Minister Of State For Education Seeks Medical Aid Abroad

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has called for prayers for the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah who is currently in the United States for medical aid.

Adamu said this in Abuja, on Tuesday at a press briefing to mark the 2017 World Teachers’ Day.

This is coming less than six weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari returned from a medical trip to the United Kingdom.

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Although the ailment for which Anwukah is hospitalised was not disclosed, Adamu urged those at the event to rise for a prayer for his speedy recovery.

Immediately after the introduction of key officials at the briefing, Adamu said, “Please permit me to ask us to say a minute prayer for the Minister of State who is away in the U.S to receive medical treatment for an illness,”

Adamu said Mr Anwukah needed prayers from Nigerians especially stakeholders in the education sector.

Former Minister, Babalola Borishade Dies At 71

A Former Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Professor Babalola Borishade, has died at the age of 71.

The minister, who according to reports, died in London after a brief illness, served in different ministries between 1999-2011.

He was also a teacher, a political strategist and an electrical engineer.

Meanwhile, his former colleague and Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode, described his death as a monumental loss, saying he was a good elder brother, who would be missed by the entire nation.

FG Reconstitutes Governing Boards Of Federal Polytechnics

Buhari Urges Nigerian Engineers To Help End Pipeline VandalismPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the Governing Boards of all the 25 Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, the Boards are statutorily responsible for the governance and overall policy formulation for the institutions concerned.

“In making the appointments of the Chairpersons and Members of the respective Boards, the President, apart from ensuring geopolitical spread, was also guided by the stipulated requirements for such appointments as contained in each of the acts establishing the institutions.

“In this respect, each of the appointees is required to, among others, possess a minimum of a National Diploma and be a person of impeccable integrity with a strong commitment to technical education.

“The new Governing Boards (comprising the Chairmen and Members) of the Polytechnics are to be inaugurated on a date to be announced soon,” the statement said.

The affected Polytechnics and their respective Chairmen are as follows:

1.Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Afikpo.Dr. J.T. Orkar
2.Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi.Chief Michael Olanrewaju Oloko
3.Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.Chief Austin Adeze
4.Federal Polytechnic, Bali.Mrs. Yalwa Tahir
5.Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.Alhaji Abubakar Dantata
6.Federal Polytechnic, Bida.Professor Muhammad Sani Yakya
7.Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu.Alh. Mohammed Abubakar
8.Federal Polytechnic, Ede.Professor Nasir Yauri
9.Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe.Professor Eddy Olanipekun
10.Federal Polytechnic, Idah.Dr. Ibrahim Muhd Liman Sifawa
11.Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro.Professor Abubakar Ahmed Sadauki
12.Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji.Chief Odey Ochicha
13.Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.Professor Kingsley Dakeni Alagoa
14.Federal Polytechnic, Mubi.Engr. Bassey Usang Bassey
15.Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa.Professor Godwin Sogolo
16.Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri.Chief Edwin Ogunbor
17.Federal Polytechnic, Offa.Chief Osekula Zikora
18.Federal Polytechnic, Oko.Hon. Chief Lasbury Amadi
19.Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas, Bonny.Sen. Ucha Julius
20.Federal Polytechnic, Ukana.Professor S. Ike Udabah
21.Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure.Chief Abayomi Daramola
22.Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna.Alhaji Yusuf Hassan
23.National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi.Professor David Adewunmi
24.Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi.Dr. Ismail Biodun Layi Oni
25.Yaba College of Technology, Yaba.Barr. Lateef Fagbemi

FG Restates Commitment To Improving Standard Of Education

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,, Minister Explains Ten Pillars Of Nigerian Education ReformNigeria’s Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, says the government will not lower the admission cut-off mark for the 78,000 candidates that sat for the National Common Entrance Examination on April 8, 2017.

Adamu, shortly after monitoring the exams in Abuja, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to providing quality education at all levels.

On his part, the Registrar of the National Examination Council of Nigeria, Professor Charles Uwakwe, who accompanied the Minister, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination.

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced an extension of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Youths Deplore Turkish Govt. Over Attacks On Nigerians

youths, turkish govt, NigeriansA coalition of Northern Youth Groups have deplored the recent attacks by the Turkish government, whereby innocent Nigerians are allegedly being subjected to incessant harassment and intimidation.

They appealed to the Nigerian government to intervene and halt the continued arrest and detention of Nigerian citizens in the wake of the July failed coup in Turkey.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, Chairman of the coalition, Murtala Mohammed, criticized the use of state agents by the Turkish government to intimidate Nigerian citizens who are pursuing their legitimate academic careers.

