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Oyo Govt. Warns Education Stakeholders, Promises Running Grants to Schools

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Oyo State Government has issued a stern warning to Stakeholders in the Education sector, saying anyone caught in the act of sabotaging the present administration’s efforts to reposition education in the State will be severely dealt with.

Speaking with Executives of the Oyo State wing of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) during the weekend, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran asserted that it is no more business as usual, as Government is determined to restore the lost glory of the sector in the State.

He assured them that government would, as a matter of urgency, look into the return of running grants to all public schools. This, he said, will forestall illegal collection of fees from pupils.

“The government knows that NUT and AOPSHON are critical stakeholders, and we will religiously follow our promises, but we must warn that we will not tolerate any saboteurs in our determined efforts”

“Government will look into the return of your running grants, because we know that stopping these grants did not do our schools any good”, he added.

Also speaking with Local Government Education Boards’ Financial Officers and Auditors, the Chairman said Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration has zero tolerance for vices that could disrupt its efforts.

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Dr. Adeniran also revealed that the State government would soon appoint Education Secretaries across the State, so as to bridge the gap in the sector.

He gave the assurance that each Education Secretary would merit his/her appointment, as the aim of the appointments is to put the round pegs in the round holes and to elevate the standard of education in the State.

“In order to bridge the gap, all local governments will soon have competent and deserving education secretaries, who would be the link between the board and their LGs”, he concluded.

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Magu to Corps Members: ‘Always Think Like A Leader’

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has challenged corps members to always think like leaders, saying such mindset would prepare them better for the leadership assignments ahead of them.

 

Magu gave the charge on Tuesday, at the orientation camp centre of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Oyo State Directorate, in Iseyin.

 

The EFCC boss’ message was delivered by Friday Ebelo, zonal head of the Commission’s Ibadan office, during the orientation programme organised for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members.

 

According to him, the level of education attained by the corps members must reflect in their thinking and conduct as it is expected to help them impact their environment positively.
“Nigeria places high premium on you. You cannot afford to let it down. A true leader will always do things that will lift up the society and refrain from getting involved in act that will pull it down,” he said.

The anti-graft czar also advised them to have a clear vision about their future and explore all legitimate means to ensure that their goals are achieved.

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Grow, don’t ‘blow’, EFCC boss, Magu admonishes Youth

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has charged Nigerian youths to patiently follow their dream through to success and always stay away from criminal acts in order not to fall into the raging hand of the law.

 

Magu gave the charge at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on Friday, while delivering the keynote address at the 2019 Symposium of the National Association of Philosophy Students (NAPS), OAU branch.

 

The EFCC boss, who was represented by the Zonal Head of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office, Friday Ebelo, admonished the students to take their studies seriously and always look inwards to discover and nurture their talents to maturity. He added that with diligence and persistence success was sure for them.

 

He cautioned them against joining the band wagon of the quest to ‘blow’ – the modern slang that depicts desperation for quick wealth, insisting that such mental state could push them into committing crimes which may in turn cut short their dreams.

 

“At the individual level, every youth must shun all temptation to be corrupt or be corrupted by any means. They must realise that the only way to success is hard work. The fast way only leads to destruction. GROW, don’t BLOW! An attempt to sacrifice steady growth on the alter of a ‘blowing success’ is an invitation to self-destruct,” he noted.

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While lamenting the disturbing trend in the involvement of the Nigerian youths in internet-related crimes, Magu challenged them to re-direct their energy into positive activities that will benefit them and the Nigerian nation.

 

He said the EFCC is doing its best to ensure that the exceptional talents of the Nigerian youths are properly harnessed and put into appropriate use in the nation building efforts.

 

The EFCC team was earlier welcomed to the institution by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede.

 

The professor of medicine lauded the efforts of the anti-graft agency in ridding the Nigerian society of economic and financial crimes.

 

He hunted that the university would at a latter date organise the students in a larger scale to provide an avenue through which the commission would better and more effectively deliver its anti-corruption message to members of the OAU community.

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Tech-U Signs Collaborative Agreement with Girne American University, Cyprus

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In furtherance of its goal to internationalize its programmes and produce highly competent graduates, Nigeria’s premier technical university, First Technical University, Ibadan, has signed a collaborative degree programme agreement with Girne American University in Cyprus.

 

With this collaboration, interested undergraduates now have the choice of spending their first three or four years in Tech-U, depending on the course being studied, and thereafter proceed to Cyprus to complete their degree programmes in GAU.

 

There is also the “top up” agreement through which students can complete their courses at Tech-U and apply to complete their Masters degrees in GAU.

 

Located in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus, GAU, is Cyprus’ top-ranked University noted for its demonstrable leadership in science, technology and innovation.

 

The programme is approved and coordinated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

 

Speaking at the signing of the collaboration, Dr. Serhat Akpinar, the Chancellor of the Cyprus-based University expressed his delight at the partnership and pledged his unwavering commitment to the success of the programme, which would also involve partnership in research and faculty members’ exchange.

 

Present at the ceremony which held in Girne, Cyprus, were the representatives of partner institutions and the Director of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, NUC, Mrs. Constance Goddy-Nnadi, who also represented the Commission’s Executive Secretary.

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Mrs. Goddy-Nnadi agreed that the union will promote capacity-building and quality knowledge acquisition by Nigerian lecturers and students.

 

In his remarks, Tech-U’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, affirmed that the partnership is in line with Tech-U’s vision of producing students who will not only change the diminishing job equation but also become key players within the national and international spaces.

 

The agreement with GAU is coming a year after Tech-U signed an MOU on exchange programmes with Texas Technical University, USA.

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