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UNICAL VC bags African teaching authourity award

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The Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) has conferred and award on Prof. Florence Obi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar.

Obi was conferred with Fellowship of a Distinguished Teacher Award by AFTRA at the Senate Chambers of the University on Monday in Calabar.

She was duly selected and recognised for the award by the 55 Member States of the Africa Union (AU).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that AFTRA is the intergovernmental umbrella of the Ministries of Education and National Agencies regulating teaching in the 55 AU Member States.

Prof. Steve Nwokeocha, the AFTRA Executive Director Academics, said that Obi was chosen for promoting the teaching profession and for attaining the height of her teaching career, which have made her to stand out in the continent.

He explained that for her sake, millions of people can dream to become teachers and also the girl child can aspire to the highest position in life.

He said that in Nigeria, Obi is the 6th fellow and first woman in Nigeria to be conferred with the award.

“This is first time AFTRA is organising a continental event solely to honour a single individual. Having examined her pedigree, AFTRA was convinced that she deserves the honour,” he said.

Obi said that the award was the “peak” of the awards she had receive in her teaching profession.

She said her desire of bringing up the young ones and transforming them into great men and women had given her much joy and fulfilment.

“I am so fulfilled today because this is one award I will live to treasure simply because it is an award that came from the recognition of my contribution to my profession.

“It is an award that is international in nature. I feel honoured today that the 55 Member States of AFTRA have found me worthy for this award and recognition.

“As a fellow of AFTRA and for the fact that I am a professional teacher means that I have a lot to do to promote the profession.

“I have deep love for the teaching profession; and I know that the only profession that I can fit in excellently is the teaching profession,” she said.

She commended AFTRA for coming together with a view to promote academic excellence and the teaching profession in Africa. (NAN)

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FG Can’t Borrow N1.1trn To End ASUU Strike – Festus Keyamo

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said it was unrealistic for the Federal Government to borrow money to end the months-long strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

He made the comment while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday.

“Should we go and borrow to pay N1.2 trillion yearly?

“You cannot allow one sector of the economy to hold you by the jugular and then blackmail you to go and borrow N1.2 trillion for overheads when our total income would be about N6.1 trillion. And you have roads to build, health centres to build, other sectors to take care of.”

The Minister urged parents across the country to beg ASUU.

“Like the President said the other time, those who know them, appeal to their sense of patriotism,” he said.

“Let them go back to classes. They are not the only one in Nigeria.

They are not the only ones feeding from the federal purse. The nation cannot grind to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU.”

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SANWO-OLU PUTTING SMILES ON LAGOSIANS, PRESENTS 13 SUV CARS TO OUTSTANDING TEACHERS

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has encouraged teachers to continue putting in their best as his administration will not relent in rewarding excellence while raising the prestige of the teaching profession.

Sanwo-Olu spoke at the Y2021 Teachers Merit Awards held today at the Sports Pavillon, Lagos House, Ikeja, where he presented 13 brand new SUVs to outstanding teachers and school administrators, restating the commitment to use education as a weapon to change the world and influence the teaching profession.

The following individuals received 13 SUVs – Adenike Ojo of Bolade Junior Grammar School; Adeola Adefemi of Oke-Odo Senior High School, Alimosho; Bolanle Alamu of Government Senior College Agege; Fausat Adegeye of Ebenezer African Church Primary School Agege; Folashade Oyedeji of Ajara Comprehensive Junior High School; Lukman Agbabiaka of State Junior Grammar School (Special) Surulere; Michael Ayoola of Ansar-Ud-deen Society Primary School; Olubukola Dosunmu of Girls Junior High School Agege; Olusegun Muftau of LASA United Primary School Ibeshe; Oluseyi Amao of Satellite Junior Secondary School; Omolayo Fadayomi of Karaole Primary School Ifako; Soji Megbowon of Jakande Estate Comprehensive Senior College; and Yahya Adesokan of Vetland Senior Grammar School.

While speaking, the Governor maintained that one of the game-changers in the education development plan of his administration is the EKOEXCEL programme designed to support teachers to achieve better learning outcomes across all public primary schools.

He said: “The EKOEXCEL Y2020-2021 End line Fluency and Numeracy Evaluation has further justified the huge investment and affirmed the strategic interventions and impacts”.

“We have also instilled local and international training for our teachers, creating an enabling environment for teaching and learning”.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu noted that the State’s Government investment in education is yielding positive results and the performance of Lagos State students in WASSCE/GCE has significantly improved from 38.79% in Y2020 to over 81% in Y2021, with a minimum of five credits including Mathematics and English.

He also emphasised that the Comprehensive School Programme aimed at reducing the rate of dropout in schools, through skills acquisition, is a fit-for-purpose education system poised to create equal opportunities for students across the State.

“We are equipping school students to be self-reliant, skilled and empowered before exiting secondary school,” he said.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, remarked that teachers touch humanity and are the most critical factor in the educational system, stressing that the government has continued to keep its promises of raising the prestige.

“This is a testament to a promise made and fulfilled. Like I always say, leadership is a gift and I thank Mr. Governor for his exceptional style of managing the affairs of the State as it showcases a passion for reward of diligence, commitment and hard work”, Adefisayo said.

The various prize categories included Best Teachers and Best School Administrators in Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary School categories while teachers in the Special Education Needs Schools and Technical Colleges were not left out of the awards.

The Nomination Committee Chairman, Mrs. Lai Koiki, said the committee was saddled with the responsibility of screening all 3,582 candidates who applied initially but the number was pruned to 22 semifinalists.

Mrs. Koiki appreciated the Governor’s passion for promoting the teaching profession and disclosed that some of the teachers were emotional while relating their experiences in teaching students with great passion.

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COE Ilesa Upgrade to University Status: Oyetola sets up Implementation Committee

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As a follow-up to the actualisation of the upgrade of the College of Education, COE, Ilesa to a full-fledged university, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has set up an 11-man Implementation Committee.

The Committee, headed by a foremost educationist, Prof. Olu Aina, is expected to, among other things, develop academic brief and physical master plan for the new university.

In a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, the governor noted that the Committee, which would be formally inaugurated very soon, will also engage the State House of Assembly towards the  enactment of the law establishing the new university and the National University Commission, NUC, to facilitate speedy approval and formulate the internal charter of the proposed university to accommodate the participation of other key stakeholders, especially the Ijesa community, corporate entities, in the governance of the institution via a Special Purpose Vehicle among others.

Members of the Committee according to the statement also include a former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole;  a former Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof. Labo Popoola, a former Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University, Prof. Yemisi Obilade;  and founder, Lead University, Ibadan, Prof. Jide Owoeye.

Other members of the Committee are the Managing Director,  Saroafrica International, Mr. Olakanmi Rasheed Sarumi; Associate Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun; the Chief of Staff to Governor Oyetola, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Osun Commissioner for Education, Folorunso Bamisayemi; Osun Finance Commissioner, Bola Oyebamiji;  and Osun Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Femi Akande.

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