“We condemn in strongest terms the use of state agents to intimidate our citizens pursuing legitimate academic careers,” they said.

While noting that there have been massive human rights abuses and sustained efforts to clamp down on the opposition by the Turkish government, the youths called on the federal government to take urgent measures in ensuring that Nigerians are never intimidated or harassed in any part of the world.

They went on to say, “we suspect that the action of the pro-government forces in Turkey to take out their political frustration on innocent Nigerian Students is in a desperate bid to further a controversial political agenda Of expansionism.

“We were shocked by the recent account of one of the victims, Hassan Danjuma Adamu, who told the Cable News that he was imprisoned in Turkey and now suffering mental disturbance.

They however commended the Minister of Education for not yielding to pressure for the closure of private Turkish businesses in Nigeria.

“We are deeply touched by the recent intimidation of innocent students, coming a few months after the Honourable Minister of Education refused to submit to the call for the closure of private Turkish businesses in this country”.

Furthermore, they said: “we find it unfathomable that all of these actions of the pro-government forces in Turkey, are coming some months after an unsuccessful propaganda that our country’s shadow had loomed behind, what is now known as a phantom coup in that country”.

The northern youths held the view that if the Turkish government failed to stop the inhuman treatment against Nigerians, the Nigerian government should immediately severe its diplomatic ties with the Turkish government.

“We have seen international media records of massive human rights abuses in that country, and the sustained effort to clamp down on the opposition, notably the media, civil society a, peace promoters like Hizmet Movement and we frown at all of these,” they said.

History Back In Nigeria’s Basic Education Curriculum

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,The Nigerian government has re-introduced History as a subject in primary and secondary schools across the country.

The re-introduction followed the criticisms that trailed the suspension of the teaching of history in the curriculum of basic education.

In 2010, it was merged with social studies in basic education curriculum.

However, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, said the re-introduction had become imperative given the critical nature of history to the nation’s socio-political development.

The struggle for Nigeria’s independence was a milestone in Nigeria’s history. It is a key component of Nigeria’s nationhood and succeeding generations need to have that understanding.

Teaching these historical perspectives of Nigeria will help young ones appreciate the nation better and understand their identity, according to those involved in transferring these knowledges.

A history teacher, Samuel Ikechukwu, hailed the reintroduction, saying that young Nigerians would have been deprived the opportunity of understanding the journey of the nation and its political history if the subject was totally left out.

About six years ago, the government scrapped history as a core subject in primary and secondary schools. It was subsumed into social studies.

But the present administration believes that history, as a core subject, will help children at the earliest stage become well enlightened on the unity in diversity status of Nigeria.

To further foster unity and tolerance, the government is also considering making the study of Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge compulsory for senior secondary schools.

Nigeria Restores History Into Education Curricula

Nigeria, Education, School, HistoryThe Nigerian Government has reintroduced history as a core subject in the primary and secondary schools’ curricula.

The Federal Government also restored history as a stand-alone course at the tertiary level.

The reintroduction comes after the subject was earlier merged with social studies, following complains that pupils and students no longer like to study the course.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disagreed with the rational, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Adamu stated that no nation would progress without recourse to its past.

He added that given the critical nature of Nigeria’s history and the effect it could have on the nation at present and in the future, it has become imperative to reintroduce history as a core subject.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Folashade Yemi-Esan, on her part, corroborated the minister’s remarks.

She expressed hope that the restoration would help the young citizens learn and appreciate the diversity of Nigeria as a country.

Yemi-Esan added that it would also serve as a medium to reduce the incidences of religious and ethnic intolerance.

FG Commits To Tackling Menace Of Unqualified Teachers

Unqualified Teachers, FGThe Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to tackling the issue of unqualified teachers as part of efforts to arrest the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the declaration at the 61st meeting of the National Council on Education in Abuja.

He said “without adequate and qualified teachers, the goal of having an education system that produces quality graduates who can compete globally, cannot be achieved”.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, also advocated the need for teachers to improve themselves in order to impart quality knowledge.

In a meeting held earlier in September, the education ministry has stated its plan to align with the contemporary world and its focus on education “as an instrument of launching nations into the world of science and technology, with consequential hope of human advancement in terms of living conditions and development of the environment”.

According to the ministry, “a nation develops in relation to its achievement in education”.

Nigeria Commits To Reducing Number Of Out-Of-School Children

Nigeria On Out Of School ChildrenThe Federal Government says Nigeria is committed to reducing the number of out of school children by the year 2030.

