protest came few weeks after a feisty exchange between Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology who were protesting the closure of their school for eight months.

The university has since resume although the striking lecturers have refused to resume work until their demands are met.

In their statement, the student leaders of both Tai Solarin University and Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye, said they had not received subvention from the state government for more than 20 months, adding that salaries of workers are not paid in full, leading to poor commitment of staff to work.

“The astronomical school fees of TASUED, the increase in the charges of vocational studies (subsequently and fraudulently disguised as registration fee) from N1000 to N25, 000, the imposition of N20,000 as penalty for late submission of clearance file and the despotic increment of acceptance fee from N30, 000 to N40, 000; are few of the many anti-poor/student policies incited by government unacceptable neglect of the institution,” the statement added.


Source: Premium Times

LAUTECH management, students resume as lecturers continue strike.

Students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology have resumed for studies after a directive by the university management.

The school was closed in June last year as lecturers went on strike to demand payment of their salaries.

In a circular earlier distributed by management of LAUTECH and signed by Jacob Agboola, the school asked all academic and non-academic staff to resume on Friday.

PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported that lecturers had vowed not to resume Friday even when students resume.

By Friday morning, most lecturers did not resume.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, chairman of ASUU, LAUTECH Chapter, Biodun Olaniran, said the Oyo and Osun state governments were not serious with ensuring full resumption of the school.

“The truth is that there have been no efforts to ensure that we resume; students who have resumed are only here to play and really we will not resume until our demands are met,” he said. “We have said until our demands are met, we will not resume and that is what we are doing today.”

“If the students stay in school for one or two weeks, I don’t know what they will be doing, until we get a directive from our national body after our demands have been met, we remain on strike.”

He said that lecturers received only a month salary out of the two months promised.

“We have received just one month with a promise to pay the remaining one month today or tomorrow,” Mr. Olaniran said. “Our demand is not about salary, even if we receive the alert , we will not call off the strike.”

One of the demands of ASUU is a letter of commitment from the owner states stating how the university would be funded and how salaries would be paid.

The Oyo government, speaking on behalf of its Osun counterpart, said it cannot write such letter.

Bolaji Afeez, senior assistant on youths and students affairs to the Oyo governor, said.

“We have met all the demands of ASUU and what they are doing now looks like it has a political undertone, if they are not comfortable with the way things are going, they should resign, is it a must to work there? There are many persons looking for same job,” he said.

“They are asking for a letter of commitment and we cannot write it, it is not their business to start asking how we want to fund the varsity, it is like asking the Chief Executive Officer of a company how he wants to run his company. Who does that?”

The public relations officer of LAUTECH, Lekan Fadeyi, told PREMIUM TIMES said “LAUTECH has ordered resumption, the date cannot change and management is trying to put things in place.”


Source: Premium Times

LASU prohibits students from wearing ‘very big’ earrings, necklaces.

The management of Lagos State University (LASU) has said female students may wear necklaces on campus but they must not be “very big”.

In a statement issued to clarify its recent ban on indecent dressing on campus, LASU management urged undergraduates to read the Students Code of Conduct Form of September 2016 to know what is categorised as “inappropriate dressing”.

“The attention of University Management has been drawn to misgivings on the part of students regarding the constituents of ‘Indecent Dressing’ and the implementation of the rules pertaining this,” the statement read in part.

“Management wishes to state categorically that extant constituents of inappropriate dressing are as contained in the Students’ Code of Conduct Form which was considered and approved at the 232nd Statutory Meeting of Senate on Thursday, September 29, 2016 and is available on the registration portal.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no rule in Lagos State University forbidding female students from wearing earrings and necklaces. Equally, there is no rule forbidding female students from wearing natural or artificial hair below shoulder level.

“Item 11 is not in reference to necklaces as such, but to very big dropping necklaces; just as item 16 has nothing in common with item q. subsection xix of LASU’s Code of Conduct for Students in the Students’ Handbook, 2016 where ‘hair attachment beyond shoulder length’ is mentioned, and which has been invalidated by the amendment of September 29, 2016.

“What we have witnessed in recent days are products of misinterpretation on the part of a few officials and amplification of these minor misunderstandings by scaremongers.”

BREAKING: Osun State University Shut Over Police Shooting

The management of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has ordered the immediate closure of the institution over alleged Police shooting of two students.

The management said that the situation on campus has been tensed as some group of students were said to be nursing grudges against the security operatives in the state over last Saturday’s incident in which two students were shot over alleged internet fraud.

The affected students have been recuperating at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo as seen when the Osun State Deputy Governor, Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori visited them.

Mrs Laoye-Tomori, while speaking to newsmen, charged security operatives to be alive to their responsibility and avoid accidental discharge in the course of performing their duties.

The Deputy Governor who assured the students that the state government would get to the root of the matter to prevent future occurrence, said justice will be done on the matter.

In a statement issued and signed by the Acting Registrar of the university, Mr Gafar Shittu, the university said the students must immediately proceed on mid-semester break.

ONSU Demands Probe

Meanwhile, the indigenous association for students, Osogbo National Students Union (ONSU) has demanded the probe of the policemen over the shooting of the two students of Osun State University.

The union lamented that the incident threatened the peace of Osogbo and insisted that the matter must be investigated and that the errant policemen must be brought to book.

In a statement jointly signed by the President and Public Relations Officer of ONSU, Adeyemi Idris and Obarayese Sikiru, the body expressed worry that the policemen that were supposed to protect the citizens were the ones endangering their lives.

According to the statement, “It is our belief that the police who claim to be friends of the people should always act their words. It is not enough for them to act on information without thorough investigations.

“We acknowledge the effort of the state government of Osun and Police top hierarchy in the state at dousing the tension which almost degenerated into chaos. Osogbo people are known for peace and security agents should assist in maintaining the peace.

“We appeal for calm on the part of the students of the university and we want to implore the Police authorities to investigate the incident dispassionately to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.”


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“Some of our students invested their school fees in MMM”, says UNIOSUN VC

Several students of Osun State University have been unable to pay their school fees due to their investment in Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, a popular Ponzi scheme.

Labode Popoola, vice chancellor of the university, on Saturday told Punch that students owe an estimated N2bn in school fees.

The professor said the institution would ensure that the undergraduates pay their tuition regardless of whether they are able to recoup their money from MMM.

He noted that the school’s registration portal would only be re-opened if many students pay their outstanding fees.

Popoola said: “Some of them (students) used their school fees to invest in MMM. But whether MMM comes back or not, it is their headache. I have told them that we are not going to open the portal.

“If I see that a critical mass of the students pay, then we will decide to open the portal just for about 48 hours. But they must pay first.

“This is how we accumulated a debt profile of over N2bn, we cannot continue this way. They just have to pay the money.”

The MMM Ponzi scheme went on break in December and recently announced the resumption of activities but it’s yet to be determined whether investors have started getting paid.

Full list of students suspended, expelled by Ondo State University of Science and Technology

The Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, has announced the expulsion of four students for gross misconduct.

The university also suspended 16 other students for various cases of examination malpractices for one to two academic semesters.

Felix Akinusi, the acting Registrar of the institution who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Okitipupa said that the students had been advised to stay away from the university premises.

He also issued a strong warning to other students to desists from misconducts and malpractice, urging them to pursue their educational career with seriousness.

“The university has expelled four students over gross misconduct, they were involved in physical assault of their colleagues on campus.

“The other 16 that were suspended were involved in various examination malpractice for two semesters.

“Students should desists from misconducts or malpractice which can put them on the sideline, they should concentrate and pursue their academic career to a logical end with seriousness,” Mr. Akinusi said.

The students expelled and their departments are; Akande Samuel (Microbiology), Oluwatayo Adewale (Geophysics), Okunomo Henry (Biochemistry), and Akinteye Babatunde (Biochemistry).

The suspended students are; Akinkuowo Fisayo (Zoology), Oladimeji Oluwatobi ( Microbiology), Oladokun Emmanuel (Geophysics), Akinde Abiodun (Industrial Chemistry), Elisha Felicia (Biochemistry), Ohafugor Joseph (Geophysics).

