BUK LOSSES DEPUTY VICE CHANCELLOR

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Haruna Wakili of Bayero University Kano is dead.

Hajiya Fatima Binta Muhammad, the University Registrar, told newsmen in Kano that the erudite scholar died at the wee hours of Saturday at the National Hospital, Abuja.

A Professor of History, specialized in History of Riots, Revolts, Conflicts, Peace studies, Democracy and Good Governance was a former Commissioner of Education in Jigawa.

The erudite professor of History who died after a protracted illness was taken to India for medical treatment for six months, and returned to the country during the COVID-19 lockdown window.

He was also the former Director, Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training (Mambayya House) .

The Registrar disclosed that the funeral arrangement would be announced later.

WAEC SHUTDOWN ACTIVITIES

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has indefinitely postponed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates, 2020.

In a statement, WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan, said the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020 in member countries, was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement reads in part: “The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.

“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Corona Virus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for School candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.

“This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the federal and state governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”

Areghan said the timetable for the examination had been suspended and would be “reviewed once the health situation improves.”

CORONAVIRUS: NORTHWEST SCHOOLS TO BE SHUT DOWN

Governors in the northwest region have announced closure of all schools for the next 30 days.

The Governors, in a divulgence made available to newsmen by Chairman of the Forum and Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, said the discretion became necessary to prevent the spread of Corona Virus COVID 19 disease across the northwest.

Katsina recorded its first suspected case of coronavirus on Wednesday.

The Governors converged on Kaduna, alongside heads of security agencies in the zone to review security strategies and fight against banditry, before the case of the virus was reported in Kaduna Wednesday morning.

Govenor Masari said the closure will take effect from Monday 23rd of March 2020.

He said the governors will meet with examination boards to discuss the development.

They also advised the general public to avoid unnecessary gatherings, urging them as well to maintain good hygiene.

BREAKING: ASUU COMMENCE NATIONWIDE STRIKE

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on a two- week warning strike with effect from today Monday.

Its National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this at end of the National Executive Council meeting(NEC) held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

Ogunyemi said the strike action was to compel federal government to implement the agreements and resolutions of Memorandum of Action discussed in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoU), all of which have not been implemented.

UNIABUJA STUDENTS RISK JAIL TERM

Four students of the University of Abuja risk jail term for allegedly forging their National Examinations Council (NECO) results to gain admission in the institution.

Effiong Theresa Etim, Solomon Victor, Abdulkabir Mohammad and Yakubu Joy Adama were handed over to NECO by the management of the university for prosecution

The four students have been arrested by the Nigeria Police and are already in detention in Minna, Niger State capital where the examination body is headquartered.

Their arrest followed an ongoing verification of certificate exercise ascended upon by NECO on all the higher institutions in Nigeria which led to the arrest of the suspects in October 2019.

The examination body said that the move was to refurbish the institution and its certificate issuance in order to ensure that only credible certificates are issued to the public.

They were supposed to appear before a judge of the Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse zone 2 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Monday.

An official of the examination body told reporters that the suspects may likely be arraigned before the end of this week following the failed arraignment of the students on Monday.

The case has not been assigned to any judge yet, it was learnt.

Chigozie said about nine students of the university have so far been arrested over similar offense.

The students, he noted, are still undergoing further investigation to gather more information.

“This is to send a strong message to students out there using fake NECO certificates”, an official of NECO said on Monday.

The one-count charge reads: “On the 18, October 2019, the registrar of the University of Abuja laid a complaint to the AIG zone 7 headquarters Abuja for investigation.

“It revealed that you Effiong Theresa Etim with June 2017 NECO SSC no 501569013, Solomon Victor June 2017 NECO SSC no: 10506512111, Abdulkabir Mohammad with June 2012 NECO SSC no: 105016543 and Yakubu Joy Adama with June 2016 NECO SSC no: 597472720.

“That these certificates upon which you gained admission or sought admission into the University of Abuja are forged certificates. You are thereby suspected to have committed the above offense.”

MATAWALLE THREATENS TO SACK SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

Following the finding of unhygienic and distasteful food given to students in secondary schools in Zamfara State, Governor Bello Matawalle has directed that forthwith, all school principals and feeding officers either serve wholesome foods to students or face redundancy.

Matawalle gave the directive today when he paid an unscheduled visit to Government Science Secondary School Gusau and Government Girls Arabic Secondary School also in Gusau, the state capital, where he met students eating unpalatable food.

Matawalle, who was not happy with the quality of food he met in the two schools, directed that “henceforth, the principals and the feeding officers throughout the state must eat the same food they cook for their students or be dismissed from their duties”.

The Governor expressed dislike over the type of food the principals provided for students, despite the huge amount of money being spent by the government on the programme, warning that his administration would not allow such a negative attitude to continue.

He maintained that he decided to make it mandatory for the principals and the feeding officers to eat together with the students so that the quality of food would improve.

“You must join the students to eat the unpalatable and unhygienic food you serve them and I will keep you on the watch so that those who violate the order would be dismissed,” he said.

KANO STATE TO CONSIDER FUTURE SUPPORT FOR KWANKWASO FRENCH ACADEMY’ GRADUATES

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Impressed by the performance of the students of Kwankwaso French Academy in Kano, the commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru has expressed the need by the state government to support the students in futhering their studies after graduating from the Academy.

He made the assertion when he led the minister for Secondary Schools Education of Niger Republic on education tour to the French Academy.

The commissioner noted with delight the performance of the students, particulaly for their ability to speak French language fluently.

He said that the commitment displayed by the students will no doubt make the state government proud considering what the government is spending on them.