The declaration follows prediction by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that Nigeria may not achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for education by 2030.

This was revealed in a report launched on Monday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, at a gathering of experts, government officials and other key players in the education sector.

The Global Education Monitoring Report for 2016, prepared by UNESCO, stated that Nigeria might not achieve universal primary education until 2070.

The report examined how countries would achieve the target and also checked the present status of countries on education globally and where they would be by 2030.

The Director at UNESCO’s Abuja Regional Office, Benoit Sossou, called for increased access to quality basic education as a way of addressing the problem.

Mr Adamu, however, reaffirmed that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring Nigeria meets the 2030 target by reducing the number of out of school children.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukiah, also insisted that the 2030 education agenda is achievable with the concerted efforts of all Nigerians.

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had in August expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government, stressing that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into the basic education scheme.

Soyinka Condemns Call To End BBOG Activities

Wole Soyinka on BBOG activitiesNobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has condemned the call for the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners to end their actions.

Professor Soyinka says the attempt by security operatives to stop the protesters is not in the interest of democracy.

He stated his disapproval on Thursday at an event in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

The Nobel laureate insisted that the BBOG campaigners, who are campaigning for the rescue of the missing Chibok girls, were merely expressing their democratic rights rather than constituting public nuisance.

Procession To See President Buhari

Soyinka’s disapproval comes after security operatives prevented a peaceful procession of the BBOG campaigners from reaching the Presidential Villa.

The procession, on its way to see President Muhammadu Buhari, to demand an update on the abducted Chibok girls, was stopped at the Independence Avenue by security operatives, who were “acting under strict orders”.

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, said that the march was a fallout of the government’s failure to take action on the video of Chibok girls released by their abductors on August 14.

The Co-Convener of the Group, Aisha Yesufu, urged the Federal Government to seek help from the international community to rescue of the girls.

A rival group, ‘With Buhari We Stand’, had also challenged the BBOG group, asking them to “leave President Buhari to work for Nigerians”.

The group was already positioned at the Three Arms Zone when the BBOG members arrived.

FG Unveils 2016-2019 Strategic Plan For Education

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,The Federal Government has released a new road map to guide the Ministry of Education to address the myriads of challenges confronting Nigeria’s education sector.

The strategic plan comes as part of efforts to reposition Nigeria’s education sector to play a central role in the Federal Government’s philosophy of change.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, unveiled a draft of the 2016-2019 Ministerial Strategic Plan on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory.

Mr Adamu reaffirmed government’s commitment to strengthening institutional structures and creating innovative strategies aimed at revamping the education sector.

He asked Nigerians to team up with the Federal Government to salvage the sector and return it to the path of excellence.

The 2006 to 2015 Education Master Plan launched under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was meant to fashion out new policies that would enable the sector emerge from its declining status, especially on issues pertaining to Nigeria’s ‘Education For All’ policy and infrastructural decay occasioned by institutional and legislative constraints.

The expiration of the policy in 2015 gave the need for a new strategic plan.

On his part, the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru, attributed the fallen standard of education to the failure of past governments to regulate the teaching profession.

The Director, Department of Educational Planning, Research and Development, Magdalene Anene-Maidoh, also highlighted the focus of the strategic plan.

She expressed hope that the new plan, when adopted and implemented by the experts, would arm Nigerian youths with the skills they require to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Security Stall BBOG, Immigration Recruits Protest To Presidential Villa

BBOG-2Security operatives on Monday prevented a peaceful procession of the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) from reaching the Presidential Villa.

The protesters were joined by the suspended Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruits, who have been demanding reinstatement.

The procession, on its way to see the President and demand an update on the abducted Chibok girls, was stopped at the Independence Avenue by security operatives, who were “acting under strict orders”.

The protesters decided to occupy the road, where they eventually conducted their sit-out while Police and officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) stood guard to prevent any breakdown of law and order.

Addressing the protesters, former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, explained that the march was organised after the failure of Federal Government to take action on the video of Chibok girls released by their abductors on August 14.

The Co-Convener of the Group, Aisha Yesufu, urged the Federal Government to seek help from the international community to rescue of the girls.

“We call on President Barack Obama of the United States, Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, President Hollande of France, Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, in particular to support Nigeria with all their military and intelligence assets to rescue or secure the release of our Chibok girls,” she said.

The BBOG called on President Muhammadu Buhari to swiftly make a firm decision for the immediate rescue of the missing girls.