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WORLD BOOK DAY: LASG URGES STUDENTS TO MAKE READING A CONTINUOUS EXERCISE

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Digitalises 243 Public School Libraries

The Special Adviser to Lagos state Governor on Education, Barrister Tokunbo Wahab, has urged students in the State to make reading a continuous exercise if they desire to solve future leadership challenges, just as he revealed that 243 Public School Libraries have been digitalised across the State.

He made the call at an event organised by his Office to celebrate the Year 2022 World Book Day, with the theme: “You’re a Reader”,  held in collaboration with the Lagos State Library Board.

Wahab, represented at the event held in Alausa, Ikeja, by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education (OSAE), Mr. Adeniran Waheed Kasali, harped on the importance of reading, saying: “The World Book Day is a global event initiated by UNESCO to celebrate readers”.

He pointed out that the Day is very unique as it was designed to further encourage youths to develop their intellectual knowledge by being avid readers of many books.
While noting that the 21st Century is technology-driven, Wahab said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration prioritises education as a tool for development, pointing out that the third pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda focuses on Education and Technology.

The Special Adviser noted that the State Government had digitalised about 243 public schools across the three senatorial districts in Lagos to enhance the reading culture among students.

“The OSAE, through the Lagos State Library Board, recently organised the Lagosreads Inter-Schools Quiz Competition geared towards promoting the reading culture. I, therefore, enjoin all students to read continuously to proffer solutions to the various leadership challenges”, Wahab said.

On his part, the Director, Lagos State Library Board, Mr. Asimiyu Amoo Oyadipe, noted that books are capable of changing the world as readers are leaders.

He explained that reading is an intellectual activity that is driven by knowledge, adding that the event was also aimed at celebrating readers in the State.

“Reading must be taken seriously as it helps to actualise our individual and collective dreams”, he said.
Similarly, the President, Network of Book Clubs and Reading Promoters in Nigeria, Mr. Richard Mammah, stated that readers can fix problems in the country, as such, the goal is to establish reading clubs in the 774 LGAs in the country.

“To achieve this, reading spaces must be readily available. 39 of such have been identified across the country and we intend to discover more”, he said.
Mammah revealed that Lagos has been selected as the National Book Club City for Y2023 with various activities lined up.
Other high points of the event include a rendition of poems, a drama presentation by students, and the reading of Ben Carson’s book titled: “You have a brain” by guests and top government officials.

World Book Day was first observed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on April 23rd, 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. The day holds special significance as it marks the death anniversaries of two of the world’s greatest writers, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and William Shakespeare.

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Establishment of Fed. University of Technical Education will address shortage of teachers, out of school children – Barau Jibrin

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The Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriations and senator representing Kano North, Barau Jibrin has expressed delight that establishment of Federal University of Education (Technical), Bichi and Federal University of Agriculture, Danbatta both in Kano state will address the dual problem of out of school children and shortage of teachers in our schools.

Barau stated this Thursday at the public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the Federal University of Agriculture, Danbatta, Kano state (Establishment bill), Federal University of Education (Technical), Bichi Kano state (Establishment bill) and Federal College of Agriculture, Ubiaja, Edo state (Establishment bill).

Senator Barau who sponsored the bills for establishment of the two universities in Kano state said Federal College of Education Technical Bichi, which is being upgraded to university “is very famous in chunning out teachers who are teaching in the secondary schools, but there is lack of teachers needed in our universities.

“We have many private universities being established every year. So, there is that need to have a university in our area. You know we are lagging behind in terms of education. We need a university that will train teachers that will teach in these universities. That is very important.

 

He said Kano is not only the centre of commerce in northern part of Nigeria, but also centre of agriculture as they have the largest farm produce market in the whole of West Africa situated in Kano.

“Since we are known for agriculture, we need a university that will train farmers (agriculturists). We are not asking for too much because the establishment of these universities is for the benefit of the entire nation.

