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Hoodlums destroy schools’ properties in Oyo

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Filed photo : One of the Model Schools in Oyo state

Unknown persons, suspected to be hoodlums have attacked and destroyed property belonging to public primary and secondary schools in Oyo State.

Our reporter reliably gathered that the public schools became the target of attacks by hoodlum due to the inability of the schools’ management to pay for the services of security guards, particularly the night guards, who were said to have been relieved of their jobs after Governor Seyi Makinde announced the abolition of all forms of payment in public primary and secondary schools .

Meanwhile, Governor Makinde vowed to restore running grants to schools, but this promise has been abandoned or ignored.

It would be recalled that pupils in public secondary schools paid N1000 per term each under the education policy of Schools’ Governing Boards (SGBs) of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration. The N1000, which serves as  ‘baseline funds’  were domiciled in the accounts of the schools for their smooth-running.

As if that were not enough,  very recently, another newly constructed school – Oluyole OLGC Primary School, Ayegun, Ibadan, was visited by hoodlums and vandals.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran on Tuesday declared war on those who sabotaged some of the newly constructed Model Schools in the State, saying the present administration would treat them as saboteurs who maliciously damage government properties.

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Adeniran, who decried the incessant attack, promised that when caught, perpetrators of such acts would be punished with extreme severity regardless of their political affinity.

The SUBEB boss, also alleged that these deliberate destructive acts were aided by some teachers and staff members of the school.

 According to him, “It is unfortunate that these deliberate destructive acts on one of our Model schools reportedly were aided by some teachers and staff members of the school, but let me assure you that this administration would tackle the menace of thuggery among our teachers in the interest of our children.

“This government frowns at such shameful act and we promise to fish out those who master-minded this. As a government, we will not allow anybody mortgage the future of our children, for their selfish interests,” he added.

While he assured  that the state government, through the Board would not take with levity vandalization of any of its properties built for the good use of pupils, Adeniran also called on community  leaders to commit themselves into securing such properties built within their communities.

He further promised that government would carry out all necessary inquiries into what led to the destruction of items in the said school, saying the state government is not a toothless dog that would not bite offenders.

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The SUBEB chair, however reassured that the present administration would put an end to vandals’ pandemic in the state, just as he stressed  that government would put in place stiff security measures to guard schools and ensure rigid penalties for offending teachers and staff members who aid such act.

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COVID-19: Ibadan Poly rector advocates accurate information, as institutions prepare for resumption

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The Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI), Professor Kazeem Adebiyi has advocated for keeping of up to date and accurate information as part of management’s efforts to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic in our tertiary Institution.

Professor Adebiyi advocated this at a lecture he presented recently at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

Adebiyi who presented a paper on staff/ staff relationship under new norms and values in Education Delivery after Covid -19 stressed the need for the Tertiary Institutions in the country to provide transparent communication in their day to day activities as part of the strategies to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic.

He maintained that management of the institutions should as a rule listen to their staff and respond to concerns about their wellbeing.

The Rector, who also  noted that the Management should organise ways to ease the burdens on their staff emphasised that attention must also be given to their mental health and well- being.

He averred that the closure of educational institutions as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid- 19 has affected the education, wellbeing and functioning of all parties involved and efforts must be made to curtail it by living with it safely.

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Ibadan Poly sacks chief lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct

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The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan last Tuesday terminated the appointment of Mr. Ajadi Kelani Ojo Omotosho, a lecturer in the department of Urban and Regional Planning in the institution.

 

According to a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar/Secretary to the Council, Fawale M.T and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, the lecturer was shown the way out of the citadel of learning for his involvement in act of misconduct which resulted in “embarrassing and tarnishing the image” of The Polytechnic, Ibadan , his employer.

 

The letter of termination dated 15th September, 2020 , signed by Fawale M.T, the Registrar read, “You will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behavior and a poorly managed relationship with your former student. These resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the image of your employer, The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

 

“You will also recall your responses and appearances before the investigation panel and senior staff disciplinary committee that looked into the above matters. After a careful consideration of the issues above, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.