Others include: Kayode Samuel (Physics), Agbaje Taofeek (Mathematics), Oni Olubunmi (Fisheries), Olanipekun Oluwasanmi (Physics), Ayadi Segun (Fisheries), Adebisi Oladotun (Botany).

The rest are Edward Monday (Mathematics), Udoh Emmanuel (Industrial Chemistry), Burojo Ojo (Mathematics) and Sanusi Idris (Fisheries).

#ReOpenLAUTECH: Police fire shots to disperse protesting LAUTECH students [Video]

Students of the Ladoka Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, on Friday took to the streets to protest the lingering strike action by teaching and non-teaching staff in the institution.

The strike action, which started over six months ago in June was embarked upon by the workers due to the non-payment of their salaries and allowances by the owners of the university, the Oyo and Osun state governments.

The strike action has led to total inactivity in the university.

Friday’s protest by the students later turned rowdy as police tried to disperse protesters.

The protest, held in front of the LAUTECH College of Health, later witnessed police officers firing shots to disperse the students.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, a student of the school who begged to remain anonymous said “We have been on strike since June. There have been several protests held but nothing was done; so students decided to go on a peaceful protest (today).

“Police came and started shooting at students and they have started arresting students,” he added.

There is no evidence yet that any of the protesting students sustained gunshot injuries.

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Senator gives varsity students, others N70m

The Senator representing the Cross River Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, John Owan-Enoh, has awarded scholarships valued at N70m to 700 university students and other beneficiaries, as part of his educational support programme.

The beneficiaries were drawn from the six local government areas in the senatorial district, namely Abi, Yakurr, Obubra, Etung, Ikom and Boki.

A breakdown of the categories in the 66 electoral wards showed that 60 postgraduate students got N100,000 each, while 660 undergraduates received N50,000 each.

Also, 1, 320 senior secondary school pupils received N15,000 each and 111 pupils in the junior category got N5,000 each, while  more than 1,000 candidates seeking admission into higher institutions were given N6,000 each.

Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries in Ikom on Sunday, Owan-Enoh said that the gesture was aimed at assisting the beneficiaries in the pursuit of their academic careers.

He said that the programme was part of his responsibility and sacrifice to the people of the constituency, despite the economic recession.

Owan-Enoh said, “I am not doing this because I have so much money; but because of the love, sacrifice and a sense of responsibility to the people of my constituency.

“I am indebted to the people of the Central Senatorial District, who toiled with me and kept faith during the time of my campaigns.”

The senator said that each of the 66 wards had equal number of beneficiaries and advised the beneficiaries to make proper use of the opportunity.

Speaking on behalf of the local government areas, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, described Owan-Enoh as an excellent performer.

While commending the lawmaker for the gesture, she called on the beneficiaries to take advantage of the support to fulfil their dreams.

Watch unarmed students assaulted by armed police in Cameroon [Video]

Armed police in Bamenda which is the capital of northwest Cameroon dragged students across the streets and forced them to roll in sewage due to protests. In a video posted by Sahara Reporters on Twitter, policemen armed with batons are seen dragging unarmed youths and shoving them into a stagnant sewage water.
The video clearly shows how policemen go back and forth to fetch students and then order them to lie down in sewage water. While a particular lady protested, she was shoved and dragged right into the water while the seemingly lifeless bodies of some young men were lying motionless beside the sewage water.
The English-speaking region of Cameroon has been affected by protests by students and teachers over what they termed forceful take over by the government to replace them with French education system.
Armed police in Bamenda which is the capital of northwest Cameroon dragged students across the streets and forced them to roll in sewage due to protests. The English-speaking region of Cameroon has been affected by protests by students and teachers over what they termed forceful take over by the government to replace them with French education system.
English and French are the two official languages in the country but it was lately reported that the government which has been accuse of favouring French-speaking region was taking them to replace teaching in English-speaking schools with French teachers.
Tassang Wilfred who is the secretary-general of Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union said: “The French system of education is the majority and has been trying to wipe out our system of education, and that means wiping out our own cultural heritage.
“We have been trying to resist that, but we have got to the point where they [government] are infiltrating Francophone teachers who cannot speak English and don’t even master our own system of education and sometimes they teach in a language that’s neither English nor French. We call it Franglais or Pidgin,” he went on alleging.
“Anglophone teachers want to teach in English and we want Anglophone children to be taught by teachers who know the English sub-education system of Cameroon.”
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Manufacturers, Nigerian students abroad, others get $867 million Forex – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has given access to about 7,792 requests for foreign exchange valued at over $867 million to manufacturers and other strategic actors in the Nigerian economy, according to a statement.


The statement by acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okoroafor, on Thursday in Abuja, stated that the access was in continuation of CBN’s resolve to ease foreign exchange pressure on manufacturers.


The access, Mr. Okoroafor noted, was given through inter-bank window to enable manufacturers and strategic actors source for vital raw materials and spare parts for their respective industries.


He added that the figure was derived from a summary of the Forex Utilisation for the month of October.


The summary indicated that the raw materials sector received the highest allotment, getting access to foreign exchange valued at $355.7 million representing 40.99 per cent of the total value.


He noted that “statistics from the CBN in Abuja showed that manufacturing and petroleum industries got access to $91.2 million and $150.8 million respectively.


“Companies and other interests in the agriculture sector got access to $13.7 million for the period, while entities in the aviation sector received $10.3 million.”


The director stated that finished goods and others got allotments of $43.8 million and $10.7 million respectively.


Invisibles, comprising of school fees, students’ upkeep and medicals, among others, received $191.3 million, representing 22.05 per cent of the figure, he stated.


Mr. Okoroafor pointed out that the release of the figures underscored the transparency of the apex bank in foreign exchange management.


He added that the CBN remained committed to its pledge to ease foreign exchange pressure on manufacturing and agriculture sectors through forward sales under the new flexible foreign exchange regime.


He recalled that in September, manufacturing industries in Nigeria were given access to foreign exchange valued at over 660 million dollars in the inter-bank market.

Dickson moves to rescue stranded scholarship students abroad.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, is worried about the plight of state’s students studying abroad under his administration’s scholarship scheme.

The students were said to be having a tough time over non-payment of their fees with the schools threatening to expel them.

A human rights activist, Aluzu Augustine, particularly raised the issue of Bayelsa students stranded at the Kings University College, Ghana.

Aluzu raised the concern sequel to a letter addressed to the students by the Registrar of the school, Simion Peter Isekpo, threatening to expel the students if Dickson failed to pay their fees.

The letter said in part: “Management of the university wishes to inform all students being sponsored by the Bayelsa State Scholarship Board that should your outstanding and current fees not be paid by October 15, 2016 deadline, the university would have no choice but expel you from the university on October 16, 2016.

“Also affected undergraduate and postgraduate students who have completed their programme would not be allowed to participate in the forthcoming congregation in November 2016”.

Already, it was gathered that the Ghanaian school banned the affected students from participating in school activities, but had yet to issue a circular expelling them.

“We have been told that the governor is sending a delegation to our school. But for now we have been stopped from taking parts in school activities.

“Those of us in hostels had been asked to vacate. We are just hanging around waiting for the governor”, an affected student who spoke in confidence said.

But the governor was said to be handling the matter including a similar situation in the United Kingdom with urgency through his Senior Special Assistant on Students’ Welfare, Mr. Owoupele Jeremiah.

Jeremiah confirmed that Dickson had directed that funds should be released for the immediate payment of the students to enable them participate in examinations and access their certificates.

He said: “Today the governor told me he had graciously given approval and directive for release of funds to quickly address the payment issues for Kings College, Lincoln and universities in the UK whose certificates are pending.

“A well-structured payment plan has been established to be implemented phase by phase by the board .

“This will allow the government to address them so that their certificates can be released to enable them use same for their various endeavours.

