The Vice Chancellor of the First Technical University, Ibadan, Professor Ayobami Salami, Lagos Legislator, Hon Tunde Braimoh, PMParrot’s Publisher, Olayinka Agboola and other 1982 Set members of Lagelu Grammar School Ibadan’s old boys are ready to hold their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Contained in a statement signed by the set’s President, Sunday Amoo, the event holds at the prestigious Development Support Center located close to the NUJ Press Center, Iyaganku GRA, in the capital city of Oyo State.
“All our set members are ready for the AGM. We all always anxious to be part of the event. We plan to make this year’s edition very memorable. In addition, we will deliberate on matters relating to what we can do more to uplift Lagelu Grammar School.
“The meeting will also give us the opportunity to fraternize. Since we started this association’s AGM, the high point has always been that we look forward to seeing our old friends. We left school some 37 years ago. It is always fun meeting some of our old colleagues.
“And we are so happy that God has been merciful unto us all. Among us, have prominent politicians, engineers, lawyers, civil servants, gubernatorial aspirants, former commissioners, successful businessmen, doctors and so many others”, Said Amoo.
The AGM which starts by 10 am on Saturday will be preceded a day earlier by what the old boys called ‘Boyz’ Nite Out’. It will be held at Gifted’s Place located at Aba Alamu, off Bembo Road, Apata in the same city of Ibadan. It starts by 8 pm.
Ibadan Poly sacks chief lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct
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.
‘Many of my classmates called me daddy and taught me law’ – Adeolu Akande
…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.
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!
..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.
To God be the glory.
Professor Adeolu Akande is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.He chairs the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
COVID-19: Adamawa threatens to shutdown schools for reopening without approval
The Adamawa State Government on Tuesday threatened to shut down primary schools in the state for reopening without approval.
The state Commissioner for Education, Wilbina Jackson, made this known during a meeting with the state chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Yola.
Jackson emphasized that the COVID-19 guidelines must be followed by all stakeholders to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.
According to her, “The National Policy on education did not state that primary six should write Common Entrance, that is what we explained to them.
“It is all about automatic promotion, no one is demoted. So that is not an excuse as far as we are concerned. We are here to obey guidelines according to the Federal Ministry of Education on COVID-19″.
The Commissioner further explained that the government has not approved the reopening of primary schools nor the conduct of common entrance examinations in the state.
She condemned the situation where officials sent by the ministry to monitor compliance of schools in line with the COVID-19 guidelines were prevented from doing so.
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