 

“The Governing Council, therefore approved the immediate termination on your appointment with effect from Friday , 11th September,2020. “You are to handover all properties of the institution in your possession to your Head of Department”, the letter concluded.

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‘Many of my classmates called me daddy and taught me law’ – Adeolu Akande

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completed law programme after four attempts

 

 

I wasn’t the oldest in the class. I think there were at least three persons in the Abuja Campus of the Law School who were above 70 years of age. I, however, belonged to a generation of students called “the Elders,” most of us in our 50s and 60s. I was inspired by many of the older gentlemen, especially those who had been Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors, and successful professionals – Accountants, Doctors, Engineers, Actors, Journalists, etc. It was an irony that each time some of my younger classmates told me I inspired them, coming to the Law School at my age, I, in turn, took my inspiration from those above 70 and successful men who were in the same class.

My interest in Law was spurred by my interest in politics and the fact that many of the personalities that inspired my interest in politics like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, Chief Bode Thomas were lawyers. My interest in Law deepened when I had opportunities to work in government (Federal and State), and from there, I concluded that knowledge of Law is a sine qua non for outstanding performance in government. As Chief of Staff to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, there were occasions when we had heated debates on issues. The governor would agree with my position but would end up accepting the counsel of the lawyers in the cabinet. His reasoning was always that if he followed my advice and there was a backlash, he would be left vulnerable. However, he could still take refuge in the fact that he followed the counsel of his lawyers, especially on matters bordering on legal issues. When the governor dissolved the cabinet in 2013, I resolved to go back to school and Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State offered me a serene, stimulating and comfortable environment to pursue my dream.

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It was both challenging and fun attending classes with younger classmates. Many of them called me daddy, and I often found that amusing. Many of them were also quite helpful. I believe this new generation is smarter. They grasp issues much faster, and they are quicker to adapt. They have access to more information and can sustain discussions across many disciplines, having no boundaries between what the older generations classify as “serious” and “unserious”. For instance, they don’t regard versatility in music as a sign of unseriousness. I encountered many of the best students in the class who were nimble dancers and almost fanatical football fans, especially the English Premier League.

Midway into the session, I was astonished when they discussed issues of Law, and I began wondering whether we were in the same class! This inspired me, or more accurately, pressured me to work harder.

Many of them taught me the mathematics aspect of Law, particularly in Corporate Law and Property Law. Believe me, it is helpful when people who are younger than you teach you a subject. You feel challenged to work harder, especially when the one teaching you does not have the patience to repeat himself. One of them once told me, “Daddy, this thing is not as difficult as you make it look! I was slightly jolted, but I calmed down and jokingly told him to take it easy with daddy!

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..I SUCCEEDED AFTER FOUR ATTEMPTS.

I feel fulfilled because I finally succeeded in finishing the law programme after four attempts. I had to withdraw after one year at the University of Ibadan because some of my colleagues wrote a petition that I was a full-time staff of the Nigerian Tribune, so I had no business enrolling for a full-time law programme. I would have finished in 2001. I tried a second time to run the programme in 2010 at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom, but family commitments made me abort the trip a few days to my departure. I did one year with the University of London External Degree programme in 2014 but opted out when it looked like the Council of Legal Education would not shift ground on not allowing correspondence students to attend the Nigerian Law School. I felt there was no point reading law if you would not appear as counsel in court.

Law School is tough. You work round the clock. You must achieve 75 percent class attendance. You must attend group meetings and complete the daily assignments. You must be well prepared for every class as you may be called to anwer questions in class and you will not want to disgrace yourself before more than a thousand classmates amongst who call you daddy. Failing the bar examination was no option. In truth, it crossed my mind a number of occasions that it was quite possible to flunk the final bar examination. I always shrugged it off and wished it away, but felt pressured to work harder. The only reward for hard work is more work, and I am glad it has ended in praise.

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To God be the glory.

 

Professor Adeolu Akande is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.He chairs the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

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