“While some may find this development with skepticism it is intended to let the public know that the government is responsive and willing to deal with issues of development in human capital.

“The resources are lean but with a pyramid of preference the needs will be met eventually. The scholarship board will do the needful and the affected students will receive their privileges restored in the affected institutions”.

When contacted, Aluzu said: “We have been informed by a reliable source in Kings College that the students are aware of the impending visit of Bayelsa state Government to their institution and they are waiting for them. Nothing concrete so far

“We pray the Government truly do something this time around and not just another hokum talk like we witnessed in 2013 because education remains the bedrock of every society”.

ASUU strike: Students beg FG for quick resolution.

Some students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka have appealed to the Federal Government to urgently look into grievances of striking lecturers to forestall incessant strikes in universities.

The students made the appeal in Nsukka on Tuesday while reacting to the ongoing warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The President of the Students Union Government in the university, Mr. Emmanuel Chukwu, pleaded with President Muhammad Buhari to urgently resolve the crisis between the Federal Government and ASUU.

Chukwu said that this had become necessary in order to prevent disruption in the academic calendar of universities in the country.

Miss Amarachi Okafor of the Department of Psychology urged the Federal Government to dialogue with ASUU not to allow the strike snowballed into an indefinite one.

Okafor also pleaded with ASUU to consider the plight of students who would be spending extra years in the university, especially in this period of recession.

She said, “The longer the strike lingers, the more the rate of crimes will increase and parents will be paying more for extra years spent in school.”

Another student, Mr Emmanuel Ochi of Mass Communication Department pleaded with ASUU to consider the interest of students in order not to constitute a setback to their academics.

She said, “I want the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve their misunderstanding amicably in the interest of students and tertiary education in this country.

“Students have suffered enough over incessant strikes and we do not want a repeat of what happened in the last administration by ASUU.”

Academic activities have continued to be paralysed at the UNN over the warning strike by ASUU.

The chairman of UNN-ASUU chapter, Dr. Ifeanyi Abada, said that academic activities were grounded in the university in compliance with the directive by the National Executive Committee of ASUU.

He said, “NEC made efforts to resolve this issue with government but it remained unyielding because of its insensitivity to issues concerning education.

“Since government failed to do the needful, ASUU is left with no option than to proceed on a one week warning strike and failure to meet with our demands we will go on an indefinite strike.”

Abada said that ASUU was not taking it lightly with government on issues raised, especially the demand that universities be exempted from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy.

He said, “The strike compliance in UNN is total, no lectures, no examinations no departmental and faculty meetings as members will not participate.

“UNN chapter will not renege on the directive of the national body till government addresses all the issues raised.

“Our monitoring team is moving round and any lecturer found teaching will be sanctioned accordingly.”

Ambrose Alli University Shut Over Violent Protest By Students

Academic activities at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Edo State have been shut down indefinitely as a result of students protests yesterday that almost went violent as students reportedly clashed with police and soldiers.

It was gathered that the students were protesting what they termed subtle attempt by the management of the school to increase students’ school fees.

The students kicked against the policy of the current management which said 200 level students should pay the exact money they paid last session in 100 level which is against the previous system where the students pay less as they move higher.

The students refused all entreaties from the school management. They seized a truck load of rice which they reportedly set ablaze after allegedly emptying the contents.

When the entreaties failed, the management conveyed an emergency Senate meeting where the action of the students was condemned and school shut indefinitely.

A press statement signed by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Edward Aihevbe, said the decision to close the institution indefinitely was reached after the University’ Senate reviewed the students’ protest.

He said the university’s Senate viewed the protest as uncalled for and unnecessary as management was already looking into their grievances. The students barricaded the Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi highway.

  He denied social media report that two students were shot by security agents.

He said the students were given until 4pm to vacate the institution. “No student was shot. They barricaded the highway and soldiers escorting an Army vehicle that was passing the road had to shoot into the air to scare the students away.”

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Lagos State To Flag Off Coding Initiative For Students.

As part of efforts to make Lagos State the technology frontier in Africa, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will officially unveil the ‘Code Lagos’ programme of the State Government on Friday November 11, 2016.


The project which is in line with the Smart City initiative of the current administration is aimed at making coding curriculum accessible to every student in Lagos State.


Speaking on the development through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Ambode said “our goal for ‘Code Lagos’ programme is to teach one million students in Lagos State the basic knowledge involved in computer coding system by 2019. This programme will be available to our students from primary to tertiary education level.”


Speaking further, he said the programme will be unveiled at a private gathering of Corporate Nigeria with guests comprising leaders in both public and private sectors, including financial and educational institutions, telecom companies and other multi-national organizations.


Ambode noted that as a build-up to the unveiling, Lagos State had engaged critical stakeholders in the information technology space through series of meetings and workshops to develop a robust model for the implementation of the programme.


“We have clear objectives and we have thought through the model. Industry experts have critiqued it and pointed out gaps we may have overlooked. Now we are ready to roll-out our plans,” he said.

Students Of Collage Campuses Protest Trump’s Win (WATCH)

Following the announcement of Donald Trump as President Elect of the United States of America, Young students of different college campuses are protesting Trump’s win.

However, most people are of the opinion that most collage students and millennials did not vote and hence their protest is more of a baseless reaction.

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Governor Ganduje of Kano sponsors students to study in Egypt.

His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR the Executive Governor of Kano State on Sunday (6/11/2016) visited Kano State Students that are studying in October 6 University in Egypt sponsored by the state government. He was received by the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and other top management officials of the University.
The Governor is in Egypt to see for himself the academic performance of the students, their wellbeing and overall situation they are in. There are 40 students in this institution that are studying Medicine, Pharmacy & Radiology most of whom are in their 400 level.
Governor Ganduje expressed his satisfaction on the condition he found the students to be in as well as their academic performances which the school management disclosed are excellent with 80% of the students having distinction in their results. He also stated that despite the economic hardship back in Nigeria and in Kano in particular due to the decline in revenue from the federation account, his administration will continue to settle the huge debt he inherited of their fees till they graduate.
Governor Ganduje urged the students to remain focused on their studies so that they will graduate with flying colors and return home to render their services so as to fill the vacuum in the health sector of the state, especially now that the governor is determined to complete the 2 abandoned hospital projects of Zoo road and Giginyu.
On their part, the students who spoke through one of them Isiaku Umar Faruk thanked the Governor for the visit which he said showed that his Excellency is concerned about their situation but most importantly the Governor’s efforts in settling their outstanding fees and allowances and also appealed to the governor to settle the outstanding payments.
The school management and the students gave his Excellency a plaque each, to honor him for his exemplary leadership in the education sector. 
Governor Ganduje was accompanied by the Deputy Ambassador of Nigeria in Egypt His Excellency Mohammed Abdulkadir Maccido, Hon Abubakar Uba Galadima representing Bebeji Local Govt in the state Assembly and also the chairman House committee on Higher Education, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education Hon Jarma and the Executive Secretary Kano State Scholarship Board.

UNICAL Lecturer Sexually Harassing 16-Year-Old Girl

Dr Eni Alobo, a lecturer and Head of Department in the Faculty of Law of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), has taken to social media to threaten an unnamed colleague who has been harassing a 16-year-old student, s*xually.

According to him, the lecturer well past his fifties has been making “demands” from a teenage girl who’s a Diploma student and has refused to release her file so she won’t graduate.

“You are insisting she must travel with you or see you outside the school. For what?” Read more:

Students disrupt business at First Bank over missing fees

The National Association of Nigerian Students on Tuesday disrupted business transactions at the First Bank of Nigeria, Zaria main branch, Kaduna State, over alleged missing registration fees paid by some students.

Over 1,000 students of Federal College of Education, Zaria stormed the premises and claimed that they paid their registration fees at the bank in Sabongari area of the town.

Addressing newsmen shortly after a meeting with the bank’s branch management and the police, the National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Aruna Kadiri, said: “Over a period of time, students of FCE have been paying their registration fees at First Bank.

