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Governor Abdulrasaq bemoans state of education in Kwara

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Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara has expressed displeasure over the deplorable state of education in the state.

A statement issued in Ilorin on Monday by Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, said Abdulrazaq spoke at Thomas Adewunmi International College (TAICO), Oko, in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

The statement quoted the governor as promising to effect positive change in the education sector in the state while speaking at the 2019 graduation ceremony of the school.

“Kwara used to be Number One in Northern Nigeria; now Kaduna has overtaken us. Long term planning is essential and that is what we are doing,” he said.

He promised that his administration would partner with the college in the area of entrepreneurship to equip the students with the needed skills before they leave school.

Abdulrasaq lauded the communal spirit of the school’s founder, Dr Thomas Adewumi.

“You are building a huge community here. But you are not just doing this for Oko community, you are also attracting investments from other institutions.

“You are a serious-minded entrepreneur and we shall partner with you,” he said.

In his remarks, Adewumi thanked the governor for the visit which he described as unprecedented in the history of the school.

“It is a new dawn of leadership in Kwara. You are the first Kwara governor to come here. We are highly honoured.

“We are praying for you so that the story of this state will be rewritten for good under your administration,” Adewunmi said.

He told the governor about the exploits of TAICO students and the international standard put in place by its teaching staff.

“This school is raising leaders. It has international staff members and the students are known for excellence,” he said.

He commended the governor over his pledge to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship, saying the policy would improve the state’s internally-generated revenue.

Newsmen report that the programme was attended by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alfa Belgore, Sen. Simeon Ajibola as well as traditional rulers led by the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti.

Others were Hon. Abdulraheem Adewuyi, Chief Iyiola Oyedepo, Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, Alhaji Yinka Aluko, Alhaji Mohammed Abioye, Dr Bashir Ibrahim, Mr Sina Ogundele and Hon. David Aremu among others.

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UI grants automatic employment to 3Masters students with over 7.0 CGPA

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The management of University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State has announced automatic employments for three (3) best graduating Masters students in the institution.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka announced this at the grand finale of 2019 convocation ceremonies of the university held at the International Conference Centre, Ibadan on Monday.

The three lucky students, two females and a male are Osanyinlusi Titilayo Mary, Owolabi Abibat Olayinka and Adekunle Yemi Adekola.

The trio are first, second and third best graduating Masters students in the institution.

Osanyinlusi of the Department of Animal Science graduated with CGPA of 7.0 (76.9).

Owolabi of the Department of Botany graduated with 7.0 (75.1).

Adekunle of the Faculty of Pharmacy graduated with CGPA 6.9.

Olayinka while speaking maintained that the employment of the trio is with immediate effect.

According to him, the employment commences with immediate effect from Monday 18th November 2019 at their various departments.

It was gathered that the institution, prior to this announcement had on Wednesday 14th, November 2019 announced Owolabi of the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science to have graduated with a perfect CGPA of 7.0.

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Fear as Ekiti varsity makes move to fire 500 Staff

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Fear has gripped the staff of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, as the university management is allegedly making surreptitious efforts to sack about 500 staff of the institution.

The staff, according to multiple sources, were those that were employed by the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele during his tenure.

Again, some professors, who were promoted during that time might be demoted over allegation that academic due process was not strictly adhered to in their elevations.

One of the affected persons, who craved anonymity, said the new management, headed by Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof Bamitale Omole, had consistently been complaining that over-bloated workforce exists in the university and that prompt action must be taken to rectify it.

The Academics Staff Union of Universities, EKSU chapter, had in September threatened to embark on strike owing to the inability to pay their salaries and other benefits.

The ASUU chairman, Dr Kayode Arogundade, disclosed that the monthly wage bill of the university had increased from N380 million to over N502 million, while the monthly subvention from government stood at N260 million, leaving the university to grapple hard to make up for the N262m shortfall internally.

The source, who was employed as an academic staff said: “yes, it was true, the management will soon issue out sack letters to over 500 staff because of complains that the university was overstaffed.

“We have been notified and anytime from now, the letters of disengagement will be distributed and this has been creating panic and tension in the university “, he said.

It was also gathered that some lecturers, who circumvented academic process to earn their professorial titles and other positions, will be demoted.

Debunking the allegation, the EKSU’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, said the management has no plan to sack or demote any worker.

“There is no tension on campus over sack issue. I am on campus as I speak with you. The university is peaceful and I am not aware of any such plan”, he said.

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FUTA suspends students who assaulted colleague

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The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, has suspended the students involved in the bullying of a female student in one of the off campus hostels on Saturday November 16, 2019 indefinitely.

The school said it had opened investigations into the circumstances that led to the odious and unfortunate act.

The suspended students are not to be found anywhere in or near the Federal University of Technology Akure, a statement on Sunday by Adegbenro Adebanjo, FUTA Deputy Director, Corporate Communications said.

“The University deplores such behavior and reiterates that all those found to be culpable will be visited with the full weight of the law under the extant rules and regulations governing Students behavior and conduct off and on the campus at the conclusion of investigation being carried out by the Students Affairs Division.

“The University Management is providing medical and counseling support for the affected student.

“The University reiterates its abhorrence of any action or behavior by students that are inimical to the well-being of others and will continue to sanction students who run foul of its rules and regulations”, the statement added.

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