Talking about funding, the Kano North senator was optimistic that their hard work has resulted in “non-oil revenues growing every year”.

“Now we are talking of an institution that will help develop agriculture, which is the main stay of our economy, which will increase our agricultural produce and translate into a better living standard.

On the disturbing issue of out of school children, which is mainly a northern problem, Barau said the establishment of the institutions is the best way to fight the menace.

“We are talking about training teachers. If you don’t have this kind of institution you won’t go anywhere . We are trying to fight this out of school children, which can be done by having the school and have the teachers. Teacher is the most important element to have children trained to be better citizens of the country.

Hon. Hamisu Ibrahim, Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, who represented the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, gave the assurance of Kano State Government to the Senate Committee that they provide all that is needed for the establishment of the two universities.

 

He expressed the gratitude of the government and people of Kano to Senator Barau Jibrin who sponsored the two bills for FUOA, Danbatta and FUE (Technical) Bichi.

The Speaker disclosed that primary and secondary schools have been made compulsory in Kano state through a law passed two years ago by the Kano State House of Assembly making it “compulsory and necessary for every child to be enrolled in school”.

Prof. Mohammed Waidale, from Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Danbatta which is being upgraded to Federal University of Agriculture Danbatta and Dr. Andrew Ojienhekele from Ambrose Alli University, Edo state both spoke in favour of the bills.

According to Dr. Andrew, there is no single College of Agriculture in the whole Edo state and the current effort is “very commendable”.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund, Ahmed Babba Kaita was elated when there no single objection to any of the three bills, but said the committee was open to all views.

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Nasarawa adopts Schools Rules, Regulations

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The Nasarawa State government has adopted the school rules and regulations for primary and secondary schools to govern learners, teachers and parents towards instilling discipline.

Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fatu Sabo, made this known while receiving the document from the Society for Family Health (SFH) on Wednesday in Lafia, enjoined all schools to ensure compliance.

The commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Mohammed Bala, said that the state had shown commitment in creating and supporting school system that “promote physical and mental health education of the learners”.

Sabo explained that “the school rules and regulations is a comprehensive document resulting from collaborative work of major stakeholders in the state towards instilling discipline and nurturing learners in primary and secondary schools.

“In 2019, as part of the Our Right, Our Lives, Our Future (O3) Programme, the Society for Family Health, in collaboration with the federal and state ministries of education conducted an assessment of schools rules and regulations.

“The assessment revealed that while some of these issues were included in some school rules and regulations, many are not. A major problem is the lack of uniformity and standardisation of school rules and regulations”.

Sabo, commending the UNESCO, Society for Family Health for supporting the adoption of the school rules and regulations in Nasarawa State, called on stakeholders to ensure full implementation across schools in the state.

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Education: Reps To Make N170bn Provision For ASUU In 2023 Budget

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The House of Representatives is making arrangements for a N170 billion fund for the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the 2023 budget.

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, saying the move will provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers.

According to him, efforts were ongoing to find lasting solutions to all the issues raised by ASUU. He stated that the budget included an additional N300 billion revitalization fund to improve the infrastructure and operations of the federal universities.

“We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes the sum of one hundred and seventy billion naira (N170,000,000,000.00) to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers,” the statement read.

“The Bill also includes an additional three hundred billion naira (N300,000,000,000.00) in revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities.”

The Speaker explained that President Muhammadu is interested in looking into the latest issues and concerns raised by the varsity teachers.

The ‘no work no pay’ policy embarked on by the Federal Government during the period of strike, Gbajabiamila said, is premised on the law.

He said the decision is based on the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.

“Nonetheless, interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers. We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.

“Implementing meaningful change takes time, especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required.

“Therefore, I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives. This is not a time for political brinkmanship.

“There is no more pressing objective than to preclude the possibility of further disruptions to the academic calendar of the universities. We must prevent this possibility by all means, as these disruptions risk the promise and potential of our nation’s youth,” he added

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