“I don’t know what happened, but according them, over 1,128 students paid their school fees in the bank, but it didn’t reflect in TSA account.

“The students said ‘this is our teller and this is the remittance; let’s resolve this issue but the bank refused’; that’s why I’ve come down here to ask the bank.”

Kadiri lamented that the bank had claimed in a publication that the students did not pay the money and “that’s why we come with the tellers to ask the bank where these tellers were generated”.

He said that the meeting with the management and the police resolved that business should continue.

He said: “However, they have finally accepted.

“We are here since morning and the bank has been shut down since morning.

“Now we have all agreed.

“We have finally agreed that the students should come with their tellers to the bank and the bank should rectify them.”

However, sources at the bank said a principal suspect in the matter, who worked with the bank, resigned his appointment before the alarm blew.

The management of the college, through its Registrar, Dr Jibril Lawal, and the Bursar, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Uwais, said it had established an investigation committee.

However, the case was reported to the Police Area Command in Zaria.

When contacted, the Head of Corporate Affairs of the bank in Lagos, Babatunde Lasaki, stated that the headquarters was informed of what was going on in its Zaria branch.

He said since the matter was already with the police, the students should have allowed the police to carry out their responsibilities.

Lasaki said: “Remember, everybody has the right to demonstrate but we have asked the branch to be calm and let the police know about it so that they can restore law and order.”

He said the bank sympathised with the affected students and appealed for calm so that the matter could be resolved amicably.

He said: “Both students and the bank branch should cooperate with the police for smooth and amicable resolution of the matter.”

Niger State To Stop Payment Of WAEC/NECO Fees For Students

Niger government said it will discontinue the payment of West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO), fees for its students in Secondary Schools in the state.

Gov. Sani Bello of Niger, disclosed this on Tuesday when he visited Justice Legbo Kutigi Secondary School to inspect the ongoing renovation of the school in Lavun local government areas of the state.

Bello said that government can not continue to pay N800 million every year for students that only 5 per cent of them are able to pass with four credits.

He said government would rather invest such money in infrastructure development and provisions of instructional materials for qualitative education.

“We must review the issue of the payment of NECO and WAEC fees because at the moment, we are still owing NECO and WAEC about N800 millions .

“Government spend such huge money for students that cannot even have four credits. Only about five per cent of students will have four credits and above.

“Basically, it is like we are throwing away money. We will rather stop and invest the money on the facilities so that with time we will get good results.

“We have made efforts to pay part of the money and the results will be released.

“The Commissioner for Finance has met with NECO and WAEC officials and there is an understanding that the debt issue will be addressed, “he said.

He said that the payment of examination fees would henceforth be based on criteria where only best performing students would be selected as beneficiaries.

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UNILAG Shut Over Students’ Protest

The authorities of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, have ordered the closure of the gates of the main campus at Akoka due to protest by students.

The aggrieved students were said to be protesting against the rustication of some members of the students’ union.

The rusticated students were leaders of the students body that led a protest in April over poor electricity and water supply in the community, and the difficulty faced by a large number of students living off campus to attend classes as a result of the fuel crisis.

Members of the suspended University of Lagos Students Union (ULSU) executive had earlier in the month protested what they described as an “unjust rustication” of the union members.

The aggrieved students gathered at the school’s Senate building to demand thorough investigation of the suspensions of the students’ leaders, ranging from two to four semesters, for their role in a protest that led to the closure of the university in April.

LASU issues warning letters to 84 students over indecent dressing

The Students Affairs Division of the Lagos State University has published a list of 84 Students for indecent dressing.

The University Official bulletin obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos, said the students were found flouting the dress code of the University.
?The bulletin said the university authorities had issued the students warning letters to desist from such act or face disciplinary action.
“The students have been magnanimously pardoned by the university authority and were warned to desist from the act of Indecent Dressing, henceforth, or face disciplinary action,” the bulletin said.
?Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said his administration remained focused on implementing plans and strategies that would improve infrastructure and facilities in the institution. ?
Fagbohun said within the past 200 days he spent in office, his administration had been able to attract keen interest from benefactors and investors, both public and private. ?
“Step by step, LASU is beginning to distinguish itself, over the past seven months, as a lot has been achieved and a lot more is in the offing, ” he said.

Group condemns WAEC’s relocation of Edo students to Ondo, Delta states.

The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has condemned the decision of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to relocate 1,742 candidates sitting for the ongoing November/December West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Edo State to Ondo and Delta states, thereby increasing the financial expenses on poor working class guardians.


In a statement, the national coordinator, Hassan Taiwo Soweto stated that the decision of WAEC is exploitative and insensitive.


As a public institution, WAEC has a responsibility towards candidates, their parents and guardians. That responsibility involves ensuring that in circumstances of this nature, candidates, their parents and guardians are not unnecessarily over burdened”, he said.

He, however, disclosed that WAEC took the decision to relocate the candidates because of the Edo State gubernatorial elections which was scheduled to take place on September 10, the day the candidates are expected to sit for Mathematics 1 and 2.


Furthermore, he demanded that WAEC bears the full cost of this relocation including cost of transportation and, where needed, accommodation of the candidates.


As far as we are concerned, since the candidates and their parents were not responsible for the relocation, which was forced by the coincidence of the examination date with the date of the Edo gubernatorial elections, WAEC must bear the full cost including ensuring a hitch free exercise and the safety of the candidates”, he added

Integrate Chinese Language Into Schools’ Curricular – NGO tells FG

A Non-governmental Oganisation (NGO), Initiative of African Friends of China, has called on the federal government to introduce the teaching of Chinese Language in secondary schools across the country.

The President of the NGO, Mr. Fred Ogwazu, made the call while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DBS Media Ltd, a Nigerian creative media content agency in Lagos recently.

Ogwazu said the development if considered will tend to explore maximally the socio-economic corporations, educational and cultural exchanges as well as technological and skills acquisition.

He said in the new world order, Africa and China seem to have slots in common, hence the believe that Africa has so much opportunity in China and vice-versa.

“To further boost this advocacy, we have already concluded plans to commence the teaching of Chinese Language in some centres across Africa, starting from Nigeria. The Nigeria centre will be located in Abuja with business men and other interested persons as our target, while others will be cited in African countries such as Ethiopia and South Africa.

“Already, we have written to the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria to provide us with volunteer teachers for the language and we are sure to commence very soon.”

According to him, the development would also promote good ideas for indigenous African companies intending to partner Chinese companies and making recommendations where necessary.

Ogwazu said the relationship between Nigeria and China has been growing by the day, following the commendable activities of institutions like Forum on China-Africa Corporation and the China-Africa Development Fund.

“Initiative of African Friends of China is therefore calling for greater awareness among African governments and private sectors to key into the developmental opportunities provided by the Chinese Government through this platform towards tackling most of Africa’s challenges.”

He said apart from advocating for the teaching of Chinese Language in schools across Nigeria and other African countries as a way of strengthening socio-economic and cultural ties with China, the MoU also seeks to connect opportunities with investors through the provision of timely information.

He said such information is mainly on opportunities available in China and in the continent.

Ogwazu added that the MoU was tailored around changing the perception of products and services exchange between China and other African countries and provide feedback channels where necessary among others.

“To also realise this, we in conjunction with DBS Media Limited would implore the use of documentary videos and movies in creating the much needed awareness on the potential in Nigeria and Africa at large.

“Our partnership with DBS Media is strategic as we intend to do a well-researched documentary and video that will highlight the developmental drives by Chinese Government to African nations.”

In his remarks, the Managing Director, DBS Media, Mr. Cletus Chukwuma, said he is looking forward to a fruitful working relationship with the association, as the agency has all it takes to meet its expectations. “We are not new in packing of quality contents that satisfies the curiosity of the viewing public.”

#SaveFUNAAB: Students Of FUNAAB Decry Undue Treatment By School Authority, Police.

Some four months ago, nefarious activities of armed robbers sky-rocketed in Abeokuta. The communities surrounding the Federal University of Agriculture were worst hit. Considering the student-dominated population of the residents, it is always a smooth operation that goes on unhindered despite the presence of a police post.