The Majidadin Kiru further stated that the Academy is of Secondary School status, there is need for the state government to consider supporting the students to aquire tertiary education to enable them achieve their future ambitions.

The commissioner gave thumbs up to the leadership of the KSSSSMB and the management of the French Academy for maintaining the standard of the School.

He then thanked the Minister and members of his entourage for sparing their time to visit the school,

During the visit, the minister, Muhammad Sanusi Samro was overwhelmed by the Commitment of the students in learning French language.

He therefore, call on them to double their efforts by acquiring good grades in their examinations so that they can be able to secure addmissions into French tertiary institutions.

Remarking also the Executive Secretary of the KSSSSMB, Dr. Bello Shehu Expressed delight to the Minister and his entourage for the visit, hoping that the bi-lateral relationship existing between Kano state and Niger Republic will continue to wax stronger.

Girl Child Education: How The North Can Salvage The Situation

She’s a teenage girl of Secondary School age who can calculate empirically without the help of calculator in hot sun selling parboiled maize, a stone’s throw from her is another one of her age hawking rice and beans, before them is a young widow of twenty something years selling “masa” all at most of the junctions bedevilled in Northern cities in Nigeria.

Women are the image-makers of every society, the importance of girl-child education cannot be over emphasized, for when you educate a girl, you educate a generation. Education allows her to be better prepared and equipped to handle challenges life may throw on her, an educated mother ensures her children are educated even better than their father.

The fact that government-owned schools are nothing but a rotten structures handled by unskilled teachers is not enough reason to ignore a half loaf while battling with deadly hunger.

Lets not delve into the wide disparism between the North and South in terms of girl-child involvement, historically, Nana Asma’u, Queen Amina were known to have set the face of North Western Nigeria during their time but from a rough survey I carried in my locality, the rate of educated females above 35 is higher than those below whom even the lucky to be in universities or colleges are from families with educational and strong financial background. What is the future of potential academic dons who will succeed the likes of Profs Aisha Madawaki, Zainab Alkali, Asabe Kabiru Usman and others numerous to mention in poor families who roam streets from dawn to dusk?

With girls as young as six, who should be in the four walls of a classroom hawking pepper, cheese or pure water. Our politicians need to end the era of needing women in their campaign trains and not cabinet to take measures to salvage our image-makers from the quagmire of ignorance, illiteracy and discrimination. I’ll recommend increase in “Girls only” schools and skill acquisition centers, scholarships for females in tertiary institutions, sponsoring those with poor background and 35% female-inclusion in our various ways of life. The states ministries for women affairs should also be put in order to accommodate the needs of women. What is the future of North when females are denied rights to learn in academic settings or play their roles in public domains.

I don’t know who discovered water but I’m certainly sure it’s not the fish. If begging, hawking, child abuse and gender discrimination are not societal crimes, definitely, western education is not a sin. Our religious leaders and traditional institutions should pay more attention to girl-child education in their domains.

My profound hope is in the traditional councils, Civil societies, Local Government Authorities and pressure groups within North, instead of free tickets to Israel or Saudi Arabia or donating motorcycles to ‘party boys’, investing in humans is the best business. Recently, two Zuru daughters; Hadiza Musa Sami and Hussaina Sani Tadurga broke jinx in their respective universities as first female first class graduates of Statistics and Biochemistry from Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aleiru and Sokoto State University respectively. If support is not granted, these excellent brains may end their careers in ‘kitchen, living room and other room’.

A child cannot drink from an empty cup, women are needed in all aspects of life. We have one or no choice now, our land is failing educationally with mothers of tomorrow wallowing streets instead of learning to inquire, acquire, aspire and inspire; how to look after themselves and others, how to stand on their own two feet and contribute their quota in the society.

Culled from DPH NEWS

Gambia’s Pateh Bah Becomes WAEC New Registrar

he West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has appointed Mr Pateh Bah as its new Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The examination body disclosed this in a statement on Thursday by its Director of Public Affairs, Mr Abiodun Aduloju.

According to the statement, the appointment was ratified by the International Governing Board of WAEC at its 67th Annual Meeting held in Freetown, Sierra Leone in March 2019.

Bah from the Gambia succeeds Dr Iyi Uwadiae from Nigeria and is appointed for a five-year tenure from October 2019 to September 2024.

He is a graduate of Pune University, Maharashtra in India from where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1997.

The new WAEC boss also holds various postgraduate and professional qualifications from other institutions in India and the United Kingdom.

He worked briefly with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Banjul, The Gambia from 1990 to 1991 before he joined the service of WAEC at the Gambia National Office on October 9, 1991.

In 2002, Bah was appointed as Personal Assistant to the Registrar/CEO after which he relocated to the Council’s headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

While at the Headquarters, he rose to the position of Principal Assistant Registrar on April 1, 2010, and successfully served as Personal Assistant to two successive Registrars.

Based on a special request by the Board of Directors of the Gambia Office of WAEC – The Gambia Administrative and Finance Committee – Bah was deployed in June 2010 to temporarily take charge of the Gambia National Office when its headship fell vacant.

He was later made the acting Head of National Office for a two-year term from September 2010 to August 2012 and at the expiration of the period, he was appointed the substantive Head of the Office with effect from October 12, 2012, a position he held until he assumed office as the 13th Registrar to Council on October 1, 2019.

He was a member of the Governing Boards of the Gambia Technical Training Institute and the Gambia National Accreditation & Quality Assurance Authority.

Bah also served as Chairman, Audit Committee of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) and the present Treasurer of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA), as well as a member representing Africa on the Board of Trustees of the IAEA.