Obafemi Awolowo outstanding merit still exists in Prof. Christopher Imumolen, Says Student

The students of Christopher Imumolen has attest of the outstanding merit led by Late. Cheif Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo GCFR, was a Nigerian Nationalist and Statesman who played a key role in Nigerians independence movement, the students of JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology are commending his attributes in Nigerian education and legacy that is still runs among the students.

These disclosure was made by one of student Chukwudi Timothy Samuel, a Publisher and Chief Editor of ApexReporters Magazine, during the matriculation into the JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology,  he referred to Professor Christopher Imumolen as the Awolowo of our time, because of his education patriotism.

Mr. Chukwudi further applauds Prof. Christopher Imumolen , President of JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology, as a great tertiary citadel, who shares the educational ideologies of late Obafemi Awolowo, whose objectives are to ensure that average children in Nigerian acquire a considerable experience in education.

Samuel emphasised that the mission of Professor Imumolen on earth is a humanitarian one that pursues general good, and he sincerely express his gratitude for
the scholarship awarded to him by Prof. Christopher Imumolen to further his  Mass Media and Communications in JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology.

Chukwudi commending Prof. Christopher for his charitable works for several years to student’s and less privileges, because of his excellent performance in given help to the masses, these gesture resulted the stakeholders in his communities to pray that almighty God will emerge Accord party the winner of 2023 3 Presidential seat, because of his attributes to humanity.

In the recent time, the community and the members of public has attested at his excellent supports to the destutes once, impacting knowledge to iletracy, which is a fundamental vision that will abate crime to the barest minimal, and also bring peace and orderliness in societies at large, education has been described as a light and power that will liberate nation with a better goal.

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By
Chukwudi Samuel

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, A Racial Nomenclature.

While, we as Africans battle the attempts to westernize our continent by global forces, it is also right to note that on very crucially seemingly insignificant issues we have offered indirect concession to the prevalence of the western agenda, especially racism.

I went through a tweet a few days back and was captivated to read about the visit of the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Nigeria and how the CNN reported the news as  “Mark Zuckerberg makes first-ever visit to sub-Saharan Africa”, and just like many Nigerians, I was so into knowing why the same news Network will report the risings and issues of corruption and insurgents with clear identification  with the  name NIGERIA yet would report the coming of a global personality and link same to sub-Saharan…

Could it mean that as Nigeria, we matter less to host a personality of such or in this part of Africa, we are opportune to have him?

What was wrong in mentioning NIGERIA, or WEST AFRICA… better still Africa. What was the message communicated in saying that after many years of Facebook’s existence, Mark visited sub-Saharan Africa for the first time? Is there anything wrong with that part of Africa?

So the nomenclature SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA is very problematic and a strong indicator of racism and this I’ll illustrate in this article, while you read through.

Africa is a continent with over 40 nations, 54 to be very exact. In very recent findings, it’s been noticed that the United Nation, had categorized 46 of these countries into what they have presented to us and the world as SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.

The definition and justification of the category according to the UN is that these are nations that are not in the Sahara, most particularly aren’t in the core of the Sahara and don’t share religious and cultural linings with the middle East(Arabs),having this dominant in them and must be a north African nation, yet I fault these positions and find them  very misleading and full of ulterior intents.

The African countries in the Sahara are: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia. In other words, if the dominant religion in a nation is the Arabic religion and culture as well as the nation is in the Core of the Sahara, that nation isn’t sub-Saharan.

The following on the other hand are the non sub-Saharan African countries according to the UN: Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia.

Sequel to the above and following the UN condition for being a sub-Saharan nation, if truly the condition for being sub-Saharan is geographical, then what is a core Saharan nation like Mali, Niger, Chad doing in sub-Saharan Africa category? These are nations where 99.3% of persons living in for instance Niger, are Muslims, 58% in Chad are Muslims, core Arabian religion).

What is a nation like Eritrea doing as a sub-Saharan nation when her closest neighbor Mauritania is not?

Further ahead, a nation like South Africa until 1994 was considered a non sub Sahara African nation, but as soon as blacks took power as a result of the legitimization of the people’s government, it became sub Sahara African,

Why? What is an east African nation like Djibouti doing as a one sub-Saharan nation even when it’s not in the Sahara and not even North Africa?