After series of efforts to seek the aid of the school authorities and also security agents attached to the community, the devastating response the students got was unfathomably shocking. The school authorities made it clear point blank to whoever cared to listen that they will not be responsible for the lives and properties of their students who stay off campus.


After this unfortunate and soul-wrenching response from the first point of call (School Authorities), the students moved on to appeal to the Police for protection against the dare-devil armed robbers which was also met with a dissapointing response which stated in clear terms that the affected community was not under their jurisdiction. So, if the two bodies saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring the safe day to day activities of students of FUNAAB and also indigenous residents can hands off them without empathy or any sense of responsibilities, who else do they turn to?

Since the students won’t wait to be attacked again, they decided to put their own safety in their hands. They constituted a vigilante association in conjunction with the community’s local vigilante group. After weeks of rotated vigilante activities between students and their host community members, the police joined in and gave support in ensuring people slept safely at night and somehow, things went on smoothly.

Weeks later, just when the students thought the nightmares were over, their darkest fears reemerged. This time, they came back reinforced. The sleepless nights were back again, the fear of darkness engulfed the whole vicinity as the armed robbers restarted their operations albeit with unreserved ruthlessness and impunity.

In what seemed like a last desperate and frustrated attempt at waking up the appropriate authorities to their responsibilities, the students embarked on a peaceful demonstrations outside the school compound.

Students of FUNAAB who had already written several letters to the Ogun State Police Commissioner, took to the streets to protest negligence on the part of the school authorities and Police.

In a sudden twist of events, the policemen who were on ground to forestall any outbreak of violence which may arise in the course of the peaceful protests decided to turn on the unarmed students. Live rounds and teargas canisters were shot sporadically to disperse the now angry students.

In the course of this unfolding event, a students was allegedly shot dead while several others were arrested and are presently in custody.

As soon as the news of the allegedly shot student got to other students, it became chaos as students marched out in annoyance and defiance to protest the death of their colleagues which resulted in the burning of public and private properties including cars. The Vice Chancellor’s church building was not spared as the angry mob vandalized the building.

So far, it has been a case of two warring factions with the students on one side and the school authorities on the other side. In the wake of the violent confrontation, one student was recorded dead while others are still in police custody. However, a few of those arrested have been bailed with as much as one hundred thousand Naira each while others who cannot afford the bail money are still in cells languishing.

Reports reaching Omojuwa.Com revealed that there has been a truce called by students to facilitate the release of their colleagues who are still being held in police custody.

We are tired and helpless, we want the government to come to our aid. We want this issue to be resolved so that out colleagues who have been locked up for  while now, can go home“, said a student whose friend was arrested.

Another student, who also pleaded anonymity, also stated that; “We got angry because the police that was supposed to protect us were the ones shooting at us to the point of killing our friend. It was even when the news broke that the students got more angry and that aggravated the already tense situation. However, we call on the government to resolve the issue at hand and also wake up to it’s responsibility of protecting lives and properties of both students and non-students in the society.”

UNILAG Final-Year Student Shot By Suspected Cultists

Unknown gunmen on Wednesday shot a final-year student of the Economics Education department, University of Lagos (UNILAG).


The student, simply identified as Bayo was reportedly shot around 8:46pm on Wednesday in front Biobaku Hostel near the school gate. The perpetrators were said to have escaped in a tinted-glass car.


Some sources confirmed that the gunman were from a rival cult group, who came for a reprisal attack. According to eyewitnesses, the victim displayed alertness to avoid being shot dead. A student, who craved anonymity, said the attackers aimed for the victim’s head, but hit his neck. Bayo has since been transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) from the schools’ medical centre.


Although it was not clear whether he (Bayo) is a member of any cult group, but one of his course mates, who was at the scene said there was a rift between cult groups who are not students but come around to have fun,” he said.


He said Bayo engaged in a discussion he had no business in. Bayo’s action, according to him, infuriated the aggrieved group, who had come for their target.


Some residents of the hall have been embroiled in fear of further attacks as they said some suspected cultists are hell bent on attacking more of their targets who are non-student residents in the hall,” a student said.


UNILAG Vice-Chancellor Prof Rahamon Bello, said the university was investigating the incident.


“I heard about it and we suspect it was cultism-related. We are fighting it. The security unit and the police are investigating. The boy survived. He was rushed to LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital). The cultists went for his head, luckily the bullet only scrapped his head,” he said.

#ReOpenLautech: Nigerians Deserve A Top Notch Educational System – Isaac Amoo

Nigerian student deserves more and the educational system needs better handling than what we are presently seeing in LAUTECH. Is this the promised change or do we wait for another? These are the question plaguing our minds as we look at the unfolding scenarios in LAUTECH.


If this has to do with change mantra, I don’t know. But the height and depth of irresponsibility displayed by the two Governors (Osun and Oyo states) stink to the high heaven. They came in the garb of Awolowo but are bereft of Awo’s idea and the ideal of Education nor do they portray Awo’s integrity.


We have been sold a mouthed commitment to educational overhaul before the election but alas it becomes a forgone one immediately the politicians are sworn in. To every politician in Nigeria especially of the western extraction, reforming and transforming education top the list of their agenda only to see how it becomes a non-issue as they ascend the seat of power. Men whose actions are diametrically opposed to their words. Men with questionable integrity.


Today, we have been trapped in the convoluted web of men whose value for the future is infinitesimal. And whose pleasure is gallivanting and globetrotting without any discernible idea on education.


Our politicians lack the will and vision to accurately position the state beyond subsistence, even at the subsistence level they are a colossal failure as thirty out of the thirty-six cannot pay common salary.


The past months the school had been on lockdown, the concerned Governors have not moved a hoot. That speak of high-level responsibility. Every government should have a face value at least for the populace especially the future.


A country lost in the world of delusion- wanting to be great but contended with staying at a mediocre equilibrium without a proportional effort to achieve the greatness. A sorry state for the giant of Africa whose delight is in stupefying retrogression. The Governors especially should put their houses in order as regard education because if we continue in these one step forward and several backwards, we won’t amount to anything soon.


We have become the scum of the world because we lack this one virtue- Vision! Our leadership is not driven by men and women with crystal clear vision. We lack the power of focus and intensity that behoves quality leadership. And where there is no vision, there won’t be the passion for pursuing the necessary course. Misplaced priority is equally inevitable.


It is high time we woke up from the slumber. The fabrics of our educational sector are losing out in the seams. We are tottering towards educational extinction if we don’t rise up from our greed induced stupor.


So, I ask if Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Senator Abiola Ajimobi have concerns for the school gate that has been shut for more than two months now? Could this be the other side of the change promised?


Could this be another style of leadership whose priority is not first about the education? Could this be that they don’t know the school activities have been handicapped for this number of months? Or can we conclude that they are living in another world different from ours?


Maybe they don’t know this is taking place under their watch?


If their pride is that the school is jointly owned by two States whose Governors are ‘change’ mantra fanatics, I think they have to borrow themselves some currencies of common sense.


What progress has this change brought to the school? Non-payment of both the teaching and non-teaching staff is the trademark that stands them out. Two men whose party’s song of change has only resulted to an exponential backwardness in a fast order. Your house is burning, but it does not move you an inch speak volume of the premium you place on the family.


The two Governors and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the chancellor of the school should bring dynamism and progressiveness to the school but see where we are today? I do believe the good APC national leader in the person of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will use his heavyweight to weigh in in the current impasse in the school.


Please, wake up and do something urgent to the sordid and helpless state of the institution that has been on a terminal break for more than two months. Redefine your vision along the path of education and save the future of this nation.


