Students, Market Women Protest Long Closure Of Osun Tertiary Institution

students, osun state college of education, ProtestStudents of the Osun State College Of Education have taken to the streets again, to protest the long closure of the tertiary institution.

The crisis seems to have taken a new turn, as not only students, but market women, youths and residents of the Ila Orangun town in Osun state, joined in the latest protest.

The agitation which paralysed commercial activities in the town almost led to a face-off with security personnel.

Activities at the institution came to a halt in August, following a disagreement ‎between the Governing Council, the school management and the workers union.

The union called for the removal of the chairman of the institution’s Governing Council on grounds of misappropriation of funds.

This development has, however, thrown the academic calendar of the school into disarray since January 2016.

One of the students, Fabode Oluseye, lamenting the effect of the whole crisis on their academic calendar, said “the protest became necessary to call for the re-opening of the school”.

Traders on the other hand are equally affected, as they receive major patronage from the students.

Some of them complained that their means of livelihood had been cut short as a result of the long closure of the school.

The traditional ruler of the town, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdul Wahab Oyedotun, believes that a policy statement from the Osun State government will ‎go a long way in resolving the impasse.

The Chairman, House Committee On Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, who spoke to Channels Television via telephone, appealed for calm while assuring the students and the community that the state government would resolve the lingering crisis soon.

Ila residents have, however, adamantly, vowed to continue the protest if no word was heard from the government as soon as promised.

Post UTME Should Be Optional – Professor Badejo

Professor Tola BadejoThe former Vice Chancellor of Wesley University, Professor Tola Badejo, has advised the Federal Government to make the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) optional.

He gave the advice on Monday while voicing his opinion on the government’s announcement of the scrapping of the examination conducted by tertiary institutions in Nigeria for applicants seeking admission into various schools.

“Make It Optional”
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he maintained that authorities of various institutions should be allowed to decide how to accept candidates.

“Why should you tell somebody not to organise a screening when before you leave any University, you have to be found competent in character and learning.

“If I have to do that, why should someone tell me not to interview every candidate?” the university don questioned.

Professor Badejo cited instances where he was able to discover students with potential criminal traits during interview, stressing that government should “make it optional”.

In his earlier address at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, affirmed that universities could screen candidates admitted by JAMB, but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we will address it,” he said.

FG Spends 100 Billion Naira On Education Annually – Sambo

Namadi-Sambo.jpg1electionNigeria’s Vice President (VP), Namadi Sambo has said that the Federal Government spends about 100 billion naira annually on educational projects across the Nigerian Universities.

The VP, at a foundation laying ceremony of Dame Patience Jonathan’s 360 beds female hostel block, and the Modern International Conference Center of the Bayero University, Kano, said 1.5 trillion naira from the Presidential Support Fund on education has already been approved to cater for the needs of Nigerian Universities and other tertiary institutions.

Vice President, Namadi Sambo who said courtesy of their administration’s transformational agenda, ”projects like this will continue to full all the Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions”.

In an interactive session with members of the University Community, the VP said, in order to realise the Nigeria’s vision 2020, the Federal Government has paid special attention to the education sector, through the award of various projects costing billions of naira.

Meanwhile, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Rasheed told the Vice President that the university had in the last four years been repositioned from an art based, to a science based university, with the introduction of about 40 new departments and research centers.

The VP was accompanied by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau and Minister for Special Duty, Tanimu Turaki.

18 Lecturers Nabbed By SSS For Admission Racketeering

Officials of the State Security Service, Niger State command, has apprehended 18 lecturers of the Niger State College of Education for alleged admission racketeering.

The provost of the institution, Professor Faruk Lawal who declined to speak on camera, told Channels Television that the syndicate was discovered when the school authority on suspicion of a foul play in the admission process decided to change the institution’s admission process.

He maintained that the lecturers who had been involved in the practice for more than 10 years were collecting money, ranging from fifty thousand to hundred thousand naira to admit students who did not have the Senior Secondary Certificate (S.S.C.E).

Professor Lawal disclosed that over 1000 students were affected, adding that investigation into the racket was on-going with a view to unmasking other members of the syndicate.