What are the realities? The western bloc are being very careful not to pronounce the gross division they are gradually sowing in Africa, to say further the clear intention to divide Africa by color lines are clear in guise of uncalculated and faulty geographical distribution. So it will be immodest to out rightly say “white and black Africa” hence, the resort to use SUB-SAHARA to differentiate black African nations from those who are white Africans. Considering the nation’s in the non sub Saharan category, you’ll rightly see that they are all white African nations, whether you’re in the Sahara or not, while the other 46 sub-Saharan are entirely black nations whether you are in the core of Sahara or not like Mali, Niger and Chad.

I fault the conditions of the UN, and as well differ in her definitions of North Africa as nations sharing Arabic religion dominantly and sited the Sahara, then many nations in the West Africa and what they have tactically called sub-Saharan Africa, should not be there. By what SUB means, it translates lesser, partial, etc, how can we say NIGER, MALI, CHAD that are core in the Sahara are lesser Saharan nations? So, we see, it’s a tactical scheme to group black Africans away from their white brothers in the same continent.

Ekemini David is a Young Nigerian Student leader, Black Art and Traditional poet, Human/Civil Right activist, Basic Educationist, Community Development Advocate and Educator for the Rural people.

ASUU strike: Motorists stranded as students block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Hundreds of commuters were stranded on Tuesday along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, following a protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students.

Our correspondents gathered that the students had blocked the expressway, protesting the ongoing one-month warning strike imposed upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, having failed to strike a bargain with the Federal Government vis-a-vis the 2009 FG-ASUU Agreement.

The students who had gathered at the Redeemed Church axis of Mowe as early as 8 am, also protested against the current fuel scarcity in the country, thereby causing an obstruction on the ever-busy highway.

Lagos-Ibadan expressway

The NANS Chairman in Ogun State, Mr Damilola Simeon, who spoke on behalf of the students, urged FG to accede to the demands of the ASUU, noting that students were the most affected by the strike.

Simeon made a special appeal to both the FG and ASUU, to return to a roundtable and find a lasting solution to the incessant strikes that had paralysed academic activities in the nation’s universities, making the oppressed students helplessly idle.

“Our time is being wasted. Age will be against us by the time we graduate and go into the labour market.

“We will be forced to pay extra rents as most of us are staying in private hostels while some of our colleagues will be distracted, discouraged and will probably jettison schooling for illegal activities,” he said.

He further appealed to the government for more funding in tertiary institutions to ensure good working conditions for teaching and non-teaching staff.

On fuel scarcity, he noted that it had far-reaching adverse effects on the masses, particularly the ousted great Nigerian students, adding that the agencies concerned should do the needful as soon as possible to calm down frayed nerves and restore normalcy in the already heated polity.

Advertisement FG Inaugurates Committee To Renegotiate ASUU Agreement

The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated a seven-person committee tasked with the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The committee is chaired by Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs.

Other members are Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Wukari, Arc. Lawrence Patrick Ngbale, who represents North East; Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Prof. Funmi Togunu-Bickersteth, representing South West and Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja, Senator Chris Adighije, representing South East.

Also on the team are Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Olu Obafemi from North-Central; Pro-Chancellor, Kano State University of Science & Technology, Prof. Zubairu Iliyasu, representing North West; and Pro-Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Mathew Seiyefa from South-South.

It has three months to conclude the renegotiation with ASUU.

ASUU is currently on a one-month warning strike which commenced on February 14.

The academics are seeking improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities and academic autonomy among other demands.

Terms of reference

The Committee, which is expected to review the draft proposed FGN/ASUU Agreement, has the following Terms of Reference:

a. Liaise and consult with relevant stakeholders to finalise the position of the Federal Government to the issues in the draft proposed FGN/ASUU Renegotiated Agreement;

b. Renegotiate in realistic and workable terms the 2009 Agreements with other University-Based Unions;

c. Negotiate and recommend any other issue the Committee deems relevant to reposition the NUS for global competitiveness; and

d. Submit proposed draft agreements within three (3) months from the date of inauguration.

‘No Money’

One of the points of negotiation will be the non-payment of university revitalisation funds, which amounts to about N1.1 trillion.

The agreement was reportedly struck in 2009.

But the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has maintained that the Federal Government doesn’t have the money to pay such an amount, citing low oil prices during the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“In 2016/2017 government said it doesn’t have the money,” Mr Ngige said on Channels Television’s Politics Today last week. “But we will find a way by which we can fund the universities. So, a committee was set up with ASUU as members.”

According to Mr Ngige, the committee “couldn’t come up with anything that could generate funds.

“The committee even recommended that stamp duty should be taken. There was a proposal to get money from phone charges. Government made it clear that we don’t have the 1.1 trillion that is remaining.”