Writer: Isaac Sogo Amoo – @isaacsogo on Twitter

University Of Ibadan Students Cook Outside Their School Gate Following School Closure

As students of University of Ibadan wait for their school gates to be opened again a student sent this words in with pictures:

“Since the school management told us to vacate the halls of residence for staging a very peaceful protest against the rustification of a student (Mote) because he participated in a peaceful protest in one of the halls (independence hall) and poor state of electric and water supply, uites have also decided to stay back in school, we don’t have any plan of going anywhere!.In fact we re currently at the school gate where we are actually cooking something really delicious … Tell the VC to join us , there’s always love in sharing,…you are also invited, don’t miss out .lol” Lol. See more photos below…

University Of Ibadan Shut Down Over Student’s Protest

The University of Ibadan has been shut down indefinitely following a two-day protest by students who have now been asked to leave the campus. The students were expressing displeasure over “the suspension of a union leader by the students’ disciplinary committee” and “non-availability of some amenities needed on the campus”.

In what is becoming a norm in Federal Universities, the students complained about lack of power and water which they said made learning difficult for them.

They took their protests to Lectures halls & disrupted ongoing classes by using canes to chase
colleagues who didn’t join the protests.

They also shut down all entrances to the institution, a move which has been declared illegal by other institutions including UNILAG.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Abel Olayinka said the decision to shut the institution was occasioned by violent protests which, he added, had led to “life-threatening acts and text messages” being sent and received around the campus.

Rivers To Provide Free Bus Service For Students

The Rivers Government announced on Monday that plans were underway to provide a free bus service for students in the state.


The Commissioner for transport, Mr Dagogo Fubara, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.


He said the service would begin before July, noting that the gesture was to alleviate the suffering of students in their bid to go to school.
Fubara explained that buses would take off from Borikiri to Mile 3 and take back students after school.


He said the service was strictly for students, stressing that students must be in their school uniforms to enjoy the service.

The commissioner stressed the need for students to be orderly and disciplined while benefiting from the service.



UNIZIK Students Make Mini Bus From Local Materials

Seven final-year engineering students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, designed and constructed a mini bus from scratch with locally sourced materials made specially to suit Nigeria’s topography and climatic condition.

“The bus was constructed from start to finish at the University’s workshop, using all necessary design software and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools. We constructed the chassis, down to every single part of the mini bus,” said Callistus Ezeigwe, one of the seven. The group, known as the Autozik Group, was made up of six males and a female including Callistus Ezeigwe, Victor Obinani, Ifeanyi Ezeanolue, Ogbu Ikenna, Fidelis Ominigbo, Nnamdi Nwobodo and Chinaza Okoro, was supervised by the then Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Dr. C.H. Achebe.

“We made the mini bus using mere hand tools. This means we did all of the constructions and folding, with our hands, since the university could not provide us with ground equipment, as used in most automobile companies,” said Ezeugwu. The mini bus which took about five months to complete, has a beautiful finishing so that people find it difficult to believe it was made in Nigeria.

Ezeigwe said the aim was to construct a mini bus using locally sourced materials, which is more durable and can better stand the test of time, compared to other brands out there.

“We named it Autobully,” said Obinani Victor, explaining that the brand name, coined from the normal bullion van, fits the shape of the mini bus.

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Students Shut Down UNIPORT Over New Fees Policy

UNIVERSITY of Port Harcourt students have grounded academic activities in the institution over a new school fees policy introduced by the management.
The protesting students said they would not accept the school’s new policy of no fee no examination, adding that it was a means of mistreating the students.
The students who started protesting around 4:30am had blocked the East-West Road, stopping vehicular and human traffic.
The students said they would continue protesting until they were addressed by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Sunday Lale.
As of when this report was filed, no representative from the institution had come to address the protesters.
It was learnt that the school was supposed to commence examinations today.
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BIZARRE: Cultists Behead Students, Use Heads As Goalposts


Suspected cultists on Saturday night beheaded two undergraduates of the Abia State University, Uturu, and thereafter used their heads as goalposts.

Reporters learnt that their roommate sustained severe injuries from machete cuts by the hoodlums.

The deceased identified as Ebuka Nwaigbo, a 300 level student of the Department of Estate Management, and Samuel Ethelbert, 300 level student of the Department of Political Science, were until their death living at Chi-Doo Lodge along the Uturu-Afikpo road.

Investigations by reporters revealed that their killers were members of a rival cult group on a revenge mission for one of their members killed last month.

A source, who craved anonymity, said the cult groups – Burkinafaso and Mafia – had engaged each other in a battle of supremacy for years in the university.

He said, “Last month, one Collins Agwu, a member of Burkinafaso, was gunned down by the Mafia.

“His colleagues (Burkinafaso) decided to retaliate by killing members of the Mafia.

“That night they came to the lodge on four motorbikes carrying four persons each and they forced themselves in when one of the students living there came out to buy Indomie Noodles.

“They beheaded their targets while the third person, their visitor, was seriously wounded.

“After killing them they carried their heads and bodies in a sack bag and took it to a playground where they (cult boys) normally play football near the school gate and mounted their heads as goalposts.”

When reporters visited the university community, top officers of the school were said to be having a crucial meeting.

Spokesman for the institution Acho Elendu said the school would make comments after the meeting.

Meanwhile, there has been a heavy police presence at the school since the incident occurred.

The Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, Ezekiel Onyeke Udeviotu, who confirmed the development, said the state Commissioner of Police Joshiak Habilah had ordered the Criminal Investigation Department to commence investigation into the murder of the students.

He said, “We are willing to invite any member of the public with any useful information that could lead to the arrest of criminals to our office if such a person is afraid of giving the information to police officers.”

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Lagos Introduces PIN For Students

The Lagos State Government has announced the introduction of Personal Identification Number (LASPIN) to capture the biometrics of students in all public primary and secondary schools.


This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lagos by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Mr Jide Lawal. The statement quoted the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, as saying that LASPIN would be a unique identity for each student throughout his or her study in the state’s education system.


Adebule, who supervises the ministry, said the transfer process of students in the state would now be streamlined, using the LASPIN. According to her, LASPIN will control and discourage abuses and make the process of transfer from one school to another, more transparent.


The deputy governor was also quoted as expressing government’s determination to improve on the pass ratings for Lagos State students in external examinations from three per cent to 60 per cent by 2019.


She said that government was committed to the adoption of e-curriculum platform/solution to assist teachers in accessing the subject curriculum and syllabus directly from the National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC).


“The introduction and adoption of e-curriculum platform/solution will guarantee uniformity and ease the development of lesson plan and teacher’s guide from the ministry’s portal,’’ she said.


Adebule said that the intensive monitoring and supervision of teachings and learning activities in schools by the quality assurance office were aimed at meeting the set standards.


The deputy governor said the standards were set by both the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).


“Government will undertake the systematic introduction and exposure of students to ICT- based teaching and learning tools (e.g. learning tablets) starting from the senior secondary level. This is in order to make our teachers and students compete globally and be compliant with modern trend,’’ she said in the statement.



Student Stabs Colleague To Death In Kano

A student of First Grade College in Kano, Sadik Ado-maje, has stabbed his colleague, Usman Salisu, to death.


An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Thursday that the incident happened around 11am on Wednesday.


According to the witness, the incident happened during a fight that ensued between the deceased’s brother and Ado-maje at the school gate.


The witness added that the deceased, who was transferred to another school to complete his SSS studies, was in the school to collect his JSS 3 Placement Examination result.

It was learnt that when he reached the school area, he met his brother in an ensuing fight with Ado-maje and decided to settle the quarrel between them.


The intervention of Salisu angered the suspect (Ado-maje), who thought that he intervened in the matter in favour of his brother, when he quickly stabbed him with a knife in his stomach.


Salisu was rushed to the hospital where he was later confirmed dead.


When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kano State Command, DSP Magaji Majiya, confirmed the incident.


He said the suspect ran away but was later apprehended, adding that “the suspect is now cooling his feet at the Kwalli Police Division.”



Majiya said as soon as investigations were completed, the suspect would be charged to court.

Ughelli Govt College Students Suspended Over Homosexuality

Government College Ughelli, GCU, has suspended, indefinitely, three of its students for alleged involvement in homosexual activities.



