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UTME: Gov. Abdulrazaq cries out as Kwara students fail JAMB en-mass

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has lamented the mass failure of students of the state in the just released 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME.

He attributed the failure to poor knowledge of information communication technology, ICT.

AbdulRazaq made the remark during the seventh convocation ceremony of the Kwara State University, KWASU, in Malate, Moro Local Government Area of the state.

Represented by his Deputy Kayode Alabi, the governor said: “Today, Kwara has regressed in many areas. We recently read about how several students from the state struggled with computer-based UTME, apparently resulting in mass failure among our children.

“This must be tackled immediately if Kwara must compete in the 21st century economy dominated by ICT. How do we get our children to understand the ‘liberating and exploitative’ powers of information in digital age when they don’t even have the most basic knowledge of computer?

“Our administration is disturbed by the systemic problem in our education system which manifested in the 2019 UTME. It is immaterial if there are other parts of Nigeria with similar crisis. We, in Kwara, have a duty to roll back this anomaly in the most practical way. We have a duty to ensure that the overwhelming majority of our children
are given the opportunity to excel by having access to IT-enabled education.”

The governor commended KWASU for “helping to redraw the map of Nigeria by gradually and in the most ambitious ways, bringing our state to national and global reckoning. It is heart-warming to note that the institution is indeed punching above its weight in the way it has quickly established itself as a centre of academic innovation and excellence within 10 years of its founding.

“Government is not unaware of the peculiar challenges facing this institution, especially deficiency in municipal facilities. I am informed about inadequate accommodation for students and the deplorable condition of private hostels. I have also been briefed on the problems of water supply and electricity to the malete campus. Let
me assure you that all these will be addressed in due course.”

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How ASUP reacted to Buhari’s assent of Polytechnic Amendment Bill

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Polytechnic Act Amendment Bill into law.

It’s National President, Mr Usman Dutse, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, while reacting to the signing of the bill into law by the president.

Dutse said the union was happy that the bill was finally signed, hoping that all agencies concerned would commence its implementation immediately.

He said the law when implemented, would bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflicts in the sector and also increase efficiency in operations.

Dutse said the law would also minimise government’s interference and improve democracy in the sector and industrial harmony.

“We are happy that finally, the bill has been signed; and we thank God Almighty for this great feat we have recorded in the sector.

“The law is a paradigm shift in the polytechnic sector; it will address many challenges bedevilling the sector.

“We appreciate President Buhari for assenting to the bill because we made series of efforts in the sixth and seventh assembly, but all the efforts ended without any result.

“We thank God that this time, we were able to achieve something, and we believe it will be a paradigm shift in the sector.

“The law will bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflict in the sector; it will bring about increase efficiency in operations, minimise government interference and improve democracy in the sector

“I want to encourage all stakeholders to implement the law. We are calling on all the agencies to immediately commence implementation.

“We are appealing to all the agencies concern to do the needful without further delay,” he said.

Dutse urged the Federal Government to also continue with the efforts and give more attention to the sector.

He said that the Polytechnic Act was just one of the many agitations and demands of the sector, urging the government to meet other demands.

“We are calling on the government, to without further delay, release the approved funds for the NEEDS assessment in all polytechnics, so that with the review of the law, everything will be complemented.

“The NEEDS assessment is to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions, and it is long overdue.

“A good law without good infrastructure in the polytechnic will not yield the desired result; so we want government to improve infrastructure facilities in the sector.

“We also want government to meet all other demands which include reviewing the Memorandum of Action, release of the revitalisation fund, non-payment of salaries by some state governments, payment of CONTISS 15 arrears and HND/BSc dichotomy, among others,” he said.

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Osun Polytechnic: Students accuse management of insensitivity, ineptitude

As the crisis at the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, persists following the death of an HND one student, Aminu Shehu, the students of the institution have carpeted the management of the school for what they termed insensitivity on their part.

The Students, led by the President of the Students’ Union Government, Comrade Bolaji Ezekiel alleged that the inherent level of insensitivity exhibited by the school authorities was responsible for the death of their colleague.

Ezekiel, who addressed newsmen at the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel, Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Wednesday also frowned at the state of infrastructure of the citadel.

He further accused the management of misleading the general public through different contents in the media, saying that was not the true account of what transpired.

According to him, the destruction of property at the school’s clinic, during the protest that greeted the incident was not carried out by the union, saying the protest was hijacked by miscreants who attacked the building and looted some equipment.

“We are bold to say that the management has been misinforming and making attempts to incite the general public against the students.

“It is on that basis that we considered it paramount to set the record straight, and inform the public that the deceased was rushed to the school health centre some minutes before 5pm, in which the medical personnel at the clinic said they have closed for the day.

“After rejecting the student, they did not also make the clinic ambulance available to convey the deceased to another hospital within the town. We have to carry him on motorcycle.

“Unfortunately, he could not make it to the hospital, he died few minutes after leaving the school premises”, he said.

The students’ leader, however, condemned the action of the school authority suspending activities of the union, arguing that there was no justification for proscribing lawful students’ association.

He also urged the investigative panel set up by the school management to be objective, fair and just in its recommendations and expose students culpable in the crisis.

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300-level UNIBEN student commits suicide ‘over breakup with boyfriend’

The corpse of Miss Christabell Omoremime Buoro, aged 21, a 300-level student of the department of Medical Laboratory student, University of Benin (UNIBEN), was on Tuesday evening discovered in her hostel flat at Plot 4 Uwaifo lane, Newton street, Ekosodin area, behind the university fence.

A source in the compound (name withheld) told DAILY POST, that the dead body of Miss Christabell was discovered after she allegedly took some deadly substance to end her life. It was gathered that the undergraduate linked her suicide to her breakup with her boyfriend.

The source disclosed that an empty sachet of Klin detergent was found in the spot where she took her life.

According to him, “A small girl of that age will take her life all because of one boy. The policemen that came to evacuate the body were very angry after reading out laud the note she dropped.

“Thank God that she even dropped a note, if not the roommates would have been in hot soup, because investigation would have began from that point.”

Meanwhile, police officers at the Ugbowo police station have invited the two person for questioning over the content of the letter.

Rumour circulated yesterday that Christabel mixed the deadly insecticide, popularly called Sniper with Sprite drink, and reportedly left a suicide note where she stated that she was about taking her life because the guy she loved didn’t love her in return after her boyfriend broke up with her.

When contacted on the phone, the university PRO, Mr Michael Osasuyi, told DAILY POST exclusively that the institution is waiting for a detailed briefing concerning what really happened since the incident did not happen within the school premises.

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