According to Mr Ngige, the Federal Government has dealt with most of ASUU’s demands.

“A lot of them have been dealt with after our meeting in October last year,” he said.

“That’s why I said I was shocked they went on strike.

“The only place where they have a point to hold onto and do their strike is on the issue of renegotiation of 2009 – conditions of service, because their conditions of service was supposed to be reviewed.”

The Minister noted that the academics have produced an interim report on conditions of service which was rejected by the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission (NSIWC).

“Because the things they have in there, in terms of allowances, were contrary to existing extant financial regulations,” he said.

Mr Ngige said he was hopeful the academics will call of their strike soon so that students can return to the classroom.

Shut Down Nigeria Universities Or Sign 2009 Agreement; ASUU Tells Federal Government

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has advised the Federal Government to either fund universities or shut them down.

The National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview with news correspondent on Sunday, insisted that government must implement the agreement it signed with the union in 2009.

Osodeke said these in response to Dr Chris Ngige, Minister For Labour, Employment and Productivity who stated that the Federal Government does not have the funds to meet its obligations in the agreement signed with ASUU.

Ngige said the government was considering renegotiation of the terms of the agreement with ASUU in the effort to end the ongoing strike by university lecturers.

 Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, said anything concerning improving and investing in the universities,  government would always say it had no money.

“We are not signing any agreement or MoU with them. They should implement what they agreed upon 13 years ago. At that time, the exchange rate was one dollar to less than N100.00, but now, the exchange rate is one dollar to more than N500.00. Even the value of that money before we agreed in 2019 had already been eroded.

“We have finished renegotiation, but if they have gone back to their principals that there is an area we should look at, we will look at it, we are ready.

“They are increasing their tour allowances, they move round all over the world, the wife of the president celebrating birthday in Dubai and all governors’ wives were there with their aides, they have millions of naira for their children‘s education in the UK.

They have government money but to fund education, they don’t have money.

We have told them they either close down the universities and prepare for youths or let’s for once solve this problem and move ahead so that we can have foreign students who will pay in dollars as school fees, foreign lecturers will also come here to teach.

They had money to go and move the children of the rich from Ukraine. They spent over $8m,  but to fund Nigerian universities, they don’t have money. It is not true, they have money  they are just playing games.

“The children of the poor suffer in Nigerian universities while their children have good education outside the country, they come back here and take the juicy jobs here, and keep lording it over the children of the poor. It’s a class issue.
For us, the option is for them; they shut down all the universities and let all the children go and learn mechanics or they fund the universities.”

He said as the strike entered the third week, the government had not made any genuine effort to meet the union’s demands.

Some of the union’s demands which have yet to be met are funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS); promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement, and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System Payment.

 

No Evidence Of Full Vaccination No Entry To Our Facility – JAMB

In line with the extant protocols rolled out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has resolved that no staff and visitors alike would be allowed into its offices nationwide without evidence of full vaccination.

In line with this entry protocol, staff and visitors or clients are to present acceptable evidence which is: COVID-19 Vaccination Card, any identification card connecting the holder to the vaccination card, preferably the National Identity Card; Driver’s Licence or International Passport.

JAMB in its bulletin said from available statistics from relevant agencies, the virus is spreading like wildfire, hence the clarion call for all to be vigilant, observe all protocols, and for institutions, be it public or private, to adopt relevant protocols to nip the spread of the virus in the bud.

“As a proactive agency, the Board is adopting this protocol in the light of its heightened preparations for the commencement of the 2022 UTME/DE Registration exercise.

“We implore all not to be lulled into a false sense of security as pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic as the increasingly dangerous dimension the virus is assuming should be a source of concern to all, especially with the emergence of a more-virulent Omicron variant.”

ASUU Postpones Decision On Strike, Accuses FG Of Blackmail

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has postponed its decision on strike, saying that consultations are still ongoing.

This was contained in a press statement issued by the union after its National Executive Council meeting.

The meeting held at its Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, on Saturday, December 18, 2021 to review the level of government’s implementation of the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Action of December 23, 2020 and other related matters.

In the press statement titled, ‘Enough of blackmail’, signed by ASUU president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the lecturers regretted that the Federal Government had turned its back on the plan to set up an inter-ministerial committee to review the draft Renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement.

Earlier, ASUU had announced plans to embark on a strike over the Federal Government’s failure to meet its demands.