This was disclosed yesterday during the reunion and Annual General Meeting of the Old Boys Association, GCOBA.



According to the school’s principal, Mr. Vincent Useh, the school authorities’ action was done in a bid to move the institution forward and to serve as deterrent to others.



President General of the association, Professor Omatete Oristsegbemi, advised parents to be diligent in the upbringing of their wards, adding that the association would not condone any act of indisci-pline from any student.



The association commissioned the refurbished Orerokpe Hostel.



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Police Unveils Boko Haram’s Plan To Recruit Primary, Secondary School Students In Adamawa

Adamawa State Police Command, yesterday, alerted residents of plan by some members of Boko Haram to initiate secondary and primary school students as members.

In a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Othman Abubakar, police warned proprietors of secondary schools to beware of those it described as “unscrupulous individuals who visit schools under the guise of philanthropic gesture to initiate students and pupils as Boko Haram members.

“The Adamawa State Police Command wishes to inform members of the public, that some unscrupulous individuals visit schools under the guise of philanthropists distributing items such as sweets, Date palm (Dabino),s ugarcane, coconut to students/pupils.

“They did this with a view to initiate them into cultism and Boko Haram activities,” the statement said. The command warned principals, proprietors, securities in schools and parents, to caution their children and wards to report with immediate effect, any suspicious person to security agents in the state.

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OAU Closed Down Over Students Unrest

The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, have closed down the school after 48 hours of students unrest.

The institution was shut down on Tuesday after an emergency meeting of Senate.

The students started the protest on Monday over epileptic power supply, unavailability of portable water supply in their halls of residence and alleged poor funding of education in Nigeria.

The protest prevented free flow of traffic into and out of the campus.

The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Biodun Olanrewaju, who confirmed the closure of the university in an interview, said that the date of resumption would be announced as and when due.

He however said that the convocation slated for next week would still hold.

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SS 2 Student Stabs Senior To Death For Punishing Him

Academic activities in Gaskiya College in the Ijora area of Lagos State were paralysed on Wednesday after a pupil in Senior Secondary School 2, Saka Ahmed, aka Ejo (snake), allegedly stabbed his senior, Saheed Jimoh, to death.

PUNCH Metro gathered that 19-year-old Jimoh, who was a school prefect, had punished Ejo on Tuesday for an offence which had yet to be ascertained. They were said to have fought each other outside the school premises after the closing time.

It was gathered that Jimoh was about entering the school when Ejo, who was said to have been
lurking around a food canteen near the school, ambushed him and stabbed him with a knife in the

He reportedly fled the scene, leaving Jimoh for dead in a pool of blood. It was said that he gave up
the ghost shortly after he arrived at a private hospital where he was rushed to.

The incident was reported at the Amukoko Police Division.

The deceased’s uncle, Mr. Shakiru Oluayo, who lives on Adejiyan Street, Amukoko area, said Jimoh was brought to Lagos in 2005 by his mother to continue his studies.

Oluayo said his nephew had initially decided not to go to school on the fateful day but rescinded his decision because he did not want to miss classes. The uncle added that Jimoh’s mother had yet to be informed of the incident.

He said:

“Saheed (Jimoh) was a school prefect. I do not know what happened between him and the boy (Ejo) that made Saheed to punish him. He was supposed to be in SS3 like Saheed but he had to repeat a class.

I learnt that as my nephew was coming to school that morning, the boy was waiting for him at a food canteen near the school gate. He attacked him all of a sudden and stabbed him in the chest.

For the past 10 years he had been living with me, he was easy-going and decent and all our neighbours can attest to that. In fact, he did not want to go to school on that fateful day but he later said he would go so as not to miss a practical class he was to have because he was a science student.”

An eyewitness, Kayode Aderibigbe, told PUNCH that it was too late for Jimoh to run to safety by the time he knew the assailant came after him. He said:

 “He (Ejo) had been waiting for Jimoh. He brought out a knife from his bag. Saheed ran when he saw him with the knife but Ejo chased him and stabbed him. I followed the pupils who rushed him to the hospital but he was confirmed dead on arrival. The police can trace Ejo.”

The school security guard, who declined to give his name, turned downrequest to speak with the principal when Punch visited the school. He said:

 “You cannot see the principal now. Come tomorrow (today). The principal and teachers have been to the hospital where the pupil was taken to. Besides, the incident did not happen inside the school.”

Some parents who also learnt of the incident besieged the school but were not allowed to enter.

A mechanic in the area, who identified himself only as Joshua, said he saw Jimoh and Ejo fighting on Tuesday.

“I was there when they were fighting yesterday (on Tuesday) after they closed from school but I did not really know what led to it. In my observation, Jimoh subdued him during the fight. I guess he (Ejo) later went to attack him with a weapon since he could not win in a fair fight,” he said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, confirmed the attack. He said a manhunt had been launched for the suspect. He said:

“According to the information we have, the pupil was stabbed by the school gate with a knife by a fellow student of the same school, who is at large.
“The victim was confirmed dead at the hospital. Investigation is ongoing.”

And this is how this Ejo guy singlehandedly changed his life for the worst just because he couldn’t control his rage. May the poor victim’s soul rest in perfect peace.

Students Set School Buildings Ablaze In Katsina Because Of Poor Performance

There was pandemonium at the Federal Science and Technical College Dayi, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina State, yesterday, where yet to be identified students reportedly set school store, clinic and two other structures ablaze.

It was gathered that the suspected students, in an act that defied logic, set fire on the building which houses foodstuffs worth hundreds of thousands of naira.

Our source listed other structures set ablaze by the students to include a library building said to have been built and donated to the school by Parents Teachers Association (PTA).

There were however two different versions of the reasons for the students’ action with one source saying the students embarked on the heinous crime to register their displeasure over the ban on use of handsets in the school.

“You know this principal is strict and has directed that no student should be seen with handsets as it disrupts their learning. Some students who violates the directive had their phones seized. We suspect the students did this to protest that” a source who doesn’t want to be named said.

But another source said the destruction which is the first of its kind in the history of the school was caused by some aggrieved students who were asked to repeat classes following poor performance.

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UNIZIK Mechanical Engineering Students Produce Mini Bus

The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the university had again proved that it was not just good in theory but also in the practical aspect of their studies.  Seven graduating students from the department constructed a “made in Nigeria” mini bus to the satisfaction of the university community.

The journey into car manufacturing in the university started last year, when a group of five students from the same department produced a Formula 1 car called AutoZIK. The seven students include Ezeigwe Chitoo, Obinani Victor, Ezeanolue Ifeanyi, Okoro Chinaza, Ominigbo Fidelis, Nwobodo Nnamdi  and Ogbu Thaddeus.

They were supervised by the Head of the department, Dr. C.H. Achebe. South East Voice learned that the group, which is known as ‘AUTOZIK II,’ spent over five months constructing the mini bus for shuttles within and around the university with locally sourced materials.

Like the popular saying, “What a man can do, a woman can do even better,” the conspicuous presence of a female, ‘Okoro Chinaza’ in the team spoke volumes. On how she was able to surmount the challenges as the only female in the midst of her male counterparts with respect to the stress associated with such herculean tasks, she said: “I had always been in their midst right from my first year in school, so it was not really a big deal.”

She disclosed that she had always followed her passion regardless of what people around said or thought.  Narrating the success story, one of the engineers, Ezeigwe Chitoo, said that the project was a dream come true.  “The Autozik group made the design using CAD software, and all necessary simulation softwares for the analysis, putting the environment into critical consideration. The bus has good seating positions, better fuel conservation, good passenger view and very good aesthetics. It was built to suit the topography of our environment and the weather condition we have in this part of the world,” he said.

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Aisha Buhari Urges Students To Use Education For National Development

The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Monday in Abuja called on Nigerian students to use education as a tool for national development.

Aisha, who was represented by the Wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, said this when the Chairman, Advisory Board, President’s School Debate Nigeria (PSDN), paid her courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.

“I am exceedingly proud of the young citizens that have taken education as a way forward for the national development,’’ Aisha said.