Apart from the Earned Academic Allowances, ASUU said its demands included the review of the NUC Act to curb the proliferation of universities by state governments who are not funding the existing ones; adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solutions (UTAS) with concurrent discontinuance of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and distortion in salary payment.

Others are the release of accumulated promotion arrears; and the review and signing of the draft document on the Renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement.

Part of the statement read, “NEC was worried by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce the demands of ASUU to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued Earned
Academic Allowances.

“ASUU shall not relent in demanding improvement in the welfare and conditions of service of our members. However, we shall resist any attempt to blackmail the union and derail our patriotic struggle for a productive university system by official propaganda founded on tokenism and crumb-sharing.

“NEC concluded that government has failed to satisfactorily address all the issues
raised in the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and subsequent MoUs and MoAs.

“However, considering the ongoing intervention and consultation efforts, NEC resolved to review the situation at a later date with a view to deciding on the next line of action.”

*THE NIGERIAN HIGH SCHOOL BOY WHO WAS KILLED IN SCHOOL BY HIS SCHOOL MATES:

The divorce of societal values in contemporary school system and the honor done on business. The School system is absolutely a very different system from other systems we possibly have in our society.

It is the mirror of all kinds of social effects that we have in other systems that make up our society. A stealing child, lying child , sex driven child, abusive child , low self esteem child, an insolent child, etc are all seen and had in the school system.

This is because there’s no special place where learners must come from to make up the school, everyone can come from every and any where to become a learner. All of these have respectively interacted with social elements at their own reaches before coming to school.

WHAT THE SCHOOL IS IN REAL SENSE :The school in all honesty is 30% a cognitive development lab, 20% a psychomotor development lab and 50% an affective and value development lab. This is why upon graduation a child is first found fit in CHARACTER, before LEARNING. Skill is at 20% because with or without the school systems skills can be massively and in details learnt and developed in many other skill development systems.

The school is first a harmonizing ground that brings all these characters, differently influenced by different social elements together and places them under strict checks with standards, values that aren’t far away from the right social values of the society( the reason why the school curriculum is massively centered on the values of the people). The checks on these characters are on multi grounds.

The teacher in the classroom does so by paying particular attention to what is said, done by the students and the prevailing changes noticed in every child, none of their expressions sliding without a GOOD teacher asking WHY?(this is what the knowledge of edu and child psychology does), the compound masters or disciplinary coaches check these character adjustments as well outside the classroom, that is why most of us never played or joked with our compound or disciplinary masters. The heads of schools do these too, when a child is found behaving in ways unacceptable to the society and school, he was lashed at assembly halls, booed, punished.

WHAT THE DISCIPLINARY STYLE OF OLD SCHOOL STANDARDS DID.:

You don’t soothe an Ill attitude. Whatever psychology that taught us that romancing a child’s misbehaviour and frowning just the face are enough to correct a child that is exposed to multiple social defects and hostilities and is interacting consciously and unconsciously with them, is misleading us and the sanity of total Education. Look, it is one thing to discipline a child it’s another to have that child disciplined in a sustainable way…

How some of us grew up to become the right sense of people and thinking persons today, careful of what we do and say, though with our different bad sides, is greatly tied to the strict disciplines of our parents and school masters.

Behaviourists are of the view and I second same that any encouraged action will continue and that which isn’t rewarded won’t prevail(reinforcement). The old school standards, made sure that for every pain a learner caused the other or expressed attitude that will progress into an uncontrollably dangerous one, was unrewarded with serious pain infesting techniques as well.

Replace early child stupidity with diye and lasting pains, he will grow never to do same. Children were duly disciplined, flogged and the marks of the cane seen by them, for everytime the learners turned to look at it, it did something to their minds, the place of parenting that supported same made it so much that the child had no one to run to and had no other option but to get tamed..

WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS:

The Western school standards , killed right values in our schools and parents are a part of the problem . What in God’s name is AMERICAN LIBERAL SCHOOL STANDARDS AND CALM PARENTING? These contemporary standards are good.

They help develop in our children Cognitive and motor strength and independence, but affectively??? ZERO. “Don’t flog a child, don’t scold a child, calm parenting brings out the best from a child, discuss with them when they do things wrongly, make them your partners, canes are forbidden in schools, teachers should have a staff room and not stay in class with kids, if a child misbehaves, report to the school masters or advise the child not to do it again..??

How do we accommodate such in a society full of threatening social defects ? By studies the degree of bully cases recorded in most western schools, is so high, yet we tend to imitate their school value systems here too?.

Parents now pay so much to some valueless schools, simply because they don’t want anyone to flog or scold their kids, should anyone attempt it, the parent comes heavy breathing getting ready to fight the teacher ” I don’t flog my child, how dare you touch him”.

Honestly, you’ll take your child home and teach him yourself. What do we think e are teaching the child? How to abuse another, kill another, insult a teacher and stay confident with it because we don’t want to hurt the learner or make him feel bad because of scolding him? RUBBISH!

Parents must learn how to allow the school do its job professionally and not rant or battle at every corrective measures taken.

There are extents to child punishment as a professional teacher. No professional teacher will flog the child to death, none will strangle the child to death. This is the reason why people should not establish schools anyhow and just employ people of sad and cruel effective domain with excellent grades from the university. Let the job be for those trained holistically in it.

Sylvester died because the school is one that the parents instruct teachers not to discipline children for exhibiting young age foolishness . Those killer boys have always in one way or the other exhibited wicked and ill tendencies in school, the first time wasn’t when they killed Sylvester..

What did the teacher do? what did the school do? advise them ba?.act with them as partners right? not scold them so they don’t feel bad….have we seen what it caused.?

How do you dare say that a child who confessed to have been beaten and bruised to death by other students, fell during games at the pitch.? You see, it’s good to state here, kids are very vulnerable in the face of self effect. Psychologically no child retains any lie be it sudden or pre-planned in the face of a situation that will take his life or probably cause him helpless pains. They aren’t adults who have by experience or frequent exposure known that certain effects may not end them, even most adults will confess the truth if their situation is a sorry one.

How then do criminals , witches confess in the face of near death.?. That principal is first guilty of conspiracy in the death of the boy. I mean why would you seeking to protect your job make you spill such insensitive words to the public?..You see the school systems we are having?where money making is placed over character modification and adjustment of learners…

God help us.

Ekemini David

Dept of counselling,AEFUNAI

07088861099kemdailies@gmail.com

Dowen College: Police Arrest Two Students, Reps Order IGP To Take Over Case

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Tuesday, said two of the students allegedly named by a deceased student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, Sylvester Oromoni (Junior), have been arrested.

Odumosu noted that another student and three house masters were also assisting the police with investigation.

He said, “One student was invited and two arrested; they are three, so one is assisting us. We just started the investigation. We have two in detention, while the other one is just a witness to throw some light on what happened.

“We are discussing with the family on autopsy; we can’t do autopsy without the family; we can’t do autopsy without the school authority representative too. We can’t do autopsy without the representative of the parents of students being alleged; we need to be fair to everybody, so there is an arrangement to carry out autopsy with every stakeholder in attendance.”

Airviews News also learnt that the police invited the parents of the deceased student for a meeting on Wednesday to aid the ongoing investigation.

The news of Sylvester’s death went viral last Wednesday following a social media post by his cousin, Perry Oromoni, who alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel because he refused to join a cult.

He also said the victim named five of them before his death.

But the school denied the claim, saying Sylvester complained of leg pains following an injury he sustained while playing football.

The state government, on Friday, ordered the indefinite closure of the school pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.

Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education stormed the school in the early hours of Sunday and sealed the premises.

The Falana and Falana Chamber, on behalf of the family, petitioned the chief coroner of Lagos State on Monday, demanding an inquest into the death.

Our correspondent learnt that the coroner had invited the chamber for a meeting on the matter.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to take over the case of the Junior Secondary School 2 pupil.

The House also called for stricter regulation of schools and their boarding facilities by the Federal Government.

At the plenary on Tuesday, a member of the House, Unyime Idem, moved a motion of urgent public importance, titled, ‘A Call to Condemn the Trend of Inhumane Treatment in Nigerian Boarding Schools Across the Country and Comprehensive Investigation into the Activities of Nigerian Boarding School System.’

The House also mandated the “Inspector General of Police to immediately commission and take over the investigation, prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators of the identified heinous crimes.”

Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Education; Youth Development; and Women Affairs and Social Development to follow up with the investigation, set up a committee to brainstorm and come up with modalities and report to the House within two weeks.

Police Shoot As Babs Fafunwa Secondary School Students Protest Trailer Killing

ome police officers have been seen in a video shared online shooting teargas into a school as students of Babs Fafunwa Secondary School protested, after a trailer rammed into the school property and killed their schoolmates.

The police officers were in the area to restore normalcy and a man was heard in the background, asking why they will be “shooting” into a school.

The security operatives were also seen at some point in the video, entering the school premises.