She said the students, through education, were empowered and had enabled them to represent Nigeria in Singapore for a debate.

“You have done so well and made Nigeria proud. I am proud of you and hope that other young Nigerians will look at your achievement and emulate,’’ she said.

She urged other students in the country to emulate the example, to make the country a great nation.

The president’s wife commended the organizers and students for doing well at the Singapore debate competition, adding that “we hope to celebrate your progress, productivity and success in the next years.

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Workers, Students, Others Protest In Ekiti, Ondo, Osun

Protesters deplored the plight of students, workers and other suffering people in Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states yesterday.

At the federal level, reactions, mostly critical, have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence anniversary speech with Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) frowning at his silence on agitation for the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.

The group, in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko, particularly criticised the President’s failure to use the occasion to unveil his government’s programme on comprehensive police reform.

HURIWA said an occasion such as the 55th Independence anniversary should have provided the opportunity for the Nigerian government under the new dispensation to provide clear guidelines and evidence-based programme of police reform given that armed kidnapping has proven to be one of the greatest national security threats after terrorism.

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Lecturer Rapes 18- Year-Old Female Seeking Admission In Unilag

A part-time lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Afeez Baruwa, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl, identified as Caroline (not her real name).
It was learnt that the victim, who was reportedly raped inside a study room, was seeking admission into the University.
Baruwa who was arrested by the Surulere Police Division on Monday, August 3 told the police in his statement that the sexual intercourse was by mutual consent, insisting that he did not rape the victim.

Caroline got to know the lecturer through her Dad because they both belonged to the same landlords’ association in the Abesan, Ipaja area.
It was gathered that the victim’s father had allowed her daughter to follow the lecturer on July 23, to UNILAG for an admission process.
According to reports, Baruwa allegedly took the girl inside one of the study halls, bolted the door, and raped her.
After the incident, Caroline, who told her parents about the rape, was taken to a non-governmental organisation, Mirabel Centre, where she was tested and the medical result reportedly confirmed that the teenager had been raped.
After the confirmation, Caroline was taken to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, where the matter was reported at the police station. Baruwa was subsequently arrested.
A police source in Surulere said:

“The suspect is actually a friend of the father of the girl. The girl had written the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, and she needed assistance with the post-UTME.

“So, the father sent her to meet and discuss with the lecturer.

“But, it turned out that on July 23 when the girl visited the suspect, he raped the girl in the study room.

“The suspect confessed to the act, but his claim is that the sex was by mutual consent.”

The Director of the Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, said the OPD would write a letter to the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor on the incident, so as to ensure that such did not happen again to anyone.
She said,

“The victim’s father wanted the lecturer to assist with his daughter’s admission. On the fateful day, the girl left with the lecturer as early as 5.30am, and they got to the school at about 7am.

“No one had arrived at the hall except a woman. While the exams had yet to start, he raped her. She went home, and the father found out that her daughter had been raped. He took her to the Mirabel Centre, which then informed the OPD.

“The centre also contacted the police at the Surulere and Isokoko divisions, and the suspect was arrested.

“We are going to defend the girl, and we are writing the VC. The suspect is said to be in the Department of Accounting. He claimed the sex was consensual, but that is not a defence.”

Baruwa, who is currently in custody, will be charged to court on today, Thursday, Aug 6th.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, confirmed the arrest.
She said:

“The suspect claims to be a part-time lecturer, but not an employee of the University of Lagos.

“He has confessed to the crime and the medical result proved same.”

Source: Punch

16 Students Arrested By JTF For Alleged Cult Related Activities

Members of the Special Taskforce on Jos crisis sector 2, located along Dogon Dutse, Jos North local government area of Plateau State, stormed the University of Jos night and arrested 16 students.

According to a student of the institution, Ogene Jude, who is also the National President of the Political Science Students Association, the affected students were picked at the hostels at about 2:00 a.m. early hours of Tuesday.

The student union leader said efforts to secure the release of the students from the security agents have not been fruitful, as the taskforce denied them access to their colleagues and refuse to inform them of the offence against the said students.

The media officer of the Special Taskforce, Ikedichi Iweha, said via telephone interview that he required more time to confirm the incident. Subsequently, Mr. Iweha, an Army Captain, did not pick his calls when our reporter called back.

But a security officer who pleaded not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to journalists on the matter confirmed the arrest of the students. He said the students were arrested and are being interrogated for their alleged involvement in cult related activities.

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Update On The Nigerian Teacher Stabbed In Bradford: Student Boasts About Stabbing On Facebook + The Student’s Photo

After stabbing his Science teacher Vincent Uzomah yesterday morning June 11 over a mobile phone, 14 year old Yusaf Khanny went on Facebook to boast shortly before he was arrested. You know what is even scarier? 38 people ‘liked’ his post! Unbelievable. See a photo of the boy below…

Students Of Federal University Otuoke Evicted Over N24m Rent Owed By State Govt.

Hundreds of returning male students of the Federal University, Otuoke in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State were Sunday stranded as they were shut out of their hostels by the landlord over alleged inability of the school and state government to pay twenty -four million Naira for two years rent.

When our correspondent visited on Monday, the 52 bedroom apartments which housed more than half of the school male population was bereft of the normal student activities but the porter and the school Dean of Student Life, Dr. Marcellina Offoha, was seen packing out some of the belongings out of the hostel as the landlord lay in wait to put a lock on the gate.

Speaking with our correspondent, the landlord who brandished a letter from his solicitors, Stream Solicitors, based in Yenagoa, said he was tired of the antics of the state government, who has failed to honour the agreement to pay him annually for the rented apartment.

He said he had made several efforts to get the issue resolved amicably but all his efforts were thwarted by the Bayelsa state government who were the tenant and the school authorities who occupies the apartment.

According to the landlord,

 “I am evicting the university, they are my tenants, they are owing due to the negligence from the state government, they are owing me for two years, I have given them quit notice and I hope they are quitting.


About 11,000 Eligible Student Voters Disenfranchised?


I Agboola Biyi Micheal , an undergraduate at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) uses this medium to bring to the notice of all registered political parties in Nigeria that as at today, when the general election is just 2 days away, about 11,000 eligible voters of my school has been sentenced to disenfranchisement by the management by deciding to keep us in school and ensuring academic work is unhindered during the election.

This I consider as a slap on our democracy if a sizable number of Nigerian students on our campus had collected there voters card back at home. It then behooves on me due to popular opinion to bring to the notice of all political parties that they should prevail on this matter , or be ready to face the outcome of the election with good faith never referring to our disenfranchisement when heading to court if need be.




FG Plans First Degree As Minimum Teaching Qualification

THE Federal Government is set to make first degree the minimum teaching qualification in Nigeria.

Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, disclosed this yesterday, when he received Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, who paid him a visit in his office in Abuja.

He said the Federal Government would explore all measures to restore the respect, dignity and status of teachers in the country.

He was reacting to Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury’s declaration that all teachers in Finland had a minimum of masters degree and that teaching is a highly competitive profession because of huge interest by too many qualified people.


The minister, who said the target of the Federal Government was to make first degree as minimum teaching qualification, noting that from 1980, the minimum teaching qualification to teach in schools was National Certificate in Education, NCE.

He said this could be upped to first degree in time to come, adding that currently, there was a number of graduates teaching in primary schools in the country.

Shekarau recalled that the country was able to get over the practice in the past where primary school leavers were engaged to teach.

He said:  “The level was raised to Teacher Grade 3 in the 60s, and later on in early 70s, it was minimum of Grade 2, and this was later phased out in the early 80s to a minimum of NCE.

“Gradually we will get there. We hope that a day will come when all our schools including pre-primary will be handled by university graduates.

“The rate at which our universities are increasing shows that in time to come that will be our target. We have a lot to learn from each other regardless of the factor of the size. The challenges are the same.”

He said apart from the general agenda of government for improving access and quality of education, his particular concern as Minister of Education was to improve the quality of teachers as a key factor.